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Local Election 2019: Daughter’s amazing journey to help dad make it count!

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first_imgA devoted daughter made an amazing journey today to ensure that her dad would not lose out once again after he previously lost his council seat by just ONE vote!Donegal county councillor Jimmy Kavanagh was heartbroken in 2004 when he lost his seat by just one vote in the local elections.His daughter Lea now lives in San Francisco but follows her dad’s political career closely. For the past few weeks while Jimmy’s family and friends were canvassing door to door in Letterkenny for the Fine Gael councillor, Lea felt a little helpless.It didn’t help that the same family and friends kept reminding her how her ONE vote could be the difference to her dad continuing his political career.Leah Kavanagh who made a surprise trip home from America to cast her vote pictured with her father outgoing Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh, her mother Rosin and her sister Michelle Connely and nephew Jack pictured as they all cast their vote in Letterkenny. Yesterday. Photo Brian McDaid.So nothing would do Lea than to make the 7,985km journey to make sure she was able to vote for her beloved dad.She flew in today just in time to put an ‘x’ in the box beside her dad’s name. A delighted Jimmy, who knew nothing of the secret trip, was speechless when Lea turned up at a polling station at Trinity Hal in Letterkenny in Letterkenny.Jimmy told Donegal Daily “I was just speechless. I didn’t now what to say. It’s wonderful to have all the family together now for what hopefully be a great occasion.”Lea, who works in investments in the US, has been in the US for five years but was determined to make the 17-hour journey to vote for her dad.Leah Kavanagh who made a surprise trip home from America to cast her vote pictured with her father outgoing Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh, her mother Rosin and her sister Michelle Connely pictured as they all cast their vote in Letterkenny. Yesterday. Photo Brian McDaid.“I flew into Dublin and then took another flight from Dublin to Carrickfin Airport. It was amazing to fly into Donegal.“I felt so helpless not being able to canvass for him over the past six weeks so hopefully my vote will help him a little. I really do hope he does it again,” she said. All will be revealed on Sunday whether Lea’s marvellous journey was worth it – if her dad gets across the line.Outgoing Fine Gael Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh’s expression says it all as he spots his daughter Leah who made a surprise trip home from America to cast her vote in Letterkenny yesterday. Photo Brian McDaid.Local Election 2019: Daughter’s amazing journey to help dad make it count! was last modified: May 26th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cllr Jimmy Kavanaghcounty councillor. Leah Kavanaghletterkennysan franciscolast_img read more

