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first_imgFreelance video pros need to set clear client expectations around timelines, budgets, and production value… and then get it all in writing.Most of your clients will not have an intimate knowledge of video production or what it takes to create the images in their heads.Now that the tools for capturing video are more accessible than ever, non-professionals are making a lot of assumptions about your work based on their ability to pull out their iPhone. Whether you’re working with an aspiring artist wanting a music video or a large corporate client needing a video training series, to some degree, you’ll need to educate them on the process and the resources needed to get them to their desired goal — and that’s usually not a cell phone video.Creative PlanWorking out the creative plan. Image from Red Lemon Club.When you go in to talk to them about their project, be prepared to ask a lot of questions so you can understand their vision and advise accordingly. They need to tell you where will the video go, what the desired length is, and who the target audience is. You’ll also want to ask what the goals of the video are (to educate, entertain, excite?), the tone of the video, and what the core messaging needs to be.Kimbe MacMaster, with Vidyard, notes that all the stakeholders in any given project need to be on the same page if they want to be successful and even supplies a template for questions.Lay everything out ahead of time in a creative brief, send it to everyone who will be involved in the project and allow at least one meeting for walking through the brief and answering any related questions.Service Agreement: What is It?An example of a standard video production agreement. Image from NimiaThe point in the process in which most of the expectation management takes place is in the crafting of the service agreement. After the client agrees to move forward with you on the project, you’ll want to create a service agreement that, among other things, outlines the scope of the project, an engagement summary, and all the defined deliverables.  Video marketplace, Nimia, offers an example of a standard video production agreement (partially pictured above) that you can use as a resource for creating your own.Service Agreement: What’s Covered?1. Project Scope Project scope will include hiring talent, music selection or production, and a tentative production schedule. Examples of deadlines to include in this phase are script delivery, shoot date(s), and delivery of first and final drafts. To emphasize that the agreed-to deadlines are dependent on both you, the producer, and them, the client, you can use language like this: Any delays caused by the client including cancelled meetings, delays on creative feedback or direction, and especially delays from the final decision-makers, will cause delays to the final deliverable. Changes to the estimated project schedule may affect pricing.Here’s a quick tutorial/reminder about all the things to consider when managing the scope of your project: 2. Engagement SummaryThe engagement summary should state both what you’re going to do and what they’re going to do. This is where you protect yourself with limits on changes and revisions. For example:This proposal includes two rounds of revisions for the concept and script and two rounds of revisions for the final draft of the video.3. Defined DeliverablesDefined deliverables will be items like a storyboard, a script and, of course, the video. Include the formats expected for each deliverable and how it will be provided to them.4. The FeeOf course, note the fee for the project and when you’ll expect payment. For example: Client will be invoiced 50% of the project total at the start of the engagement. The remaining 50% will be invoiced when the final video is approved.Look at examples online and talk to your friends in the industry about what they put in their service agreements. Yours doesn’t need to look like it was written by an attorney, but it does need outline clear expectations on both sides. Don’t do any further work on the project until you get a signed copy back from them. No matter how well you know or trust the client, you don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you wish you had something in writing and you don’t.Post-ProductionThe part of the process clients seem to have the hardest time wrapping their head around is post-production. They know the footage has been shot, but they don’t understand the bandwidth needed to process that footage, cut it, color it, add effects, and render it. I tell clients that for every hour we shoot on set, we’ll need 10 hours to process it (give or take). This isn’t always the case, and you can use your best judgement on what that number will be for your project. Just know that providing that expectation can help you get the time you need to get the footage where it needs to be for client approval.Chris Potter, co-founder of ScreenLight, reinforces that open communication and setting expectations will save time during video review. He also notes in 9 Ways to Improve Client Communication During Video Review that using your agreed-upon deadlines is another tool to help keep client revision under control.Creative review is a form of negotiation, and one thing that helps keep a negotiation moving forward is a deadline. A deadline can help force prioritization decisions. Anything can be done with enough time. But chances are, neither you nor your client has that luxury.Assuming you’ve talked to them about their vision in the creative planning phrase, and received concept and script approval from them, there shouldn’t be too many surprises at this point. Doing more on the front-end will allow you to shoot for the edit and save time (and stress) in post.Above all else, try to be transparent about the process and stay in contact throughout. As you reach milestones in the production timeline, reach out and let them know what’s going on. Your client will enjoy seeing what happens “behind-the-scenes” and you can demonstrate your expertise. Communicating with them will help build trust that will make them appreciate you and your work and could lead to more projects in the future. Interested in some more “client relations” tips? Check out these articles from PremiumBeat:Corporate Video: Getting Your Clients to CommitClient Feedback is Key to Creative Success5 Easy Ways To Make Your Clients Love YouGot any tips on setting expectations with clients? Let us know your methods in the comments below!last_img read more

