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The Four Most Common Mistakes Made By Feature Length Directors

first_imgMany directors fall into one of the common traps described below, ultimately preventing their film from becoming a success. It’s all about execution.Image from Northfoto / Shutterstock.comDirecting at it’s core is simply the subjective execution of an idea. It’s one individual’s unique take on a story, set of characters, and themes. It goes without saying that every director is going to make their own unique choices both on and off set, and this individuality is what makes films so dynamic and surprising to watch – yet nearly all directors at one point or another make one of the critical mistakes that are outlined below.So whether you’re a seasoned director, or just getting ready to shoot your first film, the four mistakes listed here should always be taken into account when working on a film project, as they are powerful enough to be detrimental to your final picture.Image from Vancouver Film School on Flickr1. They DON’T Make Films For Their ViewersPersonally speaking, this is the mistake that I have most commonly fallen into when directing films. So often when we direct, we have our own personal biases in mind (as we should), but there is a time and a place to let those biases go, and start to think from the perspective of the viewer.You need to remember that you are making your film for your audience – not yourself. At least that’s how it works if you want to make a career out of directing. If you intend to simply make art films for yourself to satisfy your own need for a creative outlet, then that is fine – but you will never have a large audience with this type of mentality. Yes, you want to be true to yourself and put your own spin on things, but you also need to understand the needs of your audience. Put yourself in their shoes and imagine their experience with your film.For example. you might be tempted to cut out backstory details from a scene when shooting or editing it, because it feels too contrived to you, but you need to remember that your audience may need this information to connect with the story. Just because your personal taste may be more subtle, doesn’t necessarily mean that’s what your audience needs.So while you always want to stay true to your vision and style, remember to do so in the context of a film that can still be commercially and creatively viable.2. They DON’T Make Their Protagonist LikeableThis is an issue that plagues directors and screenwriters alike. Some of the most interesting characters that we can develop on or off screen are not necessarily going to be the most likeable, and this is fine so long as it doesn’t apply to the protagonist.You need to remember that when your audience watches your film they are essentially becoming your protagonist. They are putting themselves in his or her shoes and remaining connected to the entire story through that character. The second the protagonist is not likeable is the second that your audience disconnects from that character, and inevitably the film. This point is something that you need to be conscious of throughout your entire filmmaking process – from working with your writer to create a dynamic and likeable character, to casting an actor that is charismatic, all the way through to editing in the right takes that capture the individuals true personality.Making a likable protagonist is actually quite simple once you recognize the importance of it and make creative decisions throughout the filmmaking process with you character’s likability in mind.3. They DON’T Trust The Intelligence Of Their Audience Audiences today have truly seen it all. The average movie-goer has seen thousands of hours of film and television content and in many ways knows the story you are about to tell before you even tell it. Unfortunately many directors today seem to underestimate their audiences and believe that they need their hands held through every last scene and detail in order to understand the story.As a general rule, you always want to stay a step ahead of your audience (except in certain specific genres or instances), which means you need to trust them to follow along. If you spell out the next plot point for them before it actually happens, they are going to become bored and disinterested very quickly.You need to surprise your audience. Show them something that they haven’t seen before, and that they will never see coming. Because if you don’t do that, it doesn’t matter how great your story, your actors, and your production value are – they just won’t care.4. They DON’T Know When Enough Is EnoughThere is a time and a place for a 3 hour film, but for the most part shorter is often better when it comes to feature films. Unless you are directing an epic story that spans generations or has multiple interwoven plot lines, there is no reason why the average film needs 180 minutes to get the story across. These days however, it seems we are seeing more and more ultra-long films (likely because of the ramifications of shooting/editing digitally), and in the majority of cases it is being done to the detriment of the final product.Often times directors make the mistake of believing that providing their audience with a longer cut makes the film feel more substantial or valuable, but in reality it usually has the exact opposite effect. Shorter films tend to only include the absolute best takes and most captivating moments (even if it means making painful decisions in the editing room), whereas longer films will often include additional scenes or moments that create a meandering and redundant feeling to the final piece. On nearly any film that I have directed, I had enough raw footage to make the film twice as long as I did in the end, but I always chose to have a tighter film with only the best moments packed in, rather than a longer film with a bunch of filler. In the end, it might be hard to lose some of those moments or scenes that you worked so hard for, but your audience will thank you for it.last_img read more

