Diego Costa fit to terrorise Arsenal once more – Simeone

first_imgHowever, the formidable sight of Simeone’s side stands in their way.Since the Argentine took charge in 2011, Atletico have reached five European semi-finals in seven seasons, winning the Europa League in 2012 and reaching the Champions League final in 2014 and 2016.Costa was a constant thorn in Arsenal’s side during three years at Chelsea, scoring three times and losing just once in six meetings with the Gunners.But he has been sidelined since picking up a hamstring strain in Atletico’s quarter-final, second leg at Sporting Lisbon.“We will try to evaluate all the factors. We will speak among the doctors, himself and I to decide what the team needs most,” said Simeone on whether Costa will start or kept in reserve from the bench.“Yesterday he trained well and we will do what we deem to be right.“In Spain and England there are many teams that have suffered because of his characteristics not just Arsenal.”In contrast to Arsenal, Atletico are already assured their place in next season’s Champions League as they sit second, ahead of Real Madrid, in La Liga.However, despite punching above their weight against the might of Barcelona and Real Madrid under Simeone, Atletico haven’t won a trophy since 2014.Winning the Europa League in Simeone’s first season in charge in 2012 set the platform to win La Liga two years later, and he hopes recreating that winning feeling will spark another era of success.“Being a champion is different and the best teams in the world get stronger because of it,” he added.“It gave us the conviction and certainty that we were on the right road. Then the other titles came: Copa del Rey, La Liga, Spanish and European Super Cups, the two lost (Champions League) finals.“Now it has been a while since we won a trophy, but we keep trying.”Wenger also enjoyed great success in his first decade in charge of Arsenal, winning three Premier League titles.However, despite growing frustration from Arsenal fans over their inability to compete for the Premier League or Champions League in recent seasons, Simeone was glowing in his praise for Wenger’s durability.“I have admiration for a great professional. To be able stay so long at such a big club he had to reinvent himself.“I still think of myself as a young coach. I try to observe, learn and admire (his work). Coaches are always open (to criticism) and the place he has held in world football is marvellous.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa – fit to face Arsenal on Thursday © AFP / Ben STANSALLLON DON, United Kingdom, Apr 25 – Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone confirmed Diego Costa will be fit to resume his rivalry with Arsenal in a Europa League semi-final, first leg on Thursday of huge significance for the English side.Arsenal are hoping to bid farewell to outgoing manager Arsene Wenger after 22 years in charge by winning the Frenchman’s first European trophy, and securing qualification for next season’s Champions League in the process.last_img read more

