Rio tells Ed Woodward: Keep Pogba & sign Alderweireld!

first_imgRio Ferdinand has issued a public call to Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward about the club’s business this summer.United have signed midfielder Fred from Shakhtar and Diogo Dalot from Porto, but continue to be linked to some targets as the end of the transfer window nears.However, Jose Mourinho has been left disappointed by his side’s transfer strategy and put pressure on Woodward to sign the players he wants or risk another underwhelming season for United . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Old Trafford side have been in a long, difficult pursuit of Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld and look set to finalise the signing ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline. Goal  understands Alderweireld has agreed to join United but is waiting for the London side to find a replacement for him.Meanwhile, Chelsea’s Willian has suggested he could still be on the move to Manchester , stating that he wants to work with Mourinho again.Despite rumours linking Paul Pogba with a move to Barcelona or Juventus, Goal understands that United are unwilling to allow the Frenchman to leave in the summer window.With all the speculation around comings and goings, Ferdinand has decided now is the time to speak out about United’s dealings before Thursday’s deadline, offering Woodward some valuable advice.”Don’t you dare allow this ED,” he tweeted. “[Man Utd] is Pogba’s home!! Silence these rumours ASAP & get [Alderweireld] through the door.”Premier League sides have until August 9 to complete summer transfers before the campaign begins, with United kicking it off against Leicester City at Old Trafford on Friday.last_img read more

CANADIAN TRIO WINS AN OSCAR FOR PRODUCTION DESIGN

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Production designers Jeff Melvin, Paul Denham Austerberry and Shane Vieau accept Best Production Design for ‘The Shape of Water’ onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter / Getty Images Twitter Advertisementcenter_img The two are now working on new projects, including a film for Fox Searchlight and a Netflix series.Dale got his start as a producer largely in the TV world, with credits including “RoboCop” and “F/X: The Series.”He then focused largely on films, with other titles including “Pontypool,” “Love Happens,” “The Vow” and 2013’s “Carrie.”Earlier in the night, Toronto’s growth into a film and TV production powerhouse was touted by a trio of Canadians as they won an Oscar for best production design on “The Shape of Water.”Canadians Paul Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin and Shane Vieau shared the trophy for crafting the look of the Cold War-era merman romance.Austerberry is credited for production design while Melvin and Vieau did the set decoration.Speaking to reporters backstage, Vieau noted that Toronto’s screen community had a huge year not only with the leading 13 Oscar nominations for “The Shape of Water,” but also the accolades for TV’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which was shot in the city.“Toronto (was) above and beyond with everyone in North America with ’Handmaid’s Tale’ and ’Shape of Water,’ we really came out on top,” Vieau said. “It’s a really big thing.”Melvin said after decades of growth, Toronto’s TV and film industries are truly “world-class.”“I have 35 years in the business now and worked in Toronto almost exclusively, so I’ve worked with and watched the business grow in Toronto and go from children’s television to Academy Award-winning films,” said Melvin, who is based in Toronto.“It started with ’Good Will Hunting,’ ’Chicago,’ now us…. We want to keep it that way and keep going.”As they accepted their trophies onstage, the trio thanked their colleagues back home in Toronto.“Thanks to all the Canadian crew who are partying right now at the Palais Royale in Toronto — this is for you,” said Austerberry, who was born in Toronto and grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.“Thank you to the academy. Guillermo — may you keep dreaming up your monsters and their wonderful stories so people like us can help shape their worlds.”“Thanks to all the Canadian crew who are partying right now at Palais Royale in Toronto”Paul D. Austerberry thanks his “Shape of Water” team immediately after winning Best Production DesignAusterberry, Shane Vieau and Jeffrey A. Melvin are all Canadian #Oscars pic.twitter.com/RKkReewpaH— Josh K. Elliott (@joshkelliott) March 5, 2018It was the first Oscar nomination for the trio, who also won in the same category at the recent British Academy Film Awards.Besides del Toro and the film’s cinematographer, most of the crew who worked on the movie was Canadian. “The Shape of Water” stars Sally Hawkins as a mute janitor who falls for a captive and abused amphibian creature, played by Doug Jones.Meanwhile, the winners of the best visual effects award for working on Quebec director Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” thanked their “friends in Montreal,” saying: “Merci beaucoup, this is for you.”“Thank you to Denis Villeneuve, whose guts are seen in every frame of this film, especially the visual effects,” said John Nelson, who won alongside Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover.Villeneuve also got a shout-out onstage from Roger Deakins as he accepted the Oscar for best cinematography on “Blade Runner 2049.”Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel mentioned another Canadian nominee in the opening — “the magnificent Christopher Plummer” — who got a nod for his supporting role in “All the Money in the World.”Kimmel made a couple of jokes about the 88-year-old Toronto native’s age, including a reference to the hit Broadway play “Hamilton,” about one of the founding fathers of the United States.“How does (’Hamilton’ creator and star) Lin-Manuel Miranda compare to the real Alexander Hamilton?” Kimmel teased Plummer from the stage.Critic’s notebook: @JimmyKimmel’s laundry list #Oscars monologue tackles everything from Weinstein to Trump https://t.co/iCVgt7wEEz pic.twitter.com/g8wbyzsufC— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) March 5, 2018 Advertisement Login/Register With: LOS ANGELES — Toronto producer J. Miles Dale has won the best picture Oscar for “The Shape of Water” along with director Guillermo del Toro.Dale and del Toro share the award for producing the merman drama, which was shot in Toronto and Hamilton.This is the first Oscar win for Dale, who also worked with del Toro on the 2013 film “Mama” and the horror drama series “The Strain.”last_img read more

