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Making a Short Film With Little to No Crew: Can It Be Done?

first_imgFilmmaking is a collaborative process, but what happens when you can’t collaborate? Is it still worth the effort?Top image via Kotcheff & LederWhy do we want to tell stories? The idea of entertaining through visual imagery has been around since the dawn of humankind. Some of us take to the written word, others need to express through images, be they still or moving. One of the more common (maybe even easiest) methods to bring a visual story to life is with a short film. Short being the key word. Vimeo and YouTube are inundated with short films each month, and a good majority of them tell a superb story given their short length.Short films can often be a tiresome and thankless process. Grasping at whatever freebies you can attain, working at all hours for little or no pay, the list goes on. Filmmaking, of course, is a collaborative process, but what happens when you can’t collaborate? Perhaps it’s because of the location you live in. You may live in a rural town where there’s no other aspiring filmmakers or people interested in helping you. Or maybe you just don’t have the funds to hire people.Shooting a short film for free when you’re younger is a lot easier than when you work with film or media. When you work in media, the people around you have their jobs because they’re good at what they do. You can’t expect them to give up their weekends for a cheap sandwich and a few cans of beer at the end of the shoot.Image via CinemaWomynIf you want to make a short film, but for whatever reason can’t seem to get a crew assembled, what other options can you exhaust? What about making one by yourself? Or at least with a minimal crew of three to four people?It sounds like a ridiculous notion, but two women are currently in the process of making a feature (and history) solely by themselves, and they are doing an excellent job at it. Alexandra Kotcheff and Hannah Leder are two filmmakers who successfully raised $27,561 on Kickstarter to fund their film, The Planters. Not just a short film, but a feature film!To the best of our knowledge (and after much Googling), what we are doing here has never been done before. Two women, making a feature film, doing EVERYTHING (Writing, Directing, Cinematography, Sound, Costumes, Make-up, Props, Coffee, etc.have). We have heard of a few examples (very few) of a two-person crew making a narrative film. But none of those two primary crew members were ALSO starring in the film. The two of us are literally the only people who touch the equipment. And to the chagrin of one of our other actors, we won’t let him carry or help with anything on set. The purpose of this film is to make it ENTIRELY with our four hands and we won’t stop until this film has been seen by YOU!Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.I imagine there is a somewhat social stigma behind the idea of making a film without a crew. It does on the exterior seem like a frivolous exertion. However, when push comes to shove, it is on you to make your film happen.I have been working on a short film with a minimal cast and crew, and while it has so far been a strenuous path, there are a few pointers I can offer those who are going to take the same journey. One of the most important aspects which will make or break this undertaking: Was your film written to cater specifically to a minimal crew, or are you trying to make a movie which realistically should be done by more than two people? A car chase between a thief and police officer in a city street? It’s not going to happen. A foot chase between a thief and a police officer in a forest? Very possible to achieve. Create to your limit.StoryImage via ShutterstockIt’s incredibly hard to go into a challenging story with a limited crew. It’s easier to build the story from scratch and tailor to the needs of a small team. Fewer locations, fewer actors, less action, more character focused and with an emotion driven story. This is the premise for The Planters.The Planters is a dark comedy set in a small, desert town. It’s a lonely place for lonely people like Martha Plant, a reclusive young woman, who spends her days telemarketing and “planting.” As a “planter,” Martha buries stolen items in the desert and receives donations in return from whoever digs them up — the “receiver.” Martha finds her world turned upside down when another woman, Sadie Mayflower, literally runs into her while on one of her “planting” excursions. When she discovers that Sadie is homeless, Martha takes her in. She quickly learns that Sadie has multiple personalities, and the ever solitary Martha begins to find three friends in one.If this were the blurb for a review or the information on a cinema screening, you (as an audience member) would expect that the film isn’t going to be populated with hundreds of cast members on a bustling city street. It’s a great premise for a film that has a limited team as the story itself is limited in cast and locations.Writing for a singular location is an essential element of making a short with a limited crew. Take a look at the short film below, Nothing about Nothing by Daniel Levi. Within the eight-minute duration of the short, we are only introduced to two characters. We don’t know who they are, nor their history, there is only handful of dialogue, and it all takes place in a single location.Without the information that’s usually provided by a feature, you still become connected to the characters and the situation.  You come to wonder what the outcome of the situation will be. The credits do however list around twenty people in total made the film. With careful planning and logistical thinking, this could be done by a small cast and crew. It might not be as good, but you don’t know unless you try. These short films that take place in a singular location while focusing on the outcome of a situation are a great opportunity for a minimal crew.Realistic ExpectationsWhen you have finished writing the short, and you move toward the planning of the shoot, plan for practical and achievable results. Of course, try to push the boundaries — that’s what art is about. However, you need to accept early on that you’re not going to be able to do a lot of the cool stuff you would be able to do with a twelve-person crew, like a ten-foot tracking shot through the kitchen into the hallway. Ok, you might have the equipment, but not the manpower. If you’re acting as a director/cinematographer, are you also going to be able to delegate time to key grip duties?Some of the best scenes in films and televisions have come from very basic shots, but the acting has captivated the audience enough that you don’t need a constant track or multiple angles. The scene below from Breaking Bad is arguably one of the most memorable scenes of the series — and it consists of only six stationary handheld shots.SoundIn the feature film The Planters, Alexandra Kotcheff and Hannah Leder have opted for capturing sound with two Sennheiser 416 shotgun mics and lavalier microphones, which is fed into a SoundDevice 633 recorder. It’s a light setup, perfect for a small crew. However, what about the idea of removing an on-set sound altogether? This needs to be a decision that is made before you start writing your short. You won’t get very far if you have two characters having a conversation and you don’t have a microphone.My own short film follows the last man on earth and his last few days before he dies, which leaves the human race all but extinct. On the fifth redraft, I decided to remove any dialogue and have the character remain speechless until one of the final scenes. I only have to worry about capturing audio for one day. This has helped the production process massively.With the majority of films, most character movement, prop sounds, and sounds of the location are recreated in post-production by a foley artist. By removing the on-set sound recordist, it allowed us to work through problems that would have otherwise plagued the production.The lead actor and I often joke about how much we wouldn’t have been able to complete if we had a sound recordist. Plane overhead? No problem. Keep on going. Construction site near? Yeah, we can keep recording. Now, of course, this is only going to work if your lead character doesn’t speak.Inspiration for a short film with little to no dialogue:Voice OverThere are some elements to a film which just have to be conveyed to the audience through voice. If you have no sound recordist, narration would be the next best thing.Narration is quite widely looked down upon. Some film purists say that filmmakers use narration as an escape because they couldn’t figure out how to incorporate that information into the script. I like narration, and I very much stand by what Martin Sheen says in the video below.You know, it’s often said that narration in film does not work. You know you talk to a studio head, and they say ‘no, no, you can’t narrate it [the film].’ Three of the best films ever made are narrated [he laughs] and people don’t even think about it… Apocalypse Now is narrated, Platoon is narrated, Citizen Kane is narrated.Inspiration for a narrated short film:LocationThe core concept of making a short with a minimal crew is to isolate things that require extra hands and to remove those things. One obstacle would be far-away locations or locations out of your reach, such as an open floor office in a police station. That wouldn’t be an easy location to recreate. Look to keep your film set in natural areas such as the forest, meadows, the beach, the desert. Being away from convoluted areas will ease your mindset and production.Inspiration for a short film set in the wilderness:Visual PoetryA poet needs nothing more than inspiration and a means to write down their thoughts. You too can make poetry as a filmmaker with a camera. Visual poetry can capture and evoke emotions without the need of having a narrative; it’s expressive filmmaking. Terrence Malick, love him or hate him (I love him), has made a career of visual poetry. Although admittedly, his films do somewhat contain a narrative. Filmmaker Salomon Ligthelm is a master of this genre in short form. His Vimeo is a treasure trove of inspiration. While these videos do not provide a story or character that you can relate to, his shorts make the audience feel something — and isn’t that the point of filmmaking? The advice listed above focuses primarily on the undertakings required in pre-production. Here are some quick tips to take into account when making a film with limited people.If you’re also acting in the short or are unable to be behind the camera after you’ve hit record, make sure you use a wide-angle lens with a wide aperture to keep the focus area as large as possible.A monitor or flip screen is a must. You do not want to return to the camera to see that someone was out of focus, or it wasn’t framed correctly after someone moved.Keep your scenes within the day time.Limit your kit to three bags/cases.Keep lighting simple. Stick to one light or just natural light. Here’s a handy guide from PremiumBeat for lighting without a budget.Have fun with this. Don’t take it too seriously.Do you have any other tips for making a film by yourself? Let us know the in the comments below.last_img read more

