Annual Rupununi Ranchers’ Rodeo launched

first_imgCow milking, calf and sheep roping, bareback bronco (horse riding), and bull riding were just a few of the activities to which thousands of local and overseas patrons were treated at the 2018 Rupununi Ranchers’ Rodeo on Saturday at Lethem Town in Region Nine, Upper Takutu/Upper Essequibo.The Easter weekend event, held under the theme “Young Ranchers-Into the Future”, saw cowboys and girls dressed as vaqueros entertaining the crowd with dances and bullwhip cracking.Scenes from the annual Rupununi Ranchers’ RodeoPresent were Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, along with the Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Sydney Allicock, and Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin. Regional Chairman Brian Allicock and newly elected Mayor of Lethem, Kerry Jarvis, and members of the diplomatic corps were also in attendance.During his feature address at the opening ceremony, held at the Rupununi Ranchers’ Rodeo (RRR) ground, Minister Allicock spoke of the importance ofMinister of State, Joseph Harmon, sitting astride a horse; and Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Sydney Allicock, holding the reins, share a light momentpromoting such an annual event — which brings together not only the people from across the regions, but also persons from across the world, such as the United Kingdom (UK), United States (US), Canada and neighbouring Brazil and Venezuela.Minister Allicock said it is no coincidence that the event is held during Easter, an important festival in the Christian calendar that speaks of faith, resurrection and the promise of eternal life.“It tells us that in order for us to succeed in life, we sometimes have to roll away the stone that locks us away. Once that is done, we can use this opportunity to rise up with new vigour and purpose with the full extent of our dreams, realise our goals, and attain self-actualization,” she advised.The minister also noted that planning is crucial to moving the region forward. “As we celebrate this Easter, and more particularly this rodeo, we must reflect on our achievements and shortcomings as a region, and also look to the future through new, far-reaching lenses… The President often reminds us that this region is bigger than Costa Rica…We need to have discussions, planning, and by knowing exactly what is needed to move the region forward.”Minister Allicock reminded of the huge potential the region possesses. He urged those gathered to utilise the resources without destroying the environment, to generate income, and create employment.“Lethem is also the gateway to South America; soon we will have a new international airport that will serve as a regional hub. We also have the trail that will be developed into a road. This will open opportunities for more industries… We, as a Government, must equip our young people with the necessary skills for these anticipated developments.” He said the Green Enterprise Development Centre at Bina Hill will assist in that regard.last_img read more


first_imgHUNDREDS of people are expected to come out and run for the Caolan Melaugh fund on Friday night in Killygordan.Brave Caolan has been suffering from an aggressive form of cancer since he was just 10-weeks-old.The Caolan Melaugh 5k and 1k Heros Kids Race will take place this Friday the 24th July at 7.30pm. The event is organised by Killygordan Crossroads Runners (KCR) in partnership with Red Hughes CLG.The event is sure to attract walkers, runners and families from all over with special kids race kicking off the night at 7pm with certificates for the first 100 kids. Dress up as superheroes optional.The main race starts at 7.30pm.The race registration is from 5pm to 7pm with race start at Monellan.  HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE SET FOR CAOLAN MELAUGH 5K THIS FRIDAY was last modified: July 22nd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:5kcancerCaolan MelaughDD LOCAL: KILLYGORDON COMMUNITY NEWSfundraiserKillygordonlast_img read more

Remy hits back at Newcastle and denies performing U-turn

first_imgLoic Remy has hit back at claims he pulled out of a move to Newcastle in order to join QPR.The striker was targeted by Magpies boss Alan Pardew before Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes offered significantly higher wages and clinched his capture from Marseille for around £8m.Pardew had been confident of signing Remy and has described the player’s snub as “a little strange”.Remy says his decision was not made for financial reasons and also denies indicating he would move to St James’ Park and then performing a U-turn.“I was no closer to joining Newcastle than QPR before the time came when I had to make a decision,” he said.“I spoke to Alan Pardew and Tony Fernandes. Unlike what has been reported in the press, I was not in the advanced stage of discussions with Newcastle.”Remy also insists he was not swayed by the opportunity to live in London.He said: “I had heard Newcastle was in the north and that it’s cold there, but that’s not really important.“It wasn’t the lifestyle which made the decision for me.”Click here for our West Ham v QPR quizSee also:Remy: QPR move ‘not based on money’QPR boss would be happy to sell 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Johnny Cueto’s first start a reminder of what Giants have missed, what they desperately need

first_imgPart baseball player and part performer, Cueto returned to the mound at Oracle Park on Tuesday for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a torn UCL in his right elbow 13 months ago.The injury robbed the Giants of … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO — It’s not doing justice to Johnny Cueto to simply label him as a pitcher.“He’s an artist,” catcher Stephen Vogt said.“He likes to entertain,” manager Bruce Bochy said.last_img read more

