#JaVotes2016: No cooking gas, no vote

first_img Various party affiliates have, however, been making the rounds in vehicles in an effort to mobilise voters. One resident, who was offered a lift to the polling station told The Gleaner that she refused, as she has no reason to vote. Seventy – five year – old Mercelin Bennett says she will be willing to vote if she was provided with cooking gas. Bennett says she has voted in past elections, but will not yield unless her immediate needs are met, which at this time is gas to prepare her next meal. Voting in the community of Danvers Pen in the St Thomas West constituency is off to a slow start. Most of the persons at the Prospect Primary School polling station in the district are in fact election day workers, with actual voters few and far between.last_img

Finalists Announced For the 2017 Edition Of From Set to Screen

first_imgAdvertisement Angry Black WomenDahéli Hall and HaJ (the “h” is silent) are the co-creators of Angry Black Women, a half-hour comedy series that premiered at the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) and which now makes its way to Just For Laughs. Co-creator Dahéli Hall is best known as a cast member and writer on the Emmy Award-winning sketch comedy show, MADtv (Fox). HaJ is an Emmy Award-nominated and award-winning writer, performer and producer and the Creator & Founder of Tickles.TV. Angry Black Women boldly spoofs its derogatory title through the humorous, hyper-realistic tales of two Black females: an actress and a writer striving against all odds in Hollywood. This is the first Stand Up & Pitch appearance for Dahéli and HaJ.Doug and DeviCreated by Courtney Karwal and Natalie Young, Doug and Devi is an animated series centred around an unlikely partnership between two monstrous lovers: Devi, a Yeti, and Doug, a Sasquatch. Courtney Karwal is a stand-up comedian, writer and actress. She’s a product of the LA stand-up scene, and studied at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Courtney’s written for Comedy Central, and is the co-creator of a web series produced by Funny or Die called Check Your Surroundings. Natalie Young is a character designer and animator based in Los Angeles. Natalie attended the University of the Arts London where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Animation. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has spent her time working on productions such as Bojack Horseman, Lucas Bros., Mr. Pickels, Axe Cop and Major Lazer. This is the duo’s first Stand Up & Pitch appearance.GamersGamers is a project from Cary Bickley and Melanie Backer about the games people play to make it in business and in love. Writer/creator Cary Bickley has written feature films both on her own and with a partner including The Gun In Betty Lou’s Handbag (Penelope Ann Miller and Julianne Moore), High Crimes (Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman and Adam Scott) and Spinning Boris (Liev Schreiber, Jeff Goldblum and Anthony LaPaglia). Producer Melanie Backer developed the screenplay St. Vincent (Bill Murray) with writer/director, Ted Melfi, and developed and produced the feature films, Swimmers (Cherry Jones and Sarah Paulson), The Amati Girls (Anne De Salvo, Cloris Leachman, and Mark Harmon), and Pumpkin starring Christina Ricci. This is the first appearance by Cary and Melanie at Stand Up & Pitch.Mrs. FootballAfter making a successful appearance at the 2014 edition of From Set to Screen (their project The Uncomfort Zone was sold to Big Beach Films), Kyle Radke and Matt Kelly return with Mrs. Football, a relationship comedy masquerading as a sports fantasy. Winner of the 2005 Just For Laughs Homegrown Comedy Competition, Kyle Radke has since performed at every major comedy festival in Canada and in his very own 30-minute comedy special Kyle Radke Live. A writer for CBC’s Still Standing, Kyle performs nationwide as host of the Investor’s Group Comedy Tour. Matt Kelly created and produced Hookin’ Up, a successful television series for WFN that aired four seasons across North America. Matt also wrote and produced a companion web series called the 5cast that aired over 100 episodes. Last year, Matt was a finalist in Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Network Pitch Panel where his series, Inhuman Resources, was picked-up for development by Kevin Hart, himself.The RemovalistsThe Removalists is a fresh, warm and very funny take on the home-focused reality TV show model: three stand-up comics help people move out of their home and then set-up a comedy club in the living room as a cool way of saying goodbye. The pitch will be led by Jacques Barrett, a regular on the Australian club and festival circuit. Jacques’ credits include producer and co-host of 2Day FM’s late night comedy show The Wagon.The Judging PanelSitting on this year’s judging panel, we have