The Lowdown on the Short Form from Three Nominated Series

first_imgCreating content is more democratic than ever, but it also presents new challenges. So how do you get your project seen in such a crowded field?PremiumBeat gathered creatives from three successful web series to offer some insight into getting your projects in front of the right audiences and helping them go viral: Cameron Watson, creator of Break a Hip, whose star Christina Pickles is nominated for an Emmy; Tara Platt writer and star of Whatta Lark, 7 IAWTV nominations (winning best actor for Christopher Graham); and the dynamic duo of Roni Geva and Margaret Katch whose show, Ctl Alt Delete saw an Emmy nomination for Naomi Grossman as actress in a short form comedy or drama series.Image via Break a Hip.PremiumBeat: Given the enormous access filmmakers have to affordable equipment and rapidly growing distribution options, there is so much more competition for viewers. How have you all managed to get your shows seen? Did you have a marketing plan in place before you even went to production?Cameron Watson: We just made the decision to make a web series, and we set off to do it. None of us had done a short form show before, and we all just put our heads together and figured it out. Maggie Biggar, Steve Cubine, and I had made a pretty big independent feature together several years ago, so we know how to be scrappy and gutsy. And we had the incredible talent of Christina involved, so we were ahead of the game just coming out of the gate. We knew we would have to rely heavily on social media to promote our series, and we have done just that. It really is the “wild, wild west” out there with so much content, no rules, and tons of platforms. You get to make your own way. That is a good thing for creatives, but also overwhelming and sometimes [feels] like a cork in a giant ocean. But, like the cork, we keep floating along and never go under.Tara Platt: Wonderful question. Actually, I am sorry to say we didn’t head into things with a marketing plan in place, which meant we had to play catch up while we were in post. That isn’t to say it becomes [an] impossibility, just that having a clear plan for the distribution before even finishing production would have made things enormously easier and likely faster from shoot to screen. We were thrilled to get to partner with Revry and then later release on other platforms including Amazon. But I think that it is definitely a key feature in creating and producing a show — how to get it seen . . . and, realistically, who is watching it once it is out in the world. Are you hitting your demographic? Is there resonance? No one will go to bat harder and with more passion for your own projects than you will, so a large part of the job is getting other people excited about what you have created. It is your job, really! We have been working really hard to get viewers for our show. I, of course, wish we had even more eyeballs on it, as we are all immensely proud of it, but I’m thrilled with the response we have had, and humbled and honored by the festivals we have been official selections in (like the prestigious Bentonville Film Festival), and the seven current nominations from the IAWTV.Roni Geva/Margaret Katch: EPIC SHARING. We have shared it on our personal Facebook pages/Instagram/Twitter daily. We also joined a lot of relevant-to-our-show FB groups and shared it there. We have asked friends to share the video. We’ve learned as much as we can about the FB algorithms (which change weekly) and have tried to use that to our advantage.The truth is we did not have a marketing plan in place before we went into production, we just jumped in. Then, as we started releasing it, we realized we needed a plan. Our main plan was releasing the show on FB so that people could:1) Share it2) Boost it / advertise it3) Comment (which increases the post’s visibility on other people’s timelines)Then, we hired a PR company to help us get the word out on the show — and that’s how we got coverage on Bust/Ms./Buzzfeed/Tubefilter, etc. Then from that coverage, we get the WashPo article. All of that also increased our views.Image via Ctl Alt Delete.PB: With so much content out there, what do you feel are the most important elements for success when crafting a web series?CW A good story. Period. About a good relationship. Complicated, complex, and from the heart. All any of us want to watch is a relationship unfold and entwine. You can get bogged down checking out everyone else’s content and trying to navigate the terrain, but it is better and more freeing to focus on your own story and tell it from your heart.TP: I think that is really tricky, as many humans are in the world, there are that many potential options for taste, but I think you have to create something you care about first and worry about the response as a secondary element. If you simply set about to make something people will like/respond to, you have missed the opportunity to enjoy your creation. You have to be invested emotionally (whether that be purely the fun of it/entertainment creation or the necessity to tell a certain story/have your voice heard on a passion project). There are a million different reasons for making content, but you have to be clear with yourself why you are doing it, and make sure you accomplish that goal — do you feel you achieved what you set out to achieve? What have you learned? Numbers can be great from a metric standpoint, and of course there is always the end game of metrics/cost ratio, but you also want to have achieved your artistic vision while maintaining your creative soul.R/M: In our experience, it comes down to 3 things:– Make good work — well-written, well-acted (super important), and well-produced.– Pick a topic that you are wildly passionate about because you are going to be talking about it and promoting it nonstop.– Think beyond your first idea — the world has lots of web series about roommates or struggling actors . . . what stories are not being told?But above and beyond anything else — make good work.Image via Whatta Lark.PB: What is the end game for you?  Is a web series something complete, or are you hoping to move it to a network? There is only so long you can fuel the ship on your own and maintain this level of professionalism.CW: It is incredibly fun and exhilarating on this level, but also exhausting. We want to continue to tell the story of Biz and Wincy forever. And we will. But we would love “help” telling the story now. By that, I mean support both financially and creatively, whether that be a network or a platform that would support us.TP: I think it depends entirely on the project. Some titles are perfect creations as web series and should remain so, and we have a few of those in our catalog. Other times, it can be a great jumping-off point in spinning out into a film or even more of a television series. You have to know the best delivery device for the story you want to tell. Not every story warrants a feature, while others yearn to be explored in series form.With [Whatta Lark], I am not quite done with her yet. I don’t know if that means another season on the web or other digital platform to explore the storylines more thoroughly