LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Montreal – Just For Laughs is thrilled to finally reveal the highly anticipated 2019 collection of New Faces; the world-renowned discovery showcase that propels up-and-coming performers into the comedy stratosphere. New Faces has been an unmissable part of the Just For Laughs Festival since 1996, where the freshest comedians in the game gear up to take the microphone and change the face of comedy. With this summer’s inaugural year of New Faces: Canada presented by Netflix set to join the four staple showcases, New Faces of Comedy, New Faces: Characters, New Faces: Unrepped, and New Faces: Creators, even more comics will have their chance to break through the comedy glass ceiling.“The New Faces showcase at Just For Laughs has catapulted the careers of so many of today’s most celebrated comedians,” shares Bruce Hills, President of Just For Laughs. “For over twenty years, we have given the most promising undiscovered talent an exclusive platform to launch their careers, which has resulted in the most impactful comedy showcase in the world”.Just For Laughs New Faces is responsible for launching the careers of many all-star comedians, including Jimmy Fallon (1996), Gabriel Iglesias (1999), Kevin Hart (2001), Hannibal Buress (2006), Amy Schumer (2007), Chris D’Elia (2009), Jerrod Carmichael (2011), Ali Wong (2011), The Lucas Brothers (2012), Pete Davidson (2013), Michelle Wolf (2014), and more. Advertisement Twitter For tickets, click hereAllison Dunbar is a writer and performer for the Groundlings Main Company. She recently wrapped a lead role in the comedy feature Film Fest opposite Matt Cook, Will Sasso and Diona Reasonover. She also plays Helga in the Vince Vaughan produced feature The Opening Act opposite Ken Jeong, Jimmy O. Yang and Bill Burr. Her recent TV acting credits include a major recurring arc on the Sony/Crackle drama StartUp,FOX’s Single Parents, CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and was a lead in the HULU series Quickdraw. George Aivaliotis is a character comedian and one-man production circus based out of Los Angeles. Inspired by Jim Carrey, he studied improvisation and sketch comedy for over 10 years. Most recently, he created his own “30 Days of Characters” which involved writing, playing, shooting and editing a new character every day for a month. He also produces and directs an ongoing web-series: Characters of Los Angeles, which showcases other LA Based character comedians, and has directed two short comedies that are currently being submitted to festivals.Haley Hepworth is an LA based writer and performer, originally from Boise, Idaho. She currently performs every Saturday night with UCB’s premier Main Stage sketch review Squadron. Her solo character show Haley Hepworth is Missing was featured as an LA Weekly pick of the week and enjoyed a year-long extended run at UCB. She is the non-feline star of Buzzfeed’s Life with a Cat, which has been viewed over 17 million times online, and is an alum of Characters Welcome, Maude Night, and Harold Night teams at UCB.Michael Churven is an actor, writer and improviser based in Los Angeles. Originally from Australia, he is currently a main company member of The Groundlings Theater where he performs improv and sketch comedy weekly. He also trained at Second City Los Angeles and iO West, with television credits including ABC’s Modern Family, Adult Swim’s Mike Tyson Mysteries and TruTV’s You Can Do Better. He appeared in the feature film Wild Nights with Emily alongside Molly Shannon. His short film Troughman took the Best Humor Award at Dan Savage’s 2019 Hump Film Festival.Michael Van Schoick was born in New Jersey, raised in Florida, and is now based in Los Angeles. He completed a season as a Sunday Company member at The Groundlings Theatre, and is currently working on a sketch series created by Sarah Cornell and Sarah Hamblin. He’s most well-known for the Money Supermarket ad campaign #epicstrut, which aired in the UK. Along with having completed his education with The Groundlings School, Michael also earned his BFA in Acting from Florida State University.Rachel Pegram is a Brooklyn based comedian, actor, and writer. Rachel attended NYU Tisch, where she was also a member of the premiere sketch group Hammerkatz. Rachel can be seen in the Adam Sandler Netflix movie The Week Of alongside Chris Rock and Rachel Dratch. She has been on The Chris Gethard Show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The Late Show, Comedy Central, MTV, College Humor, Amazon, BET and more.Shukri R. Abdi is an LA-based performer, writer, and TV producer originally from Potomac, Maryland. Shukri was recently a cast member and writer in the 2019 CBS Diversity Showcase. She was also Supervising Producer and Head Writer of BET’s comedic game show, Black Card Revoked. Shukri performs at the Upright Citizens Brigade with Donatella on Maude Night, and has performed with musical improv teams Baby Wants Candy and The Pick Up.Taylor Ortega is a writer, comedian and actress based in New York City. She starred in the Disney Channel Original movie Kim Possible, can next be seen in the A24/Ilana Glazer thriller False Positive and After Yang, and HBO’s Succession. She wrote and starred in an episode of Blank Meets Blank on TruTV’s late night block Late Night Snack and wrote for the TRL reboot on MTV. Taylor has also been a host and correspondent for MTV News, E!, Billboard, Cosmopolitan and the gaming app Candy Crush.Thomas Whittington is comedian, actor and writer based in NYC. He has been featured in sketches on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Showtime’s Desus & Mero, where he appeared opposite Lin Manuel Miranda. Thomas also voices many characters on the Showtime series Our Cartoon President and in the Audible series Heads Will Roll alongside Kate McKinnon and Meryl Streep.Tristan Griffin is a NYC-based comedic actor, writer and impressionist who is originally from Rome, Georgia. Tristan can be seen regularly at UCBTNY on the Maude team, The Foundation. In 2019, he was chosen as a guest star for The Spotlight show, which highlights one performer. Tristan can also be seen on The Intern, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Gypsy, The Good Cop and the upcoming Netflix series, Living With Yourself and Comedy Central’s Night Pigeon. New Faces: Characters will take place at Salle Ludger-Duvernay at the Monument National on July 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm.New Faces: UnreppedFor tickets, click hereAndrew Murphy is from Austin, Texas and is currently the city’s reigning Funniest Person in Austin winner. He’s performed standup all over the country and has opened for Theo Vonn, Brian Posehn, Bruce Bruce, the Lucas Brothers, and Dan Soder among others.Andrew Stanley is an Atlanta-based stand-up comedian. His observational style and dry sense of humor have pleased audiences across the United States and internationally. Andrew was named the grand prize winner of The 2017 Search for the South’s Funniest Accountant. He was also selected to participate in the 2018 and 2019 Laughing Skull Comedy Festivals.Craig Conant was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Conant stands out on every show he’s on and is quickly making a name for himself in LA’s cutthroat comedy scene, sharing the stage alongside some of today’s biggest names including Dave Chappelle, Chris D’Elia, and more. Craig Conant was on MTVC and voiced Skeet William Cole in the animated series Court Ordered.Drew Dunn started performing comedy at the age of 21 and hasn’t looked back since. This NH-based comic quickly established himself as one of the nation’s fastest rising comedians with his quick wit and unique point of view. Drew has won the Boston Comedy Festival in 2017 followed by winning the Seattle International Comedy Competition in 2019.Janae Burris is a comedian, writer, actor and former co-host of the Denver Post’s Cannabist Show in Denver, Colorado. Her years growing up in one of L.A.’s most notorious neighbourhoods, combined with her training in avant-garde theater makes Janae’s comedy style something similar to a one woman show, a perfect fit for Shit Talk Tours, which she hosts regularly at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver.Jordan Jensen worked as a farmer, a butcher, and a carpenter in her hometown of Ithaca, NY before moving to Nashville to pursue stand up comedy. She has since been featured at the Nashville, Asheville, Orlando & Memphis comedy festivals, heard on SiriusXM, and worked with Kyle Kinane, Nate Bargatze, and Jen Kirkman.Lael O’Shaughnessy is a Chicago based stand-up comedian and writer. Lael’s candid brand of humor and energetic stage presence has made her a regular at the Laugh Factory, the Comedy Bar, and Comedy on State. Along with performing regularly around Chicago, she also produces a popular weekly independent comedy showcase called High Dive Comedy, at the High Dive bar in Ukrainian Village.Napoleon Emill is a Brooklyn-based comic with North Carolina roots. In 2018, Napoleon secured a spot amongst the professional comedy scene as winner of Caroline’s on Broadway’s March Madness competition, a series regarded as NYC’s most influential new talent comedy competition. Napoleon has appeared in the award-winning short comedy series Flatbush Misdemeanors and is a regular guest on underground comedy podcasts. As of 2019, Napoleon co-hosts his regular stand-up series No Phone Thursdays along with SNL’s Nimesh Patel.Sean Grant is originally from Miami, FL and has performed all over the US and in the UK. He was named “Funniest College Kid in America” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and has had guest acting roles on Maron on IFC, Meet the Browns, and WTF Baron Davis on Fuse TV. He has had a joke featured on TruTV’s Laff Tracks Season One and also on Season Two set to premier later this year. Sean was the Head Writer on Dead House, a featured show on Kevin Hart’s LOL Network.Sam Tallent is known for whip-quick wit and rollicking improvisations, and is one of the sharpest, most original rising talents in comedy today. Sam has worked alongside many of the biggest names in comedy, including Russel Peters, Ron White, Dave Chappelle, and more. He recently won his battle on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle, and was seen on VICELAND’s Flophouse as well as The Chris Gethard Show. His debut novel, “Running the Light”, will be available this fall.Tina Friml has appeared in the 2018 NBC Comedy Spotlight Series at Boston’s Women in Comedy