5 Tips For Getting Great Film/Video Locations For Free

first_imgSkimping on location can leave your film feeling amateurish and cheap. Here’s how you can get A-list locations for next to nothing![Above image from StarScream on Wikicommons]Production value is one of the most important elements during my filmmaking process, as having a film that looks high-end not only helps to connect with the viewers more effectively, but also keeps the perceived value of the project higher. This is key when it comes time to sell or license the film.Filmmakers today clearly understand the importance of production value, which is why the Internet just about explodes every time a new camera is released…but ironically there is such little emphasis often placed on the locations and in my opinion, it really shows. Personally, I would rather shoot a film on a less capable camera but use incredible locations. So if you’re like me, and understand the importance of production value – read on to hear my tips for getting great locations on a budget.Don’t Be Afraid to AskNo matter what you’re shooting, chances are some (if not all) of the locations may be available to you through friends and family. You need to be careful about going down this road, as you don’t want to simply use locations out of convenience. After all your best friend’s apartment might not look like the luxury condo that you wrote into your script. But when there is a location that you need, and that a friend or family member has access to – then ask! The worst thing that will happen is that they say no, but in a best case scenario you just landed a killer location for free. And remember to never take advantage of the situation. Giving them a credit on the film, or taking them out for dinner can go a long way, so always pay it forward.Strategic PartnershipsIn a lot of shooting scenarios, you can likely offer a product placement (or credit) to a location or business that may be willing to help. For example, if you need to shoot in that luxury condo I mentioned above, you might be able to contact real estate developers or agents that will let you shoot in one of their properties in exchange for a credit on your film. If your film is in any way substantial, you truly will be doing them a favor as well, so try to think outside the box and think of what businesses or business owners might be willing to help in exchange for easy publicity.Free Permit AreasFor exterior locations, permits are always the biggest hurdle, as many public areas can cost thousands of dollars a day to shoot in. The good news (and something that I only learned a couple years back) is that there are actually loads of areas that don’t charge for film permits.When I shot my first feature for example, I had my heart set on some locations in a rural town that would have looked incredible for the context of my story. After looking into it and initially becoming discouraged as a result of the high permit fees, I realized there was another option. Just down the road was the county line, and if I was able to just shift the location a few streets over I could avoid having to pay for permits entirely. This is something that you really need to look into, as you would probably be surprised to learn that a lot of fantastic locations can be had for nothing at all. You will still need production insurance in order to get the free permit, but if you do your homework you might just score some amazing exteriors for free.Guerilla ShootingI’ve shot a lot of my work guerrilla style (meaning with no permits) as sometimes you just have no other option. While some areas offer free permits, there will be times that you want to shoot in a very specific location and there is no free option that you can sub out for it. In these situations you might want to consider shooting guerrilla style. In a lot of cases, scenes can be reworked to avoid overly complex setups or heavy dialogue. If you’re in a tough situation, consider trimming your scene down a bit and getting some high production value shots by going guerilla. Just be sure that if you cut any important moments out of those scenes (in order to achieve them more easily without a permit), that you work them back into the script somewhere else.Also, proceed with caution as shooting guerrilla style can lead you to get your gear and footage confiscated, and you can also get fined. So be careful and be ready to deal with the consequences if they arise. Shoot ‘guerilla style’ at your own risk!Shoot Out of TownI would bet that a lot of you that are reading this live in LA, New York or another major city. Pretty much every major city (especially LA and NYC) are very in the know about film productions, and as such it is much harder to shoot in a metropolis. In major cities so many of the people that you will talk to about shooting (business owners, home owners, etc.) have already been through the ringer, and in some cases got burned. So they are unlikely to let you do it, unless you’re paying them the big bucks. For these reasons, shooting out of town could be a really great option, especially on a feature or any other project that requires loads of different locations. In smaller cities and towns, people are generally far more open to filmmakers as they see it as something exciting and fun, as opposed to a possible threat to their property.last_img read more

Avni killing: Mungantiwar seeks Maneka’s resignation over ‘malnutrition deaths’

first_imgThe ongoing feud between Maharashtra Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and Maneka Gandhi over the killing of tigress Avni escalated on Tuesday, with the State BJP leader seeking the resignation of the Union minister on “moral grounds” over the death of children due to malnutrition.Ms. Gandhi, the Women and Child Development Minister, had slammed Mr. Mungantiwar over last week’s killing of the “man-eater” tigress Avni in Yavatmal district, which she termed as a “ghastly murder and a straight case of crime”.“The Union Minister for Women and Child Development has called for my resignation though I had nothing to do with the killing of the man-eater tigress,” Mr. Mungantiwar told PTI here on Tuesday.“If I am to take the moral responsibility for something I have nothing to do with, our Central leader should set an example for me and resign taking moral responsibility for the death of children in the country due to malnutrition during her tenure,” he added.“We can tender our resignations together on moral grounds,” he said further.The tigress, officially known as T1, was believed to be responsible for the death of 13 people in the last two years.She was killed on November 2 by Asgar Ali, son of famous sharp-shooter Nawab Shafat Ali, at compartment no 149 of Borati forest in the east Maharashtra district as part of an operation.The big cat is survived by two cubs who are ten-months old.Fadnavis respondsEarlier in the day, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said there was no need for the forest minister to resign over the issue.“I will personally speak with the union minister and clarify the whole matter. The government respects her sentiments towards wild life and animals,” he told reporters in Osmanabad.The Chief Minister had on Monday said that preliminary reports showed that the forest department team shot the tigress in “self-defence” while trying to tranquilise it.He had also said that procedural lapse, if any, will be probed.Ms. Gandhi, in a series of tweets on Sunday, lashed out at the Maharashtra government for giving the orders to kill the tigress despite opposition from several stakeholders.Ms. Gandhi had also slammed Mr. Mungantiwar for hiring private marksmen Shafat Ali Khan and Asgar Ali for carrying out hunting operations in the State, including the killing of the tigress.“I am deeply saddened by the way tigress Avni has been brutally murdered in Yavatmal. It is nothing but a straight case of crime. Despite several requests from many stakeholders, (Sudhir) Mungantiwar, Minister for Forests, Maharashtra, gave orders for the killing,” she had said in a tweet.Mr. Mungantiwar, who also holds the finance portfolio, had said that Ms. Gandhi “lacked information” on the issue, and was free to order any high-level probe.The minister had also claimed that Shafat Ali Khan, who Ms. Gandhi had termed a “criminal”, was tasked with shooting a tiger in her Pilibhit Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh in 2009 (Gandhi’s son Varun Gandhi was representing the constituency in 2009).last_img read more

