The enthusiasm of her home fans at the Commonwealth Games has served as a catalyst for Sania Mirza, who has set her sights firmly at the Asian Games next month but wants to finish a notch higher than what she achieved in Delhi.Sania lost a hard-fought battle against Australian Anastasia Rodniova in the final of the women’s singles that earned her a silver medal. The loss, though, has made the Indian tennis ace more determined for success at the Asian Games where she will once again represent the country.”I did lose the gold but when I look back, I don’t see anything that I could have done differently in the final set,” Sania, who lost to Rodniova 3-6, 6-2, 6-7(7-3) in a thrilling final on Saturday, said.”After the Games, my next stop is the Asian Games and these were the two events that were on my priority list at the start of this year. I gave my 100 per cent in the final set but things didn’t go my way. Hopefully, at the Asian Games I will do better,” she added.The Hyderabadi star said that with a full house at the RK Khanna Stadium rooting for her, all the pressure turned into a motivation that allowed her to comeback from a set down.”The pressure is always there and I have been in the spotlight since the last 5-6 years. I could feel the energy of the thousands of fans and perhaps that is why I managed to comeback from the first set deficit,” Sania said.advertisementThe tennis ace, whose career has been dogged by injuries, was also pleased with her current form and said: “It is tough when you can’t play for five of the nine months that you have to play in a year.But right now my body and wrist are fine. I feel a few more matches will make me absolutely match-fit and I am heading in the right direction.” At 23, Sania is good enough to play for more years but she believes more youngsters need to come up.”It’s unfortunate Nirupama (Sanjeev) had to come out of retirement to play at the Games. At this time, Poojashree is the only women’s singles player of some promise. I can’t play forever, nor can Leander (Paes) and Mahesh (Bhupathi).I hope someone comes up soon and makes it to the top level,” Sania, who was once ranked 27 at the WTA charts, said. She added: “Of course, the Indian men are heading in the right direction with Somdev (Devvarman) and Rohan (Bopanna) leading the way.”
Erling Haaland & Man Utd: Why Raiola not to blame if move failsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: So do they do it? Even if he’s involved? Even if he’s the man sitting across from them at the table? Do Manchester United push through with their pursuit of Erling Haaland…?The he in question is Mino Raiola. And the short answer to the above is, ‘yes’.Per-Joar Hansen, Norway’s assistant coach, let the cat out of the bag – United are interested in Haaland. And there is a real chance RB Salzburg will have a fight on their hands to keep him.”There is good interest from clubs like Barcelona and Manchester United, but we are very pleased with where he is,” revealed Hansen. “The choices he has made so far have been perfect, and he has plenty of time. Chances will come.” If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the United manager, wants a reunion with his former Molde protege, then he will have to deal with Raiola. The Italian now a card carrying member of Haaland’s entourage. He’s not the main fixer, that role’s with Dad Alfie Inge and Erling’s prime agent, Tore Pedersen. But he is available, on call, and should the decision be made for Haaland to leave Salzburg, he’ll jump into action.”My dad has regular contact with him, yes,” says Erling. “He was involved when I signed for Salzburg, so I have faith that he can help me.”But as much as it’s being portrayed as a problem for United, perhaps even a deal breaker, the opposite is more the truth. The relationship between United and the super agent is good. It isn’t in absolute robust health, but it also isn’t in the dire straits as has been claimed – despite all the angst around Paul Pogba.Yes, Raiola has had his say on Pogba and his wish to leave for Real Madrid. But this is strictly the tail wagging the dog stuff. Raiola wouldn’t be in the press, nor on social media, trying to shake things up without the approval of the player. He never acts independently. With no signed contract and a partnership secured by a handshake, Raiola only kicks into action on instructions from his client. If Pogba was feeling pressured. If he believed he was being taken advantage of, the midfielder could simply end his association with a phone call and sign for someone else.It’s why Romelu Lukaku’s split from Raiola was done with so little fanfare. So effusive with his praise for the Italian upon signing for United, the Belgian sought new representation ahead of his move to Inter Milan. And it must be said… the bust-up with Mike Phelan in Shanghai; the decision to go AWOL and train with Vincent Kompany’s Anderlecht; even arriving for preseason overweight, all this occurred after Lukaku’s relationship with Raiola had long been dissolved.And while some inside Carrington do curse his name, there’s also a begrudging admission that re-establishing their connection with Raiola hasn’t left the club worse off. No-one has had cause to complain about Sergio Romero. Nor the impact made by Zlatan Ibrahimovic during his 18 months with the club. Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s arrival may not have worked out, but there’s never been any bitterness or ill-feeling expressed by the player’s camp over his time at Old Trafford.So a love-in for Raiola? Well, not quite. Of course the commissions are madness. And you do wonder about that money leaving the English game when seeing the demise of the likes of Bury. But Raiola is working within the system. Within the boundaries that have been set up. And of course he’s going to chance his arm. Just as Ed Woodward, United vice-chairman exec, did all summer regarding Pogba and Real Madrid. Pogba isn’t twice the player he was when leaving Juventus three years ago. Indeed, without the potential tag at 26, this column would argue he’s worth less. But Woodward, like Raiola, chanced his arm, demanding €160-200m from Real Madrid to sell the midfielder. And also like Raiola, he’d argue – no matter how obnoxious the figures may be – that he was defending the best interests of his client: the club.This industry isn’t a cartoon, with distinct black and white characters. There’s a reason why Raiola can work confidently with a handshake while others, including multi-national management firms, will demand a signature on an exclusive, long-term service contract. There’s something to be said for the loyalty Raiola generates from his players and their families.Alfie Haaland went through the wringer as a player. He saw the good – and the bad. The former Leeds United and Manchester City midfielder is no mug. Nor is Tore Pedersen. And while we’re at it, you can add Solskjaer to that Norwegian trifecta.With Raiola sitting across from him, the United manager won’t blink. If there’s value in adding Haaland to his squad, Solskjaer will negotiate with the Italian. Reality and myth can be separated inside Carrington. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say read more
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Huawei’s CFO, wanted on fraud charges in the U.S. will be back in court Tuesday morning for day three of her bail hearing. This is after a judge said he would not be making a decision Monday afternoon.Meng will be spending at least one more night in police custody.Also, judge just confirmed he will NOT be making a decision today, prompting some disappointed gasps from the public. Judge says he’s looking for more clarification on what the residency requirements of a surety in BC are #MengWanzhou #huawei @NEWS1130— Monika Gul (@MonikaGul) December 10, 2018Meng was arrested last Saturday while in transit at Vancouver’s airport.At the hearing, the defence is offering $15 million for her bail, $1 million of which would be in cash. While the Crown was satisfied with the amount, it argues $7.5 million should be cash.Meng’s lawyer David Martin said Meng could possibly put up enough cash to meet Crown’s suggestion.Court back in session. Crown making propositions for bail conditions. One, amount deposited in cash should be more. Currently, she’d be giving $15 mill. to get bail but only $1 mill. of that would be cash deposited. Crown says $7.5 mill. should be deposited #MengWanzhou @NEWS1130— Monika Gul (@MonikaGul) December 10, 2018On Friday, the first day of Meng’s bail hearing, the Crown revealed she is wanted due to an investigation into fraud and violations against U.S. sanctions against Iran.The U.S. is accusing the company of using subsidiary Skycom to do business with Iran, which would bypass sanctions. Meng is accused to have previously insisted the two were separate companies. If extradited and convicted, she could face sentences as long as 30 years.On Monday, Scott Filer, CEO of Lions Gate Risk Management, told court his company was contacted by Meng’s lawyers last week to come up with a “supervision plan” if Meng were to be released on bail.Filer said the plan would include a dedicated driver, and security team that would escort Meng and enforce bail conditions.The