Gowda urges PM to release Rs 5000 cr as interim flood relief

first_imgBengaluru: Former prime minister H D Deve Gowda on Monday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to release Rs 5,000 crore as interim relief to flood-ravaged Karnataka and to notify it as “national calamity.” In a letter to Modi, the JD(S) patriarch said he had not seen such destruction to both human lives and properties in his six decades of political career. “I request you to release rupees five thousand crore as interim relief pending submission of final memorandum by the state government followed by assessment from a high-level central team and recommendation of the inter-ministerial committee on disaster management on assessment and quantification of the damage suffered by the state due to flood havoc,” Gowda said in his letter. “I hope that the government of India would extend its helping hand in the hours of need to wipe the tears of vast population of the state which has facing a major tragedy and to rebuild their lively hood with all form of assistance from the state and central governments,” he said. However, the Karnataka government has requested the Centre to immediately release Rs 3,000 crore. A total of 2,694 villages in eighty-six taluks of 17 districts in Karnataka have been affected due to floods and rains.last_img read more

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Obama the chicken nugget guy among most retweeted in 2017

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – What do a former U.S. president, LeBron James and a guy who really, really likes chicken nuggets have in common? They all made the biggest splash on Twitter this year.Twitter on Tuesday released its top trending people and topics for 2017, ranging from sports to politics to Korean boy bands. It was a year in which almost every sector of society was mashed together or clashing on social media, with the “Tweeter in Chief,” President Donald Trump, leading the way.The top retweet came from fast food lover Carter Wilkerson , who begged people to retweet him so that he could get a year’s worth of free chicken nuggets from Wendy’s. He fell short of the 18-million retweet bar set by the fast-food chain, but Wendy’s gave Wilkerson the nuggets anyway for the effort.President Barack Obama , with 1.7 million retweets in August, was second. Obama took three of the top 10 spots on the list. Cleveland Cavaliers star Lebron James was seventh, with a tweet that criticized President Donald Trump over his decision to rescind Stephen Curry’s invitation to the White House to celebrate the Golden State Warrior’s NBA championship.Curry, and others on the team, said that he didn’t want to visit Trump in the White House.While he did not make the most retweeted list, Trump took the top spot for the most tweeted about elected world leader. He also came in No. 1 for top tweeted U.S. elected officials, with Vice-President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan taking second and third. PBS’ special live coverage of Trump’s inauguration day was the most viewed live stream broadcast of the year.With the media in Trump’s crosshairs, it was also in the sights of Twitter users. The top three tweeted news outlets were Fox News , CNN and The New York Times .Some other highlights: #halamadrid was the top sports hashtag, @NFL was the top sports handle and the most tweeted about musicians were Korean boy band BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys.last_img read more

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How to Revive Moroccos Hollywood A Road a Festival and a

Rabat – The city of Ouarzazate, known as “Morocco’s Hollywood,” is suffering from decreasing touristic activity, which has heavily impacted its economy. Local actors invited officials and businessmen to a conference to figure out what went wrong.“This region had been victim of an image attributed to it, that it’s poor and isolated.”  So said El Habib Choubani, the president of the Draa-Tafilalet region, which includes Ouarzazate and four other provinces.On Saturday, November 4, a panel organized by the city’s municipal council and the Conseil de Développement et de la Solidarité (CDS), a think tank with a focus on social and economic issues, gathered representatives of the region’s government, business sector, and film industry. The goal was to discuss the ways to overcome the problems facing the region in these sectors. The first issue discussed was the isolation of Ouarzazate.  The panelists pointed repeatedly to the problem of the area’s inaccessibility, which has prevented it from properly exploiting its tourism potentials.“Difficult access, whether by ground or airline transportation, makes Ouarzazate seem disconnected with the rest of Morocco and the world,” said the panelists.And this has even impacted the cinema activity. Ouarzazate and its surrounding areas are mostly famous for their cinema studios and film locations, which have attracted prominent film and television productions worldwide, including Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000), Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatre, Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Ben-Hur (2010), and Game of Thrones (2011).“Now, the region’s accessibility problems drives away international film productions, which find it easier to travel to Cape Town in South Africa or Amman in Jordan,” deplored a panelist in reference to two of Morocco’s main cinema competitors.Generally speaking, the panelists also deplored the opportunity cost caused by the absence of cultural tourism, which they said needs to be strengthened by building museums for example.“It’s high time Ouarzazate has its own cinema festival. ‘Symphonies du Désert’ should be resurrected,” said Mohamed Benamor, CDS president, referring to the music and cinema festival of the region launched in 1990s.More urgent than culture is the problem of the roads. For decades, subsequent governments have been talking about the construction of the Tichka tunnel, which would allow vehicles to avoid the titular mountain between Marrakech with Ouarzazate.Vehicles currently spend around four hours traveling the 200 kilometers between the two cities, part of which run through the dangerous Tizi N Tichka mountain road, which has taken the lives of many drivers in past years.This awaited project requires a budget of about MAD 8 billion. “The construction of the tunnel is the region’s main demand,” said Aderrahmane Drissi, the president of the municipal council of Ouarzazate.Recently, Minister of Transport Abdelkader Amara said in a parliament session that his department launched a call for tender to conduct studies for the project by the end of this year.Limited air traffic service is also a problem. “The region remains among the most ill-served in Morocco in terms of flights,” noted Benamor, who is also investor and owner of the major hotels in the city.Three flights link Ouarzazate and Casablanca, a number regional actors believe is far too low. In addition, the relatively high-priced ticket – MAD 600 for one way – worsens the situation.“To date the region has reached an agreement to increase the number of flights to six and reduce the ticket price to MAD 400,” said Choubani.Aside from that, Ouarzazate is also in need of an effective PR campaign. In June 2016 the city’s image was seriously affected by the statements of Prison Break actor Dominic Purcell, injured while shooting the fifth season of the television series in the city, who criticized Ouarzazate’s deplorable health facilities. read more

