Creative Inspiration: Directors on Directing

first_imgLearn how to be a better filmmaker by learning from world class directors.  In this post, we’ve rounded up some of the best wisdom from Hollywood legends.The director should know everyone’s job well enough to draw the best out of them, creating beautiful moving harmonies. That makes the seamless collaboration of hundreds of creative people’s diverse efforts into one piece of powerful cinematic punch sound simple, doesn’t it?Directors need, focus, vision, leadership and an ever-growing encyclopedic knowledge of film’s magical mixing of artistic and technical methods. Learning from directors is a short cut to learning a lot in a little time.  These great resources will help you become a better filmmaker by learning from some of the best known, and a few ‘unknown’, directors around.The Importance of Visual Literacy with Martin Scorcese Martin Scorcese is probably the granddaddy of directors around today (other than Spielberg) who have a deep knowledge of cinema.  In this video he talks about the importance of ‘visual literacy’ – developing a vocabulary of cinematic methods and technique.  One example of this would be knowing the effect different lenses have on the image and thus the story.Flavorwire also has a great article featuring 20 filmmakers on why they make movies, in which Scorcese headlines.“Movies touch our hearts and awaken our vision, and change the way we see things. They take us to other places, they open doors and minds. Movies are the memories of our lifetime, we need to keep them alive.”Filmmaking Tips from Peter JacksonPeter Jackson is one of those select directors in the world today who can write their own ticket for any project.  He has the immense power and resources needed to make any film he wants. Film School Rejects has a good blog post pulling together 6 filmmaking tips from the entire span of Jackson’s career – starting with accidentally creating his first feature film Bad Taste all the way through spending nearly a decade on The Lord of The Rings trilogy. There are some great lessons to be learned from one of the most ‘inclusive’ directors around so def check out that post.Boyle & Aronofsky on DirectingIts not often that you get to see two such diverse filmmakers as Danny Boyle and Darren Aronofsky sat together talking about their craft and what it’s like to direct hollywood feature films…but here is one of those opportunities. Danny Boyle had just finished the hugely successful Slumdog Millionaire and Aronofsky the twice Oscar nominated The Wrestler when they sat down to interview each other. Check out part one below and here’s a link to all seven parts of their 30 minute interview.5 Essential Lessons from a First Time DirectorJake Oelman has a great blog post on the 5 most important lessons for directors, based on his experiences while directing his first feature film Dear Sidewalk.  These are great reminders of some of the essential things to get right at the start such as doubling your prep time and editing while you shoot.For a lot of filmmakers, not just first timers, doubling your prep time may seem like an unrealistic request, a dream if you will, but man is it necessary. Prepping is the life blood of your material. Without it the chances of your film falling off the tracks or even worse, is greatly increased.6 Ways Director’s Can Ruin The EditEditors do tend to have the luxury of hindsight, but it is one of the best places to learn if you pay attention.  The Raindance Film Festival has a great post on 6 ways the director can screw the editor through a list of  crimes that are all to familiar. Simple things like calling ‘cut’ a bit later, starting moving shots while moving (not static) and making sure your continuity is in order, can reduce hours of heartache and hard work in the edit. Great lessons for all directors to learn!last_img read more

30 July 2018: When final draft of NRC was released

first_imgLeft out: The final draft of the Supreme-Court monitored exercise to compile the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam was released on Monday, with 40,07,707 persons finding out that their names had been left out. There were 3.29 crore applicants. The fallout of the exercise against illegal immigration sparked uncertainty about the future of those whose names were not on the list. Home Minister Rajnath Singh told Parliament that there was no need to panic and those missing from the draft list could re-submit their papers. “Some people are unnecessarily trying to create an atmosphere of fear,” he said. “I want to assure all that there is no need for any apprehension or fear.” To be recognised as citizens, all residents of Assam had to produce documents proving that they or their families lived in India before March 24, 1971. Pictures show villagers in Morigaon trying to find out whether or not their names are on the draft list. Picture show villagers in Morigaon trying to find out whether or not their names are on the draft list.last_img read more

