Pique keeps Barca unbeaten, Atletico cut gap

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona’s Spanish defender Gerard Pique (C) vies with Espanyol’s Spanish forward Gerard Moreno (L) during the Spanish league football match between RCD Espanyol and FC Barcelona © AFP / PAU BARRENAMADRID, Spain, Feb 4 – Gerard Pique salvaged a 1-1 draw for La Liga leaders Barcelona at city rivals Espanyol on Sunday, keeping their bid for an unbeaten campaign on track, while Atletico Madrid edged out Valencia to cut the gap at the top to nine points.Ernesto Valverde’s men were in danger of falling to their first league defeat of the season when Gerard Moreno nodded the hosts ahead midway through the second half, but centre-back Pique met a Lionel Messi corner in the 82nd minute to snatch a point. Barcelona are now nine points clear at the top of the table from Atletico Madrid, who beat third-placed Valencia 1-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano.The Catalan derby was played in pouring rain and Valverde slammed the “dangerous” pitch.“Even though it was raining, we thought that the pitch would hold, but then we saw that the grass was not going to hold up and that the pitch was becoming dangerous,” the Barcelona coach said.“On our passes from defence the ball could get stuck in a puddle and that’s why things got difficult.“We give a lot of value to this draw, because it was hard to get because of this scenario and because it’s a derby and we didn’t want to lose.”The five-time European champions also set a new club record of 22 matches unbeaten to start a league season on Sunday, and are still in the hunt for a La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble.“We are still up there (top of the table). The conditions for them and for us were not the best, but it was an entertaining game,” Barca captain Andres Iniesta told BeIn Sports.They were far from at their fluent best against a stubborn Espanyol whose point drags them eight clear of the relegation zone, although Philippe Coutinho came close to scoring his first goal since joining from Liverpool last month when he struck the crossbar in the first half.Faltering champions Real Madrid are 19 points adrift of arch rivals Barca in fourth, after throwing away two points in a 2-2 draw at Levante on Saturday.– Correa stunner cuts the gap –Atletico took advantage of Barcelona’s draw to revive their slim title hopes, as Angel Correa produced a moment of magic to win the game.Neither side managed to create many chances in a sloppy first half, with Saul Niguez seeing a long-range effort palmed away by Valencia goalkeeper Neto, while Simone Zaza dragged a shot wide for the visitors.But Correa stunned Neto with a magnificent long-range strike when nothing appeared on in the 59th minute, with the ball flying into the top corner from 25 yards out to give the 22-year-old Argentinian his sixth league goal of the season.Valencia plugged away but never truly threatened an equaliser, with Diego Simeone’s hosts doing enough to keep Barca looking over their shoulders.But star forward Antoine Griezmann was whistled by the home fans late on, when he opted to run down the clock instead of pushing for a second goal.The Frenchman has had an up-and-down relationship with the Atletico supporters since saying last year he wanted to leave the club in the future.“Griezmann did what he had to do… That’s normal, people want to win,” coach Simeone said.“The players are the ones who best interpret what they have to do on the pitch. Griezmann made only good choices tonight, even though he didn’t score and couldn’t finish.“Everyone is happy, all the fans are celebrating at home and everyone is happy.”Earlier on Sunday, Girona moved into the top half of the table as Uruguayan international Cristhian Stuani scored a double in a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao, while Getafe and Leganes played out a goalless draw.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Fernandes proud after QPR respond to critics with battling display