Interview: Tracy Andreen on the Romance of Writing for Hallmark

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first_imgLove may hurt, but it also sells. The Hallmark Channel produces 90+ holiday and romance films per year, so we sat down with the woman behind the words.When you think of chestnuts on an open fire, gingerbread houses, and sugar cookies, you think of the holidays. Screenwriter, Tracy Andreen is grateful for the head start that imagery gives her when writing a holiday film. But, at her prolific pace, her work takes so much more skill, craft, and imagination. We sat down for a cup of holiday cheer to unwrap what it takes to make a successful Hallmark Channel holiday screenplay.Courtesy of Tracy Andreen.PremiumBeat: Tracy, in 2018, you’ve written six produced films for Hallmark, and it’s only November. Clearly you are the most romantic, holiday-obsessed person in the world — or you have a great understanding of Hallmark’s brand of entertainment. What is your secret sauce to success?Tracy Andreen: Being professional. When given a deadline, I do everything in my power to deliver on that deadline, especially as the time to start production nears. In the realm of TV movies, the windows for delivery can be quite narrow, and there is a whole cadre of other professionals (actors, directors, production supervisors, casting, etc.) who are often times dependent on the writer’s ability to deliver a teleplay in a timely fashion so they can then do their jobs.As much fun as this can be — and being allowed to be creative for a living is a dream! — it’s also crucial to remember that this is a job and the writer is part of a team working together to create the best product possible. Movies are awesome. Chances are quite good that your readers love them, love storytelling, love the chance to get lost in flickering lights for an hour or two (or twenty, depending on how much binge-watching a person can fit into their day). But making them is unquestionably work, and writers have to put in the hours to be able to execute.My “secret sauce” is knowing that, and making sure to do my part. Some writers see themselves as artists, and good on them. If they can get a movie made exactly as they envisioned all on their own, congratulations! Otherwise, writers have to learn the fine art of knowing when to compromise and when to speak up for what aspect of the story you believe should remain if/when it’s challenged. I know that sounds dry and crazy un-inspiring, but it’s the truth.Tracy with co-writer Kevin Taft (courtesy of Tracy Andreen).Now, once that’s established, the other part of what I think has helped contribute to my recent success is I just freakin’ love movies! I grew up in a family that loves movies. My dad was a huge movie buff (anyone want to talk John Ford films? Billy Wilder? Howard Hawks? MGM Musicals? — he introduced me to all those and more) so I grew up with what turned out to be a phenomenal unofficial education in cinema. Classics, modern, and all points in-between. Watching all those movies taught me the art of recognizing stories that work — as well as stories that don’t — and learning the rhythm of good dialogue (thank you I.A.L. Diamond, Comden & Green, Nora Ephron, Neil Simon, just to name a few), even if I didn’t realize it at the time. I was just enjoying cinematic stories.And that’s important. Love of what you do, whatever you do, is the element that has the potential to take you to the next level of your chosen profession because, as my dad once told me, “As long as you love what you do for a living, it doesn’t feel as much like work.” Which might seem like a giant contradiction to the first part of what I just espoused, but it’s not. I love what I do and am beyond grateful for the opportunity to be able to do it, but at the end of the day it’s still work . . . awesome work I love, so I’m thrilled to do so and, hopefully, that shines through.Courtesy of Tracy Andreen.PB:  Writing is not only about inspiration; it is also a craft that takes skill, structure, and discipline. Obviously — since you are so prolific — you must have a system in place that keeps you organized, on message, and on deadline. What is your process? Do you start with an outline? Beat Sheet? Character bio?TA: Oh, God, “process” . . . Welp, believe it or not in this glorious age of digital, my first step when beginning a new project is to get a notebook (preferably TOPS 8.5 x 11, spiral-bound, college-ruled — and, yes, that’s how picky I can get) and pen (Pentel Energel Alloy gel pen, .5 tip) and make a cup of tea (Earl Grey or English Breakfast with the occasional chai if I’m feeling adventurous) and start writing there.Aside from the fact that studies show our brains retain more information when read in book or magazine format, and that different parts of our brains “light up” when we write longhand (as opposed to typing up notes or ideas onto our laptops), a big reason I go this route is I feel less obligated to anything I put down on paper than when I see it oscillating back at me on my monitor. I can scratch through an idea and keep going, and if later I think, “Hey, wait, that other idea was pretty good after all,” I can flip back a few pages, locate it, and use it going forward — instead of being annoyed because I sent it into oblivion via the delete button.Right now, I have boxes and drawers filled with notebooks that go back decades, for projects I’m just spitballing to those that have already aired. If I’ve been given a rewriting assignment, I will read the last draft of the project then the notes from the network/producers and come up with my ideas for solutions then pitch those ideas to said network execs/producers. And what my experience has shown [to be] the best route to those solutions is going through the main characters to find out what’s working and what isn’t. If possible. Sometimes I’m brought in so late in the game that a plot point I would prefer to bypass has to remain because there simply isn’t time to reconfigure everything for a different solution (I’m looking at you “overheard-conversation-leads-to-misunderstanding-and-heartbreak!”).When it comes to an original story, I usually have a very broad idea first then ponder what kind of story that idea would work best as in order to execute the idea, and almost always by that time the characters have already begun to reveal themselves. Look, writing is weird. I’ve often likened it to managed schizophrenia. Voices chattering in one’s brain, telling you which direction they would like the story to go, as opposed to what you, as writer, initially envisioned. This happens all the time.Snow Bride.On Snow Bride, for instance, I didn’t know that the character of Maggie (played by Patricia Richardson, who is lovely) had basically known the true identity of the character of Greta (played by Katrina Law, who is also quite lovely, and my awesome sister-in-law) the entire time until I was 2/3rds of the way through the first draft! I remember when the epiphany hit, saying to myself (out loud, btw): “Oh! Really? Huh. Of course!” Then I went back and made the (as it turns out, minor) adjustments, so it all made sense.Same thing happened recently on Under the Autumn Moon when the character of Josh learned that Alex’s company had very different plans for his ranch than what Alex initially told him. My thoughts when approaching that scene were that he’d be angry with Alex, but when I got there the “Josh” voice basically said, “Nope. I believe this woman.” And I went with it because it was true for his character. So, essentially, in terms of process, I can be organized and deliberate in preparation (beat sheets, outlines, etc.), but when it comes to