first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kobe Bryant shares which university he would have chosen for college CONTRIBUTED PHOTOGilas Pilipinas on Tuesday arrived in Tokyo, Japan for the Fiba World Cup qualifying.National team coach Chot Reyes snapped a photo of the squad on his Instagram account. Gilas takes on Japan on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “Touchdown Tokyo #gilasWCQ,” he wrote. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Naturalized center Andray Blatche, four-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo, and lead guard Jayson Castro lead the 15-man pool.Joining the three are veteran national team members Gabe Norwood, Calvin Abueva, and Japeth Aguilar, together with Raymond Almazan, Allein Maliksi, Troy Rosario, Kevin Alas, sophomores Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Mac Belo, and Carl Bryan Cruz, and rookie Kiefer Ravena.Terrence Romeo missed the trip due to a knee injury.The duel between Gilas and Japan will be held at Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Gymnasium in Tokyo.The team, then, flies back home to host Chinese Taipei on Nov. 27 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Reyes is expected to name the final 12-man roster on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) will be revamping the 125 Parent Places established islandwide, in an effort to boost support to Jamaican parents in the raising of their children.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NPSC, Kaysia Kerr, told JIS News that the Commission is currently conducting an audit of the Parent Places that are attached to primary schools, “with a view to looking at what other resources and other support are needed at the facilities”.Ms. Kerr said that, so far, audits have been conducted on 50 of the 125 Parent Places across the six Regions of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.Meanwhile, Ms. Kerr informed that the Parent Places attached to primary schools have been reaping success.She said through the Parent Place construct, a number of schools have been seeing improved parental involvement at school as well as improved parent-student relationships.“We have seen better parental involvement. We saw where there might have been friction between parent and child in terms of the parent-child relationship. We saw academic performances and social behaviours improved among children, because when children and home are on the same page, we usually see the benefits in the classroom,” Ms. Kerr said.“So, we certainly saw where children who might have had issues with just adjusting to instruction, adjusting to what the expected instructional outcome should be or whether they were not adjusting to the rules and regulations of schools, we saw improvements where those were concerned,” she added.She further informed that the NPSC has received $10 million in grant funding from the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) to establish an additional 10 Parent Places in the Corporate Area.Ms. Kerr told JIS News that the additional Parent Places will be instituted at eight primary and two high schools in the Kingston area.She noted that the Commission will be working with parents at these institutions to improve their parenting styles with students with behavioural challenges, adding that effective parenting underpins individual and national development.“We are very grateful, because these are schools in very volatile communities, and where we see negative behaviours present, then we would ensure that we not just nip it in the bud but we start retraining the parents and building their own capacities and skills,” Ms. Kerr said, “so, that their parenting styles and their parenting practices, in general, can either change or improve, so that we can have better relationships and better structures in the home that will also spill over in how children behave and adjust to school life.”Additionally, Ms. Kerr noted that the Commission will be moving to attach Parent Places to community centres and libraries across the island by June 2019The Parent Places have been instituted through collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and benefit from assistance from volunteer mentors and on-staff parent support managers.The Parent Place is described as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for parenting information, skills training and support on effective parenting. It offers what is described as “21st century parenting” through quality information and referrals, access to parenting resources and workshops.last_img read more

first_imgToronto native Larysa Kondracki was hesitant to bring the classic novel to TV. (MATT DOYLE / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “Australia really wanted to make a splash and make an international show,” says Kondracki. “They just didn’t necessarily have the budget of something like American Gods or Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead.”Kondracki’s challenge was to make the miniseries special and stylistic on a tight budget. “That really came down to just a lot of creativity and an unbelievable work ethic on behalf of the cast and crew.” She singles out Dormer as “a class act” who “set the tone for all the young actors. She came in and was such a force.”The director encouraged everyone to pitch ideas that could be used in the miniseries. Any idea that made it to the screen would win whoever suggested it a bottle of wine.Soon, ideas were flowing from every direction. Kondracki says she gave away a lot of liquid bonuses, including a bottle of gin to a costume designer who didn’t drink wine.The reward was part of an overall plan to create a positive work environment. “You’re supposed to be having fun,” she says. “When you’re growing up as a kid, pretending to do movies, this is what you wanted to do.”Kondracki has always been interested in directing. At McGill University in Montreal she threw herself into what she describes as “a phenomenal theatre program.” Later, she earned a MFA in film directing at Columbia University in New York.She found early success as a director on The Whistleblower, a drama starring Rachel Weisz. The searing depiction of sex trafficking in war-torn Bosnia earned Kondracki a Genie Award for Best Director in 2011. Her subsequent TV credits read like a critic’s Top 10 list, including episodes of The Americans, Better Call Saul, Legion and The Walking Dead. This has put her in business with today’s top showrunners, including Vince Gilligan and Noah Hawley.Picnic at Hanging Rock is also her first project as showrunner. That’s a career direction she intends to pursue, although closer to home. After years of living in New York and Los Angeles, Kondracki has returned to her Toronto roots.“This is a very interesting city to try and do this from,” she says. “The talent is here and we have a very robust industry.“Truth be told,” she adds, “I’m the mother of a 2-year-old son. That’s a challenge; how do you figure out how to be a human being and an artist? Hopefully, if you do figure it out, you become a better parent.”By BILL BRIOUX | The Canadian Press “Then it was framed to me as an absolute reimagining of the original book,” says Kondracki, who started reading the 1967 novel by Joan Lindsay. It only took a few pages before the Canadian realized this was more than a mystery novel about the disappearance of several Australian school girls on Valentine’s Day, 1900. “It became a much darker and deeper, and sadly relevant, exploration of all these different girls,” she says. “Creatively it was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had.”Kondracki and the cast and crew — including Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) as the no-nonsense headmistress of an all-girls school — shot the six-episode miniseries early in 2017 in Australia. Episode 3, which is directed by Kondracki, as were the first two, airs this coming Sunday in Canada on Bravo. (Amazon Prime Video streams the series in other parts of the world.)center_img Advertisement At first, Larysa Kondracki didn’t think directing a TV miniseries based on the novel Picnic at Hanging Rock was going to be much of a picnic.“When the idea first came up I said, ‘Absolutely not, that’s a classic,’” Kondracki recalls.The Toronto native had seen the 1975 film directed by Peter Weir and was reticent about following in the Australian’s footsteps. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more