first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Shania Twain performs at the opening night ceremony of the U.S. Open tennis tournament late last month. Her new album Now is, like most of her albums, not quite country music, though she has swapped the excess of her last albums for something smaller and warmer. (CHARLES SYKES / INVISION/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) Advertisement Advertisement Now is, like most of her albums, not quite country music, though she has swapped the excess of her last albums for something smaller and warmer. It has little to do with country music’s traditional centre but, to be fair, much of modern country music has little to do with what is thought of as country music’s traditional centre.Twain’s own life has changed radically, too. After 14 years of marriage, she separated from Lange in 2008 after he had an affair with her close friend. (The divorce was finalized in 2010.) In turn, Twain married that friend’s husband, Frédéric Thiébaud, in 2011.“This is not my divorce record,” she insisted, and yet many songs tackle the stings of romantic mistrust and betrayal. “Still can’t believe he’d leave me to love her,” she sings on the bleakly resentful “Poor Me.” On the haunting “I’m Alright,” she sings, “You let me go, you had to have her/You told me slow, I died faster.”Now marks the first time Twain has delved into that period of her life in song, but her return to public life began in 2011 with a scarred, vulnerable autobiography, From This Moment On, and an off-kilter, sometimes uncomfortable docu-series on the then-fledgling Oprah Winfrey Network, Why Not? With Shania Twain. When it came time to re-emerge musically, she chose the “controlled ideal environment” of a Las Vegas residency, at Caesars Palace, which began in 2012 and ran for two years.During that time period, she was also suffering physically, having lost her voice; nerves connected to her vocal cords atrophied, a side effect of Lyme disease, which she’d had since a tick bite on the Up! tour. Now, she likens herself to an injured athlete; she exercises her voice carefully, to ensure it’s ready when she needs it: “I can’t just get up and sing right now. I couldn’t get up and just belt out a song.”She was always writing songs, though she thought she might have to give them to other artists to sing. Her new husband disagreed. “He would say ‘No, no, no. You’re going to sing again some day. Don’t give that song away.’ ” Mainly, she was focused on motherhood — “baking cake, packing lunches, running back and forth to soccer and all that stuff” for Eja, her 16-year-old son with Lange — so she would concentrate on songs in her downtime, especially at night, using a simple setup of guitar, keyboard, Pro Tools and microphone.The result was a set of demos that weren’t executed in any particular genre. “I hadn’t determined feel yet,” she said. After not listening to current music at all during the songwriting process, she began to seek out possible collaborators, eventually settling on four producers: Matthew Koma (Carly Rae Jepsen, Zedd), Ron Aniello (Bruce Springsteen), Jacquire King (Tom Waits, James Bay) and Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran).One of the choices she had to make was whether or not to make a kind of heritage album, one that eschews the contemporary music conversation in favour of something like an acoustic singer-songwriter album, or a duets project or something more gimmicky, like one with classical arrangements — all reasonable options for a well-loved singer returning after a long hibernation. “That would have been safer,” she pointed out, but chose a different path. “I want it to be relatable and that means sonically relatable.”Gosling, who worked on some of the album’s darker moments, said that Twain was flexible about her songs from the start and that there was minimal interference: “I didn’t speak to any A&R person. I didn’t even know if she was on a label, to be honest.”Her other bridge to contemporary music is Eja, who makes music himself, dance music mostly. When Twain was scrupulously avoiding listening to current music, she couldn’t avoid hearing the thumping beats coming from behind his bedroom door. There are a couple of club-music echoes on her album, on “Let’s Kiss and Make Up,” and the beginning of “Poor Me,” which resembles the intro of the Chainsmokers’ “Don’t Let Me Down.”“He doesn’t want to be a performer, so he’s more in his dad’s realm of things,” Twain said.When Eja was younger, he would ask his mother to write songs with him. “I’m like, ‘You know I’m writing for my own album right now!’ ” Lately, she’s been giving him some of her vocal stem files to fiddle around with, but nevertheless she’s careful to remind him of the pitfalls of devoting too much energy to someone else’s vision: “You have to have your own thing.” The last time Shania Twain released an album — the experimental country-but-not-quite opus Up! — it sold approximately 874,000 copies in its first week and went on to receive the Recording Industry Association of America’s diamond certification for 10 million copies sold, her third album in a row to reach that milestone.That was in 2002, right around the peak of the CD age, and an era in which the pop mainstream hadn’t yet fully absorbed hip hop. Napster had just come and gone. Barack Obama was still a state senator. Taylor Swift had just taken her first trip as a preteen to Nashville, Tenn.At that time, Twain was a cross-genre titan, a country singer who — with her then-husband Mutt Lange, the producer who boosted the sound of AC/DC and Def Leppard — made titanic, eclectic music that infuriated Nashville purists with its flashy embrace of pop theatrics, but still dominated the charts and made Twain a megastar with a Rolling Stone cover and rotation on MTV. On songs like “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” she was brassy and a little salacious, a feminist triumphalist. Login/Register With: Much has changed in the intervening decade and a half. Pop stars aren’t as grand scaled, country music now takes as givens many of the risks Twain innovated and Twain divorced Lange following an outlandish tabloid scandal.And yet Twain is not apprehensive about her return, 15 years later, with her fifth album Now on Sept. 29. “I really feel like I’m coming back into worlds that I already know,” the singer, 52, said early last month London West Hollywood hotel here. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,393.95, down 48.73 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 38 cents, or 3.65 per cent, to $10.78 on 11.3 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down eight cents, or 1.97 per cent, to $3.98 on 10.1 million shares.BELLUS Health Inc. (TSX:BLU). Biotechnology. Unchanged at 41 cents on 9.3 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up $2.61, or 9.54 per cent, to $29.96 on 6.8 million shares.Crescent Point Energy (TSX:CPG). Oil and gas. Down 77 cents, or 8.34 per cent, to $8.46 on 6.6 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up six cents, or 0.64 per cent, to $9.40 on 6.5 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Oil and gas. Up three cents, or 0.08 per cent, to $39.78 on 4.1 million shares. The oilsands giant says it is moving up planned maintenance shutdowns at its heavy oil projects in northern Alberta and will slow down production from new wells to avoid selling the product at current poor prices. On a conference call to discuss fourth-quarter earnings that beat analyst expectations, the Calgary-based company said Thursday it plans to drill only 59 net Alberta heavy oil wells in the current quarter, down from 116 drilled in the fourth quarter.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Up 92 cents, or 1.24 per cent, to $74.92 on 5.9 million shares. The Toronto-based bank’s first-quarter profits surpassed market expectations, despite a hefty charge due to U.S. tax reform, to close out another strong earnings season for Canada’s biggest lenders. TD reported first-quarter net income of $2.353 billion, marking a seven per cent drop from the same period in 2017. But after adjusting for one-time items, TD reported adjusted diluted earnings of $2.946 billion or $1.56 per share, a 15 per cent jump from the previous year.last_img read more


