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Round Table: Scream Queens on What Every Horror Director Needs to Know

first_imgFor this interview, we sat down with a diverse group of horror actors to find out everything we didn’t know about horror film production.Cover image via Ilkin Zeferli.Horror is a genre that is terrific for new filmmakers, as it’s typically not star-driven, often needs limited locations, and comes with a huge audience.It’s easy for the director to focus on the thrills and chills, but given that many of these films involve uncomfortable circumstances (stalking, assault, murder, torture, and sexual situations), it’s important to know the right way to keep your film set safe and professional, as well as how to respect your female talent.Image courtesy of Debbie Rochon.We were fortunate to gather a diverse and prolific group of actors, who have all worn, by shriek or slash, the horror honey badge of honor. Linnea Quigley (Return of the Living Dead), Kelli Maroney (Chopping Mall), Elizabeth Lambert (Brain Dead), Brinke Stevens (The Slumber Party Massacre) and Debbie Rochon (Model Hunger) gave us all the gory details on what goes down and how it could be better.PremiumBeat: Since you have all worked with many different directors, what can you say you appreciate or don’t appreciate about how sets are run, how you’re treated, or how safety concerns are handled?Brinke Stevens: Safety must come first, and it’s astounding to me when young filmmakers forget about that. I shot a movie in rural Illinois that I was certain would kill me for real. We had several 20-hour shooting days in a row, with barely any food or sleep. I was a total wreck by the end of that awful week.Debbie Rochon: Even if you are not shooting a union film, and even if you’re just shooting with friends, you must get some kind of insurance. It’s really not very expensive, and many different accidents can happen on a set. Lights fall, props malfunction — literally the unknown can and does occur.I was on a set that I assumed had insurance. It was a non-union set. The props master switched out a fake machete for a real one because the fake one didn’t look good on camera. I wasn’t told it was real or “hot.” So seeing we had shot the scene a number of times already we just did another take right away. Well, a machete has no hitch to stop the hand from sliding from the handle to the blade and that’s exactly what happened. I severed my four fingers on my right hand almost completely off — except for the bone.Kelli Maroney: I actually never thought of a set being run mostly by a director. There are so many other variables — the A.D. mostly. My work with the director is centered mainly on performance. I have never had a concern about safety on a set that wasn’t immediately addressed to my satisfaction. I am sensing here that might not be a typical answer.Image via Artisan Entertainment.Elizabeth Lambert: Probably the best experience I had was working on Witchboard III in Montreal, Canada. The whole thing was a dream job, pretty much from start to finish. I had never done a film in Canada before and didn’t realize how being over-the-top nice was one of the things Canadians Are famous for. The director Peter Svatek, was just venturing into horror from TV — he was so articulate and prepared and respectful. Needless to say, I was a bit nervous because [it] being an R-rated film, I knew that there would be a few nude scenes, which are never fun for me, and even though it wasn’t my first rodeo, I still dreaded them.I think it’s always a little harder for the woman because usually it’s a male director with the male DP and most of the crew is male! You’re lucky if you have maybe one or two females around. They decided to shoot the love scenes the first week I guess in case anyone balked, they would be able to replace us without wasting any footage. Pretty much after I met my leading man, I would soon be hopping into bed with him. Woohoo! Of course, they made it a closed set, very few people — only the essentials that was necessary: either holding a light or a boom but no stragglers. And believe me, I always make sure there are no creepers hanging around just to watch! Cuz they do!Image via Urban Classics.Linnea Quigley: David DeCoteau was worried about his actors and took good care of me. I got a little bruised up in Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowlarama only because the girl wasn’t trained. Then on the same movie, I told someone I knew while she was gone from location for a few days that this other girl was sleeping with him after her and they had a fight scene that night and the girl dislocated her knee. Good rule — no location romances.When I first started, I was doing some short, and it was crazy. We were in a helicopter way up with doors open and the camera man was out the window strapped in, and they wanted to land between the mountains let me out, and I’d be running. Well the pilot almost hit a power line, yikes, and couldn’t land, so they decided to go to the private side of Burbank airport where important people come in. He wanted me to run nude by getting over the fence as he handed me an assault rifle. I said “Are you wanting me shot?” and luckily wouldn’t do it. Then I had to chase my money from him, but they have you do stunt stuff, and it’s not always fun.PB: When you are working on films that have a very fast shooting schedule, how can the production set you up to succeed?Kelli: Clear expectations of when I’ll be needed and which scenes are being shot and what, if anything has changed as the day progresses. There are so many variables with time, but strong communication as to what is going on really helps the actors.Debbie: The most important elements are making sure you are prepared properly for a quick shoot. This means you know exactly what you want, you have all the shots worked out ahead of time, and you keep a sense of creative calm. If you have done all your homework, you shouldn’t be running around the set like a chicken with its head cut off. Seeing this just stresses out the cast and crew. If you are confident, the rest of us will be. Don’t leave the close-ups to the end. I know a lot of actors like to do them last because by then they really have a handle on what they want to do for the close-up, but if you are pushing through a tough schedule then the make-up (especially if you’re dealing with SFX!) is freshest earlier on. So just think of it like a glistening apple, you want to shoot the apple as flattering as possible for the scene and move out from there.Practical SFX don’t last many hours, and the more you touch them up, the rougher the edges look, so you really want to get good close-ups of them right away. This stands for a long or short shooting schedule but especially for the filmmaker who can’t redo the scenes another day because the shots didn’t work. He or she can’t afford to do that. Remember everything comes from the top, and if you are taking all of these elements into consideration, all the departments will be appreciative of your efforts.Like I said, pre-production can be where you spend as much time as you want, so really analyze what will be best for the movie, which in turn is best for everyone working on it. No one, paid or not, wants to be in a project that could have been so much better if the little things were thought of and taken care of.Image courtesy of Debbie Rochon.Brinke: Sometimes actors have to run full-tilt and chase people, or else blindly flee for our lives.  We often have vicious fight scenes and use a variety of deadly weapons.Last week, I got this pre-production memo: “FYI:  We don’t have a ‘fake’ meat hook for your death. We will work very carefully and safely with the real meat hook – camera tricks and creative editing. You will be safe. I have worked with this actor twice before, so we trust each other with real or fake tools. If you have concerns, please let me know.”  At least they let me know in advance so I can be fully aware and take my own precautions on set.Whenever I’m using a gun, I insist that the prop-man opens it up to convince me it’s unloaded. Just yesterday, in fact, they did this for me on a film set, since I was pointing a real gun (without bullets) at another actor.Image courtesy of Debbie Rochon.PB: What relationships beyond the director are important to you? Costume designer? Effects? Craft services (do you need that coffee or protein bar to get you through a night shoot?)Brinke: I often provide my own wardrobe and do my own makeup on movies these days. It’s a study in being self-sufficient. In the 1980s and ‘90s, when independent Hollywood studios made their own films, we actually had caterers, private trailers, and a full staff — but those days are long gone. I shop at thrift stores for my film wardrobe, since it will almost always get bloody and be totally ruined.Last year, I did a project in Dayton, Ohio where the makeup artist was really only there for SFX work and completely unable to do glamor makeup. It was one of the rare times that I’d neglected to bring my own makeup kit (since I’d packed a light carry-on bag). So I tried to make due with whatever materials I could find on the set that day, but it was very difficult to do a decent job.Kelli: As I mentioned, the A.D. is a crucial relationship. I’ve had some incredible assistant directors. They are organized, efficient, and have great senses of humor and are personable. Costume designer: yes, before actors ever get on set, meaning creating the role together rather than throwing some clothing at the actor and being irritated if the actor wants to try other things. It all goes better if we share our vision with each other. If there is a reason for that shirt, say so. If the art department or director wants hair or wardrobe a certain way, tell the performer. Hair and makeup — caring and fun people excel on set.Almost all of us on set depend heavily on Crafty to keep us going with coffee, water, snacks, etc. And camera, sound, lighting — everyone affects the actor and can affect performance. As rules for all people on set: be professional, do your job, be ready, be kind, be friendly, be considerate, be compassionate and forgiving, and have fun! These qualities make all the difference in production.Image via Atlantic Releasing Corporation. Kelli Maroney/Night of the CometDebbie: Coffee will always be my personal number one important relationship! I call it my acting juice. The costume and makeup departments are vital. Again, if you have these departments on your set, and the actor isn’t doing that for themselves, it’s a collaborative effort to put the character together. Same can be said for lighting and camera work. If you give a knock-out performance but it wasn’t captured properly, then it has failed. If you are lit incorrectly, then it’s a failure. The costume and makeup departments for actors are not just there for the convenience of the actor.I made a movie where I was playing a barfly/bad mother to the lead character. I had worked on the part for about a month before I arrived in Texas to shoot. The hair and makeup artist did the worst job and didn’t listen to what I was explaining to her, and I ended up looking like a frumpy librarian drinking at a bar. She also did this to a number of the other actresses too, I later found out. So having a team that’s on the same page to make the creation come to life is imperative.Image via Urban Classics.Linnea:  I like to play pranks depending on the people or set. Well, we were doing Creepozoids, and my love interest was getting up at five in the morning to work out and watching what he ate. We did this shower scene, and they had rigged a water jug above us. We were on boxes, trying not to fall off, and they were blowing smoke, and we got it done. He had been so nervous. Well, two days later, he is eating a lot and no gym, so I said to him “Damn, I cant believe we have to reshoot the shower scene again.” He looked horrified. A bit later, I peek around the corner to see him doing push-ups and all to get into shape since he had slacked off.Image courtesy of Brinke Stevens.PB: Have you ever worked with a female director?Brinke: The only female director I ever worked with was Amy Jones on my very first film, The Slumber Party Massacre. Since the script was written by famed author Rita Mae Brown, it was quickly labeled a “feminist horror film.” Nonetheless, I think it was just as gory — though perhaps with more humor — than any male slasher film of that eraDebbie: I have worked with only a couple of female directors. The most recent was Brinke Stevens who was exceptional. Why? Because she had everything prepared perfectly. She has acted in the business for a long time and knew how to speak to an actor. She was calm, focused, and knew exactly what she wanted. When we were finished, it just felt like a breeze. She had the experience and knowledge of working in the industry long enough to know all of the large and small details that make a shoot run smooth.My first female director was Roberta Findlay in 1989 and she was a riot. A very eccentric NY personality. She would be laughing with everyone one minute then yelling the next. But she came out of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s film scene where you had better be tough, especially as a woman, or your crew will not move when you need them to move.The difference I have experienced is minimal really; I have had very kind male directors and yelling, frantic male directors. I like both for different reasons. Male directors can fall into traps that include falling for one of the actresses, which messes up the film because the other actresses have to push through all of that BS to just get their roles across. That doesn’t always happen, but it happens more than you would think.Image via Motion Picture Marketing.PB:  I assume that violent scenes are heavily choreographed, but have you ever felt uncomfortable during filming? What made it that way? Can you share a difficult scene that was made better by either the director or crew or talent you were working with, and what was it that made it better?Linnea: Well, now some scenes aren’t choreographed at all. I had a scene in Savage Streets where I’m being thrown around, and I felt one of their pins go in the skin, and I was so scared he was going to throw me before I could get my arm out of harm’s way.  