Not the dream start to the season for Grand Forks rookie coach Brent Batten

first_imgIt’s five games and, well, there’s not really much to talk about the start of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season for the Grand Forks Border Bruins.But, as head coach Brent Batten sees it, sometimes a team must hit rock bottom before it can starting making the climb back to respectability.Batten only hopes that improvement comes sooner than later.“We have only four players returning, we have a brand new executive and I’m a new coach,” said Batten prior to last week’s rout in Nelson against the Leafs.The two teams are back on the ice Thursday, this time in Border Bruins Country.“Every game you going into you’re always looking for a win, that’s for sure but we’re just looking to execute our systems,” Batten explained.Experts say that divisional games are the most important for teams — those four-pointers that can push one team up and keep the other down.Grand Forks has been have their share of difficulty in the Murdoch Division going winless in five games against three of the five clubs — Castlegar, Beaver Valley and Nelson.Those three teams have outscored the Bruins by a collective score of 50-8.Of course drastic changes on any team will no doubt shake up the squad for the coming season.But if the Bruins are to make a chase at the big three, Nelson, Castlegar and Beaver Valley, or, shoot for the final playoff spot I the division, the team appears to be in good hands with Batten at the helm.Despite Grand Forks being his first head coach job at the junior level, the 29-year-old has a wealth of experience.Batten, a native of Manitoba, comes to Grand Forks with a few years coaching academy hockey in the Okanagan. Mixed into his coaching, after playing junior in Saskatchewan and CIS for Brandon University, was time behind the bench with Estevan Bruins in Saskatchewan.Only time will tell if Batten’s experience helps the Border Bruins return to respectability in the KIJHL’s Murdoch Division.BORDER TALK: If anyone thought the Nelson Leafs schedule was, to say the least, awful, take a look at the Grand Forks agenda. The Bruins play all nine games in October at home. The Leafs play seven of 13 games in October at home.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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MELATONIN ‘HORSE OF MEET’ IN MEDIA POLL

first_imgHorse of Meet: MelatoninSprinter: Lord NelsonOlder Horse: Melatonin                                           Older Filly/Mare: BeholderClaimer: Navy HymnGrass Male: Midnight StormGrass Filly/Mare: Illuminant3-Year-Old Male: Dalmore3-Year-Old Filly: Songbird2-Year-Old Male: California Diamond2-Year-Old Filly: TheonewewaitedforTrainer: Phil D’AmatoJockey: Rafael BejaranoApprentice: Chad LindsayRace: Gold Cup at Santa AnitaOwner: Hronis RacingAchievement: Michael Wrona New Voice of Santa Anita 2016 Santa Anita Spring Media Poll ARCADIA, Calif. (July 10, 2016) – Melatonin proved his victory at 16-1 in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 12 was no fluke by winning the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 25 as the 9-5 favorite and was thus named Horse of the Meet in Santa Anita’s annual Spring Meet Media Poll.A five-year-old gelded son of Kodiak Kowboy trained by David Hofmans for long-time client Susan Osborne, who campaigns as Tarabilla Farms, Melatonin’s ultimate goal is the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 5 at Santa Anita, where he is unbeaten in three starts, all under jockey Joe Talamo.Melatonin also was named Outstanding Older Male, and the Gold Cup, in which he repulsed the longest shot in the race, Win the Space at 24-1, was awarded Race of the Meet.“We are proud and pleased with the recognition,” said the 73-year-old Hofmans, who has trained for Mrs. Osborne going on two decades. “We hope to continue our successful run through the Breeders’ Cup Classic.”Rafael Bejarano and Phil D’Amato repeated as Outstanding Jockey and Trainer, respectively, each having captured honors at Santa Anita’s Winter Meet, where D’Amato won his first-ever training title with 41 victories. D’Amato won the Spring Meet crown with 25 victories, well ahead of runner-up Bob Baffert who had 18.Bejarano, a perennial Southern California leader since coming West in November of 2007 at the behest of the late Bobby Frankel, won the Spring Meet crown over runner-up Flavien Prat, 46-40. It marked the 15th title at Santa Anita for the 34-year-old Bejarano, his 27th in Southern California and his 32nd overall.Champions dominated two categories in the voting. Eclipse Award winner as best Two-Year-Old Filly of 2015, Songbird was voted Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly, while three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder was named Outstanding Older Filly or Mare. Unbeaten Songbird won the Grade II Summertime Oaks on June 18 for her eighth straight triumph, while Beholder took the Grade I Vanity Mile on June 4 for her 13th victory from 14 starts at Santa Anita.Lord Nelson was named Sprinter of the Meet thanks to his half-length victory in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes on June 25; Affirmed Stakes winner Dalmore was voted Outstanding Three-Year-Old Male; Midnight Storm was named Outstanding Grass Male off his win in the Grade I Shoemaker Mile; and Illuminant became Outstanding Grass Filly or Mare by capturing the Grade I Gamely Stakes.California Diamond and Theonewewaitedfor were named Outstanding Two-Year-old Male and Female, respectively, after capturing the Santa Anita Juvenile and the Landaluce Stakes, each youngster remaining unbeaten in two starts.Chad Lindsay, a 23-year-old Texas native, was voted the meet’s Outstanding Apprentice rider by virtue of his 13 victories from 75 mounts, placing him among the top 10 in the standings.Navy Hymn, a three-year-old son of Songandaprayer, reeled off three straight victories to be named Claiming Horse of the Meet. The Kentucky-bred won for $25,000 at six furlongs May 8; for $40,000 at 6 ½ furlongs May 21; and by four-and-three-quarter lengths in an optional claimer on June 5.Brothers Kosta and Peter Hronis, who campaign as Hronis Racing, LLC, were named Owners of the Meet. They led in most wins, seven, and purse money earned, $634,068.Michael Wrona’s performance after being named Santa Anita’s new announcer was voted Achievement of the Meet.center_img D’Amato, Bejarano Named Top Trainer and Jockeylast_img read more