first_imgDubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) Friday said it “fully supports” the cancellation of the third Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh in Christchurch after the visiting side had a narrow escape from a shooting attack at a mosque there. The attack on the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Hagley Park killed several people, the media in New Zealand reported. The Bangladesh team, which was about to enter the mosque to offer prayers, escaped unscathed but the prevailing situation led to the authorities calling off the third and final Test match starting Saturday. The match was the tour finale for the visitors. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together “Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by this horrendous incident in Christchurch. Both teams, staff and match officials are safe and the ICC fully supports the decision to cancel the Test match,” ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said the attack was an “unprecedented act of violence” and “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”. “This is significant and I can tell you now this is and will be one of New Zealand’s darkest days. I would describe it as an unprecedented act of violence, an act that has absolutely no place in New Zealand. This is not who we are,” she said.last_img read more


CHICAGO (AP) _ Boeing Co. (BA) on Wednesday reported first-quarter net income of $2.15 billion.The Chicago-based company said it had net income of $3.75 per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains, came to $3.16 per share.The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $3.11 per share.The airplane builder posted revenue of $22.92 billion in the period, also beating Street forecasts. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $22.26 billion.Boeing shares have climbed 16 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has climbed 17 per cent. The stock has climbed 10 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on BA at https://www.zacks.com/ap/BAThe Associated Press read more


“The decades-long nuclear non-proliferation effort is under threat,” says the study, Multilateral Approaches to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, commissioned last June after the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohamed ElBaradei, suggested that wide dissemination of the most sensitive parts of the nuclear fuel cycle could be the “Achilles’ heel” of the non-proliferation regime.Such threats come from regional arms races, non-nuclear weapon states in breach of or in non-compliance with safeguards accords, and incomplete application of export controls required by the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).But they also arise “from burgeoning and alarmingly well organized nuclear supply networks, and from the increasing risk of acquisition of nuclear or other radioactive materials by terrorist and other non-State entities,” according to the report, drawn up by an expert group that included representatives from 26 countries.The study, examining the nuclear fuel cycle and multinational approaches, has been sent to the IAEA’s 138 Member States and will be more widely circulated, including to the Review Conference of 189 States party to the NPT in May.Multilateral approaches are “setting the nuclear agenda,” the group’s Chairman and former Head of IAEA Safeguards, Bruno Pellaud, told a news conference yesterday in Vienna, Austria, the IAEA’s headquarters. He urged concerted action among governments.“Such approaches are needed and worth pursuing, on both security and economic grounds,” he said, in summing up the group’s consensus. “A joint nuclear facility with multinational staff puts all participants under a greater scrutiny from peers and partners, a fact that strengthens non-proliferation and security.“Moreover, they have the potential to facilitate the continued use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes,” he added, noting that multilateral approaches are already followed in Europe and merit close consideration in South Asia and other regions.The report outlines five approaches to strengthen controls over fuel enrichment, reprocessing, spent fuel repositories and spent fuel storage, including reinforcing existing commercial market mechanisms through long-term contracts and transparent suppliers’ arrangements with government backing. Examples would be fuel leasing and fuel take-back offers, commercial offers to store and dispose of spent fuel, as well as commercial fuel banks.The proposals also include: developing international supply guarantees with IAEA participation; promoting voluntary conversion of existing facilities to multilateral nuclear approaches; and creating multinational, and in particular regional, approaches for new facilities based on joint ownership for uranium enrichment, fuel reprocessing and disposal and storage of spent fuel.Finally, the scenario of a further expansion of nuclear energy around the world might call for the development of a nuclear fuel cycle with stronger multilateral arrangements – by region or by continent – and for broader cooperation, involving the IAEA and the international community, the report said. read more


This July 2017 photo provided by the Knowles Company shows the guest house on the grounds of the summer estate of the late billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller in Seal Harbor, Maine. The estate is on the market for $19 million, with all proceeds slated to go to charity. Rockefeller was 101 when he died on March 20. (Joe Keeney/The Knowles Company via AP) by The Associated Press Posted Jul 27, 2017 3:58 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2017 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Rockefeller estate in Maine on market for $19M PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine summer home of the late billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller is on the market for $19 million, with all proceeds slated to go to charity.The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2v1ZxVb ) that Rockefeller’s will gave his children first claim on the Seal Harbor estate, but several of them already own homes nearby.Money from the sale of the estate will be used to help fulfil bequests in his will. He left $20 million to the Land and Garden Preserve of Mount Desert Island in Seal Harbor and $5 million to the Maine Coast Heritage Trust.Rockefeller was 101 when he died March 20.His family has vacationed on Mount Desert Island for generations. He was the son of philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. read more


