Cignal showcases hard work in D-League triumph

first_imgWhen he was coaching Far Eastern U in the UAAP, Nash Racela would gush on how Raymar Jose led the Tams by example. The burly big man would go all out even during practices, thus giving teammates no excuse to slack off.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:21Little people, big lives, bigger dreams03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC That commitment became even more critical when the Hawkeyes moved their practices to 5:30 a.m. to accomodate the class schedule of Jason Perkins. Raymundo didn’t mind the switch. He just showed up earlier.“He’ll be there before 5:15,” Fernandez said. That the whole team agreed to practicing at dawn was a big reason for Cignal’s latest triumph in the D-League, where the Hawkeyes brushed aside Centro Escolar on the way to back-to-back titles in the season.“It was easy to make the sacrifice to practice earlier because we knew what Jason could do for the team,” Raymundo said.Perkins made it even easier for the team to adjust to the schedule: “Sometimes, he’ll be at the gym at 4 a.m.,” Fernandez said.But at the heart of the victory is the hard work that the team put into winning the crown.ADVERTISEMENT That’s why when Jose was doing double duty in basketball—training with the national team and anchoring Cignal’s run in the PBA D-League—coach Boyet Fernandez would often sit the former FEU stalwart during practices.“If you let him practice, he’s just going to go in there and play like it’s a game,” Fernandez said during an appearance at Sports IQ Thursday. “So rather than risk injuring him and making him unavailable for Gilas [Pilipinas], I’d just let him rest.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPamboy Raymundo’s commitment to Cignal’s D-League bid was just as solid. The tough-as-nails point guard would show up first during practice and log out after everybody had left.“He’s just out there working on his game,” said Fernandez. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Ang spearheads strong PH showing Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next “That’s why I always tell sportswriters, credit to the players. Because I really mean it. You can be a good coach but nothing will happen if you don’t have players who will follow the system and put in the hard work,” added Fernandez, who is often jokingly chided by the sports press for his oft-repeated go-to post-game interview comment.But Fernandez’ legacy in the D-League is no laughing matter. He has won eight titles in nine championship appearances. And sure, his teams were powerhouse squads on paper. But it was never an excuse for the team to give anything less than their best effort.Jose knows why. As part of the Southeast Asian Games gold-winning Gilas Pilipinas cadets squad, Jose knows being guaranteed the title doesn’t mean you will end up winning.“You still have to play hard because you don’t know what the opponent can do,” Jose said.Because of his stint with Gilas Pilipinas in the SEA Games, Jose missed the championship series, leaving the Hawkeyes without a marquee big man against a squad that featured the towering Rod Ebondo.But Raymundo and Jose, who was named D-League MVP while he was playing in the SEA Games final in Malaysia, were not concerned.“We have faith in coach,” Raymundo said, And Jose agreed. “He is very hardworking and that gave us confidence against CEU.”And with that hard work as a main weapon, there was no stopping Cignal from claiming yet another D-League crown. View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd to recall goalkeeper Joel Pereira from Vitoria

first_imgMan Utd to recall goalkeeper Joel Pereira from Vitoriaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira is being lined up for a return.O Jogo says United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is planning to recall on loan Pereira.He’s currently on loan at Vitória de Setúbal but he’s going to be called back. The report doesn’t give a reason and given United have a wealth of keepers at their disposal at the club the likelihood could be they want to sort a different loan move out for him as he’s only started one out of the last four league games. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoWolves midfielder Joao Moutinho: I can play five more years easily

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho: I can play five more years easilyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves midfielder Joao Moutinho says he has plenty of football left in him.The 33-year-old midfielder has already made 14 appearances in all competitions for Wolves this season as the club made their return to European football for the first time in almost four decades.”The age, it’s just a number. I feel good.” Moutinho told Sky Sports.”I can play, if you ask me now, five years easily. But we never know what comes for the next year, or the next week.”What I keep trying in my mind is to work hard in the week to be better for the game.” last_img

James Cromwell Speaks Out Against Violence To Animals

first_imgHis character on the upcoming season of American Horror Story may relish violence, but in real life, James Cromwell is committed to ending it.Video: Oscar Nominee James Cromwell Warns Against ViolenceThat’s why the Oscar nominee has teamed up with PETA UK for a new video public service announcement that warns everyone to look out for people who hurt animals – before they move on to hurting other humans.“People who commit violent acts often start out by hurting animals”, explains Cromwell in the video. “If you know of someone who’s abusing or neglecting an animal, don’t ignore it or just assume that someone else will do something. Call the police. And if you have kids or grandkids, please talk to them about the importance of being kind to animals. That conversation might save a life. Let’s stop the cycle of violence before it begins.”Studies have shown that violent and aggressive criminals are more likely to have abused animals as children than criminals who are considered non-aggressive. Young killers Mary Bell, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables as well as serial murderers Ian Huntley, Thomas Hamilton (the Dunblane massacre), Fred West, Dennis Nilsen, Ian Brady and Raoul Moat all started out by deliberately harming animals. Because abusers target the powerless, crimes against animals, spouses, children and the elderly often go hand in hand. An abuser may even harm or threaten to harm an animal as a way of emotionally terrorizing a family member.Known for his acclaimed roles in Babe, The Green Mile, The Artist and Six Feet Under, among many others, Cromwell will soon be seen on FXUK playing Dr Arden on American Horror Story: Asylum.Cromwell is part of a long list of celebrities – including Pamela Anderson, Justin Bieber, Lea Michele, Tamara Ecclestone, Ricky Gervais and Joaquin Phoenix – who have teamed up with PETA UK to promote kindness to animals.For more information on preventing abuse towards animals, visit read more