Why Won’t Simply Creating Lots of Marine Reserves Save Sea Life?

first_imgHow is the world doing at conserving marine life? One common metric is the amount of ocean that governments have designated as protected areas. About 1.8% falls into that category, but fishing or other harvesting is banned in only 1%. Now, the most comprehensive and detailed analysis yet suggests that the marine conservation picture is even bleaker—and that a more accurate way of measuring progress is needed.Graham Edgar of the University of Tasmania, Hobart, led a team that looked at 87 marine protected areas (MPAs) around the world. That’s a tiny fraction of the about 5100 MPAs on the books, but most lack enough data on sea life populations to be analyzed in detail. The researchers looked at the total estimated biomass of all fish within each of the selected MPAs, as well as the total weight of fish longer than 25 centimeters. (Larger fish tend to be targeted by fishing, as do valuable species such as sharks, groupers, and jacks.) They also tallied the total number of species of large fish and all fish in each MPA. Then, for comparison, they gathered data from 1022 sites where fishing is permitted around the world.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The analysis highlighted five features that appear essential for an MPA to score high on promoting fish biomass and diversity. The best performing reserves, as expected, have outlawed fishing and strictly enforced the ban. They are also relatively large and old, covering more than 100 square kilometers and established more than 10 years ago (giving the biota time to recover from any past fishing). In a statistical model, these four factors each contributed about the same amount to boosting the amount of fish. The fifth and most important predictor of success, however, was the MPA’s isolation from similar habitat, which makes them easier to police.The comparison of MPAs to fished areas, however, produced a sobering result. About 60% of MPAs scored well on one or two of these key features, but appear to have fish populations that are no healthier than those found in fished areas. In contrast, MPAs that score well in three areas, including Coiba National Park in Panama, had on average 30% more fish and double the sharks of the fished areas.Overall, the authors considered just nine of the MPAs (about 10%) to be effective, having four or more attributes of good governance and design. And the few reserves that got high marks in all five areas, such as the Kermadec Marine Reserve in New Zealand, had exponentially greater benefits, including nearly 2000% more sharks than in fished coastlines, they report in this week’s issue of Nature.The takeaway message, the authors write, is that “global conservation targets based on area alone will not optimize protection of marine biodiversity. More emphasis is needed on better MPA design, durable management and compliance to ensure that MPAs achieve their desired conservation value.”The study offers “a really good synthesis,” says fisheries biologist Trevor Branch of the University of Washington, Seattle. Previous studies, he notes, have looked at some of the five factors, but not in such a comprehensive way.“What impresses me about the paper is that they have shown how key factors all need to be present [for reserves] to be effective,” says Elliott Norse, chief scientist of the Marine Conservation Institute in Seattle. Norse’s group is now developing criteria to recognize effective MPAs. Such efforts, he hopes, will become an incentive for countries to design effective MPAs and protect them, in part by conferring some prestige on the most successful efforts.In a commentary in Nature, Benjamin Halpern of the University of California, Santa Barbara, calls the findings worrying, because “it is difficult for managers to achieve all five factors.” Most governments can’t create large or remote marine reserves, so they must focus on enforcement, which can be expensive. More research should be done on other possibilities, such as connecting MPAs into networks, Halpern wrote.Here are the study’s top scoring marine protected areas:Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary (Panama Bight, Colombia)Lord Howe Island Commonwealth Marine Park (Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands, Australia)Kermadec Islands Marine Reserve (Kermadec Island, New Zealand)Cocos Island National Park (Cocos Islands, Costa Rica)Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve (Northeastern New Zealand)Shiprock Aquatic Reserve (New South Wales, Australia)Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (United States)Tsitsikamma National Park (Agulhas Bank, South Africa)last_img read more

