SAG selects new director

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake In a statement, Kichaven said she has a deep commitment to Hollywood members and is focused on strengthening and broadening collective bargaining agreements and enhancing advocacy efforts on key issues of concern to working actors. “There are many challenges facing the Hollywood members of this great union and I am eager to get to work on their behalf,” she stated. “I want to express my gratitude to the Hollywood division board for placing their confidence in me to do this important job.” Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 The Screen Actors Guild on Tuesday announced the appointment of Illyanne Morden Kichaven as executive director of the union’s influential Hollywood division. Kichaven, who will begin her new position sometime next month, will work directly with the Hollywood division board in representing its interests and in shaping strategy for the division’s nearly 70,000 members – almost 60 percent of the guild’s total membership. “Her knowledge of the guild and the issues facing Hollywood actors will enable her to hit the ground running,” said Anne-Marie Johnson, SAG’s first national vice president and Hollywood board chairwoman. “For many years, the guild’s Hollywood members have not had a day-to-day executive whose sole focus was to protect and advance our interests.” Kichaven has been a SAG executive for five years, most recently as the national director of communications, which required her to serve as spokeswoman on various guild initiatives. She also managed the internal and external communications for SAG’s 20 national branches, oversaw the guild’s Web site and served as consulting editor for SAG’s quarterly magazine. last_img read more

Jwala-Diju stun second seeds at China Masters

first_imgJwala Gutta and V Diju pulled off a big upset when they defeated second-seeded locals Tao Jiaming and Qing Tian 5-21, 21-14, 21-18 in the opening round of the China Masters badminton championships in Changzhou on Wednesday.The Indian duo came back brilliantly after losing the opener 5-21 in a mere nine minutes. It was the terrific smashing of Diju, coupled with the brilliant net play of Jwala, which saw the Indian pair turn the tables on their fancied opponents.In the second game, the Indians trailed 7-12, but it was at this juncture that Diju started the rescue act. The tall player scored repeatedly with his thundering smashes – something which the Chinese duo failed to contend with.The decider turned out to be a very close affair, with Diju and Jwala enjoying slender leads. With the match interestingly poised at 15- all, Diju again came up with a couple of breathtaking smashes to put the Indians ahead at 17- 15. Thereafter, it was Diju and Jwala who kept their nerves as they went on to pocket the decider 21-18.The Indian duo will play Korean pair Yong Dae Lee and Jung Eung Ha on Thursday.Saina Nehwal also moved into the second round with an easy 21-6, 21-18 win over compatriot Aditi Mutatkar. Aditi had reached the main draw through a tough qualifier.In both the games, Saina took huge leads and went on to record her first win over Aditi at an international tournament.The Hyderabadi next plays against Aiyna Kurnihara of Japan.advertisementKashyap moves upMeanwhile, P Kashyap, the country’s top men’s singles player, defeated England’s Rajiv Ouseph 19-21, 21-16, 21-11 in the opening round. Kashyap will now take on second seed Peter Gade of Denmark.last_img read more


first_imgThe ATA online newsletter Touch-e-Talk would like to create a `Volunteer of the Month’ story that will run regularly to acknowledge volunteers within the sport. In order to do this we are asking for nominations of volunteers in your area who do an outstanding job. This is a great chance to recognise the tireless work done by our volunteers in Touch. Volunteers are the backbone of any sport and without them the game of Touch as we know it just wouldn’t exist. Please send your nominations via email to or Please include the name of the nominated volunteer along with some background information, why you think they should be `Volunteer of the Month’, their contact details (preferably an email address) and if you have one, a photo. Thank you for your assistance. Lisa and Rachel `Touch-e-Talk’ editorslast_img