Plus they didn’t break character, so when they would tear off my clothes, the fabric that was supposed to rip didn’t and ripped into my shoulder.Debbie: Yes I had to do a scene in a movie called Nowhere Man that was extremely intense. I am with my fiancé who found out something bad about my character and when he comes home drunk, he wants to have sex, and we start to, but then it becomes rape. Very nuanced and difficult to physically choreograph and emotionally choreograph. In that case, it was such a difficult scene. The actor, whom I trusted 100%, really didn’t want to do the scene when it was time to shoot. But we had to for the story to work. So he had to have a beer (he never drank otherwise during the shoot) and the director told us what he wanted — framing wise — and boom. Action. That’s it . . . we had to just jump in and go through it and figure it out. Luckily we did. That certainly was one of the many times I was thrilled to be with a great actor whom I could trust.Too often in low budget movies, when there is a scene that requires a fight of some sort, the director thinks it can just be worked out on the spot, or they come up with something that is not very compelling or believable, and you try to adjust it so it works. If there had been a proper choreographer then it would have looked so much better.Also learning choreography on set is hard enough, so I would highly suggest the director and instructor beak it down by the shot so the actors can go full-out with no worries that they will forget one of the steps if it’s a long battle. In a perfect world, this is something you would have time to practice. Sometimes you do and sometimes you don’t.Image via Tim McCann.Elizabeth: Some of the most common-sense gestures are the most appreciated — like once when filming a very violent scene in the dead of winter in freezing [. . .] Palmdale (don’t ask) with lots of sticky, gooey blood-lying on the stone floor, after my coverage was done, someone had the wonderful idea to a put a pad underneath me so i wasn’t lying on the cold hard surface forever. I also appreciate when make up/hair/FX artists help take all the crap out of your hair after the shoot. I even had one angel, who after removing all the junk, would give me a much needed, stress-relieving head massage . . . now that’s the ideal makeup person you won’t find every day!Brinke: A couple months ago, I worked on Super Special in Huntsville, AL. The script called for me to have a fight-to-the-death scene with the killer, who would then pick me up and throw me off a second-floor balcony. (This would be faked with a dummy.) When we arrived at the location, the director realized that the balcony railing was poorly attached, very wobbly, and likely to break if pressed against too hard in a fight scene. To his credit, he re-wrote the scene so that my adversary merely strangles me to death instead, and I sink to the floor at his feet. Perhaps not as dramatic a demise, but so much safer!I remember a scene in November Son, where I had to wade into a scummy swamp to tussle with a not-so-dead corpse. It took place late at night, and I was terrified to enter the water for fear of leeches or whatever. I insisted on wearing my shoes into the swamp, for one thing, so as not to step on any sharp debris. Seeing my hesitation, the director Jason Paul Collum went into the water before me and stayed there during the whole scene. I pulled it off despite my trepidations! Later, after I went inside our location-house to shower off, I shampooed thick green slime out of my hair and off my body. I started laughing hysterically, thinking about how we’ll do such horrible things for movies that we would never do in real life.Image via David DeCoteau.PB:  What about sex scenes? Most of the time, you hear that it’s pretty unsexy on set. Very technical, and you’ve got a huge crew around. How important is a closed set for you on those days? How important is it that the director and crew understand and take care to make it as professional as possible (i.e. wardrobe ready with a robe in filming breaks, only having the people absolutely needed on set, trusting the actors you are working with and feeling safe in their presence).Brinke: Early in my career, nudity was simply the rule . . . what was expected of us. We just went along with it because we wanted to work. (But later on, I had to cut those scenes out before showing the videos to my parents!) I’ve never been shy about nudity. Good thing, too — my willingness to undress landed me a lot of good roles and helped to get me better noticed by fans. However, I was never comfortable doing explicit “love scenes” with a guy, so I tended to turn down those kind of parts. In almost every case, the directors have been very good about asking non-essential personnel to leave the set and we were treated respectfully. But then, there you are totally naked up on the big screen being watched by hundreds of people! I’m quite relieved that I’ve reached such an age where I’m no longer asked to do this and it’s left up to the younger starletsLinnea: It’s so immature, but producers, grown men, would come on the nude day and I always shooed them away. I didn’t know when I started that I could ask to clear the set if I was doing a nude scene, but now I do. It’s not sexy. You have to keep yourself in light, and it’s awkward.Debbie: Every actor is different. I have witnessed female and male actors walk around a set naked. I imagine it’s because they are that comfortable or they are trying to get comfortable. I was never one of these actors. Nudity is in almost all of my favorite TV shows or movies — it’s a very common thing. I think the best balance is to close the set but not make a big deal out of it at the same time. I have been in nude scenes where everyone not needed was whisked away but they were banished in such a way that when I emerged from the set, they all turned around and looked at me strangely — no, that was not my imagination. If it’s handled professionally and not as though the set is suddenly becoming an X-rated set, I think that balance is best. For me, the “no big deal” vibe is really cool. I don’t do nude scenes anymore, but when I did, I always appreciated the robe between takes and a “thank you” after. I have no idea why, but a little acknowledgement of the discomfort from the director was nice.Elizabeth Lambert and director Kevin Tenny.PB:  What would you like directors to know about working with female talent that would yield better results?Brinke: Running in high heels is very difficult! For It Came From Trafalgar, I had to race across a field in high-heeled boots. Of course, one of my heels got stuck in the dirt, and I plummeted down face-first. Also, I’m frequently asked to scream bloody murder in my films. I refuse to do it anymore, because I now have a sideline career of voiceover work and recording audio books, so I have to protect my assets.Debbie: If you are new, don’t be afraid to talk to your female cast. Some directors are a little nervous about that, and it’s okay. Just realize actors thrive on feedback because they can’t “see” what they’re doing. The obvious advice would be don’t engage in sexual tension with your female cast — not only does it create a bad working dynamic with that actress, but it also alienates the other actresses, and trust me, the crew will lose a lot of respect for you. Even if they would never admit to it. The movie is the  “thing.” It must be treated as the artistic project that it is.It’s bigger than a flirtation or even if you find yourself in a “teacher’s pet” situation. That always alienates the other cast members. So best not to go there. Also important — have the male actor know how to act a love scene. This is cinema, not real life, and an actress feels very horrified if they have to be the one to say stop. It’s fine if they do because the director might not have caught it, but if you see that the actor is taking advantage in a sex scene by groping places or things that aren’t even in the frame then stop the scene. This is all about trust, respect, and with any luck, you’ll have your cast and crew walk away wanting to work with you again.Image courtesy of Brinke Stevens.PB:  What’s it like working with a seasoned director vs. someone who is new to the process? Any advice you’d have for filmmakers who are about to make their first horror/action or exploitation film?Debbie: A seasoned director can be great because they have a way of setting the pace with confidence and he or she has the respect of the team because of it. I don’t mean approaching it like paint-by-numbers but in a strategic way that lays down structure. I love working with first-time directors too. They often have ideas that “pro” directors don’t because they’re thinking out of the box. They can also be more excited about being there, and that’s very contagious. But when working with first-time directors has been a problem it’s because they didn’t have the basics down. They didn’t have a shooting schedule so that everybody knew the night before what they were facing. I personally don’t need the daily sides, just a basic shooting schedule. This also goes for their shot list for the D.P. All of these things come with experience, and some new directors are more together than others. At the end of the day though, I would rather be collaborating with an artistic creative director who may not have all of his or her ducks in a row perfectly than the dry, unimaginative product-only concerned veteran.Elizabeth: My main advice to new directors is to take an acting class — learn about the process. So many of them know their way around a camera and technical things but know absolutely nothing about how to direct an actor.Linnea: I worked once with a director that we started the day off with me coming in a door, so I’m waiting to hear direction and I’m hearing “Go.”  He didn’t even know the terminology. Also, new directors shoot too many master shots.Image courtesy of Debbie Rochon.PB:  You’ve all had incredible careers, and longevity in this business is not easy! From your perspective, what has been lost and what has been gained in the last decade or so in terms of women in the industry?Debbie: Women have really gained a lot. While I could pine over things like “I used to be able to keep my entire wardrobe” and meaningless things like that, I would rather highlight something like the great female viewership that has massively grown — and it’s wonderful. There are more women working on both sides of the camera now. There are more projects that either have no exploitation or it’s equally distributed between the sexes! Writers, authors, directors. I think every aspect of this industry has come light-years since the ’80s. I love the ’80s films, but indeed, if you were female, you had to take whatever role was available if you wanted to work. Now, there’s so many projects on so many budget levels, you would be hard pressed not to find a jobA paying job is another story! I don’t work for free, but back when I started, I did. I nabbed every NYU thesis film I could so I could practice my craft. The difficulty now is distribution for indie films. Where there was a huge void that had to be filled by new cable channels and rental video stores or chains, now all that is gone, and you have possible streaming outlets for your movie like Amazon, Netflix, and a possible shot at Walmart. Very hard to make your money back. If you’re lucky. and it becomes a slow-but-steady sell, you can break even around the 10-year mark. That’s if it didn’t become a breakout success like The Blair Witch Project.Linnea: It’s changed. Wow, it’s digital instead of film, which I miss, and things, because of that , move faster.  It’s great women are producing and directing now and are getting powerful, and the talent . . . well the new ones aren’t as prepared as the older ones. A lot of stuff is CGI, done on a green screen, you aren’t even sure what’s real. They can do so much it boggles my mind, so everyone’s job seems to be less, and with digital you can do a lot of takes. We had to get it right the first time using film.Image via Atlantic Releasing Corporation.PB:  Any final thoughts?Debbie: Another great thing to keep in mind if you are shooting a small-budget film is to remember where you are shooting! I was in Arkansas shooting a voodoo-themed movie a few years back, and the local Baptist Church got wind of it. They took it to the town council immediately and had all of our locations taken away from us! The church threatened all the local establishments that we were going to shoot in that they would “ruin” them. In reality, the church lost the location fee for the owners. We still shot the movie in different locations, but it really threw a curve ball into the shoot as it happened two days in. If you’re going to make a witchy movie in the bible belt, make sure you either go to town hall and tell them in advance or change the title of your film to Flowers Are Beautiful or something. Each area will have its own prejudices — so be aware!Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out:Interview: Behind the Scenes with Producer Bonnie CurtisInterview: Keeping Score with Film and Television Composer Nathan BarrInterview: The Film Collaborative on Filmmaking Rights and DistributionInterview: The Editor of “This is America” on Building the Iconic VideoSet Your Film Right: On Location with Robert Foulkeslast_img read more