execution, I allow myself the freedom to see what develops along the way (what the characters themselves tell me) and try my best to embrace those ideas when they materialize because they’re often the best.PB:  Hallmark does close to 90 holiday films a year. Can you fill us in on the process from the writer’s standpoint? Do you pitch ideas? Are ideas pitched to you from development, and how does the network go from idea generation to script to production?TA: At this point, I’ve almost done it all. I’ve had pitches bought, been brought in from the beginning to shape an idea from producers, been hired to adapt books from the start, worked as a co-writer (with Lee Friedlander on three projects now: All for Love, Switched for Christmas, and Love, of Course, which aired for the 2018 Fall Harvest stunt on Hallmark), and done rewrites, both with loads of time and those called “emergency” (when the production is already in place but the script itself isn’t). Emergency rewrites need to take place in a very short amount of time (my record is a page-one rewrite delivered in 3.75 days; I would very much like to keep that as a record I never break, thank you veddy much) and require significant discipline because there is almost no room for error.On the flip side, I just had an original pitch bought two weeks ago by Hallmark that I’m going to be writing with my friend, Kevin Taft, which I’m very excited about! It’s presently called Hannah’s Honeymoon (titles change a lot), and the hope is that it goes in summer (not necessarily this summer, but a summer). I’m also working on another potential summer movie called Camp Lovestruck, which MarVista brought to me for development. And I have a couple ideas that I don’t think will be bought as pitches, but, rather, I’ll have to execute as specs for them to have a chance (you know, when I find the time!).PB:  If someone wanted to tackle this genre, what tips would you give a writer when they are crafting their idea or spec script? What does Hallmark or perhaps Lifetime and Freeform look for specifically? And do the different networks have different agendas and audiences in mind?TA: I’ve primarily worked with the Hallmark Channel with a few at Lifetime and one at Up Network. And all networks work hard to know their audiences, passing on the information they’ve acquired to their writers, directors, actors, etc. People tune into The Hallmark Channel and Freeform for very different reasons, and that’s something writers have to keep in mind when approaching a project, be it as a pitch or a last-minute rewrite. As such, it’s my job as writer to familiarize myself with what that network likes, and that means watching their movies. That’s plural, by the way; the bigger your sample size the better.When I was first approached back in 2013 to come up with an idea for a Hallmark Christmas movie (the producer had a title, I had to come up with the corresponding story, and then the title changed because titles almost always change, but we kept the story), I’d honestly never seen one. But thankfully it was July, and Hallmark does this delightful movie block called “Christmas In July,” and I watched at least 10 in a row (The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is super fun!) so I could familiarize myself with what they liked. Oh, and I took notes. Copious notes. You know that Hallmark Christmas Movies Bingo game that’s been making the rounds the last couple years? I could’ve written that. The challenge for me was how to incorporate those elements — Gingerbread houses! Snow! A Christmas dance! — into a story that was still original and fun, and that ultimately became Snow Bride (2013), a movie that gets a good amount of play even to this day. (I love that one, btw, for a whole host of reasons.)PB: How involved is the writer in the production itself? When you hand in your final draft, is the process done for you, or are you ever asked to do on-the-fly rewrites or be on set?TA: Each production is different. The first two movies I wrote (Snow Bride and Stranded in Paradise) were both directed by the same man (the late Bert Kish, who was one of the kindest, most generous people imaginable), and he very much believed in having the writer around to ask questions. Not all directors are like that, though I find the better ones believe in communicating with the writer(s).Now, the WGA has rules in place that make it so a writer is allowed on-set if they’d like to be, and since I’ve joined the WGA (two years ago), I’ve been invited on every project. The good news/bummer news part of the equation is I’ve been so darned busy (!) writing that I haven’t had time to go to the sets, which have mostly been in Canada. I’m going to try to make a point to get to the set(s) more in the future. That said, there’s really not a whole heckuva lot a writer can do on-location during a three-week production besides get in the way of busy crew and graze the crafts service table (which is never a good idea for someone who works in a profession already known to be sedentary). Most of my work is done before the cameras start rolling, though there are a couple of exceptions when I’ve had to hand in pages after production was already well underway. That was fun. (No, it wasn’t.)Katrina Law joking behind the scenes of Snow Bride (Courtesy of Tracy Andreen)PB:  Finally, where do you see the future of this genre? 90 plus stories a year is ambitious! But clearly there is a hungry audience out there if the ratings are any indication. What stories will you tell?TA: Pretty simple: as long as there’s an audience, these movies will be made. And right now the audience is voracious! There’ve been all sorts of articles written speculating why rom-coms are making a comeback, and specifically Christmas rom-coms are thriving. And the ratings show they are definitely thriving! At a time when almost every other network is seeing declines in their viewers, Hallmark Channel is soaring! I don’t think there’s one specific reason but a convergence of several. They’re safe at a time when the world doesn’t really feel safe. You can watch them with your whole family and not have to worry that something uncomfortable is going to slip in and cause you to have to have awkward conversations. Also? (And this is a big one in my mind.) People love love. Always have, always will. Love stories have been around since the beginning, but the cineplex marketplace isn’t providing love stories anymore, especially romantic comedies, so the viewers who crave them — and there are millions — have turned to the TV movie to feed their appetite. Hallmark Channel recognized this early and leaned into it, hard, and has been greatly rewarded for it in return.As for what stories do I have to tell? Quite a few, I hope! I’m presently doing a rewrite for a Valentine’s Day movie and a revision for a 2019 Christmas film that I hope goes into production in the first quarter of next year. Behind that are several projects (a couple mentioned above) bubbling about in development and far more ideas behind those, so I hope to keep busy for the foreseeable future. As long as people keep devouring romantic movies, and I keep delivering for the people who hire me, I plan to keep right on working because this really is a dream job.Fingers crossed!Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Screenwriter James V. Hart on Career, Coppola, and Creating a MethodJonah Hill on Writing and Directing Mid90s — and Tips He Learned from the GreatsIndustry Interview: Advancing Your Career from PA to ADInterview: Jennifer Gatti on Bon Jovi, Star Trek and Longevity in the BusinessInterview: Julie Benz on Work Ethic, Challenging Roles, and Paying it Forwardlast_img read more