first_imgPresident of the South Australian Touch Association Mr Darren Ball and the Treasurer Mr Jarrod Millhouse signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Touch Football Australia on Wednesday 11 April 2007 that will guide the concerned parties in managing the liquid funds of the organisation after dissolution.                                                                                    The purpose of the MOU is to form a committee made up of members from the SA community (via the State Council) and the TFA in order to manage the liquid assets left after the dissolution of SATA. The expenditure of these assets is controlled by rules within the MOU and centres on the SATA Strategic Plan and the ongoing TFA Strategic Plan. The document has been drafted over the past 6 months by Darren Ball, Gavin Macdonald and the TFA Legal Consultant Miss Mel Mallam in consultation with the entire Executive and other independent parties. This document is a landmark in the process and shows the benefits and relationships that the unification model can present. The signing of the MOU now allows the South Australian Touch Association to physically begin the steps towards dissolution which will consist of a few key events.The most important of these events are the two Special General Meetings that will be required. Touch Football South Australia will be sending information to all Affiliate Presidents with details of what is required. Outside of this TFA, TFA SA Office Staff, the Executive and the newly formed State Executive Council will be working behind the scenes to ensure that every possible contingency is checked and carried out on time.last_img read more

Housing market affordable in all 7 big cities except Mumbai

first_imgNew Delhi: Stable prices and lower interest rates on home loans have made housing market affordable in all major cities of the country except Mumbai, according to property consultant JLL India.Hyderabad was the most affordable housing market in 2018, followed by Kolkata and Pune, the consultant said in its annual Home Purchase Affordability Index (JLL HPAI) launched on Wednesday. The index analyses affordability across key seven cities (Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad and Kolkata) for 2011 to 2018 after factoring in home loan interest rates, average household income and price of a 1,000 sq ft apartment. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe index signifies whether a household earning an average annual income (at an overall city level) is eligible for a housing loan to buy a 1,000 sq ft residential property in the city at the prevailing market price and home loan interest rate. “It is interesting to note that only Hyderabad out of the seven cities covered as a part of our study was affordable in 2013 whereas the situation flipped positively by 2018. In 2018, all the cities except Mumbai crossed the affordability threshold as per JLL HPAI,” the consultant said. JLL India’s CEO & Country Head Ramesh Nair said the company aims to share a holistic perspective which could act as a feeder into strategic decision making for developers and policy makers. “Favourable home loan rates backed by stable price have resulted in improved affordability across cities from 2014,” Nair added. JLL India’s Chief Economist and Head of Research Samanthak Das said the affordability levels would continue to improve over the next three years for all seven cities.last_img read more

Ranveer trolls himself with toilet cleaner meme

first_imgMumbai: Ranveer Singh knows how to laugh at himself. The actor, who is popular for his wacky fashion choices, played along with social media trollers and shared a meme comparing his clothing to a toilet cleaner. Known as Bollywood’s livewire star, Ranveer on Thursday took to his Instagram stories to post a meme making fun of his dressing sense. It shows various versions of toilet cleaner bottles Harpic. His red and blue tracksuit perfectly matched the red and blue bottle of the cleaner. Alongside the meme, Ranveer wrote: “These Harpic bottles look lit as f***.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka He added a GIF in which Ranveer is seen pointing out a finger and laughing away. This is not the first time Ranveer has trolled himself. A couple of months ago, he had shared another meme on his dressing sense. It showed how his fashion choices change from quirky to classy when he steps out with his actress-wife Deepika Padukone. On the work front, Ranveer is currently prepping to portray the role of former Indian cricket team captain Kapil Dev in his upcoming film “’83”. Presented by Reliance Entertainment and directed by Kabir Khan, the film about India’s 1983 cricket World Cup victory will release on April 10, 2020.last_img read more