D-League: Pasaol still feeling his way with new team

first_imgAsian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues “The skills of the players here are already at a higher level,” said Pasaol, who has teamed up with former UAAP rivals Abu Tratter and Vince Tolentino here in Marinerong Pilipino. “I’m not rushing, though, as I know I’ll slowly accept my game in the D-League.”He believes, however, that he’ll eventually find his way in Banal’s rotation sooner or later, just in time for the Skippers’ tougher foes ahead.“Hopefully, I find my groove so that everyone can see the Alvin Pasaol they’ve come to know. I trust coach Koy with our campaign here and I hope I can contribute more in the future,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Austria says ‘racial slur’ provoked Ross; Guiao denies using N-word 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraqcenter_img Read Next “He was just with us since January 2 and he’s pretty much still learning our system. It’s a good thing that Alvin was able to deliver for us during those crucial stretches,” said Marinero coach Koy Banal.Pasaol finishedHis contributions may have been scarce in his first game in the developmental league, but Marinerong Pilipino did enough to eke out a 94-92 win over Zark’s Burger-Lyceum on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPasaol, though, has no qualms with the way he was used, admitting that he’s still finding his niche in the Skippers rotation.“I’m still feeling my way. I just came to the team when the year turned and I still haven’t fully learned their system. But I’m excited to play here in the D-League and for coach Koy,” said Pasaol in Filipino. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PBA IMAGESAlvin Pasaol had to wait a little longer before he got to make his debut for Marinerong Pilipino in the PBA D-League.He was fielded in at the 6:16 mark of the third period, but made most of his limited time on the floor with four points, two rebounds, a steal, and a block in his almost six minutes of action.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

PM Modi has made yoga international: Goel

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 21 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made yoga international with 180 countries, including Pakistan celebrating it, Union Minister Vijay Goel said today.While there are no reports of mass participation in International Yoga Day celebrations in Pakistan, the Indian High Commission there had organised a yoga camp that was attended by the diplomatic community.”Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made yoga international. Not only is the day being celebrated across India but 180 countries across the world are celebrating the occasion.”I had also heard that Pakistan is also observing Yoga Day and this is our big achievement,” the Sports Minister said.Goel made these comments at an event where he was present along with other dignitaries, including NDAs presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind and Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal early this morning at a yoga event in Connaught Place. PTI SLB RCJlast_img read more

Greek Cup Final to Limit Fans over Crowd Violence Fears

first_imgATHENS (AP) — The Greek Cup final between champion PAOK Thessaloniki and AEK Athens on Saturday will be played in front of a limited number of invited fans due to fears of crowd violence.No tickets will be sold for the match at the Olympic Stadium in Athens and Sports Minister Giorgos Vassiliadis said Monday’s decision follows police information that fans of both teams — and of other teams — were planning trouble on the sidelines.PAOK and AEK have met in the past two finals with the 2017 game marred by extensive clashes in the stands.Violence still plagues Greek soccer, despite repeated pledges by successive governments to impose order.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

2nd ODI: Pace battery helps Australia end their longest losing streak in ODIs

first_imgAustralia registered its first ODI victory in 287 days as they beat South Africa by 7 runs in a thrilling encounter at the Adelaide Oval to level the three-match series 1-1.Chasing 232 for victory, the Proteas rode on David Miller’s half-century and captain Faf du Plessis’ patient knock to come close to the target but eventually fell short and were restricted to 224 for 9 in 50 overs.Miller top-scored with 51 runs while du Plessis made 47 but it was the collective failure of the rest of the batsmen which proved to be the downfall for South Africa in the 2nd ODI.Australia vs South Africa 2nd ODI in Adelaide: HighlightsFor the Aussies, all-rounder Marcus Stoinis was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 for 35 while paceman Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood caused the early damage, picking up 2 wickets each. Pat Cummins also managed to grab a wicket.The win helped Australia end its 7-match losing streak, which was their longest in one-day international cricket. South Africa had won the first match of the series by 6 wickets at Perth earlier this week.Australia not playing the Australian way, ready to help: Shane WarneThe South Africans slipped to 68 for 4 inside 15 overs before Miller and du Plessis fought back.They put the chase on pace with a game-high 74-run partnership before du Plessis hit his stumps from Cummins’ bowling. The South Africa captain’s departure started a slide of 60 for 5.”I thought we defended our total well, and it keeps the series alive,” man-of-the-match Finch said. “We needed our pacers to come through. We knew we had to bowl them out to win, we just had to keep rolling the dice.”advertisementDu Plessis said Australia put continuous pressure on his side.”We lost wickets up front, we needed one more batter to come up. We need to refocus for Sunday,” du Plessis said.Finch’s side will now head to Sunday’s decider in Hobart buoyed by Australia’s first win in the short format since January and having delivered some badly needed cheer for the struggling cricket nation.Earlier, the Proteas produced yet another impressive performance with the ball as they bowled Australia out for 231 after electing to bowl first.Aaron Finch says Cricket Australia controversy distracting playersThe Australians were all out in 48.3 overs – the seventh time in their past eight one-day internationals they have failed to bat out their allotted overs.Wicket-keeper Alex Carey top-scored for the hosts with 47 runs while Chris Lynn (44) and Finch (41) made useful contributions but the rest managed a combined total of 88 runs.Kagiso Rabada ran through the Aussie batting lineup picking up 4 wickets for 54 runs while Dwaine Pretorious got three wickets for 32 runs. Dale Steyn grabbed two wickets and Lungi Ngidi managed one.Brief scores: Australia (231) beat South Africa (224/9) by 7 runs to level 3-match series 1-1. Miller (51), Stoinis (3/35), Hazlewood (2/42).last_img read more