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Schools reckon with social stress Im on my phone so much

BUFFALO, N.Y. — High school biology teacher Kelly Chavis knew smartphones were a distraction in her class. But not even her students realized the psychological toll of their devices until an in-class experiment that, of course, was then spreading on social media.For one class period, students used a whiteboard to tally, in real time, every Snapchat, Instagram, text, call or other notification that popped up. Students were told not to respond to avoid generating replies … and further notifications.Teachers around the country have run similar experiments, typically recording dozens of trips to the board.“One girl, just during the one hour, got close to 150 Snapchat notifications. 150!” marveled Chavis, who teaches honours-level courses at Rock Hill Schools in South Carolina.She’s among a growing number of teachers, parents, medical professionals and researchers convinced that smartphones are now playing a major role in accelerating student anxiety — a trend so pervasive that a National Education Association newsletter labelled anxiety a “mental health tsunami .”Testing, extracurricular-packed schedules, and perpetual stressors like poverty can all weigh on students. But research now points to smartphones-driven social media as one of the biggest drivers of stress. After all, that’s where college acceptance letters fill Instagram, everyone knows where everyone else is going for spring break, and athletic failures and awkward social moments can live forever.Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State who has studied the issue, said it’s no coincidence that youth mental health issues have risen with the number of phones. “What a lot of teens told me is that social media and their phones feel mandatory,” she said, leading to a loss of sleep and face-to-face interactions necessary for their mental well-being.Last year, an editorial in the American Academy of Pediatrics’ flagship journal recommended that doctors ask adolescent patients about their social media use as part of routine screening, alongside older questions about home life and drug and sexual activity. “Aberrant and/or excessive social media usage may contribute to the development of mental health disturbance in at-risk teenagers, such as feelings of isolation, depressive symptoms, and anxiety,” three researchers wrote in the journal Pediatrics.Researchers are still arguing whether phones drive student depression or depression drives phone use. But 70 per cent of teens view anxiety and depression as major problems among their peers , according to a February Pew Research Center report. Nearly 60 per cent of parents said they worry about the influence of social media on their child’s physical and mental health in the American Psychological Association’s 2017 Stress in America survey .Schools are starting to react. Many districts now hire outside companies to monitor students’ social media postings for signs of distress. Others invite in yoga instructors and comfort dogs to teach even the youngest kids to keep technology from putting them on edge.Belfast Area High School in Maine even staged an #unplugged event day in April — but it served to underline the technology’s pull when less than 20 per cent of students and staff took part.Meanwhile, students and parents are filling school auditoriums for screenings of documentaries such as “LIKE ” and “Angst ,” which explore social media, technology and anxiety. Movements like Away for the Day and Wait Until 8th discourage cellphones in middle school.When she first got a smartphone around seventh grade, all the posting, messaging and liking pushed Nia Coates’ anxiety level to “probably a 10,” she said. Now a high school junior, the Buffalo, New York, teen has figured out to manage the distractions.She’ll completely log out of her Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter, and sometimes will delete an app altogether for a while. “The older I’ve gotten, the more I realize it doesn’t really matter so it’s not as stressful,” Coates said, recalling how in the past she’d post something only to delete it to avoid being judged.Anxiety has taken over as the most significant obstacle to learning among Chris Doyle’s high school students at Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut. Some rack up absences because they feel overwhelmed by the day ahead, Doyle said. A teacher for 30 years, he has seen a profound shift toward constant self-evaluation that he associates with social media, YouTube, and even school grade portals sometimes checked dozens of times a day — things students have never before had to manage.“That kind of awareness of other people’s lives, even maybe what used to be considered other people’s private lives, is kind of hyper right now,” Doyle said. “And I don’t think that usually leaves most people feeling good, because nobody’s perfect and most kids feel very imperfect.”But putting the genie back in the bottle isn’t easy. In Illinois, Glenbrook High Schools District 225 experimented with limiting teens’ access to their grades on a digital portal. But for every student who said the grade book caused them anxiety, there was another who said losing regular access created even more stress, said instructional innovation director Ryan Bretag.Some students simply appear overwhelmed by nonstop social-media notifications during the school day. “It becomes an anxiety — ‘well, if I don’t answer them back right now I’m missing something,’” said Troy, Missouri, high school teacher Elizabeth Utterback. Freshmen are particularly susceptible, she said. Her own class tallying experiment netted 80 notifications among 20 students in less than 30 minutes.“I definitely feel stress with online profiles, social media, to keep up, maintain my profiles and stuff,” said Emily Mogavero, a 17-year-old student in Buffalo, New York. “It kind of worries me that I’m on my phone so much.” Mogavero said she sometimes puts her phone out of reach or powers it down so she doesn’t hear notifications.Teaching limits at an earlier age might help. Deirdre Birmingham of Montclair, New Jersey, signed onto a campaign called “Wait Until Eighth” because she didn’t think her video game-loving 10-year-old son was ready to manage a smartphone’s pull.The idea, which got its start in Texas two years ago, is to lessen the peer pressure of being the only kid without a phone by enlisting parents of classmates to agree to hold off until at least eighth grade. So far, almost 20,000 people have signed on, founder Brooke Shannon said.“I had a gut level that it would be difficult for my child to manage,” Birmingham said. “As a grown-up, I find it difficult sometimes to manage.”Carolyn Thompson, The Associated Press read more

