Giants-Pirates preview: Brandon Belt’s strike zone stirs controversy again

first_imgPITTSBURGH — It’s no surprise when a big event in the nation’s capital sparks a debate around the country and that’s exactly what happened on Thursday.The events in Washington, D.C., did little to move people from one side of the aisle to the other as most have had their minds made up on this subject for quite some time.We’re talking, of course, about whether Brandon Belt should do more to protect against called third strikes.Belt was rung up twice by home plate umpire Ryan Additon in the …last_img read more

BCCI selectors to give final a miss

first_imgDisconcerted by the treatment meted out to them by the Taj Hotel staff in Chandigarh, the five national selectors led by K Srikkanth have decided to give the India-Sri Lanka final in Mumbai a miss.Booked at the Taj to witness the high-voltage India-Pakistan clash live at the PCA Stadium on Wednesday, the five national selectors would have been expected to be a part of Team India’s celebration when they left Shahid Afridi’s team shattered.But contrary to initial plans, they were taken aback when they found that their booking at the hotel – supposed to have a tie-up with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) – had been cancelled and ICC officials had been given the rooms allocated to the selectors.Hurt by the BCCI’s refusal to look into the matter and provide them with accommodation, they immediately left for their respective homes.According to a Punjab Cricket Association official, the incident took place as there was a feud between BCCI and ICC over hotel bookings.Paid employees of the BCCI, the selectors are more often than not made to make their own arrangements when it comes to accommodations etc.But being refused accommodation even after booking their rooms well in advance seemed to be too much for them to take.As a result, the selectors have decided to stay away from the final of the ICC World Cup.While chairman of selectors Srikkanth refused to answer calls and reply to messages sent, a hurt Yashpal Sharma, representing North Zone, said that it was for Srikkanth to talk on the matter.advertisement”We are strictly barred from speaking to the media and it is for the chairman of selectors to speak on the issue. All I can say is that we are not going to Mumbai at the moment,” Sharma told MAIL TODAY over phone on Thursday.last_img read more

SIOUX CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT TO UNDERGO PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT

first_imgA team of police officials from around the country will be coming to Sioux City later this month to assess the performance of the local police department.Lt. Pat McCann says it’s time for the department to renew its standing with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, better known as CALEA:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/CALEA1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..an onsite visit. :16The inspectors, from Ohio and Texas, will arrive March 26th to begin their work:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/CALEA2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………our reaccreditation. ;21McCann says public input is an important part of that process:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/CALEA3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….public museum. :15For those who are unable to attend, you may provide comments by phone the day of the meeting by calling 279-6112 from 1pm until 3pm on March 26th.last_img read more

Woody Harrelson Speaks At Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts

first_imgLast week students at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from one of Hollywood’s leading actors.Mark Featherstone-Witty and Woddy HarrelsonWoody Harrelson visited LIPA to take part in a one-hour question and answer session with students during which he talked about some of his most famous and celebrated roles.Speaking to a packed and excited audience in LIPA’s Paul McCartney Auditorium, the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning actor reflected on his work over the last three decades. The conversation was chaired by the Founding Principal/CEO of LIPA, Mark Featherstone-Witty, who introduced clips throughout the session from Harrelson’s roles in films such as ‘Natural Born Killers’ and ‘The Messenger’ (for which he received one of his two Oscar-nominations), last year’s acclaimed detective drama ‘True Detective’ and the sitcom ‘Cheers’, the show which first brought him to the public’s attention.Asked by one of LIPA’s BA (Hons) Acting students how he approaches creating characters for film, Harrelson replied: “As you’re reading a script, you get a feel for your character, and how they fit in to the piece. You need to look for the thing that opens the door to that character.”One of his main pieces of advice was for students not to hold back when bringing their characters to life: “I want to encourage you guys to be bold with your choices, and not go with what’s safe. I would rather go for it and get pulled back by a director, than play it safe and not do something special.”Harrelson talked about how he felt about working with film icons such as Robert Redford, with whom he worked on ‘Indecent Proposal’. He said: “It was daunting, but pretty exciting to be working with Robert Redford. It was a great experience, but definitely nervous doing scenes with him.”Featherstone-Witty asked him about how he chooses what projects to go for and whether he looked at money or the quality of the material. Making a direct reference to Featherstone-Witty’s own advice, Harrelson said: “A man I’ve recently come to admire told me ‘Find out what you love doing and how to get paid for it’.”He added: “I don’t do projects just for money. If you do that, your career isn’t going to last. Someone once told me, careers aren’t made by how many times you say yes, but how many times you say no. If money is the prevailing thing, then you’re lost.”Harrelson was also asked whether he would be returning to the stage, or if he felt his future was in television and film. He disclosed that he has been writing a comedy and that he might try and put it on in London and said: “I prefer theatre. I think it’s the best way to get psyched as an actor. Getting up on stage is so exciting.”Speaking after the event, Harrelson commented on his visit to LIPA, saying: “I love it here. It’s learning at its best. The students are so enthusiastic and love what they are doing. What better environment could they have? There’s a great vibe.”Woody Harrelson’s appearance was the latest of LIPA’s regular masterclasses and question and answer sessions, which give its students the opportunity to learn from successful figures across different areas of the performing arts industry. In the past, LIPA has hosted sessions with Sir Ian McKellan, Alan Rickman, Dionne Warwick, Dawn French, and Will Young alongside luminaries in senior roles that are about making performance possible (such as award-winning producers and lighting designers).LIPA is located in Paul McCartney’s old school, the Liverpool Institute for Boys, which underwent a multi-million-pound renovation to turn it into a state-of-the-art performing arts higher education institution. It was founded by Paul and Mark Featherstone-Witty and opened in 1995 with the aim of providing the best teaching and learning for people who want to pursue a lasting career in the arts and entertainment industry, whether as performers or those who make performance possible.For further information about LIPA please click here.Source:Liverpool Institute For Performing Artslast_img read more