US hails WTO rulings in dolphinsafe tuna tiff with Mexico

first_imgGENEVA — The U.S. ambassador to the World Trade Organization has welcomed two rulings that backed the United States in a long-running dispute with Mexico over U.S. “dolphin safe” tuna labeling.The Trump administration has repeatedly criticized the WTO appellate body that delivered the rulings, and has thwarted efforts to appoint new members to it.A WTO panel formally adopted Friday the rulings last month that found U.S. tuna-labeling measures in line with Washington’s commitments to the trade organization.While welcoming the decision, Ambassador Dennis Shea voiced disappointment that it had taken “more than a decade to resolve.”Alluding to Mexico’s concerns, Shea lamented that the U.S. “was forced to expend considerable resources over nearly a decade trying to defend successfully what was always an environmental measure with no element of protectionism.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

Alberta premier makes case for turn off taps bill to BC business

first_imgEDMONTON, A.B. – Premier Rachel Notley told business leaders from B.C. that legislation which could curtail oil flows to the west coast is about the long-term health of the entire country.Notley says her government doesn’t want to impose hardship on B.C. businesses and families but says Alberta also must safeguard its interests.About 100 business leaders from B.C., including representatives from the Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce, flew over the Rockies to join 200 colleagues from the Edmonton and Calgary chambers to hear Notley speak in Edmonton. Val Litwin, with the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, says turning down the taps would not be received well in his province but says the legislation is focusing attention and spurring debate on the Trans Mountain pipeline.Strong show of support from BC leaders at #ableg today. Everyone here is united and knows support for @TransMtn is growing daily. Let’s @KeepCanWorking. #cdnpoli #FederationFlight #BuildKM #ConfidenceInCanada @BoardofTrade @bcchamberofcom— Rachel Notley (@RachelNotley) May 17, 2018Notley’s government passed legislation this week that would allow it to intervene in the energy sector to reduce oil and natural gas exports to B.C. and elsewhere.The B.C. government has been fighting the expansion of the Trans Mountain line and Alberta’s legislation, if implemented, could lead to gasoline price spikes and other higher fuel fees in B.C.The Trans Mountain expansion, which has been approved by Ottawa, would triple the amount of oil flowing from Alberta to tankers on the B.C. coast.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Trudeau touts controversial pipeline project in speech to supporters in BC

first_img“(The project) is going to produce Canadian LNG that will supplant coal in Asia as a power source and do much for the environment,” he said.Earlier Wednesday, he told a CBC Radio program in Kamloops that the arrests were “not an ideal situation.”The federal government has been working on reconciliation but the dispute over the pipeline is “still an ongoing process,” he said.“There are a number of people and communities who are supportive, there are a number of folks who disagree with it,” he told the CBC.The RCMP enforced an injunction Monday from the B.C. Supreme Court that ordered the removal of any obstructions to the pipeline project in and around the Morice River Bridge on a remote forest service road southwest of Houston.The pipeline company says it has signed agreements with all First Nations along the route but demonstrators say Wet’suwet’en house chiefs, who are hereditary rather than elected, have not given their consent. “The challenge we have to have as Canadians is to be open to listening to people, to understand their concerns and their fears, and to work together to try and allay them,” he said.“We will always have in this country perspectives that vary widely.”Dozens of protesters on both sides of the pipeline debate gathered Wednesday outside the hotel where Trudeau spoke at the fundraiser.Protesters wearing yellow vests carried signs that read “Carbon Tax Cash Grab” and “Trudeau for Treason” while taking part in a chant opposing a United Nations pact on migration signed by Canada. Conservative critics argue it threatens Canada’s sovereignty.Keith LaRiviere, who is Cree and participated in the yellow-vest protest, said he knows some of the people involved in the pipeline blockade.He said he supports their right to protest but he believes those building the pipeline have the right to do their work.“I go to sweat lodges with some of those people so I really know them intimately, and I do support their cause. I do support their right to their land. I don’t support the aggressive way they were forced out of their position,” said LaRiviere, who travelled from Prince George.On the other side of the hotel parking lot, a group of Indigenous protesters opposed to the pipeline sang, drummed and held a banner reading “PM Trudeau: Canada needs climate action now.”Janice Billy said she supports the Wet’suwet’en because her First Nation, the Secwepemc, are also losing control of their lands.“The people … had no reason to be arrested. They are peaceful people. They were there protecting the land and water,” she said.The federal riding of Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo is held by Conservative MP Cathy McLeod and the Liberals see B.C. as a key battleground for the election in October. KAMLOOPS, B.C. _ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau touted the benefits of a liquefied natural gas project that’s at the centre of an impasse with First Nations in a speech to supporters in Kamloops, B.C., on Wednesday.RCMP arrested 14 people Monday in northwestern British Columbia over a protest against construction of a natural gas pipeline by Coastal GasLink, a key part of the $40-billion LNG Canada project.In a campaign-style speech at the Liberal fundraiser, Trudeau did not address the arrests but heralded the massive project as one of his government’s key achievements over the past year.center_img Trudeau said he would not visit the blockade site.“One of the things that is really important is to try to reduce the temperature a little bit,” he told the CBC.Trudeau was scheduled to speak at a town hall gathering later Wednesday night.He told supporters at the fundraiser that he expected to hear “strong voices” at the town hall with very clear ideas about what his government should be doing.last_img read more

