Weather: Downpours, thunderstorms and hail on the way

first_imgHeavy rain, thunder, hail and floods are all expected in the north west later today.An unsettled evening is in store for Donegal, with forecasters warning of hazardous driving conditions.While no official weather warning has been issued by Met Eireann, the country is bracing for heavy prolonged showers and thunderstorms. There is a risk of hail today, according to the national weather service, while localised downpours could potentially cause flash flooding. Winds will be strong for a time along the north coast.Meanwhile, it will feel harm and humid with temperatures ranging from 18-22C.Saturday is also set to be unsettled, with a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers.“Again, many of the showers will be heavy and possibly prolonged, with a risk of thunderstorms,” said Met Eireann. “Further heavy showers or longer spells of rain will continue to occur on Saturday night.”Sunday is shaping up to be the best day of the weekend. It will be a “much fresher and cooler day” with just isolated showers in the west.Weather: Downpours, thunderstorms and hail on the way was last modified: August 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Where sports consultant says A’s will build their ballpark

first_imgBaseball’s most amazing story this season is playing out in the most reviled stadium in Major League Baseball, located at the 66th Avenue exit on Interstate 880 in Oakland.The A’s and their emerging young stars have opened eyes from coast to coast. Led by baseball’s most underrated manager, Bob Melvin, this team is rooted in resilience, with toughness, fearlessness and the grit that defines Oakland.The A’s have told their fans that Howard Terminal or the Coliseum will be selected as the site …last_img read more

Puthoff named Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The October 2016 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Anna Puthoff. She is the daughter of James and Cheryl Puthoff of Conover. She is a sophomore and first year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.Anna recently participated in the county and district rural soils Career Development Event. Her scores helped the team place in the top 20 teams in the district. Anna also attended the State Greenhand Conference at Versailles High School.Every month of the school year the Miami East-MVCTC FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month.  The officer team will nominate one student that has been actively involved in the FFA chapter, school and community activities.  If selected, the member will be recognized at the monthly FFA meeting, have their picture displayed in the Miami East Ag Room, and will receive a special accolade in celebration of their accomplishment.last_img read more

Batsmen can’t afford to relax on tricky Eden wicket: Rohit Sharma

first_imgIndian middle order batsman Rohit Sharma on Sunday said the uneven bounce of the Eden Gardens wicket in the second Test match against New Zealand does not offer any leeway for batsmen to relax and one needed to give his 100 per cent in playing every delivery.”You have seen over the last two days, it is not a typical Kolkata wicket, as it used to be before. I think they have re-laid the surface and you may have seen… every now and then there was uneven bounce.”So, at no point the batsmen could relax and take things for granted. Every ball that you are playing, you have to ensure you are giving 100 per cent in playing the ball,” Rohit said after the third day’s play. (Rohit Sharma grateful to team management after stylish 82)Rohit came up with a resolute 82 in the second innings and stitched a 103-run partnership for the seventh wicket with wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha to put India in the driving seat at 227/8 – a lead of 339 runs over New Zealand.Referring to the stand with Saha, the flamboyant Rohit said they decided to play every ball on its merit.”When I and Saha were batting, we decided play each ball on its merit, not to think too far ahead, not to think what was coming next, focus on the present for every ball that was bowled to us,” he said.CONDITIONS NOT EASYAsked whether the conditions changed later in the day, or he made it look easy, Rohit said the conditions were never easy.advertisement”The conditions were not easy. As a bowler if you put the ball in the right areas (you can). You may see bounce and an odd ball keeping low, like you saw what happened to Virat (Kohli). You have to be at it all the time. You can’t relax.”There is something in the surface throughout the day, not just in the morning or in the evening. you can’t go too forward nor sit back,” he said.Recalling Trent Boult’s delivery that rose suddenly and injured Shikhar Dhawan’s left thumb, Rohit said: “You have to make sure you are balanced and play as late as possible.” (2nd Test, Day 3: Rohit’s 82 gives India commanding 339-run lead over New Zealand)”It was something which I looking to do. Even in the nets, I batted as late as possible,” he said.Rohit said every batsman would have certain plans to play on tracks like the one at Eden.”Some may not be comfortable playing on the front and some may not be comfortable playing on the back foot.”It’s about getting adjusted to that particular condition. We saw after lunch, or maybe after tea, it was not doing that much,” Rohit said.last_img read more