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A timeline of major attacks on security forces in Jammu and Kashmir

first_imgIn what could be the deadliest attack on the armed forces in Jammu and Kashmir in the last three decades in the State, at least 40 CRPF jawans were killed when a vehicle laden with explosives detonated in the Lethpora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama. Terror outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was a suicide blast. Here is a timeline of the major attacks that have taken place in Jammu and Kashmir since 1999 till date.February 10, 2018: A group of heavily-armed men struck the sprawling Sunjuwan Military camp of the 36 brigade of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry before dawn on February 10, killing six Army personnel. December 31, 2017: Five CRPF jawans were killed in a pre-dawn suicide attack on the central force’s training-cum-induction centre in Pulwama’s Lethpora area. September 18, 2016: Heavily armed militants stormed a battalion headquarters of the Army in North Kashmir’s Uri town in the wee hours, killing 17 jawans and injuring 20 other personnel.June 25, 2016: Eight CRPF personnel were killed and 20 others injured when militants attacked their convoy at Frestbal near Pampore in Srinagar on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.February 21, 2016: Three army commandos, including two Captains and a militant, were killed in a fierce gunfight with a group of terrorists holed up inside a government building on the outskirts of Srinagar, raising the toll to seven in the encounter that began a day earlier.December 7, 2015: Six CRPF personnel were injured when militants opened firing on their convoy near Green Tunnel at Samthan in Bijbehara in South Kashmir’s Anantnag District.November 25, 2015: Three JeM militants and a generator operator of MES were killed when a group of militants attacked an Army camp near LoC at Tanghdar in North Kashmir’s Kupwara District.November 18, 2015: A Colonel with the Army’s elite Para Commando unit was killed in an encounter with militants in the forests of Kupwara.May 31, 2015: Army foils attack on its Brigade headquarters in Tanghdar sector of Kupwara District by killing four members of six heavily armed militants.March 21, 2015: Two terrorists were killed during a fidayeen attack at the Army camp on Jammu-Pathankot National Highway in Samba District. Three persons including one civilian, a Major and an Army jawan were also injured during the attack.March 20, 2015: A fidayeen squad of militants in Army fatigues stormed a Police Station in Kathua District killing seven persons, including three SF personnel, two civilian and two militants while 12 persons, including eight CRPF personnel, three Policemen and a civilian were also injured in the incident.December 5, 2014: A group of heavily armed militants stormed into an Army’s 31 Field Regiment Ordinance Camp located at Mohra in Uri Sector of Baramulla District near the LoC.One Lieutenant Colonel and seven soldiers of the Army, one ASI and two constables of Jammu and Kashmir Police were killed. Six militants were also killed in the operation.November 27, 2014: 10 persons, including four civilians, three Army soldiers and three militants were killed in a day-long encounter at border village of Kathaar in Arnia sector, close to the International Border, of Jammu District.September 26, 2013: At least 13 killed in twin suicide attacks Jammu and Kashmir. A total of 10 people, apart from three militants, were killed during the attacks.The dead include four policemen and two civilians in Kathua District and four Army personnel, including Lieutenant Colonel Bikramjeet Singh in Samba District.24 June, 2013: Eight soldiers killed in attack on military convoy at Hyderpora, Srinagar.31 March, 2013: Attack on CRPF camp in Srinagar kills five.5 October, 2006: Terrorists attack at Budshah Chowk, in heart of Srinagar, killing five JKP personnel, two CRPF soldiers and one civilian.6 April, 2005: A day before the bus from Srinagar to Muzaffarabad in Pakistan occupied Kashmir is to be flagged off, two suicide squad terrorists attack the Tourist Reception Centre.22 July, 2003: A three-member team storms an army camp killing eight security force personnel, including a Brigadier, and injuring 12 others in Akhnoor.14 May, 2002: 36 persons are killed and 48 others injured in a fidayeen attack on an army cantonment in Kaluchak, Jammu.Most of the killed were family members.3 November, 1999: Ten army personnel killed in fidayeen attack on 15 Corps Headquarters at Srinagar’s Badami Bagh.(With inputs from The Hindu Net Desk)last_img read more