Headless body of woman found near Kamakhya temple

first_imgThe headless body of a woman was recovered near the Kamakhya temple in Guwahati on Wednesday evening. Police are not ruling out the possibility of a human sacrifice. The body was recovered on the stairs leading to the Jai Durga temple, one of many places of worship scattered around Kamakhya temple on the Nilachal Hills.The human sacrifice theory was triggered by flowers, burnt incense sticks and other items used for tantra practices found near the body.“We are searching for the decapitated head with the help of a sniffer dog. It could be a case of human sacrifice since Kamakhya has had a history of such practice and is a prime place of congregation for tantra practitioners,” a police officer said.“But we cannot jump to conclusions as the woman could have been murdered elsewhere and her body dumped here to make it look like a sacrifice. We can be sure after an autopsy,” he said.The four-day long Ambubachi mela, beginning from June 22, is an annual fair marking the symbolic menstruation of Goddess Kamakhya.Books by Lakshminath Bezbaroa and other Assamese writers say human sacrifice was a common practice at Kamakhya. This ritual was stopped during the British rule, but some priests carried on sacrificing dummies for some time.last_img read more

Heritage Meets Modernity: The club culture of Kolkata

first_imgIf you thought that Kolkata was only about heritage with a dash of a colonial hangover, think again. Kolkatans may still like to indulge in one of the most British cultures of the city, but come a new era, the face of club culture is fast changing.  A residual feature of colonial British culture that still remains embedded in the very DNA of the city is that of the club culture. These clubs originally began as places of British refuge and entertainment for the officials who visited the city. Today, they stand as testimonies of the cultural past of the city. However, they are not just merely residues of the past. Most of these elite clubs are highly functional and as elite even today. This makes them interesting spaces where the past meets the present.  According to fashion designer Agnimitra Paul, a frequent face at the city clubs, the club culture of Kolkata is a unique feature of the city’s culture. “The people of no other city are as involved in the culture of the clubs as they are here in Kolkata,” said she.Clubs like the Tollygunge Club, the Bengal Club, the Calcutta Club, Dalhousie Institute are some such elite clubs that were set up in the British era. Even today, they remain as elite in terms of membership, with waiting lists that seem to stretch on forever. Although their events remain largely traditional and annual such as their famous Christmas lunches and so on, these clubs have adapted themselves to suit the changing times. While these events still remain annual and quite traditional, the ways in which they are celebrated now differ greatly from their colonial counterpart. With the use of DJs and events like fashion shows, annual club events have moved forward in sync with the changing times.advertisementArun Mukherji, president of the Tollygunj Club, affectionately called the “Tolly” Club, firmly believes that change is the key to the success of a club. “Tolly is a sports-centric club therefore modernisation of the sports facilities is an important factor to us. We must change with the times. In the 60s, there were dances that used to be organised here. Today, we have similar events, but they have been modernised,” said he.If a club is an area for interaction between people, it is imperative to study the changing demographics in order to understand the changing face of these clubs. These heritage clubs have been part of the city for years, thus membership has often run as a heirloom through elite Kolkata families. However, this is changing today. The members of yesteryears were what Mukherji calls “manor-born”. It is not entirely so today. Today, self-made individuals who may not come from traditionally affluent families are seeking membership at these clubs, thus diversifying the population.While these clubs themselves have been changing to keep up with the times, the city has also seen the rise of new-age commercial clubs. If the traditionally Brit clubs still have never ending waiting lists for memberships, these new clubs have happily opened their doors to the 21st century metropolitan citizen seeking the luxuries of a club life.Although these new age clubs promise to bring the luxury of the club life, they are markedly different from the traditional clubs. Spring Club, located on E.M. Bypass is one such haunt.However, Sanjeev Ghosh, General Manager at the Spring Club said, “These new clubs have come up due to the change in lifestyles of the people of this city. The old clubs are more traditional in their approach whereas new ones such as ours are free spaces for people to relax. Our events are very different from that of those clubs. They have annual, restricted events where you can bring up to three guests at a time. Over here, we have weekly parties, where you can entertain whoever you like.”This unique culture of Kolkata has its own set of takers of course. Sanjay Budhia, Managing Director of Patton Group, Eastern Region, is one such patron. “The traditional clubs like the Tolly Club and the Bengal Club are clubs which are very old and complete in their facilities. However, as they are traditional places, they are restricted to their particular zones in the city. I feel that the club culture is a rather relaxing culture that everyone should indulge in. It rejuvenates you and allows you to work better after. It is a place where I can blend work and leisure. I like to relax here with my family on weekends. But I also like to bring my international clients here to give them a taste of our unique club culture. They are never disappointed,” said he.advertisementWhile new clubs are springing up all over the city, patrons seem divided in their opinions about the two different lifestyles. There still exists a group of loyalists who still swear by their traditional clubs. However, some seem to be more open to the idea of having new clubs in town. Budhia seems to be one who is open to these new clubs. On this front he says, “The old clubs are quite excellent, but the problem with them is that they are constricted to certain parts of the city. I like the fact that there are new clubs in town. Now everyone can enjoy the club facilities throughout the city.”These new clubs are a step away from the traditional British culture of the traditional ones. While clubs like Tolly and CC&FC revel in Western festivities like Christmas and New Years’ Eve, the new clubs like Stadel and Spring Club are turning to Indian festivals. If Indian festivals are about the community coming together, and clubs are spaces of social communion, what better place to celebrate grand Indian festivals?”The Spring Club is a place with a family environment. There are family oriented events based on Indian festivals now like Bhai Dooj, Diwali, Baisakhi and so on, which is conductive for conserving our rich Indian heritage,” says industrialist Kamal Gandhi.Agnimitra Paul feels that the traditional clubs have their own place. Talking about the place of new clubs in the city, she said, “There clubs may not be as reputed or have the heritage of the older ones, but they do have top class facilities. Getting membership here is much easier and they also have events more frequently. If they keep up the quality, soon they will be at par with the old clubs.”With a blend of the old and a dash of new, the club culture in Kolkata is growing to become a rather interesting affair indeed.last_img read more

