2022 World Cup hosts Qatar fail to qualify for 2018 tournament

first_imgQatar, the hosts of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, failed to qualify for 2018 edition of the tournament after a 3-1 loss to Syria in their penultimate Asian Group A qualifier in Malaysia on Thursday.Qatar will be participating in the 2022 World Cup by virtue of being the hosts but failed to make it to the big stage of 2018 through qualification.The Qataris, who have never played at a World Cup finals, needed to win both of their remaining qualifiers to have any chance of making it to Russia next year. (Also Read: World Cup qualifiers: Marco Asensio, Andrea Belotti primed for starring roles in Spain-Italy showdown)On the other hand, two teams from Asia — Iran and Japan — have qualified for the big-ticket tournament next year.Japan made it through on Thursday after they defeated Australia 2-0.Australia’s fate now will depend on two factors — the Socceroos have to register a big win against Thailand in their final qualifier and hope for Japan to beat or draw with Saudi Arabia. (Also Read: World Cup qualifiers: Spain, Italy lock horns to inch closer to direct qualification)(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

13 days agoCiaran Clark pondered quitting Newcastle

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ciaran Clark pondered quitting Newcastleby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United defender Ciaran Clark sought talks with manager Steve Bruce over his future in the summer.The Evening Chronicle says the centre-back spoke to Bruce after interest was shown in the Ireland defender. Crystal Palace were among the sides who looked at Clark, who made his first start of the season on Sunday against Manchester United. But Bruce told he that he wanted to “assess” his options, and utilised Clark – who has been “waiting for his chance”. last_img

First responders gather in BC to call for end to stigma in

first_imgVANCOUVER — Eighteen years as a firefighter had exposed Greg Gauthier to endless trauma but a call involving a tour bus hitting a family triggered his descent into mental illness as intrusive thoughts and sleepless nights became his daily existence.Gauthier, 48, could no longer function at work but the stigma of asking for help in a job where chaos is the norm initially prevented him from reaching out.“I knew something was wrong right after that call,” he said of the August 2017 incident when an American man died and three others were injured as a bus rolled into a crowd of tourists, pinning at least two people beneath the vehicle.Gauthier said it wasn’t the most horrific situation he’d encountered, but it was the one that broke him emotionally.Over and over again, he would relive the scene of people taking cellphone video of the crash scene as police dealt with a hoard of visitors near a busy cruise-ship terminal and convention centre. Gauthier’s family life began to unravel and he felt helpless.“When you don’t have control of your mind and when you can’t block those thoughts then you feel like you’re losing control and it’s an incredibly distressing feeling,” he said. “I’m still dealing with it a year and a half later but I’m certainly managing it.”Gauthier finally realized that as a supervisor he had to set an example for the rest of his crew at a Vancouver fire hall so colleagues who had also been at the scene and others like it could feel free to talk about their struggles in a job that required them to soldier on day after day.“There’s a stigma and we’re trying to break that down,” he said as he prepared to share his experience and gradual return to work at a conference of first responders meeting in Richmond, B.C., on Thursday and Friday.About 350 people including firefighters, police officers, paramedics, dispatchers as well as their unions and associations are taking part in the event that will feature Gauthier and others in jobs where trauma is part of the job but talking about its impact is not.Gauthier said he wondered if he’d have to prove himself all over again if he took time off, if he’d put the “brotherhood and sisterhood” of his job at risk.“Part of my healing, part of my therapy, is talking about it,” he said, adding he got counselling. When he returned to work after five months he didn’t initially go out on calls, worked shorter days and slowly exposed himself to the rigours of the job, including driving past the accident scene that led to his breakdown.WorkSafeBC, the provincial workers’ health and safety agency, brought together a committee of 14 first responder agencies that organized the conference.Trudi Rondou, senior manager of industry and labour services for WorksafeBC, said the goal is to work toward dismantling the stigma of mental illness suffered by those who focus on protecting public safety but often need help themselves to cope with extraordinary stress.The key to getting that help is a commitment from employers to put prevention, peer-support and return-to-work programs in place, she said.“We did some research among first responders and that was one thing we clearly heard, that this has to be a culture change and we need to make sure our leaders are invested in this, not only with their words but with the budget and action behind it.”Otherwise, the costs range from low productivity, a high number of sick days and the potential for long-term disability from post-traumatic stress disorder, Rondou said.Last year, the British Columbia government amended legislation allowing first responders including emergency medical assistants, firefighters, police officers, sheriffs and correctional officers to make WorkSafeBC claims for compensation and health-care support if they’d been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, without having to prove it was related to their work.Greg Anderson, dean of applied research at the Justice Institute of B.C., said most provinces have similar legislation, but coverage for first-responder jobs varies.In Nova Scotia, for example, emergency-room nurses are included in so-called presumptive legislation while some provinces have coverage for post-traumatic stress injury and others only accept claims for post-traumatic stress disorder, Anderson said.Federal first responders, including employees of the RCMP, the Correctional Service of Canada and those in enforcement roles for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, are not covered by presumptive legislation.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter. Camille Bains, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Water main break Thursday morning near Montanas