Draymond Green Is Better Than Ever On Defense

Much like the regular season that preceded it, this NBA postseason has been marked by some eye-popping individual performances. As he tries to reach the NBA Finals for the seventh-straight year, LeBron James has been phenomenal, even by his own ridiculous standards. Meanwhile, point guards Isaiah Thomas and John Wall have been throwing haymakers at one another for the right to face James and the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.But perhaps no star has raised the level of his game in the postseason as much as Golden State’s Draymond Green. Yes, he was great on offense in Game 4, recording a triple-double as his team finished a sweep of the Jazz1He averaged 16 points, nearly nine rebounds and seven assists for the series.. But it was his defense — both in this series and all postseason — that made his performance as special, if not more so, as Stephen Curry’s or Kevin Durant’s.Utah scored a meager 95 points per 100 plays with Green on the floor (down from 105 points per 100 with Green on the sidelines), connecting on just 52 percent of its shots inside of five feet with Green on the court (down from a respectable 61 percent with him on the bench), according to But Green’s raw defensive numbers in the series weren’t the real surprise — the Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner was statistically the best interior stopper in the NBA this season2Among players who played at least 50 games and defended three or more shots per game from close range — rather it was the emphatic way in which he repeatedly shut down the Jazz at the rim.On Monday night, Utah tried and failed to score on Green at the basket, shooting just 3 of 10 from close range with him nearby. You would have thought the Jazz had learned their lesson earlier in the series: In Game 2, they tried sneaking three alley-oops past Green, including two to Rudy Gobert, a skilled big and Defensive Player of the Year candidate in his own right. In all three instances, Green snuffed out the play.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Those plays came on the heels of a series against Portland in which Green had a couple of similar rejections at the rim.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In all, he’s blocked four dunk attempts in 283 minutes this postseason, the most in the league. It’s important to remember here that blocking the dunks of 7-foot-1-inch NBA players is about as hard as it sounds. During the regular season, players were successful on better than 90 percent of their dunk attempts, according to To give Green’s postseason performance even greater context, consider this: In his entire career — five seasons and 10,627 regular-season minutes — he had four such blocks, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. Block percentage is a rate estimate of how many 2-point shots a player blocks while he’s on the court.Source: 2014-152.92.5 2012-131.83.5 Draymond Green’s block rate usually increases during the playoffs 2013-143.04.5 SEASONREG. SEASONPLAYOFFS 2016-173.4%6.4% 2015-163.03.8 Blocked dunks are not only difficult to accumulate, players also run the risk of becoming a potential poster. “There’s definitely a sense of urgency, but it’s also [me] not caring if I get dunked on,” Green said when asked by FiveThirtyEight about his spike in blocked dunks. “Because every time you do it, you put yourself in that position. I like the reward we can reap from getting a block. That outweighs getting dunked on. The way I see it, it’s still just two points. I try to read what the offense is trying to do and be a step early, if I can.”Green, who’s averaging just under five blocks and steals a game combined this postseason, knows his aggressive approach is inevitably going to cause some embarrassment. And that was on display in Game 4 when Utah’s Derrick Favors got the best of him on one play.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But more important than a few blocked dunks, the Warriors rely heavily on Green’s instincts to read the opposing team’s offense. Many times, his ball denial or ability to close out on someone like Gordon Hayward forces the opponent to look elsewhere to get a shot; a huge accomplishment in the postseason, when teams learn which role players can handle the moment versus which ones can’t.Earlier in the series, acting Warriors coach Mike Brown was asked to compare or contrast Green’s defensive ability with that of Ben and Rasheed Wallace, from the mid-2000s Detroit Pistons teams. In his response, Brown praised Green, saying he was more versatile than those two while saying that Green took a similar leadership role in terms of how much he communicated with teammates on the court.“They anchored whatever defense they were a part of, and they did a lot of things that were kind of on the fly, that they felt,” Brown said. “That’s something Draymond does. I mean, he has carte blanche. Steve [Kerr] has empowered him since day one to quarterback the defense, and he does a heck of a job in that regard.”And as long as Green keeps improvising the way he has, it will be tough for anyone to challenge the Warriors.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