plan would also include a mapped perimeter of where Meng would be allowed to go, and workers would rotate on three eight-hour shifts per day.Plan also includes a mapped perimeter of where #MengWanzhou would be allowed to go. That includes Richmond, Vancouver, up to parts of North Shore. Filer says they would have eyes on her at all times. #huawei @NEWS1130— Monika Gul (@MonikaGul) December 10, 2018When questioned by the Crown, Filer admitted Lions Gate has never monitored someone on bail before, and this would be the company’s first time doing so.Filer admits Lions Gate has never monitored someone on bail before. This would be first time. Says they’ve done other similar jobs before, including protection and security, which he says is similar. Adds their services will be paid for by #MengWanzhou. #huawei @NEWS1130— Monika Gul (@MonikaGul) December 10, 2018Steve Tan with Recovery Science told court the company has done electronic monitoring in more than 500 of bail cases and is currently monitoring 115 people on bail with GPS ankle bracelets.Tan says it is possible for someone to force off a bracelet, but an alarm would trigger. However, he told court of one case where someone on bail was able to remove the ankle bracelet and run away, avoiding re-arrest.Tan says there’s one case he’s aware of where a person on bail wearing their ankle bracelet was able to take it off, run away, and successfully avoid getting re-arrested. #MengWanzhou #huawei @NEWS1130— Monika Gul (@MonikaGul) December 10, 2018On Friday, the Crown argued Meng should be denied bail, claiming she is a flight risk.Crown says charge U.S. pursuing against #MengWanzhou is conspiracy to defraud multiple international financial institutions. If convicted, that could lead to a sentence as long as 30 years. #Huawei— Martin MacMahon (@martinmacmahon) December 7, 2018On Friday, the judge lifted a publication ban that was in place at Meng’s request, thanks to a lawyer representing several media outlets.Monday’s court appearance, the second day of the bail hearing, came on the heels of an op-ed in a Communist Party newspaper, calling Canada’s treatment of Meng “inhumane.” It was published in Monday’s Global Times, following formal government protests to the ambassadors of both Canada and the U.S. over the weekend.RELATED: Fast facts about the arrest of a Chinese tech executiveHuawei is the most prestigious tech company in China and was founded by Meng’s father, Ren Zhengfei. The company has said it is not aware of any wrongdoing by Meng.– With files from the Canadian Press read more
VANCOUVER – Jennifer Twiner McCarron remembers when daycare staff took bets on when her daughter would finally stop wearing sparkly princess dresses.So the CEO of Vancouver’s Thunderbird Entertainment and its subsidiary Atomic Cartoons could definitely relate to the co-authors of “Princesses Wear Pants,” NBC anchor Savannah Guthrie and parent educator Allison Oppenheim.Both had young daughters who also went through a princess phase. While they worried about their girls aspiring to be princesses, they also wanted to let them embrace what they enjoyed, Twiner McCarron said.“The moral for the book for them started from: It’s OK to embrace your pink and sparkly side and be feminine, but it’s also more important what you do than what you look like,” she said.“That’s the part about wearing your pants. It’s OK to be a princess, but sometimes you’ve got to put your pants on and get things done.”Atomic Cartoons is now producing a “Princesses Wear Pants” animated series that follows the adventures of courageous go-getter — and occasional trouser-wearer — Princess Penelope Pineapple. Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films is among the executive producers.It’s the latest achievement for Atomic Cartoons, which Twiner McCarron has helmed since 2016 and helped grow to 450 staff from 20. She recently also became CEO of Thunderbird Entertainment, which produced “Blade Runner 2049” and “Kim’s Convenience.”The theme of “Princesses Wear Pants” resonated with her as a female leader in an industry where men still dominate in top positions. She’s an active member of Women in Animation, which aims to increase female representation in the business.She advises young women: “If a new door of responsibility opens, just try and walk through it. What’s the worst thing that could happen? It doesn’t work out? That’s OK, you pick yourself up and you do something else.”Atomic Cartoons is based in a sprawling mural-covered building in east Vancouver. The city is a “hotspot” for visual effects and animation, said Twiner McCarron, sitting in her tiny office adorned with Halloween decorations.Vancouver is a world leader with about 60 visual effects and animation studios. And Netflix and other streaming services have boosted demand for content, helping British Columbia become Canada’s top spot for film and TV production last year, according to figures from the Canadian Media Producers Association.