Ordered 3D glasses to watch World Cup: Tweets Rayudu after exclusion

first_imgAmbati Rayudu has ‘ordered 3D glasses’ to watch the World Cup, a day after he was pipped by the ‘three-dimensional’ Vijay Shankar in the Indian squad for the showpiece.All-rounder Shankar was preferred over the 33-year-old Rayudu for the contentious number four spot in India’s World Cup squad.”Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup,” Rayudu wrote on his twitter handle Tuesday.Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup .. Ambati Rayudu (@RayuduAmbati) April 16, 2019Disappointment knocked on Rayudu’s door when his name was left out of the squad just a few months after captain Virat Kohli had more or less earmarked him for the number four position.”We did give a few more chances to Rayudu but Vijay Shankar gives three dimensions. He can bat, if the conditions are overcast, he can bowl, plus he is a fielder. We are looking at Vijay Shankar as a No. 4,” chief selector MSK Prasad said Tuesday, justifying his selection.Prasad’s view was seconded by former captain Sunil Gavaskar, who called Shankar a ‘very handy cricketer.’On the other hand, in his quest to ramp up his limited-overs game, Rayudu had even given up on white ball cricket but he has struggled to be consistent.Three poor outings against Australia in the five-match ODI home series seemed to have put paid to his hopes. The experienced batsman also could not light up the Indian Premier League in a way he would have liked.advertisementWhile he enjoys an average of 47.05 in 55 ODIs, the three failures against Australia hurt him.The batsman was the team’s number four since Asia Cup last year. Between then and the home series against Australia, Rayudu scored one century and four fifties.A 113-ball 90 in New Zealand earlier this year paved the way for India’s victory after they were tottering at one stage.He played only two ODIs during the tour of Australia, but was the highest run-getter for India in the ODIs on the tour of New Zealand, with 190 runs in five innings at an average of 63.33 and a strike rate of 82.25.But the performances were not enough for him to ensure a ticket to the United Kingdom.Also Read | 3-dimensional Vijay Shankar preferred over Ambati Rayudu for India’s World Cup squadAlso Read | Why focus only on Rishabh Pant? I feel bad for Ambati Rayudu: Gautam GambhirAlso Read | Watch: Vijay Shankar reacts after World Cup 2019 selectionlast_img read more

Leroy Sané: ‘Pep told me to play like Messi – with freedom’