Certificate Verification started today for Telangana EAMCET 2014

first_imgThe Telangana EAMCET ( Engineering Agricultural and Medical Common Entrance Test) 2014 Certificate Verification process has begun on Thursday. It is essential to carry all the important documents for the same. EAMCET is an entrance examination  for admissions in engineering and medical colleges in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states. EAMCET is conducted statewide by Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (JNTUH) every year. Around nine lakh people had appeared for the exam.EAMCET 2014 Centralized Certificate Verification for candidates, belonging to categories PH, CAP, NCC, Sports & Games and Anglo Indian, will be conducted from August 14 to 18, 2014 at Sanketika Vidya Bhavan, Hyderabad from 9.00 AM onwards.Certificates to be produced by all candidates:All original certificates and three sets of Xerox copies of :EAMCET Rank CardEAMCET Hall TicketIntermediate Memo-cum-Pass CertificateS.S.C or its equivalent Marks memoVI to Inter Study CertificateIncome Certificate issued after January 1, 2014 and Caste Certificate issued by competent authority PH/CAP/NCC/Sports/Minority Certificate if applicable.last_img read more

Sir Bradley Wiggins Signs Trike For Charity Auction

first_imgHere’s something for the young cyclist in your life.Galt Trike Signed By Bradley WigginsSir Bradley Wiggins has signed a Galt trike for a charity auction raising money for TheTOYProject.Bradley Wiggins – or Wiggo, as he is more affectionately known – sped into the public’s conscience in 2012 following a mesmerising display in both the Tour de France and the London 2012 Olympic Games. Yet to those who had been following his career in the years before, Wiggins had been a huge success in bike racing across the world for a long time.TheTOYProject provides basic support tools for children across the UK who have lost a family member or friend. These could be toys to use in play therapy to help children open up about their feelings or simply a teddy bear to comfort them at night. In addition to their work with bereaved children they provide toys to children in hospices and hospitals.The auction runs until April 6, and can be accessed via Sellebrity.org.uk.last_img read more

Big Ten aiming to dethrone SEC

NEW ORLEANS — Even before the suspensions of six players last week, Ohio State was going to be faced with questions about its 0-9 bowl record against the SEC when it arrived in New Orleans. Now, the Buckeyes will attempt to diffuse the controversy surrounding Tattoo-gate in addition to their winless streak against the SEC. The streak has taken on a life of its own, mainly because of OSU’s recent national title game debacles against Florida and LSU. Senior defensive back Jermale Hines said the Buckeyes’ struggles against the SEC stay with them no matter how much they would like to forget about their past. “It’s always something in the back of our minds because it’s real,” Hines said. “The last couple outings we got destroyed by SEC teams.” Offensive guard Bryant Browning takes a different approach when it comes to the streak: ignorance. “I really haven’t watched too much of that kind of stuff” in the media, Browning said. “You can’t really worry about what people say. We’ve got to focus on ourselves.” Tonight OSU will face off against Arkansas in the 77th Allstate Sugar Bowl, nearly 32 years to the day that the Buckeyes were handed their first bowl game defeat at the hands of an SEC team. On Jan. 2, 1978, Paul “Bear” Bryant’s Alabama Crimson Tide destroyed the Woody Hayes-led Scarlet and Gray, 35-6. The players, including Browning, have echoed the sentiments of OSU coach Jim Tressel, who has implored them to remain focused on the task at hand. “We know if we go in and play any team in the nation and we play our best game, then we’ll come out on top,” Browning said. “We’re just working hard to try to do whatever it takes so that when Jan. 4 comes around we’re at our best.” That may be easier said than done against an Arkansas passing offense ranked third in the nation. Junior quarterback Ryan Mallett has led the Razorback attack, throwing for 30 touchdowns and 3,500 yards in back-to-back years. Although the Arkansas offense will be pass-heavy, it can also run the ball effectively with sophomore running back Knile Davis. When OSU faced Florida in 2007 and LSU in 2008, it went up against balanced offenses and gave up a combined 79 points. The winless streak against the SEC may be very real, but at least one OSU player doesn’t believe in the “SEC speed” theory, which fans and pundits alike claim gives the SEC the ultimate advantage on the playing field. “As far as the speed thing goes, I never have thought that that was the difference-maker,” said senior wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher. “People don’t just get slower when they come to the Big Ten.” Senior kicker Devin Barclay is looking forward to the opportunity to disprove the doubters, and reminds everyone that OSU is playing Arkansas, not the ghosts of SEC past. “We’ve really got to focus in on doing our thing. Obviously the games in 2006 and 2007 … we remember those games — they sting still, and they were against SEC teams. (But) they weren’t against Arkansas,” Barclay said. “There’s always been the press saying that we can’t compete against these SEC teams. It’s going to feel good to prove them wrong.” read more

