Nancy Pelosi Coming to Long Island Gay Gala

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Congresswoman Pelosi commemorates the LGBT victims of the Holocaust at the “Friends of the Pink Triangle” ceremony at the Twin Peaks Vista Overlook, Calif. (Courtesy of Nancy Pelosi’s office).Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic minority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, is accepting an award from the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth at the nonprofit group’s 20th Anniversary Gala on Friday evening.Also being honored are Edie Windsor, whose lawsuit challenging the Defense of Marriage Act was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in March, and Andrew Stern, the chief operating officer of NARAL Pro-Choice NY.“We are thrilled to be honoring Congresswoman Pelosi for her decades of heroic leadership and advocacy on behalf of the GLBT community and people living with HIV/AIDS,” said David Kilmnick, chief executive officer of LIGALY. “This year’s honorees represent some of the most important voices in the movement for GLBT equality.”Pelosi’s district office is in San Francisco, a leading city in the modern gay rights movement and the first in then nation to elect an openly gay politician—Bay Shore native Harvey Milk.Pelosi, Windsor and Stern will receive the honors before a crowd of more than 400 local civic, political and business leaders at Carlyle on the Green at Bethpage State Park.Democratic members of LI’s congressional delegation—including Reps. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola)—will be on hand to show their leader around.last_img read more

“Cruise to Run” conducts activity along the Waitukubuli National Trail

first_imgPhoto credit: cruisetorun.comRoseau, Dominica – (January 23, 2012) – The Discover Dominica Authority has been working with the group “Cruise to Run” on their first ever forest run. Cruise to Run founder Jerry Freiser was very interested in conducting such an activity on the island since he believed that the experience would be different from any which they have done in the past. It was decided that a forest run and possibly the new Waitukubuli National Trail (WNT) would be the best option after reading so much about it online and through the press.The Waitukubuli National Trail Project Officers and Marketing Executives of the Discover Dominica Authority first welcomed the group in 2011 while they were on their test visits to each island on which they would hold activities. After a day out visiting various trail options, Segment 10 (Colihaut to Syndicate) of the WNT was selected for this activity. The passengers will arrive via the Caribbean Princess Cruise ship on January 26, 2012 and depart to the heights of Colihaut where they will begin their run. It is expected that a total of 284 participants will be disembarking the cruise ship on this day. The group leaders have expressed great excitement about the day’s adventure and are looking forward to an excellent experience. The Colihaut Village Council have been every active in the preparation of this event as they have realized that this is an exciting and rewarding activity for the community. They have organized for their local vendors to provide the roast plantain, fruits and cane which the community is known for. They have assisted in the resurfacing of the access road to the trail and the clearing of the trail for the event. The activity is anticipated to last 2 hours with the group being mainly runners with a few walkers. The group will be driven to the heights of Colihaut where they will begin the run to Syndicate. Accompanying the group will be villagers from Colihaut and the cadet corps. A press conference will be held at the end of the run at the Syndicate Reception building where the “Cruise to Run” leaders will make a presentation to the Colihaut Community in the form of a Give Back program to donate sporting equipment to groups in the community. Colin Piper. Mr Colin Piper, CEO/Director of Tourism of the Discover Dominica Authority commented that “this activity will open the possibilities for the Waitukubuli National Trail and expand the offerings of the destination to potential visitors. This event is also an added benefit since the village of Colihaut will benefit from this activity and future activities since segment 10 of the WNT is the only one thus far identified suitable for non competitive running. From this activity we would like to encourage the participants to continue to inform and educate about the island and to bring along their friends next year as we hope to make this an annual activity.” The DDA is pleased to continue to market the Waitukubuli National Trail and hope that local tour operators can now put packages together to include the Waitukubuli National Trail ensuring that we continue to improve and develop new activities and interests to keep the potential visitor captivated.Cruise to Run is dubbed the Ultimate Runners Vacation which allows persons to set sail on a seven-day cruise from San Juan, Puerto Rico and visit St. Thomas, Tortola, Antigua, Dominica and Barbados. It is meant for everyone to enjoy, from the recreational to serious runner with runs in a variety of distances and terrains.The Discover Dominica Authority continues to work towards increasing the numbers of visitors calling to our shores – one of its two mandates- and the Authority is always eager to work with groups such as these in an effort to augment Dominica’s tourism product offering. With the increase of visitors it is expected that visitor expenditure will also increase through services rendered and taxes paid.For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.discoverdominica.com or follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.Press ReleaseDiscover Dominica Authority LocalNews “Cruise to Run” conducts activity along the Waitukubuli National Trail by: – January 23, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! 15 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Hartford meets UMass Lowell in America East quarters