Festival. In her home state, she was crowned the 2018 winner of ‘Vermont’s Funniest Comedian’ at the Vermont Comedy Club and has since begun infiltrating stages in Boston, New York, and London. Using animated optimism on her own physical disability, yet fearless honesty about the social assumptions that come with it, Tina befriends audiences of all sorts with her eccentric style, off-beat mind, and unexpected philosophy acquired through her unique circumstances.New Faces: Unrepped will take place at Salle Ludger-Duvernay at the Monument National on July 25, 2019 at 9:30 pm.New Faces: CreatorsFor tickets, click hereBenito Skinner is a Brooklyn-based comedian who initially gained notoriety for his impressions and characters. In the past year alone, Skinner’s original sketches have garnered over 50 million views. His one man show, “Overcompensating”, depicts his transformation from closeted high school football star to viral comedian with a blend of stand-up, video, music, and live impressions. He debuted his live comedy show as part of the New York Comedy Festival in 2018 to a sold-out crowd, and this year, he took his show on the road with The Overcompensating Tour selling out multiple shows within hours all across the US.Brad Gage is a Los Angeles-based actor, writer, and host. He has written and created digital shows for ABC, Fullscreen, LiveMe, PROHBTD Media, and YouTube. His acting credits include CW’s Jane The Virgin, NBC’s Timeless, TBS’ The Guest Book, and Crackle’s animated show Supermansion. Carmen Angelica is a writer, director, and comedian based in Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of Film and Television with a BFA, currently creating sketches, series, branded content and several short films. She had a successful long running solo show that she wrote and starred in directed by Rebecca Drysdale called Who Am I And What The Hell Am I Doing? Carmen’s work has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, and more.Felipe Di Poi is an Argentine-born comedian, writer, and animator based in Brooklyn. Since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design where he received a degree in animation, his works has been selected for the Ottawa Animation Festival, the Animation Block Party, and the Glas Animation Festival, among others, and 4 of his films have received Vimeo Staff Picks.Jennah Brittany, best known as @MISSJAYDMV, is a writer, actor, producer, and most importantly a creator. Creating content across all media platforms, she has notably high social engagement rates. Her ability to write, star and produce her own material has led to several branded partnerships, including Target, Burger King, and Crown Royal, and campaigns for TBS, Paramount, and Universal.Tiny Chef is composed of Rachel Larsen, Adam Reid and Ozlem Akturk. Larsen’s experience as an animator includes films like Isle of Dogs, Coraline, or the TV show Robot Chicken. Reid’s experience as a writer and director includes his creation company Bodega Studios and his feature film Hello Lonesome was nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award. Akturk’s experience on feature films include Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie and Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs. The Tiny Chef show stars Tiny Chef, who creates the world’s tiniest dishes for the world’s tiniest cooking show in the world’s tiniest kitchen.Tutweezy aka Darius Tutwiler is a Memphis, Tennessee native. Tutweezy committed to his calling in 2014 after his vine video “The Blind Date” went viral, amassing over 100 million views worldwide. Today, Tutweezy has attracted over 2.2 million followers across his social media platforms. His Spongebob In the Hood parodies have gained over 15M views and counting. Tutweezy is dedicated to keeping his fans entertained by consistently delivering new and engaging content.New Faces: Creators will take place in the Grand Salon Opera at the DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal on July 25, 2019 at 12:30 pm.New Faces: Canada presented by NetflixFor images for New Faces: Canada presented by Netflix, click here For tickets, click hereBee Bertrand is one half of Gender Outlaws, a brand new QAPD show at Comedy Bar under the P R I D E umbrella, co-hosted/co-produced with Alice Rose featuring trans*/ non- binary/ and gender non- conforming comedians. Bee got their start on QAPD, and has previously performed at Shade, Crimson Wave, Church Street Comedy, and with Cara Connors @ I’ll Be Seeing You.Brett Forte’s frustration leads to comedy. If something rubs him the wrong way, you’re sure to get a laugh out of it. After winning ‘Yuk Yuks Top New Comic’ of 2016 and ‘Edmonton’s Funniest Person’ in 2017, Brett was asked to work for Bobby Lee, Josh Wolf and Chris D’Elia. Forte is also fresh off representing Canada at The World-Famous Comedy Store in LA.Cassie Cao is a stand-up comedian and actor based in Toronto. She is the winner of a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Taped Live Performance, and the recipient of the Second City NBC Diversity Fellowship. She regularly tours comedy clubs and theatre venues across the country. Cassie was formerly an economist and has years of experience telling jokes about the interest rate to prominent Canadian policy makers.Charles Haycock is a unique comedian in many ways. Charles has appeared on TV tapings for the 2018 Winnipeg Comedy Festival and the 2017 Halifax Comedy Festival. He was featured at the 2017 Sudbury Comedy Festival, the 2016 Kamloops Komedy Festival, Nextfest 2015 and the 2015 Global Visions Film Festival. He’s opened for international touring stars like Alonzo Bodden and Bryan Callen.Hisham Kelati is a comedy writer and stand-up comic from Toronto, known for his vivid and engaging storytelling. Hisham has written and starred in sketches for Herb and CBC Comedy, was featured on CBC LOL, and has opened for K. Trevor Wilson, Azhar Usman, and Chris Redd.Leonard Chan was born and raised in Toronto and performs stand-up all across Canada. He has been heard on CBC’s The Debaters, Laugh Out Loud, and SiriusXM radio, and has been published on CBC Comedy and the Beaverton. He won the Absolute Comedy Prove You’re a Comic competition, as well as the Toronto Comedy Brawl, and was a finalist at the CBC Originals Stand Up and Pitch contest at the 2018 Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. He was recently named by CBC as one of the fifteen Canadian comedians to watch in 2019.Rebecca Reeds is a stand-up comedian and writer from small town Ontario. She has opened for several distinguished comedians and has appeared on SiriusXM, Fox, and CBC Comedy where her clip was viewed more than 2 million times. In October 2018, her The Villain Was Right podcast premiered on the From Superheroes Podcast Network, along with co-host comedian Craig Fay. The VWR podcast won Outstanding Debut for a Series at the Canadian Podcast Awards.Rob Bebenek is a stand-up comic who was a finalist in SiriusXM Canada’s Next Top Comic competition in 2013. He’s appeared on MTV, SiriusXM radio and CBC’s Laugh Out Loud. He’s performed at the Halifax Comedy Festival, Hubcap Comedy Festival, Cottage Country Comedy Festival, the NXNE Festival and the Waterloo Comedy Festival.Tranna Wintour is a spiritual, pop-culture-obsessed, fashion-hungry, transgender comedian, singer, producer, and writer. On stage, Tranna brings a unique and rare mix of wit, glamour, and depth that always leaves audiences wanting more. She’s been named by Fashion magazine as one of the queens of Canadian comedy, and CBC Comedy placed her at the top of their list of top comedians to watch in 2019. In addition to her work as a performer, Tranna co-hosts and co-produces CBC Podcasts’ Chosen Family with her creative partner/comedy soulmate, Thomas Leblanc. Chosen Family reached the top 10 of iTunes Canada’s top comedy podcasts and was named one of Apple’s Best Podcasts of 2018.Yumi Nagashima is a Vancouver-based Japanese-Canadian comedian. In less than three years, she has made a large splash on the North American comedy scene, with her sassy stage presence and unique world view. Yumi is a mainstay on the Vancouver comedy scene, but is also a frequenter on CBC’s The Debaters.New Faces: Canada presented by Netflix will take place in the Salle Ludger-Duvernay at the Monument National on July 26, 2019 at 7:00 pm.Tickets are on sale now!Just For Laughs ComedyPRO takes place July 24 – 27, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton. Industry passes are now on sale at:https://comedypro.hahaha.com/pass-info/About Just For Laughs ComedyPRO:Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is a unique, annual global gathering of the biggest players in the comedy industry. The event takes place during the peak industry/media/performer dates of the Just For Laughs Festival. You simply cannot get any closer to the people who truly make comedy happen than at Just For Laughs ComedyPRO! Registrants for this one-of-a-kind, four-day industry experience gain exclusive access to some of the most sought-after events in all of comedy, including keynotes, panels, ‘In Conversation’ sessions, industry luncheons, cocktail parties, and exclusive live performances from comedy’s buzziest podcast hosts. Just For Laughs ComedyPRO also plays host to?Variety’s Top 10 Comics to Watch?showcase, the prestigious?New Faces?showcase series, and the?Homegrown Comic Competition.About Just For Laughs Group:Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group’s growth is concentrated on three major focal points: festivals (in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney); television production and stand-up specials (most notably Gags, seen in 135 countries and on 100 airlines); and live shows (Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Jeremy Hotz, Amy Schumer, Danny Bhoy, and Family Guy Live! to name a few). The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, which will celebrate its 37th edition in 2019, is the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event, welcoming more than 2 million people each summer. New Faces of ComedyAnna Drezen is a writing supervisor for NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and the co-author of the books How To Win At Feminism and How Many We Hate You. The latter, which was based on Anna’s experiences working as a concierge at a hotel in Times Square, was optioned by ABC and turned into a pilot, starring Kat Dennings and directed by Will Gluck. She recently wrote for Simon Rich’s TBS series Miracle Workers