PM Tables Sexual Harassment Bill

first_img Recommended for you Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Dec. 9 (JIS): Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, tabled the Sexual Harassment Bill in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (December 8).The legislation provides a framework for addressing the issue of sexual harassment in Jamaica. Specifically, it outlines sexual harassment in the home, workplace and institutions, and the actions that can be taken against persons, who commit such offences.Speaking at the Jamaica House press briefing today (December 9), Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, said the legislation was shaped from the CARICOM Model Bill on Sexual Harassment, taking into account local cultural norms.“Importantly too, under the Act, victims of sexual harassment will be able to seek redress in the Resident Magistrate’s Court or at a special division of the Industrial Disputes Tribunal, which will be established for this purpose,” Senator Falconer informed.Following debate and passage in the Lower House, the Bill will go before the Senate for its deliberation. Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Related Items:bill, jamaica, sexual harassment billlast_img read more

The Governor General Attends Reception Celebrating 2018 Chinese Spring Festival

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 14, 2018 – Nassau – Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling attended a Reception celebrating the 2018 Chinese Spring Festival at the British Colonial Hilton on Thursday evening, February 8, 2018 hosted by  Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas Mr. Huang Qinguo and his wife, Madame Zheng Chuncao.Also in attendance were Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Senator the Hon. Carl Bethel, and Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Darren Henfield.  Photos show officials and reception guests.(BIS Photos/Kristaan Ingraham) Related Items:last_img read more

Stam tips Pochettino for Manchester United job

first_imgJaap Stam believes that Tottenham manager Maurizio Pochettino is the right choice for United as they seek a permanent manager to replace Jose Mourinho.Pochettino has been widely named as Mourinho’s replacement by pundits and former United players like Gary Neville, and now Jaap Stam.“He is the best choice,” Stam told Sky Sports News.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He’s got a lot of experience working in the UK with Southampton and Tottenham. He’s good in building a team, plays attractive football, playing out from the back to score goals and win games. I would say that’s my choice.“I think they can [get him]. There’s been a discussion at Spurs about not spending money on players, I think he is the type of manager who wants to invest every year and improve – at United he gets to do that.“They’ve got the money to do that. For him, that would be the ultimate step.”last_img read more

City officials break ground on new library in San Ysidro

first_img KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — City officials broke ground Friday on a library in San Ysidro, following more than two decades of discussion and planning.The 15,000-square-foot library will be built at Seaward Avenue and Beyer Boulevard at a cost of $13.5 million. It will replace the existing branch library in the city’s southernmost neighborhood. At nearly a century old, the existing library is the city’s oldest, according to the mayor’s office.“This is all about opening doors to opportunity and a brighter future,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. “This new branch library has been a long time coming for the San Ysidro community and represents One San Diego in action. It’s going to be more than just a place to check out a book. It’s going to be a place where the community gathers and where neighborhood children can learn and grow.”The building will be LEED Silver certified and feature amenities such as an outdoor reading patio and movie screen, public art, a teen center, study areas, computer lab, multi-purpose room and accommodations for those with disabilities.Councilman David Alvarez, who represents San Ysidro, spearheaded fundraising efforts for the library, which is expected to open in 2019, the mayor said.Alvarez said building a new library was one of his top priorities upon being elected.“I was proud to work with the community to secure the site and funding for this long-awaited project,” he said.The city purchased land for the library in 2015 and will contribute $12 million to the project. The San Diego Library Foundation has launched a campaign to raise $250,000 for the project and philanthropists and former San Ysidro residents Lloyd and Caroline de Llamas contributed $1.5 million, according to the mayor’s office. KUSI Newsroom City officials break ground on new library in San Ysidro Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: January 12, 2018 January 12, 2018last_img read more

YouTube TV is giving longtime subscribers Showtime at no extra cost

first_img Now playing: Watch this: 1 Preview • YouTube TV has promise, but needs to grow before it’s worth $35 (hands-on) Review • YouTube TV review: The best premium live TV streaming service 1:26 YouTube TV’s price hike, Disney Plus details YouTube TV has a reward for some of its “longtime friends.” David Katzmaier / CNET YouTube TV appears to be offering some subscribers a summer of free Showtime. The live TV streaming service is giving “longtime friends” a subscription to Showtime at no cost through Sept. 5, 2019, according to offer messages shared by customers on social media.”Wowza!! I just got a free summer of @Showtime from @YouTubeTV no strings — just for being a loyal subscriber,” tweeted Rich Greenfield on Thursday, along with images of the offer.  YouTube TV apparently won’t automatically bill customers for the Showtime subscription once the deal has ended. “You can add it back if you love it, but that’s totally up to you,” reads the offer message. (Editors’ note: Showtime is a part of CBS, which also owns CNET.)Earlier this year, YouTube TV raised its monthly price from $40 to $50. The Google-owned service is one of a handful of subscription options aimed at cable TV cord-cutters who want to stream live TV channels such as ESPN, TNT and CNN, as well as local channels including ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. Its competition includes Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, PlayStation Vue and DirecTV Now, each with different channel packages and pricing.YouTube didn’t immediately respond to a request for more details. Commentcenter_img News • YouTube TV is now available across the US Share your voice Wowza!! I just got a free summer of @Showtime from @YouTubeTV no strings — just for being a loyal subscriber (spectrum has never done that) pic.twitter.com/o2xU5ySmjK— Rich Greenfield (@RichBTIG) June 14, 2019 YouTube TV Tags TVs Digital Media Showtime YouTubelast_img read more