ESPN’s Desmond Howard Updates His Urban Meyer Prediction

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The future of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer remains unclear, as the Buckeyes’ leader has been on paid administrative leave for more than two weeks, but the school’s investigation appears to be wrapping up.Ohio State announced on Sunday, Aug. 5 that its investigation into Meyer and the handling of domestic violence accusations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith would be completed in two weeks. We’re approaching that deadline.College football analysts continue to update their predictions for the future of Meyer in Columbus.ESPN College GameDay analyst Desmond Howard has said from the beginning that he didn’t expect Meyer to lose his job.Howard was recently asked to update his Urban Meyer prediction. Has he changed his mind?Nope.From AL.com:On the ongoing controversy at Ohio State, where head coach Urban Meyer is currently on administrative leave:“I can’t tell you what the right move is, but I just think that he will coach (in 2018). When the news first came out, everybody said he was done, he was fired. There’s no way he could survive. I was like ‘just watch it play out. He will coach.’”There you go.Ohio State is set to open its season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.last_img read more

Two-Sport High School Star Announces Major Commitment

first_imgA general view of an Oklahoma Sooners football game.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: The Oklahoma Sooners and West Virginia Mountaineers in between plays at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)A two-sport high school star recruit has announced his commitment.Cade Horton, a baseball-football star out of Norman High School in Oklahoma, will be staying home for college.The star quarterback/shortstop announced his commitment to Oklahoma.Horton will be playing both football and baseball for the Sooners.“Excited to announce that I have committed to The University Oklahoma to play both baseball and football!” he announced.Excited to announce that I have committed to The University Oklahoma to play both baseball and football! #BOOMER pic.twitter.com/H9eEqaedNj— Cade Horton (@cadehorton14) January 15, 2019Horton had been committed to play baseball at Ole Miss, which boasts one of the country’s top programs.Norman High’s Cade Horton (@cadehorton14) commits to Oklahoma for football, baseball. https://t.co/rHP0ydTIkf | #Sooners #okpreps pic.twitter.com/VxgmnRfwuE— Tyler Palmateer (@Tpalmateer83) January 15, 2019The shortstop/quarterback met with Lincoln Riley before the fall, though, and was told he could play both sports at OU.From newsok.com:He was sitting across from University of Oklahoma football coach Lincoln Riley learning he has the chance to join the football team should he accept a scholarship offer from the baseball team. He could become the Sooners’ next Kyler Murray or Cody Thomas, quarterbacks and baseball stars.“It’s a weird feeling looking up to them and being compared to them,” Horton said during a break Monday in Norman’s first practice of the fall. “It’s a good feeling. I don’t know. It’s weird, to be honest.”Horton has embraced the opportunity, though for the time being he remains committed to Ole Miss.Horton is committed to Ole Miss no longer. He’ll be playing for the Sooners.last_img read more

Matthew Baldwin Has A Message For Ohio State Fans

first_imgOhio State Buckeye fans doing the "O-H-I-O" chant.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Earlier Thursday afternoon, reports emerged suggesting former four-star quarterback recruit Matthew Baldwin planned to enter the transfer portal.After a battle with former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields for the starting quarterback role, it looks like Baldwin is set to take his talents elsewhere.In the hours following the news, Baldwin took to Twitter to confirm he’s leaving the program.Baldwin had a classy message for Ohio State’s coaches, training staff and Buckeyes fans.“Thank you Buckeye Nation for all the memories and support. I appreciate what this experience has taught me and consider my time here as a blessing. I’m looking forward to my next step in life and I wish the best for each of you,” Baldwin said in a statement.pic.twitter.com/SekgqQlPTo— Matthew Baldwin (@matthewb_12) April 19, 2019Baldwin is the latest quarterback to make his exit from Ohio State this offseason. He played well in Ohio State’s spring game, completing 20 of his 36 pass attempts for 246 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.After Justin Fields announced his plans to transfer to play for Ryan Day, Tate Martell transferred to Miami.That leaves Fields and transfer quarterback Chris Chugunov as the quarterbacks on the roster. Chugunov transferred from West Virginia and has just two starts under his belt.last_img read more