starring Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi, contributed to Kate McKinnon’s Audible fantasy-comedy series Heads Will Roll and consulted on Jena Friedman’s Adult Swim special Soft Focus. Anna was the editor-at-large of REDUCTRESS and wrote for Comedy Central’s Reductress pilot starring Abby Elliott.Brad Silnutzer is a stand up, writer, producer, actor, and host based in Los Angeles. He created, writes, produces, and stars in The Fast and the Furious: A Musical Parody at The Dynasty Typewriter Theatre in LA. Brad was a Producer for ABC’s The Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor in Paradise and is currently the lead producer for Circadian Pictures. Brad made his Netflix debut as a celebrity judge on the food competition show, Cooking on High. Brad was previously named as one of Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch and as one of Riot Fest’s comics to watch.Brendan Scannell is an actor and comedian living in LA. He stars in Netflix’s Bonding and previously in Heathers on Paramount Network. He can be seen in the Comedy Central digital series Stand Up Featuring,and in 2018 Vulture named him a “Comedian You Should and Will Know.” Brendan hosts two popular shows in LA, “The Cure” (alongside Joel Kim Booster) and the workshop “See What Sticks.”Chanel Ali is a standup comedian, writer, and actress living in New York City. She is the host of the Food Network digital series Food Debate! and a cast member on MTV’s Girl Code. Her observational comedy covers her upbringing, her unique worldview, and the realities of being a polite person in the entertainment industry. In 2018, Chanel was featured on the Friars Club Roast of Gloria Allred and has written for the @NetflixisaJoke social media accounts.Dan Licata is a NYC-based comedian. He is one of the writers & co-producers of Joe Pera Talks With You on Adult Swim, and previously co-wrote Joe Pera Helps You Find the Perfect Christmas Tree. He’s performed stand-up on The Chris Gethard Show, and has made several videos for JASH.Dewayne Perkins is a queer Chicago born and raised writer and comedian. Currently a writer on NBC’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, his previous credits include Netflix’s The Break with Michelle Wolf and MTV’s Wild N’ Out. He’s also written for the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner, in which a joke he wrote was listed as one of The New Yorker’s “Best Jokes of 2018.” Dewayne was named one of Comedy Central’s “Up Next” comedians and a finalist for Stand-Up NBC. Dewayne is a member of the award-winning improv team 3Peat, whose Comedy Central digital short, THE BLACKENING, written by Dewayne, went viral with more than 15 million views.Hannah Einbinder participated in 2019’s San Francisco Sketchfest, has been published in Flaunt Magazine, and was named in The Comedy Bureau’s “100 Best Things We Were Witness To in No Particular Order of 2018.” Einbinder performs regularly at clubs and theaters around the country.Jay Jurden is a rising New York City based comedian originally from Mississippi. He has been featured as a finalist for Stand-Up NBC and a panelist for MTV News. Most recently he appeared in the 2019 Laughing Skull Comedy Festival and was picked as one of Time Out New York’s 2019 “Comedians To Watch”. This fall he continues his college comedy tour across the country.Joe Praino is a comedian, actor and podcast host of two successful podcasts: The Joe Priano Podcast and Dirty Sports (with Andy Ruther), which showcases his immense depth of sports knowledge. He has interviewed the likes of writer/director David Zuker, NFL star Shawn Merriman, celebrity personal trainer Duffy Gaver and NBA start Brian Scalabrine, and he performs at several clubs across the country including Gotham Comedy Club, The Stand, The Laugh Factory, Comedy Bar, The Improv, Flappers and the Westside Comedy Theater.Kevin Iso began performing stand up all across Texas before moving to New York where he has been honing his skills. Kevin has performed at the Montreux Comedy Festival in Switzerland, the Funny or Die Oddball Festival, and Bridgetown Comedy Festival. After being named one of Comedy Central’s Comics To Watch in 2015, Kevin’s stand up was featured on AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live, Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party. On top of performing stand up, Kevin is the co-creator of the hit web series, Flatbush Misdemeanors.Logan Guntzelman is a Los Angeles-based comedian. She performs in clubs and rooms all over the country, and has been selected to perform in the New York Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Festival, 10,000 Laughs Minneapolis, Echo Park Rising, CROMFest Denver, and the Chicago Comedy Expo. She’s also currently undefeated in the World-Famous Comedy Store’s Roast Battle and was a finalist in the Westside Comedy Theater’s Comedy Showdown.Matty Ryan has been performing stand-up around the country for years. In 2016 he made his feature film debut with a role in Who Gets the Dog (nominated for Best Actor in the 2016 Midwest Independent Film Festival). Also in 2016, he recorded a standup set for MTV’s Acting Out. In 2017 he had a guest star role on NBC’s Chicago Justice, and was invited to perform at NBC Universal/Second City’s “Breakout Fest.” In 2019 he taped a set for Comedy Central’s Stand Up Featuring, which is currently streaming on their digital platforms.Opey Olagbaju is a Nigerian-American standup comedian and writer that is currently writing on the Kenya Barris produced Unrelated for Freeform. Previously, he worked on I Love You America with Sarah Silverman (Hulu) as well as The New Negroes (Comedy Central). As a standup, the D.C.-area native performs across the city and has successfully showcased in several festivals, such as District of Comedy (DC), Bridgetown Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest, and the World Series of Comedy.Punkie Johnson is a Los Angeles-based comedian from New Orleans. Starting her career as an emcee, Punkie is now a paid regular and favourite at The World-Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood where she is known as one of the most fearless, ruthless, and rawest, forces on the scene. Recent credits include Comedy Central’s Corporate, Tru TV’s Adam Ruins Everything, Amazon’s Please Understand Me and more. She will appear opposite Jimmy O. Yang and Bill Burr in the upcoming film The Opening Act, and HBO’s The Black Lady Sketch Show.Reggie Conquest is from Philadelphia where he started his comedy career at the legendary Laff House. Since moving to New York City, Reggie has performed on FuseTV’s Stand Up and Deliver and written for TruTV’s Impractical Jokers. His stand-up has been featured at Brooklyn Comedy Festival, Skankfest, Hoboken Comedy Festival and Philadelphia Comedy Festival.Shane Gillis is a stand-up comic based out of New York City. He was named an “Up-Next” Comic at Comedy Central’s 2019 Clusterfest in San Francisco. In 2016 he was the winner of Philly’s Funniest at Helium Comedy Club. Shane is a regular on SiriusXM and Comedy Central Radio’s The Bonfire. He’s also one half of A Fair One on Compound Media as well as Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast. Shane has written for Comedy Central’s Delco Proper and starred in and wrote for the Dweck Show, Tires Etc, and New Muscle.Shapel Lacey is an American comedian born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. Shapel was cheerleading competitively for University of Louisville when someone dared him to take the stage as a comedian and he never looked back, dropping out shortly thereafter to pursue a career in stand up full time. Diligence and the desire to grow led him from the Phoenix open mic circuit onto main stages where he regularly performed for comedians such as Bill Burr, Chris D’Elia, Hannibal Buress, Bryan Callen, Frank Caliendo, and now regularly in Los Angeles, California.Tacarra Williams hails from the Bronx, NY. She has hit major stand-up stages in New York and Hollywood including Caroline’s on Broadway, Broadway Comedy Club, The Apollo Theatre, Hollywood Improv, The Comedy Store and The Laugh Factory. She also has her on 30min special on Comedy Central.Tien Tran is a former member of The Second City’s 106th Mainstage revue, Dream Freaks Fall From Space, and recently performed in the 2019 CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase. A graduate of Boston College and a 2016 Second City Bob Curry Fellow, Tien was previously in The Second City’s 41st etc revue, Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno. Her stand up was featured at the Second City NBC Universal Break Out Comedy Festival and SCOUT Festival, and she currently performs all around Los Angeles. Tien is one of the co-hosts of the Crooked Media podcast Hysteria.Tyree Elaine is a comedienne, writer and actress from Los Angeles. She recently wrapped the writers room on ABC’s The Conners. A semifinalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Tyree has also been seen on Black Jesus (Adult Swim), Laff Tracks (TruTV), 50 Central (BET), Showtime at the Apollo (FOX), Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes? (TV One), The Xperiment (BET) and Laff Mobb’s We Got Next (Aspire). Tyree recently created and starred in a digital anthology video series called Women Over 30 Be Like, which was written about by The New York Times.The New Faces of Comedy showcases will take place at Salle Ludger-Duvernay at the Monument National on July 24, 2019 at 7:00 and 9:30 pm.New Faces: Characters Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook
Panaji: A Goa court on Wednesday issued summons against Union minister and North Goa MP Shripad Naik directing him to depose as a witnesses in a cheating case registered against his former staffer last year. Panaji Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) Vijayalaxmi Shivolkar directed Naik to appear in person by June 3. The JMFC also asked Naik to testify and bring material evidence, if any, on what he knows about the case. The former staffer in question, Vinod Desai, was booked last year under section 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for allegedly demanding Rs six lakh from one Mervin Fernandes under the pretext of providing him a job in the Goa government. Desai had allegedly taken an advance payment of Rs two lakh from Fernandes. As Desai failed to keep his promise, Fernandes demanded refund of his money. However, the cheque of Rs one lakh issued by Desai bounced, following which Fernandes approached Old Goa police on September 20, 2018.