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Haryana Congress ex-chief Ashok Tanwar quits party

first_imgThe Congress on Saturday suffered a setback as former chief of Haryana unit Ashok Tanwar resigned from the primary membership ahead of the October 21 Assembly polls after alleging “conspiracy to eliminate all leaders groomed by Rahul Gandhi”. Announcing his resignation on Twitter, the former Congress leader posted his four-page resignation letter addressed to party president Sonia Gandhi in which he alleged that the “Congress is going through existential crises, not because of its political opponents but because of serious internal contradiction”.“I, after several months of consideration, tender my resignation from the primary membership of the Congress party, which I nurtured from my sweat and blood. My fight is not personal but against the system which is destroying the grand old party,” the letter said.“In the last few years, numerous conspiracies are being hatched to eliminate all those young leaders who have been groomed by Shri Rahul Gandhi in the last one and half decade. Unfortunately, most victims of this conspiracy may not have the courage to stand up, but I think it is my moral duty to resist, oppose and expose this onslaught.” Mr. Tanwar was upset after being replaced by Kumari Selja and being denied ticket to contest the Assembly polls. On Wednesday, he had openly protested outside the Congress chief’s 10 Janpath residence here, alleging irregularities and corruption in ticket distribution.But his letter has brought to the fore again the divide between the older generation of leaders and the younger lot seen to be close to former party chief Rahul Gandhi. Similar charges were levelled by former Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam, former Jharkhand chief Ajay Kumar who joined the Aam Admi Party (AAP), former Tripura chief Pradyot Dev Burman who stepped down from his party post and cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu who resigned as a Minister after a tiff with the Punjab Chief Minister. The party, however, played down the conspiracy charges and advised leaders to exercise restraint. Asked about the comments by Mr. Nirupam and Mr. Tanwar, former Union Minister Manish Tewari said on Friday party colleagues should “not resort to kite flying by floating conspiracy theories”.Sources told The Hindu that instead of focussing on inner-party squabbles, the Congress is keen on taking on Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar government with targeted campaigns. After launching Pehle Report Phir Vote (First Report Then Vote) where the Opposition party had asked the government to present its five-year report card, the party has launched the Khattara Sarkar (rickety government) campaign as a pun.“With consistent deceptions & lies, Khattar Govt has shown Haryana that it must do away with #KhattaraSarkar to progress & leave misrule in the past!” tweeted Ms. Selja on Saturday.last_img read more

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Kiefer Ravena ‘very excited’ to play for Guiao at NLEX

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion One of the most sought after prospects in the game today, Ravena believes that joining the draft is the culmination of all of his work back from his days playing for Ateneo.“It’s all for this. We look forward to this day since we all started playing.”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 shutoutRavena, who is projected to go second after Fil-German big man Christian Standhardinger, said he’s more than ready to play for whichever team he suits up for.But he admitted that the possibility of playing for coach Yeng Guiao at NLEX, which holds the No. 2 pick, makes him giddy. Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Standhardinger says he will be at PBA Draft after missing combine QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Guiao eyes Standhardinger, Ravena as NLEX’s draft pick“If ever NLEX picks me, I’m excited to be under coach Yeng. I’ve been under a fiery coach before such as coach Jamike (Jarin), and I guess that was a good practice for me. But I don’t think coach Jamike is anywhere close to how coach Yeng is,” said the 23-year-old guard.“I’m very excited and I’ve talked to coach Yeng a couple of times prior to the combine, so hopefully everything pans out. If ever I go number two, I’ll be with him in NLEX.”Ravena cleared he will give his best effort to whichever team picks him.“For us, as long as we get our foot inside the PBA, we’ll control what we can control which is how we play, and that is giving 110 percent for the team that will pick us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kiefer Ravena surveys the floor during a scrimmage at the PBA Draft Combine at Gatorade Hoops Center. PBA IMAGESAfter giving it much thought, Kiefer Ravena feels that the timing is just right for him to enter the PBA.“I really thought about this with my family and a decision that really took so much time. Once I submitted my papers, I knew my future is already here,” Ravena said.ADVERTISEMENT Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 View commentslast_img read more

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How Ashwin’s spell of 4 for 8 powered India to series win