first_imgA journalist working for a vernacular daily in Chatra district of Jharkhand was allegedly abducted and beaten to death by unknown persons late on Monday night. Chandan Tiwary, 32, who was working as a reporter with Hindi daily Aaj, had earlier lodged a complaint with the local police apprehending threat to his life. The police have constituted a Special Investigation Team to probe the incident.“Following an exposé on irregularities in the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and construction of sheds for goat-rearing, I’ve been threatened with dire consequences by Mahesh Dangi, husband of the local mukhiya… I fear a threat to my life from Mahesh Dangi, Mohd. Serajul and a teacher, Devaki Dangi,” Chandan had said in his complaint to the police on April 6.He was abducted by motorcycle-borne men from Pathalgadda on Monday night. Hours later, he was found critically injured in the Baltharwa forest under the Simaria police station. He was taken to the Simaria Referral Hospital, where he was declared brought dead. Son of a labour union leader Raghuwar Tiwary, Chandan hailed from Dumbi village in Chatra district. His family members alleged that the Tritiya Sammelan Prastuti Committee, a Maoist splinter group, was behind the murder.“Our correspondent Chandan Tiwary was beaten to death. He had earlier filed a complaint with the police about a threat to his life, but he was not provided any security. His family should be given compensation,” Amit Kumar Agrawal, resident editor of the newspaper, said.Chatra Superintendent of Police Akhilesh B. Variar said the murderers would soon be arrested. Deputy Commissioner Jitendra Kumar Singh said a medical board has been constituted to conduct the post-mortem examination.last_img read more