Casablanca – An announcement made yesterday by Scottish police came amidst an international uproar in reaction to France’s outlawing of the Muslim beachwear known as the burkini, and its coercion of Muslim women to remove the burkini in French beaches.Police Scotland’s ratification of the Islamic headscarf was made in hopes of encouraging Muslim women to pursue the career of policing in the country.“Today’s announcement formally ratifies the Police Scotland hijab and will encourage women from Muslim communities, who may previously not have seen policing as a career option, to reconsider,” says Police Scotland’s official website. Chief Constable Phil Gormley, who made the announcement yesterday stated:“I am delighted to make this announcement and welcome the support from both the Muslim community, and the wider community, as well as police officers and staff.”Chief Gormley also highlighted that the purpose of the decision is to make the policing sector in Scotland reflective of the cultural and religious mix of the Scottish community, following in the footsteps of other sectors.“I hope that this addition to our uniform options will contribute to making our staff mix more diverse and adds to the life skills, experiences and personal qualities that our officers and staff bring to policing the communities of Scotland,” highlighted the announcer.Fahad Bashir, Chair of the Scottish Police Muslim Association welcomed this “positive step” and expressed his delight that “Police Scotland is taking productive steps in order to ensure that our organization is seen to be inclusive and represents the diverse communities that we serve across Scotland.”“No doubt this will encourage more women from Muslim and minority ethnic backgrounds to join Police Scotland,” continued Bashir.According to the BBC, out of the Muslim women who work with Scottish Police, none of them wear the veil, neither on duty nor out of it.
“The stalemate in the Security Council over the issue of the frequency for reviewing prices for Iraqi crude oil deliveries, which are submitted by the Iraqi State Marketing Organization, has continued,” the Office of the Iraq Programme reported in its weekly update, issued today. “This has prevented the approval of prices for Iraqi crude oil to the United States market in September.” Despite the deadlock, the flow of Iraqi exports remained strong over the past week, according to the update, which reported that Baghdad sold 16.4 million barrels of crude, earning an additional €410 million (euros) or $379 million during that period. The Office also reported that, reversing recent trends, the number and value of contracts placed on hold by the Security Council committee monitoring the sanctions against Iraq outweighed those newly placed on hold. A total of 54 contracts worth $179.5 million were released from hold last week, while 34 new contracts, valued at $111.4 million, were placed on hold.Overall, nearly $4 billion worth of contracts are currently on hold, according to the update. Contracts are generally placed on hold because more information is sought on their end-use in Iraq.
OTTAWA – Canadians looking to make a few extra dollars this summer by renting out their home or cottage when they aren’t using them should call their insurance broker first or face the risk a claim may be denied if trouble arises.“Traditional personal coverage wasn’t necessarily designed for commercial activity and people need to be aware of that and what their insurance coverage requires,” says Steve Kee, a spokesman for the Insurance Bureau of Canada.“Each company may have its own practices and insurance claims. If something were to happen you may be denied if you say you use your home for just your home and then all of a sudden they find out it is on an Airbnb or something like that.”Owners of a house in Calgary made headlines last month after their home was trashed by renters who used it for a massive party that resulted in more than $100,000 in damages.In that case, Airbnb stepped up to pay for the damages that left the owners unable to live in their home while it was being cleaned and repaired.However, like insurance policies, not all rental services are the same and if you’re thinking about listing your home you need to read the fine print of the service you use to understand what may and may not be protected.Jamie Martyn, president of Kennedy Insurance Brokers in North Bay, Ont., says coverage under your homeowner’s policy isn’t automatic and you need to check with your agent or broker.If you’re renting your cottage, your policy may already allow that, but it might be a different story for your home, especially if you’re renting out your entire house and not just the spare bedroom.“Some companies may not be comfortable with it and they may choose not to continue insuring you if you do that,” Martyn said. “Some may add an endorsement to the policy that says, ‘Yes, you can do this and we will charge an extra $200 a year,’ or whatever the premium is for that.”For its part, Airbnb recommends on its website that you check with your insurance company to understand your coverage.In the U.S., the company has its Host Protection Insurance, but the program doesn’t extend to Canada. Here, the company offers what it calls its Host Guarantee. Under the program the company promises reimbursement of up to C$1 million for damage, subject to certain limitations, but it is not an insurance policy.Airbnb also suggests homeowners consider independent insurance to cover things like jewellery, art and other collectibles that are subject to limited protection under the host guarantee. You can also require a security deposit.Kee says growth of what has been called the “shared economy” has exposed some gaps for the insurance industry, noting that similar concerns would apply to your auto insurance if you are using your car to drive people using ride-hailing apps.But, he said, insurers are working to adjust their policies to accommodate the new demands from policyholders.“I think this is just the beginning,” Kee said. “Industries always adapt. When you have a competitive marketplace people are always looking for ways to do that.” by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 26, 2015 8:26 am MDT Last Updated Jun 26, 2015 at 9:02 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Check your insurance policy before renting out your home, experts say
The end of spring football is supposed to be a time of clarity and optimism for a football powerhouse like Ohio State. However, following off-the-field transgressions by five players, including star quarterback Terrelle Pryor, the Buckeye football program is in a state of disarray. The five players and coach Jim Tressel are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season. But five games could be good news for the Buckeyes. The NCAA released a notice of allegations to OSU on April 21 and will decide the university’s fate after an Aug. 12 hearing. Tressel’s failure to report his players’ violations could leave The Vest unemployed and the OSU football program scrambling to find a new coach. In a press conference March 8, OSU President E. Gordon Gee said he never considered firing Tressel, adding that he hoped Tressel “doesn’t dismiss me,” a joking comment he told The Lantern he later regretted. In the March 8 press conference, Tressel admitted he will take in stride whatever happens. “The most pathetic thing is a leader looking for self-pity,” Tressel said, quoting former President George W. Bush. “So, at no point in this time … am I looking for anything other than doing what needs to be done.” The Lantern took a look at possible replacements if one of the program’s most successful coaches is forced to resign, retires or is fired. Luke Fickell, OSU interim head coach, co-defensive coordinator Fickell is in the best position to take over the job from Tressel if NCAA sanctions force The Senator out of OSU. Fickell was named interim coach for the first five games of the 2011 season, and has been in Tressel’s system for nine years, serving as special teams coordinator, defensive line coach, linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator. Fickell played for the Buckeyes from 1992–96 as a nose guard, finishing with 212 career tackles and six career sacks. He was also on the 1996 team that won the Rose Bowl against Arizona State. Fickell is a Columbus man. He went to DeSales High School, and won a state championship in wrestling. His familiarity with Tressel’s system would give the Buckeyes an advantage when it comes to a coaching change. In a March 30 press conference to announce the Buckeyes’ interim coach, Fickell said it was still Tressel’s team but that he was honored to be named to the position in his boss’s absence. “We coach by committee. It never has been, never will be about one person in particular,” he said. “This is still coach Tressel’s team.” Urban Meyer, former Florida coach When rumors surfaced that Meyer and his family bought a house in Upper Arlington at the end of March, the pundits proclaimed him the next OSU coach. His spread offense would be a far cry from “Tressel-ball,” but his success is undeniable. Meyer had two three-loss seasons in his first head-coaching position at Bowling Green from 2001–02, an undefeated season in 2004 as coach of Utah and two national championships at Florida in his six seasons at the helm. Meyer has said he would come back to coaching for just three teams: Michigan, Notre Dame and OSU. With the hiring of new coaches at Michigan and Notre Dame, OSU seems like the most accessible position. Meyer’s desire to coach at OSU stems from his Ohio roots. He was born in Toledo, Ohio, played defensive back at Cincinnati from 1983–86 and was at OSU in 1986 and 1987 as a tight ends and wide receivers coach. Meyer also earned his master’s degree in sports administration at OSU. Health conditions forced Meyer out of his position at Florida, and he now works at ESPN as a commentator and analyst. However, Meyer’s daughter, Nicole, has said her father will not be the next Buckeyes coach. “Stop txting me abt my dad. HE IS NOT repeat NOT, GOING TO OHIO STATE. thanks.” she tweeted April 26 from her Twitter account, @Nicki_07. Bo Pelini, Nebraska coach Pelini, like Meyer, is an Ohio man. He was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and attended OSU, playing free safety under coached Earle Bruce and John Cooper. Pelini was co-captain of the Buckeyes his senior season and graduated from the university with a degree in business marketing. Pelini spent eight years as an assistant coach on three NFL teams, and has since become the coach at Nebraska, the Big Ten’s newest member. Nebraska has seen an upturn since Pelini’s hiring in 2008, with two appearances in the Big 12 Championship and two bowl wins in his three seasons. Pelini’s name was linked to the Miami (Fla.) opening in December before the Hurricanes hired former Temple coach Al Golden. However, Pelini recently signed a five-year contract with Nebraska, making him the third-highest-paid coach in the Big Ten, behind Tressel and Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz. The contract appears to have locked in Pelini to the Nebraska job, but he could be a candidate to return to his alma mater. The connection between Pelini and OSU gives the Buckeyes and option to pursue him if the job becomes available, but Nebraska would not comment on the possibility. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State coach Dantonio left the Buckeyes in 2004 to pursue a head-coaching position at Cincinnati. He was defensive coordinator at OSU from 2001–03, which included the the 2002 national championship against a heavily favored Miami Hurricanes squad. Dantonio and his defensive staff were able to shut down the Hurricanes offense, which included current NFL players Andre Johnson, Kellen Winslow and Willis McGahee, and notable college quarterback Ken Dorsey. Dantonio was defensive coordinator at Youngstown State for four years before reuniting with his former boss at OSU. Like Fickell, Dantonio has a good read on what makes Tressel’s teams so successful, and the transition would be easy for the players. Dantonio led Michigan State to an 11-2 record last season, despite a heart attack following the Spartans’ game against Notre Dame. The Spartans shared the Big Ten Championship, but finished the season with a 49-7 loss to Alabama in the Capital One Bowl. Nick Saban, Alabama coach In Saban’s career as a football coach, his longest tenure in one position is four years, which will be eclipsed next season at Alabama. Saban also has ties to the Buckeyes. Ten years after he played defensive back at Kent State, Saban was the defensive backs coach at OSU for one season. A head-coaching position at OSU would be Saban’s second in the Big Ten, as he coached Michigan State from 1995–99, which included an upset win against the No. 1 Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium during the 1998 season. However, Saban has been involved in potential NCAA sanctions, as he and his coaching staff were accused of oversigning players at Alabama. The controversy is something the Buckeyes would want to avoid following their most recent sanctions. Athletic department spokesmen from Nebraska, Michigan State and Alabama declined to comment. Ohio State spokeswoman Shelly Poe and ESPN media did not immediately return attempts for comments.