Saina Sameer look to put behind All England disappointment at Swiss Open

first_imgBasel (Switzerland): Two-time winner Saina Nehwal and defending champion Sameer Verma will look to shrug off their All England disappointment when they spearhead India’s campaign at the Swiss Open, starting with the qualifiers here Tuesday. For Sameer, this event started his journey that culminated into a World Tour Final semifinal finish last year and a career-high ranking of 11. He had defeated newly-crowned All England Champion Kento Momota in the quarterfinals, a few months before the Japanese went on to become the world no 1 and world champion last year. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherWorld no 14 Sameer will be opening his campaign in USD 150,000 event against a qualifier after his elder brother Sourabh, who had also battled injuries on his way to becoming the Senior National Champion last month at Guwahati, pulled out of the tournament. Sameer might face fellow Indian B Sai Praneeth in the second round and a favourable result is likely to hand him over the chance to settle scores with former world no 1 Viktor Axelsen, who had defeated him in the first round of All England Championships in Birmingham last week. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenThe BWF World Tour Super 300 event will be Saina’s fourth outing this season, having won the Indonesia Masters before losing in the semifinals and quarterfinals at Malaysia Masters and All England Championship respectively. A bout of diarrhea had affected her performance last week at Birmingham and Saina would look to recover quickly before she begins her campaign against a qualifier, eying to secure her third title at Swiss. She had won the event in 2011 and 2012 in the past. Seeded third, Saina is expected to face second seeded He Bingjiao of China in the semifinals if the results fall in her favour. Among other Indians in fray, Saina’s husband and fellow shuttler, Parupalli Kashyap, a former Commonwealth Games champion, will face a qualifier, Praneeth will meet England’s Rajiv Ouseph and SaarLorLux Open champion Subhankar Dey will also take on a qualifier in first round. In women’s singles, Vaishnavi Jakka Reddy will be the only other Indian in the competition. She will square off against Estonia’s Kristin Kuuba. In men’s doubles, Arjun MR and Ramchandran Shlok and Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will also eye their chances, while Commonwealth Games bronze medallists Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will lead India’s challenge in the women’s doubles. Pooja Dandu and Sanjana Santosh will also look for a good outing in the women’s doubles. In mixed doubles, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki will be the prime contenders for India, while Arjun MR and Maneesha K and Dhruv Kapila and Kuhoo Garg will also be in the fray. In the qualifiers, Riya Mookerjee and Vrushali Gummadi will be in the fray.last_img read more

Man gets 20 years in jail for sexual harassment of minor

first_imgKolkata: A city court recently convicted and awarded 20 years of rigorous imprisonment to man accused of sexually harassing a minor girl.According to police, on March 14, 2016, an elderly woman arrived at the Chetla police station and alleged that her granddaughter has been sexually harassed by one of their relatives. She said the child’s father died few months ago and her mother worked as domestic help to support the family. The elderly woman further said the mother of the minor could not take of the girl as she was busy with her work and therefore the girl lived with her in a slum in Chetla. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAs the elderly woman was not able to keep a watch on the girl, one of their family members took the advantage of the situation and sexually harassed her for four months. The accused person also threatened the girl not to disclose the incident to anyone. If she tells anyone about him, she will be killed, he threatened her. But, as the victim was not able to bear the torture any more, she narrated the whole incident to her grandmother. Upon receiving the information, the police rushed to the place where accused person lived. He was arrested on the same day. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayDuring medical examination, it was indicated that the girl was sexually abused. Immediately, a case was initiated under sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. Within a month the police submitted the charge-sheet along with the medical report and substantial evidences. After a long trial, recently the concerned court convicted the accused person. Later, the accused was awarded 20 years rigorous imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 30,000. Upon failing to pay the fine amount, the convicted person will have to serve 18 more months in the prison. The court also ordered that half of the fine amount along with Rs 3 lakh as compensation will have to be paid by the state government to the victim girl.last_img read more