HSBC says Bonus for Chairman Capped at 1 Million Pounds

first_imgBanking group HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA.L) has attempted to head off investor criticism over a new pay plan, capping any share bonus for its Chairman Douglas Flint this year at 1 million pounds ($1.7 million) and saying it would be a one off.Under new pay proposals set out in March, HSBC said it could have awarded Flint up to 2.25 million pounds worth of shares as an annual bonus in exceptional circumstances.The bank had said in 2010, when the former finance director became chairman, he would be paid his salary but no bonus and some investors were concerned about the change in structure.HSBC said it had met with investors ahead of its annual shareholder meeting on May 23 and had made adjustments to the plan.Simon Robertson, chairman of the remuneration committee, said in a statement if any award was made this year to Flint it would reflect changes to his responsibilities since his original appointment when salaries were set.”Any award would be made in recognition of the exceptional circumstances facing HSBC over the medium term of intense regulatory change, an increased focus on changing conduct and behavior and the implementation of enhanced banking standards,” Robertson said.He said the share bonus would be specific to Flint, and the bank did not intend to make such payments a feature of the chairman’s pay over the long-term.Flint was paid 2.4 million pounds last year. Under the structure announced in March, he could have received 4.7 million pounds, but the maximum he can now get is 3.4 million.HSBC, like many other banks, has changed its pay structure this year to meet new EU rules that cap bonuses at the level of their fixed pay, or double the amount with shareholder approval.Rivals Standard Chartered Plc (STAN.L) and Barclays Plc (BARC.L) have faced significant opposition to their pay policies at recent shareholder meetings.($1 = 0.5960 British Pounds)last_img read more

Union Budget 201415 10 Terms Buzzing ahead of Budget Session

first_img1) “Bitter medicine” – Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked citizens to expect a “bitter medicine” when it comes to economic reforms in the country, the term has remained a buzzword ahead of the Budget Session that will begin on 7 July 7. “I need to take some harsh decisions and administer some bitter medicine in order to resuscitate this patient. The medicine may hurt some of you but I ask for your support at this time,” Modi had said last week.2) Austerity – Modi’s words were interpreted as an indication of bringing about more austerity by the government to improve growth. “Taking tough decisions and strong measures in the coming one or two years are needed to bring financial discipline which will restore and boost the country’s self-confidence”, Modi had told party cadres during his address in Goa.3) Inflation – The Indian economy is facing a five-month high inflation of 6.01 percent, while food inflation had touched 9.50 percent in May. Inflation fears are said to be the biggest test for the Modi government, which came to power after it criticized the UPA government for failing to rein in inflation.4) Weak Monsoon – The poor rains this year are looming large on the Union Budget, with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley making references to it more than once when addressing issues of inflation. “The rise in prices of food articles can be attributed to withholding of stocks on account of apprehension of a weak monsoon. The State Government should take effective steps to ensure that speculative hoarding is discouraged,’ Jaitley had said on his Facebook account.5) Iraq crisis – While Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan assured that that India had enough foreign exchange reserves to combat the fallout of the Iraq crisis, and Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that it will not affect crude oil supplies to India, there have still been speculations that the rise of global prices of crude oil will impact India dearly.6) Indian Rupee – The Rupee has been hovering around the 60 to a dollar mark for several days, because of an increased demand for the US currency. On Friday, the rupee opened at 60.26 after it lost 18 paise against the dollar.7) Potatos, Onions – Soaring prices of vegetables, mainly that of potatoes and onions, have left citizens agitated and the government scampering for remedies. On Wednesday, the central government had asked states to delist fruits and vegetables from the Agricultural Produce Market Committee, and also imposed a minimum export price of USD 300 per ton on onions in order to cut down on their export.8) Tax – For the common man, the term ‘tax’ in the budget largely revolves around the exemption limit, and there have been speculations about the Finance Ministry raising the income tax exemption limit from ₹2 lakh to ₹3 lakh and up to ₹4.5 lakh for women. For the corporate sector, it means a hope for a more conducive tax environment. The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) had suggested many recommendations to the Finance Minister on taxes in the Union Budget, such as clarity in tax laws, removing the sting of retrospective tax and improving dispute resolution mechanism for tax matters, among others, as detailed on the FICCI website.9) Gujarat Model – Several reports have suggested that Modi could import some of his schemes from the Gujarat model into the Union budget, such as ensuring the fiscal deficit is not too high and to bring in better tax administration, as highlighted by Yahoo News.10) ‘Acchey Din Aane Wale Hain’ – The Bharatiya Janata Party’s signature campaign during the election seems to be been raked up again, but this time with a certain amount of uncertainty whether the Modi-government can stick to their pre-poll motto.last_img read more