or a feature to get more of a meal of it at once and come to some resolution with her. I strive to achieve excellence in all of my projects and you are right, there are limits in trying to self sustain for infinite periods of time, but there are many options of how the next chapter can look. I am all in favor of taking some pitch meetings and seeing how we might be able to collaborate with a larger production company to continue with the world and characters. We still have so many ideas for these characters that I would love to be able to keep them alive in either a series or film.R/M:The end game is to move this show from web to full series, to have a half-hour show on a platform like Netlix or Hulu or Amazon — or even HBO or Showtime.And we will keep on keeping on until.We are using Broad City as a model (not for the content, but for the progress): a successful and well-received season 1, a more professional and more “namey” season 2, and then a sale to a bigger platform.Image via Cameron Watson.PB: Cameron, Break a Hip has been nominated for an Emmy for Best Short Form Series and Best Actor for the luminous Christina Pickles. That is pretty much the top of the mountain for artists — to have their material recognized by the Academy. What advice would you give to filmmakers to give them the best shot at that opportunity besides the obvious “cast Allison Janney in a supporting role?”CW: Just to be clear, Christina is nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series. . . . It really is a dream come true for “our little show that could.” Christina is a beloved icon on TV, and this is her seventh nomination. She has never won. I want more than anything for this to be her time. She has had a career that spans decades, and to finally win for an innovative, new world, independent category would really be something. It would make Emmy history, really. Someone who made her mark in the heyday of TV dramas then legendary comedies now wins for a short form web series. That’s pretty special.PB: Clt Alt Delete deals with subject matter most won’t touch — but to me, it’s not the edgy shock of “abortion comedy” but the fact that the storytelling is so tight and clearly from Namoi’s nomination, the acting is stellar that makes the concept fly. What do you attribute to the success of the show?R/M: First of all, thank you.We think it’s a multitude of things:The fact that the stories are all based in truth is a huge part of our success. They are relatable human stories and the comedy comes from humanity rather than from bits being shoved into the story to try and make it funny. Obviously, we are wildly lucky to have the cast that we found — they are all profoundly talented and took our words and, again, made them so incredibly human and relatable.We also know that we had an extraordinary crew putting all of this together (both in production and in post). This is a labor of love with many brilliant minds coming together to very carefully tell this important story.Finally, we think the world is ready for this show in this particular and careful iteration of it. Only three out of every ten Americans want Roe v. Wade overturned. That means that 70 percent of Americans are okay with Roe v. Wade — maybe not for themselves, but for others. Media has always been at the forefront of changing hearts and minds — our show is simple, direct, and full of love. It’s earnest, and people respond to that.Image via Tara Platt.PB:Tara, It’s so cool that you use the way the web works to tell the story in vlogs — it’s an economical way that works well in the storytelling. How much of that was artistic choice, and how much was because of budget?TP: Thanks! It was very much a conscious choice, and both elements played a part. I knew the constraints that we would be working with financially in an effort to make a show that we could shoot affordably but still highly aesthetically. So I worked with our amazing writer Danielle Evenson to craft the story by working with the vlog aesthetic from the beginning.So it was always written with vlog in mind for season one, but with the hopes that if the show got its feet, we may be able to take the ladies off the webcam, so to speak. Then our stellar director America Young took the reins and helped the delightful and divine Christopher (Christopher Graham is Whatta Lark) and me tackle the work during the rehearsal process to keep the work you see on screen within the constraints of using the “to camera” approach while still feeling alive and real.Image via Break a Hip.PB: Anything you’ve learned on this journey that you wish you had known before you began production?CW: To just keep going. Like Biz. Just get up, and go outside, and do what you have to do. Raise money, write scripts, hire fabulous artists to surround you and great actors and a loving crew, and feed them all well!TP: I think it just solidified what I already knew. Work with great people, and it won’t be work at all. Each and every member of the team was so phenomenal, and delightful and creative and talented that it elevated the entire production to a whole other level. With something as collaborative as filmmaking I believe in the adage that a rising tide lifts all boats, and you definitely want to be elevated. So work with people who are the best at their job, and you will all shine! And of course to add to your initial question . . . do try to plan ahead for the end game before the game begins.PB:  Finally, Roni and Margaret, most marriages end in divorce and those include sex! How do you make a creative partnership work?R/M: We put the work ahead of our egos. It is more important to us that a joke lands, that the story is clear, that the shot gets done before the day is over, than that either of us gets a fancy credit. And we certainly lead our sets to work that way as well, which reduces conflict.We are wildly respectful of one another and over-communicate our feelings, our desires, our frustrations, and our needs to each other.We also have just slightly different artistic sensibilities. Roni is more broad and bright (think traditional sitcom) and Margaret is more subtle and subdued (think more modern shows like Catastrophe or Transparent). The complement of our two styles ends up creating something that we both get so excited about.And frankly, because we are so excited to make the work be the best that it can be, and because we trust each other, we always approach the other knowing that she has best intentions and then build from there.We truly believe that we make good work individually, but that each other’s particular touch on our collective work elevates it to a level we could not have found on our own.Cover image via Tara Platt.Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Screenwriter Norman Steinberg on Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor, and Getting HeardActor Charlie Schlatter on Work, Health, and ComplacencyInterview: How Filmmaker Jessica Sanders Brought a Tiny Person into a Big WorldInterview: Women Texas Film Festival founder, Justina WalfordInterview: Filmmaker Bradley Olsen and His FCPX Documentary “Off the Tracks”Best F[r]iends: Greg Sestero on Making Movies With Tommy Wiseaulast_img read more

