10 Tips for Submitting to Film Festivals

first_imgGet your project accepted to fests by following these must-know tips for film festival success!Film festivals provide a great way to get your film (and you!) exposure in the industry…but with escalating competition how can you increase your chances of acceptance? Cream rises to the top, so much of your success is reliant on your creative vision and execution – the film itself. BUT, there are certain steps you can take to insure that festival programmers and judges give your film a fair chance to be considered. Follow these 10 must-follow tips for submitting your film to festivals!Is the Film a Fit?Do your research when it comes to which festivals you’ll apply. Take a look at past films that have screened. Read reviews from past festival attendees. Do the programmers primarily accept narrative? Is there an emphasis on short films? Maybe a preference for the avant-garde or experimental? Is the fest geared toward a certain audience? Closely examine any film festival before you spend your time and money submitting to it. Is your project a good fit for the fests overall goals and theme? If it’s not, don’t try to ‘make it work’.Niche FestivalsInstead, seek out fests that align with the genre or subject matter of your film. There are more festivals than ever before and many are micro-focused on a niche subject such as horror, environmental, documentary or shorts. These niche fests provide a great opportunity for new filmmakers to get their work in front of a captive audience. The big league film fests are for the ‘big leaguers’ . It’s great to dream, but remember that time and money are finite resources– set realistic goals and shoot for what’s attainable.  Check out our list of 15 Fests You Should Enter.Budget AppropriatelyWhen raising money for your film (through crowdsourcing, private investors or your own pocket) it’s important to factor in a realistic cost for making any film festival appearance a success. Aside from the cost of submission (around $50 on average) you need to consider what it will cost to market the film at the festival, as well as any costs you might incur from attending the fest yourself. Some high-profile film festivals will cover costs such as hotel (or at least offer a discount), but you certainly won’t receive this with smaller fests. Check out this rundown of film festival budget considerations.Submit Your Film EarlyYou’re free to submit your fest throughout the submission period, but the truth is the later you wait the harder it may be to land a spot. Festival programmers may (and likely) begin viewing and choosing films before the end of the submission period. As time goes on the programming slots will fill, possibly making it more competitive for late applicants. If you’re confident enough in your work to be submitting to fests, than you need to submit early – when the judges/programmers are fresh and less stressed. As an added benefit, many festivals offer a discounted submission fee for early applicants.Screen with Test AudiencesIt’s all too easy for a director to get married to a shot, or an editor to get married to a cut. BE FLEXIBLE. Show your work to other filmmakers and friends whose opinion you value and trust. Tell them to be brutal in their feedback! Nothing will kill your film festival submission like a film that drags. Keep it moving by incorporating what your test audience responds to.Don’t Neglect Sound DesignPoor sound mix and design is a sure sign of amateur filmmaking. Generally, sub-par visuals are more forgivable than a poor sound mix (in fact some entire film styles are based around lo-fi shooting!) Use commercial microphones and ensure that the audio levels are mixed within acceptable ranges. NEVER use commercial music without permission from the creator. Instead, check out royalty free music options to soundtrack your film.DVD Best PracticesAh, DVDs.. For better or worse, they’re still the submission format of choice for most festivals so you’ll need to make sure they’re given a thorough quality check before sending out. A few things to think about:No sticky labels – Sticker labels can wreak havoc on DVD players automatically guaranteeing your project won’t find a home on a festivals lineup.No complicated Menus – Be straightforward. Festival judges and programmers are watching batches of films at a time. They shouldn’t have to struggle to find your “main feature” or have to wait through a complicated DVD menu video. In most cases an autoplay is preferred.No looping – Again, simplicity is best. When the video/film is done, it should stop. Double check that looping is disabled in the burning software.Test the DVD on multiple players – Spin up the DVD in your computer DVD player, a commercial DVD player, etc. Although most players can now read all DVD types, it’s important to check it on multiple systems before sending it off.Check aspect rations – Chances are your project was shot widescreen so you’ll want to make sure that the DVD program you are using for burning is set to the correct aspect ratio.Compression – Maximize the quality. Poor compression and encoding will get immediately tossed out.Don’t Watermark Your FilmUnless your last name is Scorsese or Spielberg you really don’t need to watermark your film when you submit it to festivals. Overlaying “for your consideration” or “festival copy” will only serve to be distracting to the programmers and judges. It may also show a little pompous on your part, as if people are clamoring to pirate your latest masterpiece. Practice humility…and trust.Send A Finished ProductSome film festivals will allow you to send a “work in progress.” Word to the wise: don’t. Even if you miss a deadline, it’s more important to send a polished film. Have you ever shown a client a rough cut? Many have a hard time imagining what the polished finished product will be…what the full potential of the project is. Same logic applies here. Instead, when you’re in production and post keep an eye on the submission dates. Work from a schedule early on to make those deadlines, so you won’t be faced with running against the clock or having to wait a full year to submit a finished project.Follow the RulesEvery film festival has different rules…..how they’d like media labeled, how they’d like to be contacted, what info you need to provide. The list goes on. Follow the film festival rules. It may seem elementary, but it’s just too easy to let a simple oversight ruin your chances for entry.Additionally, don’t send any more information than what is asked for (this includes extravagant press kits!) Resist the urge to bug the festival programmers about your submission. If you weren’t contacted about your entry there is a reason! Suck it up and submit elsewhere! Don’t get blacklisted as an annoyance, thereby ruining your chances for submitting any future projects.Now, follow these tips for film festival submissions and let your project stand on it’s own creative strengths!Are there any tips you would add for filmmakers looking to enter film festivals?  Let us know in the comments!last_img read more

