Animation film fest rescinds Kobe Bryant invite after outcry

first_imgMOST READ “After discussions with the various stakeholders of Animation Is Film, the decision has been made to remove Kobe Bryant from the 2018 jury, Beckman said in a statement. “We are a young organization and it is important to keep our collective energies focused on the films, the participating filmmakers, and our festival attendees.”An online petition had been circulating demanding Bryant be dropped.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBryant won an Academy Award in March for his part in making the animated short, “Dear Basketball” and has founded an animation company, Granity Studios.He released a statement saying he was honored to be invited and disappointed to be excluded. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Former NBA basketball all-star Kobe Bryant speaks as he moderates a panel about youth sports during the Aspen Institute’s Project Play Summit, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant was dropped Wednesday from the jury of an animated film festival after calls for the former NBA star’s ouster over a 2003 rape allegation.Eric Beckman the CEO of GKIDS, the company that organizes the Animation Is Film Festival, announced the move.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “This decision further motivates me and my commitment to building a studio that focuses on diversity and inclusion in storytelling for the animation industry,” Bryant’s statement said. “I remain focused on changing the world in positive ways through diverse stories, characters, and leadership, in order to inspire the next generation.”In 2003, Bryant was charged with raping a 19-year-old hotel employee.The Lakers star said he believed it was a consensual sexual encounter. The case was dropped after Bryant’s accuser refused to testify.She later filed a civil suit against him, which was settled out of court with Bryant admitting no guilt.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Canelo Alvarez inks $365M deal with sports-streaming service Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

House-to-House Registration not catered for under law – GECOM Commissioner

first_imgOne of the APNU/AFC protestors who, despite her placard, is actually on the voters list but was clearly creating mischief when she claimed that her name is not on the Official List of Electors…says Claims and Objections, Continuous Registration would satisfy eligible votersGECOM Commissioner Sase GunrajWith the coalition and its supporters calling erroneously for house-to-house registration and even deliberately spreading falsehoods about the process of getting on the Official List of Electors, a Guyana Elections Commissioner and lawyer has pointed out that house-to-house registration is, in fact, not catered for under the law.In an interview with this publication on Saturday, GECOM Commissioner Sase Gunraj set out to clarify the misconceptions surrounding house-to-house registration. He pointed out that there is no legal requirement for this exercise but rather, there is a legal requirement for the Claims and Objections period.“House-to-house registration is not catered for under the law. That needs to be said. The law caters for a first list to be generated by house-to-house registration. And from that first list, it is to be constantly refreshed by periods of Continuous Registration and Claims And Objections.”“Continuous Registration is particularly to capture persons 14 to 18 years and Claims and Objections, to allow any entitled person to go on to the list or objections to be made to persons who are not entitled to be on the list, for example, if they have died,” the GECOM Commissioner said.Gunraj noted that the decision for GECOM to carry out house-to-house registration, which involves registration teams visiting persons at their addresses to fill forms, take fingerprints and pictures, was taken long before he became a Commissioner.The Commissioner also stressed that contrary to what is being peddled about the need for house-to-house registration, the system (and law) caters for including eligible persons on the voters’ list after cycles of Continuous Registration and Claims and Objection periods are carried out.“No person attaining the age of 18 will be disenfranchised, because a Claims and Objections period captures those persons. So house-to-house registration is just a ploy to delay the elections further,” he added.Registration is catered for under Section 6 of the National Registration Act Cap 19:08, with the intent of having those 14 and over included on the National Register of Registrants. On August 4, 2005, then President Bharrat Jagdeo assented to amendments of the Act by including provisions for Continuous Registration.These amendments were in keeping with an international push away from house-to-house registration and towards Continuous Registration as the more effective method of registering voters.According to Section 6 (A) of the Amendments, “the Elections Commission shall use the Official List Of Electors from the 2001 General and Regional Elections as the base to commence continuing registration”.This meant that persons not on the 2001 Official List of Electors were legally required to visit registration offices in their respective registration areas to apply to be included on the list (though it is understood that GECOM officers would usually visit the homes of those who are disabled). The same holds true for the next (and last) time house-to-house registration would be done, which was in 2008.ProtestDespite all of this, however, GECOM was hit by protests on Friday by A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Ministers and a few supporters, who shouted the chorus of “no registration, no elections”.This comes on the heels of the decision handed down by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Tuesday last, that the No-Confidence Motion tabled in Guyana’s National Assembly in December 2018 had been validly passed and, therefore, general elections must be held within a stipulated timeframe.last_img read more

