HBO’s New Documentary “Spielberg” Is a Must-See for Aspiring Directors

first_imgHBO’s “Spielberg” is more than a biography, it’s a mini masterclass detailing some of the most influential scenes in the history of American cinema.Cover image via HBO.Warning: contains spoilers!The opening scenes of HBO’s newest documentary, Spielberg, might leave you at a loss of words. You aren’t expecting the iconic, creeping sunrise of the entrance into the desert sequence from David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia. Even more, you don’t expect to hear Spielberg say that it was Lean’s masterpiece that “set the bar too high” for the sixteen-year-old filmmaker — and that he no longer wanted to make movies. Fortunately, he didn’t quit.In fact, Lawrence of Arabia was a catalyst for the young filmmaker, who would return each week to watch, analyze, and dissect the film.It was the first time seeing a movie [wherein] I realized there are themes that are not narrative story themes, but themes that are character themes … David Lean created a portraiture; surrounded the portrait with a mural of scope and epic action; but at the heart and core of Lawrence of Arabia is “Who am I?” —Steven Spielberg, SpielbergIt’s the question “Who am I” that defines the arc of Spielberg’s career and serves as a focal point in Susan Lacy‘s newest documentary on one of American cinema’s greatest filmmakers.Video via HBO.What Can Aspiring Filmmakers Learn from Spielberg?The documentary is epic in scope: a veritable 2.5 hours of Spielberg unpacking pivotal scenes from films like Munich, Schindler’s List, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, as well as several of his lesser-known early films and flops.Aspiring directors, screenwriters, and cinematographers can glean strategies and approaches for creating memorable and relatable characters, crafting visual stories using the tools of the cinema, and how Spielberg thrived in uncertain situations.But perhaps more importantly, we see the man behind the movies. And for those of us who grew up watching those movies, it’s a dose of inspiration on par with rapture.On Visual StorytellingImage via British Film Institute.For me, directing is camera work. So I’m very on the frontline of that. I’ve got to set up the shot, I’ve got to block the actors, choreograph the movement of the scene, bring the camera into the choreography, figure out where the camera stops, where it moves, how far it moves … so I’ve always got my eye on the lens and that’s what I do. —Steven Spielberg, SpielbergIt’s evident, even in his earliest films, that Spielberg understands the medium; he just gets “camera work,” as he calls it. Moreover, he doesn’t rely on dialogue, music, or any sound effects to tell a story. In other words, he uses the visual nature of moving pictures and images to propel the narrative forward.To demonstrate this, turn off your sound, and watch this nail-biting scene from Munich.Video via YouTube.Without hearing a single line of dialogue, or swell in music, we know the following about the scene:The scenario (or location).The players involved.The stakes.The ticking clock.All of the things necessary for creating suspense.“Geography is one of the most important things to me,” says Spielberg, “so the audience isn’t thrown into chaos trying to figure out the story that you’re telling.”In this scene from Munich, Spielberg made deliberate choices about subject, camera placement, and movement. Not a single shot appears unless it earned its way into the reel — and thus propels the story forward. As audience members, we get a clear picture of who and where the players are — and in this case what would happen if the clock runs out.This is an excellent scene for directors and cinematographers to study.On LightingImage via I Can’t Unsee That Movie.Everything we do in this medium is about light and shadow. It’s how the cinematographer lights the actors, lights the set. —Steven Spielberg, SpielbergGood lighting makes your actors look pretty; great lighting tells a story. Schindler’s List is an excellent example of this. Spielberg, working alongside his long-time friend and go-to cinematographer, Janusz Kaminski, crafted lighting setups that emphasized the personality and emotions of the characters at different stages of the story.Let’s examine the approach taken to light Amon Goethe and Oskar Schindler, the story’s main antagonist and protagonist, respectively.Amon Goethe, played by Ralph Fiennes, is a Nazi officer who is inhumane and unapologetically cruel in his treatment of Jews. Although he’s an extremely nasty fellow, he is never conflicted by his actions. You’ll notice in the film that he’s always lit beautifully from the front, with very minimal shadows — his character (and conscience for that matter) was very clear.In contrast, Oskar Schindler was a conflicted individual. Beginning the story as a shrewd businessman and member of the Nazi party, he slowly begins to question the morality of his by-standing. During this time of inner conflict, his lighting is directional and from the side, creating shadows on his face (see picture above). However, as the film progresses, his inner conflict subsides, and he’s lit with more frontal, softer light, because he’s learning who he is.Find opportunities to use light as a storytelling device — not only a means to expose your shot.On Uncertainty and FailureImage via Whale Bone Mag.There are going to be moments, where you get to set, and you are not going to know what the hell you’re doing. It happens to all of us; you’ve got to guard that secret with your life. Let no one see when you’re unsure of yourself … or you lose the respect of everyone. —Steven Spielberg quoting his mentor Henry Hathaway, SpielbergFailure is not optional — at least not for filmmakers. What Spielberg teaches us is that, with a little creativity, failure can lead to great success. There’s no better film that demonstrates this than Jaws.You may have heard the stories of the shark breaking down and sinking … all of it’s true.The original script for Jaws featured the shark everywhere, and it called for the great white to be on-screen far more often than what we saw in the finished film. However, due to frequent breakdowns and mechanical failures, the shark was in repair for a majority of the 100+ day shoot.Therefore, Spielberg and his team had to get creative. How could they employ a device that suggested the shark was near without actually showing the shark on-screen?“The yellow barrels were a godsend,” says Spielberg, who used the props to indicate that the shark was near and ready to attack. Paired with John Williams‘s, unforgettable score, the audience knew exactly when the shark was about to strike … and we were terrified.“If the shark had been available visually,” says Williams, “it would’ve changed the whole psychology of the experience.”Image via The Soul of the Plot.Spielberg premiered on HBO on October 7.Looking for more filmmaking inspiration? Check out these articles.Navigating the Challenges of the One-Take Short FilmA Look Inside the Post-Production Process Behind “It”Interview: Director of Photography Jake Swantko of Netflix’s Icarus“Five Came Back” — Lessons from Famous Directors During WWIIThe Power of Shooting with a Shallow Depth of Fieldlast_img read more