The missing voters

first_imgWhat do Maruti Suzuki Chairperson R C Bhargava, Apollo Hospitals Vice Chairperson Shobana Kamineni, and I have in common? All three of our names have been deleted from the voter list by the Election Commission. We are not the only ones, there are reports of thousands of people who have complained that their names don’t feature on the voter list. This number could increase manifold given that many citizens would not even know how to complain or raise an issue or by the time they realise that their names are missing, it would be too late. I can personally vouch that I voted in the West Bengal Assembly polls of 2011; I especially travelled from Delhi to Kolkata to vote in 2014. Obviously, after voting in the last two major elections held in the state, one would expect to feature on the voter list. But imagine my shock when a cursory perusal of the Election Commission’s National Voters’ Service Portal website revealed that I no longer have the right to cast my vote! My mother’s name exists (even though she didn’t vote in 2014 due to ill-health) but mine doesn’t. When I called the EC’s helpline for voters, I was told that since I am not residing at the address, my name was deleted as part of EC’s ‘purification’ programme. Even though my Aadhaar card and passport to carry the same address. But was I informed? Was there any official communication of the impinging of my constitutional right to vote? No. But I would not let matters be. So, I called up a local politician in our area who was witness to me voting both in 2009 and 2014. His party records showed my name till 2014 but this time around, it was deleted. He had no other explanation to offer except that it had happened to many people. This curious situation makes me wonder if the Election Commission has taken into account lakhs of migrant labour (both white and blue collar) who regularly travel for work or stay in other cities for long periods of time. If in the last two elections, those individuals have exercised their right of franchise, what’s the logic behind deleting their name? The Election Commission indeed has the mammoth task of organising the largest elections in the world. But this time there are rampant complaints of ad hoc deletion of names from the voter list based on reasons best known to the Election Commission. The EC’s PR drive has not been effective enough to spread awareness among voters ahead of Lok Sabha polls to verify if their names are on the list. Apparently, the EC did release the voter list to political parties to cross-check names but to leave it entirely to them to decide the right of vote ordained to the citizens by the Constitution of India is problematic. Online check could be done to make sure one’s name is on the voter list, but then how many fellow Indians have access or understanding of digital means of checking the voter list? Around 90 crore Indians are eligible to vote this time with almost 13 crore first-time voters. Should it not be the Election Commission’s responsibility in the years preceding Lok Sabha polls to ensure that every voter gets a chance to vote? The EC needs to devise a better strategy that leads to increase in the number of voters rather than a decline. And what is the use of Aadhaar cards if their data was not used by the EC to determine who should remain on the voter list? The numbers are great enough for two social activists in Bengaluru to start an online petition called ‘My Vote, My Right’ that urges all deleted voters to submit their details. Over 2,000 people have signed this petition, 10,000 have enquired about it, and uncorroborated reports suggest that over 2 lakh voters were deleted in Bengaluru while there are allegations of deletion coming in from parts of Telangana (almost 80,000 couldn’t vote), Gujarat, Delhi, and Tamil Nadu. But these numbers don’t fully expose the reality that this time many willing voters stand a chance to lose out on the opportunity. As for me, I have applied for a change of constituency and followed up my application with calls to the EC helpline. Since the last date of applying for voter registration and/or change of constituency is allowed till the last date of filing nominations for that phase, I am keeping my fingers crossed that my name will just about make it. But several others will have been cheated of their right to vote. Who will take responsibility for that? (The writer is a journalist and media entrepreneur. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Micromax refreshes its budget lineup in India

first_imgNew Delhi: Micromax Informatics on Friday launched its budget #iOne smartphone with notch display in India for Rs 4,999. Targeted towards new-age consumers, the device comes with 19:9 screen, a 2200mAh battery and a 5MP+5MP dual rear camera with over nine shooting modes. “Our newest #iOne Notch Display hosts a 19:9 screen that ensures more content is displayed without the edges being cut,” Sunil Joon, Head Strategy, Micromax Informatics Ltd, said in a statement. The Micromax #iOne is the first UNISOC SC9863 octacore chipset-powered smartphone in India. The device sports 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM, with support for 128GB memory card. The smartphone runs Android Pie operating system (OS).last_img