first_imgLeroy Sané’s welcoming demeanour suggests a young footballer enjoying his stellar rise at Manchester City. There is an intelligence in his eyes and a willingness to discuss anything – including Alexis Sánchez’s possible arrival this month – as he relaxes in a chair at the club’s training complex.Sánchez’s regular berth is on the left of attack, the area from which Sané terrorises defences. Yet there is no concern should the Arsenal forward, the subject of a £20m bid, join City during the transfer window and threaten Sané’s place in the starting XI. Share on Pinterest Manchester City Read more City are flying in all four competitions. They are 90 minutes away from the Carabao Cup final at Wembley as they take a 2-1 lead to Bristol City for Tuesday week’s semi-final second leg. There is an FA Cup fourth-round date at the winner of the Cardiff City-Mansfield Town replay. And next month the Champions League challenge is resumed with a last-16 tie against Basel.Sané, who has nine Germany caps, can look forward to an exciting summer at international level too, when Joachim Löw’s team defend the World Cup in Russia. His eyes sparkle when the notion of a clean sweep with club and country is put to him. “I think I’d retire – at 22,” he says and laughs. “One season and four titles with City and then the World Cup – that would be enough. If it happened, it would be an amazing year, but I don’t think it will happen. I hope but I don’t think so.”Sané’s haul of nine goals means he has equalled last term’s tally. He is City’s fastest player and the sight of him burning away from defenders is a joy of watching this Guardiola team. What fascinates most is how good Sané may become. He is a first choice but City’s manager speaks of how much Sané can improve.He agrees. “No player at the beginning of his career knows how good he can be,” he says. “It’s exciting and for me it’s a challenge to see how good I can be, how I can get to the best level. It’s really nice to see how it will go.” Facebook Pinterest Twitter But there is nothing troubling Sané and City at the moment. Instead, there is a buzz around the club. “We feel we can win some trophies so it feels special,” he says. “That’s why it’s special when you come to training. The games come around and you want to work hard, win the games. We’ve had a very good season so far. Many things can still happen and we won’t relax at all. To relax in the Premier League is not good.”While taking nothing for granted Sané would love to help City claim the title and then retain it, a feat only United and Chelsea have achieved in the Premier League era.“We always say we want to keep going on – we want to go as far as we can,” he says. “The final of the Carabao Cup, the final of the FA Cup, the Premier League; we want to go through and also to be in Kiev for the Champions League final.“It’s a dream for everyone. That’s why we are all working so hard. It’s very good for the team – everyone wants to win titles and improve.” Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on Messenger Pep improves me a lot since day one that I was here. It’s quite impressive how he can help you to improveLeroy Sané Sané mentions “fun” more than once, and it is refreshing to hear an elite player talk of revelling in his high-pressure existence. “Of course I enjoy it,” he says. “Sometimes you’re so focused that you don’t even think about it. But you get confidence if you play well. When there’s a goal you’re happy, you celebrate. And through these things you feel much more like you’re having fun and so try to do more things, maybe score or make an assist – you feel the fun.”Sané’s sporting parents have been crucial to his mental approach. Souleymane, his father, played for Wattenscheid in the Bundesliga and for Senegal. Regina, his mother, was a gymnastics bronze medallist at the 1984 Olympics for West Germany.“They helped me a lot – they know the different sides of sport,” he says. “They could help me with different issues, special issues which they see similar [to their own experience] and could give me an example. It helped me to solve problems.” City ready to walk away from Alexis Sánchez deal amid United interest Topics “No, it doesn’t worry me personally,” the German says. “He’s a very good player. If he comes to us – I don’t know it will happen – he can help us. No player would say: ‘Oh I hope he doesn’t come.’ Every one of us is playing really well right now and everyone has confidence. But there are so many games – so everyone is going to get games.“If you don’t get challenged, then you can’t find out how good you are. Even if he is better, you can look up to him, learn and try to improve with him. That makes you a better player. Even if someone like that comes in and is in front of you – if he plays more – the target is to get in front of him in the first XI. So it makes you work harder.”City are at Liverpool on Sunday and Jürgen Klopp’s side know how good Sané can be. In September’s reverse fixture he produced one of his finest displays since joining from Schalke for £37m in the summer of 2016.After 57 minutes he replaced Gabriel Jesus. City were 3-0 ahead, Sadio Mané had been sent off for the visitors, and Sané was ruthless in killing off Liverpool, scoring twice to complete a 5-0 win. He says: “I try, like always, to help the team, and to score two goals was very good for the team and for me too.”City’s title challenge is a near-procession 22 matches in. Pep Guardiola’s team hold a 15-point lead over Manchester United and are a further three better off than Liverpool. Yet Sané knows the trip to Anfield will be a battle.“They have a very good team, good strikers,” he says. “[Roberto] Firmino, [Mo] Salah, Mané – quick players. They will look for mistakes from us and try to play counterattacks. That’s why it’s a tough game. It was an equal game at the start of the season because they also had chances to score the first goal.“They didn’t and then Mané was sent off, that was better for us. After we got the goal, we had much more confidence, they had a player less. The coach has also said it will be a tough game; it’s against Liverpool, they’re at Anfield and that’s why we are all looking forward to it.”Klopp is a long-time admirer of Sané. He had hoped to sign his countryman for Liverpool. “Yes, I was also talking with them,” says Sané, who made his senior debut for Schalke in April 2014. “Jürgen was calling me too, talking to me. That was before I joined City. He did a good job at [Borussia] Dortmund – I met him when he was there. He’s a good guy, nice guy – honest. He [has] worked well with Liverpool.”Klopp, who managed Dortmund from 2008 to 2015, wanted Sané to join the German club too. “Yes, there was a time when I was still in the academy that I could have gone there from Schalke but there was no thoughts at all to move to a rival,” he says. “I have no regrets at all. I’m very happy here. I have a lot of friends here, Raheem Sterling, John Stones, Kyle Walker. I really like it – everyone is a really good person, we have fun, a laugh.” Pep Guardiola’s declaration of trust is almost exposed by misfiring stars Leroy Sané enjoys scoring the first of his two goals in Manchester City’s 5-0 win over Liverpool in September. Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters Germany interviews Read more Share on Twitter Guardiola is harnessing his talent, making Sané a far finer footballer than on arrival. It is a feat the manager has achieved with virtually all of his squad and a key to why City are so dominant.Sané says: “He improves me a lot since day one that I was here. My complete game – how I play, how I have to move, in the space, when I don’t have the ball, when I have the ball. It’s quite impressive how he can help you to improve – it’s very good for the player and for the team.“I played against his Bayern Munich and I could see how they could play. It was amazing; it was not so comfortable to play against them.”Sané struggled initially after joining City until a discussion with Guardiola. “I needed a little time to settle, to know the Premier League, the people here, how they are and to know the players. I had to find my confidence. Pep told me to play with freedom like [Lionel] Messi, not like Messi – it’s impossible,” says Sané, laughing again. “Be free like Messi, have fun, do things like he wants from a striker like the end of the space [near goal] – take the option to shoot or give an assist.” Share on LinkedIn Paul Wilson Share on Facebook Jürgen was talking to me before I joined City. I have no regrets at all, I’m very happy hereLeroy Sané Reuse this contentlast_img read more