Spectre Bond to be a money spinner for brand sponsors too

first_img James Bond is back, and companies such as Belvedere vodka, Gillette and Heineken have paid undisclosed sums for product tie-ins with Spectre in sponsorship deals that one marketing specialist says are cinemas version of the Olympics.A day after the world premiere of Bonds 24th outing on the silver screens, brands and businesses associated with 007s adventures are already celebrating their shrewd move. Jacques de Cock, a marketing consultant and lecturer at the London School of Marketing, said the MI6 agents business appeal was clear.Bond himself is a bad boy with style with tech savvy and has morals, so anyone can see parts of what they want. The techno nerds like it, the women like it, the bad boys like it, the older generations like it. So it has a bit of everything, he said.De Cock credits Barbara Broccoli – franchise producer and daughter of James Bond movie legend Albert Cubby Broccoli – with Bonds lucrative contracts.Barbara Broccoli apparently has been working on branding Bond now for the last 30 years and is very careful to curate the right types of brand, he said.They want a brand that actually enhances the Bond brand as well, and actually this mythology helps both, because Bond is now more exclusive and so brands have to work harder to be part of Bond, so they get more money out of it, he added.De Cock said the half-century-old Bond franchise is cinemas marketing equivalent of the Olympics. He estimates Bond movies have earned some £11bn ($16.90bn) – in 2015 figures – at the box office, and another £2.6 to 3.2bn from marketing since Dr No in 1962. Although figures are not divulged, de Cock said the marketing and promotional activities associated with a modern Bond movie could run between £150m to £200m, or roughly the cost of making it.I looked at Star Wars, I looked at Harry Potter – they actually make more per movie, but therere only seven or eight movies long in terms of franchises. Its the longevity and depth in terms of franchises that makes Bond unique, he said.Being a sponsor allows companies to show Bond-themed adverts, as both Gillette and Heineken are doing, or to mount lavish drinks parties – featuring Belvedere Martinis, as the spirits company did on Tuesday (27 October) night to celebrate the films British premiere on Monday (26 October). Its the vodka brands biggest-ever promotional sponsorship, and something Belvedere President Charles Gibb said was necessary in 2015.Today marketing is very, very different to what it used to be many years ago, and being talked about in popular culture is so key, and of course this is just a cultural moment, the release of a Bond movie is a cultural moment, the release of Spectre is a passion point for so many people in so many countries, so to be talked about at that time is just tremendous for a brand like Belvedere, he said.Heinekens premium brands director in the UK, David Lette, agrees that Bonds appeal is exclusive – the brewer reportedly paid £18.3m for its sponsorship, or around a third of Spectres entire production budget.They signify similar kinds of things as well. In terms of being witty, being resourceful, being confident and being really aspirational, so I think theres a fantastic tie-in with Heineken and James Bond. The Heineken brand exists in 170 markets and were activating the Spectre movie in 85 of them, so a real global reach, which I think is beneficial to the Bond franchise, and obviously thats great for Heineken as well.One brand that can attest to longevity with Bond is Aston Martin. The carmakers Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman said that while association with Bond was part of the companys heritage, being synonymous with a popular cultural icon brought with it opportunities to be more forward-looking for consumers.Because Aston Martin is very much a trend-setter, its important to stay ahead of that curve, its important to understand it, and trend or culture or the nature of buying something is about desire. So for us its about creating desire through association, through technology, through great looks, he explains.For some brands like Gillette, the Bond sponsorship is new with this film, but for such brands it is a chance to move away from other more familiar promotions like sports. But not everyone who benefits pays to be seen in, or associated with, Bond. The green dress and hexagonal earrings that Lea Seydoux wears to an intimate dinner with Bond on a luxury train, have been plastered on billboards and buses across London – without anyone paying for sponsorship.British-based label Ghost produced the £225 slinky Salma dress that the French actress Seydoux wears to a late night dinner which takes a familiar Bond-shaped turn. The dress, and the pair of DiamonDust earrings Seydoux wears – produced by the London-based jewellery firm David Deyong – were simply bought from shops by costume designers for the film, both firms said. Closelast_img read more

Sri Lanka blast victim Zayan buried

first_imgZayan Chowdhury. File PhotoZayan Chowdhury, one of the victims of Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, was laid to rest at Banani Graveyard in the city on Wednesday evening, reports UNB.Earlier, a Sri Lankan Airlines flight carrying the body of Zayan, 8, the grandson of Awami League leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 12:40pm. His body was then taken to their Banani residenceThe namaz-e-janaza of Zayan was held at Banani Club Field after Asr prayers.Later, he was buried at the Banani Graveyard around 6:00pm.Earlier, prime minister Sheikh Hasina went to her paternal cousin Sheikh Selim’s Banani residence to console the family members of the victim.Sheikh Hasina stayed there for over an hour and consoled the family members of Zayan Chowdhury. A heart-rending scene was created at that time.Sheikh Hasina also prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul of Zayan.A second grader of an Uttara school, Zayan is a son of Moshiul Haque Chowdhary and Sheikh Sonia.Zayan and more than 350 others were killed in explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. He had gone there with his family on a vacation.Moshiul also suffered splinter injuries in his kidney and liver in the deadly terror attack in Sri Lanka’s capital on Easter Sunday.last_img read more