first_imgHello and welcome to the coverage from the third and final T20I between India and Sri Lanka in Visakhapatnam.ScorecardIndia won by 9 wickets:Dhoni: I feel it was a very good game. It was important to restrict them to a decent total after we opted to bowl. Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers today. In between, you will lose one or two games and that’s fair. You want to go hard at times and sometimes it doesn’t come off. The consistency in our performances will give us the kind of confidence we want to have when we play this format. We have got experienced players, 8 seasons of IPL. In international cricket, we have played one or two games here and then. It’s the IPL that has given us the chance to groom ourselves in this format. That extra batter at eight helps us a lot. With a few part-timers, there are many players who can do both the jobs and that’s helping me. The conditions have been good and it’s been great to exploit those conditions. In these conditions, the part-timers come into play. That gives us the liberty of trying out a few things. If one of the bowlers have an off day, someone else can chip in. What’s important for us is to be expressive. We need to take one game at a time, the build-up has been good.Ashwin: I hope this lasts forever. The ball is coming out well and in all the three games, I have had a good time with the ball. I have been working hard with the fielding coach as well. I don’t want to be deficient in any department. I was looking for a five-for today. The wicket had a lot of dampness and the ball was gripping the surface. I have a couple of variations, I have a good arm ball and a good carrom ball. I am bowling well and I have been challenging the batters well. It is important to know how much of a window you have to flight the ball.advertisementChandimal: It was really difficult. As a batter, we didn’t perform throughout the series. We kept losing wickets, we needed to get 140+ to have a chance. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do it. It happens with an inexperienced side, they were trying to hit a lot of boundaries. We will try to learn from this. I am very impressed with the bowlers, Chameera and Shanaka. We need to regroup as a team and we are looking forward to the next tournament. Ravichandran Ashwin: Man of the Match and Man of the Series. 13.5 overs: Dhawan finishes off the match in style as India chase down the total without beating a sweat. With this thumping nine-wicket win, India clinch the series 2-1 and also take the No.1 spot in T20I rankings. All looks well for India in every department with the big World Twenty20 starting next month. Not a day for India colts at the U-19 World Cup final, but definitely the senior team has got the smiles back.12.6 overs: Runs now coming in singles for India but 14 runs away from victory. Rahane and Dhawan also don’t need to step up the ante. 9.6 overs: Rahane and  Dhawan seem to be in no hurry as India inch closer towards win. The hosts now need 25 off 60 balls.8.3 overs: Four. Dhawan gets into position quickly to reverse sweep past short third man. Ajinkya Rahane is the new batsman at the crease after Rohit Sharma’s dismissal. Yuvraj Singh could have been promoted? 5.2 overs: Out. Chameera strikes by trapping Rohit Sharma lbw for 13. Rohit had started to play his shots but trying to play against the line gets trapped infront of the wickets by Chameera. 4.2 overs: Six. Rohit Sharma dances out of the crease and boom goes the ball over midwicket. 3.6 overs: Not a blazing start from the two Indian openers as one would have expected chasing a small target of 83. India 17 for 0. 0.1 overs: Sachitra Senanayake starts the proceedings and does well by giving only 5 runs. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are out in the middle for the chase of paltry 83.Sri Lanka 82 all out:17.6 overs: Bumrah bundles out Sri Lanka by yorking out Dilhara Fernando for 1. The tourists have been all out for 82 – their lowest T20I total. This should be an easy chase for India. 15.4 overs: Out. Second wicket for Raina in the over, Perera going for the big shot and gets a leading edge to sweeper, where Jadeja takes the catch.  Sri Lanka 9 down.advertisement15.2 overs: Out. Raina gets a lucky wicket by dismissing Senanayake caught behind. Nothing on the Ultraedge, but the umpire has made his decision. 13.6 overs: Ashwin has to be satisfied with his four wicket but nonetheless an excellent spell with figures of 4 for 8. Sri Lanka 69 for 7 with Perera and Senanayake at the crease. Ashwin into his final over and a wicket will make him the first Indian bowler to claim a five-for in T20Is. 10.3 overs: Out. Shanaka makes room to play the cut shot but gets inside edge onto the stumps. Jadeja gets rewarded for his stump-to-stump bowling. Sri Lanka now 7 down. 9.6 overs: Tidy first over from Hardik Pandya, just four runs off it. Sri Lanka need a steady partnership going to put up decent score on the board. Sri Lanka 54 for 6.7.6 overs: Yuvraj Singh concedes 15 runs in his first over, but Jadeja neutralises the runs by getting Seekkuge Prasanna run out with a direct hit. Sri Lanka struggling at 48 for 6.Spin from both ends, Jadeja and Yuvraj in action now. 5.1 overs: Out. Nehra joins in as he castles Siriwardana for 4. The batsman plays across the line and misses to see his off-stump gone for a cart-wheel. Sri Lanka in deep trouble now. 4.6 overs: Ashwin is running through the Sri Lankan line-up, but the batsman should consider himself unlucky there. The ball spinning away down leg takes the thigh pad of Asela Gunaratne (4), simple catch for leg slip. Ashwin takes four and Sri Lanka four down.3.6 overs: Not a bad over from Bumrah, except for the boundary off the last ball. Sri Lanka 20 for 3. Jasprit Bumrah into the attack. 2.1 overs: Out. Ashwin on a roll as he strikes first ball to send back Chandimal for 8. That was a nothing shot from the Sri Lankan skipper, the bowler read it well by dragging the length back a bit. Sri Lanka 3 down now. 0.6 overs: Dream start for India with Ashwin striking twice in the first over to send back both the openers cheaply. His first wicket was Dickwella (1), getting stumped by Dhoni and next was Dilshan (1) trapped lbw. India start the proceedings with Ravi Ashwin. For Sri Lanka, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Dickwella open the innnings. We are 10 minutes away from the start. Not to forget, the winner of this match becomes No.1 in T20I rankings. So exciting match coming up… Teams:Sri Lanka: Niroshan Dickwella, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dinesh Chandimal(w/c), Asela Gunaratne, Seekkuge Prasanna, Milinda Siriwardana, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Sachithra Senanayake, Dilhara Fernando, Dushmantha ChameeraIndia: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(w/c), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra India won the toss and have opted to bowl. Pitch Report: I think we are in for a lot of runs. There are a few dry spots, but I don’t think they will matter a lot. It will definitely turn a bit, but I can see the batsmen scoring a lot of runs today. There might be some dew later on, says Sunil Gavaskar advertisementIndia having drawn level in Ranchi would look to seal the deal in Visakhapatnam for their second successive T20 series victory. Sri Lanka having put India on the mat in the first T20I, couldn’t carry on with the momentum and allowing the hosts to bounce back. With conditions favouring in the second match, India were at their best in all the departments but Sri Lanka comprising of youngsters can spring a surprise in the decider. Stay tuned guys, toss coming up in 30 minutes.Preview: Buoyed by an overwhelming victory in the previous game, a resilient India would look to continue the momentum and seal off their second successive T20 series win when they take on Sri Lanka in the third and final Twenty20 International on Sunday.India shrugged off their embarrassing defeat in opening T20 match in Pune with a commanding show in Ranchi, where they outclassed the island nation by 69 runs to level the series. The Indian batsmen had struggled to cope with the ‘green’ track in Pune but adjusted well on a slow strip at Ranchi, where they did not put a foot wrong.The bowlers, too, were in complete control, never letting the Sri Lankan batsmen dominate. Moreover, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s captaincy was impressive and all his experiments, be it reshuffling of the batting order or bowling tactics, paid off. India not only mastered the conditions but also executed their plans to perfection. The flying start that openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma provided India, gave Dhoni a chance to experiment with the batting order.The move to send Hardik Pandya ahead of himself and Yuvraj Singh worked well as the young batsman came up with a fiery cameo. In Australia, Pandya did not get an opportunity to show his batting prowess but he certainly made an impression in Ranchi last night. It required a lot of muscle power and accurate shot selection to get runs and Pandya did a decent job.However, Yuvraj, who came to bat at number seven, did not get enough time and was out for a duck. It will be good if the elegant left-hander get some time to spend in the middle before the next month’s World Twenty20. Dhoni has conceded that it will be difficult to send him up the order since the top-four are doing extremely well but showed intent of giving Yuvraj more chances to bat for longer period.Dhawan was in terrific touch Friday night and he made batting look easy. Till now it was only Rohit who was tormenting the rival bowlers but with Dhawan also striking form, Indian batting wears a more assured look. Ajinkya Rahane though struggled a bit, and Dhoni may be tempted to draft in Manish Pandey for the series-deciding match, even though he is not a big fan of disturbing a winning combination.Dhoni had read the slow wicket well and employed smart bowling tactics, starting the attack with Ravichandran Ashwin, using all spin options available in the middle overs and holding back Jasprit Bumrah for as late as 16th over. Though both Ashish Nehra and Bumrah did extremely well, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is expected to be more effective in the coastal city as the conditions would suit his swing bowling during the evening.The captain was sharp behind the wickets too, effecting two smart stumpings. The Sri Lankan pace trio of Kasun Rajitha, Dushmantha Chameera and Dasun Shanaka had wreaked havoc in Pune but they were hammered around in Ranchi by the in-form Indian batsman and the visiting bowlers are unlikely to get any respite. Thisara Perera got a hat-trick but it came too late.Sri Lanka would hope that their batsmen do better, specially Tillakaratne Dilshan, who is the most experienced in the squad in the absence of many seniors. With the series poised at 1-1, both the teams will be keen to end it on the winning note, going into Asia Cup and then World Twenty20 high on confidence. T20 is a fickle format but it looks extremely difficult for the Sri Lankans to topple the home team on Sunday unless they raise their game by several notches.last_img read more

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Maha CM launches logo for Tata Open Maharashtra tourney

first_imgMumbai, Dec 6 (PTI) Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis, today launched the logo for the Tata Open Maharashtra which will be held in Pune from January 1 to 6, 2018.World number six Marin Cilic, 2017 US Open finalist Kevin Anderson and big-serving Ivo Karlovic are the top players who would feature in the tournament, Indias lone ATP World Tour event, to be held in Punes Balewadi Sports Complex for the first time.The qualifiers for the tournament, which has moved to Pune after being held in Chennai for 21 years, will be held on December 30 and 31.”We have a lot of tennis lovers in our country and our state who keenly watch tournaments, be it the Wimbledon, French Open, US Open, Davis Cup. All these tournaments are watched on television. But, to watch a high-ranking tournament at the stadium is a visual treat for tennis lovers and also a good learning process for tennis players,” Fadnavis said.The tournament – introduced in 1996 – has seen the likes of Spanish great Rafael Nadal, Stanislas Wawrinka, Carlos Moya, Milos Raonic and Marin Clinic, gracing the event.”It will start a new era in the lawn tennis space of Maharashtra,” he remarked.Tournament Director Prashant Sutar said the tennis stadium within the complex was being renovated at a cost of Rs 60-70 lakh.Asias Tennis Best Academy, to be supported by Adar Poonawala for the next five years, would be announced during the ATP (tournament), Sutar said.”There will be main five centres – Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Aurabgabad and Solapur – to provide tennis coaching to students and 25 per cent of the seats will be reserved for students from rural areas,” he said.advertisementThe CM also said a plan is being prepared on how best to revamp the Balewadi complex in order to put it to maximum use.”We are speaking to some consultants. After our Sports Director returns from election duty in Gujarat, we will make the plan public,” he added.According to Fadnavis, the focus of his government will be to see how sports activities can be enhanced at the Balweadi complex and the Mankapur Sports Complex in Nagpur. PTI NRB SSR NRBlast_img read more