That FIFA Movie Really Was As Much Of A Bomb As You

Having worked for several years as the ticket taker at New York’s Cinema Village, Young Ma has seen all sorts of films come through the three-screen theater. He’s seen sparsely attended independent projects screen for one night only, and he’s seen “The Interview” draw lines around the block when Cinema Village was one of the few theaters willing to brush aside hackers’ threats and show the film. But “United Passions” left a unique impression on him. The distributors of the film about the origins of FIFA, which was reportedly made for somewhere around $27 million, booked the big theater — about 150 seats — and the film was shown four times a day for a week, starting on Friday, June 5.“To be honest with you, nobody came,” Ma said. “I don’t think people cared.” Ma’s not quite right: People came — but hardly any. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the film made $140 in its opening weekend at Cinema Village, meaning that, on average, every screening of the film had an audience of about one paying customer.1That’s a back-of-the-napkin estimation: Cinema Village averaged $11.67 per show over the course of 12 shows. If we assume everyone paid the $12 adult ticket price, we get 0.972 tickets sold per show. I attempted to calculate interest in the film nationally, and it appears that “United Passions” packed the lowest rate of butts in the seats per screening for any film in the past 20 years.The math isn’t complicated so much as it is shrouded in blind spots. Here’s what we know: The movie made $918 — total — in its opening weekend … and maybe nothing after that. All the reporting and most of the databases2Except, strangely, Box Office Mojo, which shows it making $607. show it finishing with that figure. Most movies make 70 percent of their sales during the weekend,3Here’s how movie ticket sales break down throughout the week, according to The Numbers:Friday — 23.1 percentSaturday — 28.1 percentSunday — 18.8 percentMonday — 8 percentTuesday — 8 percentWednesday — 7.1 percentThursday — 6.8 percent which would make the real tally for “United Passions” slightly more than $1,310 if it followed that pattern.But even if we give the movie the benefit of the doubt and assume it made $1,310, it still opened in way more theaters than the other movies that grossed this little.The Numbers (tagline: “Where Data and the Movie Business Meet”) has collected the domestic gross box office of every film it could get data on for the past 20 years and adjusted the numbers for inflation. Of the 10,257 films in its list, “United Passions” comes in 10,181st. None of the 76 films that grossed less than “United Passions” opened in more than five theaters. “United Passions” screened in 10. After reaching out to some theater operators and investigating movie listings, I found that those theaters were showing the film between four and five times per day for an entire week. So if we assume that the national average was 4.5 screenings per location per day, it would mean that “United Passions” earned roughly $4.20 per showing in the U.S.4More math: 10 theaters * 4.5 showings per day * 7 days = 315 showings. $1,310/315 = $4.16. The lowest-grossing domestic release of all time, “Zyzzyx Rd,” took in about $5.10 per showing.5The film, starring Katherine Heigl, made $30 over the course of seven screenings in 2006. After adjusting for inflation, that works out to just over $5 per showing. As long as “United Passions” screened more than 3.67 times per location, on average, it was even less attended than “Zyzzyx Rd.”While most big-budget movies open to hundreds of screens, smaller films often experiment with a platform release, in which a movie tests the waters in major cities before expanding nationwide. Screen Media, the domestic distributor for “United Passions,” picked theaters that are consistent with that model, although 10 screens is a bigger rollout than most indies opt for. The business model for these types of releases varies widely, from a revenue split to a “four wall” deal in which the distributor basically rents the theater and keeps the receipts. It’s unclear what Screen Media did — after initially saying that he’d call me back, Screen Media’s vice president of business affairs, David Fannon, stopped responding to emails and calls.“I’ve never gotten so many calls about such a small movie in my career,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Rentrak, a real-time television and movie measurment service. Although the Hollywood Reporter referenced Rentrak as the source of its box-office numbers, Dergarabedian wouldn’t confirm them without permission from Screen Media. He did point out that the movie was simultaneously released as a video on demand, which may have hurt turnout. Because Screen Media hasn’t officially approved of the release of those VOD numbers, either, we don’t know. The movie did perform better — if not well — overseas, grossing roughly $178,000, according to Dergarabedian.For many, the press’s full-pitch coverage of the extraordinarily low American box-office results was just the final helping of schadenfreude to pile onto this doomed movie and its subject, FIFA, the world governing body of soccer. The historical drama covers the evolution of the organization through the perspective of its leaders as they give earnest speeches and attempt to expand their reach for the good of the game. In the London Evening Standard, Des Kelly called the film “a sugar-coated pile of manure.” Tim Roth — who played FIFA’s now-disgraced president, Sepp Blatter, in the film — told the German newspaper Die Welt, “This is a role that will have my father turning in his grave.” The only star of the film who showed up for its screening at the Cannes Film Festival was Gerard Depardieu. Perhaps that’s because the artistic director of the film festival said that he only screened the film after Depardieu badgered him into it and that the film was never eligible for the Palme d’Or because it lacked the quality to be an official selection.Then, on May 27 — just over a week before “United Passions” was to debut in U.S. theaters — FIFA officials were indicted on federal corruption charges right before the start of the organization’s annual conference. On June 2, Blatter announced his resignation. Three days later, the movie opened.One theater owner noted the remarkable timing when discussing the film’s performance at his venue. “Anyone that has even a minor awareness could sense that something was going on,” said Greg Laemmle, president and CEO of Laemmle Theatres, which includes Los Angeles’s NoHo7, where the film was shown for a week. “But arrangements had been made months before.”Dergarabedian, however, thinks that, if anything, the news around the scandal should have helped ticket sales. “‘United Passions’ was put in an unbelievable spotlight,” he said. “There was free publicity.” But because there was no discernable marketing push surrounding the news — perhaps because FIFA itself reportedly funded more than 75 percent of the film and had no interest in further embarrassing itself — the movie wasn’t able to take advantage.The NoHo7 ended up being the top-grossing theater in America for “United Passions,” drawing in a reported $249 during its opening weekend. Laemmle chuckled and told me that he’d heard that his theater had come out on top. He said that sports films have a hard time drawing in audiences accustomed to consuming content on television but that he still felt there was a market for similar movies. “Under the right circumstances,” he said, “we’ll show something about the pioneering Rooney and Mara families in the formation of the NFL.” At the very least, it should be able to attract multiple moviegoers at a time.Walt Hickey and Hannah Fingerhut contributed reporting for this article. read more