NCAA suspends Posey 5 more games AD Smith calls penalty harsh

Ohio State wide receiver DeVier Posey has been suspended five games by the NCAA beginning with Saturday’s game at Nebraska, the NCAA announced Friday. Posey must also pay back $720 he received for work he didn’t do from former booster Robert DiGeronimo. The NCAA’s ruling comes after OSU athletic director Gene Smith announced Monday that Posey, along with Dan Herron and Marcus Hall, would be suspended for Saturday’s game at Nebraska, also for being paid for work they didn’t do. “I am extremely disappointed with the NCAA’s decision regarding Devier Posey,” Smith said in a statement released Friday. “This penalty is harsh considering the nature of the violation and the five game suspension already served by this student athlete.” Larry James, Posey’s lawyer, said the NCAA ignored documentation that showed Posey worked proper hours, but said the NCAA had made up its mind, according to a tweet from Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I believe they think he was dirtied by Terrelle Pryor,” he said. “That’s the only thing that could make sense.” Attempts to reach James by phone and email were unsuccessful. Posey’s suspension follows a prior five game suspension for improper benefits in the form of free tattoos. He was scheduled to make his return at Nebraska this weekend prior to the new suspension. The suspension means Posey won’t be eligible to return until OSU hosts Penn State on Nov. 19. The team will finish the regular season by traveling to Michigan the next week, and then could play in the Big Ten Championship and a bowl game afterward, if necessary. DiGeronimo overpaid Posey by $720, being paid for 70 hours of work, despite actually working only 21.5 hours. He also received $102 in impermissible benefits for a round of golf. Herron was overpaid $292.50. He was paid for 104 hours of work, even though he only worked 84.5 hours. Hall was overpaid by $225. He was paid for 66.5 hours of work, despite only working 51 hours. Melvin Fellows and Etienne Sabino were also involved, though Fellows is no longer playing due to a career-ending injury and Sabino has already been reinstated. DiGeronimo has since been disassociated from the university. read more

Police seek suspects in two thefts

first_imgClark County law enforcement officials are trying to track down suspects in two different thefts from earlier this month, and they’re asking for the public’s help.Vancouver police officers responded on Monday to a call at the Orchards EZ Wash laundromat, at 10411 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd., about a man who stole money from a soap dispenser and a pop vending machine.The male suspect was captured on the business’s surveillance cameras. The police circulated a still from the video and circulated the image.The department asked anyone who can identify the man to contact Vancouver police Service Technician Simone McPoland at another theft case, the police department and Clark County Sheriff’s Office asked tipsters to let officers know if they recognize a man who is suspected of breaking into a vehicle parked in the Orchards area overnight Jan. 18.Responding deputies found someone had stolen some personal effects from the vehicle, which was parked in a driveway, along with a wallet.In the afternoon on Jan 19, Vancouver police officers were called after someone used a credit card stolen in the vehicle prowl while shopping at Vancouver Mall.When confronted, the man fled the mall and then jumped into a blue Subaru with Oregon plates. A bystander snapped a couple of pictures of the suspect, and the sheriff’s office circulated the photos.last_img read more

Wolves beat rivals to the signing of Chinese teenager

first_imgWolverhampton Wanderers have won the race to sign Dongda He from Notts County.Wolves fought off competition from a Premier League team to sign the Chinese teenager for an undisclosed fee on deadline day. The 17-year-old midfielder is expected to join the club’s academy after completing his move. Wolves beat Southampton and other interested parties to the signature of the teenager.The young starlet was previously a scholar at Notts County and impressed in preseason games this season for the League Two side.Dongda was impressive in the Magpies’ 3-1 win over Basford United, scoring a fantastic goal and also features against Leicester City.Notts County owner Alan Hardy revealed the offer tabled by Wolves was too good to turn down.“First and foremost, we’re very, very proud of Dongda. He’s a player this club has nurtured for many years and to see him get his move to the Premier League is fantastic,” Hardy said, as quoted by BirminghamLive.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“For us, it’s a lucrative deal which will only improve in time.”“Also, invaluably, it sends a clear message to young players – both our own and those who may join us in the future – that Notts County provides a pathway to success.”County striker Jon Stead also told how impressed he was with the young midfielder’s exciting displays before his move.“He was brilliant and a real livewire,” he told the Nottingham Post.“Dongda wants to be on the ball and wants to try things. That is key because sometime young players can play within themselves and be a little shy.”last_img read more