first_imgThe police are rarely known to be coy when it comes to a big catch. Specially if the case happens to be as sensational as the Shivani Bhatnagar murder mystery. But when the Delhi Police picked up Sri Bhagwan Sharma, a Gurgaon-based farmer, from his residence on the outskirts of,The police are rarely known to be coy when it comes to a big catch. Specially if the case happens to be as sensational as the Shivani Bhatnagar murder mystery. But when the Delhi Police picked up Sri Bhagwan Sharma, a Gurgaon-based farmer, from his residence on the outskirts of the capital on July 23, they kept it under wraps.For seven days they interrogated him, without letting the world know that a key figure in the case was in their custody. On July 29, Sri Bhagwan’s family filed a habeas corpus petition in the Delhi High Court, following which the police were asked to locate the former and produce him in court before August 1.The police did that a day before the deadline and informed the court that Sri Bhagwan was a suspect in the killing of The Indian Express journalist. Shivani was murdered in her east Delhi apartment on the evening of January 23, 1999. Three-and-a-half years later, Sri Bhagwan’s was the first arrest that the police had made in the case. But the prize catch would obviously be a man on the run, a senior police officer.THE ACCUSED: Ravi Kant Sharma, IPS, IG (Prisons), Haryana PoliceSTATUS: Prime suspect Lookout notices posted in several states and all exit points Even before the journalist’s murder, rumours were rife in police and media circles in Delhi of an extramarital relationship between Shivani and Ravi Kant Sharma, a Haryana cadre IPS officer currently posted as inspector-general (prisons) in Chandigarh.The affair is said to have begun when as a correspondent of her publication, Shivani, married to Times of India correspondent Rakesh Bhatnagar, covered the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) during the I.K. Gujral regime. Sharma was an officer on special duty there. In late 1998, Shivani delivered a baby boy. Police say as Shivani began to put pressure on Sharma to tie the knot, the officer decided to get rid of her.Last Wednesday, police officers raided several places in Himachal Pradesh in search of Sharma. Several teams of the Delhi Police conducted raids at Kasauli, Shimla and Kufri after getting information that Sharma had fled to the hill state.advertisementHe had evaded arrest for the five days since the capture of Sri Bhagwan and though the police had conducted several search operations at his Chandigarh house, they had no clue about his whereabouts. Astonishingly enough, this officer was proving to be so elusive the Delhi Police was forced to announce a Rs 50,000 reward for anyone providing information leading to his arrest.Sharma has had a chequered career in the civil services. The suave IPS officer is said to have bagged the kind of postings that would be the envy of even well-connected IAS officers. Before his stint in the PMO he was posted in France and at the time of Shivani’s death he served as chief vigilance officer at Air-India’s Mumbai headquarters.THE EXECUTIONER: Pradeep Sharma, Contract KillerSTATUS: Arrested Stolen camera and diary evidence point to his involvement The plum postings, it is said, were a result of the political connections of his father-in-law, a senior Chandigarh-based journalist. His fellow  officers, besides envying his postings, had another reason to be jealous of him: his way with women.Before Shivani came into the picture, Sharma is said to have had an affair with a Chandigarh-based journalist who later shifted to London. His problems with Shivani may have something to do with her refusal to take a similar route. Sharma perhaps wished that she too had gone elsewhere, maybe back to her husband, but she would have nothing of it and insisted he married her.According to the police, the conspiracy was so meticulously planned that Shivani’s could have been the perfect murder – but for the numerous cell phone calls between Sharma and Shivani and among Sharma and the other accused. Probing the case was no easy job for them, considering that the two central figures in the case were Shivani’s lover Sharma and her husband Rakesh.As investigations continued the police realised there was much that Sharma was trying to hide, though initially, given his connections, they found their hands tied. But the breakthrough came when the police began to check the phone records of the main players in the mystery. The records showed that in the months before Shivani died, there was a spate of calls between Sharma, who was then posted in Mumbai, and her. CLOSING INJANUARY 23, 1999: Shivani Bhatnagar stabbed to death in her Delhi home. All leads point to Sharma but no evidence.DECEMBER 2001: Police question Sharma’s associates and examine details of his cell phone calls.JULY 2002: Phone records show involvement of Sri Bhagwan. Police interrogate him, then arrest him.AUGUST 2, 2002: Police arrest Pradeep, the alleged killer. Sharma is on the run. Alert sounded for his arrest. Even earlier, while Shivani was in London on a journalism scholarship, Sharma had called her as many as 90 times. Shivani too had called Mumbai from London at least 176 times. Later the calls were mostly one-way – she calling him – though she is said to have got several threatening calls for a few days before her death.advertisementIntriguingly, police also have evidence to show that Rakesh Bhatnagar had spoken to his wife’s lover no less than 40 times between December 1997 and January 1999, though nothing is known about what transpired.The police now believe they have a watertight case against Sharma. “Sharma contacted Sri Bhagwan, who in turn got in touch with Satprakash. The two hatched a conspiracy to murder Shivani. Satprakash even used his cell phone to contact the contract killers,” says a senior police officer.Later, taps on Sharma’s phone and his conversation with Sri Bhagwan provided valuable pieces of evidence for the police. These coupled with the handwriting in the entry register at Navkunj Society where Shivani lived and was killed have made the police confident that they are close to busting the case.Handwriting experts say the writing is similar to that of another suspect, Pradeep, who was also arrested last week. Pradeep, police say, is one of the killers who went inside the flat and stabbed and then strangulated Shivani to death.Adding to their optimism was the recovery of a camera from Pradeep. The camera was the only object that was missing from the Bhatnagar household after the murder of Shivani.Police are currently pursuing leads that Sharma was a frequent visitor to Shivani’s house. They are now trying to get the backdated registers of the apartment complex to see whether Sharma had entered the premises sporting a fake identity.ALL QUIET: Sharma has not been at his Panchkula home since August 1Police have reasons to believe that Sharma had planned the murder well in advance. In December 1998, a full month before Shivani’s murder, he had lodged a complaint at the Greater Kailash police station in south Delhi of a kidnap bid on his younger daughter Komal as well as complaints about threats to his family from unknown sources. Police believe these were nothing more than efforts to hoodwink the authorities.Midway last week, Sharma was still on the run and the ranks of the Delhi Police were out to arrest a man who otherwise in the normal course of duty they would have saluted. The Sharma family, however, dismisses the charges against him. It is a “part of a big political conspiracy to frame him”, says his daughter Komal. “Why doesn’t the police question other suspects, the politicians? Why have they given a clean chit to Rakesh Bhatnagar?”But at the moment, the top police officer who ought to have used his skills to track down criminals is himself on the run – just like a criminal.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgSoccer’s world ruling body FIFA has promised “appropriate steps” after a report on Monday said a dozen positive doping cases in Russian football were among hundreds covered up by Moscow. (Russian government protected doped athletes at Sochi Winter Games: WADA)However, FIFA did not comment directly on allegations in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report that Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who sits on its supervisory FIFA Council, had ordered the cover-up in the cases of the footballers. (IOC will take toughest sanctions over Sochi doping: Thomas Bach)McLAREN REPORTThe independent WADA report, which followed an investigation led by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, concentrated on allegations of systematic doping by Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.It said that Moscow had concealed hundreds of positive doping cases from a variety of sports, including soccer, in the run-up to the games. (WADA says IOC should consider ban on all Russian athletes in Rio)”FIFA will request from WADA all details concerning the individual cases of doping in Russian football that are referenced in the McClaren report,” FIFA said in a statement to Reuters.”Once FIFA receives this information from WADA, it will take the appropriate next steps.”SAVE ORDER FROM MOSCOWThe report said that Russian Deputy Sports Minister Yuri Nagornykh had decided which athletes would benefit from a cover-up, known as a SAVE order, although Mutko appeared to make the decision with regard to footballers.”The (chief investigator) is aware of at least one foreign footballer playing in the Russian League who had that benefit of a SAVE order,” it said.advertisement”That SAVE decision was made by Minister Mutko and not Deputy Minister Nagornykh.”Eleven Russian footballers also benefited from a cover-up after failing a doping test, the report said.”Email evidence available… shows that the SAVE decision for the football players was the final decision of ‘VL’. VL is the first name and patronymic name initials of the Minister of Sport, Vitaly Leontiyevich Mutko.”Mutko, president of the organising committee for the 2018 World Cup which will be hosted by Russia, has not commented since the release of the McLaren report.However, when the same allegations were made in June by German broadcaster ARD/WDR, he described them as “silly” and said that he and Russia were being smeared as payback for winning the right to host the 2018 World Cup.Asked bout Mutko’s situation, FIFA said “the Ethics Committee is an independent body of FIFA and only it can decide what actions to take in respect to this issue.”The ethics committee could not immediately be reached for comment.last_img read more