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Create Your Own Lyric Videos with These Kinetic Typography Tutorials

first_imgThe lyric video trend is alive and well. Learn to add some flash to your own projects with these After Effects tutorials.Top image via Taylor Swift Vevo.Music videos have been an integral part of the music industry since the television became a household item. Although, typically, music videos have been about grandeur and symbolic storytelling, in the 2010s, we saw a new music video trend emerge with the rise of video sharing sites: the lyric video.If you have never heard of (or seen) a lyric video, it’s exactly what it sounds like. For the duration of the song, the lyrics appear on the screen, typically in an animated fashion.Cee Lo Green’s “F-You” is attributed as the music video that started the rise of the style. (Warning: the video contains explicit language.)Modern UseIn recent years, lyric videos have served as teasers for forthcoming live action videos. The lyric video generates press and excitement for the new song and its video. However, more recently, lyric videos are becoming more elaborate — to the point that they serve as the main music video itself.For example, let’s look at the recently released video by Taylor Swift, “Look What You Made Me Do.”The animation is far more elaborate than your standard lyric video. Images that reflect the text motivate almost all of the lyrics. For example, “I don’t like your little games” accompanies a hand placing chess pieces on a chessboard. The style is also somewhat reminiscent of a Saul Bass opening title sequence.Within just a few days, this lyric video has garnered 48 million views and has already broken several records regarding view counts. Seeing this result from a lyric video, which would have cost considerably less than a full live-action video, you do have to question the validity of spending so much on a music video in 2017. Not only that but if you’re producing such an intricate lyric video, the live action video is going to need to be twice as elaborate. Taylor Swift certainly didn’t let her lyric video out-produce her live action video.Why Have Lyric Videos Become So Popular?While lyric videos are coming from the biggest names in music, the reason why their popularity grows year after year is that they are entirely cost efficient for indie bands and newcomers. Essentially, and not to diminish the work of motion graphic gurus, anybody can make one with enough time and practice. If a musician were to know their way around After Effects, they could likely plot out a lyric video without ever having to hire a production team.And to that point, what tutorials do you need to learn to make a lyric video?TutorialsAs flamboyant as Taylor Swift’s lyric video is, we’re going to want to start off with the basics of making something simpler with a technique called Kinetic Typography.In the tutorial below from Jesse Rosten, he covers all of the basics you need to make a kinetic text music video. Although the video is six-years old, it has gained over a million views and only has 179 dislikes. This video is your one-stop shop for learning how to make a kinetic typography lyric video. As Jesse states in the description, you need to a basic understanding of keyframing in After Effects.Once have you the basics of kinetic typography locked down, you’re going to want to make your lyrics appear in various ways rather than just panning over to them. In the tutorial below from motion graphics designer Avnish Parker, you can learn how to create smooth writing and masking text, which would be great to pair with Jesse’s tutorial.Not all lyric videos come solely from a compositor. There are a few videos, such as The Chainsmokers’, “Closer,” that blend the best of both worlds. In the Chainsmokers video, you have live action footage compiled with lyrics that fly through 3d space. Thanks to Learn How To Edit Stuff, you can learn exactly how to do that in the tutorial below.Enjoy the tutorials, and good luck!last_img read more

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Sania pens autobiography

first_imgpeople tennis SHARE Published on May 04, 2016 COMMENTcenter_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL books and literature Ace tennis star Sania Mirza has documented her journey to become the World No. 1 in the women’s doubles rankings in an autobiography set for release this July, according to publishers Harper Collins.Titled, Ace Against Odds, the book has been penned by Mirza with her father Imran Mirza and sports journalist Shivani Gupta. “Sania’s is an extraordinary achievement and her autobiography is as compelling as it is inspirational. We are privileged to be able to work with her on the book,” says Karthika V K, Publisher and Chief Editor, Harper Collins. COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Alli clarifies middle finger salute

first_imgEngland Middle finger gesture a joke with Walker – Alli Iain Strachan Last updated 2 years ago 07:30 9/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Dele Alli - cropped Getty Images England England v Slovakia Slovakia WC Qualification Europe World Cup After being caught on camera making a gesture with his middle finger, England’s Dele Alli has claimed it was not aimed at the referee Dele Alli has insisted the middle finger gesture he was caught on camera making during England’s win over Slovakia was aimed at Kyle Walker and not referee Clement Turpin.Alli could find himself the subject of retroactive disciplinary action for seemingly expressing dissent toward the match official in the 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory at Wembley on Monday.England 18/1 to win World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina England manager Gareth Southgate told a news conference Alli had targeted his former Tottenham team-mate and the Spurs attacking midfielder has now used social media to reiterate that stance. “Just to clarify, the gesture tonight was a joke between me and my good friend Kyle Walker! Apologies for any offence caused! Great win 2nite,” he wrote on Twitter.Just to clarify, the gesture tonight was a joke between me and my good friend Kyle Walker! Apologies for any offence caused! Great win 2nite— Dele (@dele_official) September 4, 2017 Goals from Eric Dier and Marcus Rashford saw England come from behind to win in London, moving five points clear at the top of Group F with two games to go.last_img read more