Finance Minister Says Relationship with IMF Could End Sept. 2019

first_img Jamaica’s borrowing relationship with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) could end when the country’s US$1.6-billion Precautionary Stand-By Arrangement (PSBA) concludes in September 2019. Jamaica’s borrowing relationship with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) could end when the country’s US$1.6-billion Precautionary Stand-By Arrangement (PSBA) concludes in September 2019.Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says the Government and Fund are of the view that, barring any unforeseen circumstances, “Jamaica will be able to graduate from an IMF (borrowing arrangement) programme”.“It just requires steadfast and faithful implementation of a series of economic reforms that we have already committed to, and getting those done on time…,” the Minister said.He was speaking at Sterling Asset Management Limited’s annual investor briefing, held at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston, on Thursday (June 7).Dr. Clarke said Jamaica’s progression from a standby facility, initiated in 2010, to an Extended Fund Facility (EFF) in 2013, and the PSBA in 2016, consequent on the resulting macroeconomic out-turns, is indicative of the country “taking more ownership of its economic programme”.These indicators include net international reserves totalling approximately $3.7 billion; lowering of the debt to gross domestic product ratio from a high of over 140 per cent down to under 120 per cent; and low inflation, with the out-turn at the end of the 2017/18 fiscal year coming in at approximately 3.5 per cent, which was lower than the four to six per cent projection.The Minister noted that Jamaica recorded 13 successful reviews under the EFF, which spanned two Administrations, and was brought to “early termination” in 2016, making way for the successor PSBA.He pointed out that unlike the EFF, which entailed reviews being conducted every three months, these are conducted every six months under the PSBA.“The second big difference is that under the US$932-million EFF, the funds were actually transferred into the vaults of the Bank of Jamaica. Under this (PSBA) programme, the IMF has given us a security blanket of US$1.6 billion. That money is on standby in the event that Jamaica needs it. We have now gone a year and a half into the (PSBA) and (thankfully) we haven’t had need to draw on those resources,” Dr. Clarke Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says the Government and Fund are of the view that, barring any unforeseen circumstances, “Jamaica will be able to graduate from an IMF (borrowing arrangement) programme”. Story Highlights “It just requires steadfast and faithful implementation of a series of economic reforms that we have already committed to, and getting those done on time…,” the Minister said.last_img read more

China Shipping Bulk Carrier Hires Nine Bulkers

first_imgzoom China Shipping Bulk Carrier has entered into two charter agreements with sister companies China Shipping Haisheng and China Shipping Industry, the parent company China Shipping Development revealed in a stock exchange filing.The charter deal with Haisheng Shipping relates to six 57,000 dwt bulkers for a period of eight months.China Shipping Industry has agreed to lease three 55,000 dwt bulkers under the same terms.The value of the deal totals in USD 13.7 million (CY 85 million)The chartered bulkers are intended for employment on international and domestic trade, the filing with Shanghai Stock Exchange reads.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Historic Meeting Developing Opportunities for Nova Scotia Gaelic Community

first_imgStrengthening Gaelic language and culture will be the focus of the first meeting between the ministers responsible for Gaelic in Nova Scotia and in Scotland. Angus MacIsaac, Minister responsible for Gaelic Initiatives, will meet with Peter Peacock, Scotland’s Minister for Gaelic, during an extensive trip to Scotland, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, from Monday, Sept. 25, to Tuesday, Oct. 10. Mr. MacIsaac expects to see and experience first hand the progress and challenges of other Gaelic speaking regions in terms of language and cultural development. “Our Gaelic language and culture are precious aspects of Nova Scotia’s diverse linguistic and cultural make up,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “By focusing on the successes and learning from the experiences of others with shared language and culture, we can continue on the path to linguistic renewal, and by extension, cultural renewal, in Nova Scotia. This trip in its many components will be critical in providing important reference points that will assist us in the work ahead.” Mr. MacIsaac’s meeting with Mr. Peacock will focus on expanding the already existing memorandum of understanding between Nova Scotia and Comhairle na Gàidhealtachd (The Highland Council of Scotland) to a government-to-government agreement that would include other Scottish jurisdictions. Mr. MacIsaac said Irish language and culture is a sister to Scottish Gaelic and there is much that Nova Scotians have in common in terms of shared heritage, tradition and rural community living. “In terms of development our challenges are strikingly similar: geography, transportation of goods and services, and declining rural communities are all realities with which Irish society has had to deal,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “It is upon our commonalities that we intend to build further opportunities for exchange, focusing on the future development of educational and economic possibilities that would be of benefit to both regions.” Mr. MacIsaac’s trip to Scotland will involve visits to Ceòlas (the Gaelic music school on the Island of South Uist), Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (the Gaelic college on the Isle of Skye), Comhairle nan Sgoiltean Àraid (CNSA) (The Gaelic Preschool Assocation), Comhairle na Gàidhealtachd (The Highland Council), and Bòrd na Gàidhlig (The Gaelic Language Board of Scotland), as these organizations have connections and resonance with the Nova Scotia Gaelic community. The minister plans to reinforce Nova Scotia’s well established contact with these groups and continue discussions as to how both regions can further develop and strengthen existing arrangements.last_img read more