first_imgYOUTH MOVEMENT: Each of these teams has relied heavily on their freshmen this year. Malik Ellison, Traci Carter and Hunter Marks have combined to account for 49 percent of Hartford’s scoring this season and 63 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. For UMass Lowell, Christian Lutete, Connor Withers and Ron Mitchell Jr. have collectively scored 49 percent of the team’s points this season, including 53 percent of all River Hawks points over their last five.FUELING THE OFFENSE: Carter has either made or assisted on 43 percent of all Hartford field goals over the last five games. Carter has accounted for 19 field goals and 34 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: UMass Lowell is 0-6 when scoring fewer than 62 points and 13-12 when scoring at least 62.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Hawks have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the River Hawks. Hartford has 43 assists on 75 field goals (57.3 percent) across its previous three matchups while UMass Lowell has assists on 43 of 83 field goals (51.8 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: UMass Lowell is ranked first among America East teams with an average of 74.6 points per game. Hartford meets UMass Lowell in America East quarters March 5, 2020 Associated Press center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 6 seed UMass Lowell (13-18, 7-9) vs. No. 3 seed Hartford (16-15, 9-7)America East Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Chase Family Arena, West Hartford, Connecticut; Saturday, 5 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: UMass Lowell is set to match up against Hartford in the America East tournament quarterfinals. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last met on Feb. 15, when the River Hawks shot 50 percent from the field and went 13 for 16 from the free throw line en route to a seven-point victory. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

What does an unusually strong October mean for free-agent starting pitchers?

first_imgTo the surprise of no one, Stephen Strasburg ascended the pitcher’s mound nine times in Game 6 of the World Series. He had thrown 102 pitches over the first eight innings. The Nationals were leading comfortably, 7-2. The written recaps were all but filed in the press box. In the dugouts, they could begin rehearsing their press conference clichés.If there was a surprise, it came after Strasburg threw two pitches to induce a line-drive out from the Astros’ Yuli Gurriel to begin the ninth inning: his day was done. Nationals bench coach Chip Hale fetched the ball from his starting pitcher – Manager Dave Martinez had been ejected earlier in the game – and handed it to Sean Doolittle. With that, a month that began with talk of bullpenning and starters serving as middle relievers had come full circle. Strasburg, like so many pitchers who came before him in October, was expected to finish a game he started.The postseason provided a weird if not refreshing finish to the decade. A year ago, only four playoff starters were allowed to throw 100 pitches or more. After Max Scherzer threw 103 pitches in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night, that number reached 25.Some of this is attributable to the teams involved. The Nationals rode Strasburg and Scherzer beyond 100 pitches this month more often than they did not. Alex Cora didn’t push any Red Sox starter past 97 pitches en route to the 2018 championship, and they didn’t participate in the 2019 postseason. Harvard-Westlake alum Lucas Giolito throws no-hitter for White Sox Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Dodgers’ Will Smith: ‘I feel like it’s been five years’ since his 2019 debut Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img If the postseason heroics of Cole, 29, and Strasburg, 31, are somehow baked into the value of their next contracts, this could conceivably serve as a rising tide that lifts all boats. The cost to sign Ryu, Bumgarner, etc. could rise – at least, the next tier of starting pitchers can only hope.Actually, they can do more than hope. That’s because …3. OLDER STARTERS GENERALLY HELD UP WELL IN 2019In 2017 and 2018, only 22 pitchers who were at least 30 years old (on June 30 of that season) qualified for that season’s ERA title. That represented the lowest number since 1977, when there were four fewer teams, and 100 fewer roster spots.The old guys rebounded a bit in 2019, as 27 over-30 pitchers qualified for the ERA title. This suggests that, even in the regular season, starting pitchers might be aging better than their 2018 market indicated.What does that mean for the months to come? Stay tuned. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Measured by fatigue units per game, starters were pushed harder this October than any postseason from 2015-18. Their fatigue units were in line with levels from 2008-14, the first postseasons for which Sonne’s data is available.It’s too soon to extrapolate what any of this means beyond today. For free-agent starting pitchers, it’s tempting.Strasburg can become a free agent if he opts out of his contract (four years, $100 million remaining) with the Nationals. The industry-wide expectation is that he will. He would join Cole as the clear stars of the offseason’s free-agent pitchers.Last winter, the market held only one can’t-miss free agent. Patrick Corbin signed a six-year, $140 million contract with the Nationals, then went 14-7 in 33 starts (202 innings) in the regular season.Compared to last year, the second tier of free agent starters is a bit younger and a bit stronger. For teams that miss out on Strasburg and Cole, there’s always Zack Wheeler, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Madison Bumgarner, Dallas Keuchel, Cole Hamels, or Jake Odorizzi. Five of the six threw more than 140 innings in the regular season; Keuchel likely would have if he had not waited until June to sign with the Braves. All had an above-average ERA and at least a .500 record.Only Wheeler will begin next season under 30 years old. But if this postseason is any indication, age hardly hinders a starter’s ability to succeed in the postseason. There again, the industry is split on how much to read into the last month of baseball.Speaking this week to evaluators who spoke on the condition of anonymity, some consistent variables emerged that could complicate how the offseason plays out:1. THE BASEBALLFor as much as pitchers have enjoyed October, 2019 will be remembered as a haven for hitters. The 6,776 home runs hit during the regular season shattered the all-time record. Just as consensus formed around a more aerodynamic baseball as the primary culprit, a funny thing happened: the baseball changed.Could starting pitchers dominate as they had if they were using the regular-season baseballs? (Doubtful.) How aerodynamic will the baseball be in April of 2020? (No one knows.) Will any of this matter in free agent negotiations? (Maybe.)2. SAMPLE SIZEPublicly, agents and executives often mention past postseason performance among a player’s virtues. In private negotiations, especially with analytically-minded executives, postseason stats carry less weight than you think.Related Articles We can also point to an about-face from Astros manager A.J. Hinch. He had Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole on his staff a year ago, but permitted only one 100-pitch start between them. Still, Hinch and Martinez aren’t entirely responsible for the broader, stranger sea change since the regular season.The last five regular seasons painted a clear trend toward bullpens. The 100-pitch start, a convenient benchmark for stamina, fell steadily since 2015. Looking more closely, the likelihood of a starter throwing 100 pitches declined from the regular season to the postseason. A year ago, the 100-pitch playoff start was on the brink of extinction.So what happened? Two things.For one, the teams that made the playoffs in 2019 generally featured sterling rotations and blemished bullpens. When the Brewers and A’s were eliminated in the wild-card games, this was irrefutable. Next year, maybe the deck shakes out differently.For another, managers became less hesitant to exhaust their top starters. Dr. Mike Sonne, the research director for the Toronto-based Baseball Development Group facility, has a unique formula for quantifying pitcher fatigue. Regular rest – something managers casually cast aside this October – is integral to the formula.last_img read more