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Sri LankaChina cobranded satellite launched

Sri Lanka’s first co-branded satellite was launched from China today, officials at SupremeSAT announced.Supreme SAT  Sri Lanka said that the satellite named ‘SupremeSAT – 1’ will be capable of providing communications services, including broadband Internet, telecom and broadcasting services to the Middle East, South and Central Asia and Australia. “This is a proud moment for us as citizens of Sri Lanka,” Vijith Peiris, Group Chief Executive Officer of SupremeSAT said in a statement The launch was initially expected to take place on 22 November but was postponed due to bad weather, Space Systems Engineer Rohitha Rajapaksa said.The Sri Lankan Board of Investment (BOI) entered into an agreement with Supreme SAT earlier this year to launch the communications satellite for Sri Lanka. The Satellite will be positioned above Sri Lanka in the Geo-Stationary orbit at 87.5 degree east approximately 36000 km above the surface of the earth. Sri Lanka becomes the 45th country to own a Communication Satellite and becomes the third South Asian country to have launched a satellite after India and Pakistan. read more

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After meeting with Annan key drug companies pledge more help to fight

After meeting with the executives of six of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced a major new agreement on concrete steps to help developing countries fight AIDS, which he called “the greatest public health challenge of our times.” Senior executives of Abbott Laboratories, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Glaxo Smith Kline, Hoffman-La Roche and Pfizer pledged to continue and accelerate substantial price reductions, particularly for Africa and the world’s least developed countries, the Secretary-General said in a statement released after the meeting.The companies further agreed to continue to offer affordable medicines to other developing countries, and to recognize the need to consider increased access to HIV/AIDS medicine to qualified non-governmental organizations and appropriate private companies offering health care in these nations.”Today’s commitments consolidate, and go beyond, the progress which individual companies had made in reducing prices since last May, when five of them signed a Joint Statement of Intent with the United Nations,” Mr. Annan said. “This represents a contribution to the global response to the epidemic, going much further than any of us could have predicted 12 months ago.”The Secretary-General, who said he had called the meeting because “AIDS has become my personal priority,” emphasized that the solution did not lie with pharmaceutical companies alone. “I am calling for a major mobilization — of political will and significant additional funding — to enable a dramatic leap forward in prevention, education, care and treatment,” he said.”In the next few months, leading up to the Special Session of the General Assembly at the end of June, the United Nations will be working overtime to mobilize increased resources for all aspects of the struggle against HIV/AIDS, and for better health care in developing countries,” Mr. Annan pledged.The UN estimates that in a number of countries, decades of development are being reversed by HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Some 36.1 million people are living with HIV or AIDS worldwide, with 5.3 million newly infected during 2000 alone. That same year, 3 million people died of AIDS, bringing the total number of deaths since the start of the epidemic to 21.8 million. read more