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Rice farmers burnt to death by bandits

– botched robbery angered gunmenBy Kizzy ColemanPandemonium broke out at Good Hope, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) late Sunday evening, when an elderly couple were horrendously burnt alive by bandits who set their house alight after a botched robbery.Dead are Bibi Munir, 70, and Mohammed Munir, 77, of Lot 16 Good Hope, who were both prominent rice farmers in Region Three.According to reports, at around 23:15h on Sunday, several armed bandits invaded the couple’s premises but they managed to secure themselves in one of the bedrooms.The ravaging blaze on Sunday nightWhat is left of the rice farmers’ houseAfter not being able to gain access to the couple, the angered bandits then doused the house with gasoline and set it alight.Speaking with this publication an eyewitness said she heard what sounded like gunshots and got out of bed to investigate.“I was in my bed when I heard gun shots. I got up and looked outside and I saw the fire and ran outside. When I got outside I was shocked to see that no one was on the road even though there was a huge fire but I was not aware that people were scared because they heard Uncle Munir screaming thief! thief!”According the eyewitnesses, the couple was heard screaming for persons to break a door of the heavily grilled house so that they could escape the fire. They were seen through a window in the room in which they were trapped.“A bus driver started to honk his bus horn and then people started to come out to lend assistance but by then the house was almost covered in flames, so no one could really do anything. Uncle Munir was at the window begging for people to use chains to pull out the grilled window so that he and his wife could come out but the heat was too much,” the woman explained.She added that the now dead man was also giving instructions for neighbours to drive his two tractors out of the yard to prevent them from exploding to which a neighbour complied.Meanwhile, a businessman known as ‘Dumb boy’ told this publication that after he heard the screams, he went to investigate and it was then that he recognised men armed with guns manoeuvring in the couple’s house.He added that in an attempt to alert neighbours, he got out his licenced gun and discharged several rounds in the air.“I saw them in the house and I just went and got my gun and I fired a few shots in the air to alert people of what was happening.”This publication was told that Jamila Munir had telephoned a businessman in the area, Shiraz Ally, as her house was going up in flames providing him with details as to what was transpiring and pleading with him for help from the deadly blaze.It is believed the gunmen used the street behind the couple’s house to gain entry to their yard and eventually their house since persons in the area stated that they did not see anyone enter from the front (the public road) entrance.According to reports, on Saturday night a tinted silver grey Toyota Allion car was “lurking” in the area and it appeared “suspicious”.Reports stated that the same car was spotted again hours before the fire occurred.When Guyana Times visited the scene Monday morning, the charred remains of the couple were being removed by undertakers as relatives wailed in agony.Regional Executive Officer Denis Jaikaran was on scene and expressed sadness at the ‘tragedy’.The police in a statement Monday said they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the deadly fire.A team of investigators had already visited the scene and took statements from neighbours.The post mortems have confirmed the couple died as a result of smoke inhalation.The elderly couple leaves to mourn at least four children, siblings and other family. read more