Nova Scotias Strengths Highlighted

first_imgNorth America’s closest shipping links to Europe and to rapidly growing parts of Asia. More than 1,400 cutting-edge information and communication technology companies. Four communities on the country’s top 10 list for best locations to do business. Those are just three of the advantages Nova Scotia has in today’s global business world, say business and government leaders travelling to Ottawa today, Oct. 16. “Nova Scotia has all the ingredients it needs to succeed in the modern global economy,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald, who will meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Tuesday afternoon to discuss such issues as the Atlantic Gateway and fiscal imbalance. “Nova Scotia Days in Ottawa (Oct. 16 and 17) gives us a chance to raise awareness of the innovative and creative things that are already being done in this province and to focus attention on how we can work with other parts of Canada to make the most of opportunities to further strengthen the country’s competitive edge.” Representatives from a number of Nova Scotia businesses are among delegates who have travelled at their own expense for meetings and speaking engagements in the nation’s capital, beginning this evening with a reception co-hosted by Premier MacDonald and U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins. On Tuesday, Premier MacDonald, Stephen Lund, CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc., and Dan MacDonald, president of InNOvaCorp, will launch the day at the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation by discussing the province’s strengths in the global knowledge-based economy. Presentations on Tuesday by Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works, Neil LeBlanc, Canada’s Consul General in Boston, and Brian Bohunicky, Transport Canada, are also expected to focus on the immediate challenges and long-term opportunities presented by Nova Scotia for North American shipping and transportation markets. “The Atlantic Gateway, Nova Scotia’s strong defence industry and aerospace ties, our cutting edge research in diverse fields like brain repair and the use of fish byproducts — these are all things we want our fellow Canadians to better understand,” said the premier. “In this global economy, Canada needs to work together to build upon its strengths. That means strategic thinking. That means looking at issues like federal-provincial fiscal imbalances from a fully informed perspective.” The premier said his lunchtime keynote address Tuesday at the Canadian Club of Ottawa will focus on the province’s ability to build upon its existing reputation for business excellence and a highly skilled, dependable workforce, while providing corporations with the added benefits of a safe and welcoming community. “Many of the Nova Scotia-based companies and groups that will be sending representatives on this trip already know that the province provides a winning combination. They know that Nova Scotia is a place that offers key business advantages plus an enviable lifestyle for their workers. Their success in today’s tough business climate is the best way to showcase everything the province is doing right. It is also an effective way to lead informed debate about the challenges that need to still be overcome and how best we can do that.” Provincial cabinet members joining the delegation for Nova Scotia Days also include: Michael Baker, Minister of Finance; Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Economic Development; Bill Dooks, Minister of Energy; Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour, and; Karen Casey, Minister of Education.last_img read more

Police Arrest Man Suspected of Decapitating Moroccan Woman in Ifrane

Rabat – On Saturday, police arrested a man suspected of decapitating a woman in Oued Ifrane in the Middle Atlas.The police arrested the suspect in Toufnit, a town in Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco.The suspect is a 38-year-old shepherd in the forests of the Atlas Mountains. He reportedly disappeared suddenly after the crime. His personal connection to the victim, if any, remains unclear. Read Also: Moroccan Authorities Find Woman’s Decapitated Body in IfraneThe body of the 24-year-old Moroccan woman was found on December 28.The woman was a divorcee, mother of a 7-year-old daughter. She was living with her parents.Authorities deployed a helicopter and sniffer dogs during the investigation. The Moroccan Royal Gendarmerie, auxiliary forces and members of the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) chased the suspect. read more