Jammu Army camp attackers from Pakistan: J&K DGP

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first_imgJammu and Kashmir DGP S.P. Vaid said on Saturday that the terrorists who had stormed the Sunjuwan Army camp in Jammu earlier in the day were “100 % from Pakistan.”Mr. Vaid said the attack coincides with the death anniversary of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. Guru was hanged to death in Delhi’s Tihar Central Jail on February 9, 2013. Security agencies had sounded a high alert last week for February 9 and February 11, the day Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front founder Maqbool Bhat was hanged in Tihar jail in 1984.Rajnath in loopHome Minister Rajnath Singh said Centre was closely monitoring the situation. Mr. Singh said he spoke to the J&K DGP regarding the terrorist attack on the Army camp.“The DGP has apprised him of the situation. The MHA is closely monitoring the situation,” a tweet posted by Mr. Singh’s verified handle said.Later, speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in Ahmedabad, Mr. Singh said, “You should be rest assured that Army and security forces are giving a befitting reply to the attack. They will not let Indian down. I cannot comment anymore as the operation is still on.”A senior Home Ministry official said the attack had tell-tale signs that the terrorists belonged to Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohmmad (JeM). In the past two years, Afzal Guru has emerged as the common link in at least three attacks on police and Army camps along the Jammu-Pathankot highway. The att ack on a CRPF camp in South Kashmir’s Pulwama on December 31 was also carried out by JeM, the official said.Investigators had found a message, written in Urdu, on piece of paper on the body of one of the four terrorists who was killed at Pathankot airbase in 2016. The message allegedly said the attacks were a revenge for Afzal Guru’s hanging.Similar papers were found on the bodies of intruders who were gunned down during an attack on a police post at Rajbagh police station in Kathua in Jammu on March 20, 2015 and the attack on an Army camp in nearby Samba on March 21, 2015. All the cites of the attacks are located within 15-20 kms of the Pakistan border and along National Highway 1A.An official said it was premature to say whether the terrorists infiltrated from the Line of Control (LoC) or International Border (IB). The 740 km LoC is under the operational control of the Army and 192 km International Boundary (IB) along Jammu is manned by the Border Security Force (BSF). Infiltration bidsOn February 7, the Home Ministry informed the Rajya Sabha that there were 406 infiltration bids reported in J&K in 2017 and 59 infiltrators were shot dead. In 2015 and 2016 the cases of Infiltration stood at 121 and 371 respectively. The BSF said it has been on maximum alert due to the ongoing cross-border firing and shelling from Pakistan’s side. “There has been no breach of fence on the IB. The forces are on maximum alert. The cross-border firing has stopped since January 22 but sporadic shelling is taking place. It is premature to say where the terrorists came from,” said a senior BSF official.last_img read more

