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first_imgHe says he is constantly looking for greys. Roles that that are not linear and provide enough space for exploring spaces between black and white. “That’s what drives me. Straight line can be so boring,” says 30-year-old Dheeraj Kumar from Fazilka in Punjab who has been part of several Punjabi,He says he is constantly looking for greys. Roles that that are not linear and provide enough space for exploring spaces between black and white. “That’s what drives me. Straight line can be so boring,” says 30-year-old Dheeraj Kumar from Fazilka in Punjab who has been part of several Punjabi films like Tarn Mann’s Rupinder Gandhi The Gangster and Qissa Panjab.Currently shooting for Rocky Mental, a Punjabi film on sports, directed by debutant Parmish Verma, Kumar’s career trajectory has not really been simple. He wanted to be a cricketer but took up music after his father exhorted him to. “After graduating with an MA in Music from Panjab University in Chandigarh in 2009, I thought theatre music is my true calling. I was fascinated with the stage. I tried that and there has been no looking back,” he says.The actor, who also completed his MA in Theatre from the same university in 2012, is however concentrating on cinema now. “I have done a number of plays but the camera fascinates me more. Moreover, theatre is really tough and demands a lot of time.”Unlike most regional film actors waiting to board the next train to Mumbai, Kumar wants to establish himself in the Punjabi film space first before taking a call on moving to Hindi cinema. He elaborates, “It makes sense for me to get enough experience in my own language and explore the Punjabi ethos before embarking on a new journey.”Admitting that Punjabi cinema, in general, does not really offer many opportunities for actors to explore their potential, Kumar also feels that slowly directors are understanding that the audiences cannot be taken for granted indefinitely, especially considering the stiff competition from low budget Hindi cinema which is getting worldwide recognition at some of the best festivals and also doing well commercially.advertisement”The Internet has given access to people everywhere, including Punjab, to the best of cinema. They have started demanding substantial storylines treated innovatively. No wonder, some directors here are getting over their obsession with Jatts and jeeps, and paying more attention to scripts.”Kumar is happy that people from across the country are opening to collaboration with Punjabi cinema. “Several members of Rocky Mental’s production team have had exposure to Hollywood films. Technicians from the Southern part of the country are coming here and Hindi film producers are showing a lot of interest in backing Punjabi films. I am optimistic that all this will be really educative for the film fraternity here, and result in some high-quality cinema,” he says.How I relax: Singing sufi and cookingActors I look up to: Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Christian Bale, Hugh JackmanLooking for a role like: Where I play a negative character, which defies all cliches and manages to convey everything through the eyeslast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba out of AZ tripby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been ruled out of their Europa League trip to AZ Alkmaar.Pogba is out of the tie due to a recurrence of a foot injury he picked up in August.The Frenchman sustained the knock in the draw at Southampton at the start of the season and is yet to fully recover.He played 90 minutes in both the Carabao Cup win over Rochdale and the Premier League draw with Arsenal in the past week but will not travel to Holland for Thursday’s game. A United statement said: “Following a specialist’s opinion, Paul Pogba requires a period of further rest & conservative treatment for the foot injury he sustained in the game against Southampton in August.” last_img read more