British Ambassador Wishes 2 Things Were Different in Morocco

Rabat- The British ambassador has shared about his first year in Morocco, saying he would change the driving and the litter in Morocco if he could.Charmed by the Moroccan lifestyle, Thomas Reilly, who has been ambassador to the country for one year, wrote both about the beauty and the challenges he found in Morocco.The official Facebook page of the British Embassy in Morocco shared Reilly’s essay on Thursday.Reilly recalled his first day in Morocco with his family, writing that although he had visited Morocco as a tourist before, he was aware that “the experience of a tourist is quite different to that of a resident.” An abrupt roadway welcomeUpon his arrival in Tangier after a long drive from the UK, he was greeted by a lorry that rear-ended him on the way to Rabat.He wrote: “In retrospect, that was an appropriate introduction to Moroccan roads. The driving in Morocco is fast and furious; often scary. Never dull. You need to keep your wits about you at all times.”Reilly warned that pedestrians can saunter across the road at any point, noting that one “cannot afford to lose concentration for a second” with the large number of donkeys, dogs, cats, trucks, lorries, and mopeds in Moroccan villages.The ambassador described the beauty of natural scenery as he drove to Rabat: “As we drove, I was amazed by its geographical variety – as we left the hills of the Rif behind, the amazing Atlantic coast opened up,” he wrote.He went on describing roadways, the High Atlas Mountains, and Mount Toubkal, which he climbed.“I have climbed Mount Toubkal and looked across, from that snowy, frozen height to the beautiful Atlas range; down into the infinite desert; and back towards the fecund plains around Marrakech.”Rabat’s dam ‘ruined by plastic waste’“Morocco is not perfect – what country is?” The ambassador wrote about the challenges, stating that if he could change two things about Morocco, it would be the driving and the litter.Reilly recently expressed distaste at the litter surrounding the Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah dam in Rabat through a post on his Twitter account.He wrote: “We went this morning for a walk with our dogs near the dam lake [in Rabat], a very beautiful and peaceful place…but the place was ruined by plastic waste, sandwich leftover, bottles and garbage.”“It was honestly appalling, Morocco deserves better than that!” he said.Plastic bags still a problemEnding his essay, Reilly congratulated Morocco on being a leader in banning plastic bags.“Morocco led the world in banning plastic bags and should be congratulated for that leadership, but the plastic scourge legacy (from which many countries are suffering) is more noticeable in Morocco.”Morocco launched the “zero mika” (zero plastic bags) law in July 2016, making it one of the first countries in Africa to impose a ban on plastic bags.However, plastic bags are still manufactured and sold illegally in Morocco. Authorities seized nearly 2.96 tons of banned plastic bags intended for sale in a warehouse in Tangier in March. Reilly rued the fact that the plastic bags and litter make “such a stark contrast to the outstanding natural and historical beauty of the country.” Reilly asserted that he looks forward to his second year as Ambassador to Morocco.“To continuing to build a real partnership of equals between our two countries; to sharing my experiences; and to visiting more places and learning more about this remarkable country,” Reilly concluded. read more

UN officials deeply dismayed by Saudi executions urge commuting all death sentences

“Sheik al-Nimr and a number of the other prisoners executed had been convicted following trials that raised serious concerns over the nature of the charges and the fairness of the process,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson said yesterday in a statement, also deploring violence by demonstrators against the Saudi embassy in Tehran.”The Secretary-General reiterates his strong stance against the death penalty,” it added, noting that Mr. Ban had raised the case of Sheikh al-Nimr with Saudi leaders on a number of occasions.”He points to the growing movement in the international community for the abolition of capital punishment and urges Saudi Arabia to commute all death sentences imposed in the Kingdom,” the statement noted.Mr. Ban called for calm and restraint in reaction to the execution of Sheikh Nimr and urged all regional leaders to work to avoid exacerbating sectarian tensions.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein stressed the strict requirements for carrying out the death sentence in those countries that still permitted it, including only for the most serious crimes, with a fair trial, full transparency, and the exclusion of confessions obtained under torture, when application of the death penalty is “unconscionable.”He said he was extremely concerned about the recent sharp increase in executions in Saudi Arabia, with at least 157 people put to death in 2015, compared to 90 executed in 2014, and lower numbers in previous years.“Now we see almost one-third of the 2015 total executed in a single day,” he emphasized in a statement issued today. “That is a very disturbing development indeed, particularly as some of those sentenced to death were accused of non-violent crimes,” High Commissioner Zeid pointed out. “Generally, I remain very concerned over whether strict due process guarantees, including the right to an effective defence, were met in all cases,” he added, urging the Government to impose a moratorium on all executions and to work with the UN and other partners on alternative strategies to combat terrorism.Deploring the execution of Sheikh Al-Nimr and any other individual who had not committed a crime viewed “as most serious” under international human rights law, Mr. Zeid stressed that the death penalty may only be imposed, in countries that still permit it, if a strict set of substantive and procedural requirements are met.“The category of ‘most serious crimes,’ for which the death penalty is still permissible, has been consistently interpreted by human rights mechanisms as being restricted to murder and other forms of intentional killing,” he added, noting that he wrote to the Government on Sheikh Al-Nimr’s death sentence last year.”In addition, the death penalty may only be carried out if there has been stringent respect of due process and fair trial guarantees, and full transparency throughout the process. Convictions cannot be based on confessions obtained under torture and ill-treatment, or trial proceedings that fall short of international standards,” he went on to note.”The application of the death penalty in these circumstances is unconscionable, as any miscarriage of justice as a result of capital punishment cannot be undone, and no justice system is totally free from human error,” stressed Mr. Zeid. Since 2007, the UN General Assembly has adopted a series of resolutions calling on States that retain the death penalty to establish a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty altogether. read more