first_imgQPR chairman Tony Fernandes took to Twitter after the defeat against Liverpool, insisting he was proud of his team’s display.Widely criticised for their previous showings, Rangers were much more competitive and were unlucky to lose 3-2.“Its a cruel game but we all wanted QPR to play and they played. I’m very proud of everyone in the club,” Fernandes declared.“Despite all the negativity we came out and played with pride. We deserved a point but that’s football. Let hope we build on this.”Despite all the negativity we came out and played with pride . we deserved a point but that’s football. Let hope we build on this.— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) October 19, 2014Vice-chairman Amit Bhatia tweeted: “Feel like I’ve been punched in the stomach. A cruel end to a brilliant game. So proud of our performance today. Chin up and take positives.“Vargas, Fer, Onouha, Charlie, Isla, Caluker, Dunne, Henry, Sandro, Yun, Traore, all played with guts and heart. And that’s heartening to see.”And chief executive Philip Beard added: “Amazing performance. If we can play like that with that level of support we will be fine.”The performance of goalkeeper Alex McCarthy was a definite plus for Rangers.Thanks for all your messages, so happy to make my @QPRFC debut… Shame about the result as we were the better team! Onto the next game now!— Alex McCarthy (@Alex_Macca23) October 19, 2014He looked assured on his debut and produced a fine save in the second half but was powerless to prevent Liverpool’s three goals.McCarthy wrote: “Thanks for all your messages, so happy to make my @QPRFC debut… Shame about the result as we were the better team! Onto the next game now!”R’s midfielder Joey Barton, who missed the game through injury, tweeted: “Deserved at least a point if not 3. Effort from all was great. Got work to do on training ground but lots of positives from the performance.“We have just got to stick together and show the kind of guts, skill and determination we showed today. No blame culture. It helps nobody.“You win together and you lose together. Pick ourselves up and get ready for another war against Villa A week Monday.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Sudan brews its own beer industry

first_imgRay Maota Nile Special Lager is a popular brand inUganda, and will soon be produced atthe SSBL in Southern Sudan.(Image: David Perry/SABMiller) SABMiller Latin America President BarrySmith says their recent acquisition inArgentina is part of their strategy todominate the continent.(Image: SABMiller)MEDIA CONTACTS• Briony ClarkeMedia relations, SABMiller+44 20 7659 0115 or +44 7776 132336RELATED ARTICLES• Brewing up a global brand• SABMiller turns to biogas• SABMiller invests more in Angola• Brewery spreads African reachSouthern Sudan, which could become Africa’s newest country after a referendum in January 2011, now has its very own modern brewery.The facility is based at an industrial plant in Juba – the proposed capital, if the referendum grants the region autonomy from the largely Muslim north.Southern Sudan is currently a hub of new development with plans to restructure Juba as well as another one of its cities, Wau. Juba will take the shape of a rhino, while Wau will be designed to look like a giant giraffe from the air. Both animals are national symbols of Sudan.London-based group SABMiller has set up Southern Sudan Beverages Ltd (SSBL) on the banks of the Nile River. So far about U$50-million (R354-million) has been invested in the project, with the first bottle having rolled off the production line in May 2009.Beers produced there include White Bull lager, Chairman’s Extra Strong Beer, Nile Special Lager and Club Pilsener. Half-litre bottles of each are sold for three Sudanese pounds, which is slightly more than $1 (R7).Business media relations manager of SABMiller Jonathan Oates said: “White Bull Lager was specifically brewed to meet the tastes of the Southern Sudanese consumer and was the culmination of months of planning and testing.“The White Bull is an easily recognised cultural symbol for the people of Southern Sudan, and is synonymous with promoting the positive feelings of celebration, success and peace,” said Oates.“The SSBL team spent months getting to know Southern Sudan consumers, their tastes, their demands and their expectations,” he added.Ian Alsworth-Elvey, managing director of SSBL, said: “Many people questioned our logic in building not only the first brewery that Southern Sudan had seen for 50 years, but also the first manufacturing facility in Juba.“However, the business has had a very warm welcome to the country and our beer, soft drinks and water brands have found real traction with consumers.“These products are local, high-quality and affordably priced,” added Alsworth-Elvey.SSBL has decided to double its annual output from 180 000 to 350 000 hectolitres as a sign of its confidence in the South.“We have sold more beer in the first three months of our second year of operation than we did in the first nine months since production began. In 18 months we have turned the brand into one of the most recognisable in the country,” said Alsworth-Elvey.Booze banWhile Southern Sudan was under Sharia Law from 1983 to 2005, no brewery could be established there as the consumption of alcohol was banned. However, when a peace deal was brokered in 2005 between military forces and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, the environment became more tolerant.Devout Muslims believe that drinking alcohol is sinful and one of the root causes of corruption, violence and suicide.Before SABMiller set up the brewery, commercially produced beer had to be imported from Uganda and Kenya.Banks of the Nile an ideal locationWith beer being 90% water, it made sense to build the brewery close to the banks of the Nile.The mineral content of water is unique to the region in which it is found, so the Sudanese beer brewed from the Nile has a distinct, unique character.SSBL is aware of this and uses it as a key selling point.According to the BBC, the malted barley, hops and yeast are all imported, but there are plans to team up with Sudanese farmers and start brewing with cassava.Cassava, a hardy potato-like tuber that adapts to a vast range of growing conditions, is currently used to make home-made beer in the region.NGO Farm-Africa is working with a range of subsistence farmers in Southern Sudan in the hopes they’ll become large-scale producers of the crop.Farm-Africa was founded in 1985 to help small-scale farmers and herders in Africa grow better food, keep livestock healthy, make a basic living and manage natural resources in a more sustainable way.“SABMiller is partnering with Farm-Africa to bring direct and long-term market opportunities for around 2 000 small-holder farmers with dependants. This means that about 15 600 people could benefit in three years,” said Alsworth-Elvey.Beer with a rich historySouth African Breweries (SAB) was established during the gold rush in Johannesburg in the late 1800s. The company’s first product was Castle Lager, which is still going strong today, 115 years later, and has won many awards over time.In 2002 SAB merged with the US’s Miller Brewing to become SABMiller, which now operates in more than 60 countries on six continents. It has invested in rapidly emerging economies such as India, China, as well as Eastern Europe and other developed markets.The brewing giant is licensed to produce Hansa Pilsener in South Africa, Snow beer in China, Italy’s Peroni Nastro Azzurro, the Czech Republic brand Pilsner Urquell, and Miller Genuine Draft.SABMiller has also ventured into the Argentinian market with its acquisition of Cerveceria Argentina SA Isenbeck, the third largest brewer in that country.Barry Smith, president of SABMiller Latin America, said: “We are pleased to have added Isenbeck to our Latin American footprint, giving us exposure to the fast-growing and attractive Argentinian beer market and complementing our existing Latin American operations.”SABMiller first entered the Latin American market with the acquisition of Cerveceria Hondurena in Honduras, making the company the first international brewer to enter Central America.It also has plants in Colombia, El Salvador, Ecuador, Panama and Peru.last_img read more