first_imgMinister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the Government is grateful for the invaluable support from corporate Jamaica and citizens here and overseas in the improvement of the island’s healthcare system.He cited, among other initiatives, the near $34-million contribution from the Issa Trust Foundation for the renovation of the Paediatric Ward at the St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital, and the Adopt-a-Clinic initiative being undertaken by the United Kingdom diaspora. “I want to place on record our appreciation for these acts of goodwill to Jamaica. The truth is that Government can’t do everything; and this is not an excuse, it is a reality, particularly as it relates to public health, as the demand on the system keeps getting more and more,” he noted.Dr. Tufton was delivering the keynote address at the official opening of the renovated Paediatric Ward on March 22.  He commended the Issa Trust Foundation for its significant support.Such acts of kindness, he said, affirm that “healthcare is indeed a family event” and also send an important message that public health is everybody’s business.“Indeed, the statistics here in Jamaica suggest that up to 99 per cent of our population have to interface with the public health system… even just to stabilise a bad situation. It is indeed a family, community and national event,” he noted.Dr. Tufton said that the Adopt-a-Clinic initiative is a new approach to soliciting community engagement in taking over primary healthcare facilities and supporting Government’s efforts to enhance service delivery at these facilities.Approximately 100 primary-healthcare facilities are being targeted under the programme, launched last year by the Jamaica 55 Charities Group UK.The diaspora group has already raised $5 million for the adoption of at least five clinics across the island.The Enfield Health Centre in St. Mary become the first primary-care facility to benefit, with the Minister presenting a cheque for $1 million to the management of the facility on February 22.The Elderslie Health Centre in St. Elizabeth is also slated to receive a donation.“We will see significant acts of kindness and support to public health, and I am truly proud of this nation state called Jamaica and the kind-heartedness of the Jamaican people as it relates to giving back to our country and our country’s development,” Dr. Tufton saidlast_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – Alberta’s Crown-owned bank is forecasting moderate economic growth this year, but no big drop in the province’s jobless rate.ATB Financial is projecting GDP will increase by 2.8 per cent.Chief Economist Todd Hirsch says that is better than the recession years of 2015 and 2016, but not as strong as 2013 and 2014 before the economic downturn.Hirsch says the unemployment rate is expected to come down gradually from 7.9 per cent to about 6.8 per cent.He says U.S. oil prices have strengthened, but Alberta isn’t benefiting because there isn’t enough pipeline capacity to get the province’s heavier crude to markets.ATB says non-energy industries such as agriculture, tourism and technology are expected to perform well this year.Housing prices are projected to improve, but housing starts will remain the same or decrease slightly.“We’re expecting 2018 to be okay for the housing market, probably some modest price increases as some optimism comes back,” he said Thursday.“However, pulling against that is changes in the mortgage lending. That is going to restrict some buyers from getting into the market or it’s going to force them to look at lower priced properties.” (CTV Calgary)last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: In an effort to resume connectivity with Odisha’s Puri in the aftermath of the devastation wreaked by cyclone Fani, the Railways Wednesday said it will start normal services from the tourist town by May 12 but the complete restoration of the severely damaged railway station can take up to three months.Extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ made landfall in the coastal town on May 3, unleashing copious rain and windstorm with speeds of up to 175 kmph, and left behind a trail of destruction in 18 districts of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. The Railways had cancelled 595 trains since the cyclone hit the state on May 3 and has so far managed to restore 141 of them, including 34 trains originating from Bhubaneshwar. “Today (Wednesday) we have restored three pairs of express trains from Puri and we will gradually increase the number. This decision has been taken by factoring in the repair work of the over-head wires, poles and the signalling system that needs to be done. By May 12, we will resume normal services of trains from Puri. However, repair work of the Puri railway station and the Puri coach maintenance complex will take up to three months as these have been severely damaged,” East Coast Railway (ECoR) chief spokesperson J P Mishra said. “Our nearby divisions and even the other zones have really cooperated and collaborated with us to ensure that we restore services quickly,” Mishra said. There are about 52 trains originating from Puri daily, of which 40 are express trains while 12 are passenger trains. The national transporter has also paid advance salary for the month of May to its staff of Puri and Khurda Road stations. The Railways has also deployed around 16,750 mandays for repair and restoration work across the state and funds to the tune of around Rs 15 crore have been released. The roofs of 825 staff quarters, 5,500 metre of boundary walls, 2,200 km of track (which have now been cleared), water supply at 60 stations, FOB shelters and the coaching and the maintenance depot in Puri had been badly affected by the cyclone.last_img read more

OSU junior offensive lineman Jamarco Jones (74) blocks Rutgers redshirt junior Darnell Davis (59) during the Buckeyes game against the Scarlet Knights on Oct. 1. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorJunior offensive tackle Jamarco Jones announced on Twitter that he is returning for his final season with Ohio State. The Chicago native said that he still has “another year till I get paid.”I got another year till I get paid https://t.co/tcXmYe09m1— Jamarco Jones (@jjones_74) January 11, 2017Jones replaced All-American Taylor Decker in 2016, who was the starter at the position for three consecutive years. Jones played sparingly behind Decker, but started in all 13 games this past season and statistically outperforming Decker.In pass protection, Jones had a 97.4 percent blocking rate in the regular season, compared to Decker’s 96.4 percent his senior year, according to CFB Film Room.Jones is one of four returning starters on the offensive line from the 2016 season. Redshirt junior guard Billy Price announced his decision to return for his senior year after the Fiesta Bowl. Price will play center in 2017. read more