Rani Mukerji unveils Mardaani anthem, says she feels term women-centric ‘strange’

first_imgActress Rani Mukerji on Monday unveiled Mardaani anthem and says it talks about “anger and frustration” women go through.”This anthem is a thought that has come from the anger and frustration we go through in our daily life,” Rani told reporters here.”The anthem is written by Kausar Munir. This anthem is beautifully depicted. The lyrics are very powerful,” added the actress.Rani Mukerji at the unveiling of Mardaani anthem Director Pradeep Sarkar’s film Mardaani will see Rani as Shivani Shivaji Roy, an officer of the Mumbai Crime Branch unit. In the raw and gritty tale, Rani displays women power.She said: “Men are physically strong but women are mentally and emotionally strong. There is nothing man can do without women.”However, Rani had a point to make on Mardaani being tagged ‘women-centric’.”I feel the term women-centric is a bit strange. We don’t call a normal film male-centric. It is either a good film or a bad film. The content should be the king,” the actress said.”There are many love stories in which women had strong roles, but the females were not the protagonists. Just because the female protagonist is playing the title role, the mindset is such that people call it a women-centric film. Yash Chopraji has directed so many films where women had a strong role,” she added.Meanwhile, Rani feels the audience would be able to connect to the theme of the movie.”We have made the film with heart and we all feel it’s a relevant subject,” she said.advertisementProduced by Rani’s husband Aditya Chopra of Yash Raj Films banner, Mardaani is slated to release Aug 22.last_img read more

Stramaccioni Panathinaikos Coach

first_imgPanathinaikos, however, suffered a bad start to this season and failed to reach the money-spinning Champions League group stages, while falling behind Olympiacos at home. TweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS – Panathinaikos’ soccer club has named former Inter Milan and Udinese boss Andrea Stramaccioni as its new coach in a bid to catch arch-rival Olympiacos in the Greek league.Strammaccioni, 39, signed a two-year deal to take over from Yiannis Anastasiou, who left by mutual consent as the revolving door of coaches in the Greek league continued.“I’m really happy and proud to be at this club,” Stramaccioni said in a statement on the club’s website. “I’m in the right place for the work I want to do and prove to the people who have brought me here that I can meet the demands required.“I do not want to make big promises; this is something I don’t do generally. The only thing I pledge is that I will give the best I can to take this club where it wants to go…“I am coming in mid-way during the season and this is difficult because there is no time but much work to be done – starts for the derby coming up fast.”Stramaccioni jumps right into it when the Greens take on Olympiacos on Nov. 21 as the Reds are pulling away in the league, leading their rivals by eight points.last_img read more

Ohio State’s Thad Matta Was Pretty Unhappy With The Referees Following His Team’s Loss To Michigan State Last Night

first_imgThad Matta yells at a referee.Thad Matta did a lot of screaming during his team’s game against Michigan State Friday night. Plenty that yelling was directed at his players, who performed quite poorly in a 76-67 loss to the Spartans in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal round. But a lot of it was aimed at the officials. Matta, 47, has been coaching in the conference since 2004. He, in a roundabout way, called the officiating during last night’s game the worst he’s ever seen. Matta on the officiating: “I’ve been in this league 11 years and that was amazing.”— Kevin Trahan (@k_trahan) March 14, 2015Matta was mostly unhappy with the amount of physicality the Spartans were getting away with. He believed his players were getting bumped on cuts, hand checked when dribbling and bodied when driving into the lane. Matta says this was one of the most physical games he’s ever seen. My interpretation: “We got hacked to death.”— Jerod Smalley (@JerodNBC4) March 14, 2015To be fair to the refs, there was an even distribution when it comes to the amount of fouls that were called – 20 on Michigan State and 18 on Ohio State. With the win, the Spartans moved on to the semifinal round, where they’ll face No. 2 seed Maryland. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, will find out their NCAA Tournament fate Sunday night. Most projections have Matta’s team seeded on the No. 8/No. 9 line.last_img read more

Military Employer Support Awards

first_imgLIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR–Military Employer Support Awards ————————————————————Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant presented the Canadian Forces Liaison Council awards at Government House today, March 8. The awards recognized employers from Nova Scotia who have supported their reservist employees by allowing them to undergo military training and deploy on military operations without impacting their civilian employment or education. “I am delighted to recognize these outstanding employers who have demonstrated leadership by supporting their reservist employees,” said Lt.-Gov. Grant. “I speak from personal experience when I say that reservists bring valuable skill sets learned through their military training and employment to the civilian workplace and the organizations we recognize tonight have shown remarkable insight by recognizing these skills.” Ten Nova Scotia-based organizations were recognized for their best practices in reservist employee and student reservist support. They are: Service Canada Lorway MacEachern Barristers and Solicitors Emergency Services – Sheriff Services, Nova Scotia Department of Justice Defence Research and Development Canada, Atlantic Research Centre Canada Revenue Agency Garian Construction IWK Health Centre Wajax Equipment McInnes Cooper Dalhousie University The Canadian Forces Liaison Council is a Canada-wide group of civilian business leaders who volunteer their time and efforts to promote the Canadian Forces Reserves by highlighting the benefits of reserve force training and experience to the civilian workplace and educational institutions. Reservists themselves nominate their employers and educators and the awards are presented every two years.last_img read more