Producer Toby Halbrooks Shares Indie Film Insights

first_imgIn which we chat with filmmaker and producer Toby Halbrooks about producing A Ghost Story, Never Goin’ Back, and The Old Man & the Gun.Cover image of Toby Halbrooks on the set of The Old Man & the Gun (via Eric Zachanowich).At a recent packed-house screening of Never Goin’ Back at the Oak Cliff Film Festival in Dallas, Texas, Toby Halbrooks looked at home darting across the stage to introduce the film to a bristling audience. The film, directed by Augustine Frizzell, represented another successful indie hit for Halbrooks and his producing team at Sailor Bear with fellow producers Liz Cardenas and James M. Johnson and longtime collaborator David Lowery.Along with Never Goin’ Back (which has recently been picked up by A24 for release in August 2018), Halbrooks has had a busy calendar lately, producing both A Ghost Story and The Old Man & the Gun with director David Lowery (the latter of which is set to come out in September 2018), as well as co-writing Pete’s Dragon and the upcoming Peter Pan reboot for Disney.We caught up with Halbrooks after his stop at the OCFF to chat about his work on the aforementioned projects and solicit advice on how to make a career as a filmmaker and producer.Work with People You Like Working withImage of Toby Halbrooks with James Johnson, Augustine Frizzell, and David Lowery (via IMDB).David and I met on working on a mutual friend’s indie feature. David was operating 2nd camera and doing some 2nd unit directing, and I just showed up to help out however I could. A few weeks later we met up again on a commercial gig. A few weeks after that we were hanging out all the time and started writing together.Halbrooks’s career is a great example of why you should work with friends on projects that seem fun. Originally a musician, Halbrooks found himself working on commercial film sets from time to time where he befriended another film creative — David Lowery. The two became fast friends and are now longtime collaborators with shared creative energies. Halbrooks was best man when Lowery married his creative partner Augustine Frizzell, and the three of them, along with the rest of their Sailor Bear collective, have become one of the most dynamic forces on the indie film scene.A Director’s MindsetImage from the set of Dig (via Toby Halbrooks).It can be quite challenging to step between various positions on a film set. When I directed my short I found myself often worrying about production things that shouldn’t have been on my mind. You’ve really got to trust the team you’ve built. When I’m producing, I try to allow each department the space to do their best job. I want the director worried about what’s going on screen, not anything else.After working as a producer on early projects with Lowery like St. Nick and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Halbrooks wrote and directed his own short film, Dig, which premiered at SXSW in 2014. (Watch it in full below.)The project reaffirmed Halbrooks’s director’s mindset, as well as gave him more insights into just how much work goes into a film project, which requires great collaboration among directors, writers, and producers to get everything done.Support Your Teams in ProductionImage from Pete’s Dragon (via Disney).Eventually you learn to trust your teams and stay out of the way. If they need you, you’re there to support the department heads, so you want them to stay on track, but you don’t want to meddle too much. The trick is to have an eye on all aspects of the project to make sure it’s running smoothly. Once the machine is built to go, you let it run.As Halbrooks and Lowery continued to refine their crafts, they were offered bigger and bigger projects. One of their most ambitious (at least from a budget perspective) films to date was their 2016 live action reboot of Pete’s Dragon for Disney. However, as they had done when first starting out, Halbrooks and Lowery collaborated successfully and kept up the mutual support — only with whole production teams and departments rather than their friends on weekends.Trust the Process to DevelopImage from A Ghost Story (via Bret Curry). When we did A Ghost Story, it was based only on a 30 page treatment. It was just written in a word document. We had no idea what it would end up being. We hoped it would turn into something we could discover along the way, but we had to trust the process to let it happen. Movies are really just discoveries in the making. It’s a strange process and you have to be fleet-footed and confident. And people have to be confident in you to be able to adjust along the way.After the box office success of Pete’s Dragon, which required Halbrooks, Lowery, and team to spend months abroad filming in New Zealand and promoting the film around the world, Halbrooks and Lowery decided to get back to their indie roots. They developed what eventually would become the 2016 indie film breakout A Ghost Story, reuniting the duo with Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara on a minimal production budget back and filming in seclusion in Dallas, Texas.Producers Save the DayImage from Never Goin’ Back (via Clay Grier).[As a producer], you have to be ready for anything. On Never Goin’ Back, we actually had an actor hurt themselves while off set while infamously falling off a mechanical bull [note: here’s the details]. Huge challenge, but you gotta roll with it and find a way to make it work. We lost two days, but were able to navigate the work and change schedules to keep everything on track.A Ghost Story would go on to be picked up by A24 and released to widespread acclaim (ending up on many year’s best lists). From there, Halbrooks partnered up with Augustine Frizzell, David Lowery’s wife and fellow filmmaker and collaborator, on Never Goin’ Back. (Halbrooks had previously produced Frizzell’s short film “Minor Setback,” which was the blueprint for the feature version of Never Goin’ Back back in 2015.) Similar to A Ghost Story, they shot Never Goin’ Back on an indie budget in Dallas, Texas with Halbrooks wearing many hats to help the project develop throughout production.Make Sure Your Actors Are ComfortableImage from The Old Man & the Gun (via Fox Searchlight).When working with actors big or small, I like to form a relationship with them early on so that they can know that they can rely on me throughout. Even the biggest-named actors look for you for that confidence. Confidence in the script, in the team, in the project as a whole. Communication is key, you want them to be comfortable and not worried about anything that doesn’t go into their performances — which at the end of the day are eventually going to be captured into the movie forever.While finishing up Never Goin’ Back with Frizzell, Halbrooks was also working double time as a producer on Lowery’s latest project, The Old Man & the Gun, which stars Robert Redford in his final on-screen role, Sissy Spacek, and Casey Affleck. While a step back in the budget from Pete’s Dragon, The Old Man & the Gun is another ambitious step forward with some of the biggest stars and most talented casts they’ve worked with.If You Find Yourself Producing, You’re a ProducerImage from the set of Never Goin’ Back (via Bret Curry).If you’re considering being a producer, and this advice is for people who aren’t in film school or are just starting out, I’d suggest going out and finding small projects to work on. Volunteer your time. Work in every department. Find your place and learn what each person does. If you find yourself solving problems in between each department, you’re probably producing on some level. If the director or other producers are looking to you to solve even bigger problems then you’re headed in the right direction.When asked about how one could become a producer like him, Halbrooks gave out a slight laugh. He’s quick to point out that he never set out to be a producer himself — and frankly wouldn’t recommend it to just anyone. The producer has to wear the most hats and is very often the one driving to the ER in the middle of the night before rescheduling the next few days of production. For Halbrooks and his team of friends and collaborators, it might not always be the most glamorous job, but it may very well be the most important.Looking for more filmmaking interviews? Check these out.Interview: Andrew Shulkind, DP Behind The RitualThe Disaster Artist: Editing A Film About Making a FilmInterview: The Editor of “This is America” on Building the Iconic VideoBehind The Scenes: Crafting The Stylized Naturalism of Bomb CityInterview: How the Editor Behind I, Tonya Recreated Historylast_img read more