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. — Alex Morgan scored a minute into second-half stoppage time, Hope Solo posted her 97th career shutout, and the United States beat France 1-0 on March 6 in the SheBelieves Cup.With the victory over the No. 3 team in the world, the top-ranked Americans improved to 8-0-0 in 2016, outscoring opponents 30-0. The U.S. has won its first two games of the SheBelieves Cup after beating No. 5 England on March 3.On the lone goal, 17-year-old Mallory Pugh controlled the ball just past midfield and passed ahead to Morgan, who sprinted through the defense for a left-footed shot that beat goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi.It was Morgan’s 63rd international goal and made up for not connecting on a pass in the first half from Meghan Klingenberg.“Mall played me in perfectly, and all I needed to do was put it past the keeper,” Morgan said.The U.S. outshot France 10-8 after managing only three shots in the first half, with Solo making some key saves for her 146th international victory.“When you can have the win and a great performance, I think it’s a good feeling,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said. “I think the players left there with a good feeling. … Obviously ecstatic with the world-class goal at the end there. But as I said to the players, it’s also three points in this tournament. This is our first time at this tournament, and we’d obviously love to win it. And one more game to go.”Solo deflected a shot from Louisa Necib in the 14th minute, then France missed on a flurry shortly after. The ball clanged off the left post when Carli Lloyd tried to clear it, forcing Solo to dive to her right before going back to her left to save a shot from Marie-Laure Delie.“It was nice to be able to have her back and be able to make the save,” Solo said.In the second half, Delie’s header went wide before Tobin Heath’s shot missed wide left in the 56th minute for the U.S.The SheBelieves Cup wraps up March 9 in Boca Raton, Florida, with France playing England and the U.S. facing second-ranked Germany in this tuneup for the Rio Olympics.(TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Alba furious with Barcelona over Rabiot offerby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona fullback Jordi Alba is upset over the way he’s been treated by management.Alba has made it no secret over his frustration regarding a lack of progress in new contract talks – and adding to his anger is Barca’s move for PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot.Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda told El Chiringuito, “Jordi Alba is having a terrible time because they are going to sign Rabiot, a huge player who is liked by Real Madrid. “He sees that he is going to be paid €10m a year. He has been asking for a renewal for a long time and his anger is bursting.” last_img read more

first_imgClemson coach Dabo Swinney talks with Notre Dame coach Brian KellyCLEMSON, SC – OCTOBER 03: (L-R) Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers talks to head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish before their game at Clemson Memorial Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)In just over two weeks, the Clemson Tigers will face off against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for the right to play in the national title game. Both teams enter their College Football Playoff semifinal with an undefeated record and a chance to play Alabama or Oklahoma for the title.Clemson enters its fourth College Football Playoff – just one shy of Alabama for the all-time mark. Meanwhile, Notre Dame looks to avoid a similar outcome to its 2012 undefeated season when the Irish were waxed by Alabama.Brian Kelly and company are tasked with slowing down freshman phenom quarterback Trevor Lawrence and the high-flying Clemson offense.One Vegas computer revealed its score prediction for the game. According to OddsShark’s score prediction, Clemson will win 45.8-31.0.Clemson enters the game as an 11.5-point favorite. OddsShark suggests the Tigers will cover and beat the Irish by at least two touchdowns.Clemson and Notre Dame should provide an exciting matchup.last_img read more