Chappell era worst phase of Zaheer’s career

first_imgIndian pace spearhead Zaheer Khan considers the two years with Greg Chappell as national coach the worst of his decade-long career as the controversial Australian made him feel unwanted in the team.Zaheer said he and other senior players were constantly worried about their place in the side and were unable to perform during that tumultuous period between 2005 and 2007.”It was as if you’ve been framed. It was like ‘we don’t want you in the team. It’s not about performance, we don’t like your attitude, you’re stopping the growth of cricket in the Indian team’. I felt it personally because I was dropped straight after the Sri Lanka tour, even though I had not performed badly,” Zaheer told a new channel.”I was fortunate enough to go to South Africa to represent the Asia XI (in the Afro-Asia Cup). I got about nine wickets and I was recalled for the next series. In that phase it was always a struggle.When you’re fighting within the team, when you have a war to fight in your own camp, it is always difficult to win,” he said.Chappell took over as India coach in May 2005 but his tenure was marred by serious differences between him and senior players, including Sachin Tendulkar. He also had a public spat with the then captain, Sourav Ganguly, who was dropped from the team but later recalled.At the end of his tenure, following India’s first round exit from the 2007 World Cup, Chappell decided not to seek an extension of his contract.advertisementZaheer said, in contrast, former South African batsman Gary Kirsten’s stint as India coach was amazing.”He gave everyone their space. He understood the Indian culture and how we do things. He took that step of coming closer to us rather than dictating. He was our friend, not a coach,” Zaheer said.Kirsten took over in difficult circumstances but left the job on a high, guiding the Indian team to a historic World Cup triumph after a hiatus of 28 years besides taking them to the top of Test rankings.Zaheer said the only positive of Chappell’s tenure was the inclusion of youngsters in the team, but felt that sacrificing experienced players was not the only way to give opportunities to the up and coming players. “A youngster coming in is a good sign but not at the cost of a cricketer who is doing his bit.”The 32-year-old Baroda pacer said the county stint with Worcestershire came at the right moment for him when things were not going his way. He signed up with Worcestershire for the 2006 county season and finished as the highest wicket-taker in Division Two of the County Championship, taking 78 wickets at 29.07.”Worcester taught me the reason I’m playing this game. Sometimes when you play at the highest level, especially in India, the whole country is so passionate about the game, so whether you do well or do badly it affects you in many ways. So when I went to Worcester, it was just me playing cricket.”- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Upset Heena Sidhu to meet NRAI chief over Asian Games selection policy