Stewarts’ Farm Sanctuary Proposal Takes Seed

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaCOLTS NECK – Entertainer Jon Stewart and his wife, Tracey, have moved closer to turning the historic Hockhockson Farm on Route 537 into an agricultural sanctuary-education center.On Tuesday, the Monmouth County Agriculture Development Board voted unanimously to declare the 45-acre Hockhockson Farm, now operating with horse boarding and the growing of vegetables and flowers, a commercial farm.When the board reached its meeting curfew of 10 p.m., it tabled the remainder of the application until its next meeting, May 3 – to be heard at the same location and time, 7:30 p.m. at the Monmouth County Agricultural Building, 4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold Township.At that time, the board will deliberate whether the sanctuary’s education-visitor center, which is not allowed in the township’s agriculture zone, would be a legitimate part of the farming operation. If the board approves, the application would bypass a township variance needed for the zoning and move to the township Planning Board for site plan approval.William Potter, chair of the Agriculture Development Board, said the board “most likely” would decide the matter at the next meeting.The Stewarts, a Red Bank couple applying as the JTS Land Trust, hope to begin operating the sanctuary in the spring of 2017, according to Tracey Stewart. Jon Stewart, the former host of the popular “Daily Show” on Comedy Central television, was not at the meeting.JTS Land Trust is the contract-purchaser of the Hockhockson Farm, which is owned by the Cooke family. Robert Cooke III, who lives on the farm, testified his family has owned the farm a “couple hundred years.”Tuesday’s 2-1/2-hour hearing, attended by about 20 members of the public, combined a presentation of the applicants, JTS and Hockhockson Farm; questions from the board; public comments supporting the application; and concerns raised by the township.Robert Cooke III, an owner of Colts Neck’s Hockhockson Farm, at a meeting of the Monmouth County Agriculture Development Board. His family has owned the farm for a “couple hundred years,” Cooke said.Basically, the township is concerned about losing control over the building of the education-visitor center – proposed as 8,400 square feet over two floors– and any other parts of the application; that tenant farmer Robert Laurino, rather than the farm owner, was providing financial statements toward the farm qualifying commercially; and that a movie/TV studio, once talked about but not longer in the plans, be specifically excluded if the board grants a Site-Specific Agricultural Management Practice (SSAMP).In discussing whether Hochhockson Farm, which sits between Laird and Swimming River Roads, qualifies as a commercial farm, various board members expressed no doubt.“I feel it meets the criteria of a commercial farm,” said board member Gary DeFelice.“I think it clearly does fit,” added board member Nancy Grbelja.The vote was 10 to 0 in favor. Board member J. David Holmes, an Upper Freehold farmer, recused himself from hearing the application because he has sold hay to the Stewarts.“I might not have had to recuse myself,” Holmes said. “(But) just on the safe side, I did.”After the farm was declared commercial, the hearing moved more on to what the Stewarts plan there – growing crops and protecting farm animals, while educating visitors on farming and healthy eating.“The goal of the farm is to be excited to see where food is coming from,” said Tracey Stewart, a former veterinary technician who lived on a farm as a child. “I do think of a farm as a perfect classroom.”“Adorable animals” are a way to draw people to the facility, she said. Anticipated living at the farm would be four to six cows, two to four pigs, six to 10 sheep, six to 10 goats, two to four horses and up to 50 chickens, according to JTS’s application.Tracey Stewart said the farm will not be a rescue facility, per se. Instead, it will be getting animals from the New York State-based Farm Sanctuary, which rescues animals.“We’ll be getting the cream of the crop,” Tracey Stewart said.The new education-visitors center will be part of the hub of the farm, or just beyond the main farmhouse.The farmhouse, whose oldest section dates to the late 1700s, will not be modernized and, therefore, not be available for general public access. Instead, it will be generally off-limits – regarded, according to Tracey Stewart, “as a fragile piece of history.”In response to a question from DeFelice about whether the education provided would be detrimental to traditional animal production on farms, Tracey Stewart said no.“I might have something different on my plate, but we’re all sitting at the same table,” she said.Tracey Stewart said the plan is to keep Laurino farming the property – “Absolutely, we need him,” she said – and no standing buildings on the farm are to be demolished.Colts Neck officials questioned whether the JTS and Hockhockson Farm application was in the right place – before the Agriculture Development Board, rather than the township Planning or Zoning boards.The township officials sought more detailed plans, beyond conceptual ideas.“We’ve heard a lot of concepts, but the devil is in the details,” said Township Attorney Joseph Clark.“We’re not adverse to the concept, we’re adverse to the process,” said Deputy Mayor Michael Fitzgerald. “There must be a reason they didn’t come to us first (at the township level). They lawyered up and came to you.”“I built my house there, I had to follow the rules from Colts Neck,” said John Young, who lives next to Hockhockson Farm.But Sue Fulton of Asbury Park told the board any question of process – the county Agriculture Development Board being the wrong place – “flies in the face of what you’re here to do.”“You need to keep farming around here,” said John Kissel, a township resident expressing his support. “You have to have farming or else you have developments, otherwise you have schools to pay for.”Former Tinton Falls Mayor Mike Skudera, who lives near the farm, expressed his support.“I’m excited about this idea,” said Jason Saleh of Little Silver. “I just want to voice my support for this.”Early in the hearing, Cooke explained how the farm was once 290 acres, but downsized a few times. From the time his grandfather ran the farm to now, it has had various uses: cattle, Christmas trees, flowers, hay, straw, horses. A farm stand has been on the property on and off since the mid-1980s, Cooke said.The Stewarts own a farm in Middletown, but it is only about 12 acres, or about one-third the size of Hockhockson Farm, said their lawyer, Philip San Filippo.last_img read more

