Before he dons a full Farrah Fawcett wig and high-heeled boots in the Tony-winning musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, incoming star Taye Diggs is giving us a sneak peek of his glam new makeover. In People, the star revealed he’s psyched to take on the role of the transgender East German rock goddess, and there’s another perk, too: “I also like wearing nail polish,” he said. The Rent favorite begins performances July 22, succeeding current star Darren Criss in the title role. What do you think of Diggs’ new look? Let us know in the comments below! View Comments Related Shows Hedwig and the Angry Inch Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015
AS preparations continue for the historic hosting of the 13th edition of the Junior Caribbean Cycling Championships under the auspices of the Caribbean Cycling Federation (CCF), Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF) has been boosted by the support of another corporate partner.On Friday afternoon, GCF president Horace Burrowes was presented with 30 cones that would be used to mark the turn back point of the race route in Bartica, which would be hosting the event from August 10 to 11 next, in association with the Mayor and Town Council (M&TC) and National Sports Commission.Crystal Kallu, Administrative Assistant of Industrial Safety Supplies Inc., in handing over the items to Burrowes stated that they have been very supportive of sports and the development of young people and they had no hesitation in partnering with the GCF to bring off this event – the first time Guyana would be hosting same.“It is an absolute pleasure for Industrial Safety Supplies to be making this contribution to this championship which we are told would be attracting about 20 nations. The safety of the riders is of importance and therefore we trust that our contribution would go some distance in ensuring a safe and enjoyable championship for all the cyclists, male and female.”President Burrowes in response, thanked Ms Kallu and Manager of Industrial Safety Supplies, Hemant Narine, for coming on board without hesitation and promised that the cones would not only serve to ensure a well-run Junior Caribbean Championship but that the items would also help to enhance races that would be held locally.“The GCF would like to express sincere gratitude to you for this contribution. It is true that Guyana would be hosting thos championship for the first time in our history and we therefore want it to be the best ever in the history of the CCF. We can assure you that your partnership has taken us a step closer in achieving this objective.”
Jaydev Unadkat has been in impressive form this Indian Premier League season with 22 wickets in only 11 matches at a brilliant average of 13.77.Unadkat, who had to wait for four matches before make his Rising Pune Supergiant debut, has been key to guiding the franchise to their maiden IPL final.The left-arm pacer has grown in confidence after Pune showed faith in the pacer when they bought him for Rs 30 lakh in the player auction in February.”I have grown in confidence from doing well. The first game was important and I kept going well from there. I became the captain’s go-to-man in pressure situations and I am enjoying that. I also feel fortunate to get that opportunity. It will be great to finish on high,” Unadkat tol India Today in an exclusive chat.Unadkat, in the last two seasons, had played just two games for Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders, respectively.However, he bounced back in style with his consistent performances which also included a hat-trick against Sunrisers Hyderabad this season.”My slower ones have worked well. I did not get enough game time in the past two seasons but I got it this time and I was happy to have played a crucial role in the team’s victory,” he said.The 25-year-old speedster also praised captain Steve Smith and MS Dhoni and said that the team was “blessed” to have them. “Steve Smith and MS Dhoni have been brilliant. Both leaders have been great for their countries. We have been blessed to have them around,” he said.advertisementBen Stokes, who became the costliest foreign player when Pune bought the all-rounder for a whopping Rs 14.50 crore, has returned home to prepare for the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales from June 1.Stokes finished his IPL 2017 campaign with 12 wickets and 316 runs from 12 matches. However, the Pune franchise did well in his absence to defeat the two-time champions Mumbai Indians by 20 runs in the Qualifier 1 on Tuesday. “Ben Stokes has been a pivotal player with both bat and ball. He is the one player we would definitely miss. But we did well in the qualifier and we will try to repeat that performance in one more match,” Unadkat said.It was a change in fortunes for RPS, who finished seventh in the points table in their debut season in 2016, to qualify for the final. Pune await the Qualifier 2 winners between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders in the final on Super Sunday.