first_imgHeena Sidhu is upset with the Asian Games selection policy and is all set to meet the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh in New Delhi on Saturday.Sidhu has been ignored for the Asian Games mixed team air pistol event — an event where she has excellent since its introduction last year.Sidhu, who recently won a gold medal in 25m pistol event and a Silver in 10m Air Pistol event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games claimed that the selection committee was bending the rules for “favouring their favourites”.According to Sidhu, the NRAI’s selection committee tweaked their policy and flouted with selection criteria by including young pistol shooter Manu Bhaker in the Asian Games and World Championships squads, despite not meeting the selection requirement.NRAI sources said the shooter is meeting the president to express her grievances.Bhaker’s inclusion reportedly pushed Sidhu to No.2 in the 10m air pistol event and No.3 in 25m sports pistol, from No.1 in the 10m air pistol and No.2 in 25m pistol.The new rankings mean Heena cannot shoot in the 10m mixed event and is excluded from the 25m pistol team.However, Sidhu will be competing in the 10m air pistol individual event along with Bhaker.The seasoned Gagan Narang, Jitu Rai and young Mehuli Ghosh failed to make the Indian shooting squad for the upcoming Asian Games, even as a few unheralded faces were picked for the quadrennial extravaganza, starting August 18 in Indonesia.London Olympic silver medallist Vijay Kumar, plagued by injuries and poor form for a long time, makes his way back into the squad for the World Championships.advertisementThe army man will be taking part in standard pistol and centre fire (non Olympic events), though he had won the top prize of his career in rapid fire.The two member men’s air rifle team will comprise Ravi Kumar and Deepak Kumar while the 3-position team is made up of Sanjeev Rajput and Akhil Sheoran even as Narang, who returned to action after an injury lay-off, missed out.The 35-year-old London Olympics bronze medallist Narang had won the silver in air rifle at the 2010 Asian Games. He has won a total of five medals in 2006 and 2010.Ravi Kumar and Apurvi Chandela will shoot in the air rifle mixed event, while the duo of Abhishek Verma and Manu Bhaker will take aim at the air pistol mixed competition.Another notable absentee is multiple international medallist Jitu, who opened India’s account in the 2014 Incheon edition with a gold on the first day of competition.Though Narang has been picked for the ISSF World Championships, were a country can field three shooters, which follows the Asian Games, Jitu has failed to get a slot for the first Tokyo Olympic quota event, too, where 60 quota places are on offer.Abhishek Verma and Saurabh Chaudhary (air pistol men) and Shivam Shukla (rapid fire pistol) will look to establish themselves in the continental event. Rising star Anish Bhanwala is the other shooter rapid fire pistol.The experienced Heena Sidhu and Manu Bhaker will represent India in the women’s air pistol, while Rahi Sarnobat and Bhaker will also take part in the sports pistol event.In the women’s air rifle squad, Apurvi Chandela and Junior World Cup gold medallist Elavenil Valarivan will compete while in 3-position the Indian team will comprise Anjum Moudgil and Gaayathri N.The likes of Ankur Mittal, Sheeraj Sheikh, Lakshay, Shreyashi Singh, Rashmi Rathore and Ganemat Shekhon will be aiming for podium finishes in the trap events, along with veteran Manavjit Singh Sandhu, who managed to qualify for the Games.The team for the World Championships wears a slightly different look with the likes of Narang, Chain Singh, Shahzar Rizvi, Gurpreet Singh, Mohammad Asab (men) and Tejaswini Sawant and Mehuli (women) managing to make the grade.Asian Games squad:Senior Rifle: Men: 3 Positions: Sanjeev Rajput, Akhil Sheoran; Air Rifle: Ravi Kumar, Deepak Kumar; 300m Standard Rifle: Harjinder Singh, Amit Kumar; Air Rifle Mixed: Ravi Kumar, Apurvi Chandela.Women: 3 Positions: Anjum Moudgil, Gaayathri N; Air Rifle: Apurvi, Elavenil Valarivan.Senior Pistol: Men: Air Pistol: Abhishek Verma, Saurabh Chaudhary;Rapid Fire Pistol: Shivam Shukla, Anish; Air Pistol Mixed: Abhishek Verma, Manu Bhaker.Women: Air Pistol: Manu, Heena Sidhu; Sports Pistol: Rahi Sarnobat, Manu. Senior Shotgun: Men: Trap: Lakshay, Manavjit Singh Sandhu; Skeet: Sheeraz Sheikh, Angadwir Bajwa; Double trap: Ankur Mittal, Shradul Vihaan; Trap Mixed: Lakshay, Shreyasi Singh.Women: Trap: Shreyasi Singh, Seema Tomar; Skeet: Ganemat Sekhon, Rashmmi Rathore; Double Trap: Shreyasi Singh, Varsha Varman.advertisement(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

De Bruyne: Man City can win it all

first_imgManchester City ‘Man City can win everything’ – De Bruyne confident of conquering all fronts Harry West Last updated 1 year ago 23:28 11/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) KevinDeBruyne - Cropped Getty Images Manchester City Kevin De Bruyne Premier League The Premier League leaders are in irresistible form and their primary driving force is targeting a clean sweep of silverware across four competitions Kevin De Bruyne sees no reason why Manchester City cannot complete a clean sweep of trophies this season as Pep Guardiola’s side continue to swat aside any and all opposition.City head into Sunday’s visit to Huddersfield Town on the back of 16 wins from 17 across all competitions – a sequence interrupted only by an EFL Cup draw and subsequent penalty shoot-out triumph over Wolves.5/2 for Liverpool and Chelsea to draw 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 De Bruyne has been in sensational form and already looks a strong bet to scoop various individual honours at the end of the campaign.But it is collective glory that interests the Belgium international, whose four goals and nine assists have inspired City to an eight-point lead atop the Premier League, five wins from five in the Champions League to secure qualification to the knockout stages, and a place in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.Next up… Huddersfield!  #mancity https://t.co/pEC2F7yCSU— Manchester City (@ManCity) November 24, 2017″I know I can’t win by myself, I can play very good, like I did another season, but I’d prefer even to play less [well] and in the end have some titles,” De Bruyne told The Times.”Since I’ve been here we’ve just won a League Cup. It’s time to win something major. My feeling is we can win everything.”That’s not to say we’re going to win everything. It’s so hard to do everything, the four competitions.”Since Chelsea’s 2012 triumph, no Premier League side has reached the final of the Champions League, but the quintet of English clubs look set to challenge strongly this time around with City, Tottenham and Chelsea already assured of featuring in the knockouts while Manchester United and Liverpool are well placed to join them. “Against Monaco [in the Champions League last season], we had one bad half and it’s done. But Premier League teams are doing much better in the Champions League than the last years,” added De Bruyne.”At the beginning of the season I said to my friends it will be a very good year for all the Premier League teams.”last_img read more