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Japanese leader advocates womenomics in address to UN General Assembly

Creating an environment where women find it comfortable to work and enhancing opportunities for women to actively participate in society are urgent priorities for Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the United Nations General Assembly.In his statement, the Prime Minister declared his intention to create a “society in which women shine” within the country’s domestic structures and also as a thread of its international diplomacy.Mr. Abe cited “womenomics,” a theory which asserts that the advancement of women in society is directly correlated with its growth rate.The Prime Minister announced that his Government will implement official development assistance (ODA) in excess of $3 billion over the next three years, targeting women’s participation in society and the empowerment of women; health and medical care for women; and prevention and resolution of conflict as related to women.Mr. Abe is one of scores of leaders to speak at the annual debate, which ends on 1 October, at which heads of State and Government and other high-level officials present their views on issues of individual national and international relevance. On Syria, Mr. Abe declared Japan’s support and cooperation towards the international community’s efforts to dispose of the country’s chemical weapons, as well as to assist the people displaced and forced into neighbouring countries.“Japan will continue to provide assistance also to areas under the control of the opposition groups,” Mr. Abe said, adding that Japan is also planning to deliver portable X-ray devices and other medical equipment to those areas.In parallel with the process of political dialogue, Japan will newly provide approximately $60 million for humanitarian assistance in Syria and surrounding countries.Turning to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Mr. Abe condemned the country’s nuclear and missile development and urged Pyongyang to “rectify its own actions.”Mr. Abe also urged that the country return every Japanese national abducted, stressing that normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries remains “unthinkable” without the resolution of this issue.The Prime Minister also highlighted the importance of private sector investment, particularly in Africa, and the role of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD). read more

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Gallery Ohio Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies

Participants, volunteers and family members march in a parade during the Ohio Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies June 27 at OSU’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Muyao Shen / Lantern reporterThe Ohio Special Olympics held its annual summer games at Ohio State from June 27-29. More than 2,500 athletes from Ohio competed in 11 sports, including aquatics, track and field, bocce, bowling, cycling, gymnastics, powerlifting, roller skating, soccer, tennis and volleyball, according to the Special Olympics Ohio website. The games officially kicked off Friday with the Opening Ceremonies at Jesse Owens Stadium, and the events took place in various locations around OSU’s campus, Sawmill Lanes and United Skates of America.

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Vive Targi Kielce wins Polish Derby

2Orlen Wisła Płock181422545:46230 1Vive Targi Kielce181800677:44236 3MMTS Kwidzyn191207532:51324 8Zagłębie Lubin196112505:54013 10Miedź Legnica195013473:57812 Bogdan Wentahandball derbyOrlen Wisla PlockPoland handballPolish handball derbyVive Targi Kielce 7NMC Powen Zabrze198110489:49317 4Tauron Stal Mielec191117555:54423 12Warmia Olsztyn195014451:52110 9Nielba Wągrowiec196112530:58513 6Chrobry Głogów19829512:53218 Polish vice-champion Vive Targi Kielce continue with good performances after EHF CL TOP 16 qualification. In the “Polish Derby” team of Bogdan Wenta was better against champion, Orlen Wisla Plock 26:22 (14:13).Vive Targi Kielce – Orlen Wisła Płock 26:22 (14:13)Vive: Szmal – Buntić 4, Grabarczyk, Tomczak 1, Jurasik 3, Olafsson 2, Zaremba, Jurecki 2, Kuchczyński 3, Tkaczyk 3, Jachlewski 1, Zorman 2, Stojković 5 (3), Musa.Exclusions: 8 minutes (Jurecki, Buntić 2x, Jurasik)Wisła: Wichary – Kwiatkowski, Eklemovć 2, Spanne 3, Wiśniewski 3, Kubisztal 4 (1), Kavas 4, Dobelsek, Twardo, Toromanović 4, Syprzak 2 (2), Paczkowski.Exclusions: 10 minutes (Twardo 2x, Spanne 2x, Toromanović)This was the fourth defeat of Wisla this season, but as before, the championship will be decided in the Play Off.LEAGUE TABLE: 11Jurand Ciechanów195014485:55410 5KS Azoty Puławy19847494:48420 ← Previous Story Drasko Mrvaljevic goes to Bregenz Next Story → Kim Andersson to AG Copenhagen in 2012 or 2013? read more