Ohio State mens basketball avoids late scare survives Iowa

The Ohio State men’s basketball team has not always excelled in the late stages of games this season, sometimes struggling to score for extended periods of time. Such was the case again Tuesday night at the Schottenstein Center, as the No. 14-ranked Buckeyes avoided a complete collapse to squeak by unranked Iowa, 72-63. OSU spent the first three quarters of the contest dominating the Hawkeyes in nearly every facet of the game. The Buckeyes’ lead swelled to 24 midway through the second half, and a rout seemed imminent. But the Hawkeyes implemented a full-court press in the second half, using pressure to force a myriad of OSU mistakes. In all, the Iowa harassed OSU into 17 turnovers, a game-high six coming from junior point guard Aaron Craft. “They changed some things up, got in a press and just kind of sped us up a little bit,” Craft said. “We just started not executing our offense. We weren’t thinking as well as we should have been, it wasn’t until the end that we tried to figure it out.” As the Buckeyes gave away the ball, they slowly gave away their big lead. With 1:29 to play, the Hawkeyes had cut the OSU lead to four. The Buckeyes, though, regrouped and finished with a 9-4 run to close out the win in less than spectacular fashion. “A win is a win in conference play,” Craft said. “In this league you’ve got to protect home court. We didn’t do it the prettiest way, we didn’t finish the way we probably wanted to, but we got the win.” OSU coach Thad Matta agreed, though he acknowledged the Buckeyes will have to learn from their mistakes. “I do think in the league we’re in right now, you take your wins and semi-celebrate them,” Matta said. “By the same token, you’ve got to look at things and say ‘How do we get better?’” Craft struggled with ball security, but he forced four turnovers as well. His first swipe of the night put him in OSU’s record book as the school’s all-time leader in steals with 205. “It’s a great honor, a great accomplishment,” Craft said. “We have a lot more important things to worry about than individual awards.” Aside from turnovers, the Buckeyes’ biggest problem likely came on the glass, where they were outrebounded, 40-34, gave up 22 offensive rebounds and didn’t receive any production from their starting big man. Sophomore Amir Williams blocked six shots but didn’t pull down a single board. It was a fairly bizarre performance from the 6-foot-11 center, and one that he was disappointed in. “Me having zero rebounds, that’s just unacceptable on my behalf,” Williams said. “I feel like I was going after too many blocks and I kind of put myself out of position a little bit to rebound the basketball. It’s something I’ve got to continue to work on.” Junior forward Deshaun Thomas, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, scored a game-high 16 points despite taking an elbow to the face in the second half. Thomas briefly left the game, and returned with a bandage above his right eye. Craft and junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. also chipped in 12 points and senior forward Evan Ravenel added 11. With the win, OSU improves to 14-4 on the season and 4-2 in Big Ten play. Iowa falls to 13-6 on the year and 2-4 in the conference. The Buckeyes return to action on Jan. 26 against Penn State in State College, Pa. “Our guys are exhausted,” Matta said. “I probably pushed them a little bit harder than I’ve ever pushed a team, dating back to a couple weeks ago. We need rest physically and mentally to come back on Thursday (for practice) and get ready for Penn State.” read more