New Delhi: Vedanta Ltd on Tuesday said it has collaborated with government think-tank Niti Aayog to help improve the quality of life of the people of Kalahandi district of Odisha. NITI Aayog and Vedanta will work together to assist the district by reviewing and co-creating strategic action plans to improve lives of local communities through interventions in health and nutrition, education, financial inclusion, skill development and basic infrastructure related aspects as defined in aspirational districts mandate under the overall development policies of the state government, the company said in a statement. “Vedanta Ltd signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) yesterday with NITI Aayog to help improve the quality of life of the citizens of Kalahandi district, Odisha, through their CSR fund as part of Aspirational Districts’ initiative,” the company said.
TORONTO – Sweeping changes to Ontario’s policing laws were introduced Thursday, including strengthening oversight, making it possible to suspend officers without pay and redefining police duties.The new rules, contained in a massive piece of legislation years in the making, would include the first update to the province’s Police Services Act in more than 25 years.“The issues faced by police services and their members today are far more complex than when the act was developed,” said Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Marie-France Lalonde. “The last time the act was revised, there was no internet, the Blue Jays won the World Series and you needed a briefcase to carry your cellphone.”Many of the policing updates stem from Appeal Court Justice Michael Tulloch’s report on police oversight, released earlier this year, and include requiring the Special Investigations Unit or SIU, one of the province’s police oversight agencies, to report publicly on all of its investigations and release the names of officers charged.Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said he has “deep respect and appreciation” for the more than 26,000 police officers in Ontario who risk their lives to keep people safe, but it’s also important to establish checks and balances.“We have all heard the growing concerns that some communities, in particular black and Indigenous communities, feel unjustly harmed at the hands of police,” he said. “We have witnessed such tensions across North America and we have learned that Ontario is not immune.”An Inspector General would be established to oversee police services, with the power to investigate and audit them, and Ontario’s ombudsman would be able to investigate complaints against the police oversight bodies.The three police oversight agencies that already exist in Ontario — the SIU, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) and the Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC) — would get expanded mandates.The OIPRD will be renamed the Ontario Policing Complaints Agency and would investigate all public complaints against police officers. The OCPC would be renamed the Ontario Policing Discipline Tribunal, dedicated solely to adjudicating police disciplinary matters, so that isn’t done by the police services themselves.As well, the SIU would be able to investigate not just current, but also former police officers, volunteer members of police services, special constables, off-duty officers and members of First Nations police services.Police officers who don’t comply with such investigations could be fined up to $50,000 and/or be sent to jail for up to one year.The SIU said it “wholeheartedly welcomes” the new Policing Oversight Act, tabled as part of the larger bill.Selwyn Pieters, a lawyer who frequently takes on issues of anti-black racism, said the expanded mandates and more layers of oversight will serve the public well.“I think those are fundamental when you talk about fairness, when you talk about impartiality, when you talk about balancing the scales between civilians and police officers,” he said. “We know the SIU has been criticized in terms of how it interacts and how it deals with shootings, particularly involving black men.”Suspending police officers without pay was one of the most discussed issues during the five-year process to update policing legislation, Lalonde said.Ontario is currently the only province in which chiefs can’t revoke the pay of suspended officers, who collect millions of dollars each year. Right now, suspended officers have to be paid even when convicted of an offence, unless they are sentenced to prison.The new legislation proposes to allow suspensions without pay when an officer is in custody or when they are charged with a serious federal offence that wasn’t allegedly committed in the course of their duties.But if an officer wants to fight that, the matter would go to the disciplinary tribunal, which would make the final decision. If the officer is ultimately found not guilty of the charge they faced, they would be reimbursed for the lost pay, Lalonde said.Fred Kaustinen, the executive director of the Ontario Association of Police Services Boards, said the rules strike a reasonable balance, though he would have liked a bit more flexibility for chiefs when it comes to suspension without pay.