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Pole Vaulter, 84, Sets Her Sights on More Records (Vid)

first_imgBy: Lisa Rathke, Associated PressTweetPinShare11 Shares BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — An 84-year-old pole vaulter isn’t putting her pole down anytime soon.Flo Filion Meiler left Thursday for the World Masters Athletics Championship Indoor in Poland, where she’ll compete in events including the long jump, 60-meter hurdles, 800-meter run, pentathlon and pole vault, for which she’s the shoo-in.The petite, energetic woman from Shelburne, Vermont, said she feels more like 70 than nearly 85.“But you know, I do train five days a week. And when I found out I was going to compete at the worlds, I’ve been training six days a week because I knew I would really get my body in shape,” she said last week, after track and field training at the University of Vermont.But she literally won’t have any competition in the pole vault in the championships, which runs March 24-31 in Torun, Poland. She is the only one registered in her age group, 80-84, for the sport, for which she set a world record at age 80. In the men’s pole vault, nine men are listed as competing in that age group.Meiler said she the events she likes the best are the hurdles and the pole vault — one of the more daring track and field events, in which competitors run while carrying a fiberglass or composite pole, brace it against the ground to launch themselves over a high bar, and land on a mat.“You really have to work at that,” she said. “You have to have the upper core and you have to have timing, and I just love it because it’s challenging.”Meiler is used to hard work. She grew up on a dairy farm, where she helped her father with the chores, feeding the cattle and raking hay. In school, she did well at basketball, took tap and ballroom dancing, and, living near Lake Champlain, she water skied.Meiler, who worked for 30 years as a sales representative for Herbalife nutritional supplements, and her husband, Eugene, who was a military pilot and then became a financial analyst, together competed in water skiing.“Many times when I did water ski competition I was the only gal in my age group,” she said.She’s a relative newcomer to pole vaulting and track and field, overall. At age 60, she was competing in doubles tennis with her husband in a qualifying year at the Vermont Senior Games when a friend encouraged her to try the long jump because competitors were needed.“That was the beginning of my track career,” she said, standing in a room of her home, surrounded by hundreds of hanging medals. She took up pole vaulting at 65.Athletics has helped her though some hard times, she said. She and her husband adopted three children after losing two premature biological babies and a 3-year-old. Two years ago, their son died at age 51.And she desperately misses her training partner, a woman who started having health problems about five years ago and can no longer train. It’s tough to train alone, she said, and she hopes to find a new partner.“She’s incredibly serious about what she does,” said Meiler’s coach, Emmaline Berg. “She comes in early to make sure she’s warmed up enough. She goes home and stretches a lot. So she pretty much structures her entire life around being a fantastic athlete, which is remarkable at any age, let alone hers.”And it has paid off, said Berg, an assistant track coach at Vermont.Berg herself first started following Meiler 10 years ago while she was a student at New Hampshire’s Dartmouth College, watching her at the annual Dartmouth Relays.“She was like a local celebrity,” she said.Setting a record at age 80 with a 6-foot (1.8-meter) pole vault at the USA Track and Field Adirondack Championships in Albany, New York, while her husband watched, Meiler said, was one of her happiest days.“I was screaming, I was so happy,” she said.The overall world record for women’s pole vaulting is 16.6 feet (5.6 meters), according to the International Association of Athletics Federations.Meiler turns 85 in June, when she’ll head to the National Senior Games in New Mexico.That will put her in a new age group, in which she hopes to set even more records.Meiler’s athletic achievements are remarkable and something to be celebrated, said Dr. Michael LaMantia, director of the University of Vermont Center on Aging.Pole vaulting clearly isn’t for everyone of her age, but in general, activity should be, LaMantia said.“She can serve as a role model for other seniors,” he said.last_img read more

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ISL: Mumbai City FC and Atletico de Kolkata share points after goalless stalemate

first_imgMumbai City FC and Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) played out a goalless stalemate in an Indian Super League (ISL) encounter at the Mumbai Football Arena here on Saturday.In what turned out to be a lukewarm battle, neither team fashioned enough chances to deserve all three points and played out only the second goalless draw this season. The point gained sees Mumbai City and ATK remain at their respective positions at fourth and sixth spot respectively.The first chance of the match fell for the visitors when Everton Santos got behind the Mumbai defence and pulled it back for Komal Thatal inside the box. However, the youngster miscued his shot altogether with only Amrinder Singh to beat in goal.The home side saw a lot of the ball but struggled to create any openings. For ATK, Santos looked threatening each time he was on the ball. However, Mumbai did well defensively to thwart ATK from making inroads.For ATK, Ricky Lallawmawma ensured that the dangerous Arnold Issoko was kept under check as the Congolese hardly had any impact in the first half.It was a half where both teams were ineffective in the final third as neither goalkeeper was tested.Mumbai City did come out with intent at the start of the second half and forced a couple of chances. In the 49th minute, Rafael Bastos found Paulo Machado after getting on the end of a cross from Issoko. But Machado’s effort was blocked away.Bastos then shot over from a promising position before Machado miscued his effort following a quick counter-attack.advertisementThe pace of the game slowed down as the half wore on as clear-cut chances came at a premium. In the 78th minute, Amrinder Singh was forced into action to keep out Manuel Lanzarote’s on-target free-kick.Subhasish Bose then called Arindam Bhattacharya into action with a belter from distance that the ATK goalkeeper had to parry over the bar.Lanzarote was then left frustrated three minutes later after his appeals for a penalty after being taken down inside the box by Sehnaj Singh fell on deaf ears.But that was about it as far as chances went as the teams settled for a point.Also Watch:last_img read more

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THREE ARRESTED ON GUN TRAFFICKING CHARGES

first_imgTHREE SUSPECTS ARE FACING CHARGES FOR TRAFFICKING IN STOLEN FIREARMS AND OTHER COUNTS FOLLOWING THEIR ARREST WEDNESDAY IN SIOUX CITY.SIOUX CITY POLICE OFFICER ANDREW DUTLER SAYS A STRING OF EVENTS LEADING TO THE ARRESTS BEGAN WITH A TRAFFIC STOP AROUND 1:30 WEDNESDAY MORNING:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/GUNARRESTS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..IN THAT VEHICLE. :1824-YEAR-OLD DANIEL POWELL WAS ARRESTED FOR TRAFFICKING IN STOLEN FIREARMS AND OTHER COUNTS.31-YEAR-OLD MATTHEW LYNAM WAS ARRESTED FOR TRAFFICKING OF STOLEN FIREARMS, BEING A FELON IN POSSESSION OF FIREARMS AND OTHER COUNTS.OFFICER DUTLER SAYS THOSE ARRESTS LED POLICE TO GET A SEARCH WARRANT FOR A NORTHSIDE APARTMENT:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/GUNARRESTS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….THAT PARTICULAR ADDRESS. :22DUTLER SAYS A STOLEN FOUR-WHEELER WAS ALSO FOUND IN THE APARTMENT PARKING LOT.THAT LED TO THE ARREST OF THE APARTMENT OCCUPANT, 26-YEAR-OLD COLTON NOVAK, ON CHARGES OF TRAFFICKING STOLEN FIREARMS AND SECOND DEGREE THEFT.NOVAK WAS BOOKED INTO THE WOODBURY COUNTY JAIL ON $10-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.LYNAM IS BEING HELD ON $20-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND AND POWELL ON $13,100 BOND.PHOTO COURTESY KMEG/KPTHlast_img read more

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5-Star RB Zachary Evans, Nation’s No. 1 Recruit, Announces Top 5

first_img pic.twitter.com/R1FiMfNaIk— T H R E E (@Runzekerun01) May 28, 2019Most notably, Evans has seemingly eliminated all Texas schools. That could always change, but for now, he’s clearly thinking of leaving the state for college.In fact, reading his quotes in an interview with 247Sports tonight, it becomes clear why Evans has dropped Texas. Texas A&M also didn’t make the cut.Evans has been compared to former Wisconsin star and current Los Angeles Chargers standout Melvin Gordon. Additionally, 247Sports projects him as a future first-round pick in the NFL Draft.Update: An earlier version of this post mistakenly said Evans was still considering Clemson. He is not, and is in fact still eyeing LSU. high school footballTop recruit Zachary Evans runs with the ball during a high school game.Earlier: Houston (Tex.) North Shore five-star running back Zachary Evans is the top recruit in the 2020 class. He literally has his choice of any program in the country.As of tonight, Evans has narrowed his search considerably. He’s cut his list of nearly 50 offers down to five.The five schools Evans is “focusing” are five of the top programs in the country, and they will all be in the top 10 of the preseason polls.He is still looking at Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Ohio State and Oklahomalast_img read more

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Fair Drug Prices Now a Reality for Nova Scotians

first_imgMore than a year ago, government embarked on an effort aimed at lowering the price of generic drugs for Nova Scotians. We undertook this to make generic drugs more affordable and prices in line with those paid by people in other provinces. Nova Scotians were paying some of the highest prices in the world for generic drugs and that needed to change. Now, more than a year after we embarked on this work, Nova Scotians are paying less for most prescriptions of generic drugs at the pharmacy counter. I’m very pleased to report that all Nova Scotians are paying the new, lower prices, regardless of whether they have coverage through a private insurance plan, the province’s Pharmacare program, or pay cash for their prescription drugs. Starting on Wednesday, Feb. 1, Nova Scotians will see savings on most generic drugs at pharmacies once more as the second stage of our plan goes into effect. The majority of generic drugs are now priced at 40 per cent of the cost of the equivalent brand name drug, down from 45 per cent, which went into effect last summer. In the final step, prices will go down to 35 per cent of the brand drug, which is where it will stay. Our fair drug pricing plan is making life more affordable for Nova Scotians by lowering the price of generic drugs. For example, before the plan went into effect, a Nova Scotia senior paid $41.35 for a three month supply of simvastatin (80mg), a generic drug prescribed to lower cholesterol. As of Feb. 1, the same senior now pays $31.91. This person will see further savings when the price goes down again in August. Taking action to control rapidly growing drug costs is critically important. As a province, our spending on prescription drugs almost doubled in the past eight years and we need to keep this dramatic growth in check. We’re working hard to live within our means. Through this plan, we’re getting a better deal for families, seniors, individuals and taxpayers who expect us to maximize the use of every health dollar. Nova Scotians who need generic drugs are spending less. Taxpayers are also spending less on prescription drugs through Pharmacare. This year, we’re on track to spend $6 million less on drugs than we would have without these changes. More than 200,000 Nova Scotians — seniors, families and people who need our help most — count on Pharmacare. Our population is aging, and more and more Nova Scotians are going to be relying on Seniors’ Pharmacare for help with drug costs. We want to make sure Pharmacare is there for those who need it today and in the future. Through these measures, we’re taking the steps necessary to make sure it is. -30-last_img read more