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Chelsea defence suffers Halloween horror show

first_imgChelsea What’s happened to Chelsea’s defence? Rudiger & David Luiz endure Halloween horror show Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 06:02 11/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Antonio Conte Chelsea Getty Images Chelsea UEFA Champions League Roma v Chelsea Roma Antonio Conte The Blues have been conceding goals galore in recent weeks and shipped another three in Rome as they suffered a heavy Champions League defeat Chelsea’s defence was again left in ruins in Rome on the night of Halloween as Stephan El Shaarawy provided the frights and Antonio Rudiger endured a horror show with a shocking mistake.Conte’s men 15/8 to concede 2+ v Man UThe Blues were 1-0 down after just 39 seconds following an unstoppable El Shaarawy strike from outside the area – and things just went from bad to worse for the English champions from there. 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 Chelsea’s defence made individual and collective errors throughout the game. David Luiz made a howler on the half way line shortly before Rudiger’s big mistake allowed El Shaarawy to score his and Roma’s second on the night. The German defender completely misread the flight off the ball, allowing the Italian to dart in and score.That left Chelsea with an almost impossible task and Diego Perotti made it 3-0 with another good long range strike after Cesc Fabregas had given the ball away cheaply in midfield.Chelsea have been horribly vulnerable at the back in the recent matches versus Roma (twice), Crystal Palace and Watford.They remain in a strong position to qualify for the knockout round after Atletico Madrid failed to beat Qarabag at home but they don’t look like contenders to win the competition.RudigerTheir defensive issues have come as a result of many factors but the loss of N’Golo Kante has been huge. It has impacted the balance of the side which has, in turn, made good players look ordinary.Using the 3-4-3 formation away in Rome was perhaps too bold for a side that isn’t at its best. Chelsea’s defence was strong last season but having to compete in three competitions has left the squad stretched and tired.In midfield, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Cesc Fabregas have completed almost every game this month despite the duo not building any form of chemistry together. Danny Drinkwater has returned but isn’t properly fit having barely played any football since May with his old club Leicester City.Marcos Alonso is undroppable at left wing back and is jaded, while Cesar Azpilicueta also needs a break. Some may argue that Davide Zappacosta, Michy Batshuayi and Andreas Christensen are under-utilised but Conte has been cautious about using his less experienced squad players.Kenedy is Alonso’s deputy but it is clear Conte doesn’t trust him. Zappacosta is only used by Conte against smaller sides and therein lies Conte’s biggest problem – he only trusts a handful of experienced players and they are running out of energy.Cesc Fabregas ChelseaChelsea have only one clean sheet in eight games and have conceded six goals in two matches against Roma.They have now let in 20 goals in 17 games across all competitions this season, compared to their total of 33 goals shipped in 38 matches last term when winning the Premier League.These defensive issues coupled with Alvaro Morata’s October goal drought means Conte faces a huge task to pick his side up for the big game against Manchester United this weekend.last_img read more

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England Under-21s cruise past Scotland after Josh Onomah’s spectacular goal

first_img Read more Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest England Under-21s Share on LinkedIn match reports Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Jack Harrison’s England U-21 call-up is the feelgood story US soccer needscenter_img Read more Share via Email Scotland beat Holland 2-0 last month to open up the group but showed little sign of life after Onomah’s 14th-minute opener.The visitors survived a couple of early scares with the defender John Souttar forced into late clearances but he could do nothing to stop Onomah.The Tottenham midfielder, on loan at Aston Villa, collected the ball after a corner was only half-cleared and sent a looping half-volley into the top corner from 25 yards. Four minutes later Abraham poked Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s cross against the post before Demarai Gray shot wide as England threatened more goals.The hosts dictated the tempo of the game early on but needed a second goal to underline their dominance. Abraham almost found it after 33 minutes, only for Liam Smith to block his snap shot.In the first half Scotland barely looked like the side which upset Holland, with West Brom’s £15m man Oliver Burke and the St Mirren striker Lewis Morgan anonymous. Solanke should have added gloss to England’s fine first-half display but miscued his header wide from six yards out. Topics England Under-21s serve up exhilarating fare in easy victory over Latvia Josh Onomah’s stunning goal inspired England Under-21s to a comfortable 3-1 win over Scotland Under-21s in their Euro 2019 qualifier in Middlesbrough.The midfielder’s spectacular half-volley fired the hosts to the top of Group Four as they brushed aside their old rivals at the Riverside Stadium.Tammy Abraham added a second-half penalty and set up Dominic Solanke’s late third after Chris Cadden had struck for Scotland to reduce the deficit.The Young Lions have now not lost a European qualifier since November 2011, a run of 28 games. A day after the senior side limped past Slovenia to qualify for the World Cup, Aidy Boothroyd’s youngsters provided the excitement and they head to Andorra on Tuesday looking to take control of the group. England did double their lead in fortuitous circumstances four minutes after the break when Souttar was ruled to have felled Abraham in the box. Replays showed that Abraham tripped himself up but Swansea’s on-loan Chelsea striker still scored from the spot.England were cruising but they slipped up with 12 minutes left when Joe Gomez was caught out and Oliver McBurnie teed up Cadden for a tap-in.Solanke restored the hosts’ two-goal lead when Abraham set him up after Onomah’s brilliant through-ball. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Dustin Johnson fights his own game until Carnoustie lands knockout blow