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS THE TELEFILM CANADA FEATURE COMEDY EXCHANGE

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment ELIGIBILITY & APPLICATION Facebook PROGRAM OBJECTIVES & DESIGNThis program seeks to support Canadian feature comedies and teams with varying viewpoints, such as those of female filmmakers and culturally diverse filmmakers.This exchange is a part-time, individually-tailored initiative for three teams and their projects per year. It provides producers, writers and their creative teams with expert support, elevates a project’s creative and marketplace potential, and builds momentum across borders and within the international marketplace.CORE COMPONENTS OVERVIEWThe Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange is a high-level cross-border project and business accelerator for producers and their feature comedy properties. This initiative builds traction for comedy projects by offering producers, writers and their creative teams access to respected creative counsel as well as financing and packaging expertise from key decision-makers and comedy experts.IMPORTANT DATESApplications are now open.Application Deadline: October 16, 20172017/2018 Comedy Exchange: Late November 2017 to June 2018 (on a part-time basis) The Comedy Exchange is designed to:Deliver targeted one-on-one access to key comedy expertsAdvance the development and packaging of projectsProvide tailored marketing and promotional strategiesBroker countless creative and business opportunitiesHelp catalyze interest and investment in projectsIncrease audience engagement and distribution potential Login/Register With: ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACTThe CFC is committed to providing accessible practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation at any stage of the application process or have any questions regarding appropriate accommodations please contact Deborah Fallows, CHRO, at: [email protected] Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN.Eligibility requirements:.PRODUCERS.We are looking for producers who ideally meet the eligibility requirements outlined in Section 1 of the 2017 Telefilm Canada Development Program Guidelines:https://telefilm.ca/wp-content/uploads/guidelines-development-current.pdf.WRITERS.Writers must have demonstrated experience working as a professional writer, which includes credits for a produced screenplay, play, published novel; or who have episodes of produced work in TV and/or webseries: or who have secured development funding for prior film, TV or web based projects..DIRECTORS.Directors must have a minimum of 90 minutes of produced work that has either been commercially distributed, broadcast, or featured on the web as a webseries with a significant following..PROJECTS.Preference is given to projects that have received development support, whether it’s portfolio Telefilm funding or funding from another recognizable source. For example, if your project did not receive Telefilm funding but has received funding from another source, you are still eligible to apply..For any questions concerning the Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange, please email Nafisa Murji at [email protected]last_img read more

aptnpipelines Boom and Bust Cold Lake First Nations delicate relationship with oil

first_imgChris StewartAPTN National NewsThe community of Cold Lake in Alberta is slowly getting back to normal after the collapse of oil prices in 2014.What makes the community 278 kilometres northeast of Edmonton unique is that it sits on 44 billion barrels of bitumen, second only to Fort McMurray in size.When the price of a barrel of oil was close to $100 U.S. in 2013, life was good for the small town and the nearby Cold Lake First Nations.Six figure incomes, nice house, and vacations.Craig Russell worked 15 years in the industry – then the price of oil plummeted.“Well I did 10 years on the service rigs,” said Russell. “I operated heavy oil and gas for about five years. In the fall of 2014, I got laid off. Had to jump on the service rigs again. Got laid off. Now at the age of 33, I am retraining to be a scaffolder.”As a scaffolder, he is making almost $70,000 less per year than he was in the oil industry.He said he is happy to still be able to provide for his family, and he is not alone.“All of my friends actually, with the exception of one guy, we’ve all had to take drastic pay cuts with the downturn in oil prices. We are still employed. Still taking care of our families. It’s part of life. No one said life was easy. We are making it work here,” he said.Jon Blackman is 33 as well. He has spent 17 years in the oil industry.He started work right out of high school.“When I was younger we grew up without money,” said Blackman. “I keep thinking about that every once in a while. Especially when I see someone and say when we were kids we would wish for this and this…Now I don’t have to. I can do whatever, whenever.”Blackman said the oil and gas industry has given him the freedom and money to pursue his passions. He plans to open a scuba diving instruction company in Belize. He can fly to Vancouver to watch hockey – and wants to retire by the age of 50.He said the money is so good, his father, a former Chief of the Buffalo River Dene Nation in Saskatchewan is now working in the industry.“My Dad just recently started working in the oil industry a few years ago. After being Chief and Council for so long. He retired from that. Now he’s in the oilfield.”He laughed and said he taught his Dad how to be a pipeliner.While there have certainly been economic gains for the local people and community, there has also been some problems.There have been five locations in the Cold Lake area where bitumen has leaked to the surface, including the lake.The first spill was in 2009. Canadian Natural Resources (CNR) used a system similar to fracking. The company injected the ground with pressurized steam 300 degrees C to melt the solid bitumen.According to the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), CNR used too high of a pressure causing the earth to fracture and the liquid bitumen coming to the surface accidently. According to the company, the cleanup finished last year. The AER said small amounts may still leak in the future.One and a half million litres of bitumen has been spilled and hundreds of animals and birds have died since.Craig Russell is hopeful that the spills are a thing of the past.“Here in Canada, we have some of the highest, most regulated, ethical oil in the world. Right now, we need energy. And to meet those energy demands, where else would you go for oil?”APTN contacted the Cold Lake First Nation leadership for a comment on the pros and cons of investing in the oil industry. They referred us to one of its companies, Primco Dene – President James Blackman did not make himself available for an interview.Russell is thankful for his years in the oil industry.“It does have its ups and downs, peaks and valleys. But if you can ride those out and manage your money well, it’s a great career to pursue, working in the oil and gas industry.”Oil prices are headed back up. From a low of $16/barrel in 2016, to $40 today. At that price, some ventures start becoming profitable. Maybe the flow of jobs will start once [email protected]last_img read more