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The sesquicentennial birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi will constitute the theme at the 17th edition of the Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) which is set to enthral cineastes with its traditional offering of upscale cinema from across the globe. The eight-day cinema extravaganza is organised by the Pune Film Foundation in collaboration with the Government of Maharashtra and will be held from January 10 to January 17 across four venues in the city, where audiences will be treated to a delectable mix of world cinema as well as the best in regional films.“Mahatma Gandhi’s contribution far transcends the Independence saga… His philosophy and teachings have significantly impacted the world and his ideas are apparent in cinema across the globe. Hence, this year along with our cinematic offerings, PIFF has decided to showcase selected films focusing on the life and reflecting the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi on his quest for the truth,” said eminent filmmaker Jabbar Patel, director, PIFF.Among the films on Gandhi to be screened include the 1968 documentary titled Mahatma: The Life of Gandhi by Vitthal Jhaveri, a freedom fighter and filmmaker who was closely associated with the Mahatma since the Salt March or ‘Dandi March’ in 1930.Mr. Patel further informed that as other eminent litterateurs and musicians like P.L. ‘Pu La’ Deshpande, G.D. Madgulkar, Sudhir Phadke and table maestro Alla Rakha were having their birth centenaries, films which featured their contribution would be screened as well.Around 150 films, judiciously selected from 1634 entries across 114 countries will be screened during the course of the festival. Fourteen films will compete in the two sections under the respective rubrics of ‘World Cinema’ and ‘Marathi Cinema’, said Abhijit Ranadive, creative head of the festival.The City Pride multiplex in the city’s Kothrud area is to function as the festival’s nerve centre, with screenings, workshops, panel discussions and film seminars centred in this main venue.The National Films Archive of India (NFAI) along with two other ‘City Pride’ branches will be the other screening venues.The PIFF, which began in 2002, has increased in prestige and popularity over the ensuing years, being denoted as the State’s ‘official’ film festival since 2010.Despite this, festival organisers have pointed to a lack of funds, claiming that the State Ministry of Culture appeared unwilling to raise the grant allocation despite repeated requests from festival organisers to do the same.“We have been persistently demanding that the budget be raised to enable us to expand the scope of the programme. Furthermore, the screening fee to be paid to distributors has dramatically shot up in the last few years, putting great strain on our resources which are already stretched,” Mr. Patel said.
Britain’s Lewis Hamilton was handed the Formula One world championship trophy for the fourth time on Friday at a gala prizegiving ceremony in the sumptuous palace of France’s former monarchy.With Formula One chairman Chase Carey looking on, newly-re-elected International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Jean Todt handed the 32-year-old Mercedes driver the silverware he won in Mexico with two races to spare.”This has been an amazing year,” Hamilton told the audience of champions and FIA members gathered in the palace’s 18th century opera.He’ll pick up the coveted trophy for the 4th time later on Friday in Paris – but how many more world titles does @LewisHamilton think he can win?#F1 pic.twitter.com/ahZB4LUtsA- Formula 1 (@F1) December 8, 2017″I hope that next year’s an even better year for all of you. I know for me that I’m going to try to do better.”Hamilton won nine of 20 races in 2017 and set an all-time record of 72 career pole positions as well as scoring points in every grand prix.Asked earlier for his highlight of the season, Hamilton singled out his home British Grand Prix at Silverstone because of the support he received after the ‘negativity’ surrounding his failure to take part in an earlier London event.He had also told reporters that while he did not like going to award ceremonies, or being on stage, he enjoyed watching others succeed.Mercedes won both championships for the fourth year in a row but team boss Toto Wolff said 2017 had been particularly difficult.advertisement”We keep it now,” he said after being handed the constructors’ trophy by Carey.The Chateau de Versailles is not your average party venue, as @LewisHamilton has just discovered pic.twitter.com/edpKEhNudt- Formula 1 (@F1) December 8, 2017Red Bull’s 20-year-old Dutch driver Max Verstappen beat a field that included Hamilton and his own Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo to the ‘Personality of the Year” award for the third successive year.The award is selected by permanently accredited media from all FIA championships.”I always try to be honest and straightforward so I guess that gave me the personality again this year,” said the winner of two races in 2017.”It was a hard season but I learnt a lot from it.”Monaco’s Formula Two winner and 2018 Sauber F1 driver Charles Leclerc won the Rookie of the Year award while Finnish rally driver Esapekka Lappi won the ‘Action of the Year’ for a jump in the Rally of Portugal.British teenager Billy Monger, who had his lower legs amputated after an horrific smash in a Formula Four race at Donington Park in April, was presented with an FIA president’s special award.Monger, who has already returned to driving, walked out onto the stage on prosthetic legs to a resounding ovation.A very special moment as @LewisHamilton collects the world championship trophy for the 4th time – and is joined on stage by @BillyMonger#F1 #FIAPrizeGiving pic.twitter.com/NrS9mMVJQv- Formula 1 (@F1) December 9, 2017