Relievers closing in on Hall election

first_imgOnly three pitchers who spent a large part of their careers as relievers are in the Hall: Hoyt Wilhelm (52 starts), Rollie Fingers (37 starts) and Dennis Eckersley (361 starts). Wilhelm was elected to the Hall in 1985, Fingers in 1992 and Eckersley in 2004. “Lee Smith, Sutter, Goose Gossage. I’d like to see more closers,” Ryne Sandberg said after he was elected last year, “There’s nothing better on a team than a big closer.” NEW YORK – Bruce Sutter could become the first pitcher with no career starts elected to the Hall of Fame when results of 2006 balloting are released Tuesday. With no strong first-year candidates, Sutter, fellow reliever Rich Gossage and outfielder Jim Rice appear to be the players most likely to gain election among the 29 on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonCy Young Award winners Orel Hershiser and Dwight Gooden were among the 14 first-time eligibles on the ballot, a group that also included Albert Belle, Will Clark and Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. Pete Rose was not on the ballot because he remains on the permanently suspended list, and under current rules his 15 years of eligibility for BBWAA voters expired with this election. Baseball’s career hits leader, who agreed in 1989 to a lifetime ban after betting on the Cincinnati Reds while he managed the team, received nine write-in votes last year, his lowest total. He has been written in on 239 of 6,687 ballots (3.6 percent) over 14 years. Sutter, who popularized the split-finger fastball, is 19th on the career list with 300 saves. Gossage, like Fingers known for his mustache, is 16th with 310 saves – he also made 37 starts, all in his first six seasons. Rice’s 382 homers placed him in a tie for 26th place on the career list when he retired but he has dropped to a tie for 51st. Sutter fell 43 votes shy last year in his 12th appearance on the ballot, receiving 344 votes (66.7 percent), up from 301 in 2004. Rice had 307 in his 11th appearance, up from 276, and Gossage got 285 in his sixth time on the ballot, an increase from 206. Smith, the career saves leader with 478, received 200 votes in his third try, up from 185. center_img The ballot next year will for the first time include Mark McGwire, which most likely means the focus will shift from the bullpen to whether statistics compiled by players in the steroid era should be evaluated differently. Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn also are on next year’s ballot for the first time. When he was elected last year along with Sandberg, Wade Boggs campaigned for Rice, his former Boston teammate. “In my opinion, there was not a more feared hitter in baseball,” Boggs said. “When he walked to the plate and stared at the pitcher, you knew he was going to hit the ball hard and drive in important runs for us.” There have only been seven BBWAA elections that failed to produce a Hall of Famer – and only one since 1971. That was in 1996, when Phil Niekro (68.3 percent) fell 32 votes short, followed by Tony Perez (65.7 percent) and Don Sutton (63.8 percent). Niekro was elected the following year, Sutton in 1998 and Perez in 2000. Fingers, Gossage and Sutter pitched far more innings in games than today’s closers. Fingers averaged 1.65 innings when he had a game finished, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, with Gossage averaging 1.64 and Sutter 1.52. Eckersley averaged 1.11 innings, while the Yankees’ Mariano Rivera is averaging 1.08 and the Dodgers’ Eric Gagne is at 1.06. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

CRIMINAL PROSECUTION COULD BE MADE IN TRAGIC DONEGAL MAN’S DEATH, INQUEST HEARS

first_imgAn inquest into the death of a Co Donegal man who fell from a boat has heard there may be a criminal prosecution in the case.The late Conal GildeaConal Gildea, 25, fell into the River Liffey in Dublin while attending a party on a floating bar. Conal, from Ardara, had to be identified through his tattoos, Dublin Coroner’s Court heard.His body was recovered from the river at Britton Quay in Dublin’s city centre by the Garda Water Unit on Monday, April 29 this year, two days after he had last been seen on the boat.At the opening of the inquest into his death, Inspector Martin Mooney of Pearse Street Garda Station told the Dublin coroner that the matter is the subject of an “ongoing investigation which may lead to a criminal prosecution”.Requesting an adjournment of the inquest to facilitate the investigation, he confirmed that it is not a homicide issue but relates to issues of “supply”. He said that a number of witnesses have yet to be interviewed.The court heard that the dead man, who was a prominent member of his local community and a member of Ardara GAA club, was identified by his sister Sarah Gildea. She told the court that she confirmed identification after Gardaí showed her two photographs of tattoos, including one on her brother’s right forearm which said “Only God Can Judge Me” and another six-year-old tattoo on his left abdomen.Ms Gildea said that her brother had been living with her at the time of his death and was completing the final weeks of a plumbing apprenticeship.Coroner Dr Brian Farrell said that the post-mortem was carried out by deputy state pathologist Dr Michael Curtis who gave the cause of death as drowning. He told the family that there are “other issues” which he will be going into at a later date.He adjourned the inquest for further mention on December 12 to allow time for Gardaí to continue their inquiries.CRIMINAL PROSECUTION COULD BE MADE IN TRAGIC DONEGAL MAN’S DEATH, INQUEST HEARS was last modified: August 28th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ArdaraboatConal GildeafallRiver Liffeylast_img read more