How one Canadian investment company is chasing Oscars with top Hollywood stars

first_imgTORONTO — Jason Cloth still remembers the night his biggest shot at Oscar glory slipped out of his hands.The Toronto-based financier had just finished celebrating his 2016 film “The Birth of a Nation” at a dinner party with director Nate Parker. The slave uprising drama was receiving warm reviews, secured a major distribution deal with Fox Searchlight and seemed positioned to collect armfuls of trophies during awards season.Heading back to his hotel room, Cloth was feeling optimistic — until Aaron Gilbert, his partner at Creative Wealth Media called him to break the news.Industry trade Variety was set to publish a story that dove into the details of a 1999 rape case, in which Parker was acquitted, that also involved the film’s co-writer Jean Celestin. They were students at Penn State University at the time, and while Celestin was initially found guilty of sexual assault, his conviction was overturned when the accuser declined to testify for a retrial. The woman committed suicide in 2012.Even before the #MeToo movement put sexual assault under the microscope in Hollywood, Parker’s involvement wasn’t a good look for the film. He didn’t just direct the movie, he played the main character, who leads an uprising motivated by the rape of his wife. Any prospects for “The Birth of a Nation” were quashed before it hit theatres that October.“That was our lightning in a bottle,” Cloth says while sipping water at his downtown Toronto office, where he brokers Hollywood deals using Canadian funds.“It killed us. I’ve never seen a film go from what should’ve been a best picture winner to not even an Indie Spirit Award nomination.”While Creative Wealth Media and its partner Bron Studios didn’t lose money on the production, since Fox bought the film’s rights, Cloth says it was a crash course in Hollywood business. Sometimes a film’s best ingredients can become a significant risk somewhere between the script stage and final cut.But that doesn’t mean he regrets the investment.“If the same parameters came up, I would still take that film,” Cloth insists.He says the experience taught him it’s crucial to perform a thorough background check on talent involved in each project.“If there’s ghosts in the closet, we want to know about it,” he says. “If there’s rumours, we’d rather walk.”The dust kicked up by “The Birth of a Nation” helped Cloth establish his company as a calculated risk taker interested in making prestige films.What makes Creative Wealth Media unique is that it’s backing Hollywood productions largely with Canadian money. Pension plans, mutual fund operators and the country’s highest net worth families are some of the key investors getting behind indie films with trusted stars attached.Denzel Washington brought two of his movies — “Fences” and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” — to the Canadian financier and wound up picking up several Oscar nods, including two for himself and a best supporting actress win for Viola Davis.This year, Cloth hopes he’s sitting on another Oscar winner with “The Front Runner,” a biopic about American senator Gary Hart and a presidential campaign that was derailed by his extra-marital affair. Hugh Jackman is gathering buzz for his role as the senator in the Jason Reitman film, which opens Friday in Toronto and Vancouver.“If ‘Front Runner’ works we will be a three-year in a row Oscar-nominated production company,” Cloth boasts.But if it doesn’t work, Creative Wealth Management will move onto the next project. They’ve invested nearly US$200 million in production this year on movies like “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” with Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon, and the ultra-violent feminist action flick “Assassination Nation.”Next year, they’ve lined up US$500 million in film and TV financing that includes an untitled morning show drama produced and starring Reese Witherspoon for Apple’s streaming service, and “Fonzo,” an Oscar bait drama with Tom Hardy as Al Capone.Cloth says his company enticed Hardy to work on “Fonzo” with the same strategy that worked for Jackman on “Front Runner.” His business partner Gilbert promised both actors they were playing roles of a lifetime — the kind of parts that win Oscars.Those assurances got Jackman and Hardy so excited they agreed to scale back their usual pay grade to “nowhere near what their normal rate is,” he says. The cheaper movies lowered the risk and boosted the upside for everyone involved.It helps that Cloth has a proven track record for spotting potential.Nearly a decade ago, he met two Ottawa-raised entertainment managers seeking a loan to get their silky-voiced singer the Weeknd started. Nobody knew the artist, born Abel Tesfaye, but the managers were certain they represented a future superstar.A few years later, a lawyer friend suggested Cloth wade into the film industry by supporting an independent movie that saw its key investor pull out at the 11th hour before production. The experience opened Cloth’s eyes to a new world of growth.“It’s an industry that has almost no volatility,” he says.“What other industry (exists where) a drop in economic activity has almost no bearing on your business? Nothing touches film and television.”But not every movie delivers on its promise.Creative Wealth Media’s first few projects were Canadian films “Into the Forest” and “Hyena Road.” While they didn’t lose money, he says he didn’t consider either “financially successful.”Cloth says he’s become more attuned to audience tastes — a mystery that most film executives constantly struggle to understand.“(We) are really careful to ensure we have within our slate a female-centric film and actors with ethnic diversity,” Cloth says as an example.But he acknowledges that his company is still tied to projects with uncertain futures.Luc Besson’s upcoming film “Anna” is one of them, he says. Creative Wealth Media signed on as a co-finance partner before Besson was accused of rape by an actress earlier this year.And while the case is being investigated by French authorities — and the director denies any wrongdoing — the uncertainty throws the film’s prospects into question.“That one worries me,” Cloth says of the film, set for release next year.“There’s very little we can do to protect against that, other than try and work with established filmmakers that have this open history that we can check.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.David Friend, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

City fields closed until further notice

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has decided to close sports fields in local parks until further notice.The closing of the fields is due to the excessive rainfall that has hit the city since last night. Youth soccer, as well as minor baseball, will be cancelled because of this.The City’s Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey explained that the fields will likely stay closed until they are safe to play on. The city will send out an update once they decide to reopen the fields.last_img read more