Kevin Eikenberry on Effectively Leading From a Distance – Episode #122

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 39:10 — 31.4MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSLeading from a distance is a thing these days – because remote teams and distributed workforces are becoming more and more common. With that reality come a number of difficulties, all the leader’s responsibility to solve. In order to bring some insight to the issues involved, Anthony invited Kevin Eikenberry to be his guest. Kevin has given a good deal of his life to thinking about leadership and has made it his mission to learn all he can about the way leaders need to modify and improve their leadership when it comes to dealing with remote teams. This conversation is intriguing – but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Be sure you listen and be sure you grab Kevin’s new book, “Long Distance Leader.”.@KevinEikenberry shares how to effectively #lead from a distance on this episode of #InTheArena with @iannarino. #leadership #remoteworkClick To TweetManagement and leadership are not the same thingsIt’s entirely possible to be a great manager and a terrible leader. The reverse is true as well. Kevin Eikenberry points out this difference because so many people are placed in a management position and may even excel at the organizational part of their role, then mistakenly think that makes them a leader. In this conversation, Anthony and Kevin dig into the distinctions between managers and leaders, outline why leadership requires clear communication and great connection with individuals, and how accountability works in a healthier manner when it is based on good leadership.When teams don’t “go to work” anymore, how can leaders trust them?There are still many places in the world where team members assemble in the same geographic location every day to get work done together. But more and more companies are allowing their employees to operate from a home office at least part of the week while still other teams intentionally build an entirely remote workforce. What are the things leaders need to do in order to ensure that their team is actually working when they are not under their direct, in-person supervision? Here are a few clues: it has to do with culture, hiring the right people, and trust – and the leader is responsible for all of those. Listen as Kevin Eikenberry explains.When #teams don’t “go to work” anymore, how can #leaders trust them? Find out how @KevinEikenberry sees it on this episode of #InTheArena with @iannarino. #leadership #remoteworkClick To TweetCultures will exist. It’s up to the leader to create one that empowers and executes on its goalsKevin Eikenberry points out that many people these days are talking about culture as if it’s something that’s missing and needs to be created. The reality is that your team already has a culture – it just may not be the one you want. In this conversation, you’ll receive Kevin’s insights about the type of culture that empowers effective distributed teams, what leaders need to do in order to foster that kind of culture, and hear a few anecdotes about how Kevin has seen a shift in culture make all the difference. You won’t want to miss it.Communication nightmares in your team? Turn off your email and turn on your webcamWe have no shortage of communication tools these days, so leaders have no excuse for establishing effective communication within their teams. However, teams can often find themselves running in circles and belaboring problems when a switch from one communication tool to another could help them clearly define problems and get to solutions quickly. Kevin explains how he encourages his team to avoid that kind of thing by simply turning on their webcams. Not only is it possible to communicate more efficiently through video, it’s also possible to build culture and a sense of deeper intimacy as a team at the same time. Learn why face to face communication is still the gold standard for communication in our technological age, on this episode of In The Arena.#Communication nightmares in your team? Turn off your email and turn on your #webcam. @KevinEikenberry explains the benefits on this episode of #InTheArena with @iannarino. #leadership #remoteworkClick To TweetOutline of this great episode The vital difference between a manager and a leader and why it matters When people don’t “go to work” anymore, how can leaders trust their team? The risk leaders must take in building culture and holding teams accountable How do leaders assure that their goals are being pursued by a remote team? The communication tools that help leaders connect with their team these daysResources & Links mentioned in this episodeKevin Eikenberry’s websitewww.RemoteLeadershipInstitute.comwww.LongDistanceLeader.com or The Long-Distance Leader on AmazonBOOK: RemoteSPONSOR:The Iannarino Sales AcceleratorTom PetersSlackSPONSOR:The Outbound ConferenceSPONSOR:www.B2BSalesToolkit.comThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarino Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Tweets you can use to share this episode#Management and #leadership are not the same things. Hear @KevinEikenberry explain why and how to amplify your role as a #leader, on this episode of #InTheArena with @iannarino. #leadership #remoteworkClick To Tweet#Cultures will exist. It’s up to the #leader to create one that empowers and executes on its #goals. That’s a gem from @KevinEikenberry that you’ll hear on this episode of #InTheArena with @iannarino. #leadership #remoteworkClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