AL relieved as BNP MP joins parliament

first_imgZahidur RahmanThe ruling Awami League is relieved as an MP elected from BNP has joined parliament, AL leaders said.They said there are now representatives from all parties in the 11th parliament as Zahidur Rahman, who was elected MP from BNP, has taken oath.The parliament session will be lively as the ruling party’s main rival BNP is now in parliament, the leaders said, adding that BNP’s allegations on vote rigging will now be meaningless.According to the Awami League, BNP would be divided into two groups if one or more BNP leaders join parliament. One group will be in parliament and the other outside.The AL assesses that there will be clashes between these two groups. The ruling party also thinks that they would gain politically as the group in parliament will be more powerful than the group outside.In the 11th parliamentary election, only six won from BNP and two from Gono Forum. A total of eight candidates won from their electoral alliance, the Jatiya Oikya Front.Two candidates, who were elected from Gono Forum, have already taken oath. Zahidur Rahman took oath on Thursday. There is a rumour that others elected from BNP may take oath too.AL leaders said BNP is a big political party. They have huge support. Although six BNP men won the election, their presence in parliament means the presence of big political party.AL leaders said the media will focus on the elected BNP MPs. So the BNP MPs in parliament will be no less powerful that the BNP outside the parliament. The AL will gain from this, the leaders said.A presidium member of Awami League told Prothom Alo that the BNP MPs who will take oath, will be expelled from their party. But they will not disappear and they will get a platform in the parliament and their activities and statements will be published in the media, the AL leader added.AL presidium member also said that the BNP leaders have been demanding the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia. If BNP MPs in parliament demand Khaleda’s release, it will be more effective, the AL leader noted.AL joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif on Friday urged the remaining BNP MPs to join parliament within the stipulated time. He welcomed Zahidur Rahman.BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy told Prothom Alo that BNP will have no problem if a number of BNP MPs joined parliament. People will have no trust on those who will join parliament, the BNP leaders said.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said there is pressure from the government to take oath. An organising secretary of Awami League said the ruling partymen will expect that all join parliament. If BNP considers the expections of Awami League as pressure, that their business, the AL leader said.Zahidur Rahman said remaining elected MPs from BNP, except Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, will take oath.He said in the parliament he will demand the release of Khaleda Zia and other leaders.* This report published in Prothom Alo online edition has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islamlast_img read more

No social media for Kate Winslet her children

first_imgShe is starring in the upcoming film about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, but Oscar-winning actor Kate Winslet says she is not good with technology.The 40-year-old actor is mother to a 15-year-old daughter, an 11-year-old son and her youngest son will turn two in December, reported BBC online.“I’m terrible. I am the least techie person you will ever meet, I’m rubbish. “We’re not a big deviced-up household. We don’t have any social media, nothing like that,” she said.Asked if she is strict with her children about how much they can use technology, Winslet said, “Not strict. But you have to have rules I think and we certainly have those, yes.”last_img