Top minds to guide SA’s growth

first_imgSouth African Deputy President KgalemaMotlanthe, President Jacobd Zuma andTrevor Manuel, the chair of the newNational Planning Commission, at theappointment ceremony of commissionmembers in Pretoria on 30 April.(Image: The Presidency)MEDIA CONTACTS• Vincent MagwenyaPresidential spokesperson+27 72 715 0024RELATED ARTICLES• Zuma restructures SA cabinet• Full text of cabinet appointment• Team SA punts country at Davos• Government in South AfricaBongani NkosiSouth Africa’s new National Planning Commission, tasked with guiding government decisions on the country’s future growth, boasts leading experts from a range of diverse sectors, putting it in a better position “to change the way government works”, President Jacob Zuma said when announcing the panel.The commission is tasked with producing a long-term development plan and development vision strategy for the country, which would shape government’s policies.Zuma announced the appointment of the 25 commission members, who will work with Minister in the Presidency for National Planning Trevor Manuel, at a ceremony in Pretoria on 30 April. “Members of the commission represent various areas of expertise and reflect a diversity of experiences and perspectives,” he said. “These individuals bring a broad range of expertise to the work of the commission.”Manuel chairs the commission, with top businessman and politician Cyril Ramaphosa as his deputy. The panel includes experts from sectors such as finance, telecommunications, biotechnology, rural development, governance, energy, education, health, food security and climate change.Other key members of the commission, appointed from a list of 1 280 candidates, include former government policy maker Joel Netshitendze, former chairperson of Eskom Bobby Godsell, vice-chancellor and principal of the University of KwaZulu-Natal Professor Malegapuru Makgoba and Jerry Vilakazi, CEO of Business Unity South Africa.The commission will work with a full-time secretariat, based in the Presidency, to lead research “on a range of issues that impact on our long term development”, Zuma said. It will produce “well-researched, evidence-based” reports on sectors such as water security, climate change, food security, energy security, infrastructure planning, human resource development, defence and security, structuring the economy, spatial planning and demographic trends.“The Commission is asked to take an independent, cross-cutting, critical and long term view of these issues,” said Zuma.Their research will focus on all three spheres of the country’s government – national and provincial government, and local municipalities.The secretariat, yet to be set up, will work with key think-tank institutions such as the Human Sciences Research Council, the Development Bank of Southern Africa, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, universities and other research institutions.“This exercise will enable us to make government’s policies and plans more coherent and focused on achieving the type of society that we all envisage,” the president said.Zuma’s administration first announced the National Planning Commission in 2009 when it named its cabinet. Manuel, the former treasury minister, was appointed to head it and will report the commission’s proposals to cabinet.The administration seeks to “do things differently and would work consistently to change the way government works, in order to improve service delivery”, Zuma said.The first meeting of the commission is set for 10 and 11 May.The planning commission is critical in helping South Africa achieve its Vision 2025, the government has said. The programme will be “an articulation of the type of society all South Africans would want to see in about 15 year’s time”, according to the commissions green paper, crafted by Manuel.Vision 2025 addresses pressing issues such as the reduction of poverty, unemployment rate, HIV/Aids infection rate and growth rate, among others. The aim is to achieve higher improvement of living conditions in South Africa by 2015.The 25 members of the National Planning Commission are:Trevor Manuel (chair)Cyril Ramaphosa (deputy chair)Bobby GodsellElias MasilelaJerry VilakaziNoluthando GosaJennifer MolwantwaMike MullerMariam AltmanChris MalikaneVivienne TaylorMarcus BalintuloVuyokazi MahlatiMalekgapuru MakgobaJoel NetshitenzheAnton EberhardBridgette GasaThandabantu GobaPhillip HarrisonIhron RensburgJerry CoovadiaKarl von HoldtMohammed KaraanTasneem EssopPascal MoloiVincent Maphailast_img read more