comedy heavy weights:Bill Lundy. Bill Lundy is Production Executive: Comedy for Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company. Lundy develops and produces comedic material for Bell Media’s broadcast and specialty channels such as CTV, The Comedy Network, HBO Canada, and CraveTV. Bill is currently production executive on Letterkenny, CraveTV’s smash hit original series. Lundy also execs The Comedy Network’s flagship original stand-up series Just For Laughs: All Access as well as news satire series The Beaverton. Other series Lundy has worked on include Funny as Hell, Match Game, Spun Out, and the award-winning digital series Space Riders: Division Earth.Colin Davis. Colin Davis is the Senior Director of Original Programming for TBS. He creatively manages five primetime original series, a late night comedy block, multiple pitch-to-screen scripted development projects, and an adult prime animation pipeline. At TBS, Davis has helped usher in their first wave of new series, all of which were renewed: Search Party, Wrecked, People of Earth, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The Detour, and Angie Tribeca.Kate Lambert. As Senior Vice President, Series Development and Animation for FX Networks, Kate Lambert oversees the development of drama and comedy live-action, as well as animated and short-form, original scripted series for FX Networks. In this role, she has formed relationships with some of the most sought-after producers, writers and talent in the industry today. She was involved in developing pilots for numerous hit series, including Sons of Anarchy, The Strain, Justified, The Americans, American Horror Story, The League and Louie. Kate developed and oversees the Emmy Award®-winning animated series Archer. Most recently, she was instrumental in the development and production of the new comedy series Atlanta, named the best comedy series of the year by the Golden Globe® Awards, WGA Awards, PGA Awards, and Critics’ Choice Television Awards.Monika Zielinska. Monika Zielinska is Comedy Central’s Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development, West Coast. She has served as the Comedy Central Executive in Charge of Production for several hit series including Another Period, Idiotsitter, and the animated mind-bending TripTank. Zielinska’s work in programming, development, and production also includes serving as one of the Comedy Central Executives in Charge of Production on Reno 911! and the first two seasons of Key & Peele. She has also been key to the development and production of shows like Legends of Chamberlain Heights, Jeff & Some Aliens, Problematic with Moshe Kasher, and Detroiters.Rob Gati. Rob Gati is a comedy executive in Hulu’s Original Programming department. He has been the executive in charge of series such as Casual, Difficult People, Deadbeat, Dimension 404, and the upcoming Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg series Future Man, amongst others. Rob also launched Hulu’s original documentary slate, including the films Batman & Bill, Becoming Bond, Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine, and the upcoming Too Funny To Fail and Obey Giant.Moderator for this year’s From Set to Screen pitch program is Andrew Barnsley, President and Executive Producer at Project 10 Productions where he is currently the Executive Producer on Schitt’s Creek. His 2017 development and production slate includes series with CTV, CBC, Family Channel, Premo and 20th Century Fox. Opening remarks by Terence Gray, Founder/Executive Director, NYTVF.The winner of the From Set to Screen competition will be invited to participate as an “Official Artist” at the 2017 New York Television Festival and enjoy exclusive benefits extended only through NYTVF Connect.Mark your Calendar, Please!From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More takes place on Friday, July 28 at 10:30 am in the Inspiration Room, Hyatt Regency Montreal, and is presented by Project 10 Productions, an award-winning production company with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. All Stand Up & Pitch events are included with your ComedyPRO pass. Regular price now in effect. To purchase your pass, please visit Eventbrite. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisement The finalists have been announced for the 2017 edition of From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More, our long-form single or multi-camera series format pitch program, presented by Project 10 Productions in conjunction with the New York Television Festival (NYTVF). Our finalists are:* Dahéli Hall and HaJ, Angry Black Women* Courtney Karwal and Natalie Rose Young, Doug and Devi* Melanie Backer and Cary Bickley, Gamers* Kyle Radke and Matt Kelly, Mrs. Football* Jacques Barrett, The RemovalistsAbout the Teams: Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