Guvs seek to double Raj Bhavan budget

first_imgGoverners want more money to be sunk for refurbishing their highmaintenance palatial abodes. Struck hard by inflation, the offices of 27 governors have put in demands with the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) to double the expenditure budget for the stately British-era Raj Bhavans.In response to a right to information (RTI) application filed by Mail Today, the MHA has revealed that the revision of expenditure ceilings for Raj Bhavans is now under the “active consideration” of the government.The MHA has provided 108 pages of documents under the RTI, including letters received by the MHA from the offices of the governors across India. To satisfy the demands made in these letters, the ministry will need to double its total existing annual expenditure ceiling of Rs 12.5 crore to nearly Rs 25 crore for all Raj Bhavans.Among all the Raj Bhavans, Maharashtra has cited inflation to seek the fattest increase. It wants the annual expenditure ceiling to be tripled from Rs1.5. crore to Rs 4.6 crore. If its plea is accepted, the Raj Bhavan in Maharashtra will be the costliest to maintain in the country along with the Tamil Nadu governor’s house which has asked for a similar hike.The increase in prices of basic food commodities and petrol, more expensive air travel as well as the steep maintenance cost of the sprawling lawns are the three reasons given by the Rajasthan Raj Bhavan for an increase of over 200% in its expenditure budget.While it has sought a budget allocation of Rs 1.13 crore from the Centre, the governor’s houses in Gujarat and Karnataka are looking for a 150% hike to take their expenditure ceiling to Rs 1.07 crore and Rs 1.12 crore, respectively. The Raj Bhavan in Gujarat has even suggested that the MHA do away with ceilings altogether.advertisement”Having regard to the position of governor as the constitutional head of the state, it may be appropriate for the Centre to leave the matter of propriety of expenditure to his prudent judgment… Ceilings serve as restricting norms?affecting the governors’ convenience and dignity in performing his duties,” the letter by the Gujarat Raj Bhavan to the MHA stated.The MHA began fixing expenditure ceilings for Raj Bhavans since 1987. The amount is charged from the consolidated fund of the respective state governments. The MHA last revised this ceiling in 2006. The governor’s house of Sikkim is the only one not to ask for a raise.The Maharashtra Raj Bhavan has written to the MHA that while the emoluments of a governor have seen a 2000% increase since 1987 and that of a clerk have gone up by 778% in the same period, the hike in expenditure ceiling for the Raj Bhavans has been merely 79%.”The prices of commodities and services such as such as the Mumbai-Delhi airfare, electricity, petrol, water, foodstuff, telephone services, soil and manure have increased manifold,” the letter to the MHA by the Maharashtra governor’s secretary stated.Why states need more allocation?- Renewal of furnishings – Hospitality expenses for official guests – Entertainment expenses for patronising art, culture and music – Office expenses of the Raj Bhavan – Maintenance & repair of furnishings – Contract allowance for stationery, laundry, sports, maintenance of vehicles – Tour expenses for governor’s travel by air, road or rail – Maintenance of gardens and lawnslast_img read more

Board deserves some credit for World T20 titles, says WICB CEO

first_imgWest Indies players will share the entire $1.6 million in prize money for winning the men’s World Twenty20 title as well as a portion of sponsorship revenue, the head of the region’s cricket board told Reuters on Sunday. (Sammy, Gayle slam board after lifting second World T20 title )The offer, however, does not appear to have mended the rift between the board and the players, who faced the threat of being replaced for the tournament over a financial dispute, before they backed down and accepted the board’s terms.Captain Darren Sammy said the team had “felt disrespected by the board coming into the tournament”, but the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) chief executive Michael Muirhead told Reuters their relationship had been repaired. (Marlon Samuels takes a dig at Shane Warne, Ben Stokes )”Well I’d like to think it was water under the bridge before the tournament started,” Muirhead said.”Yes we had our differences and we had a lot of dialogue and it was made public, but I must say in the end we were able to resolve our differences.”Sammy, who dedicated the win to the fans, however criticised the WICB and sided with CARICOM (Caribbean Community and Common Market) political leaders, who have called for the Dave Cameron-led executive of the WICB to be disbanded.”I want to thank the heads of CARICOM. Throughout this tournament they have been supporting the team,” Sammy said.”We’ve gotten emails, we’ve gotten calls… (Grenada) Prime Minister (Dr. Keith) Mitchell, I know what he’s trying to do and I really want to thank him.advertisement”He sent a very inspiring email to the team this morning and I’m yet to hear from our own cricket board. That is very disappointing.”The WICB and president Cameron congratulated both the men’s and women’s team – Stafanie Taylor’s side had earlier beaten Australia to clinch their maiden title – afterwards and Muirhead said the board should get some credit. (BCCI gives us more support than WICB, says Dwayne Bravo )”All I can say is, it wasn’t by chance that this happened,” he said. “We put in a lot of preparations and spent a lot of time in getting both teams ready for this tournament.”I leave it up to you (media) now to disclose that to the CARICOM officials, who believe that we may not be doing the job that we ought to do.”We have a lot more to do and we will just have to intensify those efforts to make sure that those plans are institutionalised and rolled out across the region so we have the production of good players through the systems we are putting in place.”last_img read more