People supreme, Naveen reminds MLAs

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first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday told State legislators that democratic dissent should not eclipse democratic decency under any circumstances.Addressing the inaugural session of a two-day orientation programme for legislators, Mr. Patnaik said that democratic dissent is “a right, however, while exercising this right, legislators must not forget democratic decency”.“The roots of our successful democracy lie in our people and their unflinching faith in democratic values,” added Mr. Patnaik.“Every elected representative must understand this: whatever position you may be in, the people are supreme. Elected representatives should keep the common people at the centre of all their initiatives,” said the CM. Stating that the primary function of the legislature is to make laws, Mr. Patnaik said an appetite for information and education on legislative procedures, and understanding of socio-economic issues and policies is beneficial.“All our Acts and policies are essentially directed towards the greater public good. Legislators should endeavour to bring the Acts and policies to the public domain so that the people can be partners in the process of change,” he added.‘Lead by example’Stating that the legislators must lead by example. Mr. Patnaik said: “Simplicity should be at the core of our public behaviour. Leading a simple life can help us stay connected to the people.”Odisha Assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro presided over the inaugural session of the programme., which was organised by the Odisha Legislative Assembly in collaboration with the Lok Sabha Secretariat. Deputy Speaker Rajanikanta Singh, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha, Leader of Opposition Pradipta Kumar Nayak and Government Chief Whip Pramila Mallick also attended the event.last_img read more

Stung by Criticism: Karuna reverts to White

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first_imgHis resolve could not last even for a week and the old warhorse of Dravidian politics has reverted to his traditional white attire. In what was seen as his return to rationalist roots, DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi decided to opt for the ‘black shirt’ as a mark of protest. But in the facing of stinging criticism and lampooning in the media and cyber space, the octogenarian made a hasty retreat.”Henceforth, I would wear only black shirt,” he declared on October 4, a day ahead of the proposed statewide campaign against the misrule of the AIADMK government. This, he said, was a mark of protest.With the police denying permission for rallies and demonstrations, he issued a diktat to the cadres to sport black shirts and distribute handbills, listing the omissions and commissions of the Jayalalithaa regime. This resulted in a scramble for black shirts all over the state.Party supporters had dreamt of their leader returning to his apprenticeship under E.V. Ramasamy alias Periyar, who led the non-brahmin movement with an army of ‘black shirt volunteers’. For, to rationalise his decision, the old man of Gopalapuram even recalled that he was among the first to enroll and don a black shirt when Periyar launched the force way back in 1945.But, with this decision the DMK president turned out to be the butt of ridicule on social networking sites and Tamil media. Insinuations that he was acting as per astrological advice aimed at weakening his bte noire were hurled at him. Poor Karunanidhi had no takers to believe his script but for his followers!One newspaper even claimed that wearing black shirt was his attempt to ward off adverse effects of Saturn, which was reigning in the sixth house from his zodiac sign, ‘Rishaba’.Whining at the ‘level of journalism’ which trumpeted such theories, he questioned the media’s silence when Jayalalithaa observed ‘Raghu Kalam’ and ‘Yama Kandam’ even for unfurling the national tricolor on Independence Day.However, wilting under pressure, the patriarch has quietly reverted to his white robes.advertisementlast_img read more