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Geek deals 219 10inch Android 42 tablet Logitech G105 gaming keyboard more

first_imgThe tablet industry has been moving at a blistering pace for the past several years, kicked off by the wildly popular iPad and the rise of Android’s popularity in the market. After much experimentation by manufacturers, it seems the 7-inch tablet form factor is one of the most popular around.Indeed, the most popular tablets on the market today are 7-inch models: the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire. 10-inch Android tablets seem to be put a bit to the wayside, in part due to the prevalence of cheap Windows 8 tablets, and when we do see them they typically carry high-end components and high price tags.This is where Lenovo’s S6000 tablet comes in: it’s a 10-inch tablet with quad-core processor and one of the newest Android OS versions, but starts at just $219. The quad-core 1.2GHz processor keeps performance smooth, while the 16GB of storage with expandable microSD slot keeps all your media handy. IPS technology powers the HD LCD screen, ensuring wide viewing angles and deep, rich colors.While many tablets in this price range lack some features we’ve come to expect as standard, the S6000 manages to include all the goodies like Bluetooth, cameras, GPS, and even a micro-HDMI output. Lenovo rates the battery life at up to 9 hours. The 16GB version is an outright steal at $219, but be warned it doesn’t have a rear facing camera. The $249 model includes the dual cameras and upgrades the storage to 32GB. If using a Bluetooth keyboard is your thing, keep an eye out for the slick magnetic keyboard Lenovo offers for the S6000.Lenovo IdeaTab S6000 10.1-inch 16GB Android 4.2 tablet for $219 + free shipping (reg. $269)Our other top deals:X Rocker Pro Series Pedestal video gaming chair with wireless sound for $174.88 + free shipping (reg. $249 | via Amaz0n)Dell Inspiron 14 4th-gen Core i5 touch laptop for $799.99 + free shipping (reg. $899.99 | via Dell)Logitech G105 gaming keyboard for $44.89 + free shipping (reg. $59.99 | via B&H Photo)last_img read more

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Endeavour samarre à lISS ce mercredi

first_imgEndeavour s’amarre à l’ISS ce mercrediLa navette spatiale américaine doit s’amarrer à la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) ce mercredi 18 mai à 12h16 heure de Paris. Il s’agit là du dernier vol d’Endeavour, qui sera ensuite envoyée au musée.Lundi, Endeavour décollait pour son ultime voyage (et pour la 25e fois). La dernière mission de la navette spatiale, qui compte à son bord six astronautes, est de livrer le spectromètre magnétique alpha à la Station spatiale internationale. Cet instrument doit permettre de détecter de l’antimatière et de percer d’autres mystères de l’univers.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESALa navette doit donc s’amarrer à la Station spatiale internationale, pour la douzième fois, ce mercredi à 12h16 (heure de Paris). Selon la Nasa, le SAS devrait s’ouvrir vers 14h36, permettant aux équipages de l’ISS et d’Endeavour de se retrouver.Au final, cette ultime mission de la cadette des navettes spatiales de la Nasa doit durer seize jours.Le 18 mai 2011 à 11:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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GCI Members Might Lose Three TV Stations Soon

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享GCI sent a email to its cable customers, on Wednesday, December 27, letting them know they may soon no longer broadcast local Fox, ABC or CW channels in its cable packages. Every few years GCI renegotiates with various networks they carry as part of their cable packages. GCI told its cable customers that as a result of gridlocked negotiations with the stations’ ownership that the “programming in question is set to go away in January if the parties can’t come to an agreement.” GCI’s email to customers said; We’ve made numerous attempts to negotiate with the management of these stations (they’re all run by the same individuals) and their representative in the Lower 48, without success. We believe they’re trying to use their combined reach statewide to force us to simply accept their unreasonable fees and pass the hikes on to our customers. On December 23, a post on the website for the three stations stated; GCI is using its monopoly power to get something for nothing, and if we won’t give it to them, they will deprive you, our viewers. Any statement to the contrary by GCI serves only to mislead you.  Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-GCI-to-drop-Fox-and-CW.mp3VmJennifer-on-GCI-to-drop-Fox-and-CW.mp300:00RPd GCI told customers, the company without new agreements, “will be unable to broadcast ABC and CW statewide as of midnight January 1, and may be unable to distribute Fox statewide” last_img read more