Only a week after winning Brock’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, Carly Cameron is moving onto the Canadian 3MT finals.Cameron, an MSc Applied Health Sciences student, gave a flawless presentation to place among the best at the Ontario 3MT finals, held April 14 in Waterloo and hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University.Cameron finished in the fifth Ontario qualifying spot and will advance to the national level, an online competition coordinated by the Canadian Association of Graduate Schools. She received a double honour at the provincial competition by being chosen by her fellow presenters — 20 doctoral and master’s degree students — as the winner of the Participant’s Choice Award.This is the second time in four years that a Brock student has gone to the national level of the popular communications competition for graduate students. Developed in Australia by the University of Queensland in 2008, the 3MT challenges students to explain their research in plain language in just three minutes.Cameron’s research investigates ways to make the gym setting a more comfortable and less critical place for women. In her presentation, ““Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…,” Cameron explains that societal pressures to appear slim and beautiful may initially cause many women to be anxious when they view their reflection during workouts. But when those women use the mirror to develop correct techniques and form during exercise, that anxiety disappears.“I ran through my presentation three times last night and twice this morning. I was just as nervous today as I was at the preliminary and final rounds at Brock,” Cameron said after the results had been announced.“This was a fantastic experience that challenged me on both a personal and academic level. I encourage people to seize opportunities such as this, which push you outside your comfort zone — you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish.”“All of the presentations were amazing. It’s a fantastic opportunity, as a graduate student, to think carefully about the big picture impact of your research and how to share that with the public. It’s very gratifying to know that people in the audience came away with a real understanding about what I’m doing and why it’s important.”Cameron, who will graduate at Spring Convocation, is currently working in Brock’s Research Services as a Research Ethics Officer.Placing first in Ontario was Gah-Jone Won, a PhD student in the School of Optometry and Vision Science, at the University of Waterloo. Also qualifying for the nationals were: Michael Moore, Ryerson University; Anastasia Shavrova, Biology, Queen’s University and Justin Michael Whitaker, Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa.The five Ontario students will learn more in the next few weeks about the Canadian finals. Other regional contests are held at Memorial University and UBC Okanagan.For more information about the Ontario finals, visit the website at wlu.ca/3MT read more


Ohio State earned its 31st consecutive home victory and its 22nd straight conference win on April 21 against Indiana. Credit: Magee Sprague | Lantern reporterThe No. 5 Ohio State women’s tennis team (24-2, 10-0 Big Ten) dominated the Indiana Hoosiers (12-12, 3-6 Big Ten) in Columbus on Friday by way of a 7-0 sweep. The Buckeyes continued their perfect conference record and notched their ninth Big Ten shutout of the season.“I’m incredibly proud,” OSU coach Melissa Schaub said. “These guys put in a lot of work. I don’t think when you see 7-0 that that necessarily always happens on that day. I think it’s the work that you’ve put in leading into the season.”The Scarlet and Gray went 2-1 in doubles play to get the first point on the board. In singles play, OSU won the first set on all six courts by a margin of no fewer than three points. The Buckeyes took the second set, and with it the match point, on every court except for two.With OSU up 6-0, the final set between junior Anna Sanford and Indiana’s Paula Gutierrez remained. The pair was tied at 2 before Sanford pulled away to win 6-3 and seal the shutout for the Buckeyes.“You definitely want to keep competing for your teammates,” Sanford said of being the last one on the court. “It’s bigger than just playing for yourself at that point. Having all of your teammates and the crowd cheering for you is definitely a lot of motivation to try and pull out the W.”In doubles play, sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo and Sanford quickly swept Indiana’s Gutierrez and Natalie Whalen, on Court Two. Next, OSU senior pairing of Ferny Angeles Paz and Miho Kowase defeated Hoosiers Pauline Jahren and Caitlin Bernard on Court Three to secure the doubles point for the Buckeyes.Indiana’s No. 41 ranked doubles pair, Madison Appel and Kim Schmider notched their team’s lone win of the day with a victory over OSU’s No. 83 senior pair Gabrielle De Santis and Sandy Niehaus, 4-3.In singles, Buckeyes No. 1 Di Lorenzo, De Santis, Kowase, Angeles Paz and Niehaus each won their match in two sets. Angeles Paz and Di Lorenzo both put up 6-1, 6-0 victories.Next up, the Buckeyes will celebrate Senior Day as they play their final regular-season home match against Purdue on Sunday.“We’re definitely excited for Sunday,” Sanford said. “We’ll come out tomorrow and have a good practice and probably just keep working on the things we’ve been working on and hopefully play with confidence on Sunday.”The Buckeyes, the defending Big Ten regular-season champions, are currently tied with No. 10 Michigan (18-4, 10-0 Big Ten) for first in the Big Ten, and need a win on Sunday to clinch the title. Michigan will travel to Illinois on Sunday for its final conference contest of the regular season.OSU beat Michigan 5-1 in February but it did not count as part of conference play.“It’s very important,” Schaub said of how her team ends conference play. “(Michigan’s) a really good team, as is Northwestern, so we just try to take care of each match as it comes. Not try to make one match more important that the other.” read more