Sheep industry leaders discuss priorities with USDA

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. lamb could be flowing into Japan by this summer. That was one of the top announcements received by the more than 50 American Sheep Industry Association attendees from 17 states who arrived in Washington, D.C., to discuss industry issues with multiple agencies at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Agricultural Research Services Associate Administrator Simon Liu, Ph.D., explained the past and current budget situation as well as gave a snapshot of the more than $1 billion intramural research agency’s staffing and scope.Steven Kappes, Ph.D., deputy administrator, discussed some research outcomes from the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station, the Animal Disease Research Unit and the Meat Animal Research Center. Highlights included the development of selection tools to identify early sexual maturity in ewe lambs; genomic tools to control Ovine Progressive Pneumonia and scrapie; an infection response gene in bighorn sheep; a new Coxiella initiative; salmonella screening for antimicrobial resistance; and easy-care sheep.The group reminded Liu and Kappes that correcting funding and staffing at USSES and staffing at MARC are critically important to provide research information and, thus, competitiveness to the U.S. sheep industry.“Welcome to your nation’s capital,” said Craig Morris, Ph.D., deputy director for Agricultural Marketing Service’s Livestock, Poultry and Seed Program. In a progress report to industry leaders, Morris updated the room on the American Lamb Board, the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center, meat quality assessment, procurement, market news and mandatory price reporting.The lamb board will have four vacancies for fiscal year. Nominations are due May 16. As a result of a resignation on the 2016 board, one additional first handler position is open and nominations are due to AMS by April 15 for this position. Producers interested in being nominated can contact ASI.NSIIC has just over $1 million is reserves to grant and will soon be accepting applications in its next round of funding. The nomination period for positions on this board will be announced in April.Superior Farms is working with a company in Germany to perfect the camera that is being used in its plant for electronic grading of lamb carcasses. Mountain States Rosen is also pursuing the use of this technology.The Section 32 lamb buy moved away from purchasing just legs and roasts to buying lamb shanks for the first time in 2015 with good feedback from the recipients. The lamb program is unique from other commodity buys in that ALB places lamb recipes in with the product for the end user. Through June 15 this year, 920,000 pounds of lamb will be delivered to food banks across the country. As long as the program continues to show an advantage to the industry, it can remain as a tool in the tool-chest for producers.Livestock Mandatory Price Reporting was reauthorized in 2015 for an additional five years. AMS currently captures nearly 50 percent of all domestic lamb prices. The industry has until April 29 to comment on the direct final rule and a proposed rule that are now out for comment. Some of the highlights include: modifications of the definition of a packer and that of an importer, the definition for packer owned lambs, lambs committed for delivery and a new lamb-pelt reporting provision.Wildlife Services received an $11 million budget increase in fiscal year 2015 to fund aviation, a national training center and work on feral swine control and aquaculture protection, according to Bill Clay, WS deputy administrator.His agency is in its last year of testing new breeds of livestock protection dogs introduced from the European Union. There are 19 producers across five states using the dogs to protect 21 bans of sheep against mountain lions, coyotes, bear and wolves. The larger dogs look to be effective but the final analysis will not be available until after this grazing season.A bright spot for the WS agency was the result of an Office of the Inspector General audit. Critics of the program accused it of not engaging ranchers in the use of non-lethal protection, under-reporting predator takes and incorrectly handling and storing hazardous materials, all of which were proven inaccurate in the audit.“This was one of the most positive reports to come out of OIG,” Clay said.Anne Dawson, senior policy advisor for the Animal Division of the Foreign Agricultural Service announced to the group that if all goes as anticipated, lamb markets to Japan could be open by July or August. There will likely be an export verification program required that includes a “specified risk materials” (SRM) ban that is consistent with EU protocols.“The goal in opening the Japanese market for lamb is to get the U.S. system approved, not just one processor,” Dawson said. “And it looks like that will be the outcome.”The Taiwan market is also very close to being open and FAS is hoping the agreement will be finalized in the first half of 2016.Korea is in the early stages with the United States entertaining a questionnaire.“Every sheep producer in the United States is impacted by scrapie,” said Alan Huddleston, DVM, Associate National Scrapie Program Coordinator with USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. “Several years ago, scrapie cost sheep producers between $10 and $20 million annually in profit because of market access limitations.”Key elements to the scrapie eradication program that have helped in its success are the provision of free ear tags to build compliance and the creation of a slaughter surveillance program where 40,000 to 45,000 animals are tested each year.With a flat budget in fiscal year 2017, it will be difficult to reach all the corners of the industry for surveillance and eradicate scrapie in a timely manner.“Therefore, I would suggest increased identification to assist with surveillance to reduce prevalence as the way to identify the last remaining cases of scrapie and be able to eventually certify the United States as scrapie free,” Huddleston said.last_img read more

Salesforce.com offers SOA as SaaS

first_imgLate in May Salesforce.com announced their offering of a new product, Salesforce SOA. It is being offered as part of its new platform and development language called Apex. Salesforce has positioned their Apex-based SOA solution as being much simpler and less expensive than traditional web services integration. Any Apex application will immediately be able to be used as an SOA component.Salesforce hopes that by combining SOA with SaaS that they can create a new class of application that can be easily mixed and matched with complementary applications running within the Salesforce infrastructure. They hope to provide developers and business analysts with powerful tools for easily creating new business processes and applications.Salesforce will now host SOA-based business processes that can be created and used on-demand. The new model promises to encourage reuse and sharability. And Salesforce’s on-demand platform will ensure scalability and agility.Salesforce SOA will enable:– Integration. Make it easy to consume any existing web service, such as from billing, inventory or order entry systems.– Access to both Internal and External Systems. This includes internal systems like those of Oracle Financials or SAP as well as external systems like FedEx or Hoovers.While the combination of SaaS with SOA is compelling, Salesforce will have a difficult task in convincing enterprises to shed much of their existing infrastructure in favor of a much leaner one, but one where the enterprise may not have as much control.last_img read more