Hot @ 30

first_imgThe success stories of puppy fat and pimply romance are gone. It’s the more mature guys who are making the blood rush now.Gone are the days when we used to watch “puppy-love” movies like Bobby, Prem Rog or Love 86 with teenage lead pairs singing and running around the trees. The focus from lead actors in their late teens or early 20s has shifted to more mature looking heroes and heroines in their 30s. And all those Rishi Kapoors and Kumar Gauravs with puppy fat and chubby cheeks have given way to more serious “men” like Hrithik Roshans and Abhishek Bachchan. And even these superstars of the transition period have earned their place in the sun only after crossing their 20s.30s is the age to be hot in Bollywood!In early 2000, when 26-year-old Hrithik Roshan blazed up the Indian screens with Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai, critics and audiences alike felt that a new star was born. But when his subsequent releases fizzled, he was quickly written off as a one-film wonder. The success of Koi…Mil Gaya in 2003 made his detractors say that the light-eyed actor only excels in his dad Rakesh Roshan’s films. But 2006 changed all that. Krissh, Dhoom: 2 and upcoming biggies like Jodha Akbar and Krrish 3 have pushed Hrithik to the Most Wanted League. And he is also now being considered a versatile actor who excels both in positive and negative roles. Critics have somersaulted and now say that it was only Hrithik who could have made “two scriptless films” reach the target of over $25 million in a year. The actor, now all of 33 years, is being christened “the most valuable person in the industry” and “the sexiest man alive.” For Hrithik Roshan, the 30s have obviously been magic.That is also so for Bachchan Junior. Audiences which had rejected Abhishek in his prime 20s in film after flop film, are now embracing his movies. Reportedly, he receives over 300,000 mails a month, which contain kundlis and marriage proposals (of course, that was before he tied the knot with Aishwarya Rai). A movie critic, who once ridiculed him, saying, “Since the time Abhishek Bachchan has started acting, every roadside loafer now thinks he can be a hero,” is now raving about his performances in movies like Bunty Aur Babli, Bluffmaster! and Guru.Saif Ali Khan’s story is another actor who fumbled into the 30s and only then earned his spurs. Even being Sharmila Tagore’s son couldn’t stop people from writing off the Chhote Nawab after a score of flops in a row. For years, the media awaited his announcement to retire, hurt when most of the producers hrefused to sign him for any of their movies. But one Dil Chahta Hai was enough to silence everyone. With his solo act in Hum Tum and the national award for best actor, he further consolidated his position. Now he is considered an able actor and a bankable star with eye-catching performances in Ek Hasina Thi, the English film, Being Cyrus, Ta Ra Rum Pum and the film that got confetti showered on him, Omkara.So what made Saif the Waif a superstar? “Times have changed. Saif has become mature; he gave his first hit when he had just crossed 30. He is now 37 and in the last seven years, he has been an integral part of about 10 films which rocked the box-office,” says a producer on whose door Saif used to religiously knock for a film. “In fact, all the heroes – Hrithik Roshan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgan, John Abraham, Akshaye Khanna, Arjun Rampal, Abhishek Bachchan and even Shiney Ahuja – are considered 30-plus hot commodities. Actually, you learn a lot about the rules of Bollywood, from acting to presentation to marketing, as you get older playing the game here,” he adds.  While the box office and producers are favoring more mature actors, those in their 20s like Shahid Kapur, Kunal Khemu and Zayed Khan are either not offered any leading roles or even if they get any, their movies are washouts. Shahid’s Vivah earned its moolah only in small towns. Kunal’s Kalyug was greeted with mixed responses both by cinegoers and critics. Zayed Khan has not had a hit in ages. Maybe they are awaiting their 30th birthdays more eagerly than any other.Interestingly, this trend was not as visible before 2000. Every other film was either based on the life of college kids or was a love story involving pimply youngsters who couldn’t get married because of their parents blocking their path. Perhaps this genre of films became outdated as the actors who played these characters grew older. They started preferring characters they could fit into properly, rather than being taunted for their younger roles (we are not talking about Dev Anand, of course). Aamir Khan, who was once a teen idol and very much a chocolate boy, started accepting serious films like Akele Hum Akele Tum, Sarfarosh, Mela and Lagaan. His success inspired the other Khans to exit from the boy-next-door image and to experiment with new ideas and stories. Shah Rukh excelled as an actor in Devdas and Salman was appreciated in the runaway hit, Tere Naam.The emergence of the multiplex phenomenon has also played a prominent part in creating a market for mature actors who are acknowledged more (after the initial period of the giggle gaggles munching on their caramel popcorn and cooing over caramel cinestars). Today, if a viewer spends $6 on a movie, he wants value. The audiences now choose movies carefully, or so it seems, at least. The viewers want more than just a teenybopper love story. They don’t have any qualms about accepting “different films like My Brother…Nikhil, Omkara, Rang De Basanti and Guru.”“Basically, with the actors, the audiences have also matured. The liberty that viewers today have was not found in their counterparts who used to go to theatres before this millennium..” says Homi Adajania, director of Being Cyrus, the only Indian English film that grossed more than $5 million. “A common Indian has the option of seeing all kinds of movies, whether masala mainstream, hoary Hollywood or classic European-style movies. Simply put, the audiences are more exposed today to better and diverse cinema. The mature actors are experimenting with their looks and character. In his late 30s, Arshad Warsi has become a bigger star by doing supporting roles than he was by doing lead roles, 10 languishing years ago. Now every director wants him in the movie. Writers are crafting parts exclusively for him. He, like many of his colleagues, only accepts a comic or an offbeat role now,”Does that mean that the era of romancing around trees is over? Film critic Mayank Shekhar differs. “The concept of young romance is not going to die. Sooraj R. Barjatya tried to keep it alive by featuring Shahid Kapur and Amrita Rao together in Vivah. Earlier the competition was not that tough and actors were getting things easily. But now the whole scenario has changed. There are too many cute faces coming in and to get the right one is a tough job. In the 70s and 80s, there was a demand for fresh faces, which has now faded away. Only a few directors are willing to take chances on a newcomer and that occurs only if he or she is a star-son.”“At a macro level it looks perfect, but when observed at a micro level, even this trend has its holes. To get a hit film today, the entire packaging is important; the audience would accept you as a superstar only if you are ‘worth’ it. The Munna-Circuit hit pair of Sunjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi was not enough to save a mundane film like Anthony Kaun Hain? The actors are only accepted if they give good performances in outstanding films. It does not matter if you are Saif or Shahid,” adds Shekhar.Veteran filmmaker Ramesh Sippy concurs: “Maybe the people don’t have good scripts and subjects that can present teenagers in a better way. But there are a few people like Sanjay Leela Bhansali who is making Saawariya with Anil Kapoor’s daughter Sonam and Neetu and Rishi Kapoor’s son Ranbir Kapoor. There are no rules in the game of BO Success. Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio were very new and created history after Titanic. To change and adapt is a law of nature and if the audience changes, cinema has to adapt to the changes.”For now, Shahid, Zayed, Kunal and their likes just have to wait a little to grow up and grow big.The beedi lights up only after the jigar gathers more aag.The women are not far behind, either. The ones who are going strong at the moment are also in their 30s (and here, we are not talking about Madhuri Dixit who’s making a comeback after just crossing her 30s, as well as Chirpy Chawla Juhi who has created another niche for herself altogether). The earlier trend of heroines debuting at 16-17 and retiring after marriage or when they hit 30, whichever came first, has been quite reversed. The most promising actress of 2005-2006, Vidya Balan, is rocking at 33 with big hits, and big-budget films in her kitty. In fact, she got her big break Parineeta only after crossing 30. No wonder she is smiling big!Similarly, 33-year-old Aishwarya Rai, arguably the most beautiful woman in the world, is also shining better than ever by flaunting her newly acquired sexy image (post-Dhoom: 2) and her subtle act in Guru. Seems marriage is not going to stop global citizen Ash either as she has blockbuster releases coming up which include Ashutosh Gowariker’s ‘Jodha Akbar and Ram Gopal Verma’s Sarkar 2. Bubbly Preity Zinta, too, is nudging at the peak of her career and has already nudged past 30. Remember, Salaam Namaste and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna? The lady also simply rocks in the promos of Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, which has another lady nearing the 30s, Lara Dutta, keeping her company.  Saif Ali Khan in OmkaraWith them is Preity’s friend or foe (or whatever) Rani Mukerji who is also witnessing a resurgence following a spate of flop movies three or four years ago. Starting her success journey with Chalte Chalte with her mature performance, she is continuing to win laurels in movies like Hum Tum, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, etc, Another mature lady is Bipasha Basu who can still give a run for anyone’s money or fag out a fresh teenager with her beedi. Shipla Shetty’s career has been completely rejuvenated post Big Brother and now in her 30s, she is an international celeb. And there is no stopping Mallika Sherawat who has made it her own way post 30s. She is almost 35 now and has a true blue Hollywood film, Unveiled in her kitty.                                                                                        Tabu and Urmila Matondkar like wise might be in their mid 30s but there is no slowing down as they are rocking with Cheeni Kum and The Namesake as well as the upcoming Mehbooba act Sholay’ respectively.On the other hand, the younger lot (Ayesha Takia, Amrita Rao) are facing tough competition from this older brigade and are finding it tough to hold on to their own. Didn’t Kangana struggle in Metro with her older competitors Shilpa Shetty and Konkona around? Teenager Sneha Ullal is still considered a clone of Ash, but is yet to get anywhere near her in more ways than one. But never mind, gurrls, your days are just some years away!— Sampurn Related Itemslast_img read more