Last week, we told you the U.S. had a 1.2 percent chance of winning the World Cup. The odds of that dream have dropped by half since then, without the U.S. playing a match: Underdogs like the U.S. have come oh so close before without winning a match in the knockout stage.Argentina vs. Switzerland, 12 p.m. EDTU.S. vs. Belgium, 4 p.m. EDTIn briefSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.In depthHeading into Tuesday, the last day of the Round of 16, six group leaders have played six group runners-up in the knockout stage. Nearly every match has been close-fought and competitive. Brazil and Costa Rica needed penalty kicks to advance. Germany went to added extra time. The Dutch needed to come from behind in the final minutes. And France was locked in a scoreless battle until the final 20 minutes.Yet in every case, the group leaders won.That’s bad news for the U.S. and Switzerland, the two remaining group runners-up, for two reasons: First, if they do manage to upset Belgium and Argentina, respectively, difficult opponents await. In their half of the draw is the Netherlands, sixth in the world in ESPN’s Soccer Power Index ratings. If they somehow reach the final, one of the world’s top five teams awaits.The second reason is that by winning, all the soccer powers have demonstrated they’re even better than previously thought, making it even less likely that a solid but not elite team such as the U.S. could upset them.Add to that a tweak to our model late last week, to account for the advantage favorites have in added extra time and penalty kicks, and the U.S. team’s chances of winning the Cup have dropped to 0.6 percent, from 1.2 percent after last week’s match against Germany. Switzerland’s chances have dropped to 0.7 percent from 0.9 percent after its previous match.Winning the Cup was always a long shot for these two teams, though. Reaching the quarters would be a good result for either one. And the U.S. has the better chance. It gets Belgium, the second weakest of the eight group winners, in the late match Tuesday. The U.S. has a 41 percent chance of winning. That’s nearly double Switzerland’s 23 percent chance of upsetting Lionel Messi and Argentina.Drawing Belgium in the Round of 16 was the U.S.’s reward for making it out of one of the toughest groups. Belgium advanced to the World Cup out of one of the weakest European qualifying groups, then won the weakest World Cup group. It remains a formidable opponent and is better than the U.S., with high-priced talent on its roster, much of it familiar to English Premier League fans. But Belgium is a tier or three beneath tournament favorite Brazil. After nearly beating Portugal and nearly equalizing late against Germany, the U.S. shouldn’t fear another European opponent.Switzerland, meanwhile, will attempt to earn what would be only Europe’s third win in 10 tries against South American opponents at this World Cup. The Swiss have one of the two wins so far, over Ecuador. (The Netherlands has the other, over Chile.) Ecuador is a far cry from Argentina, though. Messi has scored on four of his seven shots on target, all with his left foot. Switzerland might need Xherdan Shaqiri, who scored a hat trick against Honduras, to live up to his stretch of a nickname, “Alpine Messi,” to have a chance.YesterdayTwo Union of European Football Associations powers stamped tickets to the quarterfinals Monday thanks to substitutes. France beat Nigeria behind the influence of Antoine Griezmann, whereas it took an André Schürrle goal to finally open the scoring in Germany’s lively 2-1 extra-time win against Algeria.Olivier Giroud started at forward for France, but the French game really started when Griezmann replaced him in the 63rd minute. Giroud had 14 attacking-third touches and didn’t create a chance during a lackluster 62 minutes, but Griezmann provided the necessary spark. He had 12 attacking-third touches in 28 minutes, including a great scoring chance with a 1-2 ball to Karim Benzema in the 70th minute. In total, the French created six chances in the first 62 minutes and five over the final 28, converting two for goals.Griezmann was the difference, though he did not officially figure in either goal. His best “shot” was an 84th-minute close-range strike that required a reaction save from Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama. Enyeama left the tournament with a competition-best 21 saves over Nigeria’s four matches. Although it wasn’t a shot, Griezmann’s near-post run in the first minute of stoppage time produced a goal officially credited as a Joseph Yobo own goal.The Germans, meanwhile, did not lack for attacking possession throughout Monday’s match, posting a 246-90 advantage on touches in the attacking third. In the first 90 minutes, Germany completed almost four times as many passes into the attacking third as the Algerians (125-32), but it couldn’t convert a massive advantage in chances created (18-5) into a regulation winner.Two minutes into extra time, Schürrle put the Germans ahead. He actually hit the ball on his near-post run (as opposed to Griezmann), and Schürrle was credited for the goal. But the result was the same in both cases.Mesut Özil scored later in the extra time, and that proved to be the eventual game-winner, though Algeria scored before the final whistle. Abdelmoumene Djabou’s left-footed finish was the latest goal in World Cup history, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Germans from facing France on July 4. — John Parolin, senior stats analyst, ESPNOff the pitchArgentina and Switzerland cooperate in a number of ways — investment protection, aviation, legal protection  — but perhaps the most important aspect of their relationship is trade. According to data from the Observatory of Economic Complexity, Swiss exports to Argentina have increased significantly in recent years, from $187 million in 2005 to $1.06 billion in 2012, which is most likely because of an increase in bilateral trade agreements. A majority of those exports were health-related products and chemicals, at 62 percent. Watches made up 7 percent of the exports, chocolate comprised .22 percent, and milk and cheese was just .05 percent. Trade in the opposite direction has increased over time as well, but not to the same degree. Argentine exports to Switzerland totaled $121 million in 2005 and $627 million in 2012. Gold dominated at 79 percent, followed by wine, trucks/vans and bovine meat.  — Hayley MunguiaFurther readingLionel Messi Is ImpossibleHas the U.S. Men’s National Team Plateaued?Stoppage Time Is Often Home-Cooked, Especially in the MLSThe Rise of the Red Devils read more