Europa League: Wayne Rooney leads Manchester United to 4-0 win with record-breaking goal

first_imgWayne Rooney surpassed Ruud van Nistelrooy as Manchester United’s all-time top scorer in European competitions on Thursday, leading the English club to a 4-0 win over Feyenoord and keeping it alive in the Europa League.After scoring his 39th European goal in the 35th minute, Rooney also unselfishly set up Juan Mata in the 69th, leaving United on its way to an easy victory and in a good position to advance to the knockout rounds. (Latest Football stories)United got a third on the board with an own-goal by Feyenoord goalkeeper Brad Jones after an angled shot by Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the 75th.Substitute Jesse Lingard added a fourth in injury time.”Tonight was a performance and a result,” United manager Jose Mourinho said. “Today they played very well again, and with goals, which is very important for us. We always told since Day 1 we wanted to do well in the Europa League and we were in a position of needing four points and now we need just one.”United reached nine points and are only one behind Group A leader Fenerbahce, which defeated Ukraine’s Zorya Luhansk 2-0 in Turkey. Feyenoord have seven points.An away draw against already eliminated Zorya in the final round in December will be enough to send United through and help relieve some of the pressure on Mourinho.Rooney’s goal – his first at Old Trafford this season – came after a well-timed pass by Ibrahimovic. The England forward calmly flicked the ball over Jones after receiving the ball behind the Feyenoord defenders inside the area.advertisementIt was Rooney’s 248th goal for United, leaving him just one short of Bobby Charlton’s all-time record with the club.The 31-year-old Rooney’s chances of drawing level with Charlton ended for this match when he was substituted in the 82nd.A good night’s work for Rooney came more than a week after he was forced to apologize for apparent late-night revelry while on England duty, when he was pictured looking bleary-eyed at a wedding reception at the team hotel.Rooney insisted to BT Sport after Thursday’s match that “I actually didn’t even step foot into the wedding,” adding “I think it’s a shame that I’m having to talk about it now after such a great victory.”On his European record, Rooney said: “It’s a great feeling to score goals and to score goals for this club.”HAPOEL BEER-SHEVA 3, INTER MILAN 2Inter Milan couldn’t hold on to a two-goal lead against Israeli club Hapoel Beer-Sheva on Thursday, being eliminated from the Europa League with one round still to be played.Inter conceded three goals in the second half, including one in the third and final minute of stoppage time, as it lost for the fourth time in five games in Group K.Sparta Prague, which defeated Southampton 1-0 at home, secured first place in the group with 12 points, five more than both Hapoel and Southampton, which meet in England in the final round. Inter stayed on three points.The Italian club played with 10 men from the 69th minute as goalkeeper Samir Handanovic was sent off for a foul that prompted Hapoel’s equalizer from a penalty kick.Mauro Icardi scored his sixth goal in as many games for Inter in the 13th and Marcelo Brozovic added to the lead in the 25th. But the hosts got one back through Lucio Maranhao in the 58th and Anthony Nwakaeme converted the penalty after Handanovic’s red card.Striker Ben Sahar netted the late winner with a shot from inside the area after a fast breakaway that caught Inter’s defense off guard.ROMA 4, VIKTORIA PLZEN 1Edin Dzeko scored a hat trick but it was Argentine forward Diego Perotti who attracted all the attention with a rabona goal late in the game in Rome.Inside the area, and slightly off balance, Perotti quickly brought his right foot behind his left to delicately chip the ball into the goal from a tough angle. UEFA called it an own goal by Ales Mateju with the ball taking a slight deflection before hitting the crossbar and going in.Perotti said it “was meant to be a cross.”Roma was one of nine teams Thursday to secure a spot in the round of 32, along with Anderlecht, APOEL, Athletic Bilbao, Genk, Krasnodar, Olympiakos, Saint-Etienne and Sparta Prague.ELSEWHEREVillarreal missed a chance to reach the top of a tightly fought Group L after conceding an 87th-minute equalizer against FC Zurich, leaving the group lead with Turkish side Osmanlispor, which lost 2-1 at Steaua Bucharest.advertisementFiorentina lost 3-2 to Greek side PAOK at home but remained with a three-point lead in Group J, while Zenit St. Petersburg maintained a perfect record after a 2-0 home win against Maccabi Tel Aviv in Group D. Zenit has a 10-point lead at the top.Schalke defeated Nice 2-0 to also stay comfortably ahead in Group I, and Group H leader Shakhtar Donetsk routed Konyaspor 4-0.Ajax stayed ahead in Group G with a 2-0 win over last-placed Panathinaikos, while Athletic Bilbao guaranteed its place in the next round by beating Sassuolo 3-2 in Group F.last_img read more

9 months ago​Man Utd loanee Mitchell: Boys tell me they’re loving Solskjaer

first_img​Man Utd loanee Mitchell: Boys tell me they’re loving Solskjaerby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United loanee Demetri Mitchell has spoken about the recent managerial change at Old Trafford.The youngster, who was given his debut by Jose Mourinho, has has mentioned how happy the players seem under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.United have won all six games since Solskjaer took over the job.Mitchell, who is on loan at Hearts, said to the Daily Record: “It’s all change at Old Trafford now and the boys are telling me they are enjoying it. Everyone has smiles on their faces and you can see that with the way they’re playing.”You can see Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford playing fluidly and smiling. It’s all good when you are playing football with a smile on your face. Ole is doing a good job.”I’m at Hearts and I’m trying to make an impact and show what I can do here as much as possible.”There are people at United who look after the players who are out on loan. They give you constructive criticism on all games. They use Wyscout and I’m sure Hearts also send them the footage as well.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Major College Football Program Called Out By High School Coach

first_imgA general view of Louisville's football stadium.LOUISVILLE, KY – NOVEMBER 07: A general view of the stadium during the Louisville Cardinals game against the Syracuse Orange at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)A major college football program has been called out by one of the state’s top high school head coaches.Louisville’s new head coach, Scott Satterfield, appears to have upset one of Kentucky’s top high school head coaches.Doug Preston, the head coach at Franklin-Simpson, took to Twitter to blast Satterfield and Louisville for allegedly pulling a scholarship.“What I hate to see is our kids getting their scholarships pulled with only days to go until signing!! These kids have set their futures around what UL promised! They showed loyalty to their commitment and now they get burned! Ridiculous and no class,” he tweeted.What I hate to see is our kids getting their scholarships pulled with only days to go until signing!! These kids have set their futures around what UL promised! They showed loyalty to their commitment and now they get burned! Ridiculous and no class @UofLFootball— Doug Preston (@coachadp) December 10, 2018Preston tweeted this in response to a recruit announcing that he was parting ways with Louisville’s program.Everything happens for a reason. Respect it.— Anthony Adkins  (@anthonyadkinss) December 10, 2018One of Preston’s high school players had previously announced his decommitment from the program.Louisville had reportedly told at least two of their commits that their scholarships would not be honored, per the Courier-Journal.This is unfortunate, but not uncommon in the world of college football recruiting and coaching hires.last_img read more