Pakistan media claims that newly-appointed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will be in Dubai to watch the India-Pakistan match on Wednesday.Imran, a legendary former Pakistan cricket captain, is also the patron-in chief of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018: Live Score”Prime Minister Imran Khan will watch the Pakistan-India Asia Cup clash in Dubai on Wednesday, diplomatic sources said,” GEO TV reportedThe Pakistan PM left for his first foreign visit to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.Read – Akram, Gavaskar discuss Virat Kohli’s absence from Asia CupThe arch-rivals are facing each other for the first time in the United Arab Emirates since 2006.Incidentally, Imran was the captain of Pakistan for the better part of the India-Pakistan matches in Sharjah from the mid 80’s to early 90s.The Wednesday match between the two neignbouring countries is going to be the first one in 2018 and the first since the 2017 Champions Trophy final.In their previous match, Pakistan defeated India by 180 runs to clinch the ICC Champions Trophy title.Read – India a better side even without Virat Kohli, says Sourav GangulyIndia’s match against Pakistan will be theirs second in two days as they take on Hong Kong on Tuesdy in their tournament opener.The Indian side would be without captain Virat Kohli as he has been rested by the Indian selectors. Rohit Sharma is leading the side in Kohli’s absence.Speaking about Kohli’s absence at Salaam Cricket 2018, Wasim Akram said Pakistan bowlers will be more confident and will be psychologically boosted. Drawing a comparison with his own is experience, Akram said that he would be more confident as a bowler when batsmen like Sunil Gavaskar, Mohammad Azharuddin and Sachin Tendulkar did not play for India.advertisement”Kohli has been rested and that is the right decision. When Gavaskar, Azhar and Tendulkar did not play, I was high on confidence. The Pakistan bowlers will be psychologically boosted with Kohli being rested,” Akram said at the first session, named ‘Diggajon Ki Nazar Se’ at the Salaam Cricket 2018 held at the Hotel Address Boulevard in Dubai on Monday.When Akram was asked who were the favourites between India and Paksiatan in their Asia Cup blockbuster clash, “India favourites on paper,” he said.But former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels it will be Paksitan who will go into the match as favourites, saying that they will their morales high especially after their victory over their neighbours in the final of the Champions Trophy final in England last year.”The last defeat creates a touch of uncertainty in your mind,” Gavaskar said at Saalam Cricket 2018.
Johnny McNicholl has called for artificial pitches to be outlawed after he and a number of his Scarlets team-mates suffered burns and blisters during Friday night’s Guinness Pro14 semi-final in Glasgow and the region’s Scotland captain, John Barclay, ruptured an achilles’ tendon that will keep him out for six months.The following day the Wasps flanker Jack Willis, who had just been called into the England squad, ruptured ligaments in his right knee on Saracens’ artificial pitch and will be out of action for up to a year. Last month the Pau back-row Steffon Armitage ruptured an achilles’ tendon during the European Challenge Cup semi-final defeat at Cardiff Blues and is unlikely to play again this year. Reuse this content Read more Share on Pinterest World Rugby has conducted injury surveys on artificial pitches, including incidents involving concussion, and no material difference has been found with grass surfaces. It says it has put robust processes in place for the accreditation of firms who produce the pitches and on their installation.Glasgow and the Blues are the two teams in the Pro14 who have artificial pitches while in the Premiership Saracens, Newcastle and Worcester have them. Gloucester intended joining them next season but after taking advice from their players, the club is spending £1m on a surface that will be a hybrid of grass and artificial grass fibres. Share on Facebook Sign up for The Breakdown, our weekly rugby union email. Share via Email Share on Messenger Leinster Share on LinkedIn Rugby union Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Glasgow Rugby Scarlets news Exeter and Saracens show pedigree to promise spectacular grand finale Share on Twitter “I do not like playing on artificial pitches because you run a high risk of being injured,” said McNicholl, the New Zealander who played at full-back in Glasgow. “I went down on the deck for the ball and got a massive grass burn on my backside. I have a dozen grazes and my feet are numb. I have been sticking to the sheets for the last few nights.