Strolling on the lanes of superstitious flea markets

first_imgA trip to the nearest flea market is always on a woman’s to-do list. Men often accompany them but they helplessly watch their woman fight her way through the narrow lanes and fellow shoppers to locate their favourite cheap but drool worthy clothes. The endless bargain, going through heaps of cheap clothes and the hot sun on top, bothers the shoppers. But there are certain superstitions that are ignored because it is part of a ritual, has something to do with religion or is simply a hidden obsessive compulsive disorder. There is a need to highlight certain superstitious occurrences as it causes inconvenience to the shoppers and is worthy of discussion. There are various superstitions that are a part of these markets and these things often annoy the shoppers but their love for shopping surpasses all hurdles. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While trotting about the market early, before the crowd barges in, bundles of clothes contain interesting pieces which one might buy easily. But superstition is one point which is often noticed and yet ignored. Few people have come forward to reveal different superstitions in various flea markets in the national Capital.When the shopkeepers open the stalls/shops for the day around 11-12 am, they tend to sprinkle ‘jal’ (water) so that it attracts customers. The aim is not just to clean the area but to be aesthetically appealing so that shoppers head towards the particular shop. Jatin, a stall owner of jeans at Janpath market said: “sprinkling water brings us good luck. You’d see almost all shopkeepers doing it in the morning.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe shopkeepers never let the first customer go empty handed (good for us shoppers). But one never really realises what agenda they hide. When Millennium Post asked another shopkeeper in Sarojini Nagar Market as to why he agreed to such a low bargain (a shopper bought a stole for Rs 50 even when the shopkeeper demanded Rs 150), he said: “Madam boni ho jaegi aise, ab boni hogi tabhi toh kaam theek chalega humara.” The most baffling of all superstitions is the one where they refuse to exchange item only because they didn’t sell an item first.  One shopper Riddhi recalls how she was asked to leave the premises and come back in the evening when she attempted to exchange an item in Janpath market. She said: “I was surprised when he asked me to come again later in the evening. I waited right there for the boni to happen but the shopkeeper told me that waiting right here would delay the boni as my presence was affecting their sales. This was ridiculous but the shopkeepers were adamant and hence, I came back in the evening.”last_img read more

Clean and green Kolkata to be focus of KMC under Hakim

first_imgKolkata: Making the city clean and green will be the main thrust of Kolkata Municipal Corporation under the new Mayor Firhad Hakim.Clearing accumulated water in shorter times and supply of drinking water to some dry pockets that still exist in the city, will also be given priority. As the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, Hakim has taken several steps to implement Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s mission of “Clean and Green City.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeReplacing the old garbage vats in Kolkata and the districts, modern compactors have been installed. The Municipal Affairs department has given funds to all the civic bodies in the state to install them. Comprehensive plans have been undertaken to clean the religious places of Tarakeshwar and Tarapith and to do the same, development boards have been set up. Over a decade ago, vast areas surrounding Tarakeshwar and Tarapith temples were full of dirt and filth. The devotees used to throw flowers and the pond behind the Tarakeshwar Temple was not cleaned for several decades. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBecause of Hakim’s efforts, the surrounding areas of the temples have now been given a new look. Hakim’s biggest achievement as the Urban Development minister is New Town. When the Left Front government left Bengal in 2011, nobody thought that an Eco Park, now a star tourist attraction, could be built in the city. The entire New Town area used to look like a desert. Hakim, with the help of his finest officers, has been able to change the scenario and now New Town is one of the best planned townships in the country, with all modern facilities in place. Several steps have been taken to curb pollution in the area and battery-operated public buses and cycle-sharing schemes have been introduced for the same. There are pockets in Kolkata, particularly in Tollygunge and Jadavpur, where drinking water scarcity still persists. Hakim has decided to address the problem and it is hoped that the issue will be a matter of the past soon. Though waterlogging is no longer a major issue in Kolkata as the time taken by the accumulated water to recede has come down significantly. The old waterlogging pockets like Amherst Street, vast areas surrounding Rabindra Sadan and Akashbani Bhavan do not exist now. But there are pockets like Silpara, Sarsuna and Behala where the problem of waterlogging is still a major issue. Civic officials feel that Hakim, being a hard taskmaster, will expedite the work to complete the unfinished projects.last_img read more