first_imgParts of the Montana’s parking lot was flooded due to the water main break.Some area businesses are temporarily closed due to the break.No further details are available at this time. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Crews were on scene this morning, Thursday, as they attended to a water main break near Montana’s next to the Totem Mall.The water main break was contained as the City shut down water in the area.Crews are currently in the process of repairing the broken water main.last_img

Fill a Mountie Boot to support Cops for Cancer

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Constable (Cst) Christiaan Dreyer rider for the Fort St John Cops for Cancer Tour de North is hosting a ‘Fill a Boot’ fundraiser.Saturday, July 27, 2019, from 12 pm – 3 pm at Save on Foods, at 10345 100th St. Cst Dreyer and his sidekick, Cst Jodi Lewis invite everyone to join them to fill a traditional ‘High Brown’ Mountie riding boot with donations for pediatric cancer research and Camp Goodtimes.The financial goal for Cst Dreyer’s is to raise $3000 before he sets off on the Tour de North in September. Donations can also be made online for Cst Dreyer on the Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer page; CLICK HERElast_img

Didnt join Bollywood to make films with stars

first_imgMumbai: Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia has a solid clarity of what he wants to do: make films which have his trademark style and never chase stars to get his dream on celluloid. The director, who has helmed mid-budget but critically acclaimed films like Paan Singh Tomar and Saheb Biwi aur Gangster series, has learnt over the years on how to avoid the pressure of having a star to headline his film. “I don’t want to sound pompous but I want my films to be a ‘Tigmanshu Dhulia Film.’ Whether it’s a hit or a flop, doesn’t matter. I came to this industry to make films, not to make films with stars. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot”Now I’ve learnt to not approach those producers with those kind of scripts where they will ask me to get a star. I don’t fall into that trap anymore,” said Tigmanshu. The pressure on a director to get a star on board can be quite daunting. Tigmanshu first hand experienced this while making his upcoming directorial, Milan Talkies, which earlier had several names attached to it, from Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra to Imran Khan. Though conceptualised around 2011, Tigmanshu had to cross several roadblocks to finally make the film. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary”Earlier UTV was supposed to do it but I had a fallout with them because they weren’t releasing Paan Singh Tomar. There was a gap then and Ekta pushed really hard. I’ll give it up to her.” “Despite actors saying yes and no, dillydallying about it, she held on to it. But they needed a star. I requested her let me make it with whoever because otherwise this will never get made and she did.” The filmmaker is now ready to release Milan Talkies on March 15, featuring Ali Fazal.last_img read more