Britain’s Boris Johnson: Islam is the Muslim World’s Biggest Problem

Rabat – UK newspaper the Guardian has unearthed deeply Islamophobic comments made in recent years by Boris Johnson.Conservative member of parliament Johnson is the frontrunner to replace Theresa May as Britain’s Prime Minister.While Islamophobia and anti-immigrant flavored claims are anything but alien to Johnson’s decidedly rightwing rhetoric, the latest comments delve much more profoundly into what Britain’s to-be-PM thinks of the wider Muslim world.  Johnson claims countries where Islam is the main religion have historically espoused “a fatal religious conservatism” that leaves little or no room for the kind of progress and prosperity witnessed in the West.The Guardian’s report found that the British politician claimed that Islam is the main explanatory factor of the Muslim’ world inferiority when compared to Roman—by extension Western—achievements. The comments were found in an essay included in “The Dream of Rome,” a book Johnson wrote in 2006 as he praised Roman history and civilization. Islam inherently inhibits the path to the type of accomplishments that have made the West proud, one can read in the infamous essay. Johnson’s central point is that Islam is the single reason, and the most compelling case for why, in his opinion, the West has outpaced the Muslim world in many areas. ‘And then came the Muslims’Or, as Johnson went on to postulate in an essay called “And then Came the Muslims,” which was added to the 2007 edition of his book, “There must be something about Islam that indeed helps to explain why there was no rise of the bourgeoisie, no liberal capitalism and therefore no spread of democracy in the Muslim world.”Read also: Boris Johnson Will Not Run for Britain’s Prime MinisterOne unmistakable watershed moment in world history is the Romans’ success story, the essay argued. The Roman, or Byzantine, Empire epitomized the best the world could offer or be at that particular point in history, Johnson rhapsodized.  He presents the episode as a tale of unvarnished prosperity and a flourishing, with Romans charming the world with its arts and way of life, so making Istanbul an enlightened, revered city  with the empire making its impact felt throughout the world. Under the Ottomans (who were Muslims), however, Istanbul was no longer the city it once was; it lost most of its cultural prestige and lagged behind in scientific progress and human ingenuity, according to his claims. The explanation for so striking a contrast is self-evident as far as Johnson is concerned. “Something caused them to be literally centuries behind,” he wrote. That “something” was Islam, according to the British politician.Apparently aware of the backlash such views were set to trigger, Johnson tried at some point to find refuge in the fact that his great grandfather, Ali Kemal, was of Turkish origin and therefore Muslim. Instead of quickly painting him with the Islamophobia brush and dismissing his essay’s central premise, he seemed to offer, it would perhaps be better to look at the evidence without passion or emotion. Once this is done, Johnson maintained, it would be easy enough to agree with historic figures like Winston Churchill about the fact that Islam is indeed the main problem with the Muslim world. (Churchill once said that there is “no stronger retrograde force” than Islam.)“It is time to get deep down and dirty and examine the central charge made by everyone from Winston Churchill to the Pope, namely that the real problem with the Islamic world is Islam,” the essay hammered. “We must be honest and accept that there is more than a grain of truth in Churchill’s analysis of the economic and social consequences of the religion.”The unearthing of these viciously Islamophobic ideas have—predictably—ignited debate in Britain over what Johnson’s premiership would mean for Britain’s Muslims. The question, although differently phrased, has been about what the country’s Muslim citizens would make of a PM who seems to identify with forces (white-supremacy, for example) that contest their claim to equal humanity.In the heat of the Tory (conservative) leadership contest in what could be post-Brexit Britain, what, by extension, does it mean for the country to have a section of its parliament elect a PM who brazenly holds in contempt a religion practiced by a sizable portion of its populations?Tell Mama, a body that monitors anti-Muslim discourse and hatred in the UK, said that Johnson’s views show a deep lack of understanding of the religion in question. “There are many Muslims whom Islam has inspired to produce some of the most beautiful art forms in their love for life and beauty. We hope Johnson works to support all communities in the future, and we are here to assist and support that,” the body pointed out. The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), for its part, visibly dismayed by the blithe anti-Muslim rhetoric underpinning Johnson’s points, rhetorically queried whether the country’s sure-to-be-PM still holds these views. “Many of us would be interested to find out whether Mr. Johnson still believes that Islam inherently inhibits the path to progress and freedom.”Johnson has been here beforeIt is unclear whether Johnson would be as brazen in his future public statements as Britain’s highest ranking politician. However, there is a wealth of evidence suggesting that the controversial views may well be the cornerstone of Johnson’s political philosophy—at least on deeply divisive questions like the meaning of British identity or the role of religion in public. He is no stranger to such backlash, and his views have apparently not changed despite the constant scrutiny.While on a visit to Myanmar in September 2017, Johnson, who was then Britain’s Foreign Secretary, awkwardly and “inappropriately” recited “The Road to Mandalay,” a Rudyard Kipling poem suffused with nostalgia about Britain’s lost colonial empire. “It was stunning he would do that there,” one official said at the time. The official highlighted that Johnson evinced “an incredible lack of understanding,” no less because the poem he viewed as “good stuff” carried a history of violence and national “humiliation and insult” within the Burmese national imaginary.Much more recently, in August of last year, Johnson ignited another media firestorm on British identity and Islam in a column where he likened women wearing the Burqa, a Muslim head covering which leaves only the eyes visible, to “letter boxes” and “bank robbers.”The column received a tide of backlash from the British political commentariat and policy circles. Some critics called Johnson out for the “ugly and naked Islamophobia” of his remarks. Others, however, took a more cynical stance. Although they were outraged by the anti-Muslim undertone of the column, they resigned to the fact that the outrageous comments and the reactions that ensued were “all business as usual.” The suggestion, unmistakably, is that critics could whine and call out the outrage for what it is, but no substantive change would follow. read more