Nepalese man held with snake venom worth over Rs 1 crore

first_imgDarjeeling: The Sashashtra Seema Bal (SSB) apprehended a Nepalese citizen trying to sneak in a jar of crystallised snake venom from the country worth more than Rs 1 crore. The person has been arrested and later remanded to two days police custody by a Siliguri Court.The incident occurred on Thursday evening at Panitanki, the Indo-Nepal border near Siliguri. Troopers of the 41 Battalion of SSB were manning the Border OutPost when they saw the person acting suspiciously. He had crossed over from Nepal. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHe was then questioned by the SSB and then frisked. A bag was then recovered from the man, identified as 49-year-old Bal Bahadur Yava. Inside the bag they found a jar of snake venom. He is a resident of Jhapa, Nepal. Later, Yava was handed over to the police at Khoribari police station. Booked under Section 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act, he was produced at the ACJM Court in Siliguri on Friday. “His bail prayer was rejected and he has been remanded to two days police custody,” stated Sudip Rai Basunia, Assistant Public Prosecutor, Siliguri. The bullet-proof glass jar bore labels of Red Dragon (the name of the company) and Made in France. The jar is being sent to Haffkine Institute, Mumbai for tests. It may be mentioned that since 2015, multiple jars of snake venom have been recovered from this region.last_img read more

West Bengal Noapara Trinamool MLA 16 councillors join BJP

first_imgKolkata: TMC MLA from Noapara Sunil Singh, along with 16 councillors — 15 from TMC and one from Congress — joined the BJP in the presence of party general secretary and West Bengal in charge Kailash Vijayvargiya and senior leader Mukul Roy in New Delhi Monday.Sunil Singh won from Noapara seat on a TMC ticket during an Assembly bypoll in 2018. He is a relative of Arjun Singh, who has already jumped ship to BJP from TMC, and is learnt to have played a role in Sunil’s defection. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata “The BJP has emerged as a strong player in Bengal politics and is the first preference for those who want peace and development in the state,” Vijayvargiya said. Roy, once the second-in-command in the TMC after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, said 10 legislators from various parties had joined the BJP so far. A large number of TMC councillors from various civic bodies have defected to the BJP following the party’s impressive performance in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Reacting to the development, Hakim said, “The loyalists of Arjun Singh are resorting to goondagiri and threatening our councillors at gunpoint. If someone betrays us then we can’t do anything. We have to get rid of these betrayers. Sunil came to me recently and said he wouldn’t leave the party. Now, he has joined BJP. What can we do? People elected him because he belonged to TMC. Now, he has changed the party and by doing so he betrayed the trust of those who elected him. Those who have no ideology indulge in such kind of politics.” In a bid to arrest the trend, Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee is all set to hold a meeting with them on Tuesday. “Once someone becomes a public representative, he belongs to no party. We will try to strengthen the civic bodies. Our party chief will hold a meeting with them Tuesday to discuss ways to reach out to the people more effectively,” Hakim added. According to state BJP leaders, five MLAs — Congress’s Dulal Chandra Bar (Bagda) and Tushar Kanti Bhattacharya (Bishnupur), TMC’s Subrangshu Roy (Bijpur) and Sunil Singh (Noapara) CPM’s Debendra Roy (Hemtabad) — have joined the BJP after Lok Sabha polls. In the 2016 state election, the TMC had won 211 out of 294 seats. Congress came second with 44 seats, closely followed by Left Front with 32 seats. BJP won only 3 seats. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Four Seasons Hotels to open third location in Colombia

first_img Travelweek Group Wednesday, June 5, 2019 TORONTO — Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and San Francisco Investments have announced plans to open a luxury hotel and private residences in Cartagena, marking the third Four Seasons in Colombia.Located on the doorstep of Cartagena’s historic walled city, Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Cartagena will feature 131 rooms, including a Royal Suite and a Presidential Suite boasting 390 square metres and 325 square metres of living area, respectively.The hotel will also include approximately 16 private residences, 16,000 square feet of meeting and event space, six food and beverage concepts with both indoor and terrace dining, a spa and fitness centre as well as a rooftop pool with views of Cartagena Bay.In addition, several culturally significant buildings, such as the Cloister of Saint Francis, the Club Cartagena, and four renowned theatres, Teatro Cartagena, Teatro Calamarí, Teatro Bucanero and Teatro Rialto will be revitalized and restored by Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Cartagena.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksAs part of its investment, Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Cartagena will revitalize and restore several culturally significant buildings dating as far back as the 16th century, including the Cloister of Saint Francis, the Club Cartagena, and four renowned theatres.“This new Hotel and Private Residences is the perfect project for us to expand our presence in South America, providing us with the rare opportunity to convert such an exceptional collection of historic buildings within a marquee location in one of the region’s most alluring cities,” says Bart Carnahan, Executive Vice President, Global Business Development and Portfolio Management, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “Together with our partners at Valorem, we look forward to bringing the very best in luxury hospitality to Cartagena.” Posted by Four Seasons Hotels to open third location in Colombiacenter_img Tags: Colombia, Four Seasons Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more