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Michael Fortune Sunday 24 Jun 2018, 8:45 AM Jun 24th 2018, 8:46 AM ‘I’ve always hated the term ‘the UK’. I find it an insult to me as an Irish person’ So will you have a little think about that cute little teddy bear island that you call home and think of what those little letters really imply, writes Michael Fortune. I SPENT TWO DAYS in England last week presenting at an art conference and every time I heard those two little letters – “UK” – mentioned my blood would boil.I returned home and no sooner did I stick on RTÉ news, there was a short report from the Carlow Arts Festival and nearly every second phrase out of the Irish person speaking about it was “The UK”. “So and so are a UK company, they travelled over here from the UK to perform” etc.Now, if you are a Unionist, ie someone in favour of the “Union of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and Northern Ireland” you’d have some sort of excuse to use the term, but if you are not, I think you need to ask yourself a few questions.What are you really saying?As an Irish person what are you really saying when you say “UK”? What are you implying politically to anyone from the North of Ireland, Scotland, Wales (or England for that matter) who don’t want to be part of this great union anymore either.Why aren’t we content in saying someone is “from England” or “I was over in Scotland at the weekend?” Is it grandeur or are we being subconsciously influenced by the external pressures of our colonial masters?Do you think John Smith in Birmingham says he’s going to “The EU” when he’s flying over to Cork or Madrid? Like shite he does. Yet poor old Paddy feels somehow obliged to refer to it as the “The UK” out of ignorance or fear of upsetting a few Brits.And don’t forget it, the whole British and UK identity has been formed by the English, via their Parliament and their Monarchy. And low and behold was it also the will of the majority of English voters who voted Brexit and brought Scotland and the north of Ireland with them.I find it an insultI’ve always hated the term UK. I find it an insult to me as an Irish person and to any fellow Irish friends and relations living in Counties Down, Derry, Tyrone, Armagh, Fermanagh and Antrim as it implies and accepts the continued British interference in Ireland.It’s that simple.I also find it an insult to the Scottish, Welsh (or English for that matter) who don’t want to be part of this great union anymore either. A glorious union put upon us in Ireland in 1800, straight after the 1798 Rising in Ireland: a Rising led by United Irishmen, Catholic and Protestants from Wexford to Antrim, who had the vision to embrace the political enlightenment of the French and American Republics and cut off our ties with England and its monarchy.In Wexford alone, exactly 220 years ago, it is claimed that one fifth of our population, some 20,000, were killed during the conflict.And considering how long we spent afterwards (and many still are) trying to break our links with this union, why in the name of jaysus do we as Irish people use this term “UK” so freely now? Especially when you hear it from someone who in the same breath is singing ‘olé, olé, olé’ and crying into his Tri-colour when a young lad from Derry scores a goal for the Republic of Ireland.It’s hard to get away from itIt’s hard to get away from it. Our national broadcaster uses it, our commercial media, our online and printed media, our local authorities, our political parties, our sports organisations, our national arts and cultural sector; they all use it without question.In fact most use it so nonchalantly, as if boasting. “Oh I was in the UK for a wedding,” ie they were in Bradford for a stag night or “I’m now living in the UK,” ie I’m living in a dingy little flat in Croydon. Will you cop on.I first noticed it creep into use in Ireland the late 1990s via the pop music industry when Irish boy and girl bands would return from a tour of “the UK”. Which was followed second by those in the arts world who seemed to thinking that having a show in “Leeds, UK” rather than “Leeds, England” offered some sort of gravitas on their CV.A vested interestI’ve also noticed it’s become far worse since Brexit, as those with a vested interest in “the UK” are pushing it more (ie the English) as it reinforces their “Brand UK” in a post-EU world.Sure we all know how the Tory party in Westminster gave our northern Unionists/Conservatives a bucket of money in a bid to buy their votes and stay in power. While at the core of this are the Brexiteers and Tories wishing to hang onto as much old colonial real-estate as possible in their post-EU adventure.Only a few weeks ago Prince what’s-his-face was awarded the title of Baron of Kilkeel in Co Down. Again, more of it.And imagine, some of ye sat down in your thousands and watched the wedding on RTÉ. How many of you would sit down and watch a similar royal wedding in Spain or Norway? Ask yourselves that.And yet, when I wanted to sit down recently and watch Kilkenny rob Wexford in the hurling on Irish television, I couldn’t do it, unless I pay money to Sky and to quote Wikipedia ‘Sky plc are a pan-European British media and telecommunications company headquartered in London’. Irish people having to pay money to an English company to watch Irish young lads play the Irish national games of hurling or football in Ireland? Again, another big sigh.Teddy bear islandSo will you have a little think about that cute little teddy bear island that you call home and when you’re feeling all Irish and proud, think of what those little letters really imply.And when you are at it, think of all those young lads and young ones in Antrim or Derry who don their county and club jerseys and play “the national game” of hurling or football every other day or those from Armagh and Tyrone who travel down to Dublin to entertain you in Croke Park. Have a little think about them and ask yourselves the question, how many of these would include “The UK” in their postal address?Michael Fortune is himself. If you want to follow him visit: facebook.com/michael.fortune.wexford. https://jrnl.ie/4077133 Share2425 Tweet Email4 299 Comments Michael Fortune Folklorist and filmmaker 178,521 Views Short URL Floundering forests: The challenges facing the Irish forestry industry>I’m 27. I’m living at home. Going through the same hall door since I was in a school uniform’>
En France 50 % des hommes et 65 % des femmes mangeraient trop peu de féculentsSelon une étude dirigée par le Centre de Recherche en Nutrition Humaine, 1 homme sur 2 et 2 femmes sur 3 ne consommeraient pas suffisamment de féculents en raison de leur « mauvaise réputation ». Les féculents dont font partie le pain, les lentilles, les pommes de terre, les pâtes, le riz ou encore les céréales du petit-déjeuner participent à l’équilibre alimentaire. Pourtant, ces aliments souffrent de leur mauvaise réputation selon laquelle “ils font grossir!”. A tel point qu’ils sont consommés en quantité insuffisante par un homme français sur deux et par deux femmes sur trois, révèle l’étude menée auprès de 80.209 internautes par NutriNet-Santé.Un aliment pourtant bien utileÀ lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Mais on ne peut pas se priver des féculents, riches en glucides complexes. D’autant qu’ils offrent l’avantage de rassasier suffisamment pour éviter de trop manger, de calmer les fringales et les envies de sucres et de produits gras tout en participant à l’apport de vitamines de minéraux et de fibres indispensables. De plus, consommer 2,5 portions de céréales complètes par jour permettrait de réduire de 21 % les risques de maladies cardio-vasculaires (comparativement à un absence totale de leur consommation).”Les Français n’en mangent pas assez et les obèses n’ont pas une consommation plus élevée que les autres”, indique à l’AFP Emmanuelle Kesse-Guyot du Centre de Recherche en Nutrition Humaine Ile de France, qui a dirigé ce travail. Au contraire, “respectivement 67 et 61 % des femmes en surpoids et obèses ne mangent pas assez de féculents” note-elle. Seulement 10 % des hommes et un 1 % des femmes en consomment trop. Finalement, il est simplement recommandé de manger des féculents “à chaque repas” précise Emmanuelle Kesse-Guyot. La quantité peut varier en fonction de plusieurs facteurs tels que l’activité physique, la taille et l’appétit. Le tout est de rester raisonnable. Dans ces conditions, il n’y a pas davantage de raison de s’en priver même pour les gens qui veulent maigrir.Le 25 mai 2013 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambert
Grand Theft Auto V is Now the Best Selling Game of All Time in U.S.Rockstar ends GTA Online content updates for PS3 and Xbox 360 Grand Theft Auto V is still one of the best selling games out there thanks to its online mode. GTA Online constantly receives updates both big and small. Today, Rockstar has released what it says is the biggest GTA Online update of them all. If you’re a fan of GTA Heists, you’re going to absolutely love The Doomsday Heist.The Doomsday Heist is a huge, story-driven online adventure divided into three acts. Like previous heists, each act tasks players with planning, preparation, and execution. These cooperative missions will have 2-4 players travel all across GTA Online‘s massive map as they attempt to stop an evil organization that’s out to destroy San Andreas.As expected with an update of this size, The Doomsday Heist adds all sort of new items and features. The most significant are new IAA facilities where players can congregate and plan missions together. The facility can be customized and upgraded. The deadliest weapon this facility offers is the orbital cannon. Another neat addition is the Avenger flying fortress, which is a heavily armored aircraft. Here, players can also plan heists and walk about freely. On top of all that, The Doomsday Heist adds 15 new weaponized vehicles and all manner of clothing options.This update offers a new set of challenges. “All three finale missions have Elite Challenge objectives for those in search of a seriously high bar, and for the perfectionists, the Criminal Mastermind challenges are back across all three acts of the heist,” reads today’s press release. There are new trophies and achievements for those able to complete these new challenges.The update is free, but it can potentially cost players real-world money. To start one of the heists, one must purchase the aforementioned IAA facility. The cheapest option costs $1.25 million of in-game currency. The most expensive will set players back $2.95 million. This doesn’t include the orbital cannon which costs $900,000. Those who lack the funds for the expensive facility and cannon must either play until they’ve procured that amount or purchase shark cards for $20. The GTA Online subreddit (via PC Gamer) has a nice breakdown of the costs of each of The Doomsday Heist‘s new vehicles, facilities, and more.For more information on The Doomsday Heist, make sure to check out Rockstar Games’ website. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, July 20, 2017 – Miami, FL – Caribbean viewers will have a front row seat to watch the best young athletes from the across the Commonwealth in action at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, as Flow Sports, the Home of Sports in the Caribbean, airs 8 hours of live coverage each day, from July 19 to 23rd.The largest-ever edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games will be hosted this year in The Bahamas and presented by the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC).Flow Sports will once again deliver anytime, anywhere access so ‘on-the-go’ viewers can have the option of watching the coverage on the Flow Sports App or via the website, www.flowsports.co.According to Sean Riley, Managing Director of Flow Sports, “We are pleased to announce that Flow Sports has worldwide distribution rights to broadcast the Commonwealth Youth Games. We are truly proud of this development as it gives our talented young regional athletes significantly more exposure while allowing their families, friends and fans the opportunity to see them in action as they compete on the world stage. This will no doubt delight Caribbean people in the diaspora who wish to catch up on the action of our up and coming star athletes.” As with the highly successful coverage of the 2017 Flow CARIFTA Games in Curacao this past Easter, the Flow Sports team of well-known Caribbean sports media personalities will cover a variety of disciplines such as aquatics, boxing, beach volleyball, beach soccer and judo, anchored in the highly anticipated track-and-field events.The Commonwealth Youth Games is the largest sporting competition to ever take place in The Bahamas and at the official press conference to announce the Games, BTC Interim CEO Dexter Cartwright said, “Today is a very special day for BTC, our sister company Flow Sports l, as we open our arms here in The Bahamas to welcome hundreds of young athletes from almost 70 countries. Continuing our mission to invest heavily in sports, we are proud to officially announce our $250,000 investment in the sixth edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games – and we’re confident it’s going to be the best yet. Good luck to all the competitors!”For a full listing of the daily times for live event broadcasts, please visit the Flow Sports website at www.flowsports.co/tv-guide/.This is the first time the event has been held in the Caribbean in over 50 years – the last being the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica.Press Release: FLOW Related Items:
Makayla Maisey (right) and Lea Bouton, her teacher who accompanied her to D.C. to claim her Presidential Scholar award. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Earlier this summer, 161 high school seniors from across the United States were selected as U.S. Presidential scholars. Makayla Maisey was one of two scholars selected from Alaska.Listen nowSince starting high school at Dimond High in Anchorage, Maisey said she always wanted to be involved in lots of school activities. On top of getting excellent grades she’s been a varsity athlete in three different sports and a member of Key Club, a school volunteer group. But Maisey said the most rewarding experiences came from being elected class president her senior year — she was also class president her junior year.Maisey said student government is what caused her to meet a broad cross section of her peers. And by the time she was getting her diploma, it had paid off.“When I got there, I heard a lot of people say, ‘I’ve not seen any of these people before. There’s a lot of people I’ve never seen before, and we’ve gone to school together for the last four years,’” Maisey recalled. “I didn’t have that feeling.”Maisey’s academic and extracurricular prowess caught the attention of the Department of Education, and she was nominated for the Presidential Scholar award. Following a lengthy application process Maisey had to wait to see if she was selected. While Maisey was OK waiting patiently for the results, her mom was a little more anxious.One of the awards associated with being a presidential scholar was a medallion. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)“So she went online and googled them, and realized the list for that year had been released. So she sent me a picture of it and was excited and said, ‘Makayla! You made it. This happened,’” Maisey said. “And so that was how I found out, from a text from my mom before I heard from them later that day.”Maisey and Lea Bouton, one of her teachers, went down to Washington D.C. to receive the award. Though it doesn’t come with any sort of monetary award, she received a medallion and took a photo with First Lady Melania Trump in the White House.As she was touring the Capital, Maisey also met another public figure — though this time it was by accident. Maisey said she may have been the only scholar to have bumped into Vice President Mike Pence.“And he was really friendly. He congratulated me and… I don’t know, I feel like even though he only spoke to me for a minute or so, it was a very personal interaction,” Maisey said. “He didn’t separate himself from the situation, and he was genuinely interested in it. So I felt really really special and kinda in shock after he left.”Maisey will be attending Bringham Young University in Provo, UT this fall where she hopes to pursue a career as an orthodontist, although she said nothing is set in stone.
India has added France, Canada and 29 other countries to its e-Tourist Visa scheme, which simplifies lengthy procedures for international travellers who visit the country for sightseeing, medical treatment, short business visit or meet friends and relatives. “The government extended the e-Tourist visa facility to 31 more countries effective from 1 May,” The Economic Times said, quoting a statement from the Home Ministry. With the latest addition, the scheme now covers 76 countries. The 31 countries included are Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Canada, Cayman Island, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominic an Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, France, Georgia, Grenada, Haiti, HolySee (Vatican), Honduras, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Paraguay, St Kitts & Nevis and Seychelles.The scheme, launched in November last year, will include many more countries in the coming months. “The scheme will be extended to more countries in a phased manner. The Government is committed to extend the scheme to 150 countries by the end of this financial year,” the statement said. The government has issued 1,10,000 visas so far since its launch last year.The scheme enables the citizens those intend to visit the country to apply for visa online without approaching the Indian Mission.Upon approval, the visitors would receive an e-mail authorizing their travel to India. After arriving in India, tourists have to produce the authorization letters to the immigration authorities for stamping.In last December alone, the total number of visas issued under the scheme to 14,083.