Nielsen Combines Media Entertainment Brands

first_img“There are some common advertisers across the brands, so it will definitely be a benefit as a result of the alignment, but not something that drove the decision,” the spokesperson wrote.The new media and entertainment will be led by senior vice president Gerry Byrne, who most recently oversaw Nielsen’s entertainment group. Also, marketing, media and visual art group senior vice president Sabrina Crow will take on the additional responsibility of corporate planning and developing, including strategic planning and M&A activities, the company said.Crow will continue to oversee the travel, training, photo, jewelry, food and real estate brands, which Nielsen regrouped under Brand Media Group.Last fall, Nielsen combined content development and distribution for Adweek, Brandweek and Mediaweek magazines under one editorial organization. In November, the company traded media rates and data provider SRDS to U.K.-based ad agency the WPP Group in exchange for the remaining 50 percent stake in AGBNielsen Media Research. Nielsen Business Media said it has combined its AdweekMedia and entertainment groups under a newly-created media and entertainment division.“This is part of an ongoing strategy to better integrate and align our businesses,” a Nielsen spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “About a year ago we created the entertainment group by bringing together two separate film and music groups. This move simply expands that entertainment group to include the media brands, and is just another step in harnessing the collective resources and strengths of those brands.”No layoffs were made and no magazine products were closed in association with the reorganization, the spokesperson said. Nielsen’s AdweekMedia group includes Adweek, Brandweek, Mediaweek and Editor & Publisher magazines, as well as the Clio Awards. The entertainment group is made up of several products, including The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard.last_img read more

BtoB CEO Arrested on Embezzlement Charges

first_imgGittlitz was fired from his post at ICD in July 2007. The publisher subsequently filed a lawsuit against him, alleging “fraudulent acts and a breach of fiduciary responsibility.” He partnered with his son, Seth Gittlitz, in the acquisition of Travel Trade magazine last year.ICD owns several hospitality trade magazines, including Hotel Business, HomeWorld Business and Hotel Journal.[PHOTO: Courtesy of Lincolnshire Police Department] Ian Gittlitz, former president and CEO of b-to-b publisher ICD Publications, was arrested Sunday in Chicago on charges that he allegedly embezzled more than $2 million from the publishing company. He is being held on a $2 million bond.Gittlitz [pictured], a New York resident, was apprehended by police while attending the International Home & Housewares Show at McCormick Place in Chicago, Lincolnshire, Illinois Police detective John-Erik Anderson told FOLIO:. Gittlitz was reportedly traveling with a hired guard. If convicted, Gittlitz faces four to 15 years in prison, Anderson said.last_img read more

VIDEO Highlights From Wilmingtons Tiny TotsKids Club Program

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Recreation Department’s Tiny Tots & Kids Club Program ended its first session on Friday, July 12, 2019.Below is a video from staffer Erin Cowden highlighting some of the fun that was had over the three weeks.——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Highlights From Wilmington’s Tiny Tots/Kids Club ProgramIn “Videos”WILMINGTON RECREATION: Concerts, Trips & Youth Programs Were Huge Hits This SummerIn “Community”VIDEO: Highlights From Wilmington’s Tiny Tots/Kids Club ProgramIn “Videos”last_img read more

Birthday announcement Kangana Ranaut to play Jayalalithaa in Thalaivi aka Jaya

first_imgKangana Ranaut to play J Jayalalithaa in Thalaivi.InstagramKangana Ranaut has made a big announcement on her birthday on March 23. Riding high on the success of Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, Kangana Ranaut is all set to play J Jayalalithaa on screen in a Tamil-Hindi biopic being directed by AL Vijay and produced by Vishnu Vardhan Induri and Shaailesh R Singh. The film is called Thalaivi in Tamil and Jaya in Hindi. After Vidya Balan played the role of NTR’s first wife- Basavatamma in NTR biopic, there were rumours that she was also being considered for Thalaivi to play J Jayalalithaa. South actress Nayanthara was also in the reckoning. The part finally went to Kangana Ranaut. Interestingly, Thalaivi aka Jaya is written by KV Vijayendra Prasad, the writer of Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, of the Bahubali series and also Salman Khan’s film Bajrangi Bhaijaan.Bombay Times quotes Kangana Ranaut as saying about the biopic, “Jayalalithaa ji is one of the biggest female success stories of this century. She was a superstar and went on to be an iconic politician. It’s a great concept for a mainstream film. I am honoured to be a part of this mega project.”Kangana Ranaut had recently talked about making a biopic on her own life, directing it herself. The actress had also spoken about doing a warrior princess movie trilogy, starting with Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi.Kangana Ranaut had turned director for Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi when director Krish walked out of the project halfway through. The film got rave reviews by critics but almost managed to recover its budget at the box office. However, it is said to have earned profits from satellite and other rights.Among the other films in Kangana Ranaut’s kitty are Ekta Kapoor’s Mental Hai Kya with Rajkummar Rao and Ashwini Iyer Tiwari’s Panga.last_img read more