As European population ages UN body suggests ways to enhance senior lives

The number of elderly people in Europe is on the rise and responding to their changing needs is one of the biggest challenges that governments have to face this century, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) said today.In Europe, there are now 4.4 people of working age for every person aged 65 years or older, UNECE said. By 2025, there will 3 working-age people for every elderly person, and by 2050 it will be 2 working-age people for every elderly person.To help prepare policymakers for the population change, UNECE is launching a series of four policy briefs on aging: mainstreaming ageing; gender equality, work and old age; older persons as consumers; participation and integration of older persons.Among the recommendations is a plan to realize a “society for all ages,” for which countries will need to enhance older persons’ participation in social, political and economic life and improve their access to transport, appropriate housing and cultural activities. Another brief recommends differences when drafting pension laws given that elderly women in UNECE countries live longer than men and have little income after their partners’ deaths. 20 November 2009The number of elderly people in Europe is on the rise and responding to their changing needs is one of the biggest challenges that governments have to face this century, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) said today. read more

Trade woes Canada imports exports dip in March US deficit widens more

Imports decreased 0.6% to $39.1-billion amid lower imports of energy products and industrial goods and materials.Exports to the United States — Canada’s biggest market —fell 2.1% to $28.7-billion, the third consecutive monthly decrease.Meanwhile, imports from the U.S. declined 1.4% to $24.1-billion as Canada’s trade surplus with the Americans decreased to $4.6-billion in March from $4.9-billion in February.Exports to countries other than the United States rose 4.5% to $10.8-billion and imports increased 0.8% to $15.1-billion, narrowing the trade deficit with those countries to $4.3-billion from $4.6-billion in February.In the U.S., the bigger-than-expected rise follows government data on Wednesday that showed wholesale inventories grew less than expected in March, leaving analysts to conclude the government would likely lower its first-quarter estimate of gross domestic product from the 2.2% rate it reported last month.U.S. imports grew 5.2% in March, the biggest gain since January 2011, to US$238.6-billion. Record highs were set in both goods and services, with imports of automotive products and capital goods also setting record highs.Imports from the European Union and Mexico also set records, while imports from Canada were the highest since September 2008 and from Japan the highest since October 2007.Higher oil prices also added to the import tally, as average prices for imported oil rose to US$107.95 per barrel.Imports from China, the United States’ largest foreign supplier, rose 12% in March to US$31.5-billion.U.S. exports had another good month, rising 2.9% to a record US$186.8-billion. Exports of goods and two subcategories — industrial supplies and capital goods — also hit record highs in good news for the U.S. manufacturing sector.U.S. exports to the 27-nation European Union also set a record, despite signs of a recession in the euro-zone that could crimp future demand.Exports to Canada and Mexico, U.S. partners in the North American Free Trade Agreement, also hit record highs, as did exports to South Korea, the newest U.S. free trade partner.With files from Reuters Statistics Canada says exports and imports both slipped in March, but the country’s trade surplus rose to $351-million from $273-million in February.Meawhile, in the United States, the trade deficit widened more than expected in March as imports surged to a record high, in another sign the government may have to scale back its estimate of first-quarter economic growth.The U.S. trade gap grew 14.1% to US$51.8-billion, the biggest jump in nearly a year, even though exports also hit a record high, a Commerce Department report showed on Thursday. Economists polled by Reuters had expected the trade gap to widen to about US$50-billion.In Canada, StatsCan said Thursday that exports edged down 0.4% to $39.5-billion with shipments of energy products leading the decline.Andrew Barr/National Post read more