Chris Gayle invests in gaming company IONA Entertainment

first_imgBengaluru, July 13 (PTI) Swashbuckling West Indian opening batsman Chris Gayle has invested an undisclosed amount in IONA Entertainment to bring one-stop entertainment to Indian sports fans, which includes state-of-the-art virtual gaming. Speaking to reporters here, Gayle said he is a family man and loved to be associated with IONA, which is a family-oriented firm with potential to grow into a big business. He also said India is his top priority in terms of investment destinations and wanted to invest as many businesses as possible. Iona, at present, has one 70,000 square-feet gaming venue at Virginia Mall here. It had raised an initial round of funding from Singapore-based Vestasia. Replying to a query, CMD at Virginia Mall Company B Ramaswamy said IONA has chalked out a Rs 200-crore expansion plan in the first phase. “Rs 200 crore is just a phase one investment. We need toinvest more, and partners coming in like Chris Gayle and Vestasia further strengthens our brand in the quest to become a global player,” she said. Asked what percentage of Rs 200 crore has Gayle invested in the venture, Ramaswamy said, “I have two answers for that. One is Chris Gayle cannot be valued. Two, the brand is young, for we had launched the brand just about a month ago.” Ramaswamy said the company is still in talks with Gayle and other stakeholders about business modalities. “Lot of paperwork, valuations among other things needs to be workedout. We will come back on it once all the modalities arefinished,” she said. IONA Founder Subramanian said the company has big plans and intend to set up gaming zones in different parts of the country and make its presence felt abroad. “We are planning to expand pan-India and by the end of the year, we are looking at having five more centres in India and two abroad,” he said. PTI BDN RA RCadvertisementlast_img read more