What Justin Fields’ Transfer Means For Dwayne Haskins, Tate Martell

first_imgohio state quarterback dwayne haskinsINDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 01: Dwayne Haskins Jr. #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass down field in the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)On Friday morning, multiple reports suggested former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields finally found his new home. According to the reports, Fields is transferring to Ohio State and is already on campus.It’s a huge addition for new head coach Ryan Day and company as the team looks to compete for a national title in 2019. But what does the new addition mean for current quarterback Dwayne Haskins and backup Tate Martell?Well, it likely means Haskins will leave Ohio State for the NFL after leading the team to a Rose Bowl win over Washington earlier this week. Haskins projects as the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the draft after Oregon’s Justin Herbert announced his plans to return to Oregon for his senior season.In late December, Haskins revealed Fields was waiting on his NFL draft decision. “He hit me up earlier. He’s just waiting to see what I do,” Haskins said just one week ago.Expect Ryan Day’s work helping develop Dwayne Haskins into a potential Top 5 draft pick to really resonate with a lot of pro-style QB prospects for #OhioState going forward. https://t.co/A5WFHrpjiq— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 4, 2019Perhaps Haskins let Fields know that he plans to leave for the NFL, leading to Fields’ decision to enroll at Ohio State early.Assuming Haskins leaves for the NFL, that leaves Tate Martell as the only true competition for Fields to earn the starting job. Martell hasn’t been shy regarding Fields’ potential transfer, calling out the Georgia quarterback several times over the past few weeks.Another factor at play here is the hardship waiver Fields is hoping to gain. As a transfer, Fields would have to sit fora year, but he reportedly thinks he’ll earn a hardship waiver and be granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA.Several complicated factors are at play here. We’ll have to wait and see how it all plays out. Meanwhile, we’ll await word from Dwayne Haskins regarding his NFL future – a decision that could throw a wrench in Fields’ plans.last_img read more

Genco’s Quarterly Net Loss Diminishes

first_imgzoom US-headquartered ship owner Genco Shipping & Trading Limited has managed to decrease its net loss to USD 49.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to a net loss of USD 164 million seen in the corresponding period a year earlier.Genco’s revenues dropped to USD 35 million for the fourth quarter, compared to USD 55.7 million recorded in the same period in 2014. The decrease was primarily due to lower spot market rates.The average daily time charter equivalent (TCE) rates obtained by Genco’s fleet was USD 4,711 per day during the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to USD 8,310 for the three months ended December 31, 2014.“Against the backdrop of a challenging drybulk market, we took steps to strengthen our liquidity position and increase our operating efficiency. After the merger with Baltic Trading, we created a stronger global competitor in the drybulk industry with a modern fleet that seeks to adhere to the highest operational standards. During the year, we also drew upon our increased scale to reduce our direct vessel operating expenses on a per vessel basis, and entered into new loan facilities under favorable terms enhancing the company’s liquidity position by USD 158 million,” John C. Wobensmith, President of Genco, said.During the quarter Genco completed the funding of a USD 98 million secured loan facility with funds associated with Hayfin Capital Management and Breakwater Capital Ltd. The loan has a term of approximately five years and no fixed amortization payments for the first two years, the company said.“During the fourth quarter, we continued to enhance Genco’s liquidity position and entered into a USD 98 million five-year loan facility with favorable terms. In total, we entered into USD 158 million in new loan facilities for the year in an effort to strengthen the company’s balance sheet,” Apostolos Zafolias, Chief Financial Officer, said.For the full year of 2015 the company recorded a net loss of USD 194.9 million, down from a net loss of USD 938.5 million seen in 2014.Genco said that the persistent weak drybulk industry conditions and historically low charter rates may continue to negatively impact the company’s liquidity in the future.“The negative impact on our liquidity, together with a continued decline in vessel values, presents difficulties for remaining in compliance with our credit facility covenants relating to minimum cash, leverage ratios, and collateral maintenance, which could potentially result in defaults and acceleration of the repayment of our outstanding indebtedness. These factors, as well as recurring losses from operations and negative working capital, raise substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern. We therefore anticipate receiving a “going concern” opinion from Deloitte & Touche LLP, our independent registered public accountants,” Genco added.Genco Shipping & Trading Limited has a fleet of 13 Capesize, eight Panamax, four Ultramax, 21 Supramax, six Handymax and 18 Handysize vessels with an aggregate capacity of approximately 5,158,000 dwt.last_img read more