first_img When Guy McQuitty hit the Open’s worst ever rounds – but did not quit … 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. Share on Pinterest In January, the 34-year-old American looked primed to make 2018 a vintage year. After Justin Thomas briefly interrupted his reign as world No 1 in May, he took his crown back at the St Jude Classic and, a week later, finished third at the US Open, having led by four on the Friday evening.There would be no Friday evening to remember here, despite a gutsy fightback. The 2016 US Open champion had the pedigree and the skill to destroy the course; what he lacked was patience.On Thursday, he had gone for it, averaging 366 yards on the designated holes, hit only half the fairways overall, 58.3% of greens and his 33 putts did not help him much, either. Altogether, it was a failure of strategy and execution. As the partner of Wayne Gretzky’s daughter, Paulina, he was familiar with the concept of skating on thin ice.On Friday, Johnson knew what he had to do: not go crazy. He cut back his tee shot ambitions on the selected driving fairways, hitting them an average 318 yards, a drop of 48 yards – but he still struggled for precision. While his putting improved, he found fewer than half the fairways and 56% of the greens in regulation.A birdie and two bogeys put him three outside the projected cut before he had even reached the turn. When he blew up at the 18th for the second day in a row – a double bogey this time after a triple – he looked a forlorn figure.Earlier, as the drizzle briefly subsided, rivals all around were dropping birdies like unused betting slips. His namesake Zach Johnson (who later revealed he is sometimes called Dustin but doubted DJ was ever called Zach) was playing just in front of him and already had three of them. Z would finish five shots in front of D on the day.For Dustin, it remained a fight on two fronts: with his own game and with the course. He could not find his radar off the tee and, at six over with eight holes left and the main contenders disappearing from sight, the rain and wind rose, an irritant that also threw up the possibility that the cut-line could move. The Open US sports Read more The Open: Johnson and Kisner lead after second round – as it happened PGA Tour It is usually all or nothing for Dustin Johnson. After an opening day when Carnoustie intimidated a few, seduced others and encouraged the usual suspects, the nervous dance towards the cut on a Friday that brought rain, wind and more frustration to the 147th Open proved too much for the No 1 player in the world.It is odd to see such a magnificent athlete with all the required weapons swing violently between triumph and failure but his game is so finely tuned that, if it is marginally off, it can knock like an old banger. On day one, Johnson was a Rolls Royce with a spark plug missing. On day two, he charged and crashed. Four bogeys and a double cancelled out five birdies in a second-round 72 that will not save him from the axe. Read more Share on LinkedIn Johnson jutted his jaw at the odds and the weather. At four over, he grabbed a fifth birdie at 16 and had the gallery wondering. He was one outside the cut with two to play – on holes that had given up just four birdies to the 24 players who gone before him. But a bogey on 17 and the double on the last were knockout blows.In 10 visits to the Open, Johnson has missed the cut twice, just failed to catch Darren Clarke at Sandwich in 2011, made the top 10 at Lytham in 2012 and again two years ago at Troon, as well as finishing well off the pace in 2013 and 2015. So, it is not always an enjoyable visit for an under-the-radar champion whose low-key persona and southern drawl disguise a fierce yet brittle competitor.It would be little comfort for him that his distinguished compatriots Thomas (who went triple bogey, double bogey, double bogey mid-round) and Jimmy Walker were similarly crushed by one of the toughest courses in golf. Share on Messenger Topics Share on Twitter European Tour Share on Facebook Dustin Johnson Support The Guardian features Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Golf The Open 2018 Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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first_imgFROM THE COACHES BOX – FINAL DAY ” Congratulations Boys you’ve done everything we’ve asked and 10% more – we’ve reached the highest rung and we’re taking the trophy home – go and get a soft drink, I don’t think your parents will have too much trouble shouting you one after that effort.” -NSW 12 Years Boys Coach John Clune in the victory huddle yesterday with his players. “We said the rides at Dream World made us nervous, but excited nervous, that’s how we should feel about the nerves we have when playing today’s final.” -Qld 12 Years Girls Coach Evan Willis explaining how the undefeated Qld team handled the weight of expectation on them to keep Queensland’s domination in this division going. “Beaten by a better team, but the Boys gave it all they had, can’t knock the effort level” – Qld 12 Years Boys Coach Jason Boyd reflects on the 4 -1 loss to NSW. “Take your time and make BIG signals – oh and have fun out there.”- Diminutive 12 year-old Kingaroy Junior Referee Daniel Ensor explains what he learnt from refereeing at the tournament. The ever-smiling Daniel has quite a few of his own `Billy Bowden’ type signals – his 10 metres is a classic. “Yeah, the Boys did well it’s a great way to win, NSW were pretty tough, they put it on us and that’s what you expect – but we had what it took to get there in the end… David Briggs and Josh Costello were great in attack and Dwayne Conlon thoroughly deserves his Player of the Series Award…. thanks to Dave Kirby, Simon Horsley, and Peter Bell for all their help as well.” -Qld 15 Years Boys Coach Dan Parker giving us his thoughts on the 15 Years Boys Grand Final. “The girls were fun to coach – it was a bit like `Bruce Reid with only sticky tape holding him together’ scenario – but we got there in the end and got the chocolates and I’m proud of them.” – Qld 15 Years Girls Coach Craig Slavin talking about winning the title and his team’s casualty ward of injured players. “Good to win, the girls got on great and Slavo and Sharon were fantastic – loved it, despite all the injuries I think we showed a lot of determination to get the win.” – Qld 15 Years Co- Captain Sam Hopkin after the win in the Grand Final. ” Look it’s Scott Sattler, dare you to challenge him to a game of `Run at me’.”- Two 12 Years Boys players after spotting Scott Sattler at the finals yesterday – the game they’re talking about involves one person saying `Run at Me’ and the other running straight at them in an effort to get past them – perhaps they should have just asked Scott to re-enact his famous cover tackle from the 2003 NRL grand final – that would be safer! “No worries, yell at you anytime.” – QSST’s Peter Bell in response to a `thank-you’ from Qld 15 Years Girls player Ash Cook for his help with Qld’s line defence. “It’s Boom Boom Banks.” -Tournament staff giving me heaps after I accidentally pumped up a touch ball for a young boy too much and it burst – Apologies for giving people in the vicinity near heart attacks.. Look, the kid only cried for a little while… don’t worry, I replaced the ball. “Bursting with enthusiasm aren’t you.” -Tournament Director Greg Norman to me a little while later, everyone’s a comedian…I’m tired!!! “Victoria scrapped past us with 10 lucky touchdowns, it’s fair to say the game was in the balance until the ref blew time on…seriously the Boys learnt heaps and gave it their all – had a ball, great tournament.” Who else? – Pete Hampson Tasmanian 15 Years Boys Manager whose ‘fit as racing snakes’ team will be back to do it all again next year along with all the other teams. Compiled by Karley Banks 31 October 2004last_img