Michigan hires Brady Hoke to replace Rodriguez

The University of Michigan announced Tuesday it hired former San Diego State coach Brady Hoke as its 19th head coach in program history. Hoke’s hiring came less than a week after Michigan fired former coach Rich Rodriguez. Hoke is coming off of his second season as San Diego State’s coach with a 13-12 overall record. Before San Diego State, Hoke coached his alma mater Ball State for six seasons, where his record was 34-39. Hoke spent eight seasons, from 1995-02, as Michigan’s defensive line coach under former coach Lloyd Carr. “We are pleased to announce the hiring of Brady,” Michigan athletic director David Brandon said in a statement. “He is a terrific coach and will be a great ambassador and leader for our football program. We look forward to having him build a championship program on the field and in the classroom.” Hoke’s hiring came a day after Brandon and other Michigan officials met with former Michigan offensive lineman and current LSU coach Les Miles about the coaching vacancy. On Tuesday, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva announced Miles would be returning to LSU for a seventh season. Hoke will have the challenge of turning around a Michigan program that has gone 15-22 in the past three seasons under Rodriguez. The Wolverines’ last game under Rodriguez was a 52-14 loss to Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl. A Michigan spokesperson told The Lantern that the university would reserve comment on the hiring until a 1 p.m. press conference Wednesday to formally introduce Hoke. read more

Football Urban Meyer updates on the status of injured players in Big

Urban Meyer watches the Buckeye defense during the first quarter of the game against Tulane on Sept. 22. Ohio State won 49-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDuring the bye week, Ohio State had some players who needed to rest up after suffering injuries in the weeks prior. Now, moving into Saturday’s game against Nebraska, head coach Urban Meyer said in Tuesday’s Big Ten Coaches Teleconference that the majority of the injured players are good to go. With a depleted defensive line, after the loss of All-American defensive end Nick Bosa, Meyer said redshirt junior defensive lineman Robert Landers will be back next week. Meyer acknowledged that even while playing through some injuries, Landers is back to being the kind of player he was last season. “(Landers) has not been the same,” Meyer said. “He had injuries all along this fall and he is one of our better players there. He is full-speed now. He is bringing that same energy he does when he is healthy.” Meyer also said sophomore offensive lineman Thayer Munford has been resting after injuring his hip, but practiced yesterday and is ready to go for the game against the Cornhuskers. After each player suffered an injury in Ohio State’s Oct. 20 loss to Purdue, Meyer said sophomore cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette and senior wide receiver C.J. Saunders will play on Saturday. Meyer still focuses on balanced offensive attackAfter the records redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins broke against Purdue, completing 49-of-73 pass attempts for 470 yards and two touchdowns, Meyer said the Ohio State offense needs to go back to its 250/250 approach. The head coach said it’s something that Haskins is aware of, but the team might lean a bit more pass-heavy than usual. “With a guy like Dwayne, it might be a bit higher in one area. When you have another type of quarterback, it’s a little higher in the other area, but you have to have balance and we are experiencing that now,” Meyer said. “Dwayne knows that and he’s obviously a very smart guy. He understands the game and that has to happen.”  Even if the Ohio State offense focuses more on the passing game, Meyer said both sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins and redshirt junior running back Mike Weber are not happy with the lack of success they have been having. “They are both very frustrated, as we all are, as the offensive line is,” Meyer said. “There’s times where you have to make your own hole and plow through it and get positive yards. We worked extremely hard on that during the bye week, but frustration is a right word. They are great people and they want to do well first, for the team, but they are prideful guys. They want to rip through and get some big yards.” Meyer said that Isaiah Prince, as one of the leaders on the offensive line, has been playing well overall, saying he has done a good job leading the unit in practice. However, when asked about personnel changes in the front five after the 49-20 loss to the Boilermakers, Meyer said redshirt freshman offensive lineman Wyatt Davis has been pushing himself into the conversation for a more prominent role. “He is very close. Those are conversations that have been had,” Meyer said. “It will continue, but he is a guy that has to be one of our most improved players from the summer until now.” read more