“There’s so much of a need for content because people also consume it so quickly,” said Twiner McCarron. “Before, as it applies to animation, you were vying for those five primetime spots on Saturday morning, so it was much more competitive.”Now, she said, children’s programming has not only become more ubiquitous, it’s also gotten faster-paced. Disney’s “Bambi,” a favourite of hers when she was growing up, nearly put her kids to sleep, she said.“The cutting is a lot faster. We used to do a 22-minute show and 325 shots seemed like a lot. Now we’ll do a 22-minute show with 500 shots,” she said, adding that episodes lasting seven or 11 minutes are becoming common too.While Vancouver’s industry is booming, the city has a well-documented downside: wildly unaffordable housing. Atomic Cartoons is set to open its next office in Ottawa, a more attractive locale to young employees who want to lay down roots and start families.“Where do young people want to be and thrive? Vancouver’s hard, as we all know,” Twiner McCarron said. “It’s an expensive city. Ottawa has art, culture, politics, it’s the capital of Canada, great schools and it’s affordable still.”Looking ahead, the CEO plans to continue to find great books to transform into shows. She often chats with librarians to find out what kids are reading, and recently inked a deal to turn Max Brallier’s “Eerie Elementary” into a live-action show.She aims to create content that makes the world a better place — even in small ways.“What’s the value of my work? We are essentially helping parents cook dinner quietly,” she said with a laugh. “But at least they can put some stuff on that’s quality and … has good values and messaging.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter. read more
CALGARY, A.B. – The National Energy Board has approved NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd.’s plan to abandon a 266 kilometre section of its Peace River Mainline system in northwestern Alberta.The approved plan calls for the TransCanada Corp. subsidiary to remove a nine kilometre section of the pipeline running through the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation Reserve Land and leave the rest of the pipeline segments in place.The NEB says this was the largest proposal to abandon a facility ever considered by the regulator. TransCanada indicated in its application that the section of pipeline running north-south about 34 kilometres west of Peace River, Alta., is no longer needed and customers will be served by other pipelines in the network.The NEB says the company will be liable and accountable for monitoring and maintaining the pipeline in a safe and environmentally sound manner for as long as it remains in the ground.The company said in its application that the cost of project is estimated at $29.7 million.(THE CANADIAN) read more
New Delhi: The total installed capacity of NTPC group has reached 55,126 megawatt (MW) with the addition of a 800 MW unit of Gadarwara Super Thermal Power Project in Madhya Pradesh. “We wish to inform that pursuant to change in procedure for capacity addition notified by Central Electricity Authority, first unit of 800 MW of Gadarwara project (2×800 MW) has been added to total installed capacity of NTPC,” NTPC said in a filing to BSE. With this, the total installed capacity of NTPC Ltd is now 47,325 MW and that of NTPC group is 55,126 MW. Shares of NTPC were trading at Rs 134.50 per scrip, down 0.37 per cent, on BSE.
Los Angeles: Oscar-nominated Hollywood director John Singleton has died after suffering a stroke. He was 51. The versatile director, who made a splash with Boyz n the Hood and went on to a variety of projects including 2 Fast 2 Furious, had been in a coma since the stroke on April 17. He died on April 29, his family told CNN in a statement. “John passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends. We want to thank the amazing doctors at Cedars-Sinai Hospital for their expert care and kindness and we again want thank all of John’s fans, friends and colleagues for all of the love and support they showed him during this difficult time,” the family said. In 1992 at the age of 24, Singleton became the youngest person to ever receive an Oscar nomination for best director for his debut diectorial Boyz n the Hood. read more