Sala plane found following underwater search

first_imgThe plane that was carrying Emiliano Sala was found in the English Channel on Sunday morning, following a two-week search for the aircraft that was carrying the missing footballer.Sala was aboard the Piper Malibu aircraft on January 21 when he flew from Nantes to Wales after completing a £15 million ($19.8m) transfer to Cardiff City.The Argentine had flown back to France to say goodbye to his team-mates and, on his way back to England, the plane carrying the forward and pilot David Ibbotson disappeared from radar close to the Channel Islands. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The plane was located following an extensive search of the area with a search boat positively identifying the aircraft after discovery on Sunday.Marine scientist David Mearns led the search on Sunday and confirmed that the plane was located and that families were notified by police.Mearns tweeted: “Wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala and piloted by David Ibbotson was located early this morning by the FPV MORVEN. As agreed with the AAIB they moved the GEO OCEAN III over the position we provided them to visually identify the plane by ROV.”The families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been notified by Police. The AAIB will be making a statement tomorrow. Tonight our sole thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and David.”Wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala and piloted by David Ibbotson was located early this morning by the FPV MORVEN. As agreed with the AAIB they moved the GEO OCEAN III over the position we provided them to visually identify the plane by ROV. #EmilianoSala— David Mearns (@davidlmearns) 3 February 2019 The families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been notified by Police. The AAIB will be making a statement tomorrow. Tonight our sole thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and David. #EmilianoSalas #NoDejenDeBuscarAEmilianoSala— David Mearns (@davidlmearns) 3 February 2019A further statement is expected on Monday.Initial search and recovery efforts were called off three days after the flight disappeared, but the search was then resumed after Sala’s family raised funds to continue the efforts.A target of €300,000 (£260k/$342k) was met on a GoFundMe page after the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and president of Argentina Mauricio Macri spoke out to continue the search.Sala joined Nantes in 2015 after previously featuring for Orleans, Niort and Caen, and the forward went on to make 132 appearances for the club while scoring 48 goals.After scoring 13 goals across all competitions to start the season with Nantes, Sala became Cardiff’s record signing when he was acquired by Neil Warnock’s side in January. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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NIF Continues to Maximise Returns – Minister