Oklahoma WR A.D. Miller Makes Transfer Decision

first_imgOklahoma balloons fly.TEMPE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: Balloons for the Oklahoma Sooners fly outside of Sun Devil Stadium before the Insight Bowl against the Iowa Hawkeyes on December 30, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Having already lost several talented players to the transfer portal, there seemed to be a strong chance that wide receiver A.D. Miller would be joining Austin Kendall in leaving the Sooners. But the latest report seems to indicate that Miller is not quite gone yet.According to ESPN college football writer Jake Trotter, Miller is returning to Oklahoma for his senior year. The move comes after he previously announced that he would be transferring to Illinois.Miller had seven catches for 75 yards and two touchdowns in 2018. Since making his debut as a freshman in 2015, he has just 21 catches for 236 yards and four touchdowns.WR A.D. Miller is coming back to OU. Had announced he was transferring to Illinois, previously. Interesting.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) March 6, 2019 Coming out of high school in 2015, 247Sports rated him as a three-star prospect. He was the No. 824 overall prospect in the country, the No. 101 wide receiver in the country, and the No. 110 prospect from the state of Texas.The Sooners have already seen former four-star quarterback Austin Kendall take his talents to West Virginia. Meanwhile, wide receiver Jaylon Robinson and defensive lineman Ron Tatum remain in the transfer portal.But the transfer portal has not been entirely bad for Oklahoma.Earlier this year, the Sooners managed to secure former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts.Miller’s return will give transfer Hurts another experienced target to throw to in 2019.last_img read more

Bengal govt to develop Tajpur Port on its own

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said the state government will set up Tajpur Port on its own. Banerjee said for the last five years, she had negotiated with the Centre to set up the port but in vain.Inaugurating the Dighashree Bangla International Convention Centre, she maintained: “Nitin Gadkari had told me that the Centre would set up the port if the state government was ready to give them 74 percent share. We had agreed and requested the Centre to construct an iron bridge at Gangasagar. We have waited for five years and now we have decided to set up the port on our own. It will generate new employment.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaState ministers Firhad Hakim, Indranil Sen, Suvendu Adhikari were present at the inaugural function along with Sishir Adhikari, Dibyendu Adhikari and Dipak Adhikari (MPs) and industrialists Rudra Chatterjee and Mayank Jalan. Senior bureaucrats including Chief Secretary Malay De, Subrata Gupta, Principal Secretary, Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department and Antara Acharya, CEO, Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) were also present. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayReferring to the huge number of tourist footfall in Puri owing to the importance of the place as a religious destination, Banerjee said that a new Jagannath temple would soon be built in Digha. “I have gone to Puri, I am a devotee of Jagannath. Puri is a small place but they (Odisha government) could not build it the manner we have developed Digha. I have a plan to build a similar Jagannath temple here in Digha. There is a small Jagannath ghat here and I had asked the District Magistrate to renovate and upgrade it. We will also build Masjid and Church here… This will bring in more tourists here,” she said. She further added: “We are also planning to introduce electric buses here. We are building two parking plazas of international standard here. The government also has plans to bring in seaplanes to augment tourist footfall in Digha. The 7 km long stretch along the beach will also be beautified and opened to the public shortly.”last_img read more

Even the sparrows Extensive new study finds threebillionbird decline

first_imgAn extensive study of hundreds of bird species across decades worth of data has for the first time estimated how badly numbers of even the most common birds have shrunk.The paper, published Thursday in the journal Science, concludes the total number of North American birds has dropped by three billion since 1970 — about 30 per cent. Some of the most familiar species have been the hardest hit.“The species like pigeons and house sparrows and starlings, species we think of as thriving in urban environments, even those species are in steep decline,” said Adam Smith, an Environment Canada scientist and the paper’s co-author.The study, conducted through nine universities and government agencies in Canada and the United States, looked at 529 different kinds of birds.It’s based on data collected from the North American Breeding Bird Survey, which began in the mid-1960s with the help of governments and an extensive network of volunteers. It was backed up by information contained in records from 143 U.S. weather radar stations, which are able to track migrating flocks.The declines have been widespread. Except for waterbirds and raptors, which are heavily conserved, nearly every family is suffering.Forest birds such as flycatchers, woodpeckers and chickadees are down more than a billion.Grassland birds — meadowlarks, sparrows, wrens — have been more than halved. There are 700 million fewer of them than there were 50 years ago. Three-quarters of the species in this family are shrinking.The worst declines have been ascribed to some of the most abundant birds. Sparrows, warblers and blackbirds account for almost three-quarters of the total losses.“The loss of abundance overall is something that has a cost to our healthy ecosystems,” Smith said.“There are billions fewer beaks out there to eat insects. There are fewer birds to eat and disperse plant seeds. And there are fewer birds for us to experience.”Birds are also what scientists call an indicator species. Because information on them is so extensive, they reveal early trends in environmental change.“Birds are an indicator that the natural world is stressed,” said Smith.The results of the Science paper were foreshadowed by the State of the Birds report, which came out in June and looked at Canadian species. That report found similar patterns — waterbirds up, most everything else down, with some unknowns.The findings are echoed by other research detailing declines in insects, amphibians and fish.The current study doesn’t address reasons for the drops, but Smith said previous research points to probable causes.“Habitat loss and degradation — the loss of the land, water and air that birds use to survive. The loss of that ecological space is the primary driver of population decline for almost all of these birds.”He pointed out that most birds in the study migrate, so efforts to rebuild populations have to be co-ordinated across jurisdictions from Nunavut to South America. It can be done, Smith said, as it has for bald eagles and peregrine falcons.“I want (my kids) also to see someday those massive, spectacular flocks of migrating birds that used to be and have declined.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 19, 2019.— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960Bob Weber, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