Ohio Soybean Council announces Annual Meeting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) will hold its annual meeting on Monday, November 26, 2018 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest in Dublin, Ohio. The meeting will begin at 3:00 p.m. and all Ohio soybean farmers are invited to attend.The meeting will include a discussion of Ohio soybean checkoff investments, audit review, and acceptance of new members to the OSC Board of Trustees.For meeting information, contact OSC at 614-476-3100.last_img

Lady Tamaraws continue to show clutch gene in another 5-set conquest

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—If there’s one team who has proved it can endure a five-setter, it’s Far Eastern University.ADVERTISEMENT Petron turns back F2 Logistics to keep PSL Grand Prix crown Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “I asked them [after the fourth set] if they really want this win, because it’s important for us to play in terms of what they want,” said Pascua, whose Lady Tamaraws came into the Final Four at a twice-to-beat disadvantage.“I told my players to claim this game because it’s not over yet. The important thing for us is to show the eagerness and willingness to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “We always practice this in training, the fifth sets, just in case we arrive at this kind of a scenario,” said Pascua in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. “That’s why I’ really not worried if ever we lost in the earlier sets because what’s important for us is how we finish.”Compared to the other Final Four contenders, Ateneo owns a 2-1 slate in extended matches while University of Santo Tomas and De La Salle have done 1-1 and 0-3 cards, respectively.“I know that they can handle the pressure because we always practice this in training,” said Pascua.FEU displayed tremendous courage during the fifth set, effectively erased the bitter memory that is the fourth set, where the Lady Tamaraws were at the Lady Eagles’ mercy and absorbed seven service aces.FEU, though, had the last laugh when it closed out the match on an 8-1 run forcing a rubber match with Ateneo on Wednesday for a spot in the best-of-three finals.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Of the four teams in the semifinals of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament, the Lady Tamaraws have the most experience in that nerve-wracking frame.FEU’s 10-25, 25-23, 25-22, 12-25, 15-8 victory over Ateneo to stretch its semifinals series was its seventh five-set win against just one loss, making the Lady Tamaraws the most successful team when a match goes to the full extent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLady Tamaraws head coach George Pascua said the Lady Tamaraws have been preparing for that kind of pressure-packed scenario whole season long.READ: FEU escapes Ateneo, lives to fight another day for UAAP finals berth DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Comic Books for Safe Motherhood