The CEO Who Helped Deliver India’s Online Shoppers to Walmart

first_imgThe outlook for Indian online retailer Flipkart was decidedly gloomy when Kalyan Krishnamurthy became chief executive officer in January 2017. The startup’s valuation was dropping, fundraising was more difficult and Amazon.com was pledging $5 billion-plus to siphon away customers.So the 46-year-old former hedge-fund manager took some risks. He fired senior managers, set more-aggressive sales targets, boosted spending on promotions and promised to dominate India’s festival-season shopping.His strategy worked, and now comes the return on those risks — a $16 billion initial investment from Walmart in Flipkart Group that helps cement the Indian company’s lead against Amazon and Alibaba Group Holding in the world’s fastest-growing major economy. Online shopping in India is projected by Morgan Stanley to reach $200 billion within the next decade, compared with $30 billion now.“His relentless focus and his aggressive execution changed Flipkart’s fortunes,” said Anil Kumar, CEO of RedSeer Consulting in Bangalore. “He brought the edge that Flipkart was missing.”The deal is the biggest-ever by a foreign buyer in India, and it represents a significant part of Walmart’s overseas expansion efforts. Since entering Mexico in 1991, the world’s largest retailer has closed money-losing operations in Germany and South Korea.Two years ago, Walmart sold its Chinese e-commerce business, Yihaodian, in return for a financial stake in JD.com, the smaller rival to Alibaba. The number of Walmart’s international stores hasn’t budged from about 6,000 since 2013, and it’s had to shutter outlets in Japan and Brazil.Krishnamurthy will remain CEO of Flipkart, Walmart said. The company, founded in 2007 by Binny Bansal and Sachin Bansal, is the most valuable of 10 unicorns in India, according to CB Insights, and backers have included Tiger Global Management, SoftBank Vision Fund, Tencent Holdings Ltd., EBay Inc. and Microsoft Corp.Krishnamurthy declined to comment for this story.“For Flipkart, this deal is more than just money,” said Satish Meena, a New Delhi-based senior forecast analyst at Forrester Research Inc. “This deal with Walmart can provide Flipkart the expertise of running offline stores, access to sellers and manufacturers, supply chain and the know-how to get into the grocery segment.”Krishnamurthy spent seven years in EBay’s Asia finance operations before joining Tiger Global as its finance director in 2011. He first arrived at Flipkart in early 2013 as its interim chief financial officer to support the Bansals, who each spent time as CEO. They are not related.Yet their company struggled to maintain relevance against the behemoth Amazon, which was shut out of China by Alibaba and JD and didn’t want a repeat in India. Amazon committed $5.5 billion to its efforts, and country manager Amit Agarwal adapted the site to local conditions – such as simplifying the app so it didn’t crash cheap smartphones.That helped propel Amazon to No. 2 behind Flipkart in just four years, and the Seattle-based company started to eye a partnership with Flipkart. Both Bansals stepped aside for Krishnamurthy in January 2017 — a year that many observers said would be make-or-break for both him and the startup.Krishnamurthy started his tenure by trying to change the narrative from one of “deep-pocketed Amazon versus startup Flipkart” to one based on a homegrown operator knowing what 1.3 billion Indians want.He set goals for online traffic and sales, streamlined operations and fired poor performers. Krishnamurthy also implemented what he called the “80-20 rule” — focusing on the 20 percent of categories that generated 80 percent of Flipkart’s revenues. Those included large appliances, fashion and mobile phones.“He would pound on the doors of vendors to cut exclusive deals,” said Kumar, who watched Krishnamurthy in action. “He would get on a flight to meet the company executives to seal the deal.”India is a medley of income levels, languages and cultures — a place Krishnamurthy describes as “several countries within a country.” Krishnamurthy said he wanted Flipkart to appeal to as wide a demographic as possible.The company introduced round-the-clock customer service, offered demonstrations to first-time appliance buyers and sent technicians to typically small homes to mount TVs on the wall. Krishnamurthy himself answered customer-service calls.“It is an eye-opener on how and why India buys online,” he told Bloomberg News during a 2017 interview at company headquarters in suburban Bengaluru. “It’s been a great investment of my time.”Krishnamurthy, who earned MBAs from the Asian Institute of Management in the Philippines and from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a sharp dresser who doesn’t look out of place among the millennial hordes at a workplace adorned with posters of Albert Einstein, Coco Chanel and John Lennon.The CEO is an ardent yoga practitioner, constantly sips water and bounds up and down the stairs at work. He is the father of two young daughters.He also takes his online shopping seriously.“I’m a big customer of Flipkart,” he said. “In fact, we have two of everything at home, and that really annoys my wife.”Bloomberg’s Shelly Banjo and Edwin Chan contributed.(c) 2018, Bloomberg Related ItemseCommerceFlipkartWalmartlast_img read more

Prabhas’s new look for next film sets internet on fire. See pic

first_imgBaahubali actor Prabhas is gearing up for the release of his upcoming film Saaho, directed by Sujeeth. The film is said to be nearing completion and may hit the theatres in mid-2019.It looks like the shooting of Saaho is taking longer time than expected. So, Prabhas has decided to move on to his next film. Sources reveal that the Mirchi actor has started shooting for his upcoming film with director Radha Krishna Kumar.Prabhas is currently in Italy to shoot for the film. A photo of the actor is being widely circulated in social media. He is seen in a clean-shaven look and it is being speculated that the actor has undergone a makeover for this yet-to-be-titled film. Prabhas’s new lookIt is being rumoured that the film will be a period love story, which is adapted from an old Hollywood film. However, the makers haven’t announced anything related to the film as of now.This is the first time that Prabhas has opted for a clean-shaven look in his film. His new makeover has got his fans excited.On September 6, Prabhas announced that his film with director Radha Krishna Kumar will be made as a trilingual. The untitled film, which is jointly produced by Gopi Krishna Movies and UV Creations, will have Pooja Hegde as the female lead.ALSO SEE | Prabhas to make announcement about wedding on his birthday?ALSO WATCH | Baahubali 2 storm blows away Khans of Bollywoodlast_img read more

‘England Can’t Chase’: Cricketing fraternity reacts to Australia defeat

first_imgEngland were totted as one of the hottest pre-tournament favourites to reach the semi-finals but 3rd defeat in 7 matches have the hosts in a bit of tricky spot in World Cup 2019.Before the World Cup 2019, England were known for their aggressive brand of cricket and having earmarked match-winners, specific to the ODI format under the leadership of Eoin Morgan.England fans were rejoicing their team’s pre-tournament favourites tag with the famous theme song,It’s coming home’ launched during football World Cup in Russia where the Three Lions lost the semi-finals. The Barmy Army’ were sure that Captain Morgan’s men will reach the distance this time.But England’s second consecutive defeat in the quadrennial event, have left them in a must-win situation from here on. They now need to win at least one of their remaining two matches against New Zealand and India to give themself a fair chance of making the knockouts.On Tuesday, Australia defeated England by 64 runs at Lord’s to become the first team to enter the semi-finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. After Aaron Finch smashed a classy 100, Jason Behrendorff picked 5 for 44 and Mitchell Starc finished with 4 for 43 as England failed to chase 286.Former cricketers and fans came down heavily on Eoin Morgan’s side after they failed on the big stage against Australia.England were awful at Lord’s today. Not sure what’s going on but fear it is nerves/panic rather than lack of talent or form.Worried about the World Cup & even more worried about the Ashes… the Aussies will be like a pack of hunting dogs after this. @HomeOfCricket #ENGvAUS pic.twitter.com/BZ5GHoGSIEadvertisementPiers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 25, 2019England Can’t Chase #CWC19 #EngvAusAakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 25, 2019England should do the honourable thing and blame their batting on Rabada’s IPL stint. #ENGvAUSPavilion Opinions (@pavilionopinion) June 25, 2019England in deep waters. Stuck at 8 points. Beaten comprehensively by Australia.Upcoming matches are against India and New Zealand. Huge task and pressure games!!#ENGvsAUS #CWC19Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) June 25, 2019These two photos have the same energy. #ENGvAUS #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/kOd5OIHdooPrakash Shetty (@kitneka) June 25, 2019Curtains !!!Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 25, 2019The England captain stepping to square leg when Starc bowled his first delivery to him made me think England could have a little problem over the next week or so.I hope not, but I’ve not seen a captain show such a weakness for a while…Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) June 25, 2019Overwhelming favourites, now gasping to stay alive in a World Cup so many thought was theirs to own! #England #ENGvsAUSHarsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 25, 2019Also Read | Really? Excellent: Eoin Morgan responds to Kevin Pietersen’s criticism post Australia defeatAlso Read | Not Australia, England probably still World Cup 2019 favourites: Jason BehrendorffAlso See:last_img read more