First Nation and Ontario to remove caribou from wolf infested island

first_imgThe Canadian PressMembers of a First Nation in Ontario say they plan to continue the relocation of an endangered herd of caribou off a remote island where they’re being slaughtered by wolves.The Michipicoten First Nation is working with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to move up to nine caribou from Michipicoten Island in Lake Superior to Caribou Island, near the U.S. border, by helicopter as soon as the weather permits.The latest effort comes after the province relocated nine caribou in mid-January to a different location – the Slate Islands.The caribou population on Michipicoten Island had been decimated by wolves that made their way there several years ago using an ice bridge. The ministry feared the entire herd would be wiped out if they didn’t intervene with the move to the nearby Slate Islands.Leo Lepiano, the land resources manager for Michipicoten First Nation, said his community has been pushing the government to create a “backup” population out of fears the caribou on the Slate Islands would also be at risk since there had been at least one wolf on the islands as recently 2016.“We just hope there is enough time to capture the caribou before the wolves get all of them,” Lepiano said.Right now, the weather – snow, wind and low-hanging clouds – is presenting a major obstacle to the relocation effort.Lepiano said crews went out on Tuesday afternoon, during a few hours of clear weather, and only spotted a handful of caribou in an area where the helicopter was unable to land.They also found three caribou in another area, but couldn’t drive the animals out into the open where a crew member in the helicopter could fire a net to trap them, Lepiano said.The caribou population on Michipicoten was considered a conservation success story after the caribou herd grew from eight animals – brought to Michipicoten Island in 1982 – to near 700 before the wolves arrived in either late 2013 or early 2014.Four wolves made the trek across an ice bridge that formed that winter. They have since bred, growing the pack that has been systematically hunting down the caribou. The ministry said the Michipicoten population has dropped to about 100 animals as of last year, mostly due to wolf predation.But the Michipicoten First Nation has suggested the number of caribou had actually dropped to about 30 around mid-January.Caribou Island is owned by an American foundation that has given its permission for the planned relocation. The island sits in the middle of Lake Superior, far from any shore, and is free from predators such as wolves.“It’s so remote that it’s impossible for wolves to get there,” Lepiano said.Jolanta Kowalski, a spokeswoman with the ministry, said the second relocation was the First Nation’s idea, one that she called “prudent.”“It’s another spot where a population could take hold,” Kowalski said.last_img read more

Gambhir Lekhi Bidhuri and Hansraj file nomination papers

first_imgNew Delhi: In the midst of all the hustle that comes on the last day of filing nominations, South Delhi candidate for Bharatiya Janata Party, Ramesh Bidhuri filed his papers for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in Delhi on Tuesday with huge crowds of supporters clogging up streets around the Saket District Magistrate’s office.On the same day, BJP’s New Delhi and East Delhi candidates Meenakshi Lekhi and cricketer Gautam Gambhir also filed their nomination papers from their respective constituencies. And with the party announcing Hansraj Hans as its North West Delhi candidate on Tuesday afternoon, he also filed his papers with just hours to spare before the nomination deadline expired. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe saffron party chose to field Bidhuri again this year after he defeated the closest rival in 2014, Col Devinder Sehrawat of AAP by more than one lakh votes. And Congress’ Ramesh Kumar could not even get close to Bidhuri’s count of 4.97 lakh. This time around Bidhuri will go up against AAP’s young gun Rahgav Chadha and Congress’ Olympic medallist Vijender Singh. While Bidhuri does have the upper hand given that both his major opponents are first-timers; it remains to be seen how he will do against Congress’ Singh, who does not need to work hard for voters to know him. Lekhi will be going up against AAP’s Brajesh Goel and veteran Congress leader Ajay Maken in New Delhi; whereas Gambhir will have to prove his worth against Arvinder Singh Lovely (Congress) and Atishi (AAP). Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAll four candidates took out roadshows on their way to filing nomination papers and were joined by several senior party leaders such as Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and Siddharthan. At Bidhuri’s roadshow that was clogging up the Mehrauli-Badarpur Road in Saket, senior BJP leaders who were very happy with the turnout called it a “sea of saffron”. Scores of people lined the road from Saket metro station going towards the DM’s office. Traffic came to a standstill for almost two to three hours. At the roadshow, Bidhuri thanked party workers for their support and said, “I hope for your love and affection in the coming days.” Gambhir was joined by Tiwari who said he was confident that his popularity will make him victorious in East Delhi.last_img read more

UN inspectors to supervise Libyas destruction of chemical weapons stockpile

An inspection team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has arrived in Libya to verify the destruction of Libya’s arms stockpile, spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York.The experts will conduct an inventory of all munitions before Libya destroys them in line with its commitments under the Chemical Weapons Convention, which Tripoli ratified earlier this month.Rogelio Pfirter, Director-General of the OPCW, described the destruction as “a very positive step and a confirmation of Libya’s intention to actually get rid of prohibited weapons.”In a statement issued from its headquarters in The Hague, the OPCW said the destruction of the unfilled chemical munitions would be completed by next Friday, when Libya is also scheduled to submit a complete declaration of its chemical weapons stockpile. The OPCW will then form a plan to destroy the remainder of the stockpile and any related facilities. read more