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Tim Tebow makes the Christian movie hes always wanted to see

first_img Ahead of St. Louis meeting, one United Methodist offers prayers along the way Share This! By: Heather Adams Share This! News By: Heather Adams News • Photos of the Week By: Heather Adams Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Catholicism Tagshomepage featured movies religion and popular culture religion and sports Run the Race Tim Tebow,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Tim Tebow, the Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback now readying for his fourth season as a minor-league baseball player, knows that being a good Christian doesn’t solve everything.Even watching Christian movies growing up, Tebow had his doubts when the main character started praying and suddenly everything “was just perfect.”“That’s not real life,” he said. “Life’s not easy.”As executive producers of the new film “Run the Race,” Tebow and his brother Robby wanted to create the kind of movie — and Christian life — he longed to see instead: one that’s not perfect, but authentic.“Run the Race,” the story of two high school brothers trying to overcome their mother’s death and father’s abandonment, sticks close to the power of fraternal love and sports. Zach Truett, played by Tanner Stine, is working to earn a college football scholarship, but after he suffers an injury, he worries he’ll never find his way out of his small town.Not wanting to give up on their dream, his brother, Dave, attempts to save both brothers’ futures by securing his own scholarship in track.The characters, especially Zach, also spend a lot of time grappling with and asking questions about their faith — questions many of those involved in the movie, including real-life Christians Stine and Tebow, have asked themselves.Tim Tebow and his fiancee, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, at the premiere of “Run the Race” on Feb. 11, 2019. RNS photo by Heather Adams“We all go through our own faith journey. You ask the questions and you ask the why,” Tebow told Religion News Service. “Even in your lows, God loves you and he’s chasing you and he wants to know you and support you and he gave his best for you.”Jake McEntire, who wrote the original script, was in one of those lows. By that time he had been working on the screenplay for almost a decade. “I remember being in class in 2004, just freehand writing this stuff,” said McEntire.He rewrote it multiple times over the years, then made a “concept” trailer hoping it’d attract more people to the project. McEntire said there were multiple times he’d pray, asking God if he should give up or if God wanted him to keep going.“I just felt like this was a calling God gave me in my heart to go tell this story,” he said.It was on one of those days of praying and questioning whether to continue that the Tebows called, he said.Trey Brunson, who met McEntire in college in Dallas, got to know Robby Tebow as a pastor in Florida. Six years ago Brunson, now an executive producer himself, showed the trailer to Robby, who showed it to Tim. The Tebow brothers then asked to read the full script.It was reading the script, Tim Tebow said, that was his impetus to get into the movie industry. A popular public speaker, he said the power of McEntire’s storytelling impressed on him how limited his appearances were compared with the movies.The official poster for “Run the Race.” Courtesy of RTR Movie Holdings, LLC.“It’s just another avenue to encourage people,” said Tebow, who has been supporting the movie with press and on social media. “Why not use that avenue for good, too?”Though McEntire now had Tebow to ask about achieving in sports, the writer said that much of the film is drawn on his own sports experience.McEntire had a scholarship to play college football before he tore his ACL and his dream of a football career went away. The mother in the film is based on a friend’s mom who had passed away from breast cancer.“I kind of cherry-picked things that happened to me and my brothers and my best friends, the good and the bad, and put it all into one story,” he said.Even McEntire’s relationship with his wife was used to create a storyline that is not the usual Hollywood teen romance.McEntire knew he wanted to marry his wife three days after meeting her — something he immediately told his brothers. Six months later he bought a ring, but he continued to pray for another six months.“I was like, ‘Lord, if you want me to marry this girl, I’ll do it. But if you don’t want me to marry her, get me out of here,’” he said.They were married in April 2007, 16 months after they met. “We were both virgins when we got married, so I wanted to show that purity,” he said. “I wanted to show kids that can still happen — you can have this.”If the movie represents Christian values, it’s not a sermon from on high — the filmmakers even debated if any character should say the name Jesus, McEntire said.Once they got to filming, in fact, “Run the Race” became a collaboration. Director Chris Dowling shares screenwriting credit with McEntire and Jason Baumgardner, and Dowling in turn allowed his actors a lot of flexibility. That spirit is what convinced veteran actor Mario Van Peebles to take the the role of Pastor Baker, who leads the church in the Truetts’ small town.“I wanted to play this character because there were things I wanted to say,” Van Peebles said. “Some of what you see in the film is ad lib.”Pastor Baker (Mario Van Peebles) and Louise (Frances Fisher) in a scene from the movie “Run the Race.” Photo courtesy of RTR Movie Holdings, LLC.While there is a lot about Christianity in “Run the Race,” Dowling said it addresses experiences many people can relate to — not least the director himself, whose father walked out on his family when Dowling was young.“As humans we all want the same thing. We want to know we have a purpose, we want to feel loved, we want the best for our kids,” Dowling said.Tebow hopes people see what he says is the reality of trusting in God.“You don’t want to trick people or fool people that all the sudden life is going to be perfect. Never told it’s going to be perfect or easy — just worth it,” he said.“Run the Race” will be in theaters Friday (Feb. 22). Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! Heather Adams,Load Comments,Church of England’s synod takes on Brexit divisions as zero hour approaches Heather Adams Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email last_img read more

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Game of Thrones Ice Dragon Lands on NYCs Flatiron Building in New