first_img Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, says the National Insurance Fund (NIF) continues its primary focus to maximise returns, within acceptable risk limits, while maintaining a level of liquidity to facilitate the timely payments of National Insurance Scheme (NIS) benefits. Speaking at a quarterly press briefing held at the Ministry’s North Street Offices today (September 4), the Minister said the NIF continues to evaluate the asset allocation with a view to ensuring that there is appropriate diversification, given the ever-changing investment environment. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, says the National Insurance Fund (NIF) continues its primary focus to maximise returns, within acceptable risk limits, while maintaining a level of liquidity to facilitate the timely payments of National Insurance Scheme (NIS) benefits.Speaking at a quarterly press briefing held at the Ministry’s North Street Offices today (September 4), the Minister said the NIF continues to evaluate the asset allocation with a view to ensuring that there is appropriate diversification, given the ever-changing investment environment.She informed that the NIF has demonstrated strong financial performance, and that the net assets of the Fund grew by $13.8 billion or 14.8 per cent to $106.2 billion as at March 2018.“For the first quarter in this fiscal year, the net assets of the NIF grew by 7.37 per cent to $114.02 billion when compared to 2.03 per cent over the similar quarter of the 2017/18 financial year,” Mrs. Robinson said.She noted that the Fund continues to invest in a diversified portfolio of assets comprising equities, real estate, bonds and loans. She said that over the last three years, the equity portfolio has been the main contributor to the growth in the net assets of the Fund, averaging 44.3 per cent.“As at June 30, 2018, the equity portfolio was valued at $26.07 billion, up 7.16 per cent since the start of the financial year.The Real Estate portfolio also grew in the first quarter by 0.21 per cent to $14.84 billion. As at June 30, 2018, the equity portfolio was valued at $26.07 billion, up 7.16 per cent since the start of the financial year,” the Minister informed.Also as at June 30, 2018, the bonds and loans portfolios were valued at $73.68 billion, up 9.67 per cent.Meanwhile, Mrs. Robinson clarified that contrary to media reports, no decision has been made in relation to the redesign of the NIF’s portfolio, other than the fact that it is intended to be given body corporate status.“Reports of impending Fund Management outsourcing, including to multiple private pension-fund managers, are merely speculative. A consulting firm has been hired and we await their deliberations to create greater value for the pensioners who benefit from this Fund,” she noted.center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more

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OOCL Returns to Incheon Port

first_imgzoom OOCL, a Hong Kong-based shipping company and member of the G6 Alliance, is returning to South Korea’s Incheon Port after a 12-year absence through the recently reshuffled CHL (China Hochiminh Laem Chabang) service and the CC1-CC2 combo service.The company will take part in the regular container service that connects South Korea, China, Vietnam, and Thailand, according to the Incheon Port Authority.On August 22, the port authority announced that the CTS Line, which connected this port to China, Vietnam, and Thailand, has been changed to CHL due to changes in ports of call, shipping companies and operated vessels, among others.The new CHL will be jointly run by Taiwan’s Yangming Line, Thailand’s RCL (Regional Container Line) and OOCL.The service will be launched on September 7, according to the Incheon Port Authority.The port rotation is as follows:Incheon (South Korea) Dalian, Xinjiang, Qingdao, Hong Kong, Shekou (China), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Laem Chabang (Thailand), Shekou, Hong Kong, Incheon.OOCL plans to deploy two vessels, the 2,867 TEU HS OCEANO and the 2,702 TEU LAILI, while each of the two remaining companies will deploy one 2,700 TEU boxship on the route.The operation will be made in one-week intervals, with the ship calling the port every Wednesday and leaving every Thursday, the port authority said.According to the Incheon Port Authority, with this move, OOCL will “utilize vacant container boxes in the Seoul and Incheon areas more efficiently”.“Recently, OOCL, that had not provided any service to or from Incheon Port since 2004, determined to put vessels into the CC1-CC2 combo service, the only ocean service of Incheon Port, and then decided to take part in the CHL service, which proves the shipping company’s positive outlook on and expectation for Incheon Port,” Kim Soon-cheol, Head of Incheon Port Authority’s Marketing Team, said.last_img read more

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DryShips to Purchase Quartet from Economou Entities

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Greece-based ship owner and operator DryShips has reached an agreement to buy four vessels from entities owned by its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, George Economou.Under the deal, agreed on October 29, the company would pay USD 198.5 million for three Newcastlemax drybulk carriers and one coated Aframax tanker.The bulkers were built in 2016 and 2017, respectively, while the tanker was built in 2010.DryShips explained that the purchase includes existing financing in place and will be effected by way of stock purchase agreements and/or long-term bareboat charter parties with purchase obligations.All vessels are expected to be delivered to DryShips before the end of 2018 and in connection with the transaction, Economou’s entities have also agreed to time charter the three Newcastlemaxes on index-linked time charters of flexible durations, with DryShips having the option to convert these to fixed rate charters.The entities, TMS Dry and TMS Tankers, have agreed to forgo all commissions effective under the various respective management agreements in connection with the vessel purchases.DryShips revealed the acquisitions as part of its financial report for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. The company’s net income for the quarter reached USD 11.6 million, compared to a net loss of USD 17.9 million reported in the same period a year earlier.Voyage revenues for the period surged to USD 49.5 million from USD 29.9 million seen in the corresponding quarter in 2017.last_img read more

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Statements of Political Contributions Available

first_imgThe annual statements of political contributions for 2003 are nowavailable. The statements are filed by the recognized parties, theirelectoral district associations and by candidates for provincialpolitical office. These statements disclose the names andaddresses of all contributors who donated $50 or more. Disclosure is made by Judge Merlin Nunn, conflict of interestcommissioner and designated person, in accordance with therequirements of the Members and Public Employees Disclosure Act. The statements are available from the office of the ChiefElectoral Officer at 3667 Strawberry Hill, Halifax, between 9a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. -30-last_img read more