Annan remembers leadership personal warmth of former US President Reagan

In a statement by his spokesman, Fred Eckhard, Mr. Annan extended his condolences to Mr. Reagan’s wife, Nancy, and to the Government and people of the United States. “President Reagan will be remembered for his leadership and resolve during a period of momentous change in world affairs, as well as for the warmth, grace and humour with which he conducted affairs of state,” Mr. Annan said. “The positive and optimistic attitude that he brought to ending long-standing conflicts led to historic agreements on the reduction of nuclear arms as well as advances in peace processes in different parts of the world.” Mr. Reagan, who died Saturday, served as US President from January 1981 to January 1989. read more

Yemen Amid spike in casualties UN relief official says civilians bearing brunt

“These incidents prove the complete disregard for human life that all parties, including the Saudi-led Coalition, continue to show,” Jamie McGoldrick, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, stated Thursday.Denouncing “this absurd war,” he said the conflict has only resulted in the destruction of the country and” the incommensurate suffering of its people, who are being punished as part of a futile military campaign by both sides.”Initial reports from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) indicate that on 26 December, airstrikes on a crowded popular market in Al Hayma sub-district in Attazziah district, in Yemen’s war-ravaged central Taiz Governorate, resulted in at least 54 civilians killed, including eight children, and 32 others injured including six children. During the past days, residential areas in Al Hayma villages, including a health unit occupied by internally displaced persons, have been subject to a full blockade by the de facto authorities and indiscriminate shelling that resulted in casualties among the residents and displacement of many families to safer areas.Also on 26 December, an airstrike on a farm in Attohayta District, Al Hudaydah Governorate resulted in the killing of 14 people from the same family. These new victims are in addition to 84 civilian casualties reported in the last 10 days, including 41 people killed, and 43 people injured by airstrikes in several governorates throughout Yemen.“I remind all parties to the conflict, including the Saudi-led Coalition, of their obligations under International Humanitarian Law to spare civilians and civilian infrastructure and to always distinguish between civilian and military objects,” said Mr. McGoldrick.He noted that the Yemen conflict has hit the grim 1,000-day mark. Civilians have borne the brunt of the fighting, and “I once again remind all parties that it has no military solution. There can only be a political solution.” read more

Week in Brussels – week ending Friday 12 June 2015

DOWNLOAD1.     Osborne sets out Britain’s key demands on EU reform2.     Vote on TTIP resolution postponed3.     China overshadows EU in Latin America4.     DG Move – interim evaluation of the road safety policy framework 2011 – 20205.     Leaked eurozone blueprint – timid call for integration6.     Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Stalker jailed for falsely accusing parents of cooking babies was invited to

She claimed devil worship, child rape and murder was taking place at the primary school in Hampstead in north London as pat of cult of at least 100 members. The satanic cult also met at the local swimming baths and at a branch of McDonald’s restaurant, McNeill claimed.   Sabine McNeill, 74, destroyed the lives of four families after leading a campaign against them over false and bizarre claims they were at the centre of a satanic, cannibalism cult. An ‘evil’ stalker jailed for falsely accusing primary school parents of cooking babies and eating them was invited to give testimony to the national child sex abuse inquiry, The Telegraph has been told. The families she targeted were forced to change… read more

Ruby Backdam murder trial Gunshot injuries to head killed victim –

As the murder trial of former Policeman Ruel Brandon continued today (Monday), Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh took the stand before the 12-member jury at the High Court in Georgetown. The veteran Pathologist confirmed that the deceased man, Davonan Sookram died from gunshot injuries to the head.Murder accused: Ruel BrandonDr Singh, who performed the Post Mortem Examination (PME) highlighted that bullet entered the front of the head and exited through the back of the head. The Prosecution’s witness also confirmed that wounds were circular in nature. He said too that there was bleeding inside the brain and observed that the body was bloated at the time of his examination.  Based on the state of decomposition, Dr Singh estimated that Sookram would have died between 36-48 hours.Deceased: Davonan SookramSookram’s decomposed body was found on July 31, 2015 in an area along Ruby Backdam, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), with two bullet wounds to the head. Reports back then stated that the defendant; Brandon, collected Sookram from his home and the man was not seen again. However, the former law enforcement rank has pleaded not guilty to the capital offence.On Thursday last, a 12-member jury was empaneled before a High Court judge to hear the case.  The former policeman is represented by Defence Counsel Nigel Hughes while State Counsels Siand Dhurjon, Shawnette Austin and Lisa Cave are presenting the prosecution’s case. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBREAKING: Former cop freed of Ruby Back Dam murder chargeJuly 26, 2017In “Court”UPDATE: Korner Kick Manager’s gunshot wound was not self-inflicted- PoliceJanuary 10, 2018In “Crime”Father, son found guilty of killing neighbour over land disputeApril 12, 2019In “Court” read more