Upping the Rant-y: Blogged adds Live Chat to the News

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#start#startups Whether you’re riffing on the latest celebrity gossip or ranting about local politics, Blogged lets you add your two cents to today’s hottest news posts. As of this morning, the conversation tracking service is offering another level of news-related discussion through its live chat feature. In addition to aggregating topical blog posts and real-time blog comments, Blogged lets you find your online friends and create article-specific or topic-specific chat boxes. If you’re like me and you have a knack for putting your foot in your mouth, this chat feature helps ensure that your buffoonery is kept amongst your inner circle. Last month ReadWriteWeb covered Blogged’s transition from a blogging directory to a social news service. The company shifted its focus to facilitate discussion on news-related blog posts. While Blogged’s site, Facebook application and widget allow for public conversations and trackbacks, today’s live chat release is more discrete. Rather than immortalizing and publicly broadcasting sensitive conversations, this feature keeps political commentary and snide comments in the shadows. In addition to the chat feature, the company also offers users the opportunity to retweet their posts and embed Blogged services into their own sites. By embedding the Blogged code, users eliminate the need to repost information. The service syncs and refreshes all of your posts and comments from the Facebook application, widgets and Blogged site in real-time. The new Blogged service is best described as one part news feed, one part Echo conversation aggregator and one part Google Wave. To check out the service visit blogged.com or try the Blogged Facebook application. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dana oshiro 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

5 Tips for Reaching Your Crowdfunding Goal

first_imgTrying to raise funds on Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Seed & Spark, or other crowdfunding sites? Here are five tips to help you reach your goal.All images via Shutterstock Crowdfunding isn’t a new topic here. We’ve talked about cool Kickstarter campaigns for videographers and photographers, as well as some tips on ways not to crowdfund projects. In this quick guide, we’re offering some tips that have stemmed from readers reaching out to us with questions. Here are five ways to successfully crowdfund a project.1. Prove the Value of Your ProjectThe only way you will reach your goal is to convince viewers that you have a project or product worth investing in. Just because you think — this will be fun — isn’t going to cut it. Everything comes down to the final product. The more information you can share, the better. Show off your research, the need for your project, how you are different from the competition, or how your campaign is unlike any other.2. Set Realistic Goals If your first approach to a fundraising campaign is to make every single dollar you need in the campaign, you are setting yourself up for failure. Before you even create a crowdfunding page, you should do your due diligence in research and preparation. Create a budget that covers costs to complete your project.Speaking from my experience, my campaign succeeded because I had already done a ton of work. I had planned to raise the funds to create a documentary film, and I was already filming before raising a single dollar. I filmed a proof of concept mini-doc for the campaign. I had already filmed days worth of footage, and the money raised would help me continue shooting.My budget included the costs for additional equipment needed, and the cost of services for other artists, musicians, and crew to work on the project. Finally, I took into account the cost for festival submissions, distribution, and delivery. I set the budget as low as possible so that I could at least make the feature-length film; any additional money raised would go on to help fund other needs. The money we raised wound up being less than 1/3 of the entire cost — but I was able to complete the film.3. Make Your Video Quick to the PointThere are countless crowdfunding videos, but all the most successful videos are quick to the point. In your video, be sure to explain your concept right away — otherwise you risk losing your audience’s attention. Get your message across fast, but be sure to be as clear and concise as you can. Note that I said quick to the point, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to have a short video. Sure, shorter is better — but if you need to spend more time explaining some intricate details or a production timeline, the more info you share, the better.4. License Your Music While on the topic of videos, be sure to license your music tracks. That is emphasized a lot on this site, but getting a copyright takedown for a fundraising video is a good way to not only miss your goal — but to lose money in fines. You can get great royalty free tracks right here on PremiumBeat that are perfect for crowdfunding videos. You can also check out other places like Shutterstock Music or any of the other options available. I’d much rather emphasize that you license music, no matter where you end up getting your tracks from.5. Big Prizes and Gifts Will Cancel out the Money You Raise This is one of the biggest mistakes so many campaigns make. Offering extraordinary prizes will do nothing but hurt you in the long run. Sure, it may be cool to have a hoodie or t-shirt — but these types of items cost a lot to make. That’s not even the worst part. After you’ve spent a ton making the prizes, you will have to individually ship them to all your contributors. Shipping may cost more than you even raised in the first place! There is nothing wrong with offering hand written thank you notes, stickers, or credits. Don’t hurt your campaign with frivolous fluff.Have you run a successful campaign? Any other tips to offer? Sound off in the comments below.last_img read more