Andrew Harrison Apologizes For Racial Slur “Used In Jest” Towards Frank Kaminsky

first_imgandrew harrison racial slur frank kaminsky final four kentucky wisconsinKentucky sophomore guard Andrew Harrison took to Twitter early Sunday morning to apologize for an offhand comment he made regarding Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky at his team’s post-game press conference after the Wildcats’ Final Four loss. As his teammate, Karl-Anthony Towns, was being asked a question about Kaminsky, Harrison appeared to mutter the words “f*** that n****” to himself. Unfortunately, his microphone was turned on, and his words were far more audible than he’d likely have hoped. Harrison told his followers that the phrase was “used in jest.” He also claims that he called Kaminsky himself to wish him good luck in Monday’s title game.First i want to apologize for my poor choice of words used in jest towards a player I respect and know.— Andrew Harrison (@DrewRoc5) April 5, 2015When I realized how this could be perceived I immediately called big frank to apologize and let him know I didn’t mean any disrespect— Andrew Harrison (@DrewRoc5) April 5, 2015We had a good conversation and I wished him good luck in the championship game Monday.— Andrew Harrison (@DrewRoc5) April 5, 2015Here’s a Vine of the incident, if you somehow haven’t seen footage yet. Harrison is most likely headed to the NBA, so we’re not sure if there will be any repercussions here. Regardless, it’s good that he addressed the situation immediately and took ownership for the mistake.last_img read more

Notre Dame LB D.J. Morgan Announces Transfer To UConn

first_imgUConn football's Rentschler Field.BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 13 : Fans fill Rentschler Field during a game between Boise State Broncos and the Connecticut Huskies on September 13, 2014 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)In January, in the days following Notre Dame’s College Football Playoff semifinal loss to Clemson, linebacker D.J. Morgan announced his departure from the program.Morgan is set to graduate from Notre Dame this year. That allows him to play immediately in 2019, with two seasons of collegiate eligibility remaining.Three months later, we know where D.J. Morgan will finish his college career.On Monday, D.J. Morgan announced that he will play the remainder of his career with the UConn Huskies.Randy Edsall’s AAC program has struggled in recent years. It likely means there is plenty of playing time available, though.Thank you, Lord🙏🏿Let’s go to work!! 🐾 #RaiseTheBar #BlockC pic.twitter.com/EAwDzPpqQu— DJ MORGAN (@deundraymorgan) April 1, 2019Morgan’s Fighting Irish career never really had the chance to get off the ground. After enrolling as a three-star recruit, he took a redshirt season in 2016 as a true freshman.In 2017, he had a handful of snaps in two games, but did play during the 2018 season. That means he should have eligibility running through the 2020 season.While he couldn’t work his way into a meaningful spot on the depth chart at ND, UConn’s historically bad defense from last season has plenty of holes, and Morgan will immediately be one of the most talented players on that side of the ball for the Huskies.last_img read more

Clarksons Contracting Activity Drops to 30Year Low

first_imgzoom The previous year was very weak for newbuild ordering as contracting activity fell to its lowest level in over 30 years in numerical and tonnage terms, according to Clarkson Research.Low levels of newbuild demand have continued to limit ordering across the majority of vessel sectors, and the majority of shipyards have struggled to win orders. However, record ordering activity in the cruise and passenger ferry sectors provided “a degree of positivity” for European yards in 2016.The 480 vessels reported ordered in 2016 represent the lowest level of newbuild contracting in over 20 years. While ordering in the containership and tanker sectors declined, the 48 and 46 vessels that were contracted in the bulker and offshore sectors respectively in 2016 represented record lows.The orders that were placed in 2016 were also smaller when compared to 2015, with owners contracting vessels as single units or in pairs. There were only 10 contracts placed for 5 vessels or more in 2016, compared to 63 contracts in 2015. The number of yards reported to have taken an order for at least one vessel (1,000+ GT) in 2016 fell to just 126, down 47% from last year’s total of 238 yards.A total of 44 Chinese yards were reported to have secured 212 orders of a combined 40 million CGT in 2016, representing a 66% y-o-y decrease in contracting volumes in CGT terms.Eleven South Korean yards were reported to have taken orders for 59 ships of 17.8 million CGT in 2016, down 83% y-o-y in CGT terms, while nineteen Japanese yards reportedly took 64 orders in 2016, and contracting levels declined 89% y-o-y to 1.3 million CGT.Meanwhile, European shipyards secured a reported 93 orders of a combined 3.4 million CGT in 2016. This is the second largest volume of orders in terms of CGT in 2016 and placed European yards ahead of their South Korean and Japanese counterparts for the first time since 1999.Ordering at European yards in 2016 decreased 29% in numerical terms from 2015 levels, however, in terms of CGT contracting increased by 33% y-o-y. This was greatly assisted by record newbuild interest in the cruise and passenger ferry sectors in 2016 and these vessel types account for 83% of the total CGT ordered at European yards in 2016. 15 orders for large cruise ships (100,000+ GT) accounted for 61% of orders in CGT terms. Of the 35 European yards reported to have taken an order in 2016, only seven won a contract in this sector.The weak newbuild ordering “has been felt across most vessel sectors and by most shipbuilders,” according to Clarksons.“The big Asian nations all experienced downturns in contracting, though strong cruise ordering supported some European yards, allowing them to ascend the builder rankings. As we begin 2017, yards in most parts of the world will be hoping for a brighter year,” Clarksons said.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Hants County

first_img -30- HANTS COUNTY: Bog Road The Bog Road in Hantsport will be reduced to one lane with stop-and-go traffic to allow crews to complete the Bog Road Overpass from Thursday, May 14, to Wednesday, May 27. Signs will be in place. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-6747last_img