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety ‘His Dark Materials’ HBO Series Rounds Out Voice Cast ‘Game of Thrones’ Costume Designer Michele Clapton on the Dark, Fateful Looks of ‘The Bells’ Battle Dragons are coming: HBO is launching the first branded Snapchat augmented-reality lens for “Game of Thrones,” which will let New Yorkers gawk at the sight of an undead ice dragon alighting on top of the city’s iconic Flatiron Building.HBO is using Snapchat’s new Landmarker AR Lens for the promo, which is the premium cabler’s latest partnership to hype the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones.” Snapchat Landmarkers are geolocated AR overlay effects associated with famous sites, and lets users insert themselves into the scene.Snapchat users in NYC will be able to experience the Landmarker lens starting Sunday, April 14 — the premiere date for “Game of Thrones” Season 8 — and the week thereafter, to see the fantasy creature encase the Flatiron in ice. In “Game of Thrones,” the ice dragons are controlled by the Night King, leader of the White Walkers and their zombie army. To access the “GOT” Landmaker Lens, users in the vicinity of the Flatiron Building must tap the Snapchat camera and select the “Game of Thrones” Lens. In addition, HBO is sponsoring dragon-themed AR Lenses running in over 10 markets worldwide to let Snapchat users spread more “Game of Thrones” love.“‘Game of Thrones’ fans are always eager for new ways to explore the world of Westeros, and this exciting new feature will bring the show into the real world like never before,” said Emily Giannusa, VP of digital marketing for HBO.Snapchat last week launched Landmarkers, announcing the feature at Snap’s first partner summit. Anyone can build their own Landmarker AR using Snapchat’s Lens Studio software. In addition to the Big Apple’s Flatiron Building, the other Landmarkers locations initially available are London’s Buckingham Palace, the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and L.A.’s Chinese Theater (with Snap promising to add more locations).“This fusion of ‘Game of Thrones’ with a real cityscape shows the potential of our Landmarker tech as a powerful new creative frontier,” said Leah Rubin-Cadrain, Snap’s creative lead, entertainment.For HBO, the Snapchat deal is just one piece of a wide-scale, multipronged marketing effort behind the “Game of Thrones” final season.Promos include a “GOT”-themed takeover of Bellagio in Las Vegas; a sneaker collaboration with Adidas; Oreo’s special-edition “Game of Thrones” cookie; among other MLB tie-ins, a Boston Red Sox’s Game of Thrones Night at Fenway Park on April 22; and an AR experience created with Magic Leap featured in select AT&T retail stores.AT&T, which owns WarnerMedia, also is running a sweepstakes to give away an $18,000 replica of the show’s Iron Throne.Watch the “Game of Thrones” Snapchat Landmarker AR Lens in action: Relatedlast_img read more

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The Loch Ness Monster is real if you go back 170 million

first_imgIt’s fairly clear cut at this point that the Loch Ness Monster doesn’t exist. All the sightings that got people interested in the first place have been revealed as hoaxes, and extensive study of the lake has revealed no ecosystem that could support a large creature like Nessie. In the distant past, there may really have been a monster in what would one day become Loch Ness. Scientists have finally started to study the fossil of an ancient Scottish sea creature decades after it was discovered.The fossil was discovered by a power company worker on the Isle of Skye in 1966. It was clear from the start this fossil was something special. The vertebrae were exposed, jutting up from the shoreline. It was the most complete marine reptile skeleton ever found in Scotland, but the technology didn’t exist to study it in detail. The creature, dubbed the Storr Lochs Monster, was encased in hard rock that make it impossible to remove safely. The entire fossil — rock shell and all — was transported to a local museum to await further study.Scotland doesn’t have many experts on marine fossils, but a critical mass of interest has finally built up. Work is starting to remove the layers of rock from the Storr Lochs Monster using modern techniques so a proper examination can be made. It’s going to take some time, but several things are already known. The creature appears to be a species of ichthyosaur, a marine reptile that looked a bit like a giant dolphin with a mouth full of sharp teeth. The Storr Lochs Monster would have been the size of a small boat when it was alive.It’s not clear yet if this animal will turn out to be a new species or just a very complete example of an already known ichthyosaur. However, considering the area it was found in, scientists are betting on a new species. The Storr Lochs Monster lived about 170 million years ago in the mid-Jurassic era. This was a period of rapid evolutionary shifts, and the hope is this fossil could help fill in some of the gaps.last_img read more

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Mamata inaugurates Sangeet Mela 2018