Fireball the one-eyed wonder horse

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Every one of us has our own unique physical and mental limitations. Though we may find our weaknesses frustrating, most of us are blessed to have fully functioning bodies; we are not truly handicapped.That is not the case for Fireball, a very special miniature horse. Though he was born with eyes that operated normally, a year or two-ago he was involved in an accident in his pasture that permanently damaged one of his eyes.When I first met him, Fireball had become outgrown by his current children and he was looking for a new home. Though he was as sweet and as happy as could be, his left eye was so severely damaged in the accident that he no longer had vision in that eye, plus he looked like he had been possessed by the devil. The poor little guy’s eye looked like a flame of fire.Although my husband and I do not have children of our own, we are always looking for sweet and calm miniature geldings to add to our driving program, and Fireball’s wonderful disposition and driving skills fit the bill, despite his lack of vision in his left eye.During his first few months with us, it become obvious that Fireball was slightly depressed. He was eating and drinking, but he didn’t seem like his normally alert and happy self. A veterinarian exam showed that his damaged eye had become infected and was causing him pain and affecting his health.Because he has such a winning personality, a team of veterinarians and a vet tech worked together to make sure Fireball could have his damaged eye removed in a speedy and financially affordable fashion.Fireball was joy to every one that he met during his surgery and recovery. He always maintained his sweet disposition.Upon full recovery,  Fireball become a dependable part of our driving crew. When one of our miniatures decided he no longer wanted to lead the tandem hitch, Fireball welcomed the challenge and bravely led his partner in the ring for the county fair.Fireball bravely led his buddy, Sam, into the arena for the tandem driving class at the fair even though he had very little experience at the job.In addition, Fireball took care of every inexperienced driver that drove him and patiently waited as many children visited him at the fair to ask about his missing eye.It is easy to become caught up in our own limitations, but when you observe others with true handicaps overcoming them with such patience and joy it is hard to dwell on our own problems.My husband, Mark, doesn’t have much driving experience, but he always feels comfortable when Fireball is pulling the cart.Even little Fireball seems to understand that his injury and recovery was indeed minor compared to the challenges others are presented with during their life time.Take time this Christmas season to be grateful for healthy bodies and sound minds and pray for those suffering from the lack of them. And remember when times are tough, having a gentle nature and positive outlook, like Fireball the one-eyed wonder horse, can make those challenges easier to overcome.Merry Christmas!Healed from the surgery to remove his eye, Fireball has regained his health and his fun-loving attitude.last_img read more

Free fishing weekend

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, residents statewide can participate in the annual free fishing weekend during Ohio’s Free Fishing Days. During this time, Ohio residents may angle in state waters without a license. It’s a great weekend to take adult friends fishing to introduce them to the sport without having to gamble the price of a license. What’s more, Ohio State Parks is also offering a camping discount during that weekend. Campers can receive a 20% off discount May 6 and 7 by using the promotion code 16ANGLER.The Free Fishing Days weekend offers Ohioans of all ages the chance to experience the fun ofcatching a fish. Here are some helpful tips for taking a youngster — or an adult — fishing for the first time:• Choose a pond, lake or stream with little current where children’s lines will not drift around too much.• Fish from shore, so the kids can run around a bit.• Use live bait, like worms, and bobbers.• A cane pole or spin-cast outfit is usually the easiest for kids to use.• Bring a camera and snacks.• Be patient — plan on spending time untangling lines, baiting hooks, landing fish and takingpictures.• Most of all, keep the trip fun and leave when the child asks to so it will be remembered as a fun experience worth repeating the next time you offer.Anglers 16 years and older are still required to have a valid fishing license to take fish, frogs or turtles from Ohio waters when not fishing on Ohio’s free fishing weekend. An Ohio resident fishing license is $19 a year for residents and are available at participating agents and wildohio.gov.The sales of fishing licenses, along with the Sport Fish Restoration (SFR) program, continue to fund Division of Wildlife’s fish management operations. No state tax dollars are used for theactivities; they are user-pay, user-benefit programs. The SFR is a partnership between federal and state governments, industry and anglers/boaters. When anglers purchase rods, reels, fishing tackle, fish finder and motor boat fuel, they pay an excise tax. The federal government collects these taxes, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service administers and disburses the funds to state fish and wildlife agencies. These funds are used to acquire habitat, produce and stock fish, conduct research and surveys, provide aquatic education, as well as acquire and develop boat accesses. So those dollars go for some great causes. I look at paying for licenses the same way I do paying library fines: the money benefits some great programs!last_img read more