‘Study in the US Fair’ Brings 30 US Universities to Casablanca,…

Rabat – Approximately 30 American universities will participate in the “Study in the U.S. Fair” at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Casablanca and the Hilton Garden Inn in Tangier. Students can attend the Casablanca fair at 5 p.m. on March 27 and the Tangier fair at 11 a.m. on March 30 to learn about study opportunities in the US.The US consulate in Casablanca is hosting the fairs in partnership with the US Department of State’s EducationUSA network. The fairs are an opportunity for Moroccan students wishing to continue their studies in the US to meet with 50 representatives from the American universities to get detailed information on the education programs offered by the universities. Moroccan students will also meet with experts from the consulate.Read also: Morocco to Increase Scholarships, Study Grants for African StudentsAccording to the US consul general in Casablanca, Jennifer Rasamimanana, Moroccan young people are aware that openness to the world is a key factor to succeed.Rasamimanana made the comments on March 25 at the opening of the 2019 EducationUSA MENA Regional Forum in Casablanca.She further said in her welcoming speech to the universities’ representatives, “We hope that this opportunity to interact with American universities will increase the number of Moroccan candidates.” Rasamimanana noted that the US hosts more foreign students than any other country with more than 1 million international students yearly.EducationUSA is an international network of the Department of State with more than 430 academic orientation centers in 180 countries. Its main mission is to provide international students with accurate information about study opportunities in the US. read more

Ban recommends sixmonth extension of UN force in Golan Heights

17 June 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has recommended that the mandate of the United Nations force observing the ceasefire between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights be extended until 31 December, in a new report released today. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has recommended that the mandate of the United Nations force observing the ceasefire between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights be extended until 31 December, in a new report released today.Mr. Ban notes that the situation in the Israel-Syria sector has remained generally quiet, but adds that “the situation in the Middle East is tense and is likely to remain so, unless and until a comprehensive settlement covering all aspects of the Middle East problem can be reached.” Given the ongoing tension in the region, the continued presence of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) is “essential,” he writes.Expressing his hope that determined efforts will be made by all concerned “to tackle the problem in all its aspects, with a view to arriving at a just and durable peace settlement,” the Secretary-General welcomes the news that Syria and Israel have started indirect peace talks, under the auspices of Turkey.In recommending UNDOF’s extension, Mr. Ban also draws attention to the shortfall in the Force’s funding, noting that unpaid assessments amount to nearly $15 million. “The outstanding contributions impede the ability of the Secretariat to reimburse Member States contributing troops to the Force,” he says.UNDOF was established in May 1974 to supervise the disengagement accord between Syrian and Israeli forces after their 1973 war. read more

UN and aid partners call for 60 million to help 110000 Congolese

The funds will help some 110,000 refugees, the vast majority of whom are women and children, as well as 58,000 people in the Republic of Congo’s host areas for a six-month period.Clashes broke out last October when Enyele militiamen launched deadly assaults on ethnic Munzayas over fishing and farming rights in the Dongo area of Equateur province.The tensions have enveloped most of Equateur, sending some 114,000 to the Republic of Congo, driving some 60,000 to other parts of the province, and forcing an additional 17,000 people to seek refuge in the Central African Republic (CAR).The Government and people of the ROC have once again responded generously to refugees escaping fighting in the DRC, said John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.“But they have very limited resources and a small population, over half of whom subsist on $1.25 per day,” he pointed out. “Significant support is therefore required from the international community.”The refugees are scattered across more than 100 sites – living with host families, sheltering in abandoned huts or building makeshift settlements – along a 500-kilometre stretch of the Oubangui River between Liranga district and the ROC’s border with the CAR. In most areas, they vastly outnumber the local population buy a ratio of five to one.Low river levels are also compounding difficulties, resulting in relief supplies having to be ferried or flown in.The Government, UN agencies and other groups carried out two assessment missions last November, which found that food, livelihood support, clean water, health care and education as among the top needs.Social services, if they existed in areas where refugees are now living, are completely overwhelmed, and the influx of refugees is also heavily straining local resources, such as water, wood and fish.In December, the UN Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) – which aims to speed up relief operations for humanitarian emergencies and make funds available quickly after a disaster, when people are most at risk – allocated nearly $8 million to the crisis, with bilateral funding also having been put forward.This leaves the unmet portion of the appeal launched today at $41 million.Of the $59 million appealed for today, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is calling for $20 million to help to increase overall protection and boost logistical capacity. The funds will also be put towards providing primary education for more than 20,000 children and shelter, as well as the provision of clean water.“Our concern is that four months into exile, the refuges are still lacking basic humanitarian aid, despite our efforts,” agency spokesperson Melissa Fleming told reporters in Geneva. “So far, we’ve been able to cover just 30 per cent of the needs of this huge population for food, sanitation, shelter, health care and primary education.”UN entities also taking part in today’s appeal are the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). 9 March 2010The United Nations and its partners today launched an appeal for just under $60 million to help more than 100,000 refugees from the northwest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who have fled ethnic violence and are seeking refuge in neighbouring Republic of Congo (ROC). read more

Chinas Haier buying GE appliance unit for 54 billion

China’s Haier buying GE appliance unit for $5.4 billion BEIJING, China – Haier Group, the world’s biggest appliance maker, is buying General Electric Co.’s appliance business for $5.4 billion to expand its global presence.The acquisition announced Friday comes as Haier tries to shed its image as a low-cost brand and move into premium market segments. GE is shifting emphasis from traditional businesses to higher-technology, higher-profit areas such as medical equipment.The two companies said they also agreed to form a strategic partnership to co-operate in areas such as the Internet, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing.Haier, headquartered in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao, reported 2014 revenue of $32.6 billion. It said the GE acquisition would be carried out by its unit Qingdao Haier Co., Ltd., a publicly traded entity of which Haier owns 41 per cent.GE Appliances reported $5.9 billion in 2014 revenue. It has 12,000 employees, 96 per cent of them in the United States.“This strategic alliance provides a new starting point for both Haier and GE and I am confident that this partnership will deliver enhanced value to the stakeholders of both companies,” said the Haier Group chairman, Zhang Ruimin, in a statement. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 15, 2016 1:14 am MDT read more