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Wanted gangster held from Manipur

first_imgNEW DELHI: A 29-year-old gangster carrying a reward of Rs 1.20 lakh , Rs 50,000 from Delhi Police and Rs 70,000 from UP Police was arrested from Manipur by Delhi police special Cell.The accused Rizwan, a resident of Seelampur in Delhi is a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh. Police said he was carrying a reward of Rs 1.20 lakh. The gang leader was involved in several cases including an attempt to murder and robbery in Delhi and UP. Police got a tip-off around a month back that Rizwan was planning to commit some crime in the trans-Yamuna area. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar”It was revealed that Rizwan and his associates had made Manipur their hideout and used to visit Delhi and UP to commit crimes and then go back to Manipur,” Pramod Singh Kushwah, Deputy Commissioner of Police Special Cell said. The police got information that Rizwan was presently hiding in Imphal in Manipur. A police team was sent to Imphal. Rizwan was apprehended from Imphal on Friday where he was hiding for the past several months, the DCP said. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceHe was involved in more than 30 criminal cases registered against him in Delhi and UP, he said. During interrogation, Rizwan said that in the Panchayat elections in 2004, his relative Ehsan Hafiz was shot dead in Budaun over a gang rivalry by Nawab Khan. Rizwan was the witness in that case and during trial, he fired at Nawab Khan in the court complex. Khan however had escaped unhurt. He was arrested and remained in jail for 6 months, police said. Later, Rizwan killed a woman Sitara in Islam Nagar in UP as he suspected that she had passed information of Hafiz to Khan. He was arrested and remained in jail for another eight months, Kushwah said. However, after coming out of jail, he formed a gang and started robbing people. In 2007, he robbed a petrol pump and in 2013, he robbed Rs seven lakh from a businessman in Bareilly in UP, police said. He got married to a Manipuri woman Farida in 2014 and has two sons, police added.last_img read more

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I write about my biggest fears Phoebe WallerBridge

first_imgLondon: Phoebe Waller-Bridge says she draws her characters from her personal life but it is more about being in touch with her deepest fears. The creator and star of dark comedy Fleabag said that she asks the question “what if” through the hit ‘BBC Two show’, which follows her title character, a 30-something woman and her misadventures with life, family and love. “Of course I’m drawing on really personal things and things that echo in real life, but I write about my biggest fears. I write about losing my best friend or losing my mum, or not communicating with my dad, or not getting on with his new partner, and all those things are my worst fears: whereas actually my mum’s alive and well, my best friend is alive and well and we have an unbelievable relationship, my relationship with both my siblings is incredible, I get on really well with my stepmother and my dad; but it’s the ‘what if?'” Waller-Bridge said on ‘How to Fail with Elizabeth Day’ podcast. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiographyWhat troubles the writer is the speculation that a female screenwriter could only have drawn such lifelike characters from real life. “Women can make things up too! It’s not all our diaries!” she said. “It might be to do with the fact I’m a woman, but it also might not be. That autobiographical assumption is something I’m asked about a lot. It is either because the show feels so raw and real that people think it’s real, or it’s because people assume there’s a limit to a woman’s imagination. I’d always rather believe the former.” Waller-Bridge also said the success of the show and the sudden fame that followed exposed her family to questions about their personal life.last_img read more

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AFN calls for immediate action over racist comments by RCMP officer

first_imgTrina Roache APTN InvestigatesAssembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde wants to see immediate action over racist comments posted on Facebook by an RCMP officer.“There is no room for this kind of intolerance in Canada, especially among those who have chosen to serve the public in law enforcement,” said Bellegarde, in a statement emailed to APTN.In a private Facebook group, an RCMP member commented on a story shared about the acquittal of Gerald Stanley, writing that Colten Boushie “got what he deserved.”Related: RCMP Facebook group claims Colten Boushie ‘got what he deserved’The 22-year old Cree man from the Red Pheasant First Nation in Saskatchewan was shot and killed when he and four others drove onto Stanley’s farm in August of 2016.Stanley was charged with second-degree murder, but argued the shooting was an accident. He was acquitted last Friday.“The recent verdict in the shooting death of Colten Boushie has laid bare the issue of racial discrimination in Canada’s justice system,” said Bellegarde.“It’s evident in the over-representation of First Nations people in the criminal justice system, in the way First Nations people do not feel protected when First Nations people are victims of violence, and it is shockingly evident in online comments like this one.”Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said he has talked to the RCMP about what he calls an “absolutely appalling” remark.“The facts are being determined and examined,” Goodale said. “If they turn out to be what they appear to be, this is unacceptable and there will be consequences.”APTN has confirmed the person who posted the comment is an RCMP officer in Alberta, but is not releasing her name at this time.RCMP Headquarters says it has now launched an investigation into the social media posts. Under the Privacy Act, it can’t share personal information.In an emailed response to APTN, an RCMP spokesperson said, “As a result, we cannot confirm or discuss whether Code of Conduct investigations are underway in relation to any individual.”The comments were made in a private Facebook group called “News stories that Matter to or May Impact RCMP.” The group has 1,200 members.After a tip from a source that some of posts were “shocking,” an APTN reporter asked to join the group and was added as a member.Some of the comments on posts about Stanley’s not-guilty verdict in Boushie’s murder, were alarming and racist. Ranging from, “one less thug is no loss,” to how it was “sad that Boushie died, but he made his fate.”Not every inflammatory comment is by a police officer, though some are clearly articulating that is their line of work.The group consists of current and former RCMP members, public servants, politicians, and now media.Before deleting their Facebook account, the RCMP officer in question had this photo as their cover photo on Facebook.The RCMP officer at the centre of investigation now, deleted her comments shortly after APTN was granted access to the group. And has since deleted her personal Facebook page. But not before changing the cover photo with a picture of a gun and the text ‘This home protected by the good lord and a gun. If you came here to steal or do harm you might meet them both.’APTN did reach out to the officer, but so far no response.troache@aptn.ca-with files from The Canadian Press.last_img read more