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Govt allows SAIL to offload 25 iron ore output in open market

first_imgNew Delhi: The mines ministry on Tuesday said it has allowed state-owned SAIL to offload up to 25 per cent of total iron ore produced in the previous year through open market. However, it will be subject to clearance from the respective state governments, where the mines are located, after following due procedure. It is valid for a period of 2 years, the ministry said in a statement. The country’s largest steel maker, under the Ministry of Steel, has over 20 captive mines spread across Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAs per the provision of section 8A(6) of the MMDRA Act 1957, the lease of 31 working iron ore mines are expiring next year on March 31, 2020, and it is expected to lead to a shortfall of 60 million tonnes (MT) of iron ore in the market, the ministry said. The mines ministry has noted that there is a need to take adequate steps to ensure availability of iron ore in the market to meet the demand of domestic steel makers. It has been informed by the ministry that SAIL has capacity to enhance its iron ore production from its captive mines by 7-8 MT in 2020-21 and by 10-12 MT in 2021-22. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostSteel plants of the firm are designed to process defined quantity and quality of ore and the increased production from captive mines can not be consumed in their plants, it said. “In order to maintain the availability of iron ore in the market and considering the capability of captive mines of SAIL to increase their production, the Central Government, in exercise of the power conferred under section 20A of MMDR Act 1957 hereby allows SAIL to sell in a year up to a quantity equivalent to maximum 25 per cent of total mineral production in the previous year. The norm of 25 per cent of total production shall be calculated on the cumulative production of all captive mines of SAIL in a state,” the ministry in its order said. In this regard, an authorised person in-charge of captive mines in SAIL will make an application to the concerned state government giving details of production during previous year and quantity and garde of mineral proposed to be sold in the open market. “The state government in consultation with the Indian Bureau of Mines if satisfied having regard to the quantity and grade of such mineral shall by an order permit the lessee to dispose of the mineral, in such quantity and in such manner, as specified by the state government. The relaxation is allowed for a period of two years,” it added. In a separate order the ministry said that over 162 million tonne (MT) of low grade iron ore fines and ores are also lying at different places across the country and out of this, about 70 MT, including slime, is lying dumped across captive mines of SAIL. The order further said that the state governments where SAIL has captive mines have been asked to allow the sale of sub grade minerals lying at the mine pit heads of captive mines of SAIL. The procedure for the sale of low garde ore will be the same as for the iron ore. “SAIL does not have enough beneficiation and pelletisation capacity. Hence, it is not possible for it to consume these low grade fines/ores for its steel plants…it is imperative that the sub grade ores/fines, which are not suitable for end use of captive purposes are allowed to be sold to the domestic end user companies,” the order added. “Ensuring raw material security for Indian steel industry has been at the top of our agenda. Our government has taken several efforts towards this and the order passed by the Ministry of Mines is an important step in this direction,” Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said in the statement.last_img read more

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Metallica Joins Im Listening Campaign For Mental Health And Suicide Prevention

first_imgEntercom has announced the launch of the “I’m Listening” campaign for mental health awareness and suicide prevention.The campaign includes a two-hour on-air special that will be broadcast live from Seattle on World Suicide Prevention Day, Sunday, September 10 at 10:00 a.m. ET / 9:00 a.m. CT / 8:00 a.m. MT / 7:00 a.m. PT across all Entercom platforms, a first in the company’s history. Additionally, the campaign includes suicide prevention PSAs, on-air promos and live conversation airing on Entercom stations beginning today.The two-hour live special will focus on personal stories from artists and celebrities while offering help and resources to listeners via a live call-in option. The conversation will be led by BJ Shea, Entercom Seattle KISW-FM on-air personality, and will feature guests such as Christine Moutier, M.D., chief medical officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Dr. Ursula Whiteside, clinical psychologist, CEO of NowMattersNow.org.Musicians and celebrities connected to the cause are coming together to help end the stigma connected to talking about mental health. The personalities scheduled to appear during the special program include Metallica; Sarah Barthel, PHANTOGRAM; Krist Novoselic, NIRVANA; Logic; William DuVall, ALICE IN CHAINS; Halsey; Michael Angelakos, PASSION PIT; David Draiman, DISTURBED; LeRoy Butler, former NFL player for the Green Bay Packers; Kristen Carney, “Mentally Ch(ill)” podcast; James Arthur; Gary Allan; Khalid; Jack Antonoff, BLEACHERS; Justin Furstenfeld, BLUE OCTOBER; and legendary music producer Bob Ezrin; among others.The topics to be discussed during the special include what all of us can do to prevent suicide, how to talk to friends and family about mental health and suicide, what to do if you or someone you know is struggling with depression, how to get involved in suicide prevention in your local community and where to go to learn more about the cause.“Through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, we know that everyone has a role to play,” said Logic. “I am so proud to partner with Entercom on a national scale, and I hope that among other things, my song ‘1.800.273-8255’ will help end the stigma of talking about mental health. Radio, quite literally, can save lives.”“Since the loss of my oldest son to suicide, mental health and mental illness issues have been very close to my heart,” said Bob Ezrin. “We need to speak openly and honestly about these issues so that it becomes natural for people who are suffering to reach out for help.”For more information about the campaign, visit www.ImListening.org.last_img read more

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Calmer conditions give firefighters a break battling Tommy Lakes Fire

first_imgIn the south, crews are building a guard west of the Tommy Lakes Road, and employing direct attack on the southeast flank. On the southwest flank, they are also installing sprinklers on the South Nig Road guard in preparation for possible controlled ignitions. MacAuley said that while the fire did cross the CN Rail tracks along its southeast edge, crews have found that the rail line itself was undamaged in the fire. She said that firefighters are also working to protect any backup rail ties that may be sitting along the tracks.The weather forecast is currently calling for cooler temperatures for the rest of the week, with a chance of showers and a risk of thunderstorms on Wednesday. MacAuley explained that crews are welcoming the cooler temperatures and precipitation, but that thunderstorms could cause increased fire activity due to the presence of strong wind gusts near convective clouds. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fire crews with the BC Wildfire Service say that cooler temperatures and calmer winds have slowed the growth rate of the Tommy Lakes Fire burning north of Fort St. John.Fire Information Officer Rosalie MacAuley said that after several days of intense growth spurred by high winds, the calmer air and cooler temperatures Tuesday have both resulted in a drop in fire activity. She said that the fire now sits at 22,659 hectares, and is 10 percent contained. According to MacAuley, there are now 190 firefighters, 9 helicopters, and 18 pieces of heavy equipment working to battle the flames, and crews are currently working to protect oil and gas infrastructure, as well as a small farming community near the fire’s eastern flank. On the fires northern flank, crews are continuing to build fireline east of Tommy Lakes road and along North Nig road. Other crews are continuing to build a fireline working southwest and northeast of Beatton Road. last_img read more

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Housing for growing number of Sri Lankas displaced major concern says UN