Ohio State junior wide receiver C.J. Saunders (80) catches a pass in the fourth quarter of the Ohio State-UNLV game on Sep. 23. Ohio State won 54- 21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe only other time wide receiver C.J. Saunders received a flurry of messages on his phone as a member of the Ohio State football team was when he intercepted a pass as a scout team cornerback during last season’s fall camp, which was featured in a video Ohio State broadcasted on social media.Saturday, the walk-on from nearby Dublin Coffman High School garnered greater notice from friends and family with his first collegiate touchdown against UNLV.Saunders, who began his career as a cornerback his freshman season before making the switch to wide receiver this year, caught a 28-yard touchdown strike from redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins with 1:02 remaining in the second quarter to push the Ohio State lead to 44-7. He also led Ohio State receivers with six receptions for 102 yards.“Unreal feeling,” Saunders said. “When I got in the end zone, I kind of wanted to make sure I was in that red and then I just heard the screams from my teammates and the fans and I knew it was a touchdown. That was unreal, the roar I heard.”As insignificant as the score might have been in the outcome of the game, it was anything but insignificant for a player who had no Division I scholarship offers in high school.Saunders, a junior academically but a sophomore athletically, was a three-sport athlete in high school, playing on varsity for the basketball and baseball teams for three years and playing varsity football for two. His father, Tim Saunders, is entering his 26th season as the head coach of the Dublin Coffman baseball team and coached his son through high school. He said C.J.’s best sport was baseball, but was most passionate about basketball.His junior year, C.J. decided to play varsity football and quickly became one of the more talented receivers in the area. His senior year, he caught 39 passes for 522 yards with six touchdowns and was named to his conference’s second team, after helping the Coffman Shamrocks to an unbeaten regular season and division title. In basketball, he was named the Ohio Capital Conference-Central player of the year. He also made first-team all-conference in baseball and was one of three players in the country to win a Rawlings High School Gold Glove award in the outfield. He had three Division II offers from Ashland, Indiana Tech and Tiffin for basketball, but decided he wanted to go to a larger school.Growing up an Ohio State fan, his father said C.J.’s academic future was decided when Ohio State and head coach Urban Meyer won the 2014 national championship.“After that he said, ‘I’m going to go to Ohio State to be a student,’” Tim Saunders said.Once C.J. made that decision, his father called Ohio State baseball head coach Greg Beals, who offered C.J. a preferred walk-on spot on the 2016 team. However, once C.J. enrolled in Fall 2015 in the Fisher College of Business as an accounting major, he elected not to try out for the baseball team because he told his father he wasn’t in love with the sport and wanted to join a fraternity on campus, for which he feared baseball would limit his availability.A month later, C.J. felt like he made a mistake. He missed playing competitive sports. So, he met again with Beals and had a spot reserved for him on the 2017 baseball roster. That was until former Ohio State linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell approached his former teammate at DeSales High School, Dublin Coffman football head coach Mark Crabtree, in December 2015 in search of potential walk-ons.Crabtree directed Fickell to his former wideout, C.J.“I thought I was kind of done with [football] honestly, until freshman year,” C.J. said after Saturday’s game. “I was talking with my parents and my high school coach and said, ‘I miss it.’ They were able to hook me up with Coach Fickell.”Fickell texted C.J. and told him the team was looking for cornerbacks and offered him an opportunity to try out for the team and earn a spot as a walk-on. After the two met, C.J. was working out the next day. He was 5-foot-10, 155 pounds.“He was probably bottom of the bottom and I always thought they have four-, five-star guys galore down here and you’re a zero-star guy,” Tim said. “I’m glad you’re playing, I think you’ll have a great experience, I hope you stick with it. But personally — I never told him this — but I never thought he’d see the field. He keeps surprising us.”Ohio State junior wide receiver C.J. Saunders (80) attempts to catch a pass in the fourth quarter of the Ohio State- UNLV game on Sep. 23. Ohio State won 54- 21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorC.J. was not familiar with the cornerback position; he even said he wasn’t very good. When he was practicing on the scout team as a walk-on in spring 2016, Tim said C.J. thought he would probably be done after the spring game.But C.J. saw more time than expected. Tim estimated C.J. saw roughly 18 snaps in the spring game, which readjusted his initial timeline with the Ohio State football program. C.J. told his family that he’d give it a full year and see where that took him.After that first year, he began to make unprecedented strides in 2017 fall camp. He made the switch to his more natural position at receiver. He was elevated from playing strictly with the scout team. Then, he was named to the 70-man roster that traveled to Indiana for the first game of the season.His parents, Tim and Janie, made the trip to Bloomington, Indiana, where they first met when Tim was an assistant coach with Hoosiers baseball team in 1986 and 1987 while Janie was an All-American swimmer for Indiana.“Football was never on the radar when [C.J.] went to Ohio State. He knew of all things, football would be the hardest,” Tim said. “He’s not only getting chances, but he’s taking advantage of them.”Ohio State junior wide receiver C.J. Saunders (80) prepares to run a play in the fourth quarter of the Ohio State- UNLV game on Sep. 23. Ohio State won 54- 21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorWhen C.J. scored his first touchdown as an Ohio State Buckeye Saturday, Tim, Janie, his sister, Shelby, and a few other family members were sitting in section 21AA with other players’ parents. Tim said they weren’t looking for a quick embrace from C.J. Instead, they accepted just meeting with him atop the ramp of the team tunnel after the game. After all, he’s a coach’s son who stays in the moment, and that’s how the family prefers it, Tim said.“[C.J. is] just a hard-working dude, like a dude that is going out there every day and tries to get a little better, it doesn’t matter what it is,” said quarterback and three-time captain J.T. Barrett. “Those are guys that play at places like this ‘cause they want to be great, and I think that he has that desire and passion to do it.”For C.J. to see the field substantially in times when the game hasn’t been decided, he needs to get stronger, head coach Urban Meyer said. At 176 pounds, he’s one of the lightest receivers on the roster. C.J. said that’s one of his top goals moving forward, as well as becoming a better blocker.“We’ve had trouble before with the smaller guys. They can’t play,” Meyer said. “And so his issue is can he get strong enough to play at this level? Because he’s got the shake. He’s got the hands. He’s got the courage. He’s got the go-to, will-to. But gotta get stronger.”Even as a member of the football team, C.J. was able to join a fraternity on campus, Sigma Chi. His unusual path to becoming a contributor for the Buckeyes has been somewhat of an inspiration for his fraternity brothers, Tim said. And C.J. still makes time for his family, coming home once every two weeks to hit in the batting cages and field fly balls with his dad.The Saunders know moments like Saturday’s game will likely be few and far between for C.J. in his career. Yet, they’re enjoying the journey along with C.J. and plan on making trips to the games at Nebraska and Iowa if he continues to make the travel roster.Tim said his son is “a guy worth rooting for.” Saturday’s performance is driving C.J. toward a greater role than just an inspiration.“Now that it’s happened, you kind of want more,” he said. read more