2012 NFL Most Valuable Player Adrian Peterson Launches Allergy Education Program

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — His face swollen, breathing becoming difficult, Adrian Peterson didn’t panic.Maybe it was his resourcefulness as an elite athlete, or his ability to focus even in the most dire circumstances. But Peterson knew what to do two years ago when a severe allergy attack hit at Vikings training camp.Now, he wants to make sure everyone else knows how to react.Peterson has helped launch an educational program called Ready2Go for people with severe allergies.”It breaks down to two things,” the 2012 NFL Most Valuable Player said Monday.”First thing is being prepared and knowing your allergic triggers and symptoms.Then, having access to injections and using the epi pens.”That’s how Peterson dealt with the reaction called anaphylaxis. He immediately called his athletic trainer, Eric Sugarman — the man who oversaw Peterson’s incredibly quick and productive return from torn knee ligaments — and was fortunate that Sugarman was familiar with such symptoms and had the equipment to deal with them.”Being an athlete played a role in dealing with it,” said Peterson, whose allergic reaction was to shellfish in gumbo — something he’d been eating his entire life.”You have to have an action plan.”Peterson has teamed with the pharmaceutical company Mylan Specialty on the project. As part of the campaign, three youngsters who have such health issues can win a trip to Minnesota’s training camp this summer.Termed the Ready2GoDraft, Mylan will conduct a nationwide search for kids aged 5 through 18 who have severe allergies. The youngsters will share their tips for being prepared in a 30-second video, each of which must mention how the child manages an anaphylaxis action plan.The three winners will participate in a video/photo shoot with the star running back, and will get a trip to Minnesota’s training camp.Peterson, a paid spokesman for Mylan, chuckled when asked if he’d prefer the winners be Vikings or Oklahoma Sooners fans.”They talked me out of it,” he said with a laugh. “It’s nationwide.”And it’s important to Peterson, who related a story about when he was 7 years old and his brother was hit by a car. Peterson held his brother’s head, surveyed the situation, then gently placed his sibling’s head down and sprinted to his aunt’s house to get someone to call 911.He showed focus then in a stressful health situation, and he encourages others to do the same, to learn from him.His Vikings teammates and others in the NFL already are doing so.”When I had my episode, I was able to learn a lesson and be more knowledgeable, and so were they,” he said. “I can give them information based on my experiences and how they can be prepared.”___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Friendship hinges on individual personality

first_imgOne’s personality decides whether you would strike a chord with a stranger, says an interesting study.Those who score low on neuroticism — the personality dimension related to anxiety and self-consciousness — are more likely to open the channel of interaction in response to eye contact, the findings showed.On the other hand, those who are more anxious and self-conscious may find eye contacts discomforting and may even experience high levels of anxiety when they are the focus of someone’s gaze. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Our findings indicate that people do not only feel different when they are the centre of attention but that their brain reactions also differ,” said corresponding author Jari Hietanen from the University of Tampere in Finland.For some, eye contact tunes the brain into a mode that increases the likelihood of initiating an interaction with other people.“For others, the effect of eye contact may decrease this likelihood,” Hietanen added.Eye contact plays a crucial role when people initiate interaction with other people. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIf people look each other in the eye, they automatically send a signal that their attention is focused on the other person.However, in some individuals, eye contact may also trigger brain activity associated with avoidance motivation.In this study, the researchers set out to study what lies underneath these individual psychological differences. Does personality modulate how a person reacts to eye contact? Can this difference be measured by brain activity? “We conducted an experiment where the participants’ electrical brain activity was recorded while they were looking at another person who was either making eye contact or had her gaze averted to the side,” said researcher Helen Uusberg from the University of Tartu in Estonia.The results showed that personality does indeed modulate the way one’s brain reacts to attention from another individual. The study appeared in the journal Neuropsychologia.last_img read more