Central banks new growth outlook if realized to give feds billions experts

Central bank’s new growth outlook, if realized, to give feds billions: experts by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 13, 2017 12:21 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – If economic growth surges in line with the Bank of Canada’s latest predictions, experts say the feds will enjoy a multibillion-dollar bump on their balance sheet.After several months of surprisingly strong economic data, the central bank raised its 2017 growth projection this week to 2.6 per cent, up from its January call of 2.1 per cent.In comparison, the federal government released a budget less than a month ago containing fiscal numbers based on a growth forecast for this year of 1.9 per cent.Experts who crunched rough estimates using the bank’s upgraded forecast predict it will add between $1.5 billion and $3 billion to the 2017-18 federal bottom line.The federal government is on track to run a deficit this year of $28.5 billion, including a $3-billion reserve set aside for emergencies. Ottawa has also projected shortfalls of $27.4 billion in 2018-19 and $23.4 billion in 2019-20.Randall Bartlett, chief economist for a University of Ottawa think tank, said if the economy grows as the bank predicts, he expects the government to add between $1.5 billion and $2 billion in each of the next three years, starting in 2017.He noted that the increase is a “conservative” estimate.“It certainly provides them with a little more revenue over the next three years, which is very positive,” said Bartlett of the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy.The potential cash infusion could have important timing for the Trudeau government, as it faces considerable economic uncertainty related to its biggest trading partner.There are widespread concerns in Canada about the possible economic impacts of proposed changes to U.S. policies on trade and taxation under the Trump administration.The federal books, however, do have wiggle room.In addition to the possible fiscal boost from unexpectedly strong growth, the budget set aside $3 billion a year for contingencies.The government’s baseline projections in the late-March budget did come into question because they were calculated using weaker forecasts from December.Heading into the budget, some thought Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s decision to base the federal outlook on months-old predictions was an attempt to lower expectations. His department traditionally uses a survey of private-sector forecasters to determine its baseline projections, but those numbers are usually delivered only a few weeks prior to the budget.Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz reiterated his concerns about the potential impact of the U.S. proposals. The bank says this “significant source of uncertainty” has already had a negative impact on economic activity in Canada as firms here remain wary.The economy still found a way to surpass the bank’s expectations — in large part due to the country’s red-hot housing sector.Poloz told a Senate committee Thursday that 0.4 percentage points of the bank’s 0.5 increase in its 2017 growth projection was due to the faster-than-expected acceleration of the real-estate market.“It obviously surprised us on the upside,” Poloz said.If Canada indeed hits 2.6 per cent growth in 2017, TD senior economist Brian DePratto believes the federal books could see as much as $3-billion boost.“A 2.6 — should we actually see that — is a very significant improvement,” DePratto said.Bartlett noted the central bank’s updated projections aren’t out of line with the current consensus forecasts.“We don’t know what’s going to happen with Trump, but certainly so far the news is very good,” he said.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

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Just one more hour of mudslinging folks The broadcast ban kicks in

first_img Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandThere’s been much speculation about the issue in recent days, of course. But reporters covering the event for the likes of RTÉ, TV3, Newstalk and others will have to be careful they do so within the terms of the moratorium.Here’s three of the main points of the guidelines, to give you an idea:The moratorium is not intended to preclude coverage during this period of legitimate news and current affairs stories that are unrelated to an election. However, broadcasters should avoid airing content (including breaking news stories) that can be reasonably perceived to be intended to and/or likely to influence or manipulate voter’s decisions during the moratorium period.Particular care should be taken around the opinions expressed by any programme contributors during the period covered by the moratorium.The moratorium extends to all areas of programming, including newspaper reviews, coverage of opinion polls, information announcements etc. Particular care is necessary when commenting upon or covering newspaper reviews as the print media are not subject to a moratorium.Stations that run repeats of current affairs programming overnight also have to make sure that the repeated content stays within the terms of the ban.Fine Gael’s Eamonn Coghlan and independent David Hall meet on the campaign trail in Dublin West [Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland]Of course, broadcasters aren’t expected to entirely entirely ignore the fact that there’s an election on either. Reports about polling station opening times and other practical details are allowed.Most of the parties held the last big events of their campaigns yesterday in order to generate as much publicity as possible before the ban kicks in. From now on, they’ll be heading door-to-door and shopping centre to shopping centre asking for your vote.In all likelihood, they’ll also continue slinging mud on Twitter too.Related: RTÉ reiterates apology to Seán Gallagher, will publish report documentRead: Selfies in the polling booth are a bad idea, says Department POLITICIANS RUNNING IN the European and local elections tomorrow have only one hour of airtime left to convince us to vote their way.The broadcasting moratorium, which affects all radio and TV stations, kicks in a 2pm — giving us all a much needed break from electioneering, before the polls open tomorrow at 7am.So what does that mean in practice?Well, if you happened to be responsible for a local radio station’s output, for instance, it would mean you’d have to make sure there’s no references to the particular merits (or otherwise) of any election candidate. By anyone — including guests on programmes.That doesn’t mean coverage of politics will stop completely, however…For instance, the big story of the afternoon is likely to be Alan Shatter’s much-anticipated announcement on whether he’ll take his severance package.The former Justice Minister’s speaking outside Leinster House at 2.30pm. He’s expected to to “do the right thing” according to the Taoiseach.last_img read more