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)On Thursday night, one of the best college football programs in the country lost a commitment from one of the best recruits in the country. LSU lost a commitment from four-star defensive tackle Jaquelin Roy.The high school star took to Twitter on Thursday night to announce he’s decommitting from the Tigers. Roy initially announced his commitment to Ed Orgeron and company in September 2018.Just a few months later, he decided to re-open his recruitment.“I would like to start off by saying thank you to the LSU staff for all the support and treating me like family. I am forever grateful for the relationships that I’ve built with them. After much thought and consideration, I have made the decision to de-commit,” Roy said in a statement on Twitter.Please Respect my decision…— Jaquelin roy (@d1roy1000) March 1, 2019In his statement, Roy did not make it clear if the Tigers are still in the running to land the top recruit.Roy is the No. 10 defensive tackle recruit in the country and the No. 3 player from the state of Louisiana, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Roy currently holds 20 offers from the nation’s best college football programs. Alabama, Georgia and Texas A&M, among others, are all on the hunt for the Louisiana product.last_img read more

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit was on the field for Clemson’s spring game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Of course, the ESPN analyst had major praise for the Tigers heading into their 2019 season.The praise wasn’t limited to just Clemson, though.Herbstreit had some major praise for a certain SEC quarterback.The ESPN college football analyst raved about Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm heading into his junior season.“There’s going to be some faces emerging at Georgia, but by the time we get to conference play, we’ll start to know these new names,” Herbstreit said, via DawgNation. “But Jake Fromm is the guy. You look around the entire county, he’s one of those leaders beyond his Xs and Os and what he can do when he starts throwing the ball.“Fromm is like a dad that’s on the team, the younger players are like his kids, and I just have a lot of confidence that between his experience and leadership he’ll get the offense in the right spot.”Georgia is expected to start the 2019 season ranked inside the top 10.Fromm, a junior, should be one of the best QBs in the country in 2019. The Bulldogs start their season on Aug. 31 at Vanderbilt.last_img read more

first_img India Today Web Desk SydneyJanuary 1, 2019UPDATED: January 1, 2019 16:20 IST Virat Kohli and Tim Paine pose with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Sydney ( Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe two captains, Kohli and Paine posed for a photograph with the Prime Minister at the Kirribilli HouseHead coach Ravi Shastri was looking dapper as he was sporting a golden hat as wellIndia will bid for a historic series win when the two teams meet in the 4th Test in SydneyIndia cricket team, led by Virat Kohli and their Australian counterparts, led by Tim Paine were hosted by Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison at his official residence, the Kirribilli House in Sydney on the New Year’s Day.Kohli and Paine along with their teammates posed with Morrison during the official photo session. Also seen in the photographs available on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Twitter handle was Team India head coach, Ravi Shastri who was looking dapper in a white shirt and grey blazer and a golden hat.Rishabh Pant, Umesh Yadav and Hardik pandya were the odd ones out as they were wearing the Team India blue blazers. On the other hand, Australia were dressed in their Team Australia t-shirts at the party hosted by their Prime Minister.Rohit Sharma was missing in the photograph as the middle-order batsman had left Australia to Mumbai on December 30 to be with his wife Ritika Sajdeh and newborn baby girl.Striking a pose #TeamIndia & Australia at the Australian Prime Minister’s residence (@BCCI) January 1, 2019Meanwhile, Hardik, Ishant Sharma, and Umesh took to Instagram to share some more clicks from the party.Notably, the Indian players welcomed the new year from Sydney. Captain Virat Kohli had spent the new year’s eve, partying with Bollywood actor and wife, Anushka Sharma. The couple had uploaded some adorable photos of themselves from the colourful streets of Sydney on December 31.India and Australia will meet at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) for the fourth and final Test of the fiercely-fought series. Having sealed a 2-1 lead after beating Australia by 137 runs in Melbourne earlier this week, Kohli’s men will be bidding to become the first Indian team to beat the hosts in a Test series at their own backyard.Australia, who are having a horrible time with the bat in the ongoing season, were up early on the New Year’s day as they had an optional training session at the SCG.Australia’s pace quartet of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Peter Siddle along with the Marsh brothers Shaun and Mitchell and Travis Head skipped the training session, according to newest member of their squad, Marnus Labuschagne was bowling at the nets, under-fire Aaron Finch did not bat but was seen taking a few slip catches.Also Read | Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma celebrate New Year in Australia. See picsAlso Read | How Virat Kohli makes newcomers comfortable in the Indian dressing roomAlso Read | How sports stars around the world welcomed 2019Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Tim PaineFollow India cricket teamFollow Scott Morrison Australian prime ministerFollow Kirribilli HouseFollow India vs Australia Australian Prime Minister hosts Virat Kohli and Tim Paine’s men at official residenceDonning a grey blazer with white shirt and trousers, Virat Kohli, his teammates and head coach Ravi Shastri posed for photographs with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Sydney on the New Year’s day. advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgMinister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, says the Government is looking at the option of providing the National Housing Trust (NHT) with lands in exchange for the $44 billion contribution from the Trust to support the national budget. Addressing the weekly Jamaica House press briefing on Wednesday, February 27, Minister Falconer stated that the NHT is always in need of lands for housing solutions, and that “the Government does, in fact, own thousands of acres of land, which could be of benefit to the Trust”. She said discussions are ongoing over whether this kind of transaction could be an option, and would further inform the public when these talks are concluded. The Government will be utilising $11 billion per annum for four years from the NHT for budgetary support. This is part of a number of measures being taken to ensure that the country signs an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). An IMF deal will allow access to critical funding as well as indicate to other multi-lateral partners that the Government is prudently managing its fiscal affairs. It will also boost investor confidence.last_img read more