George Soros defends £400000 donation to proEU campaign

first_imgThe tycoon has now hit back at what he described as “toxic personal criticism” against him, and has denied accusations that he was “undermining democracy”.Writing in the Mail on Sunday, he told how the organisation had his “wholehearted support”, and insisted he had never made a secret of his opposition to Brexit.He said: “The fact that conditions are unsatisfactory does not mean that they can’t get worse. That is what has happened in Britain. “Before the referendum Britain was doing better economically than the rest of Europe. But this has now been reversed, with Continental economies powering ahead while Britain lags behind.”Hungarian-born Mr Soros, one of the world’s richest men who made a billion dollars betting against sterling on Black Wednesday in 1992, said Britain would “lose much of its global influence” outside of Europe. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Billionaire investor George Soros has defended his decision to hand £400,000 to a campaign arguing against Brexit – and says he considers leaving the EU a “tragic mistake”.Mr Soros came under fire last week after the Telegraph revealed he was backing the Remain-supporting campaign group Best for Britain.The investor is one of three senior figures linked to the group who plan to launch a nationwide advertising campaign this month, which they hope will lead to a second referendum to keep Britain in the EU.The campaign is trying to recruit major Tory donors in an attempt to undermine Theresa May.It also plans to target MPs and convince them to vote against the final Brexit deal to trigger another referendum or general election, according to a strategy document leaked from a meeting of the group. He added: “To make matters worse, the divorce process will preoccupy both Britain and Europe for years ahead, when they should be uniting to resist external enemies like Putin’s Russia and resolve the internal contradictions that made some people regard the EU as their enemy.”He also claimed Brexit had turned young against old, saying young people had become disillusioned with democracy after older votes “overruled” them in the referendum.Declaring to be a “proud supporter” of Best for Britain, he warned that the effect of the uncertainty created by Brexit would become “painfully obvious” in the next six months as negotiations entered the “most contentious phase”.last_img read more

Hotel booking websites told to stop one room left warnings

“It’s also important that no-one feels pressured by misleading statements into making a booking.”That’s why we’re now demanding that sites think again about how they’re presenting information to their customers and make sure they’re complying with the law.”Our next step is to take any necessary action – including through the courts if needed – to ensure people get a fair deal.”The CMA has also sent warning letters to a range of sites demanding they review their terms and practices to make sure they are fair and comply with consumer protection law. It also raised concern about the fairness of discount claims made by the sites, such as comparisons with higher prices that were only offered for a brief time.It comes after Which? revealed that customers were being hit with unexpected fees after booking holidays and hotels via small websites found through Skyscanner.   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Hotel booking sites use pressure tactics to encourage people to book quickly Credit:Telegraph  booking  The CMA said it believed the sites could be breaking consumer protection law. The watchdog has referred a number of concerns around online hotel booking sites’ price guarantees and other price promises to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), and has asked the ASA to consider whether statements like “best price guarantee” or “lowest price” mislead customers. Andrea Coscelli, CMA chief executive, said: “Holidaymakers must feel sure they’re getting the deal they expected, whether that’s securing the discount promised or receiving reliable information about availability of rooms. Hotel booking websites have been told to stop “one room left” warnings designed to pressure holidaymakers into booking, under a crackdown by competition watchdogs.Such warnings are currently used by the UK’s most popular booking sites including Expedia and Booking.com to encourage customers to book sooner rather than later.Following an investigation into holiday booking sites the Competition and Markets Authority said it would take firms to court if they did not end unfair and misleading practices.The watchdog said it had “widespread” concerns about a number of sites, which it has declined to name, including the role commission paid by hotels could influence their rankings and the extent to which they included all costs in the upfront price or introduced them later in the booking.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Pressure selling, involving claims about how many people were looking at the same room, how many rooms were left or how long a deal would be available, could also create a false impression of availability or rush consumers into making a decision, the CMA said. read more

Sony is planning a Killzone 3 PS3 bundle

first_imgWe have Amazon’s French website to thank for this bit of news. It should come as no surprise that Sony has decided to release a new PS3 console bundle that includes a copy of Killzone 3 and a 320GB console.The release date is listed as February 23. U.S. gamers get the game on its own on February 22, so we assume you’ll get the bundle a day earlier than Europe too. The price on Amazon France is 348 euros, which is $478. But that’s not representative due to taxes and we think it will most likely be around $379 in the U.S.AdChoices广告If you’re not sure about wanting the game then don’t fret, the demo is out on February 15 giving you a chance to try it (on a friend’s PS3) before deciding to buy the bundle a week later.Read more at Destructoidlast_img read more