first_imgAlthough Archos may feel that their own government is conspiring against them, that hasn’t stopped them from pulling the curtain on their latest Android tablet… and it’s a fairly unique piece of kit, thanks to the 250GB hard drive under the hood.A 7-incher, the Archos 70 features a 1GHz processor, a unique over-molded PVD stainless steel structured slim design, integrated 802.11b/g/n WiFi, a capacitive touchscreen and an HDMI out port. The display can manage full 720p output, which seems to be the real focus of the device, given that 250GB hard drive, which Archos assures us is the slimmest and lightest on the market.AdChoices广告Unfortunately for an Android tablet, you won’t find Gingerbread installed on the Archos 70: it’s strictly a FroYo affair.The Archos 70 is available now on Archos.com for just $349.99.last_img read more


first_img File Photo Image: RollingNews.ie File Photo Friday 29 Mar 2019, 11:49 AM Short URL Image: RollingNews.ie ‘A new mind for Europe is required’: President Higgins criticises ‘inadequate’ European Union He called for a fresh approach to tackling inequality among member states. https://jrnl.ie/4566463 28,465 Views PRESIDENT MICHAEL D HIGGINS criticised the European Union for a lack of “social cohesion” and “narrow version of an economic union” in a speech delivered at UCD last night. His comments came on the eve of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s third attempt to secure the backing of MPs in the House of Commons for her deal to remove Britain from the European Union. Higgins called for “a new mind for Europe… to strike a unique balance between social cohesion, economic competition and freedom” and to remove the divide he said existed between the “lucky” and the “left out”.  “We have entered a period when, I would say – and not for the first time in many years – the future shape of the European Union has become a matter of dispute and often ill-tempered debate,” he said. “In the ongoing and lingering shadow of Brexit and of social forces which have given rise to so much doubt across Europe, the challenges of the next decade simply cannot be met with a re-issuing of an invitation to a new generation of, and revamped version, of the old orthodoxies.”In his speech at the launch of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at UCD, the president said a social, economic and class divide was palpable across Europe.  Share209 Tweet Email1 83 Comments As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: “The refurbishing of what has gone out of balance in failing models will be insufficient.” “A new mind for Europe is required, which requires a casting aside of failing assumptions within inadequate models. It requires new symmetries between the social, the economic, the cultural and the ethical,” he added. “These symmetries, if they are to be achieved, will require changes in the institutional architecture of the Union.“Yet, if the intellectual and political contribution of the union’s members is simply one of reaction and adjustment to a wild unregulated globalisation, the prospects for such are poor.“The space for the new institutional architecture and the role of intellectual work will have to be fought for.”Jean Monnet is considered one of the founding fathers of the European Union and the various centres of excellence across the EU are designed to foster integration and cooperation between member states. Higgins said a return to the founding values of the union – mainly peace and economic prosperity among member states – was needed, and called for a fresh approach to reinforce those pillars. “Too often, as we look to the future, we fail to adequately appreciate the rich but diverse roots of the European project,” he said. “As we seek to find a new mind for Europe, out of the ashes of our present threatening fragmentation, there is now a pressing need to recall the rich infusion of ideas and ideals upon which our Union was sought to be built.” Mar 29th 2019, 11:49 AM By Conor McCrave Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Oakleigh state Labor MP Steve Dimopoulos has described an anti-skyrail group’s YouTube clip comparing him to Hitler as “bizarre” and “offensive”.The anti-skyrail lobbyists, describing themselves as “a bunch of angry residents” had posted the short satirical “Skyrail Steve” video on YouTube according to The Leader newspaper. It has now been removed.The Skyrail Steve Dimopoulos Song started with footage of Mr Dimopoulos saying the Skyrail is an “awesome idea” before the singer breaks in with: “Skyrail Steve, what do you mean when you say you consulted communities? That’s crap, you never spoke to me, now you treat us like we live in Nazi Germany”.The video, which had more than 650 views before being removed, also showed a military tank running people over with Mr Dimopoulos driving.Members of the No Skyrail lobby group have distanced themselves from the makers of the video.Dianne Hunt, Secretary of Lower Our Tracks Inc organisers of the No Skyrails Campaign told Leader that Lower Our Tracks Inc. did not approve the video concerned.last_img read more