Two weeks ago, Ohio State men’s basketball head coach Chris Holtmann said he expected his team to add “one or two” graduate transfers. Tuesday night, the Buckeyes landed one of the top graduate transfers on the market, bolstering a thin backcourt.Redshirt senior Keyshawn Woods, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound sweet-shooting guard who spent the past four seasons at Wake Forest announced on Twitter he will play his final collegiate basketball season at Ohio State. As a graduate transfer, he will be immediately eligible to play in the upcoming season.Despite coming off the bench in 23 of his 28 games last season, Woods was second on Wake Forest with 11.9 points per game and added 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 25.7 minutes per game. His 15 games with at least 10 points were second-most off the bench in program history. Woods shot 43.9 percent from the field, hit 37.4 percent of his 3-pointers and made 84.5 of his free throws.Woods will presumably slide into the Buckeyes’ starting lineup alongside point guard C.J. Jackson, who will also be playing his final season of eligibility. Ohio State graduated Kam Williams and Andrew Dakich, two guards who played key roles in the team’s surprisingly successful season last year. The Buckeyes also lost forward Jae’Sean Tate to graduation and forward Keita Bates-Diop to the NBA draft. Both Tate and Bates-Diop played as de-facto guards in different lineups.The addition of Woods will lessen the reliance on Jackson as a ball-handler and takes pressure off incoming freshmen guards Luther Muhammad and Duane Washington, along with sophomore Musa Jallow, to step into major roles. Though Woods came off the bench last season, he started 22-of-33 games in the 2016-17 season, averaging 12.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. He is a career 42.5 percent shooter from beyond the 3-point arc. read more

Cristiano Ronaldo takes just four minutes to score his first goal

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has started rolling out goals for the 2018 World Cup as he has given Portugal a 1-0 lead over Spain in tonight’s World Cup clash and stroked his chin.But he looked to have dived to win the penalty in the first place. Even up against David de Gea in goal for the Spanish, Ronaldo made no mistake as he fired home from the spot, but a look at the replays suggest it shouldn’t have been given.This is really the kind of start Fernando Hierro could have done without, with the former Real Madrid defender being named manager after the surprise sacking of Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament.Checkout the goal moment: Ronaldo has converted a penalty to score inside the opening five minutes.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Portugal 1-0 Spain#PORESP#OptusSport #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/qZkbEcibEo— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) June 15, 2018The 33-year-old was accused last year of defrauding tax authorities of €14.8m (£12.9m) and he denied the charges, earlier today news arrived that he has accepted a jail term and payment of a fine for tax evasion.last_img read more

Cagliari is motivated by AC Milan

first_imgBoth teams will face off tonight in the Italian Lega Serie A and Cagliari’s coach believes his team can play well todayCagliari has had a regular start of the season.The Italian Lega Serie A club is on 12th place with four points, after one win, one draw and one defeat.And tonight, they will face AC Milan, a team with one less match than everybody else and a club that’s running on 15th place with one victory and one defeat.For Cagliari boss Rolando Maran, tonight match represents more than just one more fixture.“We are in a positive moment, but clearly when there’s a break for international duty, there are always going to be some question marks,” Maran said during the press conference attended by Football Italia.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Milan is in good shape and we know they can cause us real problems if we don’t face them with the right attitude. Playing against them has to be motivating and not a reason to be timid or nervous.”“[Joao Pedro] has been training regularly, so the only issue is match fitness. The Brazilian has qualities and characteristics that are different to everyone else in the squad and his return is certainly an extra weapon in our armory. There’s no reason why he couldn’t start,” Maran concluded.#CagliariMilan verso il sold out ✅➡️ https://t.co/04HHf1bJiu pic.twitter.com/AFsmQauRQK— Cagliari Calcio (@CagliariCalcio) September 15, 2018last_img read more

Fuel factor increases at Fortis consumers will pay in November

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppIronically, on the same day we get the progress report we get news that the fuel factor continues to climb… Fortis TCI is informing that September’s rate of $0.2299 will increase to $0.2352 for the month of October. The current rate will therefore, be reflected in November billings. Fortis continues to encourage customers to adopt energy saving practices. Related Items:last_img