first_imgPosted on January 1, 2011June 20, 2017By: Julianne Parker, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Julianne Parker, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.December, for me, brought unfortunate visa troubles and, rather than dodging Brazilian law and risking imprisonment, I had to flee back to the United States and wrangle with the Consulate here. Luckily by the end of the month I had a new visa in hand and returned to Brazil before the new year. These sorts of bureaucratic hiccups are so commonplace when working abroad, so I tried to take it in stride and be as productive as possible, despite being away from all the wonderful girls at Lua Nova’s recovery center!One of my main tasks in my 9-month placement in the Young Champions program is to create a host of didactic materials on maternity for the adolescent mothers living at the Lua Nova center during their drug-recovery process. I plunged into that task the last weeks while awaiting the Consulate’s decision to readmit me to Brazil. The process of creating these materials has been exciting and met with so many unique challenges: while in Niger I helped organize some didactic materials for post-operative fistula patients, but those focused almost exclusively on physical maladies and obligations as related to pregnancy, delivery, and the post-partum period.For the girls of Lua Nova, I am not battling lack of access to hospitals or physical maternal care, but instead facing the emotional challenges of what it is to be a mother, how to gain an attachment to your child, and most simply what on earth to do with a newborn infant, toddler, and older child in terms of nutrition, bathing, medical care, and non-aggressive discipline. To incorporate all of these crucial layers of psychological health of the mother, while still making the materials entertaining and approachable, I decided to write a “comic book” of sorts, detailing the life of a fictional 15-year old girl as she confronts drug addiction and teen pregnancy. Some of the text was taken directly from the words of the girls at Lua Nova as they explained their apprehensions and fears on how to be a mother in our group sessions. The point of the text is for it to be instantly relatable to a wide array of adolescent mothers in Brazil, whether they have had a substance addiction or not. It relies heavily on images, drawn from a talented artist friend of my sister, herself a mother of four who simply wanted to extend a helping hand to these mothers in Brazil. I am entirely indebted to her for her invaluable services and love the global outreach of moms helping moms!In addition to the book, I’ve written and designed instructional posters on breastfeeding, discipline, post-partum depression and other crucial issues to be hung around Lua Nova’s facilities, and am also in the middle of creating an interactive game that addresses challenges and solutions in motherhood, which I hope educators can use in group or individual settings to help mothers cope with the huge obstacles they face as they raise a child.Being in the US in December has been challenging as I missed the one-on-one interaction with the girls at Lua Nova. They give such strength to me and I learn constantly from them. I’m happy that I’ve been able to have the time to really sit down and write these materials, but it’s impossible to really finish these educational tools without the direct feedback from their intended audience. It reminds me of how crucial on-the-ground work is in any maternal health endeavor. Nothing can be created in a vacuum, and without the participation of the community we strive to impact, any effort will only be rendered moot. It’s all about local knowledge, local solutions, and local participation. That being said I’m thrilled to get back to Sorocaba and work face-to-face with these girls once more!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