Schmeichel is proud and angry of his son

first_imgLeicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel ran towards the crashing site of the helicopter carrying the team’s owner and four other peopleLeicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four other people died in a helicopter crash on October 27.The vehicle left King Power Stadium in Leicester and crashed a few seconds after taking off.And goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel saw it first hand and ran towards the wreckage.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I’m proud of his reaction as the first thing he wants to do is help,” Peter Schmeichel, the Foxes’ goalkeeper dad told the BBC.“He was running towards a burning helicopter. You don’t want your kids to do that.”“He’s done exceptionally well. He’s come through a difficult time and I’ve tried to read his emotions and hopefully it won’t be a big reaction,” he concluded.last_img read more

After posting bold picture for Virat Rohit Mahika Sharma makes fun of

first_imgMahika Sharma in middle.InstagramControversial actress Mahika Sharma has now made a big fun of Pakistan cricket team, after they lost the world cup match against India.Earlier before the match, Pakistan launched an ad making fun of wing- commander Abhinandan Varthaman asking him to enjoy a cup of tea. In reply to that, Mahika Sharma posted a message to Pakistan on her Instagram account.The post reads, “Pakistan. A kind request to you people atleast bring some hot and sexy captain like Shahid Afridi next time to treat the eyes of girls. Because you can never treat yourself with a victory from we Indians. You can only enjoy the time before the game by teasing us with your nonsense ideas like Abhinandan Ad. Lets enjoy a cup of tea guys. Hope if not cricket Sarfaraz Ahmed makes a good tea.”Earlier Mahika also revealed her crush for Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi and had said that she won’t mind getting intimate with him.On Sunday, Mahika also posted her semi-nude picture teasing Indian cricketers Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli,  calling them ‘naughty daddy’.last_img read more

EC fixes 26 June for voting in Gazipur city polls

first_imgGazipur City CorporationThe Election Commission (EC) on Sunday set 26 June to hold the Gazipur City Corporation polls, reports UNB.EC acting secretary HelaluddinAhmed said the election will be held on 26 June while the official election campaign will start on 18 June.The decision was taken at a meeting of the EC chaired by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Hudain the afternoon, he said.On Thursday, the Appellate Division asked the EC to hold the GCC Election by 28 June.The Appellate Division passed the order after hearing three separate appeal petitions filed by the Election Commission and two mayoral candidates — Hasan Uddin Sarkar of BNP and Zahangir Alam of Awami League.On 6 May, the High Court stayed the Gazipur City Corporation election which was scheduled to be held on 15 May.It also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the inclusion of six moujas of Dhaka district into GCC should not be declared illegal.The government on 16 January, 2013 published a gazette incorporating six moujas of Shimulia union of Savar upazila (South Boroibari, Domna, Shibrampur, West Panishail, South Panishail and Domnag) under Gazipur City Corporation but according to law, the GCC was formed with Gazipur and Tongi municipalities.ABM Azharul Islam Suruj, Shimulia union parishad chairman of Savar, filed the writ on 6 May morning challenging the legality of the gazette as the Election Commission announced the election schedule incorporating six moujas of Dhaka district, which is illegal.Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda announced the election schedule for Gazipur and Khulna city corporations on 31 March.last_img read more

Want to become doctor say majority of toppers

first_imgKolkata: Most of the toppers in the Madhyamik Examination expressed their desire to become doctors in order to serve people in the rural areas, while some others wanted to pursue research on various fields.Sougata Das of Mahammadpur Deshpran Vidyapith in East Midnapore, who topped the examination this year 99.98 percent marks, shared his happiness soon after the result was published. “I want to become a doctor. I thought that I would score good marks, but I never thought that I would come first in the Madhyamik Examination. It’s a great feeling. I want to serve the people after becoming a doctor,” Sougata said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShreyashi Paul of Falakata Girls’ High School in Alipurduar, who ranked second with 691 marks, was also amazed to see her name flashing on the television screens. She wants to become a doctor as well. “It is a great feeling for me. I was quite determined that I would score high marks but the idea of securing second position was far from my mind. My parents and elder sister have always supported and guided me. I will be pursuing science stream and want to be a doctor. I want to serve the poor people. There was no specific time for my studies. I used to study whenever I had time on my hands,” Shreyashi said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateDebasmita Saha of Ila Devi Girls’ High School, who also secured the second position, said: “I am excited to see the result. I never thought that I would rank second. I had obtained 665 marks in my test examination. The number has gone up in the Madhyamik examination. I would give the credit to my parents and teachers. I used to study for 9-10 hours on an average basis. Listening to music, drawing and watching TV were my pastime habits. I want to become a doctor.” Camelia Roy of Raiganj Girls’ High School scored 689 and jointly stood third with two others. She said that she wants to pursue science and do research work in future. Bratin Mondal, who also stood third, is a student of Santipur Municipal High School. He said: “I did not indulge in mobile phone too much as it diverts the attention of students. I use mobile for getting information. I preferred not to indulge in social media. One should do creative things. I want to do research on physics. Both of my parents are physics teachers.”last_img read more