DeVon Franklin produces faith films while guiding men through MeToo movement

first_img As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Photos of the Week By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Tags#MeToo Breakthrough Christian movies DeVon Franklin Faithful Viewer homepage featured inspirational movie men sex abuse sexual harassment sexual misconduct Top Story,You may also like Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Share This!center_img Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,How Hind Makki is changing the conversation around women’s inclusion in mosques Catholicism News • Photos of the Week Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Christian movie producer DeVon Franklin is preparing for his third film to hit theaters just before Easter weekend.But “Breakthrough,” a movie about a teen’s recovery from spending 15 minutes under broken ice in a frozen lake, has not been his sole focus in recent months.Franklin, the author of “The Truth About Men: What Men and Women Need to Know,” was called on by the Willow Creek Association as it held recent discussions on how churches and individuals can avoid and address allegations of sexual misconduct.Franklin, 40, who was raised in the Seventh-day Adventist faith, talked with Religion News Service about Christian film success, how men should respond to the #MeToo movement, and the importance of observing the Sabbath.The interview was edited for length and clarity.You are a Hollywood producer, an ordained minister and the author of a new book about men and the #MeToo era. How do you juggle these three seemingly disparate areas of your life?I don’t view them as disparate. My goal in everything I do is to uplift and inspire and use entertainment as a way to do that. So anything I’m doing, whether it’s writing a book, or producing a movie, or speaking or preaching, it’s all with the same goal: How does the person that is engaging with me relative to what I’m doing in that moment — how can their life become potentially better or how can I say something or do something that can inspire them?It’s like one wheel, just different spokes.DeVon Franklin. Courtesy photoHow did you learn about the story behind “Breakthrough,” and how much is it a true story rather than “based on a true story”?I found out about “Breakthrough” while I was promoting “Miracles from Heaven.” I met the family, Joyce Smith and (her son) John Smith, and Pastor Jason Noble. And when I heard their story I was blown away. It was just so captivating. I just knew that I had to bring it to the big screen.When you look at films, there’s “based on a true story,” there’s “inspired by a true story,” there’s “inspired by true events,” but based on a true story is when it’s closest to the real story. And “Breakthrough” is without a doubt based on a true story.“Breakthrough” comes to theaters around Easter. How has the success of your previous productions, including the animated Christmas movie, “The Star,” enabled you to present this new one?I think every success is like stair steps — one leads to the other. And so “Breakthrough” being my third produced film, certainly, is building on the success of “The Star” and building on the success of “Miracles from Heaven.”In “The Star,” celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Kristin Chenoweth added their voices to that story. In “Breakthrough,” main characters are portrayed by actress Chrissy Metz and actor Mike Colter. Has there been a shift in the willingness of mainstream actors and actresses to appear in Christian films?Yes. What is amazing about this story “Breakthrough” — it’s a true story, and I think that sometimes the desire to put it in the faith-based genre sometimes overshines the fact that it’s true. And more people are looking to do a true story because they connect to it more so than it being a part of the faith-based genre per se. So it’s a blessing that these projects are able to get the attention of such incredible talent.Following the example of other brother filmmaker teams, there’s a movie called “Sinners Wanted” that just premiered at a black megachurch in Maryland in March. Do you see more people trying to develop Christian films for the big screen? And do you think those smaller projects have more of a chance of being recognized by Hollywood than in the past?I’m not familiar with that particular movie. I do think that there’s a lot of growth in this space. The Erwin brothers, who are my good friends, they did “I Can Only Imagine.” And that success led to an incredible new opportunity with Lionsgate for more projects to come through, which is great.I have my deal here at Fox. The Kendrick brothers, who also do inspirational faith-based movies, they have a deal with Sony. I think ultimately as the right movies are developed and people find them, it’ll allow for even more new filmmakers and new films that may not currently be on the radar to emerge.DeVon Franklin, from left, Jeff Lockyer and Danielle Strickland participate in a panel discussion about sexual misconduct with the Willow Creek Association near Chicago. Video screenshotTurning to a completely different subject, you have spoken in a new video resource about ministry and #MeToo. What are some key tips you suggest for men to help reduce the chances of women becoming victims of sexual abuse or harassment?One of the reasons why I wanted to write the book is because I do believe that, as men, we need to become better. And part of that is learning to love, and that means considering others’ needs before ours and putting our integrity and our character above the desire to sometimes feed those selfish impulses.I challenge every man to not look at the #MeToo movement as a women’s movement. It’s not. We need to be a part of this movement. Whether we have been harassed ourselves or not, we need to help. It takes both of us to get it done. We have to be a part of the solution ’cause if not, I think we’re part of the problem.You had spoken about how the #MeToo movement can cause some men to feel that they can’t or shouldn’t hire women who may be most qualified for a position in their church or other organization. What’s your advice for them?My advice is to not allow fear to dictate decision-making, because, any man that’s afraid to hire a woman, it’s because of fear and a misconception of what’s really going on.I think that it’s important that we hire the very best people. And if that happens to be a woman, we need to hire her. And, to me, a man that’s afraid to do that says more about the man than it does the woman. And it’s so important to not use #MeToo as an excuse to be afraid.Let’s use #MeToo and #TimesUp as an excuse to become better and do that in every area of our life, including our hiring practices.As someone raised in the Seventh-day Adventist faith, how do you keep your Sabbath even as you work on round-the-clock projects related to film and faith?The first day that I was in Hollywood, I literally said when I was interviewing for the company that managed Will Smith, “I won’t take this internship if it requires me to work on the Sabbath.” And, every single job that I’ve ever taken since then, I’ve made it a part of it.And observing the Sabbath is so important for a number of reasons, not just spiritual reasons, but also practical reasons. We are not built to run 24/7. And what I have found is if we block out some time to rest, people conform around that. I’ve been on set, producing films, and then I’m like, “Hey, all right, the sun is almost down. I got to go.”It’s been integral to my success. And I highly recommend it to everyone ’cause I think it really makes a big difference. By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Share This! Share This! Newslast_img read more