30 April 2009With the number of people crossing out of the conflict zone in northern Sri Lanka growing daily, and several camps already very congested, the United Nations today voiced its continuing concern over accommodations for civilians fleeing the fighting between the Government and Tamil rebels. “The United Nations continues to urge the Government to make available all public buildings and usable land for the accommodation of the large number of civilians,” UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters in New York.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that as of today, some 172,000 people have crossed out of the conflict zone, where fighting continues between Government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The vast majority of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) are in and around Vavuniya.“There have been no new arrivals at Omanthai screening point in the last 24 hours, and the Government of Sri Lanka informs the UN that none are in transit,” Ms. Okabe stated.Yesterday John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said the situation in the camps, while improving due to the efforts of aid agencies, remains less than optimal. “The exodus of about 110,000 people in the course of last week in a very short space of time has posed, despite advance planning, very considerable logistical challenges in terms of shelter and food and other basic services,” he told a news conference, after having returned from a two-day visit to the country. “I think we’re beginning to get a grip on that.” A major concern is congestion in the camps, as well as shelter, thus the urgent need for the allocation of more land by the Government in which to house the displaced.Efforts in the camps in Jaffna have been stepped up in the areas of health, temporary teaching space, and provision of supplementary food, and protection. The overall situation in Jaffna is more manageable than Vavuniya, but access to camps remains an issue there, noted OCHA.In response to the request by humanitarian agencies to allow freedom of movement of IDPs and release vulnerable populations from the camps, the Government authorities have released 111 elderly IDPs from Menik Farm camp and Vavuniya Sivapirakasa Ladies College, while 10 elderly IDPs were released from camps in Jaffna district. Since the beginning of the year, Government authorities have released a total of more than 1,250 individuals from the camps. read more

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Calling all shutterbugs Summer vacation photo contest returns

Earth Sciences student Jordan Marriott earned first place for his photo of a 3 a.m. Alaskan sunset in last year’s What I Did on My Summer Vacation photo contest. The end of summer is nigh.But who wants to be the bearer of bad news? So, to celebrate the hot season that was, the Brock News wants your photos of sunscreen-slathered vacations and adventures for its third annual What I Did on My Summer Vacation photo contest.Not only will it help keep the happy memories alive so you can turn to them for comfort on a dreary winter’s day, it could land you some Brock swag. First prize is two tickets to see Evalyn Parry’s SPIN: A Theatrical Song Cycle starring the Bicycle at Brock’s Centre for the Arts. The second place-winning photo will net its owner a $50 gift card from Brock’s food services.Members of the Brock community can submit up to 10 photos they took between June 1 and Sept. 15, 2012. They can be scenic views or action shots. The only requirement is that photos have to be taken at a place you visited for fun over the summer.Photos will be judged by Bob Tymczyszyn, award-winning photographer for the St. Catharines Standard.Submit photos by noon on Sept. 16 to campusnews@brocku.ca with your name, area of employment or program of study, and information about the location and circumstances in which the photos were taken. read more

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No 23 Ohio State pulls away to rout Cleveland State 8962

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Kaleb Wesson had 19 points and three teammates also scored in double figures as No. 23 Ohio State pulled away in the second half to beat Cleveland State 89-62 on Friday night.C.J. Jackson had 17 points, Andre Wesson scored 11 and Luther Muhammad added 10 for the Buckeyes (6-0).Ohio State led 38-29 at the half. Jackson hit a layup to open the second half and kick off a 10-2 Ohio State run. Cleveland State couldn’t get any closer as the Buckeyes outscored the Vikings 51-33 in the half.Stefan Kenic led the Vikings (2-4) with 13 points, Seth Millner had 10 and Algevon Eichelberger had nine points and nine rebounds.Neither team was very good from long range. Ohio State shot just 36.8 per cent (7 of 19) on 3-pointers, and Cleveland State shot 28.6 per cent (6 of 21).BIG PICTURECleveland State: The Horizon League team couldn’t keep up offensively, shooting 35 per cent for the floor compared with 54.1 per cent for Ohio State. The Vikings also committed 18 turnovers.Ohio State: The Buckeyes continue to handle their early-season tune-ups with relative ease and look more deserving of their place in the AP Top 25.UP NEXTCleveland State: Hosts Purdue Fort Wayne on Sunday.Ohio State: Hosts Syracuse on Wednesday.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Ben McCullough, The Associated Press read more

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Lung cancer on the rise

first_imgDespite stricter laws banning smoking in public places, including cafes, bars and nightclubs, that have been in force since 2010, deaths from lung cancer in Greece show no sign of abating. Scientists reported this week that there are still 7,000 deaths related to lung cancer every year in Greece, noting that the number of lung cancer sufferers has increased from the previous year and that the disease has become a serious public health problem. The number of incidents treated by cancer clinics in public hospitals has increased over the last year, an increase attributed to both a rise in the number of incidents and the economic crisis that sends people that would have otherwise sought private health care to the public health system. Cases at the Sotiria Hospital cancer clinic have increased by 24-30 per cent as a result, while lung cancer remains the top cause of death among both men and women, surpassing breast cancer for the latter. The figures were presented during a press conference to announce the 2nd International Concerence on Lung Cancer “From the Laboratory to Clinical Practice” that will be held in Athens on February 3-4. Doctors note that there have been minimal improvements in patient survival rates once cancer is diagnosed over the years and that the chemotherapy normally used to treat such cases had reached their limits. “We need different strategies, beyond chemotherapy, in order to achieve a significant extension of patient survival and to ensure a satisfactory quality of life for them,” they noted. Source: Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Ohio Jobs Commission Calls for StateLevel Director for Federal Facilities

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Ohio should create a post to oversee the state’s strategy for attracting and retaining jobs at its federal facilities and military installations, according to a newly released report from the Ohio Federal-Military Jobs Commission.“The state of Ohio has made a significant investment over the last ten years in understanding the rules of Base Realignment and Closure as well as understanding military value, the needs of each of its installations and the value of public and private partnerships. However, there currently is no ownership at the state-level for these valuable data points and a strategy to keep information current,” the report states.The facilities and installations executive director would report to the governor, and be housed within the office of the Ohio adjutant general. The position’s responsibilities would include:hosting regular meetings of the military affairs committees from each JobsOhio region;encouraging JobsOhio regions to collaborate to advance military value, and public-private and public-public partnerships across the state;keeping the Legislature informed regarding future BRAC activity, and on the strengths and weaknesses of the state’s installations; andmaintaining a library of all research and data regarding federal facilities and installations across Ohio.Ohio’s federal facilities include Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Springfield Air National Guard Base, the Defense Logistics Agency and NASA Glenn Research Center.The commission also recommended the state develop a long-term strategy for preserving its facilities and installation. Several recommendations are aimed at enhancing the value of the state’s military installations, including one to “aggressively fund public-public and public-private initiatives.” Other recommendations call for the state to:develop strategies to optimize utilities consumption at Ohio’s federal installations;prepare a contingency plan to provide land or air space for new missions or to mitigate potential encroachment;consider partnerships with federal installation that would offer the state secure storage space in return for investments in entrance security; andconsider improving the availability of firearms training facilities that could be used by federal installations.The commission recommended the state bolster efforts to commercialize technology developed at its federal and university labs, reported the Dayton Daily News.“It makes a lot of sense,” state Rep. Rick Perales (R) said of the proposal to establish a state official to spearhead efforts to protect the federal facilities’ missions. “I know that Sen. [Chris] Widener and I do not want this to be put on a shelf, it’s too important,” Perales told the paper. Widener (R) supported the creation of the commission and has been a proponent of developing a retention-and-grow strategy.last_img read more

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Exclusive Bigg Boss 13 to have Dayanand Shetty aka Daya of CID

first_imgDayanand Shetty; Meghna MalikinstagramSalman Khan’s Bigg Boss 13 is set to hit the small screens soon and the makers have already started approaching celebrities to participate in the controversial reality TV show.While several popular names have surfaced as of now, International Business Times, India, has exclusively learned that Dayanand Shetty, popularly known as Daya of CID fame, is likely to enter the show. Not just that, popular film and TV actress Meghna Malik aka Ammaji of Na Aana Is Des Laado and actor Karan Vohra are also considered for Bigg Boss 13.Meanwhile, Ankita Lokhande and Devoleena Bhattacharjee have also been approached for the show, although nothing has been confirmed yet, SpotboyE reported.There are rumours that Zareen Khan, who made her debut in Bollywood with Salman Khan in Veer, will participate in Bigg Boss 13 and is also likely to be the first contestant to enter the show.Unlike the last few seasons that had commoners participating along with celebrities, the new season will see only well-known celebrities staying under the same roof in the mad house. The format of having commoners on the show was not working out for the makers, a source had told IBT India that “no Bollywood celebrity is interested to share screen space and test their patience on camera and even the same response comes when we approach big names from the television industry.””Last year, we could not bring big names from television or Bollywood industry. So, our show didn’t do well. The makers wanted Danny D (porn star) and controversial drama queen Mahika Sharma to enter the house. They were offered the biggest deal but they didn’t agree to stay with commoners. And lastly, commoners come to us with fake identities which later get exposed by media, and we are blamed to be scripted,” the source added. Bigg Boss 13Instagramlast_img read more

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