Cavaliers stun Raptors in Kawhi Leonard’s return; 2 ejected for fight

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first_imgLATEST STORIES 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash “I saw it out of the corner of my eye,” Love said. “It happened so fast. Everybody almost wants to run out there and check what’s going on. It was broken up quick. That’s usually how it goes.”Neither player was available for comment following the game. A Raptors spokesman said Ibaka was reacting to something Chriss said to him after the Toronto player was knocked to the floor.Cleveland held a 91-77 lead when the fight occurred and poured it on in the fourth quarter. Toronto coach Nick Nurse pulled his starters as the Cavaliers pulled away and the lead reached 27 points with just under a minute to play.“That was a great win for us,” Love said. “Especially against a real good team at home. It was fun.”Cedi Osman scored 19 points and Ante Zizic had 17 for Cleveland, which placed six players in double figures.ADVERTISEMENT Leonard was 11 of 19 from the field, but the Raptors only led briefly in the first half.“They did a great job, they played well, and they made open shots,” Leonard said. “That’s pretty much the way the game played out.”Kyle Lowry scored 14 points for the Raptors. Toronto (48-20) trails Milwaukee by 2 1/2 games for the best record in the league.Toronto rolled to a 125-104 win over the Heat without Leonard, tying a franchise record with 21 3-pointers and outscoring Miami 63-24 from beyond the arc.Leonard, averaging 27 points this season, hasn’t appeared in more than two consecutive games since playing in five straight from Jan. 25 through Feb. 5.The Raptors, showing signs of being tired in their third straight road game, struggled throughout the game. Toronto fell behind by 10 points and committed 11 turnovers leading to 13 points for the Cavaliers.Cleveland coach Larry Drew said before the game Love, who hasn’t played in back-to-back games since returning from foot surgery, will sit out Tuesday in Philadelphia.TIP-INSRaptors: G Fred Van Vleet (ligament tear in left thumb) missed his 11th straight game. … G Patrick McCaw made his first start with the team Sunday at Miami with Leonard sidelined, scoring 10 points in 26 minutes. McCaw appeared in three games with the Cavaliers earlier this season.Cavaliers: Cleveland is 5-4 since the All-Star break. … F Larry Nance Jr. (bruised rib) was out after being injured Friday against the Heat. … G Matthew Dellavedova (concussion) missed his second straight game. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Cavaliers: Visit Philadelphia on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bradley Beal’s late surge lifts Wizards past Kings PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Cleveland Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton (2) drives past Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry (7) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND— Even with Kawhi Leonard back in the lineup, the best fight Toronto put up in Cleveland was when Serge Ibaka threw a punch at Marquese Chriss.Ibaka and Chriss were ejected for fighting during the Cavaliers’ 126-101 victory over the Raptors on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Leonard scored 25 points after sitting out Sunday’s game, but the team with the league’s second-best record trailed most of the way.Collin Sexton scored 28 points and Kevin Love had 16 points and 18 rebounds for Cleveland, which dominated the second half and seemed to gain momentum after the fight with a second left in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIbaka went to the floor after he and Chriss were battling for position under Cleveland’s basket as the Raptors attempted a full-court pass that sailed out of bounds.Ibaka shoved Chriss from behind and grabbed near his neck before throwing a punch. Chriss responded with a punch before players from both teams separated the two. Ibaka immediately headed for the locker room and both players were kicked out after the officials conferred. FIGHT ANALYSISPlayers and coaches stepped in when Ibaka and Chriss squared off, but no one seemed to get a good view of the incident.“I didn’t see much of it, to be honest,” Nurse said. “Listen, it’s always going to be concerning when something like that happens. We certainly don’t want that in our game. We don’t want to lose one of our guys.”The teams don’t play again this season.TOUGH NIGHTNurse had a simple explanation for the loss that ended Toronto’s three-game road trip that began with wins over New Orleans and Miami.“It didn’t seem like our energy was where theirs was,” he said. “Obviously, we’re coming off a back-to-back and off a game where we played unbelievably well and we didn’t handle the success that great.”Nurse said Lowry turned an ankle late in the game, but the injury isn’t serious.UP NEXTRaptors: Host the Lakers on Thursday. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Bostons Mikmaq speak to APTN in bombing aftermath