Womens Basketball No 18 Ohio State looks to build on Michigan State

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles past defenders in the second quarter against Michigan State on Jan. 27 at the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes beat the Spartans 78-62. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Assistant Sports DirectorOn Jan. 15, the No. 18 Ohio State women’s basketball team sat atop the Big Ten with no conference losses and winning margins of at least seven points in every game. But a little more than two weeks later, the season’s outlook has drastically shifted. The Buckeyes dropped three games in a row — to Michigan, Maryland and Iowa — and fell to fourth in the conference. Ohio State (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten) bounced back with a 78-62 home win against Michigan State on Saturday and will search for its second straight win when it plays Penn State (13-9, 4-5 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center.Projected StartersOhio State:G — Asia Doss — Senior, 5-foot-7, 9.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.4 apgG — Kelsey Mitchell — Senior, 5-foot-8, 24.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.3 apgG — Linnae Harper — Redshirt senior, 5-foot-8, 15.6 ppg, 9 rpg, 2.4 apgG — Sierra Calhoun — Redshirt junior, 6-foot, 12 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1 apgF — Stephanie Mavunga — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-3, 15.4 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 0.7 apgPenn State: G — Teniya Page — Junior, 5-foot-7, 18.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.8 apgG — Amari Carter — Redshirt sophomore, 5-foot-8, 14.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.6 apgG — Siyeh Frazier — Sophomore, 5-foot-9, 7.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.9 apgG — Jaida Travascio-Green — Sophomore, 6-foot-2, 12.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 0.7 apgF — De’Janae Boykin — Redshirt sophomore, 6-foot-2, 7 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.7 apgScouting Penn StateA middle-of-the-road Big Ten team, the Nittany Lions fell to Purdue 88-73 on the road Sunday afternoon, ending their three-game win streak. In that game, the Boilermakers took advantage of Penn State’s defense, one of its most glaring flaws. Purdue hit 73.5 percent of its shots and went 5-for-8 from 3-point range. This season, the Nittany Lions have allowed opponents to shoot 41.6 percent from the field, hird-worst in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes — who have the highest-scoring trio of players in the nation in forward Stephanie Mavunga (15.4 points per game) and guards Kelsey Mitchell (24.8 points per game) and Linnae Harper (15.6 points per game) — are primed to take advantage of Penn State’s lacking defense. They shoot 44.6 percent from the field, the fourth-best in the conference, despite taking more 3-pointers than any other team in the Big Ten.However, Penn State’s offense also has struggled, hitting 40.1 percent of its shots, the second-lowest average in the conference. It averages just 12.3 assists per game, which also ranks second-worst in the Big Ten.But the Nittany Lions have a prolific scorer in junior guard Teniya Page. She dropped 32 points in last season’s matchup between the two teams in what Ohio State redshirt junior forward Makayla Waterman called a “career game.”“She’s incredibly quick,” said Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff. “Really crafty with the ball. She can shoot from the perimeter. Can also put the ball on the floor and drive it. Just all-around a great player.”Penn State needs her to repeat last year’s performance to have a chance in the game, since it does not have the advantage in many areas of the court. Page will needhelp from redshirt sophomore guard Amari Carter, who averages 14.8 points per game. Carter is tied for first in the Big Ten with 2.7 steals per game, but Ohio State ranks first in the conference in turnover margin.Redshirt sophomore forward De’Janae Boykin pulls down 8.9 rebounds per game, but Penn State holds the second-worst rebounding margin in the Big Ten (-2.2). Ohio State believes it still has a “target on our back”The Buckeyes entered the season with extremely high expectations. They were voted the top team in the Big Ten by both the media and coaches, earned a top-10 preseason spot in the Associated Press preseason poll, and Mitchell was named preseason Big Ten Player of the Year.Ohio State still ranks 18th in the nation — and will likely be a top-four seed in the Big Ten tournament with a chance to be a top-four seed in the NCAA tournament — but it has not fulfilled the sky-high expectations, especially recently. But despite the three-game skid, the Buckeyes still believe they have a “target” on their back.“I think so, just with the success we’ve had in recent years,” McGuff said. “I think we definitely have it. That’s part of the responsibility of being at Ohio State.”That success has placed Ohio State in the top three in the Big Ten the past two seasons. The Buckeyes currently sit fourth in the conference, but they play a group of middling teams the remainder of the season and have a chance to run the table.Waterman believes her team’s Big Ten success since McGuff was hired outweighs the recent struggles.“I think that just being at Ohio State, you have that [target],” Waterman said. “We’ve been pretty successful in the past, pretty successful this year. People want to do well against us, they want to beat us. When we hit that losing streaking streak and we feel like they’ve hit that target, we’ve just got to rebuild and just stay focused.”Penn State has played inconsistently against the conference’s best teams. It has not beaten a team with less than four losses in the Big Ten, though it nearly knocked off No. 11 Maryland Dec. 31, but lost 69-65. The Hawkeyes, Wolverines and Terrapins showed Ohio State’s target can be hit. But this season, the Nittany Lions have been unable to beat teams as well-regarded as the Buckeyes. read more

I was kind of a torturer in Northern Ireland admits Conservative MP

first_imgDonald Trump has indicating his support for waterboarding Donald Trump has indicating his support for waterboardingCredit:NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP Bob Stewart, the senior Conservative MP and former Army officer, has admitted he had been “kind of a torturer” when he was posted to Northern Ireland.The former Army colonel said that he believes torture is sometimes “justified” and can work as an interrogation method.Describing how during The Troubles he had shown “people pictures of their friends that had been blown up”, he said: “Technically as you look at it today I was a kind of a torturer.”Of course it was acceptable then. It’s now unacceptable and now it’s defined as torture.” The fact of the matter is… sometimes it might work, and sometimes it might be justifiedBob Stewart Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Asked about the types of torture techniques that might be suitable in those situations, he replied: “Sleep deprivation. Lack of food. Perhaps, as I’ve done, showing people pictures of their friends that have been blown up. That sort of thing.”Mr Trump is understood to be preparing to order a review of interrogation methods and the possible reopening of “black site” prisons outside the US. Mr Stewart, who completed seven operational tours of Northern Ireland during The Troubles, was speaking after US President Donald Trump used his first television interview since coming to office to indicate his support for waterboarding.The Conservative MP said he opposed waterboarding, but techniques such as sleep and food deprivation could be acceptable in certain situations.”We don’t like torture. No one likes torture. Not even Trump likes torture,” Mr Stewart told BBC 5 Live. “But the fact of the matter is… sometimes it might work, and sometimes it might be justified.”I don’t agree with waterboarding, but a certain amount of persuasion might be justified if someone for example had the knowledge about where a nuclear weapon that was going to explode in London was.”That is where I suggest that people might say a certain amount of persuasion could be justified. I’m qualifying it all the way through.”In circumstances where a great number of people, or indeed one person, is going to be killed, you have to think very carefully about what pressure you can put on people in order to give that information to stop peoples’ lives being lost.”last_img read more

Rumor Next Xbox doesnt have a disc drive

first_imgAccording to a source talking to website MCV, the next console to carry the Xbox name will not have a disc drive.Apparently, Microsoft is sharing this information with its partners under NDA. By partners we assume they mean the major publishers and any hardware companies with close ties who provide parts or peripherals for the machine.No disc drive means digital distribution, but there’s also thought to be an extension of the memory card system with an SSD or microSD solution offering local storage. MCV has also been told a 2013 release is definitely going to happen.Microsoft’s response, as always, is to not comment on rumor and speculation. They’ve also stated that the Xbox 360 lifecycle has been extended, suggesting a 2013 release isn’t realistic.Switching to a digital-only platform wouldn’t come as a massive shock as things are heading in that direction anyway. I doubt ISPs would enjoy the multi-gigabyte game downloads from millions of consoles though, and retailers may react like they did to the PSPgo by boycotting the hardware.For now, we have to treat this as what it is: rumor and speculation. If Microsoft is planning a disc-less console then it will have a huge impact on the games industry as a whole. In particular, the ecosystem that surrounds the sale of games would effectively be broken. There’s no games retailers can sell, no stock to handle, and the used games market would be dead in the water.By removing the disc drive the machine would be cheaper to make, and as everything is stored on a hard drive load times should be shorter. Gamers will certainly complain if game pricing remained the same as physical copies, but they’d probably also appreciate potential new functions e.g. being able to pre-load a game before it launches like Steam allows. So, an Xbox without discs. Would gamers welcome such a machine into their homes? Read more at MCVlast_img read more