Significant Digits For Thursday Oct 8 2015

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news.4-0The Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 Wednesday night in the National League wild-card game (check out our live blog for a recap), meaning that the boldest forecast in the history of forecasting or boldness is still on the table. [ESPN]10 yearsArtemisinin, a first-line treatment for malaria, just scored its developers a Nobel Prize in medicine. Problem is, malaria is a parasite and parasites are good at evolving, so parasitology experts believe artemisinin will be obsolete within five to 10 years. I am not a doctor, but I advise that if you plan on getting malaria, you should aim to do so within the next five to 10 years. [FiveThirtyEight]52 weeksThe Gates Foundation is offering its 1,382 employees a year of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child. [The Huffington Post]40 membersApproximate strength of the “Freedom Caucus” within Congress, a group of hard-line Republicans who came out Wednesday backing Florida representative Daniel Webster for the speakership over Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Provided that bloc holds, McCarthy would not have enough votes to win the top spot in the House on the first ballot. [The Washington Post]90 daysFIFA’s ethics committee has voted to hand down a 90-day provisional suspension to the soccer organization’s president, Sepp Blatter. The news here is not the suspension, but the fact that FIFA actually has an ethics committee. Who is on this committee? Snidely Whiplash? Lex Luthor? Resuscitated Richard Nixon? Victor Von Doom? Is it just several bales of hay with crayon-scrawled-on-paper-plate faces stuck on them? Is this the same committee that runs sensitivity training for The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants or OSHA on the Death Star? The concept that anyone within FIFA is tasked with maintaining a sensible degree of ethical behavior is insulting to the intelligence of soccer fans. More to the point, where have they been for the past ever? [BBC]487 clientsA preliminary deal was struck earlier this week between the U.S. and 11 other pacific nations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. A lot of negotiating on the trade pact was going on domestically, too — a Center for Responsive Politics review of lobbying disclosures over eight years found 487 different clients paid lobbyists to hit up government officials to plead their case on the TPP. [The Center for Responsive Politics]535 phone numbersPeople Magazine, typically regarded as a celebrity gossip magazine, has published the 535 phone numbers corresponding to each senator and member of Congress and has asked readers to call their representatives about how to respond to mass shootings. [The Week]$700,000The White House will spend $700,000 on standing desks, presumably due to the craven political pursuit of trends that so plagues our society. People built a civilization sitting down to work, folks — believing anything else is merely ergonomic arrogance. [Mashable]1,360,747Number of homeless students in the United States, about twice the number there were in the 2006-2007 school year. Part of this increase is due to improved data reporting: States are getting better at identifying homeless students. [FiveThirtyEight]$20 millionA state judge rejected a proposed change to the name of Paul Smith’s College to Joan Weill-Paul Smith’s College. The change was proposed after Weill offered $20 million to the upstate New York school in exchange for getting her name on the door, but Smith’s will appears to forbid it. [The New York Times]If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news. read more