16 get life imprisonment in two cases in Odisha

first_imgSixteen persons were awarded life imprisonment in two different cases — the killing of a youth over past enmity in Bhubaneswar in 2012, and the murder of six members of a family in connection with witch-hunting in the Keonjhar district in 2015.Sandeep Nanda, an MBA graduate, picked up a quarrel with a vegetable vendor in the Ghatikia area in 2012. The squabble took an ugly turn when in no time several people gathered and attacked the youth. Past enmity was said to be the prime reason behind the murderous attack. Nanda later succumbed to injuries.“Based on the complaint of Dillip Kumar Nanda, father of the deceased, police conducted an investigation and arrested several accused. As many as 18 witnesses deposed during the murder trial from prosecution’s side, while 27 appeared for convicts’ side,” said Suresh Kumar Barik, public prosecutor, on Thursday.Witness testimoniesBasing on the witnesses’ account, Satyaranjan Pradhan, Additional District Judge-4, sentenced 10 persons to life imprisonment. All ten life convicts belonged to the Ghatikia area of Bhubaneswar, said Mr. Barik.Similarly, Dolagobinda Barik, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Champua, on Thursday directed six persons to undergo rigorous imprisonment for life after convicting them in the killing of six persons of a family in the Lahanda village under the Joda Police Station in 2015. Two members survived the attack and their testimonies proved crucial in the murder trial.Another murder accused in the case Pandiri Munda, a woman, was sentenced to undergo imprisonment for three years and six months. The convicts had attacked the family, suspecting them to be involved in witchcraft.last_img read more

South Koreans shun Japanese beer travel cars as dispute grows

first_imgBundang: When Lee Kyung Eon and her friend recently scrapped plans to go to Japan for summer vacation, they paid a 135 penalty for canceling their plane tickets, joining a growing campaign in South Korea to boycott Japanese goods and services. “We intended to do something that doesn’t help Japan, even (it’s only) a little thing,” said Lee, a 26-year-old office worker in Bundang city, just south of Seoul. “Many people told us we did something really good.” A widespread anti-Japan boycott has gained ground in South Korea since Tokyo on July 1 tightened control of exports of three chemicals used to manufacture semiconductors and display screens key export items for South Korea. The boycott could worsen as Japan is expected to expand its export curbs to other materials as early as Friday by removing South Korea from a list of countries granted preferential trade status. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThere have been anti-Japanese rallies in South Korea over the Japanese trade curbs, but none has yet turned violent. Two men in their 70s have set themselves on fire in an apparent protest against Japan. One died and the other, who set himself ablaze on Thursday, remained in critical condition. South Korea accuses Japan of retaliating over local court rulings last year that ordered two Japanese companies to pay compensation to former Korean employees for forced labor during Tokyo’s 1910-45 colonization of the Korean Peninsula. Japan has denied that, saying its action was taken out of national security concerns. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostSome question whether the boycott, mostly targeting consumer goods, can really hurt the Japanese economy as a majority of Japanese imports are parts and materials used in TVs, smartphones, semiconductors and other electronic products that South Korea exports. They worry the boycott could only aggravate the animosities as it may trigger a backlash from Japan. But others say the campaign exposes the bitter resentments many South Koreans still harbor against their former colonial ruler. A recent survey suggested 80% of South Koreans are reluctant to buy Japanese products. Angry South Koreans have taken to Instagram and other social media, posting videos on their canceled Japan-bound plane tickets, sharing information on which Japanese companies operate in South Korea and expressing their support for the boycott. There have been some consequences. HanaTour, the largest travel company in South Korea, said a daily number of reservations for Japan trips has dropped to about 400-500 from 1,000-1,200 late last month. Other tour agencies have reported similar or lower booking figures for Japan tours. Last year, about 7.5 million South Koreans visited Japan, making it the most popular destination. The state-run Korea Tourism Organization said it has no data on how many South Koreans traveled to Japan this month. At hypermarkets and 24-hour convenience stores, the sales of Japanese beer have nosedived. Beer is the most popular among Japanese products. For example, at E-mart, the largest retailer in South Korea, the sales of Japanese beer from July 1-24 declined by about 38% from a month ago.last_img read more