A hefty donation to Trump’s inaugural comes under scrutiny

WASHINGTON — Real estate mogul Franklin Haney contributed $1 million to President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee and all he’s got to show for the money is the glare of a federal investigation.The contribution from Haney, a prolific political donor, came as he was seeking regulatory approval and financial support from the government for his long-shot bid to acquire the mothballed Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant in northeastern Alabama. More than two years later, he still hasn’t closed the deal.His tale is a familiar one in Washington, where lobbyists and wealthy donors use their checkbooks to try to sway politicians. It’s a world Haney is accustomed to operating in and one that Trump came into office pledging to upend. Yet Trump has left in place many of the familiar ways to wield influence.Haney’s hefty donation to Trump’s inaugural committee is being scrutinized by federal prosecutors in New York who are investigating the committee’s finances. Their probe is focused in part on whether donors received benefits after making contributions.Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has given prosecutors information regarding Haney, his son and business associate, Frank Haney Jr., and the nuclear plant project, according to a person familiar with what Cohen told the authorities. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.Haney had briefly hired Cohen to help obtain money for the Bellefonte project from potential investors, including the Middle Eastern country of Qatar. Cohen is now serving a three-year prison sentence for tax evasion, lying to Congress and campaign finance violations.Haney and his attorney did not respond to interview requests.Prosecutors also are examining whether foreigners unlawfully contributed to the committee. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan issued a subpoena last year seeking a wide range of financial records from the committee, including any “communications regarding or relating to the possibility of donations by foreign nationals.”The inaugural committee has denied wrongdoing and said its funds were fully accounted for.Haney, 79, has previously faced accusations that his political gift giving is aimed at cultivating influence. An investigation by House Republicans in the late 1990s alleged that Haney’s money and his political pull with senior Clinton administration officials helped him to get the Federal Communications Commission to move into an office building that he had a major stake in. Haney denied any wrongdoing and the Justice Department declined to pursue the matter.But he was charged in 1999 with funneling about $100,000 in illegal contributions to President Bill Clinton, Vice-President Al Gore and other politicians, then acquitted. A federal prosecutor described Haney as a sophisticated fundraiser who hoped to impress potential business clients with his access to elected officials, like Clinton and Gore.Haney’s family-owned real estate business donated thousands of dollars in 2013 and 2015 to political action committees that supported Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, who later recommended that the nuclear plant Haney wanted to buy be put up for sale. Haney also contributed to a non-profit created to promote Bentley’s agenda. The Republican governor resigned in 2017 as he faced impeachment proceedings after an alleged affair with an aide.In addition to the investigation into Haney’s contribution to the Trump inaugural committee, Haney is in an unrelated legal battle with the nuclear plant’s owner, the Tennessee Valley Authority. Another Haney company, Nuclear Development LLC, has filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing the TVA, the nation’s largest public utility, of illegally blocking the plant’s sale to him at the last minute. The utility has argued it couldn’t complete the transaction because Haney failed to get the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s approval for transfer of the construction permits.A tentative Bellefonte sale in November 2016 involved two partially constructed nuclear reactors and the supporting cooling towers, several other buildings and more than 1,000 acres of land on the Tennessee River. Haney put down $22 million and had until November 2018 to complete the $111-million sale.On Nov. 29, the day before the sale was to be closed, the TVA scrapped the deal, declaring that Haney’s company had not yet secured regulatory approval as required by the Atomic Energy Act. Haney filed a breach of contract lawsuit.In early April, about five months after Nuclear Development submitted its application for transfer of the construction permits, the regulatory commission’s staff told the company it needed to submit more technical details before it could proceed.Edwin Lyman, a nuclear power expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said the response reflected skepticism about whether Haney’s company “is serious about or capable of actually undertaking this project or just wants to put the license in its pocket for purposes unknown.”But Lyman added the five-member nuclear regulatory board is dominated by Trump appointees and may not want to be seen by Congress and the Trump administration as throwing up roadblocks to a nuclear power expansion.Haney’s Nuclear Development company also has applied to the U.S. Energy Department for financing assistance on the project. The department said it considers the loan application process to be “business sensitive” and declined to comment.Stephen Smith, executive director of the non-profit Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, said Haney faces too many technical and financial hurdles to overcome.For example, Bellefonte’s never-completed nuclear reactors are decades old and are of a unique design that has never received an operating license in the U.S. before. He compared Bellefonte to a Ford Pinto, a 1970s-era vehicle with serious engineering flaws. Smith said it’s “extraordinarily unlikely” Bellefonte will be allowed to operate.___Associated Press writer Jim Mustian in New York and researchers Rhonda Shafner and Jennifer Farrar in New York contributed to this report.Richard Lardner, The Associated Press read more

Humanitarian conditions in Darfur are deteriorating says UN report

The August overview by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) also finds that violence inside the IDP camps scattered across Darfur is worsening, making it harder for aid workers to reach people in need and carry out their work.More than 240,000 Darfurians are newly displaced or have been re-displaced this year, which means over 2.2 million people have fled their homes since the conflict between rebels, Sudanese Government forces and allied Janjaweed militia groups began in 2003. At least 200,000 people have also been killed in that period.At the end of July the Security Council authorized the creation of a hybrid UN-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur (to be known as UNAMID) of some 26,000 troops and police officers to quell the violence and improve humanitarian access.The overview notes that armed elements are present in many of the IDP camps, sometimes conducting violent activities that force a shutdown of aid operations until security can be restored. All operations inside Kalma camp in South Darfur state were suspended for three days last month because of insecurity, while there was a two-day shutdown at Zalingei camp in West Darfur.The ongoing violence in the Jebel Marra region of West Darfur has limited relief operations there as well, according to the report, which said the situation is being exacerbated by the annual rainy season that in turn is affecting sanitary conditions in the camps and promoting the spread of waterborne diseases.Many aid workers are also coming under direct attack. During August seven vehicles belonging to the humanitarian community were hijacked or stolen and four convoys were attacked. In total, five aid workers were kidnapped or abducted, and three were beaten. So far this year five aid workers have been killed and the remaining workers have had to relocate more than 20 times.“This has a direct and tangible impact on the quality and quantity of aid and results, in some cases, in the inability to reach those in need,” the overview stated.But OCHA said there were some positive signs, with humanitarian access improving in several areas of North Darfur state, including Korma, Kutun, northern Dar Zaghawa and Um Keddada.Aid workers are bringing relief to an estimated 4.2 million people across Darfur, an arid and impoverished region in western Sudan, and about 3.1 million of those people received assistance in July from the World Food Programme (WFP).Food assistance is rising at the moment in a bid to bridge the annual “hunger gap” among Darfur’s rural residents ahead of the harvest season. 17 September 2007The humanitarian situation inside Darfur deteriorated further last month, with thousands of civilians fleeing their homes, camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) becoming increasingly crowded and recent heavy rains only adding to the misery of many locals in the war-ravaged Sudanese region, according to a United Nations report released today. read more

UNbacked campaign prevents locust outbreak in East Africa

24 June 2009United Nations-backed emergency efforts have successfully contained a massive Red Locust outbreak in Tanzania and upheld the livelihoods of millions of farmers, marking the first time that biopesticides have been used on a large-scale in Africa against the transboundary pests. United Nations-backed emergency efforts have successfully contained a massive Red Locust outbreak in Tanzania and upheld the livelihoods of millions of farmers, marking the first time that biopesticides have been used on a large scale in Africa against the transboundary pests.Infestations have been markedly reduced by the campaign, organized and coordinated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Locust Control Organization for Central and Southern Africa (IRLCO-CSA). Aerial surveys will be carried out in the coming weeks in Malawi, Mozambique Tanzania and Zambia until the threat is fully under control.“Without the rapid intervention, involving affected countries and the international community, the Central and Southern Africa region could have faced a major Red Locust disaster, putting agriculture and food production of millions of poor farmers at risk,” said Modibo Traoré, FAO Assistant Director-General.East African nations, which do not have the resources and equipment needed to swiftly respond to infestation in hard-to-reach areas, which faced potential outbreaks appealed to FAO for emergency help. FAO’s locust control activities in Tanzania focused on three main areas: the Iku-Katavi National Park, the Lake Rukwa plains and the Malagarasi River Basin.If not controlled, large Red Locust swarms will fly over large tracts of farmland and feed on cereals, sugar cane and other crops often planted by poor farmers. An adult Red Locust consumes roughly its own body weight – about two grams – in fresh food every 24 hours. Just a fraction of an average swarm consumes the same amount of food in one day as 2,500 people do. read more