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday instructed officials of the state Information & Cultural Affairs department to take Sangeet Mela upto the block level from next year.”We have to take Sangeet Mela right upto the grassroot level. We are organising the fair in different localities in the form of ‘Paray Paray Sangeet Mela’. We also organise fairs for the adivasis. There are many talented artistes and such fairs on the block level will provide a good platform for them,” Banerjee said at the inaugural programme of Sangeet Mela held at Uttirna in Alipore on Friday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”I travel to districts and often listen to local artistes whose voice and rhythm make me mesmerised. The folk music that they render is simply outstanding. Music is life and it will continue to be so till eternity,” Banerjee maintained. As many as 9 artistes were conferred the Sangeet Maha Samman award by the state government. The recipients included Arijit Singh, Santanu Mukherjee (popularly known as Shaan), Raghab Chatterjee and Rupankar Bagchi to name a few. As many as 11 artistes were awarded Sangeet Samman by Banerjee at the programme. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe awards were introduced by the state government in 2011, to recognise outstanding contribution to the world of music. The Bangla Sangeet Mela will be held in as many as 10 venues in the city from Friday till December 22, in which an estimated 2,000 singers, including those from districts, are expected to perform. The Biswa Bangla Lok Sanskriti Utsav was also flagged off at the same event and it will be held side-by-side from December 14-18 at Ektara Mukta Manch. This is for the first time when students from 32 schools and 16 colleges will be participating in Sangeet Mela. Around 2,000 singers and 450 artistes who are adept in playing different musical instruments, will take part in the mela. Rabindra Sadan, Sisir Mancha, Rabindra Okakura Bhavan, Phanibhusan Bidya Binod Jatra Manch, Mohor Kunja, Hedua Park, Madhusudan Mukta Mancha, Ektara Mukta Mancha, Deshapriya Park and Rajya Sangeet Academy Mukta Manch will be the venues for the mega event. Deshapriya Park will see performances from promising Bangla bands and budding artistes. There will be an exhibition of a variety of musical instruments titled ‘Banglar Lokbadya’ at Gaganendra Pradarshanshala in the Nandan complex from December 15 to 22. The Ektara Mukta Mancha will host a discussion on basic Bengali songs and Bengali film songs on December 22. The Sangeet Mela will conclude with a night-long musical programme at Rabindra Sadan on December 22.last_img read more

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Argentinas miracle morgue baby now 4 months old

first_img 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Since then, Luz Milagros has grown and become stronger, but she isn’t ready to go home yet.Hugo Ramos, the deputy director of the hospital in provincial Resistencia where she will now be cared for, said she suffered neurological damage, still has internal bleeding and remains on a respirator. She’s in stable but very serious condition, Ramos said, according to Argentina’s Diarios y Noticias news agency.Bouter acknowledged the challenges but expressed hope her daughter would improve enough to take her home. “In the future we’ll see how to prepare the house to receive her,” she said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   center_img Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Argentina’s miracle morgue baby is now four months old and closer to home.Luz Milagros Veron _ the name means “Miracle Light” in English _ was flown with her mother Analia Bouter on Thursday to a pediatric hospital closer to her home in provincial Chaco after months in intensive care in Buenos Aires.Doctors said the baby showed no signs of life when she was born three months premature in April, and quickly sent her to the morgue. She’s alive today because her parents insisted on seeing her body to say goodbye. After 12 hours inside a sealed coffin, she moved and let out a tiny cry. She was cold as ice, but far from dead. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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Arrests at Austria protest against far right ball

first_img 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 VIENNA (AP) – Austrian police have reported arrests and vandalism after about 6,000 people gathered in Vienna to demonstrate against a ball that the protesters say serves as venue for Europe’s extreme right.While most of the demonstrators were peaceful Friday, police made about a dozen arrests. They also reported damage to storefronts and at least one police vehicle.The protests are against a ball convened by Austria’s right-wing Freedom Party that demonstration organizers say acts as a magnet for the far-right fringe. Freedom Party officials deny that, and say they are the target of left-wing extremists. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Police are being criticized for declaring parts of the demonstration area off-limits for journalists. Police officials say they only want to protect reporters from injury, but Austrian news organizations say the decision limits media freedoms.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Comments   Share   Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

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Hilton announces return to Okinawa

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Hilton Worldwide has announced its return to Okinawa, with its eleventh Japanese property, Hilton Okinawa Chatan to open in 2014.Located 20 kilometers from Naha International Airport, the 346-room hotel will be managed by Chatan Hotel and Resort Corporation.Hilton Worldwide Global Head, Dave Horton said the new property was the “next chapter” for the brand’s “rapidly-growing collection”.“This hotel will deliver the world-class hospitality synonymous with our brand and Hilton Worldwide,” he said. The hotel will include one all-day dining restaurant, a specialty restaurant, a lobby lounge as well as a full service spa and fitness gym, indoor and outdoor pools, and a 120-square meter meeting room. last_img

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