Creative BC Supports International Growth of Local Film Television Creators

first_img Facebook “British Columbia has established itself as the destination of choice for incoming international film and TV production,” said Prem Gill, CEO, Creative BC. “Likewise, it is essential for us to provide our own BC-based producers,directors and creators the means to leverage their expertise internationally and develop our external networks.”The Project Development Fund provides non-recoupable advances for BC-based production companies to develop film, television or digital media content. While the current Fund typically covers approximately 50per cent of the broadcaster and third-party commitment, co-development funding for The Gulliver Curse will explore opportunities as a pilot with a funding cap of $30,000 (matched by the Irish Film Board).“Ambitious, international co-productions are a key part of Omnifilm’s export-driven development strategy,” confirms Omnifilm partner Brian Hamilton. “We are tremendously excited to be working with this talented team to develop The Gulliver Curse as a high-budget, character-driven action-adventure series which will resonate worldwide.”The Gulliver Curse is an action adventure series based on the novel by Jonathan Swift, and follows Gulliver Sympson who opens a passageway to an alternate universe, bringing strange and supernatural perils into the world. The series will be filmed in Ireland, while visual effects and post-production will be completed in B.C. Login/Register With: About the Project Development FundThe Project Development Fund provides non-recoupable advances to BC based production companies who meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the Program Guidelines. The funds advanced must be used to develop film, television or digital media content which a broadcaster, distributor orother eligible triggering agent has committed, in writing, to advance cash for the current phase of development.About Creative BCCreative BC is an independent agency created and supported by the Province of BC to sustain and help grow BC’s creative sector (film and television, digital and interactive media, music, and magazine and book publishing industries). The agency delivers a wide range of programs and services to expand BC’s creative economy. These include the administration of the provincial government’s tax credit programs for film and television; development funding and export marketing support; and motion picture production services to attract inward investment and market BC as a destination for domestic and international production. The agency acts as an industry catalyst and ambassador to help BC’s creative sector reach its economic and creative potential both at home and globally.Stay up to date with initiatives from Creative BC.Twitter: @creativebcsFacebook: /creativebcsInstagram: @creativebcsWebsite: www.creativebc.comAbout OmnifilmOmnifilm Entertainment is a leading independent Canadian content company. Since 1979 Omnifilm has produced and distributed hundreds of hours of award-winning programming including drama, comedy, factual and lifestyle series, documentaries, and children’s programming. Current productions include: Season 2 of live-action adventure series MECH-X4 for Disney XD, Wild Bear Rescue for Animal Planet, and Season 3 of Jade Fever for Discovery Canada. Omnifilm’s recent scripted series include: Arctic Air (CBC); Primeval: New World (CTV/Space, SyFy Channel, ProSieben, and UKTV); Defying Gravity (ABC, CTV-Space, ProSieben, and BBC); Dragon Boys (CBC); and Robson Arms (CTV). One of Omnifilm’s earliest dramas, the Emmy-nominated Odyssey, featured a young Ryan Reynolds in one of his first starring roles. On the non-scripted side, multiple award-winning documentary series Ice Pilots NWT is currently airing on History Canada, Discovery UK, and in 61 other countries worldwide. Based in Vancouver, Omnifilm Entertainment is a vertically-integrated content company handling development, production and post-production, delivery, and distribution of its brands on both traditional television and digital/VOD platforms.About SuboticaSubotica is one of Ireland’s leading film and TV production companies, with a proven track record of collaborating with industry best including Oscar and Bafta winners to create acclaimed international cinema. Subotica’s most recent productions include Unless (Alan Gilsenan, 2015) starring Catherine Keener and well received at TIFF this year, the beautiful Danish co-production Across the Waters (Nicolo Donato, 2015) All is by My Side (John Ridley, 2013) starring Andre Benjamin and Imogen Poots; Gold (Niall Heery, 2013) starring Maisie Williams; Young Ones (Jake Paltrow, 2013), starring Nicholas Hoult, and Elle Fanning and period feature Miss Julie (Liv Ullmann, 2014) which stars Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton. Operating since 1998, Subotica’s TV repertoire includes the eight-part TV Drama Random Passage (John Smith, 2001). They produced TV drama Proof (Ciaran Donnelly, 2004) which was recommissioned by RTE to produce a second series (Thaddeus O’Sullivan, 2005). Damage (Aisling Walsh, 2007) is a two hour TV drama for RTE starring Natalie Press and Olivia Williams, which also screened to excellent ratings and critical acclaim.About Veritas EntertainmentVeritas Entertainment is a production company founded by Alan Gasmer and Peter Jaysen. The company has a robust slate of projects in various stages of development and pre-production which include the upcoming television adaptation of Tana French’sbest selling novels about the “Dublin Murder Squad” written by Sarah Phelps and being co-produced in conjunction with Fremantle UK for both TNT and the BBC. Jaysen and Gasmer are also executive producing television adaptations of best-selling novels such as Ray Bradbury’s groundbreaking Fahrenheit 451 for HBO Films with Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes) attached to write and direct, Ray Bradbury’s classic The Martian Chronicles with Hart Hanson (Bones) attached to write/showrun for IMG, Kevin Roose’s gripping expose of the “post crash” Wall Street in Young Money with Amitabh Klemm attached to write for TNT, and Michael Hassan’s buzzed about debut novel Crash and Burn with Aaron Zelman attached to write for Sony Television and Hulu. Advertisement The script development will be partially funded through Creative BC’s Project Development Fund, with writing duties handled by Simon Barry based on an original script by Stephen de Souza, and co-developed by Omnifilm Entertainment (Vancouver) and Subotica Entertainment (Dublin) in association with Veritas Entertainment. Executive Producers on the project include writer/showrunner Simon Barry (Continuum), Alan Gasmer (Vikings), Peter Jaysen (You, Me, Her), Paulo de Oliveira (Outlander), Tristan Orpen Lynch (Miss Julie) and Brian Hamilton (Mech-X4).“Funding for this co-production was established because of a trade mission to Ireland in November 2015,” said Robert Wong, Vice President, Creative BC and acting BC Film Commissioner. “While Creative BC actively fosters international opportunities for BC companies, The Gulliver Curse will be one of the first co-development projects to receive program funding, acting as a pilot for other agency-to-agency agreements.”Through this pilot, Creative BC will evaluate co-development success during subsequent filming and post-production phases of the series. Based on results of this investment made through a broader funding program called the Project Development Fund, Creative BC may establish a tailored co-production program that focuses its funding on global collaborations. This would make the international fund the first of its kind in Western Canada.center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