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. held a keel laying ceremony on October 26, 2015 of the lead 42, 000 dwt Arctic shuttle oil carrier being built for Russian shipping company PAO Sovcomflot.All the 42К Arctic Shuttle tankers in the series of six ships will be named after the famous Russian researchers of the Arctic including those who participated in the Great Northern expedition of the 18th century. Sovcomflot is the owner of three tankers in the series.The new tankers are designed to complete a set of tasks of hydrocarbons transportation from Novoportovskoye field, which is situated in the north of Yamal peninsula, 30 km off the Gulf of Ob coast to the port of Murmansk.All the tankers are intended for round-the-year operation in the high latitude areas under the temperature of up to – 45 °С.The ships will be built to the joint class of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) and Lloyds Register.Technical supervision is being carried out by RS at the shipyard.The lead tanker is to be delivered to its owner in late June 2016. The completion of the series is scheduled for 2017.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsFederal officials will be meeting with the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources to explore ways of saving an ancient Mi’kmaq burial ground.APTN National News brought you the story of the Malagawatch cemetery on Cape Breton Island in 2009.The graveyard has been a traditional gathering place to the Mi’kmaq people for hundreds of years.The cemetery, however, has been slowly slipping into the lake it’s situated by because of soil erosion.There are concerns that many of the gravesites will be destroyed.The federal government recently announced $500,000 in emergency funding for the cemetery.The meeting is expected to take place on Monday.last_img read more

first_imgBarcelona: Four years have passed since Lionel Messi last reached a Champions League semi-final and his drought has become a source of unease for Barcelona ahead of their latest attempt on Tuesday. Manchester United are the ones looking to emulate Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Roma by sending Barca out in the quarters for a fourth year running but for the Catalans, another failure would be unforgivable, not least because of the implications for their captain. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Last season we did the double but we all felt bad about how it went in the Champions League,” Messi said in August. “We promise this season we will do all we can to bring that beautiful cup back to Camp Nou.” Barcelona’s dominance in Spain has been shaped by Messi, who only this month overtook Iker Casillas as the player with the most La Liga victories, 335, in its history. Those wins have helped them capture seven of the last 10 league titles, a figure that will surely become eight from 11 next month, given their nine-point lead at the top of the table. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThere could be an historic fifth consecutive Copa del Rey too if Ernesto Valverde’s side beat Valencia on May 25. But in Europe, Barca would appear under-marked, with only one success in the last seven years, three in 10 since Pep Guardiola took charge in 2008 and set in motion what has felt, in playing terms at least, like an iconic era. The list of clubs etched onto the cup hoisted at the Wanda Metropolitano on June 1 will instead show a decade swallowed up by Real Madrid, whose domestic failings in that period have been exonerated by four Champions League triumphs in five years. “Obviously it’s infuriating,” Luis Suarez said. “Madrid have made history and it’s a thorn in our side.” Messi’s record is similarly unbalanced. He has nine La Liga titles and is by a distance the competition’s top scorer, with an astonishing 414 goals. Cristiano Ronaldo, closest in second, has 311. But in the Champions League, Messi has lifted the trophy four times, a relatively modest return given it puts him on a par with 11 current Real Madrid players alone, including Nacho, Casemiro and Dani Carvajal. This year, Ronaldo is hunting his sixth. And while Messi dwarfs the Portuguese for goals in La Liga, the opposite is true in Europe, where Ronaldo has 125 goals to his 108. The game’s most illustrious pair could yet meet in this year’s final, should Barca capitalise on their 1-0 first-leg win over United and then overcome either Liverpool or Porto in the semis. Ronaldo and Juventus, meanwhile, would have to beat Ajax, and then either Manchester City or Tottenham. A showdown in Madrid would throw an even brighter glare on Messi’s record compared to Ronaldo, whose sensational hat-trick against Atletico Madrid last month only enhanced the sense this tournament belongs to him. Messi is not one to complain, particularly given he cannot be blameless in Barca’s underachievements in Europe. But the fans are frustrated, with last season’s double doing little to ease the disappointment of the collapse against Roma.last_img read more