10 months ago​DONE DEAL: Bournemouth sign Liverpool striker Solanke on long-term deal

first_img​DONE DEAL: Bournemouth sign Liverpool striker Solanke on long-term dealby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Dominic Solanke has joined Bournemouth on a long-term deal.Bournemouth have reportedly paid £19m plus add-ons for the England international striker, who made zero appearances for the Reds this season.”I think the club is going somewhere,” Solanke told Bournemouth’s website.”Over the past few years, they have been really good in the Premier League and had some good positional finishes as well. I think it’s a good club to be at, especially for someone of my age.”I spoke with the manager this morning [Friday]. He is a really nice guy. From playing and watching the Premier League, I know the sort of manager he is.”I was excited to meet him and am really looking forward to working with him and seeing what he’s about.”My main target is to score goals and, being a striker, hopefully I can get a few for the team and help the team get wins.”Playing in the Premier League, every game is tough and together we can try to do as well as we can.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The 11 Power 5 College Football Teams That Improved The Most Statistically In 2015

first_imgiowa midseason hype videoTwitter/@hawkeyeFBvideoVirtually every college football team makes changes from season to season. Players graduate, enroll, and transfer out and in, coaches take new jobs and rise through the ranks, and systems change all the time. In college football, you can have a team like TCU, which was a 4-8 club in 2013, find itself on the precipice of the College Football Playoff in 2014. While not every rise or fall is that drastic, the sport does lend itself to steep turnarounds. This year, Larry Fedora, Kirk Ferentz, and Bob Stoops all answered questions about their job statuses with remarkable runs, and all are positioned to go to top bowls, if not compete for national championship.These improvements bare themselves out on the stat sheets as well. When comparing the numbers from 2014 to 2015, it isn’t very shocking which teams have seen the biggest jumps this season.Using scoring offense and defense, we measured which power conference teams improved the most in total point differential from 2014 to 2015. Many of the top ten teams are among those that helped define the 2015 college football season. Next: Florida State >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12last_img read more