“I hope more of these pitches do not crop up because I would not want to play on them. Our physio’s room has been packed this week and I was not the worst. I said to the trainer during the game that such a pitch should be made illegal. I much prefer grass.”The Scarlets’ head coach, Wayne Pivac, described Glasgow’s pitch as “very bad” and said that the number of players who needed treatment this week had hampered training preparations for Saturday’s Pro14 final against Leinster in Dublin. “No one was able to train yesterday [Monday] and many sat it out today, which was unfortunate,” he went on. “It is not anything that will stop them playing this weekend but it is not ideal. I am not a fan of these pitches.”Glasgow said they were “entirely happy” with the pitch at Scotstoun Stadium, which was installed in 2016 and was fully compliant with the performance specification of World Rugby, which has held a World Series sevens event at the ground. Topics Support The Guardian
Premier League Speedy Swansea return expected for Bayern Munich loanee Sanches Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 00:29 2/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Premier League Swansea City Chelsea v Swansea City The on-loan midfielder will make a quicker-than-expected return to action, according to Swans manager Carlos Carvalhal Renato Sanches will be ready to return for Swansea City in March, says Carlos Carvalhal, who rejected suggestions the on-loan midfielder could be out long-term.Sanches has struggled to make an impact during a loan spell from Bayern Munich, with the Portugal international yet to score a goal or record an assist in 12 Premier League appearances.AdChoices广告The 20-year-old was initially made a key part of Carvahal’s side after his compatriot’s appointment as the successor to Paul Clement, but has been on the sidelines since Swansea’s FA Cup draw at Notts County on January 27. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Clement told The Times earlier this month Sanches was “damaged” on his arrival at the Liberty Stadium after failing to make the grade at Bayern, and Swansea have won three successive home matches in his absence, but Carvalhal is hoping to welcome the midfielder back to action soon.”He is progressing,” Carvalhal told reporters on Thursday ahead of a return to his former club Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday.”In the beginning they said it could be long-term, but I believe he will come back next month. That’s my feeling – I think he will be back sooner than we expect.”Andre Ayew and Andy King will miss the trip to Hillsborough as they are cup-tied, while veteran midfielder Leon Britton is a doubt, but Angel Rangel and Wilfried Bony are both on the comeback trail after undergoing surgery on abductor and knee injuries respectively.”Angel is looking well,” Carvalhal said. “He has had a successful operation and he will be back before the end of the season.”Wilfried has also had his operation. I talked with him last night – he is feeling well.”Swansea are unbeaten in nine games in all competitions, Carvalhal having led his side out of the relegation zone after being appointed as Clement’s replacement with the team bottom of the Premier League.And the Portuguese coach accepts Swansea’s main goal is staying in the Premier League, rather than targeting an FA Cup run.”Maybe for me as a manager, it would be fantastic to win a trophy,” Carvalhal added. “But I am not selfish, and I know the most important thing for the club is to stay in the Premier League.”I went to Wembley with Sheffield Wednesday [in the Championship play-off final] and I liked it there. I would love to go back and I believe that in the course of my career I will do that, whether it is this season, next season or another season.”But the cup is not our priority. Our priority is to stay in the Premier League and we will make changes to our team because we do not want to take any risks.”We will try to put out a strong side which is good enough to progress to the next round. But also we have to protect the players who have little problems and can pick up injuries.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Belgium 3 Panama 0: Mertens magic sets up Group G win Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 00:54 6/19/18 Getty Images Panama’s first ever game at the World Cup ended in a 3-0 loss to Belgium, a super strike from Dries Mertens breaking the deadlock. Dries Mertens scored a stunning volley and Romelu Lukaku was twice on target as Belgium started their Group G campaign with a 3-0 defeat of World Cup debutants Panama in Sochi.Belgium impressed in an unbeaten qualifying campaign, becoming the first European nation to book their place at Russia 2018.But Roberto Martinez’s side struggled to break Panama down in a flat first half at the Fisht Stadium on Monday, requiring a moment of magic from Mertens to break the deadlock in the 47th minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Panama almost mustered a rapid leveller but Thibaut Courtois made a smart stop to keep out a low strike from Michael Murillo, before Lukaku struck twice in six minutes to settle the contest.Lukaku nodded in a sensational Kevin De Bruyne pass and the Manchester United striker then scored a cute chip, though Panama can take heart from a promising display ahead of games against England and Tunisia.Martinez’s golden generation have been tipped as potential champions, but Belgium – beaten by Wales