Metrolink train strikes compact car

first_imgPALMDALE – A Metrolink commuter train slammed into a compact car stuck on the railroad tracks south of Palmdale on Tuesday morning, injuring no one but delaying Antelope Valley and Santa Clarita trains for nearly two hours. The car’s driver jumped out of the way seconds before the train hit it, shoving it some 50 yards, officials said. “The gentleman driving the vehicle was able to get out. He tried to stop the Metrolink by waving his arms and ultimately he jumped out of the way,” CHP Officer John Williams said. The Ford Focus had hit a rail crossing-arm pole on Sierra Highway south of Barrel Springs Road about 6:38 a.m., spun onto the rails and got stuck there, officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 The crash illustrates the importance of getting out of a vehicle that becomes stuck on tracks and of calling 911 immediately to alert authorities that the track is blocked, Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell said. “It’s far better to hit an unoccupied vehicle. Clearly the driver wouldn’t have survived if he’d remained in the car,” Tyrrell said. Driver Daniel Hinton, 23, of Palmdale was taken to a hospital with complaints of pain in his knee and head from the impact with the crossing-arm pole, Officer Robert McKee said. No one was injured aboard the train, whose engineer hit the brakes and managed to slow down but couldn’t come to a complete stop before striking the stuck car. Metrolink trains travel about 60 mph on that section of track, Tyrrell said. They take about 1,800 feet to stop. Hinton told investigators he hit the crossing-arm pole after swerving around another vehicle that had slowed down at the crossing, McKee said. Hinton said the train came along within 30 seconds to a minute of his car getting stuck, McKee said. Hinton told investigators the crossing arms were raised when he got to the crossing, but that is still being investigated, McKee said. Carrying people to Santa Clarita, the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles train No. 206 was delayed until about 8:22 a.m., six minutes after it was originally due in Union Station. Antelope Valley passengers for a half-hour-later southbound train were taken by bus to the Vincent/Acton station on the other side of the wreck, or were offered rides back to their cars, Tyrrell said. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s agent blasts trio of Germany stars

first_imgMesut Ozil’s agent has said Germany’s Toni Kroos, Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller are either “naive or scheming” as the ongoing saga surrounding the Arsenal man’s retirement from international football goes on.The playmaker called time on his career with Germany after their dreadful World Cup campaign in the summer – citing “racism and disrespect” he had experienced from the German Football Association (DFB). BEST OF Ozil was unable to prevent the Germans from an embarrassing World Cup exit He picked out president of the DFB Reinhard Grindel, saying: “In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win but I am an immigrant when we lose.”This all started when Ozil, 29 was roundly criticised for a controversial meeting with Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Since announcing his retirement, some of Ozil’s former Germany team-mates have spoken out against him including captain Toni Kroos, who labelled his racism accusations against the DFB as “nonsense”.However, Ozil’s agent Dr Erkut Sogut has come out and defended his player for his meeting with the Turkey president and said the criticism from the German trio was “disappointing”. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? MONEY REVEALED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures impact silverware smart causal 2 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade possible standings 2 Latest Football News The agent also spoke against Germany manager Joachim Low’s belief Ozil’s claims are “exaggerated.”Sogut added: “Low defends himself against an accusation that has never actually been made: Mesut has not been racially abused from within the team but from the midst of Germany society.” Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade He told German magazine 11Freunde: “It is a matter of respect to meet the president if he asks. The two have met again and again over the years – that was never a problem for the German public.“Mesut is old enough, he has his own mind. He has known the president for eight years, much longer than me.“Neuer indirectly accused Mesut of not having worn the German jersey with pride. This is unacceptable.“Muller did not understand the whole discussion and Kroos, as a seasoned national team player, should explain what he means by ‘nonsense’. There are only two explanations for their statements: they are either naive or scheming.” Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions RANKED The likes of Toni Kroos have criticised Ozil for his racism accusations Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade last_img read more