President Granger thanks ministers nation for support

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAnna Catherina Islamic Council honours President, PMJune 7, 2015In “Business”President Granger confers Order of Roraima on Barbados PMMay 26, 2016In “latest news”PM Nagamootoo “discharged and recovering well” – MotPFebruary 20, 2018In “latest news” President David Granger has expressed his profound gratitude to his Cabinet members, staff and the rest of the nation for their support, prayers and well wishes for his complete recovery, at a welcome home and prayer ceremony hosted, this morning, at State House.“Thank you for your expressions of concern over the last three weeks… Throughout that time, I received greetings from you all and from other well-wishers and, more than the greetings, prayers and I am truly grateful,” he said.President David Granger at the Prayer Ceremony earlier todayThe President also expressed gratitude to Prime Minister, Mr Moses Nagamootoo and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Carl Greenidge for continuing to govern seamlessly, during his absence.Meanwhile, in his remarks, Prime Minister Nagamootoo said that the nation was pleased to welcome the President back home and assured him that his Cabinet and members of the National Security Committee worked to ensure that the country continued to be governed well in his absence.“We have never been more cohesive, more purposeful, than we have been in these last few weeks,” he said.The service, which was organised by Minister of Social Protection, Ms Amna Ally, also included the recitation of prayers by Central Islamic Organisation’s Director of Education, Shaikh Moeen-ul-Hack; Representative of the Guyana Pandit Ubraj Narine and Full Gospel Assemblies of God, Pastor Winston McGowan. read more

1821 restaurant to open in Sydney

first_imgAvid east coast foodies have something to look forward to, with a new restaurant coming to Sydney’s CBD. The latest brainchild of Jim Kospetas, 1821 will take the place of his former Vault Hotel in Martin Place.Mr Kospetas has confirmed the opening will take place early next year after delays were experienced due to heritage issues, with the building dating back in the 1800s. “We had applications approved by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage quite a while ago, but then as we kept working we decided to do some more changes internally. “When it comes to buildings of National Trust, for every little change you make you have to get approvals. We were caught up in all the paper pushing, but there is no one to blame. It’s just the way it is here in Australia,” explains Kospetas.The restaurateur hopes the launch will coincide with the Greek national holiday of 25 March, from which the restaurant took its name.“I consider 1821 to be the most significant date of Greek heritage as it was the first year of the Greek War of Independence after 400 years of occupation. I thought it was very fitting to do something to commemorate that year,” he tells Neos Kosmos.The menu, designed by renowned chef David Tsirekas, is expected to be a fusion of classic products in their purest form and modern Greek cuisine. Tsirekas was behind the kitchen doors of popular restaurants Perama and Xanthi. “We want to keep it simple and make it amazing, by taking the simplest form of peasant food from the Greek horia and kind of refining it to the level of dining,” says Kospetas, adding that Tsirekas has just come back from a six-week journey in Greece, where he visited remote areas and small villages, gathering ideas and observing the trends.Aside from the main dining room, 1821 features a private dining area located on the mezzanine floor and a high-end vodka bar in the basement.Kospetas gives us an idea of what the decoration will be like, revealing he is in the final stages of an agreement with interior designer Dimitri Oikonomou. Oikonomou owns an Athens-based firm and is known for executing projects in clubs and restaurants in Mykonos, Santorini and Crete.“The final feel is going to be neoclassical. I wanted to take 1821 a bit further and I had heard about Oikonomou, so I decided to go to Greece to meet him.“I’m just trying to cover the whole spectrum of what Greeks can do, after all, it’s better to put some good news out.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