A CIRQUE DU SOLEIL REHEARSAL REVEALS AS MUCH ARTISTRY AS ATHLETICISM

first_imgAdvertisement Running off to join the circus sounds like avenue of the carefree, what one would do instead of, say, getting a 9-5 job. But after an hour backstage at Cirque du Soleil’s touring arena production of Corteo, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who works harder to create something that feels and looks so magically effortless.Hours before the curtain is scheduled to rise, the arena is abuzz with activity. A giant teeter-totter sits in the middle of the stage and a team of strong young men take turns leaping on and off of it, higher and higher in the air. The rehearsal playlist includes “Champagne Supernova” and, appropriately enough, “Jump.” Backstage, a performer works out some choreography with her spotter. A six-foot tall chandelier made of steel and decked out with sturdy acrylic beads sits in the corner. A very muscular shirtless gentleman warms up by lifting weights. A young woman casually juggles bowling pins next to a pair of beds that are actually trampolines.When the muscular gentleman starts to spin around the stage in a giant metal hoop (the Cyr wheel, more about that in a minute), it strikes me that it’s almost more impressive to see such physical feats performed outside of the magical bubble of the show. These are real people in warm-up clothes, leaping, spinning, flipping, twisting to the very edges of physical possibility. Login/Register With: A member of Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo show performs on the high bar during practice for the show at Toronto’s Scotia Bank Centre. PETER J THOMPSON/NATIONAL POSTTiming is Everything“I was originally a trampolinist…so I could already do a lot of the flips and flying through the air,” says Harvey Donnelly, one of the acrobats featured in the teeterboard act. “The next thing to learn is how do you get those flips onto that piece of apparatus. And that’s the hardest thing is learning the timing of the teeterboard and learning how to jump off at the right time, and how to land back on.”Spinning and FallingThe Cyr Wheel is a steel circle large enough to frame a human body spread-eagled like Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man. It’s named after Canadian circus performer Daniel Cyr, who is credited with reinventing it for the circus. Performers frame themselves in the circle and roll around the stage, sometimes at a leisurely pace, sometimes at a manic spin. It’s dizzying to watch, much less to be in.Donnelly joined Cirque du Soleil on the strength of his trampolining skills. It was only after he was hired that he learned how to use the Cyr Wheel. “I’m not going to lie, that is a lot of spinning and falling, spinning and falling,” he says. “I thought that there was some secret potion, some trick, but there’s not, there’s just getting it, spin until you know how to keep spinning and then once you work out the timing, you got it.”As for how many weeks of spinning and falling before he got it, Harvey is modest. “The truth is, if you ask any circus performer how long it took them to ‘get it’, the first thing you think is ‘I’m still trying to get it!’ But really to get a comfortable spin and not fall on my bum, it took me about six weeks.” A performer uses a hoop during practice for the show. PETER J THOMPSON/NATIONAL POSTThe CostumeWhile Donnelly is spinning (not falling, at least not on my watch) onstage, Catherine Duval, the assistant head of wardrobe, is backstage mending tears, replacing buttons and generally making sure the hundreds of costumes in her charge are clean and – more importantly – safe for the performers to wear each night. The costumes evolve when new cast members join and develop their performance. “After training you can feel how the costume lives,” says Duval. “It always depends what is the act onstage, but for us here it’s important that everybody be comfortable and safe – we need to check all the costumes each day to make sure they have no holes, or missing buttons.”Duval and her team are also on hand as dressers for the cast. “We zip, unzip, untie – everything,” she says. “There are some quick changes…we have the grand angels at the end, and when they come out of the stage, there are big wings and we need to unclip, undress and it’s really quick. It’s not stressful, but it’s a really quick one – we need to be on time.”Suspended pole performer Stephanie Ortega of France practices. PETER J THOMPSON/NATIONAL POSTThe Lights“About once a week, we will rehearse our teeterboard in our show lights,” says Donnelly. “We prefer not to be in our show lights, simply because it’s so hot. In the show you’ll watch us to a six or seven minute full acrobatic act in a jam-packed arena under the lights, and by the time we come offstage we’re dripping with sweat!”The stage lights may make the acrobats sweat, but they’re also obviously a key part of the magical transition. The chandeliers, for example, are made of steel and dripping with clear acrylic beads that the acrobats dangle from. Backstage, one of them sits on the ground, at least four feet in girth and almost six in height. The steel looks firm and strong, and the beads are sturdy – but from out in the audience, the lights transform acrylic and steel into sparkling crystal and brass.Juggler Johan Jusslin of Finland. PETER J THOMPSON/NATIONAL POSTThe Moment Before“I’m in a team of five guys, so we’re always warming up together,” says Donnelly. “Minutes before we hit the stage we’ll talk through our act, so we walk and talk our way through it. We stretch, warm up, usually joking. But we’ll always take a minute or two of silence to go through everything in our heads. But really the best way I can describe it is, the moment you hit the stage it’s like, have you ever dived into a cold pool? You know the moment your feet leave the edge of the pool but you haven’t hit the water yet? When we step on stage, we’ve jumped into the cold pool.”SPECIAL TO NATIONAL POST Facebook Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement All in a day’s work at Cirque du Soleil’s traveling production of Corteo.What comes first, the apparatus or the acrobat?Julie Dionne is one of the acrobats in the big chandelier act, and she has been with Corteo off and on since the beginning, having worked on the show’s original development in 2004. “Because our apparatus is already so dramatic, they’re huge chandeliers, so it gives a tone to the act already,” she says. “And then in creation…it was a lot of research with a new apparatus, the physical vocabulary.” Sometimes they’d come up with moves that were beautiful, but couldn’t be seen amid the lines of the chandelier. “There’s two ways – you put yourself in a good mood, the ambiance, and you find the vocabulary, or you go very technically, ‘what can I do as an acrobat and what does that express?’”last_img read more

Community patrols starting to fill a gap in policing

first_imgAPTN National NewsA group that dragged a Winnipeg river in search for missing persons plan to resume their work this summer.Drag the Red is made up of volunteers some of them searching for their own missing loved ones.The members of the group say they feel the police don’t take their concerns seriously.Now that other community patrols are popping up around the country it seems local volunteer efforts are stepping up to fill a gap in policing.APTN’s Dennis Ward reports.last_img