Rabat – A picture of King Mohammed VI following his eye surgey in Paris went viral on social media.The picture was published by an unofficial Facebook page of King Mohammed VI which has more than 3.5 million fans.The monarch is seen in a store wearing an eye patch on his left eye while another person stood by his side. King Mohammed VI is pictured dressed casually in a dark blue T-shirt and gey pork pie hat with a purple band.The picture was widely shared by Facebook users. The page’s fans expressed their wishes for the King of speedy recovery.The surgegry took place on Wednesday at the the Quinze-Vingt Hospital in Paris.His doctors, Jean Philippe Nordmann and Abdelaziz Maaouni said in a statement that the monarch developed a “pterygium”, also called “Surfer’s Eye”.Pterygium is a growth that develops on the conjunctiva or mucous membrane that covers the white part of the eye. It is said to be common among surfers and people who spend a lot of time outdoors.The doctors said the King would wear a patch for protection and will have to rest for 15 days so that his eye can heal properly. read more

MEXICO CITY — A coalition of Mexican business and civic groups has taken out full-page newspaper ads defending court challenges to one of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s pet projects, a new Mexico City airport.López Obrador called the groups “Mexicans For Corruption.” That was a play on the name of one organization called “Mexicans Against Corruption,” which is backed by prominent businessmen.Their lawsuits claim López Obrador is wasting money and violating rules by building the new airport at a military base, while abandoning the previous administration’s partly built terminal on a former lakebed.The coalition ads Wednesday stated that that, “We will continue to fight in court for fulfilment of the law and the correct uses of public funds.’”The Associated Press read more

TORONTO — Sony Pictures’ free streaming video platform Crackle is packing up its Hollywood entertainment and leaving Canada.The ad-supported service posted a notice on its website saying that starting Thursday it will no longer offer its library of older movies and TV shows to Canadian viewers.The move comes as Bell Media prepares to launch two of its own video-on-demand platforms, CTV Movies and CTV Vault, later this year. Both will house a collection of older film and TV shows owned by Sony.Why DAZN CEO thinks it’s prime time for streaming live sports onlineCRTC wants internet providers, Netflix to contribute to Canadian contentBell’s online streaming service CraveTV to raise prices to pay for better contentWhile Crackle has never rivalled the awareness of Netflix and CraveTV in Canada, it was one of the few streaming options in the market when it launched in 2010.The brand fostered Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” before the show was acquired by Netflix last year, and produced films including “Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser” and “Chosen,” which was among the first streaming TV series with a narrative arc designed to encourage binge viewing.Aside from its original content, Crackle is also known for a rotating selection of popular movies like “Men in Black,” “The Karate Kid” series, and Seth Rogen comedy “The Interview,” which play on demand with frequent advertisement breaks.But in recent years, Crackle began shifting its priorities for the Canadian market by selling the distribution rights for many of its original programs to rival streaming platforms.“Startup,” a TV drama about the creation of a cryptocurrency, was acquired by Amazon Prime Video in Canada, while Dennis Quaid’s “The Art of More” and Bryan Cranston-voiced animated series “SuperMansion” went to the now-defunct Shomi, owned by telecom companies Rogers and Shaw.Many of those series have since become unavailable in the Canadian market.Early plans for CTV’s free streaming platforms indicate that like Crackle it will offer older content with commercials, though Bell Media’s announcement suggests it won’t be compatible with a number of devices, including Roku, PlayStation consoles and Sony smart TVs. read more