For tailors and quilters in the NWT theres only one person to

first_imgRoger Fraser, known as the Stitchin’ Gwich’in”, is hard at work on one of his machines. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTNCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN News SundayThe needle darts up and down with polished precision, but the reverse on the machine glitches.Luckily for these avid sewers and quilters of the Northwest Territories, the “Stitichin’ Gwich’in,” is but a phone call away.Roger Fraser of Yellowknife, better known as the “Stitchin’ Gwich’in” is the only one in the territory that repairs broken sewing machines.After spending years sending his wife Karen Fraser, a talented seamstress and traditional wear maker’s machine down south for service, they decided to get their certification as technicians.The two travelled down to Austin, Texas to take the course.The Stitchin’ Gwich’in is only a year-and-a-half into his repairs, but already business is booming.Fraser prides himself on being thorough when it comes to repairs, especially when he is without a manual for a machine.“To do a good jobs you have to do a good two hours. Other technicians could repair in an hour but I am still learning,” he said.When the winter roads are open, Fraser has serviced upwards of four machines in a day.His most valued tool of the trade – a cotton swab.“The most common problems are with the needle and the hook. If that’s out of whack you are going to skip stitches or it won’t sew at all.”For machines that are routinely used, Fraser recommends having them serviced once a year as most machines need to have a deep-clean from fabric particles and dust and a top-up on grease.For the next project, a 1930’s Swinger from Inuvik is placed on the workbench. It’s older machines such as this that give him some grief, but not because of the fix.“Waiting for parts and finding parts for the older hand crank machines is difficult,” he says. “I go on eBay and have a sewing supplier located in Toronto they give me parts but you have to order $150 worth of parts so I either have to wait until I need parts or guess what I will need in the future.”The parts are inexpensive, and before the business opened for northerners to ship their machines down south was greater than the cost to have the machines serviced.Stitchin’ Gwich’in says he has received nothing but positive feedback from customers.Like Marilyn McGurran, who co-owns a quilting company in Yellowknife.McGurran relies on her long-arm machine to sew up quilts from N.W.T. communities, saving clients a few hundred dollars by staying in the north.She stresses the importance of sewing in the territory.“You have six months of winter and sewing is big up here. There are a lot of talented people up here who like to create.”Marilyn McGurran works away on a quilt. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTNBut when a spring on her $10,000 machine broke she turned to the Stitchin’ Gwich’in.“He said I don’t know how to fix that machine. I have never touched one or worked on one. I said that’s okay I know you can fix it.”Fraser told APTN he hopes to work with local governments to set up public repair workshops in all five N.W.T. communities.Until then the Stitchin’ Gwich’in will keep the thread a’ twitchin’.cmorrittjacobs@aptn.ca@aptncharlottelast_img read more