in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals – will likely need to improve on an often-underwhelming performance when they face stronger opposition.2 – Dries Mertens is the first Belgian player to score in two different World Cup tournaments since Marc Wilmots (1998 and 2002). Stellar. #BEL #BELPAN #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/kuwiCXynWN— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 18, 2018Panama made a nervy start to their World Cup bow with Yannick Carrasco and Mertens forcing early saves from goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.Eden Hazard hit the side-netting after pouncing on a loose backpass from Roman Torres, Panama’s captain making amends with a terrific touch on a low De Bruyne right-wing cross that ensured Lukaku could not tap in at the back post.Hazard fired wide in the 26th minute and the Chelsea forward, who hinted pre-match he could be interested in joining Real Madrid, was left hobbling by heavy challenges from Murillo and Torres.The Belgium captain, deputising for the injured Vincent Kompany, shook off the blows and forced Penedo into a save with his legs, as Panama remained relatively comfortable.Belgium struggled to create clear openings in the first period but within two minutes of the restart they led thanks to an early contender for the goal of the tournament.Panama failed to clear their lines properly and when the ball fell to Mertens on the right side of the penalty area, the Napoli forward thumped a dipping volley that flew past Penedo.De Bruyne almost swiftly doubled the lead but narrowly missed the target with a 25-yard free-kick that curled away from Penedo’s right-hand post.When wing-back Carrasco switched off at the back, allowing Edgar Barcenas’ pass to drift over his head, Courtois had to be alert to smother an effort from Murillo.5 – Only Jan Ceulemans (6) has scored more goals in major tournaments (World Cup and EUROs) for Belgium than Romelu Lukaku (5, level with Marc Wilmots). Target.#BEL #BELPAN #WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 18, 2018That proved to be Panama’s best chance of claiming a draw and Belgium doubled their lead in the 69th minute after VAR ruled Lukaku was marginally onside.Hazard and De Bruyne combined brilliantly on the edge of the box, the latter’s sublime floated cross to the back post providing Lukaku – who hit 11 goals in qualifying – a simple headed finish.And when Panama lost possession in their own half, Belgium sprung a clinical counter-attack with Hazard’s pass perfectly timed for Lukaku to run clear and lift a fine finish over the onrushing Penedo, showing Belgium will be a World Cup threat if they hit top gear. Key Opta stats:- Belgium are now unbeaten in their last 10 World Cup group games (W5 D5 L0), winning each of their last five.- Each of the last 11 goals that Belgium have scored in World Cup matches have come after half-time.- Belgium have won all 13 international matches that Dries Mertens has scored in.- Romelu Lukaku has been directly involved in 13 of Belgium’s last 19 goals (11 goals, two assists).- Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 16 goals in his last 15 appearances for Belgium (eight goals, eight assists). read more
A record 210 teams will take to the fields at Hervey Bay Sports Complex this weekend to compete in the 2015 Queensland Touch Football Junior State Cup. Teams across 10 divisions, from under 10’s through to under 18’s, will take part in the three day event, from Friday, 10 July through to Sunday, 12 July 2015. To keep up-to-date with all the latest news and information from the 2015 Queensland Junior State Cup, please visit the following website and social media pages:Website – www.qldtouch.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/qldtouch Twitter – www.twitter.com/queenslandtouchInstagram – www.instagram.com/qldtouch 2014 Queensland Junior State Cup results10’s BoysToowoomba White 3 defeated Gold Coast (A) 110’s GirlsGold Coast (A) 3 defeated BMTA Red 112’s BoysToowoomba White 3 defeated Palm Beach Blue 212’s GirlsBMTA Red 6 defeated Toowoomba White 214’s BoysGold Coast (A) 6 defeated BMTA Red 514’s GirlsGold Coast (1) 5 defeated BMTA Red 016’s BoysRockhampton 4 defeated Gold Coast (A) 316’s GirlsKawana 8 defeated BMTA 618’s BoysRedlands 5 defeated Rockhampton 318’s GirlsCaboolture 4 defeated Redlands 2Related Links2015 QLD JSC
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford defender Cathcart: Players to blame for Gracia axeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford defender Craig Cathcart says the players are to blame for Javi Gracia’s sacking.Cathcart was visiting his parents when he found out the news about Gracia’s sacking – and subsequent replacement by Quique Sanchez Flores – and said he and his team-mates could have done more to keep him at Vicarage Road.”I think as players if a manager gets sacked you do feel a sense of responsibility of not doing your job properly,” said Cathcart.”I think a few of us have to look at ourselves for that, the results weren’t going the way anybody wanted them to, as a whole group of players and staff and obviously the club have made a decision to let the manager go and bring in Quique.”We have to take responsibility, but we have to look forward now and do what the new manager wants to do and look forward to the rest of the season.”