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first_imgAPTN National NewsBoston residents are still coming to terms with the terror attack two weeks ago.A number of the city’s residents are Mi’kmaq. In fact, more than 2,000 have moved south from Canada and call Boston home.APTN’s Tim Fontaine caught up with the community to find out how they’re coping.last_img

3 US banks post higher profits with huge assist from tax law

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first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Three of America’s biggest banks reported higher profits Friday, with a huge assist from the tax law passed late last year.JPMorgan reported a record quarterly profit, while Citigroup and Wells Fargo topped analyst expectations.Banks are expected to be major beneficiaries of the tax overhaul, which sharply lowered corporate tax rates. Comparing each of the effective tax rates from last year to this year, the three Wall Street banks that reported earnings Friday appeared to have saved roughly $1.6 billion altogether.The first-quarter earnings season will give investors and the public their first good look into how President Trump’s tax law is impacting Corporate America. Publicly traded banks are the first major industry to report their results each quarter.Net income at JPMorgan Chase, the nation’s largest bank by assets and deposits, rose 35 per cent to $8.71 billion. The result was primarily driven by two factors: higher interest rates, which have allowed banks such as JPMorgan to charge more for customers to borrow, and the lower corporate tax rate.However, JPMorgan had to set aside more money to cover bad loans in its consumer bank, where delinquencies have been steadily edging higher. JPMorgan shares fell 2.7 per cent, while shares of Wells Fargo slipped 3.4 per cent and Citigroup shares dropped 1.6 per cent.While JPMorgan’s pretax income rose by $2 billion in the quarter, the company said it effectively paid $240 million less in taxes compared to a year earlier. The bank paid an effective tax rate of 18.3 per cent in the quarter, compared with a rate of 22.7 per cent a year earlier. Before the changes to tax law, JPMorgan’s effective tax rate averaged in the high 20-per cent range.JPMorgan Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon has been a big promoter of the tax overhaul, saying it would be good for businesses as well as average Americans. Soon after President Donald Trump signed the law into place, the bank announced higher salaries for most of its retail bank employees, and said it would open branches in a handful of new markets. It also announced an expansion of small business lending.“The global economy continues to do well, and we remain optimistic about the positive impact of tax reform in the U.S. as business sentiment remains upbeat, and consumers benefit from job and wage growth,” Dimon in a statement.Other bank executives were just as optimistic when speaking about the tax law’s impact. Citigroup Chief Financial Officer John Gerspach told reporters Friday that businesses had only begun taking advantage of the changes.“I think the best is yet to come,” he said.Rising interest rates helped JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup, but not Wells Fargo, which continues to struggle under the weight of several scandals and investigations. Wells disclosed as part of its earnings that they may have to pay as much as $1 billion to federal regulators to settle investigations being conducted by financial regulatory agencies.The Federal Reserve has been steadily raising interest rates for more than two years. Net interest income at JPMorgan was $13.3 billion, up 10 per cent from a year earlier. At Citigroup, net interest revenues were $16.33 billion, up 12 per cent from a year earlier. Wells Fargo reported a slight decline in interest income.JPMorgan’s investment bank also had a solid quarter, helped by much more volatile and active markets last quarter. Net income in the investment bank was $3.97 billion, up from $3.24 billion a year earlier.There were some concerns about JPMorgan’s credit quality, however. The bank had to set aside more money to cover potentially bad loans, and the bank’s total charge-off rate — the percentage of loans it expects are not likely to be repaid — climbed to 1.20 per cent of all loans. That compares to 1.07 per cent of loans in the second quarter of 2017.Citi also had to add to its loan-loss reserves, and reported an 8 per cent increase in its total credit losses in the quarter.JPMorgan’s quarterly revenue was $28.52 billion, up from $25.85 billion. On a per-share basis, JPMorgan earned $2.37 a share, up from $1.65 per share, beating analysts’ forecasts.Citigroup reported a profit of $4.62 billion, or $1.68 a share, compared with a profit of $4.09 billion, or $1.35 per share, in the same period a year earlier. The results beat analysts’ forecasts for earnings of $1.61 a share, according to FactSet. It was the largest quarterly profit that Citi has reported since 2015.Wells reported first-quarter earnings of $5.9 billion, or $1.12 per share, topping Wall Street’s per-share expectations by 6 cents, according to a FactSet survey, That profit exceeds last year’s $5.46 billion, or $1.03 per share, in profit.Wells paid $1.37 billion in taxes in the first quarter, about 36 per cent less than the $2.13 billion it paid last year.___Ken Sweet covers banks and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for The Associated Press. Follow him on Twitter at @kensweet.last_img read more