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Redknapp keen to cause City problems

first_imgQPR boss Harry Redknapp is hopeful his side can maintain their recent improved form when they face champions Manchester City at Loftus Road on Saturday.Having been woeful in 4-0 losses at Tottenham and Manchester United earlier in the season, Rangers were much more competitive in recent narrow defeats against Liverpool and Chelsea.And the battling display at Stamford Bridge has convinced Redknapp that a corner has been turned following the dreadful start to the campaign.Chelsea v QPR player ratingsHe said: “I think it gives us encouragement. To come away from home and be hard to beat is important.“I felt we got it all wrong when we went to Tottenham early in the season and stood off them, let them have the ball and didn’t make a tackle.“We can’t play like that. You can’t play football that way. That’s been the difference.“We’ve got a big game next week, a good game – Man City at home. Hopefully we can give them a real tough game as well.”Rangers hope to have former City players Joey Barton and Nedum Onuoha back from injury along with Jordon Mutch.All three players have been out with hamstring problems but have been pencilled in for a return to training this week.See also:Injured QPR men could return against CityChelsea v QPR player ratingsRangers boss hails ‘outstanding’ DunneAustin has proven himself, says QPR bossRangers trio look set to rejoin squadZamora in line for Rangers recall Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Play Your Part on the radio

first_imgThe Play Your Part campaign calls on all citizens to contribute to positive change.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Barry Hiles  Brand South Africa digital content manager  +27 11 712 5012 RELATED ARTICLES • Play your part: make SA even better • Growing support for Play Your Part • Playing a part to clothe children • Brand SA plays its part for Mandela DayMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporter The Play Your Part campaign has extended its media reach with the launch in October 2011 of a new national and community radio-driven initiative. The aim of Play Your Part (PYP), a Brand South Africa campaign launched in June 2011, is to inspire all citizens to contribute to positive change, become involved in doing good, and care for each other and the environment around them.The radio initiative asks listeners to think of a concept that accurately and concisely describes how they feel about South Africa.“How would you describe our extraordinary country: our amazing cities, our industries, the opportunities, the challenges, the energy and the spirit that has brought us to where we are today?” asks PYP.Listeners are then encouraged to submit their ideas via text message to the number supplied by the station.Possibilities and diversityStations such as Radio Riverside (Northern Cape province), Letlhabile Community Radio (North-west province), Qwaqwa Radio (Free State province) and Vukani Community Radio (Eastern Cape province) have drawn an enthusiastic response from their listeners.“SA my zone of greatness, full of possibilities and diversity,” was the contribution from a 23-year-old Radio Riverside listener.“Helping the schools make children understand more about life and career, creating more facilities for school, engaging children with community services.etc.,” was the view of a 17-year-old from Ukhosi FM, the national station aimed at the isiZulu-speaking community.An enthusiastic 19-year-old Qwaqwa listener submitted: “South Africa is a rainbow nation full of beautiful natural and recreational sites in all the provinces and the atmosphere is superb!”Many listeners agreed that the young people of South Africa have a major part to play in the future of the country, but that there should be more job opportunities and better basic education.Some said that volunteering for community projects should be a priority, or that people should simply have more regard for their fellows.Not all responses were overwhelmingly positive. Other listeners expressed their dissatisfaction with issues such as foreign nationals settling in South Africa, but conceded that by working together, problems can be ironed out.To submit their ideas for making South Africa an even better place for all, supporters can visit the Play Your Part website, listen out for the radio spot on their local station and send their text message to the number supplied, or send a tweet to the PYP Twitter page.last_img read more

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5 Important Tools Every Screenwriter Should Have