Stay on target A key tenet of geek culture is knowledge – we judge and are judged based on our encyclopedic knowledge of games, sci-fi, comics, anime, collectibles and more. But it’s impossible for one human being to know everything, no matter how many chips you get put in your brain. That’s where we come in. With this series of “Geeksplainers,” we’ll give you everything you need to know to get up to speed on some of the most complicated, intense subjects in the pop culture universe. No longer will you have to fake it in conversations until you have time to run to the bathroom and engage in a 45 minute Wikipedia session. Let us be your guide, now and forever.This installment: Ryan Murphy is about to perform the fusion dance on the American Horror Story universe. Here’s what you need to know.What Is American Horror Story?Premiering in 2011, American Horror Story is an anthology horror series on FX helmed by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Unlike most other horror television shows, each season takes place in a different location with a different theme (but often carrying over cast members, who will play different roles). The show quickly earned a fan following for being both balls-out crazy and legitimately frightening with the first season, which featured a suburban family moving into a Los Angeles house haunted by the ghosts of everyone who has died on the premises. The first episode garnered the highest ratings the network had ever seen for a premiere, and critical response was favorable, so Murphy went full steam ahead with other seasons set in an insane asylum, a Florida freakshow and a Los Angeles hotel, among others.Who Is Ryan Murphy?Writer/producer/director Ryan Murphy’s first series was 1999’s comedy Popular, but it was 2003’s Nip/Tuck that really introduced viewers to his Grand Guignol sensibilities and love of heated melodrama. That FX show about a pair of plastic surgeons combined gory special effects, rampant sex, and overheated family dynamics to create one of the decade’s ultimate guilty pleasures. He followed that up with Fox’s runaway hit Glee, which seemed like a total 180 as a musical comedy set in a high school. Since then, he’s launched numerous other successful shows including Pose and Scream Queens, with American Horror Story the longest-running.Why Is The Show So Popular?Because it’s crazy. That’s a sort of reductionist way to put it, but Murphy’s made his bones on shows that push the envelope, and American Horror Story is no exception. Twists and turns come hot and heavy throughout the series, and it revels in unpredictability. That said, the core mythology of Murphy’s horror universe is solid and consistent: if you die somewhere, your spirit haunts that place. Witchcraft is real and an ultra-powerful Supreme has dominion over the world’s witches. And if somebody dies you can sew their body together Frankenstein-style and it works.Secondly, the cast is fantastic. Murphy has a reputation for putting together ensembles that he can lean on to execute his wild visions, and American Horror Story boasts drop-dead performances from Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Evan Peters and more. The show also loves to cast actors that you’re not expecting in horror drama like Billy Eichner and… Lady Gaga.That’s not to say American Horror Story doesn’t have problems. It’s become sort of a truism that seasons will start off very strong and then slowly lose momentum as they go and Murphy introduces plots and characters that he can’t keep track of. The show is a mess, but it’s a consistently entertaining mess.What Seasons Are Worth Watching?If you’re trying to get up to speed before diving into Season 8, there are really only two seasons you need to watch (and we’ll summarize them for you below if you don’t have time). That’s the first and the third, Murder House and Coven. But for our money, the absolute best the show has ever been is with seasons 2 and 7 – Asylum and CultAsylum taps into Murphy’s Catholic upbringing with a story of the inmates and staff of Briarcliff Manor, a mental institution in Massachusetts. The hospital’s head psychiatrist is also the serial killer known as Bloody Face, and when newspaper reporter Lana Winters is forcibly committed there, it opens a whole can of worms. The show’s dual timelines – in both the present and 1964 – let Murphy play with retro styling and delivered one of the series’ most indelible moments with Jessica Lange’s lobotomized nun playing the Name Game with her fellow patients.Cult took the show’s meta-commentary leanings and focused them on the political insanity of the United States. After the 2016 election, a mid-sized Michigan town is split down the middle between Trump voters and the resistance. It’s the only season of the show so far to not feature any supernatural elements, which in some way makes it scarier; Cult delves instead into the darkness inside normal people and what they’ll do in pursuit of power.Far and away the worst of the seasons was the fourth, Freak Show. Although it started strong with a killer clown and an irresistible swampland Florida setting, it sank into a morass of unlikeable characters, confusing plot developments, and corny flashbacks. You can also safely skip season six, the quasi-reality show Roanoke, and the visually stylish but ultimately sort of empty season five Hotel.What Is The Apocalypse?The eighth season – which just started – is titled American Horror Story: Apocalypse and marks the first time that characters from previous seasons will return. What’s interesting about that is certain actors played different people on those two seasons. Case in point: Taissa Farmiga played the daughter of the Murder House family in Season 1, but looks to be returning as her trainee witch character from Season 3 instead. It’s a bit of a head-scratcher, and we certainly wouldn’t put it past the show to make her play both – possibly at the same time. Here’s the trailer:Plenty of unanswered questions there. The producers copyrighted the name “American Horror Story: Radioactive” a little while ago, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see the specter of nuclear armageddon hang heavy over the season. One thing that we do know is that, despite the subtitle, this isn’t the end for the American Horror Story franchise. FX has already renewed the series for two additional seasons.What Do I Need To Know From Seasons 1 And 3?Okay, here we go. Buckle up, buttercup.Season 1, Murder House, introduced a number of the tropes the series would play with in the future. The Harmon family moves into a Victorian mansion in Los Angeles where the prior owners, a gay couple, had a murder/suicide. They quickly learn that the house comes with a lot of baggage, as not only the dead couple but a host of other spirits are haunting the place. The season’s primary antagonist was nicknamed the Rubber Man – wrapped in a featureless black fetish outfit with no skin exposed, he is revealed to be Tate Langdon, a ghost seeking to obtain a baby for unknown purposes. He impregnates Viven Harmon and she gives birth to twins at the end of the series – one alive, one stillborn – before dying herself. Ben and Vivien Harmon are confirmed back for this season.Season 3, Coven, moved the action to New Orleans. The few remaining descendants of the witches of Salem are gathered at Miss Robichaux’s Academy under the tutelage of Cordelia Foxx, who trains them in the use of their powers while clashing with her controlling mother Fiona Goode, the coven’s “Supreme.” Over the course of thirteen episodes, all sorts of craziness breaks loose, with characters dying and being resurrected left and right before Cordelia goes on national TV and reveals the existence of witches in the world. Many of the coven members are also set to show up in season 8.Apocalypse looks like the season takes place after some unspecified quasi-Ragnarok event (people seem to disappear without warning like the Rapture or the end of Infinity War), and survivors congregate in Outpost 3 under the rule of Ms. Wilhemina Venable, played by Sarah Paulson. Speculation currently hints that the baby sired by Tate Langdon is all grown up into the actual Antichrist and he’ll be the motivating force behind the show’s events. But will the witches be working to stop the end of the world or hasten it forward? That’s a question even your trusty Geeksplainer can’t answer yet, so we’ll be watching along with you.Read up on all our reviews from last season, AHS: Cult. Find the perfect gift for the ultimate AHS fan. And for good measure see our post of the best demons names for your baby. Follow all AHS updates here. Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekAmerican Horror Story Takes Us Back to the Days of Witches and Warlocks Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Kolkata: Congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi a day before the swearing-in ceremony which is scheduled to be held on Thursday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has requested the former to excuse her for not attending the function.Earlier, Banerjee had decided to attend the function in Delhi and was scheduled to leave for the national Capital on Wednesday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Bengal BJP has decided to take the members of 54 people whom they termed as “martyrs” to attend the swearing-in ceremony. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataReacting sharply, Banerjee said the BJP’s claim that 54 people died in political violence is “completely untrue.” There have been no political murders in Bengal and the persons might have died due to family feud or personal enmity or other disputes. She remarked that the swearing-in ceremony is “an august occasion to celebrate democracy” and should not be devalued by any political party that wants to use it as an opportunity “to score political points.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateShortly after cancelling the trip to Delhi, she tweeted: “Congratulations, new Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji. It was my plan to accept the “Constitutional Invitation” and attend the oath-taking ceremony. However, in the last one hour, I am seeing media reports that the BJP are claiming 54 people have been murdered in political violence in Bengal. This is completely untrue. There have been no political murders in Bengal. These deaths may have occurred due to personal enmity, family quarrels and other disputes, nothing related to politics. There is no such record with us. So I am sorry Narendra Modi ji, this has compelled me not to attend the ceremony.” She further mentioned: “The ceremony is an august occasion to celebrate democracy, not one that should be devalued by any political party which uses it as an opportunity to score political points. Please excuse me.” Political experts felt that as the administrative head of the state, Banerjee has taken the right decision. It is an insult to her to share the same dais with the family members of the deceased as to accept it will mean a stamp on BJP’s tall claims. The saffron party claims that 46 party workers had died during the Panchayats election held in 2018 and five during the recently-concluded Lok Sabha election.