“When you have egregious offences conducted by some of the 26,000 members, sworn police officers in the province, it erodes that public trust and also is hugely expensive if somebody’s still on full pay and benefits because police officer salaries are very high in this province,” he said.Local police boards would also be created for the Ontario Provincial Police, similar to the structure of municipal police services boards — which will be required to undergo more training, such as on diversity. The new act would also allow First Nations police forces to establish their own police services boards.An amended Coroners Act would require coroner’s inquests when police kill through use of force, another one of Tulloch’s key recommendations.The government’s stated approach is to share the burden of community safety with municipalities. They will be required to implement community safety plans, such as identifying a need for more addiction and mental health programs, aiming to prevent problems before police get involved.The new act will also for the first time clearly define police responsibilities as those that can only be performed by an officer. That will be worked out in regulations, but Lalonde said for example, sworn constables may not be the best people to monitor construction sites.The Police Association of Ontario warned Thursday that those changes would open the door to privatization and could risk public safety, but Lalonde disputed the suggestion.“When you call 911 and you need a police officer, a police officer will respond,” she said.Two new pieces of legislation would also allow police to track a cellphone and search a home in missing persons cases — something they can only do now when a crime is suspected — as well as making accreditation and oversight of forensic labs mandatory.
Republicans fail to endorse candidate for Governor at San Diego convention Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter May 7, 2018 Posted: May 7, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Mail-in ballots are beginning to go out to voters today ahead of California’s June 5 primary election, but GOP voters may have a tough time choosing who to back after delegates failed to endorse a gubernatorial candidate at the California Republic Party’s state convention in San Diego over the weekend.Rancho Santa Fe businessman John Cox and Assemblyman Travis Allen, R- Huntington Beach, were vying for the party’s endorsement for governor, but neither earned the 60 percent of votes needed. Cox received 55.3 percent, Allen received 40.5 percent and 4.1 percent of delegates chose to endorse neither candidate.Primary voting for governor will see all candidates from all parties on the same ballot, with the top two vote-getters facing off in November, regardless of their party affiliation.California’s Democrats also failed to endorse a candidate for governor at their convention in February, but Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom holds a wide lead over all rivals in most polls. Cox and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a Democrat, are polling close together in second and third, with state Treasurer John Chiang and Allen polling a little ways behind them in fourth and fifth, respectively.The danger for Republicans, according to many of the party’s delegates, is that if a Republican gubernatorial candidate is not on the November ballot, it could hinder GOP turnout for the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives and down-ballot elections at the state and local levels.“It’s absolutely necessary that we as a party are united around the top race in the state,” Los Angeles County delegate Karen Roseberry said as she unsuccessfully urged the party to reconsider the endorsement vote, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Every down-ticket race is counting on this.”A spokesman for Cox’s campaign said the wealthy businessman is now the only Republican with enough funding to challenge the Democrats, according to the Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune. Allen — who said he was “ecstatic” that Cox failed to claim an endorsement victory despite his wealth — said he believes he can still challenge for a top-two finish next month. He said he is sending out more than 13 million mailers this week to invigorate the state’s GOP voters.The three-day convention wrapped up Sunday at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in the Midway District, with delegates voting to endorse retired Judge Steven Bailey for attorney general, Cole Harris for lieutenant governor and Mark Meuser for secretary of state.But in another blow to the party, there were no candidates eligible for endorsement in the U.S. Senate race to challenge Dianne Feinstein. Patrick Little, a neo-Nazi who has praised Adolf Hitler and has polled second behind Feinstein in recent polls, was barred from the convention Saturday when he tried to register.State Republican leaders said there was no room for Little’s anti-Semitic views in their party. State GOP leaders have distanced themselves from Little, saying they have no records of him ever serving as a delegate and he has no relationship to the state Republican party. KUSI Newsroom,