How will Liverpool keep Mo Salah

first_imgThere have been numerous rumours going around lately of a possible Salah transfer, most of them pointing at Real Madrid and some at Barca. However, Liverpool do not plan on giving up on their Egyptian star so easy.Salah has been able to score 36 goals in total while playing at home this season, which leads Real Madrid to believe he is going to be more than a precious addition to their squad as they are planning on rebuilding the team during the summer transfer window. They might be able to offer him a deal of the likes of 200,000 pounds per week, according to BirminghamLive.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…However, a report states that “Salah, unlike Philippe Coutinho who was desperate to join Barcelona, will not be tempted to join the Brazilian in La Liga,” the Egyptian himself has confirmed earlier this season that the Premier League is enjoyable for him and it suits his playstyle.Salah has also shared to his friends that he wants to prove himself in the Premier League, which leads Liverpool to believe that nothing really special needs to be done to keep their star – he wants to stay by himself.last_img read more

Earthquake Week two Caribbean countries record quakes

first_img Recommended for you Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTrinidad and Tobago, January 9, 2017 – Days before the seventh anniversary of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake that rocked Port Au Prince and the world, the DDME says it is Earthquake Awareness Week.   Coincidentally, on Sunday, Trinidad and Tobago recorded a 4.3 magnitude earthquake. There was no report of injury or destruction by BarbadosToday online and last Wednesday, the Dominican Republic also recorded a regional earthquake at 3.8 on the Richter scale.#MagneticNewsMedia Related Items:#earthquakesrocksT&T, #MagneticNewsMediacenter_img Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOAlast_img read more

Budget Cut Not Intended to Harm Commissary Benefit DOD Says

first_imgMilitary grocery operations would suffer a $221 million cut under the department’s fiscal 2017 budget request, but the Pentagon’s top financial officer said the proposal would not lower the commissary benefits enjoyed by military families.“This year’s proposal is a different proposal,” Comptroller Mike McCord told reporters Tuesday. “A more modest proposal financially that only tries to get savings out of the business end, does not touch the benefits. So, that’s different in an important way, I think from the troops’ perspective to last year,” McCord said.Last year, the department proposed slashing the Defense Commissary Agency’s budget by $322 million in FY 2016 — out of a total allocation of $1.4 billion — and $1 billion in FY 2017, but lawmakers restored much of that funding for the current year. The proposed cuts would have been accommodated by reducing days of operation and operating hours, laying off staff and closing some stores.Officials, however, have not said how the cut proposed for FY 2017 what affect commissary operations. A source told Army Times the $200 million reduction could be the result of various operational changes carried out by the Defense Commissary Agency; for example, the agency is saving $40 million annually through a new means of supplying produce to stores in the Pacific.“As long as it’s not affecting the benefit and they’ve made some efficiencies that reduce the [federal subsidy], we wouldn’t have any problem. But we’d like to see where the money is coming from,” the source said.Stars and Stripes suggested the savings may result from plans to close a handful of European stores this year.The Pentagon isn’t the only stakeholder looking to trim the taxpayer subsidy supporting military grocery stores. The FY 2016 defense authorization bill requires DOD to submit a plan by March 1 to operate the commissaries without federal dollars by FY 2018, while maintaining the customer benefit — an average savings for military families of about 30 percent over off-base groceries. The legislation allows the department to try out new approaches for meeting that objective. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

AP Grama Sachivalayam exams to begin from September 1

first_imgAmaravati: The Panchayati Raj Commissioner Girija Shankar said the applications for the recruitment of prestigious Grama/Ward Sachivalayam posts had received tremendous response all over. Speaking to media on Tuesday, Girija Shankar said that 1,33,000 Grama Sachivalayam posts would be filled across the state and 22.73 lakh candidates applied for these jobs. The last date for the online submission of the application has closed by Sunday (August 11). Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us She said after completing the retirement, 11 members staff would be working in each village secretariat and about 31,000 candidates are recruited from the municipal department. Girija Shankar said that the examinations for the retirement of Grama/Ward Sachivalayam jobs will commence from September 1 and will continue for a week. She clarified that the questionnaire is available in two languages, and technical subject papers will remain in only English medium. Also Read – A mother abandoned newborn baby girl in Chirala Advertise With Us On the first day, nearly 12,50,000 candidates are expected to attend the exam, for which 6,000 test centers are arranged across the state. She said CCTV and video coverage would be taken to prevent any malpractices at the exam center. Municipal department commissioner Vijayakumar said the exams for the recruitment for village Sachivalayam posts are conducted in alliance with Municipal and Panchayati Raj departments. Advertise With Us He said already 10 percent weightage is given to the employees working in various departments and candidates are told to reside wherever they get the posting. The village/wards will be allocated based on the preferences of the candidates. The hall tickets can be downloaded from August 22nd. The 150 questions will carry 150 marks, and Negative marks process is also implemented. For every four incorrect answers, the candidate will lose one mark. Vijay Kumar has warned that if anyone cheats candidates regarding the posts, then the criminal cases will be filed against them.last_img read more