5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Mrs. Obama, 51, has been asking the public to use social media to tell her what five things they do to stay healthy.Celebrities are helping to promote the first lady’s “GimmeFive” challenge and, this week, she began responding on Twitter to challenges from the public to reveal her five favorite workout songs, five ways her family stays active and five things she does to reduce stress. Meditation is one stress reducer, she said.The video was Mrs. Obama’s response to President Barack Obama’s video of his five things, in which he challenged her to do the same.Obama and Vice President Joe Biden jog along the White House colonnade in the president’s video. The president also jogs up the stairs to Air Force One and is shown conducting walking meetings.“So that’s me. What about you? Give me five FLOTUS-style,” Obama says, using the acronym for “first lady of the United States.”At the end of her video, Mrs. Obama plugs a related initiative, one designed to encourage people to drink more water.“Don’t forget. Always drink up,” she says, before sipping from a clear glass.___Follow Darlene Superville on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dsupervilleap Comments Share Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama has finally revealed some of her workout secrets.The first lady skips rope, does abdominal crunches with a weighted ball and jumps on and off a bench in a White House video released as part of the fifth anniversary celebration of her “Let’s Move” initiative against childhood obesity.She also chest presses 35-pound dumbbells and kick boxes with a heavy bag in the 35-second video, which was recorded in the gym in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door to the White House and blasted out late Tuesday on the first lady’s Twitter feed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Sponsored Stories
In 1984, Roy Green ran a 4.2-second 40-yard dash, making him one of the fastest players in the NFL.Over 25 years later, the man they called “Jetstream” is feeling as good as he was the day he hung up his cleats.The reason? Green received a screening for sleep apnea, a disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of low breathing during sleep.“I’ve had some health issues for the last three or four years and I definitely wasn’t sleeping — two hours max in the evening and I’d wake up and be up for another couple hours just back and forth,” Green said during a recent interview. “When you don’t sleep well, you’re just miserable the next day. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “So I finally got tested, got the oral appliance, and now I have more energy than I had when I was playing.”Green and others are sharing the message about the importance of sleep apnea testing. He, along with former teammates Derek Kennard and Mark Walczak and current Cardinals star receiver Larry Fitzgerald, are part of The Pro Players Health Alliance — an organization dedicated to helping former NFL players through providing testing and treatment options for those who suffer from sleep apnea.PPHA is hosting a public awareness seminar Thursday April 18 at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix which is open to the public.Statistics show that 37 million Americans experience regular or chronic snoring and 18 million suffer from sleep apnea. The Alliance’s findings among athletes have been eye-opening. “We’ve found that eight out of ten guys that we’ve tested, athletes, present and former, have tested positive for sleep apnea,” Green said.But the two-time Pro Bowler isn’t the only former Cardinal affected by the disorder. Kennard, who will also be at the seminar, has seen other health improvements following a test for sleep apnea. Top Stories “Derek’s lost 162 pounds since getting the oral appliance because he has more energy,” Green said. “He’s sleeping, and his body is responding.”Green urges the public to educate themselves on this debilitating disease.“We think that up to 70% of America is probably affected by it and don’t even know it,” he said. “Just think how your quality of life can change by taking one simple test.“And even if you don’t have it, somebody you love has it. This is saving people’s lives.”Event DetailsDate: Thursday, April 18Time: 7:00 p.m. (open to public)Location: Sheraton Crescent Hotel 2620 W. Dunlap Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85021View Larger Map The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
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A total of 147 wines competed last weekend in the 10th Cyprus Wine Competition, aiming for gold, silver and bronze stickers indicating a quality product from what has become an annual event.And in another sign of how vibrant the wine industry is on the island, over 20 wineries were in competition in the event, which is now held under the auspices of the ministry of agriculture. In the end no bronze awards were given because of the high number of silvers.The Cyprus Wine Competition is now an institution. It is, in a way, one of the best methods to evaluate Cyprus wines, and has a lot to offer to all local vine growers and wine makers. It is also a way to attract the attention of the media in Cyprus and abroad as several journalists from other countries joined the seven-member jury of international judges who had the task of judging the wines by blind tastings.Wine has been made in Cyprus for over 5,000 years and the island has an excellent climate for it with its long hot summers to ripen the grapes. The message of the competition was that Cypriot winemakers must stick more to the local, indigenous varieties. The only grand gold medal was awarded to 2010 Commandaria Aes Ambelis.Overall, 16 gold medals were awarded and 30 silver. Only 10 medals were awarded to dry reds (last year it was 17) and 19 to dry white, with surprisingly five to sweet white wines and five to Commandaria wines. Rosé wines were awarded eight medals, better than last year’s two.The jury was slightly disappointed this year with the Cyprus reds, as several samples were found oxidised and with some defects. But they were impressed with both rosé and especially the whites, with Xynisteri leading, followed by Morokanela and Promara. A new imported variety, Altes, was introduced along with a couple of dry Muscat, and only one Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Shiraz was the grape variety that won most medals, while only one Cabernet Sauvignon did.Special awards were given to Kolios Winery’s 2012 Ayios Photios for its Maratheftiko varietal, and Gerolemo Winery for its 2016 Morokanella white varietal. Laxia 2015 of Santa Irene in Pharmakas village was awarded the special award for local Mavro varietal and 2016 Tsangarides Winery was given this special award for its Xynisteri. The local white 2015 Promara of Vouni Panayias was given the last special award.This page will feature tasting notes of the winners at the first opportunity. In the meantime, I would like to congratulate not only all those winemakers that won a medal, but also all wine makers who entered their wines in the competition. Time and consistency in quality will do them justice in future competitions.The President of the Jury of Tasters was Dr Jean-Claude Ruf, from France, who is actually acting as the OIV Commissioner and Head of Unit Health and Safety. OIV stands for the International Organization of Vine and Wine. The competition is under the auspices of the OIV and the ministry is obliged to follow its rules and regulations in terms of blind tasting, marking the wines and distributing the medals.As for the rest of the panel, there was only one Master of Wine (MW), Demetri Walters of Berry Bros & Rudd of London. Demetri is keen on Cyprus wine as some are introduced and promoted by Berry Bros and Ruud shop’s in London. His professional interest comes from the fact that his mother was born in Pachna village.To complete the jury the five other seats were taken by expert oenologist Marie-Laurence Porte who was very active in Bordeaux and works for several Petit Château, oenologists from Greece, Apostolos Matamis and Dr Evangelos Soufleros, also a viticulturist who teaches at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, active wine writer in social media, consultant and sommelier Gerald Olivier and Sotiris Neophytidis of Four Seasons Hotel in Limassol and winner of the best Sommelier of Cyprus in 2016. Sotiris was the only Cypriot on the panel, complying with OIV regulations which state that only one native member of the organising country is allowed.The Cyprus Union of Qualified Oenologists was the host of the annual awards ceremony held at the Annabel hotel.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
The ministry of health on Thursday recalled a batch of Tasoulla Spitisia Fagita frozen pork sheftalia after it detected salmonella.The production date for the contaminated batch is January 31, 2017, and the best-by date July 30, 2017.The packages weigh 600g and are packed in soft plastic with a nylon cover.Health services have already informed the company that manufactures and supplies the product about the incident and demanded the immediate withdrawal of the batch from the market.Consumers are urged not to eat the sheftalia and to return it to the shop they bought it from.The health and veterinary services are working together to further investigate the issue.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoObsevAdopted Pup Takes A Look At His New Dad, Decides To Stay With Him ForeverObsevUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
By Preston WilderTwo cinematically noteworthy things are happening in Cyprus this weekend. The first is the realisation that, out of three new releases, two are based on comics, two are dubbed into Greek, and all three are essentially aimed at children. The second is the closing ceremony of Cyprus Film Days – a festival whose line-up has included four Cypriot films (or films by Cypriot directors) in its National Competition, with prizes awarded on Saturday.The two things aren’t exactly related – yet the increasing irrelevance of multiplex fare, at least for adults, does focus the mind on local product, and whether it could somehow be upgraded. I’ve only seen one of the four Cypriot films at time of writing, Clementine by director Longinos Panagi (the others are Sunrise in Kimmeria by Simon Farmakas, Chinatown: The Three Shelters by Aliki Danezi-Knutsen and Happy Birthday by Christos Georgiou) – but the point doesn’t lie in the merits of any particular local movie, it lies in the singular buzz of watching local movies in the first place. Making films, technically speaking, has never been easier – yet our country still lags behind, seemingly unable to forge a film industry worthy of the name.On the one hand, things are getting better. As mentioned last week, Marios Piperides’ Smuggling Hendrix is currently screening at the Tribeca Film Festival (it’s already been called “a laid-back charmer” by Screen International). On the other hand, the four local names in this year’s CFD have only four previous films between them, even though they’re all over 40; two are making their debuts, the others (Georgiou and Danezi-Knutsen) haven’t made a feature in 10 and 17 years, respectively. This year’s Cypriot films have been years in the making; two have been waiting for funding since before the haircut; even Smuggling Hendrix took years of graft to get financed, and then only with German co-producers. Our problem, in other words, is systemic, namely the lack of an infrastructure that will allow directors to make films more often, gaining valuable experience.The issue is simple: everyone expects the state to help, yet the state has no money (at least for film; it seems to have lots of money for civil servants). I can think of two possible solutions. The first is a more proactive role for television, especially CyBC. TV can be a breeding-ground for filmmakers, as for instance the BBC was for people like Mike Leigh and Alan Clarke – but local TV is a wasteland for creative work, even its prestige productions (such as they are) discouraged from offering any visual style, edginess or dramatic subtlety, i.e. the traits filmmakers have to build if they’re going to compete internationally.Would it be too much for CyBC to develop something like the Beeb’s Screen One and Screen Two from the 80s and 90s, outsourcing work to production companies to create feature-length drama on a weekly basis? Probably. Still, any kind of serious opportunity would be welcome – especially for the growing numbers of young film-school graduates who might choose to come back, if there were anything to come back to.The other idea – apart from giving tax incentives for private investors, which needs to happen asap – is to go micro-budget. This is far from ideal, simply because micro-budget films tend to disappear in a crowded marketplace – but the state, at the moment, only has around €1 million a year for film funding, and a single low-budget production can eat up half of that. Rather than give €600,000 to one movie, why not €60,000 to 10 movies? To be sure, this isn’t viable long-term. Films made on that kind of budget (even supplemented with online fund-raising) would be pared down to the bone. But at least it could kick-start a community, as it has for instance on the New York independent scene, and would also allow directors to practise their storytelling on a regular basis – as opposed to spending years making shorts (which require different skills, and have zero commercial life anyway) or just waiting around for their turn to come.Cyprus cinema isn’t dead, but it’s definitely ailing. This is not about being small; Iceland, a country smaller than ourselves (and with no film tradition to speak of), has made films which have won major prizes – Rams won ‘Un Certain Regard’ at Cannes – and raised its national profile. We do need more funding, even beyond the suggestions mentioned above. We also need more producers (as opposed to directors), who can reach out abroad and broker co-productions.And we need a local audience, if only to boost filmmakers’ confidence. Film societies do support local movies (Boy on the Bridge played at the Larnaka Film Society recently, with director and stars in attendance), but the mainstream is warier. Last year’s CFD was won by Rosemarie, a dark semi-comedy by Adonis Florides that’s flawed but ambitious, touching on issues from incest to the plight of the disabled; it played a measly two weeks at the cinema, one performance only. Does the multiplex audience really prefer watching films aimed at children? 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