JOB VACANCY: MCMENAMIN ENGINEERING LTD SEEKING TO RECRUIT QUANTITY SURVEYOR AND WELDER/FABRICATOR

first_imgMcMenamin Engineering LTD are seeking applications for vacant Quantity Surveyor and Welder/Fabricator positions within the highly reputable company. QUANTITY SURVEYORDuties shall include: Pricing of structural steel and cladding, producing bills of quantities and quotations. Cost control and account management over projects, writing up and agreeing contracts, verifying adherence to contract, producing monthly cost control invoices and statements.Minimum of three years’ experience required working in a similar role.WELDER/FABRICATOR Duties shall include: Manufacture of sub-assembly steel components, weld assembly of structural steel components from drawings, MAG welding to factory procedures.Minimum of three years’ experience required working in a similar role.CV by post or email Email: michael@mcmenaminengineering.ie McMenamin Engineering Ltd, Killygordon, Co. Donegal Closing Date for Applications 11th of Nov 2014.JOB VACANCY: MCMENAMIN ENGINEERING LTD SEEKING TO RECRUIT QUANTITY SURVEYOR AND WELDER/FABRICATOR was last modified: November 4th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessjobsMcMenamin Engineering LTDnewslast_img read more

DONEGAL NATURE LOVERS WOULD BE ‘BATTY’ TO MISS THIS GUIDED TOUR!

first_imgEver wondered about those so-called scary creatures bats.A batWell now there is a Bat Walk and Talk in Donegal Town next Tuesday, May 5th.The Donegal Association of An Taisce is having the guided walk and talk about bats which gets underway at 8 p.m. The group will meet at County Donegal Education Centre, Floor 2/3 Pier 1, Quay St. Donegal Town.There will be a presentation on bats and then go for a short walk through bat habitats such as the water’s edge and trees in the town.Sonic Bat Detectors will be used to identify bats on the wing.Our guide is Aengus Kennedy, of NatureNorthwest. Everyone is welcome and it is completely free.You’d be batty to miss it!DONEGAL NATURE LOVERS WOULD BE ‘BATTY’ TO MISS THIS GUIDED TOUR! was last modified: April 30th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:An Taiscebatsdonegaltourlast_img read more

FUFA Big League: Wakiso Giants edge closer to promotion following another victory

first_img Tags: FUFA Big League 2018/19Ivan KiwewaKarim NdugwaKataka FCWakiso Giants Wakiso are now six points clear at the top of the Elgon Group (file photo)FUFA Big League 2018/19Kataka FC 1-2 Wakiso GiantsCRO San Siro Stadium, MbaleThursday, 21-02-2019MBALE – Wakiso Giants have moved closer to gaining promotion to the top tier following an 8th win of the season.The Purple Sharks who are yet to lose a game this season, defeated Kataka FC 2-1 at the CRO Stadium in Mbale on Thursday.Karim Ndugwa put Ibrahim Kirya’s side in front on 32 minutes but his strike was soon cancled out by Nasur Mandwara four minutes later.With 21 minutes of the 90 to play, Ivan Kiwewa struck for Wakiso who later held on to win the game.The win sees Wakiso move onto 29 points from 13 games. They are now six points ahead of second placed Kyetume who could only manage a 0-0 draw away to JMC Hippos on the same day.Elsewhere in the Elgon Group, Doves All Stars was beaten at home by Light SS. UPDF were 2-0 winners away to Amuka Bright Stars.In Rwenzori, Bumate lost 2-0 at home to Kansai Plascon while Dove FC won 2-1 against Ntinda United.Action in the Big League continues on friday with Proline hosting Kireka United at Lugogo while Kira and Kitara face off at Namboole.Comments last_img read more

Woman left outraged after vandals damage car in overnight attack

first_imgA young Dungloe woman has been left outraged after her car was attacked outside home in the early hours of yesterday morning.Christina Louise had her car attacked outside her home at the Gort na Mona estate between 4am and 9am.The vandals attacked the front of the Toyota Altezza car and then tried to break parts of it off. The badge on the boot of the car was also removed.Gardai in Dungloe have been informed of the incident and are studying CCTV footage in the area in a bid to trace the vandals.Christina said she is outraged by the attack on her property.“You can’t seem to own anything these days without jealous people thinking they can just go around and smash it up just for the thrill of it,” she said. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Gardai in Dungloe.Woman left outraged after vandals damage car in overnight attack was last modified: December 4th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:attackcardungloeGardaivandalslast_img read more