Ohio States Cardale Jones showing good signs of maturity prior to matchup

Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones (12) carries the ball during the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin on Dec. 6 in Indianapolis. OSU won, 59-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorAs most people that follow Ohio State football know well, redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones’ career in Scarlet and Gray did not get off to the greatest of starts.Behind then-sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller and then-junior Kenny Guiton, Jones sent out the now infamous tweet claiming his dislike for school.Jones was suspended one game by coach Urban Meyer, who said Thursday that Jones’ journey as a Buckeye is not over just yet, despite the recent success.“Cardale is a great story. It’s still in process now,” Meyer said Thursday. “He’s not the grown man that he needs to be, but he’s getting close.”For Meyer, Jones took a big step in his maturity process in his first ever start as a Buckeye in the 2014 Big Ten Championship Game. But it wasn’t the 266 total yards or three touchdowns that impressed Meyer the most in that game.“The thing that really struck me is when he made a mistake during the course of the game … he looked me right in the eye and said, ‘I made a mistake, coach. It won’t happen again.’ I said, ‘Go back and tell the offensive line that,’” Meyer said. “That’s a good sign of maturity.”OSU co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said Thursday that he too has noticed Jones’ development, more specifically as a quarterback.“Cardale has come a long way in terms of the first time I watched him practice and throw the ball, to where he is at now — tremendous development,” Warinner said. “Credit to him and his (position) coach (Tom Herman) for the way he has developed his technique.”Jones said Thursday that after the infamous tweet, he was able to begin his turnaround because of a second chance given to him by the coaching staff.“The coaches gave me that fresh start. I never really thought about going somewhere else,” Jones said. “The coaches basically told me I needed to get my act together and mature off the field before I could be a starting quarterback here.”Being the starting quarterback at OSU brings a lot of pressure, and Jones said he has relied on a core group of people that includes his brothers, sisters, mother and even an OSU Heisman Trophy winner and fellow Glenville alumnus.It’s a relationship with Troy Smith — an influential relationship that Jones described as “weird.”“At times, he comes off as a great friend and great mentor, and then he can be that coach,” Jones said. “He can be that hard-nosed guy out of nowhere. It is very similar to (my relationship with Glenville) coach (Ted) Ginn (Sr.).”In his first start against the Wisconsin Badgers, Jones led an OSU offense that totaled 558 total yards of offense on the then-No. 2 ranked defense in the country.Entering the Sugar Bowl and College Football Playoff semi-final game against No. 1 Alabama, Warinner added that Jones has not yet reached his full potential despite the impressive first start.“He is one of those guys that has a lot of talent and a high ceiling. He played well in his first outing, and he has really continued to develop that here in practice as we are getting ready for Alabama,” Warinner said.Entering the game against Alabama, the Buckeyes other co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman is preparing to take over the head coaching duties at Houston, which was announced earlier in the week.While Herman will remain with OSU until the end of its run in the playoffs, Meyer said he has noticed Herman has been slightly on edge since taking the job at Houston.“Looks like someone hit him with a bat when he’s walking around here. A good bat though. There are bad bats, and a lot to go on with college football with bad bats,” Meyer said. “He’s a pro. We had a good conversation this morning.”While Herman might be flustered, Jones said he doesn’t anticipate any difference in the way Herman will prepare for the matchup with Alabama.“Definitely not. He is all about Ohio State right now,” Jones said. “He has a whole other team to lead, but that time hasn’t come yet. I believe he said in the press conference that he is going to coach these next two games like he is coming back next year.”While Herman won’t be around next year, he, Jones and the Buckeyes are set to take on the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide on New Years Day at 8:30 p.m. in New Orleans. read more

Ohio State embracing The Grind as it takes the field for spring

The OSU football team returned to the practice field on March 10 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, less than 2 months after the Buckeyes beat Oregon in the 1st-ever College Football Playoff National Championship. Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorThe Ohio State football team is coming off its eighth national title, returns three Heisman-caliber quarterbacks and a likely Heisman front-runner at running back — but it still has doubters.At least that is what senior linebacker Joshua Perry said Tuesday after the Buckeyes concluded the first day of spring practice.“It’s just the nature of the game and the nature kind of being in the position that we are in. We’re one of those teams that’s got a great tradition and we’ve been good in the past, but you know there’s always that little bit of doubt,” Perry said.While some might say it was indeed a fluke in 2014, the Buckeyes completed “The Chase” and have created a new motto for the 2015 season: “The Grind.”Perry said the new slogan was created by two people not on the playing roster: coach Urban Meyer and strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marrotti.“The grind is a lot of things. It’s what our program is about. You sharpen, you shape, you pulverize. It’s a lot of friction and so we like that,” Perry said. “It’s how you develop players and get the best out of people.”Meyer said he worries about motivating his players to make another run at a title, but that’s not his main focus at the moment.“Right now, we are not into the motivation. It’s just about improving. As long as a player or program feels like it’s getting better, then the motivation is going to be there,” Meyer said.The Buckeyes will have a plethora of experience on the 2015 roster as the offense and defense each graduate just four regular starters.Senior offensive lineman Taylor Decker said while he understands people doubting the Buckeyes, he and his teammates are not buying into any negativity.“I can see why there are reasons people could doubt us, not that I believe in those. We did lose players that were vital to that team last year,” Decker said. “It’s kind of scary, a team coming off a big season like we did, to have a let down because you don’t want guys to think they’ve arrived, or be entitled to winning games.”The current Buckeye senior class enters the 2015 season having won 38 of 41 games, and that figure doesn’t include redshirt-seniors like Braxton Miller. The quarterback returned to practice in a limited role on Tuesday for the first time since August.As Miller returns from a torn labrum, the majority of the Buckeyes are feeling healthy and are ready to begin “The Grind,” Perry said.“I think we did a really good job this offseason being smart and taking care of our bodies. Guys were talking about how fresh they felt, I felt fresh today and ready to go,” Perry said. “I think when you’re anxious to get back out there on the field, a lot of that stuff goes away. If you have a nagging ache or pain, you just wanna get back out there.”Perry said the people who might doubt the OSU football program are the ones who make the Buckeyes want to get back out on the field.“It gives you a little bit of extra energy. It wouldn’t be as fun if everybody was always just cheering you on,” Perry said. “You kind of need those doubters to give you a little bit of that extra edge.”With doubters fueling their drive, Decker said it’s time for the Buckeyes to get back to work, less than two months removed from a national title.“We have to start that next journey for next season,” he said. “We can’t idle because of what we did last season.”The Buckeyes are set for their annual Spring Game on April 18 at Ohio Stadium before opening the 2015 season on the road against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7. read more


first_img Integrity Commission Plans Quick Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Dec 2014 – Congratulations to the high schoolers who have for the past two days been debating the integrity of those who are governed by the Integrity Commission Ordinance; I understand it was a riveting debate. Schools are winding down for Christmas now; many have either already completed end of year exams or they are still into test mode. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you TWO SWORN IN AT FINANCE TO COVER HARVEY’S JOB Children’s Book release announced by North Caicos native Related Items:integrity commission ordinance, students, testslast_img