first_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target Happy Death Day was a revelation back in 2016: “Groundhog Day as a slasher movie” was a fantastic idea that somehow no one had done before, they really hit it out of the park, and (with Blumhouse behind the film), it got a deservedly hard push and audiences responded; a great, fresh, new horror movie actually broke through theatrically and connected with an audience — do you believe in miracles?The secret, of course, was that much like Groundhog Day itself there was, in fact, an actual movie with real depth and character smuggled in underneath the obviously-fun spectacle of watching an engaging (but not necessarily all that “likable”) character die multiple slapstick deaths and also eventually attain valuable life skills and enlightenment through cleverly-directed repetition-of-events gags. Making main character Tree Gelbman not a typically virtuous slasher-movie “final girl” but instead (initially) the kind of self-involved, casually-unkind, mean-girl type that horror films usually encourage audiences to root for the painful demise of was a great inversion of the trope and star Jessica Rothe was a breakout in the part, with killer comic timing and real dramatic chops when it came time for pathos and demonstrating her character’s actual growth.At the time, I honestly didn’t appreciate it nearly as much as I should have my but my eventual takeaway wound up being: “…holy shit, they did EVERYTHING they could with that premise on their terms and totally threw down the gauntlet in terms of ‘hey, we’re here on the horror scene – show respect cause we deserve it!’” …immediately followed by: “For the love of god please DON’T do a sequel, this is a perfect self-contained minor delight as is, don’t break it” and finally the addendum “…if you must do a sequel, don’t do something stupid like try and EXPLAIN how the mechanics of the Groundhog Day time-loop gimmick works.” The original works fine operating under a vague suggestion that the universe is just trying to teach her something and nothing can kill a fun slasher premise faster than the tedium of “lore.” Happy Death Day 2U does not take my advice (obviously, as it exists) but surprisingly also seems to arrive in a place of relative agreement regarding the fact that you can’t make this great one-off “high-concept premise work as the foundation of an entire prospective franchise. So, instead, it jumps the fence within the first ten minutes and openly declares its intent to depart from being a slasher movie, a direct Groundhog Day riff or even part of the horror genre at all; arriving instead at a conclusion that’s almost shockingly brave in it’s simple honesty: If the only context where keeping this premise going might make sense is to reformat it into a sci-fi comedy a’la the Bill & Ted movies or Ghostbusters — why not just do that?Thusly, after a brief fake-out where it appears Happy Death Day 2U *might* merely be repeating the time-loop gimmick from the perspective of a different character followed by a double fake-out where it’s revealed that this new character is a science student partly responsible for inventing a quantum-MacGuffin that turns out to he responsible for the previously unexplained original time loop and then a triple fake-out where it appears original heroine Tree may have been inadvertently zapped back into the loop all over again … the film throws a curveball square at the audience’s head and opts to spin off in a totally bonkers new direction.Through contrivance of plot (THIS would be where the sort-of spoilers kick in) it’s revealed that Tree has NOT simply been blown back into her previous time-loop, but one in an alternate universe from her own — meaning that not only are the details of the day she’d previously committed to memory in order to break the loop no longer totally the same, her relationship to various characters is completely different (up to and including who’s friend, who’s foe and even who the first loop’s iconic Baby Mask killer turned out to be and why they were after her in the first place!) Complicating matters further, while some details of this reality aren’t to her liking, she discovers at least ONE major difference that leads her to initially contemplate only fixing the broken space-time continuum just enough for her to stay — which turns the film further into not simply a sci-fi-comedy with a smattering of amusing almost-gory death scene (for resetting the loop, which one again retains the first film’s inspired addition to the Groundhog formula of having Tree’s body retain injury damage between “deaths” — thus putting a limit on her ability to keep looping) but also a surprisingly poignant Millennial rumination on fate, choice and loss. Oh, and also, there’s still “someone” wearing the Baby Mask and stabbing people, since we have to at least pay cursory respect to the idea that this is technically the sequel to a slasher movie.Ultimately, I can’t really say it holds up as well as the original (particularly since, like Back to The Future 2 — which it of course, references openly — it relies so heavily on familiarity with the original to function at all) and feels less like a follow-up that “needed” to happen than it does a name-brand demo showcasing returning director Christopher Landon’s readiness to handle the moving-parts of a bigger-budget feature outside the horror genre. But speaking as a fan of the original who’d been approaching the idea of a sequel with real trepidation: I found their “Hell, why do we even need to TRY being a horror movie!?” solution refreshingly honest and had a really fun time in the moment with what they’ve put together instead.last_img read more


first_imgArk Conway Primary Academy, Deloitte, the Environment Agency, and Lendlease are among the organisations awarded for their efforts to support employees’ mental health at Mind’s inaugural Workplace Wellbeing Index Awards.The Workplace wellbeing index recognises organisations that promote positive mental health at work, support employees experiencing mental health problems, and take action to address the causes of work-related stress.Ark Conway Primary Academy and the Environment Agency (pictured with Paul Farmer, chief executive officer at Mind, and awards host Anna Williamson), a public body sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, were awarded a gold award for achieving excellence. This award celebrates employers that have embedded mental health into their policies and practices and that demonstrate long-term and in-depth support for the mental health of their employees.The silver award, which recognises employers that have put in place initiatives that have had a demonstrable impact on staff mental health, went to Deloitte, law firm Forsters, Lendlease, law firm Matrix Chambers, and Royal Bank of Canada Wealth Management.Barnados, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Haringey Council, HM Revenue and Cusotms (HMRC), Jaguar Land Rover, Laing O’Rourke, Morgan Sindall Construction, and PepsiCo UK are among the organisations that were recognised with a bronze award. This award celebrates organisations for achieving change by introducing measures to promote positive mental health in the workplace.Carole Black, assistant head teacher at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, and Heidi Kirkby, wellbeing coordinator at HMRC, received the employee champion award for their commitment to prioritising mental health at work.Dr Andy Croxford, head of research at the Environment Agency, said: “I am hugely proud of what we’ve achieved at the Environment Agency. This recognition is great, to know where we are in terms of supporting our colleagues and where we go from here. Coming top is a complete surprise.“Workplace wellbeing is something that all employers need to take seriously and we are thrilled to be at the cutting edge when it comes to creating a mentally healthy environment for our employees.”Emma Mamo, head of workplace wellbeing at Mind, added: “In the last few years, we’ve seen employers make great strides when it comes to tackling stress and supporting the mental wellbeing of their staff, including those with a diagnosed mental health problem. We’re delighted to recognise and celebrate employers making mental health a priority for their organisation through our Workplace wellbeing index.“In our first year, we’ve seen good practice right across the board, from each and every one of the 30 pioneering employers to take part. The awards event provided an opportunity to recognise those forward-thinking employers which are working hard to promote good mental health and wellbeing among their workforce.”last_img read more


first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Project Homeless Connect offered free massages, haircuts, job services, meals, and basic health and veterinary care for those in need on the Kenai Peninsula. Love Inc. Executive Director Leslie Rohr: “We have a very kind and generous community with a heart, and if they are aware of a need they step up.” The Kenai Peninsula Continuum of Care along with other service providers host the Project Homeless Connect event each year, where people who are homeless or near homeless can find the basic services they need, under one roof, on one day. Story as aired:Audio PlayerJennifer-on-project-homeless.mp3VmJennifer-on-project-homeless.mp300:00RPd The Project Homeless Connect event took place yesterday afternoon, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. Over 100 volunteers spent the afternoon providing services to those homeless – or near-homeless – population on the Peninsula.center_img The Continuum of Care program on the Kenai offers year round support for the homeless population, and is designed to promote community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness. The CoC provides funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness. Free rides were offered Tuesday from various locations across the peninsula, and attendees left with free coats, boots, hats and food.last_img read more