“Nothing could justify such horrible actions that amount to war crimes under international law,” Mr. Brahimi said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.The statement noted that in his report to the Security Council last month, Mr. Brahimi proposed that an independent international investigation be carried for these types of crimes.Mr. Brahimi joins Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in deploring yesterday’s bombings and calling for the immediate cease of violence by all parties in the country.Up to 70,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011. read more

first_imgThe road closure led to delays of up to seven miles Credit:Gareth Fuller /PA The road closure led to delays of up to seven miles  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. No other details about the incident or the person who died have so far been released.The incident caused hours of delays with between six and seven miles of queues stretching back to junction 11 and a diversion was in place. Officers gather evidence on the motorwayCredit:Gareth Fuller /PAcenter_img A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a body was found on a motorway.Part of the London-bound M20, near Ashford in Kent, was closed for nearly 24 hours after officers made the discovery at 6.05pm on Tuesday.The person was pronounced dead at the scene, between junctions 9 and 10.Officers appealed for the driver of a silver Nissan Qashqai to come forward and a man attended a police station on Wednesday evening, Kent Police said.He was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody, a force spokesman said on Thursday. The road reopened shortly after 4pm on Wednesday.Police had appealed for drivers who were on the road at the time of the incident to check their vehicles for signs of a collision and look at dash cam footage. Officers gather evidence on the motorwaylast_img read more

first_img By Neil Kelders Short URL Share322 Tweet Email11 Jun 10th 2018, 7:31 PM It was overshadowed by my depression. I was so low for so long, depression was all I knew.If I was to have a mental illness, well it seemed more ‘acceptable’ or ‘manly’ for me to have depression. Anxiety is an issue we assume females have. How wrong was I?I probably misinterpreted it as stress. An easy mistake to make. Personal trainer and See Change ambassador IT’S LIKE AN unwanted guest popping up anytime, anywhere. It overwhelms me totally, both body and mind. It builds. Negative thoughts accelerate as does my heart rate. I physically shake, the tone of my voice changes. It just keeps building. I become completely on edge. I can’t sit still.When this happens, I feel that if I don’t physically move it will become progressively worse. My feet tingle, my mind is racing. Exhausted my focus wanes, and – bang – the day is gone. Welcome to anxiety.Depression and anxietyOver 21 years I suffered at the hands of both depression and anxiety. I know am not alone in this – but many of us are suffering silently – either due to lack of awareness and education around the topic or due to stigma.Interestingly according to a recent poll commissioned by See Change, as part of their Green Ribbon campaign, men are significantly less likely to link mental health difficulties with anxiety compared to women.  55% of men link anxiety with mental health difficulties compared to 73% of women.That’s a difference of 18%. On average, the male/female divide on other mental health difficulties was just 8%.This is very interesting because let me tell you this, anxiety is just as crippling as depression. With anxiety, however, hiding under the darkness of your duvet doesn’t help. Exhausted you just try to ride it out, however long it may be.Anxiety is a mental health difficultyMany of my days have been lost to anxiety. It is however, very understandable as I too, initially, never linked my mental health difficulties to anxiety. So what does prevent men identifying anxiety as a mental health difficulty?Looking back on it, I never considered myself having anxiety, again as I explore why, a few ideas spring to mind. 23 Comments 60,062 Views ‘It overwhelms me totally. I physically shake. The tone of my voice changes’ Few men interpret anxiety as a mental health disorder or believe they have this condition, writes Neil Kelders. Neil Kelders What’s the difference?On the last point, you may be asking, as I did, what’s the difference? How is anxiety different to just feeling stressed or worried?Well in a nutshell anxious feelings are a normal reaction to a high-pressure situation – for example, meeting work deadlines, sitting exams or speaking in public. However, for some people (as has been the case with me) these anxious feelings happen for no apparent reason or continue long after the stressful event has passed.These anxious feelings can seem uncontrollable and can make it hard to cope with daily life.So it is no surprise to me that, according to the See Change’s recent poll on mental health literacy, so few men interpret anxiety as a mental health disorder or believe they have this condition.A new meSince I unmasked my true mental health and revealed about my depression and anxiety I have grown as a person. It has opened me up to a new life, a new me, something I never thought possible. It is far more important for me to look after myself than to be worrying about what people or society may think.You may be thinking this is easy for me to say, but I can tell you nothing could be further from the truth, I struggled alone for over 20 years, I wanted to end it all.Now, being open and able to talk about my issues has served me well and inspires me to go on and look forward to my future, now that I have one. It’s time to accept and talk.Neil Kelders is a personal trainer and See Change ambassador.Floundering forests: The challenges facing the Irish forestry industry>I’m 27. I’m living at home. Going through the same hall door since I was in a school uniform’> Sunday 10 Jun 2018, 7:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more