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Morocco Arrests Nigerian with 72 Cocaine Capsules in Stomach at Airport

Rabat – Security services at the Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca have arrested a Nigerian with 1.325 kilograms of cocaine inside his stomach.The passenger was arrested on January 1 at Mohammed V Airport when he arrived on a flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil, the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said in a statement on Wednesday.The suspect was carrying 72 capsules of cocaine in his stomach. Police transported the suspect to Ibn Rochd University Hospital Center in Casablanca to remove the cocaine from his stomach. He is currently in custody for further investigation under the supervision of the prosecutor’s office, according to DGSN’s statement.Read Also: Morocco Arrests 2 Africans with 3.7 Kilograms of Cocaine in StomachsThe arrest came a week after security services at the Mohammed V International Airport caught a South African traveler and a Namibian traveler with 3.7 kilograms of cocaine inside their stomachs.On December 17, Casablanca airport police arrested a sub-Saharan passenger with nearly 2 kilograms of cocaine in 131 capsules of cocaine concealed inside her stomach.All three passengers arrested also arrived on flights from Sao Paulo.In 2018, police seized 1.65 tons of cocaine, over 1.3 million psychotropic and ecstasy pills (up 43 percent over 2017), 52 tons of cannabis resin, and 693 kilograms of cannabis. read more

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Information technology plays key role in fostering development Ban Kimoon says

27 February 2007Information and communications technologies (ICT) are crucial in spurring “development, dignity and peace,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told a gathering of technology experts, activists, corporate leaders and government officials. “Let us turn the digital divide into digital opportunity,” Mr. Ban said in a video message at the opening of the Steering Committee’s meeting of the Global Alliance for Information and Communications Technologies and Development, a UN initiative. Governments, civil society, the private sector, academia and others must join forces to “promote new business models, public policies and technology solutions in the global approach to development,” he added.Members of the Alliance will brainstorm with Silicon Valley leaders tomorrow to determine how the UN and the business world can work in tandem to bring the benefits of ICT to developing countries.“Increasing access to technology will be a critical driver of economic growth in emerging economies,” said Craig Barrett, Global Alliance Chair and Intel Corporation Chairman. “It’s time to focus on actions with results, not protocol. Our focus can improve people’s lives.”The Alliance was formed last year, and is “well placed to promote the use of ICT in fighting poverty, illiteracy and disease, in protecting the environment and empowering women and girls,” Mr. Ban said, underscoring how technology can be utilized to meet the Millennium Development Goals, a set of globally agreed targets that aim to deal with a host of social ills – including eradicating extreme poverty – by 2015.This session held in Santa Clara, California, is the third since the Alliance’s creation last year and will span two days. At least 250 people are expected to attend. read more

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Middle East diplomatic Quartet urges resumption of negotiations as soon as possible

This statement followed discussions over the weekend in Munich, Germany, by the Quartet principals – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry, European Union (EU) High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, and UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson, representing the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. “The Quartet underlined the importance of the parties resuming negotiations as soon as possible,” the statement said. “A sustainable peace requires the Palestinians’ aspirations for statehood and sovereignty and those of Israelis for security to be fulfilled through negotiations based on the two-state solution,” it said.The Quartet also expressed its deep concern over “the difficult situation in Gaza where the pace of reconstruction needs to be accelerated to address the basic needs of the Palestinian population and to ensure stability” and “stressed that donor funding is critical.”Specifically, the Quartet expressed support for the recent joint letter by Egypt and Norway, as well as the joint statement by the Secretaries-General of the United Nations and the League of Arab States, urging donors to disburse as soon as possible their financial commitments made at the October 2014 Cairo Conference, including the funding of UN agencies carrying out vital operations in Gaza for both the refugee and non-refugee populations.The Quartet also recalled the importance of the Arab Peace Initiative – with its vision for a comprehensive settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict – and the vital role of Arab partners.And the group expressed their warm appreciation for the tireless work of outgoing UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry. read more

"Middle East diplomatic Quartet urges resumption of negotiations as soon as possible"