first_imgHeather Handyside with GCI: “At about 5:30am today GCI customers began experiencing service issues on their mobile devices. Service interruptions appear to be impacting both Android and iPhones. While it appears that service has been partially restored for some LTE customers, 4G LTE data, 4G LTE voice, 3G voice and voice-over-wifi services continue to be affected statewide. GCI technicians and engineers are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes for our customers.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享GCI wireless customers statewide say they are experiencing trouble with their service and ability to accept calls. At this time those customers are able to make calls out and send and receive text messages, but are unable to receive calls. According to a spokesperson for GCI, some customers are affected, while others are not. GCI tech support is working to resolve this issue. At this time there is no estimate on when full service will be restored to the affected members.last_img read more


first_imgDear Editor,The voters have 2 choices for Selectman, Rob Fasulo and Jonathan Eaton. I’m with Rob Fasulo. Jonathan seems like a pretty decent guy but he has not articulated an understanding of the issues people are concerned about. Rob has. Rob gets it.I got to know Rob going door to door in the Ashwood Ave. area regarding the horrible large scale development at Sciarappa’s Farm. He is on the right side of the issues we are facing. He does not support increasing taxes by building new municipal buildings like a Town Hall/School Administrative Building. He supports an opportunity we will never have again to buy Sciarappa’s Farm. This will preserve the character of our town and provide recreational space for future generations. It will also keep our taxes down. Studies have shown protected open space increases property values and keeps taxes down by decreasing town services. Heck the brand new High School is almost at capacity now! Jonathan has remained silent on this important issue.We all get things change but take a look around. The small town feel is going extinct. Rob is willing to fight for it. I grew up in the city. I know what it is like sitting in traffic jams, the crime, the diminished quality of life. We don’t need more large scale housing projects. We need redevelopment of the commercial sector. And Rob gets all that.If you care about keeping taxes down, the character of our small town, the quality of life, vote for Rob Fasulo. It is a no brainier for me.Sincerely,Suzanne SullivanNOTE TO CANDIDATES & CAMPAIGNS: Got announcements, press releases, letters to the editor, etc.?  Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN RACE PREVIEW: Everything You Need To Know Before You VoteIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Fasulo Will ‘Keep Wilmington A Town’In “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Fasulo & Sullivan Will Be Transparent, Listen To The Residents & Protect The EnvironmentIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more


first_imgThe sharp rebound in the euro last week seems to be temporary, as the negative factors concerning the single currency still remain intact.The euro posted its largest weekly gains against the US dollar in three years last week after the Federal Reserve lowered its growth and inflation forecasts for 2015 and 2016. The Fed also lowered its interest rate projections.The common currency appreciated by 3.2 percent against the greenback last week, marking its best weekly performance since October 2011.Investors now expect the US central bank to hike interest rates in the second half of 2015 as last Wednesday’s Fed statement gave a clear signal that mid-year rate hike is a distant possibility.”We expect the U.S. wage inflation to start moving higher in H2 this year and even though core inflation is likely to trend lower in the coming months, we believe that these factors will ultimately convince the FOMC to raise the fed funds rate in September this year,” said Danske Bank in its recent report.However, the monetary policy divergence is likely to remain a key driver of the EUR/USD crossover in the coming months, as expectations over the Fed’s rate hike are still in place compared to monetary easing by the European Central Bank (ECB). Besides, concerns over Greece crisis will continue to weigh on the euro.”We maintain our call that EUR/USD will remain soft on a 3-6M horizon as the Draghi-Yellen divergence continues to weigh. We also maintain that a rebound is in store towards year end as the ECB embraces a rise in eurozone inflation, and the Fed tightens policy only very slowly. We still target 1.08 in 12M,” said Danske Bank.On the data side this week, the key focus will be on flash purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for the eurozone in March scheduled to be released on Tuesday, and German IFO business climate for March on Wednesday.The consensus forecast for the eurozone flash composite PMI looks for an increase to 53.6 in March from 53.3 in the previous month. The German IFO is expected to rise to 107.3 in March from 106.8 in February.”We do not expect the medium-term downward trend in EURUSD to change after the dovish surprise from the Fed and prefer using its rebound as opportunity to establish short EURUSD positions at a better entry level. Local data are likely to weigh on the pair this week, as we expect slightly firmer CPI from the US and softer flash PMIs from euro area,” said Barclays Capital in a note.last_img read more


first_imgRajinikanth in Petta.PR Handout Here is the fan-made poster of Rajinikanth’s movie with AR Murugadoss.PR Handout RelatedRajinikanth’s Thalaivar 167 first look release date is hereAjith’s Viswasam and Rajinikanth’s Petta occupy first and second place; list of top five box office hits in 1st quarter of 2019Is SJ Suryah part of Rajinikanth’s next film with AR Murugadoss?center_img In a shocking development, the pictures from the photoshoot of Rajinikanth’s Thalaivar 167 have been leaked online. It has also confirmed that the superstar will be doing the role of a cop in the AR Murugadoss-directorial movie.In the photo, the superstar has donned the police officer’s avatar and seen wearing a brown jacket. The shoot was held on Thursday, 4 April, in a popular studio in Chennai. As per the rumours, the superstar is doing dual roles of a cop and a social activist.Going by the cop avatar, one gets an impression of Rajini might doing the role of a cop from the 80s. This is not the first time where the 68-year old is sporting khakhi on-screen. He has enacted the cop’s role in the films like Moondru Mugam, Pandian, and Kodi Parakuthu.Meanwhile, the makers are getting ready to take action against the miscreant who leaked the picture online and against those who are spreading it on internet. The online fans club of the superstar is requesting people not to share it, yet it has continued to spread like wildfire on social media sites.Prior to the leak, the photo of the costume designer getting ready for the photoshoot had surfaced on internet and went viral.On the other hand, the team is gearing up for the launch of Rajinikanth-starrer Thalaivar 167. The shooting of the flick will begin with a formal pooja on 10 April. As far as the cast is concerned, Nayanthara is playing the female lead and a Bollywood actor is expected to be doing the role of a villain in the flick, funded by Lyca Productions. last_img read more