Another Hit song anticipated for Visage of The Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, 19 Feb 2016 – Hot on the heels of their recent smash release, “La Bam Bam”, the Bahamas’ #1 Party Band, Visage, is at it once again. As promised, please see attached the band’s latest single release entitled “PARTY STARTER”. This track was written by fellow Visage members, Dyson Knight and Wendy Lewis and features Shawn “Wild Boy” Ferguson and “Erica “Da Picky Head Gal” Lightbourn on lead vocals.After the immense success of “Happy Hour”, Visage has once again teamed up with Rik Carey of C-Sharp Productions and come up with what can ONLY be described as a “DANCEFLOOR STOMPER”. From the very opening salvo, “Hellooooo massive” this track penetrates the soul and compels one’s feet and body to dance. As “Happy Hour” was successful in fusing the “traditional junkanoo sound” with contemporary sounds, this time, “Party Starter” has fused traditional rake n’ scrape percussive sounds and fused it with contemporary music sounds. Yet again, this dynamic, trend-setting band has blazed a new trail in Bahamian music.“Party Starter” is not only guaranteed to get ANY party “started” anywhere in the world but also to keep any party going to the wee hours of the morning. Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Related Items:bahamas, dancefloor stomper, la bam bam, party starter, visage Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegationlast_img read more

Kenai Awarded Grant For New Library Books

first_imgTo receive the grant the director completes an application each year in order to receive these funds to continue the programs offered by the library. The Kenai City Council will be accepting the funds on behalf of the library at their council meeting on Wednesday, August 15. According to Joiner, certain minimum standards must be met in order to receive this grant. These include reporting requirements on expenditures and collection statistics, number of hours that the library is open to the public, minimum educational requirements for the Library Director and continuing education requirements. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Kenai received a grant from the State of Alaska, Department of Education and Early Development for the purchase of new library books. According to a letter to the Kenai City Council from Librarian Mary Jo Joiner, the Kenai Library was awarded a public library assistance grant by the Alaska State Library in the amount of $7,000.last_img read more

Wilmingtons interlinkONE Introduces SportCoups A Fundraising App For Student Athletes

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — InterlinkONE is excited to announce the launch of SportCoups, a fundraising app dedicated to helping student- and youth-athletes raise money for their individual sports-related financial needs.Our StoryA silent investor approached John Foley Jr. with a problem and an idea. After watching his son go through countless seasons of fundraising, he realized the process was a hassle, time-consuming and could be easier. He asked, “What if athletes could fundraise directly from their phones?” And with that, SportCoups was born.SportCoups was created with the individual athlete in mind. The goal is to make it easier for athletes to raise money for things such as user fees, equipment, uniforms, tournaments, camps, travel costs and more! Gone are the days of athletes going door-to-door, standing outside supermarkets or asking family members to purchase coupon cards, candy, etc. Instead, athletes can download the app, create a profile and invite their FANS (family, friends and neighbors) to donate.Donor Rewards “The essence of donating is a selfless act, but we wanted to add a feature to the app that thanks the donor for their contribution with a monetary benefit. Donors will have instant access to nearly 100 coupons right from their phones for 6 months,” explains Co-Founder John Foley Jr.Nothing like that exists today. Why $20? Most friends and family will not think twice about giving $20 to an athlete when they know the money will be put to good use. This approach is an effective method of fundraising and those donations really make a big difference.How It Works Athletes, or parents, can download the app, register, set up the profile and create the fundraiser. Next, they execute their campaigns by sending out invitations to their fans via text, email and social media. They can easily manage their fundraiser and keep track of the amount raised. Donations go directly into their, or their parent’s, linked bank account.While SportCoups was created with the individual athlete in mind, teams can also use this to fundraise. To do this, each player would link their campaign to the same trusted bank account. This eliminates the problem of athletes having to be responsible for collecting and keeping track of cash.SportCoups is now available on the App Store and Google Play. Download today!(NOTE: The above press release is from SportCoups via PRNewswire.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s SportCoups Launches New Team Fundraising Capability For Athletic Clubs & ProgramsIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s SportCoups Announces Partnership with SaveAroundIn “Business”Wilmington’s interlinkONE To Sponsor ‘Bowl With A Bruin’ At Wamesit LanesIn “Business”last_img read more