first_img4. Online ResourcesImage via Shutterstock.Once you fully dive into the screenwriting world, one of the best ways to stay engaged and continue to grow is to constantly read about the art form. Luckily, there are some really great resources for screenwriters online. Here is a great mega-list, and below are some select few to dive into from award-winning screenwriters who provide great tips, tricks, and conversations.The Script LabScreenwriting from IowaJohn AugustJen GrisantiThe Bitter Script Reader/r/screenwriting Before you sit down to write your next script, be sure to get these five essential tools ready to help you with the task.Cover image via Thrillist.It’s been said by thousands since, but I believe it was Alfred Hitchcock who first once said, “To make a great film you need three things — the script, the script and the script.” And in today’s wild age of film and video content run amuck across an ever-growing range of film festivals and digital platforms, it rings absolutely true today.At the heart of every good film is a good script, and at the heart of a good script is a great story. To truly master the art of scripting, a screenwriter needs to harness every tool at his or her disposal to create scripts that can resonate with audiences and pop off the page to bring your story to life.So, if you’re looking to be the next Paddy Chayefsky, Aaron Sorkin or Diablo Cody — or are looking to put your story down in proper script form for the first time — here are five things you need to succeed.1. The Hero with a Thousand Faces (and Subsequent Readings)Image via Tally Pendragon.Let’s start with the most fundamental of the fundamental. If you are unfamiliar with the works of Joseph Campbell and his Hero’s Journey, you need to start reading up now. Campbell’s famous book contains the most important formula not only for screenplays but for stories of all kinds. However, while the book itself can be a little dense, there are also plenty of great writing resources (and blogging online) to help you learn how to master the art of the Hero’s Journey for your own work.2. Script Writing SoftwareImage via Shutterstock.Only once you’ve done your formative work should you even consider writing your script. It’s also worth noting that before diving into the actual script, it would certainly make sense to work your story out as a concept first. But for the sake of this article, specifically on screenwriting, let’s assume you have and we’re diving into the actual scripting. Unless you want to do your writing on a word processor long-form, you’re going to need software that helps with things like formatting and hotkeys to streamline your writing process.I’ll always suggest Final Draft as the industry standard, but there are several great options available (many of which are free!) that will work as well.3. Formatting GuideImage via Shutterstock.One of the biggest reasons for using script writing software is formatting. A good software will help you work with different things like action, dialogue, and blocking directions. However, to truly grow as a script writer, you’ll need to understand how scripts are formatted (and why). The following are some good resources.How to Format a ScreenplayScript Writing Example & Screenwriting TipsScreenplay Format GuideWhat is standard screenplay format? 5. Script Review ServicesImage via Shutterstock.Additionally, if you’re looking for feedback on your scripts, there are plenty of resources for reviewing scripts and getting advice on everything from character, to plot, to dialogue — and support for getting your scripts Hollywood-ready. However, these services are not free (or even cheap), but they can be helpful for beginning screenwriters desperate for real feedback on their projects.Script PipelineScript Reader ProScript ShadowScreenplay ReadersStory Sensecenter_img If you’re still hungry for more screenwriting resources, here are some other great articles to check out.8 Questions to Ask Yourself When Deciding on a ScriptWriting The Hollywood Blockbuster – Screenwriting MasterclassScreenwriting Tips for the Emerging Writer9 Sites for Free Movie ScriptsPremiumbeat Screenwriting Archiveslast_img read more

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Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath lays foundation for Bhopal metro rail

first_imgMadhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on September 26 laid the foundation stone of the Bhopal metro rail project to be set up at a cost of ₹6,941.4 crore. Mr. Nath performed the ‘bhumi pujan’ (ground-breaking ceremony) for the project near Gayatri Mandir on Hoshangabad Road here. State Urban Development Minister Jaiwardhan Singh, veteran Congress leader Digvijaya Singh and other state ministers were present on the occasion.“Two metro rail corridors will be built in the city, one 14.94-km-long, connecting Karond Circle to AIIMS, and the other 12.88-km-long, from Bhadbhada Chouraha to Ratnagiri Square,” Mr. Jaiwardhan Singh said. The project, to be set up at a cost of ₹6,941.4 crore, will have a 26.08-km-long elevated section and a 1.79 km underground section, he said. Around 28 metro stations, including two underground, will be built under the project. “The deadline for the first phase of the project is December 2022,” the Minister added.last_img read more

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10 months agoSpurs, Bayern Munich keen as Gladbach coach Hecking fights to keep Hazard

first_imgSpurs, Bayern Munich keen as Gladbach coach Hecking fights to keep Hazardby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Monchengladbach coach Dieter Hecking has made it clear he doesn’t want Thorgan Hazard sold next month.The younger brother of Chelsea star Eden Hazard, Thorgan is a target for Tottenham, Bayern Munich and Sevilla as he enjoys career best form this season. Chelsea also boast a buy-back option.But Hecking has told Gladbach chief Max Eberl he doesn’t want to lose the midfielder in January.The coach stated: “Max knows exactly how I think with this question …”Hazard is tied to Gladbach until 2020. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months agoJuventus to offer Benatia to Arsenal for Ramsey

first_imgJuventus to offer Benatia to Arsenal for Ramseyby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are ready to setup a swap deal with Juventus for Aaron Ramsey.The Wales midfielder has already agreed Bosman terms with the Bianconeri, though could move to Juve immediately for the right deal.La Stampa says that could include Morocco defender Medhi Benatia.Benatia has not travelled with Juve to Jeddah for the Supercoppa and is keen on leaving this month.And with Arsenal in the market for a new centre-half, he is being offered to the Gunners in a straight swap for Ramsey. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoParents feel Chelsea’s academy players now have chance

first_imgParents feel Chelsea’s academy players now have chanceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea’s academy players feel there’s now a genuine path to the first team.The Daily Mail says parents, coaches and players share the sense of excitement, according to those who frequent the matches for the youth sides at the training ground in Cobham. “People suddenly feel like that if their son is good enough, he’s going to get a chance in the first team,” said one watcher. “Before it was just about going out on loan.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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