Business profile Mali Hair Spa

first_imgBusiness: Mali Hair Spa Director: Martha Kourtidou Category: Hair and beauty Location: Melbourne Background: Whilst at university studying a psychology degree, Martha realised there and then that she wanted to combine her education with her creative flair and people skills. She left university for a career in hairdressing and hasn’t looked back. She gave up the books and opted a career in hair. When she had the skills down pat, she approached her hairdresser Lisa Christofakakis, a year ago with a proposal, to join forces and open a hairdressing salon. A year later, she has a booming business, with six staff, large clientele and is the senior hairstylist and director of Mali Hair Spa. “I loved the people interaction, and using my creative side that hairdressing brings but also combining psychology into what I do.”Secrets to Mali Hair Spa’s success: “Being really honest and giving the best customer experience,” says Martha of what makes Mali Hair Spa tick. “In terms of your cash flow being very cautious is important, obviously there will be risks along the way but making sure you have a good accountant by your side, someone that will be able to guide you towards the right path,” she says are key ingredients to running a successful small business. Also surrounding you with a good network of people to enable you to make wise business decisions doesn’t hurt. Tips to get a good haircut: “Education is the most vital part of giving your client the best service,” says Martha. She encourages all her staff to do short courses in hairdressing and colour, enter competitions. “I find competitions spark up motivation in my staff,” she says. “Things like that keep you up-to-date, in check and keep you clients excited as well.” She says all that knowledge gained is then distributed amongst all employees so they are constantly talking about the current trends and tips in the industry. Mali’s services: “We are definitely colour experts; we’re renowned for our colours,” says Martha. As the senior stylist, Martha can guide you through what hairstyle would suit you, not just with your features but incorporates your personality and lifestyle into your hair. They have blow-wave specials for new clients at $29, and there’s a men’s cutter too. The name Mali: “Mali derived from the Greek word mali, but it is also the first two letters of mine (Martha) and my business partner’s name (Lisa),” says Martha with a glimmer in her voice stating it was almost meant to be. Contact details: Mali Hair Spa Address: 3 / 424 Church Street, Richmond Phone: (03) 9428 8823 Website: Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Bridget Cadogan Named To Deans List At Siena College

first_imgLOUDONVILLE, NY — Bridget Cadogan, of Wilmington, has been named to the Siena College Dean’s List for the Spring 2019 semester.To be named to the Dean’s List, a student’s grade point average for the semester must be between 3.5 and 3.89.About Siena CollegeFounded in 1937, Siena College is a private, Catholic Franciscan, residential, liberal arts college with a student body of about 3,000. Siena College offers 36 degree programs, 80+ minors and certificate programs, and professional curricula in teacher preparation/education, pre-medical, pre-law and social work. A student-to-faculty ratio of 11-to-1, average class size of 21, rigorous academics, Division I athletics, intramural sports and widespread service and advocacy experiences nurture each student’s personal growth while providing the education of a lifetime.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Siena College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Bridget Cadogan & Nicole Romanzo Named To Dean’s List At Siena CollegeIn “Education”Wilmington’s Bridget Cadogan Named To Dean’s List At Siena CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

Spain braces for mass protests in Catalonia crisis

first_imgProtestors gather holding Spanish flags during a demonstration against independence of Catalonia called by DENAES foundation for the Spanish Nation Defence at Colon square in Madrid on 7 October 2017.Spain braced for mass street protests Saturday as anger swelled against Catalan leaders’ vows to declare their region independent and the national government’s handling of the volatile political crisis.Tentative signs have emerged that the sides may be seeking to defuse the crisis after Madrid offered a first apology Friday to Catalans injured by police in a crackdown on their outlawed independence vote on 1 October.But uncertainty still haunted the country as Catalan leaders have not backed off from plans to make a unilateral declaration of independence within days, based on the result of the banned referendum vote.”There has to be a commitment to dialogue,” said Jordi Cuixart, president of one of the grassroots groups driving Catalonia’s separatist movement, on Catalan radio on Saturday.”We will never refuse that. But we… will continue to demand a commitment that the referendum law be fulfilled.”Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has vowed to block independence as well as any referendum.And he has rejected calls for mediation in a dispute that has drawn cries of concern all over Spain, and even from Barcelona and Real Madrid footballers.- ‘Let’s talk’ -Spain’s deepest political crisis in decades has raised fears of further unrest in the northeastern region, a tourist-friendly area of 7.5 million people that accounts for a fifth of Spain’s economy.Opponents of secession called for demonstrations around Spain on Saturday and a major rally in Barcelona on Sunday.A movement called “Let’s Talk” urged citizens to gather dressed in white in front of town halls across the country, demanding dialogue to end the crisis under the slogan: “Spain is better than its leaders”.”It’s time to come together to tell them that they are incapable and irresponsible,” the group’s manifesto reads. The gatherings will start from around midday (1000 GMT).A separate “patriotic” march was called for the same time in central Madrid, organised by activists defending the unity of Spain.- Back from the brink? -Friday saw the first signs the sides may be willing to step back from the brink in a political conflict that risks destabilising Europe.After days of ill-tempered rhetoric, the central government said it regretted the injuries and suggested Catalonia should hold a regional election to settle the crisis.Catalan government minister Santi Vila, a close of ally of regional president Carles Puigdemont, meanwhile told broadcaster Rac1 that his side could consider a “ceasefire” in the dispute, to avoid a further crackdown by Madrid.Businesses and the government have kept up economic pressure on Catalonia however, with several big companies announcing moves to shift their headquarters to other parts of Spain.- ‘We deeply regret’ -Puigdemont had been due to appear at the regional parliament on Monday but postponed it by a day, a spokesman said, gaining time and easing tensions.It remains unclear what he plans to say, although some leaders are hoping he will use the opportunity to make a declaration of independence.Spain’s central government apologised on behalf of police to people hurt in Sunday’s referendum disturbances.”I can do nothing but regret it, apologise on behalf of the officers who intervened,” said the government’s representative in Catalonia, Enric Millo.Central government spokesman Ignacio Mendez de Vigo also said he “regretted” the injuries.”It would be good to start mending this fracture… through regional elections,” he told a news conference.In Madrid meanwhile, Catalonia’s police chief and two prominent separatist leaders including Cuixart avoided being remanded in custody at a court hearing Friday over sedition accusations.- Economic pressure -Spain’s Constitutional Court on Thursday ordered the suspension of a session scheduled for Monday in the Catalan parliament at which some leaders have called for an independence declaration.If Catalonia declares independence, Spain could respond by suspending the region’s existing autonomous status and imposing direct rule from Madrid.On another front, the government in Madrid pushed ahead with a measure to pressure Catalonia economically.It passed a decree to make it quicker for businesses to shift their legal domiciles away from one region to another.With its own language and cultural traditions, demands for independence in Catalonia date back centuries but have surged during recent years of economic crisis.The Catalan government on Friday published final results from the referendum indicating that 90 percent of voters backed the idea of breaking away from Spain.Turnout was 43 percent.Recent polls had indicated that Catalans are split on independence, though leaders said the violence during the referendum turned many against the state authorities.last_img read more