MLA Dan Davies and Jane Thornthwaite hosts roundtable on mental health and

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Peace River North MLA, Dan Davies, and Opposition Critic for Mental Health and Addictions, Jane Thornthwaite were hosts to a recent roundtable discussion on mental health, addictions, and the opioid crisis.The discussion centred on the need for treatment facilities, expanded medical services, street clinics, and mental health and counselling providers.According to Thornthwaite, mental health and addictions affect all areas of the Province, including communities such as Fort St. John. “Mental health and addictions challenges affect all areas of B.C. and smaller cities like Fort St. John are no exception.”Thornthwaite says what sets smaller communities apart from larger cities, is the struggle with having available services to those dealing with mental health and addictions.“But smaller or more rural municipalities often struggle with fewer services and less access to trained professionals than urban centres. Access to accurate overdose data would help to identify gaps and target services where they are most needed. Northern residents need immediate treatment and recovery options when they reach out for help.”Davies says he welcomed Thornthwaite to Fort St. John to discuss this vitally important topic and appreciates her sharing her knowledge with first responders and front-line workers.“We were pleased to welcome MLA Thornthwaite to Fort St. John to discuss this vitally important topic with our dedicated first responders and front-line workers. She brings an incredible amount of experience to the table and will bring these concerns forward on behalf of northern British Columbians.”last_img read more

Delhi BJP shortlists 21 names for 7 seats

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first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi BJP’s election committee on Friday shortlisted three names each for the seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital, amid protests by party members over celebrities joining the organisation for tickets ahead of polls, party leaders said. The list, which was finalised at a meeting of the state unit’s election committee, does not include the name of former cricketer Gautam Gambhir, whose name was making rounds as a possible candidate from the New Delhi seat after he joined the BJP, said a leader who attended the meeting. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”All the seven sitting party MPs’ names have been included in the list which will be sent to the Central Election Committee for final selection of candidates,” he said. Some other Delhi BJP leaders who attended the meeting claimed “objections were raised over celebrities joining the BJP for Lok Sabha tickets and demanded priority for dedicated leaders and workers during ticket distribution”. The meeting chaired by Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari was also attended by Union minister and Lok Sabha incharge of the unit Nirmala Sitharaman and co-incharge Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsFrom the New Delhi seat, besides sitting MP Meenakshi Lekhi, Delhi BJP incharge and national vice president Shyam Jaju, and Delhi BJP general secretary Rajesh Bhatia have been shortlisted, they said. For the Chandni Chowk seat, names of sitting MP and Union minister Harsh Vardhan, Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta and Sudhanshu Mittal have been selected. MP Mahesih Girri, Aman Sinha and Delhi BJP MLA OP Sharma have been shortlisted from East Delhi, they said. The name of Tiwari, who is a sitting MP, is in the list of probables from North East Delhi seat. From West Delhi, sitting MP Parvesh Verma, Kamaljeet Sehrawat and Pawan Sharma’s names have been shortlisted. For South Delhi, names of sitting MP Ramesh Bidhuri, Ram Veer Bidhuri and Brham Singh Tanwar have been selected, while Udit Raj (MP), Ashok Pradhan and Anita Arya have been shortlisted from the North West reserved seat, they said.last_img read more