Moreland pushes for sports clubs to mix it up

first_imgFrom next month more than fifty sporting grounds in the City of Moreland, in Melbourne’s inner north, will be available only to clubs with juniors as well as girls or women participating in either competitive or non-competitive physical activities, the City of Moreland Mayor Stella Kariofyllidis announced last week. Three small cricket clubs in Moreland are yet to meet the requirements, but these clubs are considering merging with bigger clubs, Cr Kariofyllidis said. “The majority of clubs are happy and complying with the new policy. They’ve had 12 months to work on this and they all embraced it,” she told Neos Kosmos. Cr Kariofyllidis said so far the council has not encountered issues with the policy, with 48 out of 51 clubs all complying. “I think it’ll make it better. After the things we see and hear about sporting clubs and players in the media, I think we need to work from grass roots. When you’ve got mixed teams working and playing together from a young age, they show respect for each other,” she said. “I think it’ll benefit the community and clubs.” Former mayor of Moreland City Council, Cr Lambros Tapinos, said the policy was first brought up a couple of years ago and will be implemented from this summer onwards. “It says we’d prefer to see real community engagement and greater participation from the greater community, from females, from juniors, not just the seniors who are the ones who get the publicity,” Cr Tapinos told Neos Kosmos. “We’d like to see more of an effort made by the greater community and we’re more interested in creating a healthier community,” he said. Cr Tapinos believes the Moreland City Council is one of the first communities to set these kinds of club requirements, with other communities following their lead. “The club grounds are valued resources, which we want to see used to their best capacity,” he said.Brunswick City Football Club President, George Koutoulis, said his club has women’s, girl’s, junior’s and mixed teams, and is always looking for new members. Competing with other clubs, especially for female players, means that it may be difficult to maintain the quota of female players, Mr Koutoulis said. While the council’s new policy is a good idea, he said it may create difficulty for smaller clubs who do not have as many players or as wide a variety. The new policy will probably increase greater participation from the wider community, but its success will depend on whether new members are evenly distributed across the clubs, Vice president of the Brunswick City Football Club, Con Mavrelis, said. Mr Mavrelis said those interested in joining the Brunswick City Football Club can access information on the club’s website and while this year’s football season is finished they can do a two week trial in early February 2011. Mr Mavrelis suggested groups of girls could form a team of friends and join the Brunswick City Football Club with a focus on enjoying themselves whilst developing their skills.Brunswick City Football Club has shaped some football greats, including young player George Mells, who is rumoured to have been signed by English premiere league team, Chelsea Football Club, this week. Theodore Markelis, who also started out at the club, was signed by Spanish team Valencia in 2007. Markelis, now 18, plays in Italy’s series B for Vicenza Calcio.For more information on Brunswick City FC, email: juniors@brunswickcitysc.com.au or: info@brunswickcitysc.com.au or visit the club website: www.brunswickcitysc.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

3 shot at Belle Glade health department

first_imgBELLE GLADE, Fla. (WSVN) — Several people came under fire after a man began shooting outside of a Health Department building in Belle Glade.According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, deputies found the victims with gunshot injuries outside the C.L. Brumback Health Center, located along the 38000 block of State Road 80, at around 5 p.m.According to deputies, 18-year-old Randolph Jackson opened fire at three people after a fight on the bus.One of the victims then began shooting back in self-defense.Three people were both rushed to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.Deputies arrested Jackson and charged him with attempted first-degree murder.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

October 3rd PFD Deposit Day

first_imgAccording to the Permanent Fund Website payment schedule:Direct Deposit Mass Payment**  2019 (and prior year) dividend applications that are in “Eligible-Not Paid” status on September 26th, 2019 will be distributed on October 3rd, 2019.**Paper Check Mass Payment**  2019 (and prior year) dividend applications that are in “Eligible-Not Paid” status on October 11th, 2019 will be distributed on October 24th, 2019. Dunleavy: “Finally, now that the budget has been addressed, the full PFD will be the focus in this next special session, the sole focus. I will not let up until the remaining funds are appropriated for the full statutory PFD. I know Alaskans understand this decision and I appreciate all of your input.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This year’s $1,600 dividend is being direct deposited on Thursday, October 3. Lawmakers instead asked Dunleavy to consider dividends of about $1,600 this year. Last year’s capped payout amounted to $1,600 checks. Dunleavy: “While there are some that support the full statutory formula, unfortunately some do not. In this years budget the Legislature sent me a $1,600 appropriation for the PFD, again not following the statutory formula.”  Governor Mike Dunleavy campaigned on a Permanent Fund dividend for residents paid in line with a longstanding calculation that has not been followed since 2016 as the state has grappled with a budget deficit. Such a dividend would equate to checks of about $3,000 this year. Dunleavy said he considered this a ‘partial PFD payment’ and that the legislature understands their jobs are not finished and they must fix this “as soon as possible”.last_img read more