New report shows over 25 million Iraqis received UN assistance in 2008

Through the Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) – an annual funding request the UN and other humanitarian organizations make to support the needs of people affected by conflict and natural disasters – over $500 million has been requested for 2009.Much of this amount is for the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis seeking refuge in neighbouring countries, OCHA said in a news release.“United Nations humanitarian programmes focused on protection of the most vulnerable people in Iraq [in 2008],” said Naeema Al-Gasseer, Acting Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq.“Although the general situation in Iraq has improved, many Iraqis remain in need of assistance,” added Dr. Al-Gasseer. “There are, for example, still many challenges ahead in handling the Iraqi displacement crisis.”Last year, some 600,000 people in Iraq received food assistance, around 450,000 benefited from water shipments, an estimated 55,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) were placed in improved or new housing and 650,000 presented with household items. Basic social services were restored to a number of communities after decades of conflict.“The United Nations also supports the Government of Iraq in helping internally displaced persons who have lost their property to regain it, or to get new housing,” said Dr. Al-Gasser.In addition, she noted that the UN supports efforts to bolster the protection of human rights in the country. “The situation of many vulnerable women and children in Iraq needs to be addressed, and through our programmes, we aim at strengthening women’s and girls’ rights and opportunities.”Children in over 100 schools are now receiving psychosocial care thanks to the training of over 2,000 teachers, in response to high levels of post-traumatic stress disorder recorded in the country. The report also noted efforts to help some 100,000 students attend schools across Iraq, plus enrol 36,000 schoolchildren in accelerated learning programmes allowing them to complete their basic education after it was interrupted by the conflict.For 2009, agencies have requested $192 million for projects in Iraq and some $349 million to support hundreds of thousands of Iraqi refugees spread across the region. 25 June 2009The United Nations and its partners provided some $207 million worth of humanitarian assistance to over 2.5 million Iraqis in 2008, according to a report by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), highlighting the successes and challenges for aid organizations in the strife-torn country. read more

President says no pressure Audio

“Participating in a democratic process is a clear indication of new freedom they are currently enjoying,” President added.Expressing his views on fishermen issue in North and East, the President said the latest trend is an organized act by certain interested parties who try to fish in the troubled water.“Our people in North could not go fishing for a long time due to conflict. Now when they try to resume their livelihood, they have to face this new problem,” he said adding that Sri Lanka will always adhere to the policy of humane treatment for Indian fishermen who have been detained by the Sri Lanka Navy for crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL). Meanwhile the President said that if Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Chief Ministerial candidate C.V Wigneswaran is interested in discussing the issue over land and police powers to the provinces he is willing to meet Wigneswaran on that issue. CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO He also said that while on a provincial level opposition members are still joining the government the “doors are now closed” for opposition members to crossover to the government in parliament.President Rajapaksa said that the people in North must seize the opportunity and elect their own representatives in the upcoming Provincial Councils election. Asked why former LTTE media coordinator Daya Master has not been included in the final list of nominations of the UPFA for the polls in the North, Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said that the best lot were selected as there was room only for a few.   (Colombo Gazette) President’s Secretary Lalith Weerathunga, who has been tasked to appoint the commission, said that a three member commission will be appointed soon. President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the decision to appoint a commission to investigate incidents of disappearances during the war was not taken owing to outside pressure.Speaking to newspaper editors and electronic media heads at Temple Trees today the President said that he saw the need for an investigation some time ago. read more

BC mines minister aims for right audience with next trip to Alaska

Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review, speaks in Victoria, B.C., Tuesday December 16, 2014. British Columbia’s mines minister is making plans to visit Alaska’s indigenous fishing community after admitting his first trip to the state following the Mount Polley disaster addressed “probably the wrong audience.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito by Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 22, 2015 3:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s mines minister is making plans to visit Alaska’s indigenous fishing community after admitting his first trip to the state following the Mount Polley disaster addressed “probably the wrong audience.”Bill Bennett spoke at a major mining industry conference last fall, but met with none of the tribal groups in the southeast region presumed most threatened by upstream mining across the border in B.C.In retrospect, Bennett said people living off the sea in the transboundary region have every right to be concerned about mines in his province, but that he wants to stem the rising anxiety by sharing more information.“They do not have the kind of information and understanding of how we do things here in British Columbia that they need to have, and that’s probably our fault,” he told The Canadian Press. “I think that we can relieve some of these fears.”Bennett has asked a binational economic think-tank to consider organizing a symposium to bring both sides together in one of the southeastern Alaska towns at the heart of its multibillion-dollar fishing industry.Bennett said he hopes the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region will convene a forum in a few months to share best practices and raise awareness about B.C.’s “rigorous” permitting process.His idea comes after an independent report released in late January on the Mount Polley tailings dam spill that spewed 24 million cubic metres of silt and water into salmon-bearing rivers in the provincial Interior last August.An engineering panel concluded a design flaw was to blame for the breach.Bennett travelled to Anchorage last November on the invitation of the Alaska Miners Association. He said he incorrectly assumed that aboriginal groups would be there.His “empathy” for the fishing community has prompted his pledge for a second trip, but the summit concept is already being panned.“So they go there once a year and try to create a big meeting with a thousand people in the room? This is going to be a disaster,” said Marcello Veiga, a University of British Columbia mining professor whose lectures focus on the industry’s relationship with society and the environment.He said Bennett’s plan is exactly the opposite of what he teaches, warning that conflict is likely if various groups are brought together before they’ve established trust.And while Veiga said there’s a low risk of the Alaskan watershed being contaminated by B.C.’s mining industry, he added that having engineers simply inundate the public with data is not a solution.“Facts will not change perceptions. What changes perceptions is trust.”Members of the fishing community in southeast Alaska were immediately wary.“I trust the mining minister as far as I can throw a rock,” said Rob Sanderson Jr., a vice-president of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, based in Ketchikan.While he welcomes Bennett’s visit, he said what’s required to get his 30,000 members onside would be more face-to-face meetings, meaningful consultation and the addition of a long-term mining liaison from B.C. in the region.“Instead of shooting arrows at each other from across the border, you know?”Chris Zimmer of Rivers Without Borders said from Juneau, Alaska, that action is needed instead of talk.“If he wants to just come over here and do a PR campaign … I don’t think that’s going to work.”Zimmer said people were insulted last fall by Bennett’s message that southeast Alaskans would stop worrying if only they understood how B.C. mines are reviewed.“It was patronizing, it was condescending,” he said. “A lot of us have been watching the B.C. permitting process for 10 to 15 years and we have a lot of problems with what we’ve seen.”He cited examples including acid pollution from the long-abandoned Tulsequah Chief Mine in northwestern B.C., with an estimated 16 tons of waste water flowing into Alaska’s salmon-bearing Taku River every year.Zimmer also noted that the Red Chris copper and gold mine in B.C. was granted interim approval to open its tailings facility only days after the Mount Polley report specifically cautioned against a similar type of dam.The permit runs through May, after which the company must seek further approval from the province’s chief inspector of mines.“We want to see actions and guarantees that B.C. isn’t going to hurt our fish,” Zimmer said.Follow @TamsynBurgmann on Twitter B.C. mines minister aims for right audience with next trip to Alaska read more

New car and van forecast – February 2014

SMMT’s February forecast for new car and van registrations in the UK for 2014 and 2015. Forecasts are prepared by SMMT’s Economics Team and are revised on a quarterly basis.Download the latest forecast here: February 2014.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Womens volleyball on the road again at Missouri State

Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe, junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer and sophomore setter Taylor Hughes gather near the net during a match against LIU Brooklyn. The Buckeyes won 3-0. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorOn Saturday, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team suffered its first loss of the season in a five-set battle with Brigham Young University during the Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic at Nationwide Arena. Even though the outcome was not in their favor, the team is choosing to learn from early mistakes as they move ahead to this weekend’s competition.“When you lose, it’s an opportunity for your team to fracture a little bit … but this group got better and got closer through having gone through a tough, five-set loss,” said OSU coach Geoff Carlston.Sophomore outside hitter Audra Appold said losing that match will help her team develop for future play. “We’ve talked a lot about having a growth mindset, looking at failure as an opportunity to grow and challenge yourself,” she said. She added that members of the “tribe” were able to lift one another up after the loss and keep a positive attitude.“A huge part of our team is our culture and how we talk to each other and how we motivate each other … knowing the moment, knowing who responds to what in that moment,” Appold said. “We’re big on support.” The Buckeyes will be away again this weekend, heading to Springfield, Missouri, for the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational. They will take on Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Missouri State and University of Wisconsin – Green Bay.This marks the third weekend in a row the team will be away from its home court. OSU returns to St. John Arena in its first home match on Sept. 28, but the team is trying to make the best of a not ideal situation.Appold said being away from Columbus doesn’t shake her, and she’s ready to play in front of the St. John Arena crowd.“I personally really like playing on the road and enjoy the experience,” she said. “So I’m excited for that, but definitely excited to bring a Big Ten match to St. John Arena and see who comes out for it in support.”Senior libero Valeria León feels playing on the road helps her concentrate on the goals the team has set.“When you play away, you’re more focused on the team,” she said. “So just stick together and we’ll be fine.”León’s focus on her game showed last weekend when she moved into third place for most career digs in OSU women’s volleyball history with 1,342. She surpassed Leisa Wissler (1,341), with her next sight set on surpassing second-place holder Ami Stevens (1,394).Each team the Buckeyes will be playing this weekend brings its own resume of successes, which could be challenging for OSU’s squad.Carlston said that IUPUI has played great defense, and it will make the Buckeyes earn every point. Green Bay is foreign to this OSU team, but the Phoenix hold an undefeated record going into the weekend – all but one of the team’s victories have been 3-0 sweeps.Missouri State has already taken down then-No. 14 Illinois in a close, five-set match – a sign to the Bucks that this team will come ready to play. The Bears also finished 24-11 last year and played in their conference title match, losing in five sets to Wichita State.“They’ve played a very tough schedule. We knew when we scheduled, they were going to be a top-25 team,” Carlston said. “We’re going to learn. We’re going to earn our stripes.” OSU will play their first match of the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational versus IUPUI at 1 p.m. on Friday at Hammons Student Center in Springfield, Missouri. read more

Roberta Vincis Upset Of Serena Williams Is The Biggest In Modern Womens

As of Aug. 23,1We haven’t yet updated our Elo ratings to include the results of the U.S. Open so far, or of the warmup tournament the week before the Open started in New Haven, Conn. So the numbers we’re basing this on are slightly out of date. Vinci won five tour-level matches and lost one between our last Elo update and today’s upset, so her Elo has risen, although not by enough to undermine her win as the biggest upset in a quarterfinal or later at a Slam. Williams had won five matches, too, since our last Elo update, which would have increased her rating slightly and mitigated the effects of Vinci’s rise. Williams’s Elo rating was 2505 and Vinci’s was 1852 — a difference of 652 points.2The numbers don’t add up because of rounding. That gave Vinci about a 3 percent chance of beating Serena. The biggest previous Elo gap for an upset in a Slam quarterfinal, semifinal or final was 574, when Czech player Helena Sukova beat Martina Navratilova in the 1984 Australian Open semifinals. The upset ended a run of six consecutive Slam titles for Navratilova, who never managed to win a calendar-year Grand Slam.Sukova’s elation was short-lived. Chris Evert beat her to win the title. And that’s not atypical. The winners in these historic upsets have gone just 1-7 when trying to repeat their feats in the next match at the same event.3Arantxa Sanchez Vicario’s upset of Steffi Graf in the 1989 French Open came in the final, so Sanchez Vicario had no more matches at that tournament. After Roberta Vinci, the No. 43 ranked player in the world, defeated No. 1 Serena Williams in the U.S. Open semifinals on Friday, someone asked Vinci if she remembered a bigger upset in women’s tennis. She answered, “No. Just today.”We took a more quantitative approach and arrived at the same answer. Vinci’s victory was the biggest upset in women’s Open-era tennis history this late in a Grand Slam tournament.Before the tournament, we used Elo — the ratings system that takes into account players’ match results and quality of opposition and creates power rankings for anything from chess to the NFL — to rate the best women’s tennis players of all time. According to this system, Williams is one of the greatest but not the greatest. (Despite her loss, however, she is still playing well enough to keep building her case.) It’s this system that shows just how historic Vinci’s upset was. 1984Helena SukovaMartina NavratilovaAustralian OpenSF574L 1988Zina GarrisonMartina NavratilovaU.S. OpenQF471L 1999Amelie MauresmoLindsay DavenportAustralian OpenSF463L 1979Barbara JordanHana MandlikovaAustralian OpenQF513W 1989Arantxa Sanchez VicarioSteffi GrafFrench OpenF488N/A 1994Mary PierceSteffi GrafFrench OpenSF502L The real upset is that Vinci made the semifinals at all. These upsets are so rare late in majors because by the quarterfinals or later, both players’ ratings are usually far closer to each others’ than Williams’s and Vinci’s were.Bigger upsets have happened earlier in majors. Katarina Studenikova’s second-round upset of Monica Seles at Wimbledon in 1996 overcame an Elo gap of 764 points. Williams herself has suffered bigger upsets. Her loss in the third round of Wimbledon in 2005 to Jill Craybas occurred despite a 710-point gap in their Elo ratings.Men suffer upsets too, despite their best-of-five-set format that gives favorites more chances to come back and assert their superiority. The biggest in a quarterfinal or later was Christophe Roger-Vasselin’s defeat of Jimmy Connors, whose Elo rating was 580 points higher, in the 1983 French Open quarterfinals.Elo doesn’t capture the stakes of Friday’s upset. Williams’s quest for the Grand Slam made Friday’s result loom larger than most before it. And the upset is even more shocking when you consider that Williams has an extraordinary record late in Grand Slam tournaments. So what happened Friday?“I thought she played the best tennis in her career,” Williams said in her postmatch press conference about Vinci. ”I think she played literally out of her mind.” 1990Zina GarrisonSteffi GrafWimbledonSF473L 2007Marion BartoliJustine HeninWimbledonSF462L 2015Roberta VinciSerena WilliamsU.S. OpenSF652? YEARWINNERLOSEREVENTROUNDELO DIFF.WINNER’S NEXT MATCH 1997Amanda CoetzerSteffi GrafFrench OpenQF453L Baseline: A U.S. Open mini-podcastCarl Bialik and Grantland’s Brian Phillips discuss Roberta Vinci’s upset of Serena Williams and preview the Djokovic-Federer final. For more subscribe to our sports podcast Hot Takedown. read more