Now, cricketer Syed Kirmani joins Bollywood

first_imgKirmani (left) and Patil: Starry aspirationsCricketers seem to be taking to the silver screen like ducks to water. And last fortnight, the latest to join the starry firmament was no other than the bald-headed Syed Kirmani. Vijay Singh, director of the film Kabhi Ajnabi The, was clean-bowled by Kirmani’s shining pate,Kirmani (left) and Patil: Starry aspirationsCricketers seem to be taking to the silver screen like ducks to water. And last fortnight, the latest to join the starry firmament was no other than the bald-headed Syed Kirmani. Vijay Singh, director of the film Kabhi Ajnabi The, was clean-bowled by Kirmani’s shining pate and took no time to sign him on for his new venture, which also stars cricketer Sandip Patil. Kirmani plays a villain’s role in the film, which is still at its shooting stage. For the cricketing duo, the film should rake in a tidy lumpsum – besides being a new kind of ball game.A view of the cavalcade: Unique effortSeldom have the three spheres met to fight for a cause. And last fortnight Bombay’s stunned residents watched, as a mass of star celebrities from the world of politics, films and sports paraded the streets in a unique effort to raise funds for the flood victims of Gujarat and the Konkan. Perched on trucks which formed the spectacular cavalcade were ageing matinee idol Dharmendra, the pelvic swivelling screen villain Ranjit, Dimple Kapadia, Sanjeev Kumar, former cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar and a generous sprinkling of local politicians. An enthusiastic Dharmendra fan garlanded his hero with a long hundred-rupee notes necklace and in the hub ol Kalbadevi, merchants unfurled hundreds of metres of cloth onto the trucks. The campaign, organised by the J.J. group of hospitals, the Grant Medical College Students Association and other organisations, ended at the J.J. Hospital where the bigwig political stars like Madhavsinh Solanki and Vasantdada Patil made their dutiful appearance.advertisementBannerjee with a co-star: In the big leagueKabir Bedi, Roshan Seth, Rohini Hattangady – and now it is the turn of Victor Bannerjee, the 34-year-old Calcutta art collector, film maker and actor to join the big league of international cinema. Last fortnight, David Lean, the weighty British film director signed Bannerjee to play Dr Aziz in A Passage To India, the E.M. Forster classic, for which shooting will start in Bangalore and Srinagar early this winter. For Bannerjee, this is his life’s big break since no Indian has ever been cast by a western film maker of Lean’s stature. In Passage, Bannerjee will be pitted against the formidable acting prowess of Meryl Streep, the celebrated heroine of Kramer vs Kramer, who plays Adela Quested in Lean’s film. Other heavyweights in the film include Sir Alec Guinness and Katherine Hepburn. Said Bannerjee: “Passage is a great novel and Aziz is a fascinating character.”Sanyal: Filing suitUnlike old soldiers, revolutionaries don’t fade away. Or so it would seem, to go by the example of Kanu Sanyal, 56, the tiger of the Naxalbari countryside where in 1967 Marxist-Leninist communists failed to ignite the spark of revolution but managed to put the word Naxalite into the English language. Sanyal, who made enough news as a founder of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) before being gaoled in 1971, was back in the limelight accused, of all things, of having amassed a private fortune of Rs 6 lakh. Fulminating at the charge, Sanyal did a less than revolutionary act: citing defamation, he sued Anil Saari. the reporter who made the charge in the The Week published from Cochin. Saari, apart from calling Sanyal a wealthy man, also said that he was much married and was currently living with his second wife. In an indignant reply, Sanyal said that he was still leading a simple life, was still regarded a “great revolutionary, political leader of the working class and peasantry”. In an interview with a newspaper, Sanyal hit out at Saari: “It would have been decent if this gentleman had at least confirmed the facts with me, instead of writing from Delhi… I am yet a bachelor, I do not have any property and I am forced to stay in somebody else’s house.” Saari, however stood by his story: “I admired the man. But I did what I thought was right.”last_img read more

3 days agoJuventus goalkeeper Szczesny: Dybala made difference for Lokomotiv Moscow win

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus goalkeeper Szczesny: Dybala made difference for Lokomotiv Moscow winby Carlos Volcano3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was always confident of victory over Lokomotiv Moscow.The Russians had taken a shock lead after 30 minutes, but Dybala scored twice in two minutes late in the second-half to win this Champions League clash 2-1.“It was a struggle to get the result, but we controlled the game for 90 minutes and needed a lot of patience to break them down, as they were very organised and put a solid wall back there,” the goalkeeper told Sky Sport Italia.“A great left-foot shot from Dybala made the difference. Lokomotiv were clammed up in defence and we had to move the ball from left to right and back again to open up some spaces.“We must continue being protagonists in Serie A too and that means getting three points against Lecce this weekend.” last_img read more