Full Show Manafort Verdict And Lessons From Hurricane Ike Aug 22 2018

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /50:22 Listen center_img X On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: From the verdict in Paul Manafort’s trial, to the end of early voting in the flood bond election, to the anniversary of Harvey, our political experts discuss the latest national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.Also this hour: We learn about what some call a loophole in how state administrators keep an eye on some special needs students in Harris County. Then, we look back at the lessons learned from Hurricane Ike in the latest installment of Houston Public Media’s new podcast Hurricane Season.And we hear from Ron Stallworth, the real-life detective who inspired Spike Lee’s film Blackkklansman.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.We offer a podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

Blizzard needs a software engineer to fix its classic games

first_imgThe success that Blizzard has seen with its latest StarCraft games, World of Warcraft, and Diablo III, has been built from a base of players who loved the older games in each series. These classics may be getting a little long in the tooth, but that doesn’t make them any less fun to play. The problem is, playing them on modern hardware and the latest operating systems throws up a bunch of problems.Blizzards knows this, and is attempting to do something about it. Evidence of that can be found on its recruitment page, with a listing for a “Senior Software Engineer, Classic Games.”What Blizzard wants is for an experienced engineer to come and work for them in California where they will spend their time restoring these older games. The titles that need some love include Diablo II, StarCraft, and Warcraft III.The responsibilities of this role suggest that Blizzard not only wants the games to “just work” again, but for the graphics to be improved and new features added. Multiplayer is also a focus, with combating hacking listed as a task that needs completing. This should ultimately lead to a much better Battle.net experience.If all goes to plan and Blizzard finds the right engineer, we will eventually be getting updated versions of all the games mentioned on Windows and OS X platforms complete with multiplayer support. Blizzard will certainly want to charge for these updated classics, but then I’m sure there’s going to be thousands of gamers out there willing to pay for a faultless experience on Windows 10 and OS X 10.11.Let’s not forget that Blizzard’s games development isn’t limited to just Diablo, StarCraft, and Warcraft. There’s also a number of add-on packs for those games, so whoever ends up getting this job is going to be very busy for the foreseeable future.last_img read more

New York New York – Reported by Elite Traveler t

first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe new LEICA V-LUX 20 compact camera is the perfect companion for any photographic event. Ready to capture any and all memories from backyard birthday parties to exotic excursions, the V-LUX 20 is equipped with 12.1 mega pixels, a high performance Leica 12x zoom lens plus GPS tagging and HD movie recording.As the first Leica camera to feature GPS tagging, the V-LUX 20’s innovative tracking system allows photographers to record the exact geographical coordinates of their location (in the Exif data of each photo) automatically, as well as the local time for every shot, ensuring the user always has a useful and accurate record of their trip. In addition, the V-LUX 20 can display the names of interesting sightseeing locations from a total of 500,000 ‘points of interest’ across 73 countries.The built-in GPS feature also makes archiving and organizing photos quick and easy, during or after a trip. Furthermore, for photographers posting images on social networks, image portals or map sites such as Google Maps or Google Earth, the data automatically reveals exactly when and where the photos were taken.*For those who want to make movies as well as still images, the V-LUX 20 enables movie recording in HD quality. Its intelligent automatic features, such as face recognition, automatic scene modes and smart exposure, are all available in movie mode, together with the camera’s zoom functions.The V-LUX 20’s generous three inch LCD display has a resolution of 460,000 pixels, and offers an extremely bright, sharp view for precise composition and framing of shots, as well as accurate quality control for captured shots in playback mode.www.leica-camera.comlast_img read more

Final verdict in Laiki trial in July

first_imgHaving heard the litigants’ closing arguments, the Nicosia criminal court trying the Laiki case said on Tuesday it would be issuing its final verdict on July 24.On trial are four defendants: former Laiki bank managing director Efthimios Bouloutas, former deputy managing director Panayiotis Kounnis, former non-executive vice-president Neoclis Lysandrou and former executive board member Marcos Foros.They face charges of market manipulation and submitting false or misleading information with regard to publishing an interim consolidated financial statement in November 2011, in which they omitted to include a goodwill writedown of €330m for Marfin Popular Bank’s – as Laiki was then known – operations in Greece.The lender was shuttered in 2013 as part of the island’s bailout agreement.During the course of the trial the accused have disputed the allegation that at the time in question there was a need for a goodwill writedown, or that they withheld any vital information from shareholders.In their summations on Tuesday, the defendants’ lawyers argued that the prosecution failed to demonstrate “fraudulent and deliberate” concealment of the goodwill writedown in an alleged bid to defraud investors.They said the prosecution also failed to bring any direct evidence or testimony specifying the precise value of the writedown, and moreover claimed that no one at the bank at the time held that information, as the impact of the second ‘haircut’ on Greek debt holdings of October 2011 could not be accurately assessed.For its part, the prosecution referred to a number of “trigger points” indicating a goodwill writedown, such as the worsening economy in Greece, sliding credit ratings and the bank’s increasing Emergency Liquidity Assistance.All this information was sufficient for the defendants to have knowledge of the need for a goodwill writedown, the prosecution said.The case was referred to a criminal trial on November 28, 2016, following delays after defendants Bouloutas and Foris refused to appear in person in a Cypriot court.In March 2017 the court agreed that state prosecutors had managed to demonstrate a prima facie case against the defendants, of all whom pleaded not guilty.The defendants subsequently chose to testify under oath and to be cross-examined.You May LikeCredit Card | Search AdsApply For A New Credit Card NowCredit Card | Search AdsUndoAutos +The 10 Most Powerful Cars of All-TimeAutos +UndoHome Pets Online StoreBird Archives | Pets Online StoreHome Pets Online StoreUndo Widowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoMayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoFilms and food at RialtoUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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