Houstons Lawson Craddock Keeps Racing With Injury In Tour De France Donations

first_img X Lawson Craddock continues his race to Paris.The Tour de France cyclist from Houston is fighting a broken shoulder blade that he suffered during a crash early on but refuses to give up.With a week left in the Tour de France, Craddock remains last in the overall standings but he said the pain from his injury is getting more manageable. “Pretty happy about how the injury is progressing,” he said on the phone from the French Alps. “And I really hope that I can keep going this way and maybe do something in the final week of the race.”Meanwhile, donations from fans are pouring in.Craddock is raising money for the Alkek Velodrome in west Houston.The Velodrome suffered bad losses during Harvey. It’s where Craddock got his start as a cyclist more than 15 years ago.His initial goal was to raise $2,100.As of Friday evening, his GoFundMe page registered more than $114,000. 00:00 /00:41 Sharecenter_img CABS Chamalieres MercerDuring the first stage of the Tour de France, Lawson Craddock suffered a fractured shoulder blade and a bad cut above the eye. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

New evidence for a preferred direction in spacetime challenges the cosmological principle

first_imgThe hemisphere with the “preferred” direction on the left, in contrast to the opposite hemisphere on the right. The color of the dots represents the sign and magnitude of the anisotropy level. Image credit: Cai, et al. Statistical modeling could help us understand cosmic acceleration But a few recent studies have found the possible existence of cosmological anisotropy: specifically, that the universe’s expansion is accelerating at a faster rate in one direction than another. In the most recent study, scientists have analyzed data from 557 Type 1a supernovae and found, in agreement with some previous studies, that the universe’s expansion seems to be accelerating faster in the direction of a small part of the northern galactic hemisphere.The researchers, Rong-Gen Cai and Zhong-Liang Tuo from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, have posted their study at arXiv.org. A valuable tool for cosmologists, Type 1a supernovae serve as “standard candles” due to their consistent peak luminosity, allowing researchers to measure their distance with high accuracy. Observations of these supernovae famously revealed in 1998 that the universe is not only expanding, but is doing so at an accelerating rate. And now, some observations of Type 1a supernovae at different locations in the sky hint that the acceleration is not uniform in all directions.In their analysis, Cai and Tuo looked at the deceleration parameter, q0, to quantify the anisotropy level of the northern galactic and southern galactic hemispheres. As the scientists explain in their study, the direction with the smaller value of q0 is expanding faster than the direction with the larger value. The researchers analyzed the data using both a dynamical dark energy model and a standard model without dark energy, and found that both models revealed similar results: an anisotropy deviation of 0.76 and 0.79, respectively, and a preferred direction of (309°, 21°) and (314°, 28°), respectively. As noted by the Physics arXiv Blog, this direction of greatest acceleration is in the faint constellation of Vulpecula in the northern hemisphere.But as Cai and Tuo note in their study, the case is far from closed. In contrast with the current results, some previous analyses of Type 1a supernovae data have not found any statistically significant evidence for anisotropies. And many other data – such as that for the cosmic microwave background radiation, galaxy statistics, and dark matter haloes – strongly support the assumption of homogeneity and isotropy on the cosmic scale. Yet considering that the cosmological principle is one of the pillars of modern cosmology whose fundamental importance is difficult to exaggerate, threats to its credibility won’t be taken lightly. If the cosmological principle turns out to be wrong, it would dramatically change the way we look at the world. (PhysOrg.com) — According to the cosmological principle, there is no special place or direction in the universe when viewed on the cosmic scale. The assumption enabled Copernicus to propose that Earth was not the center of the universe and modern scientists to assume that the laws of physics are the same everywhere. Due to the cosmological principle, scientists also assume that the universe is “homogeneous” – having a uniform structure throughout – and “isotropic” – having uniform properties throughout. More information: Rong-Gen Cai, et al. “Direction dependence of the acceleration in type Ia supernovae.” arXiv:1109.0941v2 [astro-ph.CO]via: Physics arXiv Blog This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further Citation: New evidence for a preferred direction in spacetime challenges the cosmological principle (2011, September 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-evidence-spacetime-cosmological-principle.htmllast_img read more

Zeros world premiere at Kolkata Film Festival

first_imgKolkata: Zero, Shah Rukh Khan’s new film, will have a world premiere show at the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) scheduled to be held from November 10 to 17.SRK and Amitabh Bachchan will be staying at a 5-star city hotel. The inaugural function will be held at Netaji Indoor Stadium and its duration will be of an hour. SRK has urged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to extend it as he wants to show the trailer of Zero and say a few words on the cinema. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe film will be released in December but SRK wants the Kolkata International Film Festival platform for the world premiere. SRK is a regular at the event and is the brand ambassador of the state government. Apart from King Khan and Big B, Jaya Bachchan, Mahesh Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Biswajit and Nandita Das are likely to be present at the inaugural session of the KIFF. Soumitra Chatterjee, Sabitri Chatterjee, Madhabi Chakraborty, Gautam Ghosh, Ranjit Mullick along with many others from Bollywood will be present at the show. One hundred and seventy-one full-length feature films and 150 short films will be screened in 16 halls. Famous Bengali feature film Antony Firingee featuring Uttam Kumar and Tanuja will be screened at the inaugural session. Last year films were screened in 14 halls. The focus country in KIFF is Australia. Australian cinema will celebrate its centenary in 2018.last_img read more