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Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb Documentary Tips: Capturing the Who, What, When, Where, and Why

first_imgDocumentary film is only as good as its story. Consider the following filmmaking advice when capturing documentary exposition.To tell a good story, you have to get really good at exposition and setting things up. For documentaries, in particular, this can be tricky because you’re often dealing with real-life people and complicated issues.In my time as a run-and-gun documentary journalist, I had to develop many different ways to help tell (or often, show) the who, what, when, where, and — most importantly — the why of your documentary’s story.There are several tricks for this — some simple and direct, a few more complicated and stylized. So, if you’re setting out on your own documentary storytelling project, here are some filmmaking tips for capturing the who, what, when, where, and why.Scene-Setting Exteriors and SignageI’d say that the most common (and often, obvious) way to set up exposition for your documentary story is with your standard exterior shots. These can often be pretty boilerplate, and you’ll also see them in similar corporate and commercial-style projects, but if done right, they can be quite cinematic and helpful.When shooting exteriors, you’re looking to capture the “where.” Try looking for shots that are as wide and expansive as possible, to give context into where you’re shooting. From there, you can start to focus in on the who, what, and when.If you’re shooting a documentary about a basketball player, for example, starting with a wide exterior of the player’s high school gymnasium (hopefully with a sign out front) would be a good way to begin.Thematic Close-Up RevealsImage via guruXOX.Instead of starting as wide as possible, you can also consider starting with a close-up on some item (or perhaps person) to begin revealing visual information early.From close-ups, you can build intimacy — as well as insights — into the “who” or “what” of your documentary’s story, as you get wider to reveal more.Using the same basketball documentary example, you could also start with a macro-lens focusing on a basketball, or the player’s shoes, before slowly revealing the player in question.Straight from Your SubjectOne of my favorite techniques for getting the who, what, when, where, and why exposition for a documentary project is by simply asking your main subject to give it to you. Sounds crazy, right? And I have to say that, from experience, not every subject can deliver the goods. But if you have a particularly talented individual who likes to talk, they can be very valuable in helping you set up your story.My usual opening question would go something like this: “If you don’t mind, could you introduce yourself to the camera and tell us who you are, where we are right now, what’s going on, and . . . why does that matter?”At the very least, you’ll have footage of them introducing themselves, which can be useful in the edit. However, if they are blessed with the gift of gab, you might find yourself with a soundbite succinctly and authentically establishing all the exposition you need.Text and Lower ThirdsImage from Rocketstock’s “Equation” pack.Alternatively (and don’t take this advice as a cop-out to setting exposition organically), you could always use text on-screen and/or lower thirds to establish a good deal of the who, what, when, where, or why information.Text on-screen can be powerful when used sparingly. Date and location are usually the primary facts to put on-screen for context — especially if you’re dealing with multiple timelines in your documentary.Lower thirds are also very much a part of the documentary lexicon, these days. So no one will blame you for using them to tell your audience the “who” for your subject’s name — and perhaps a little information about their title or relevance.And there are some great resources online for working with text and lower thirds, which can make your documentaries a little more stylized. Here are some text templates and free animated lower thirds.Counterpoint: Try Hiding Some ElementsAs you grow as a documentary filmmaker, you’ll begin to recognize which of these expositional elements best suit your project. In many cases, once you really define your stories (and narratives), you may find that it can be beneficial to not provide your audience with all the information, right away.If you’re editing your documentary project, as well as shooting, try experimenting with what information is most captivating to an audience (in the beginning) and what information might be best to bury for a later reveal.Cover image by Elizaveta Galitckaia.For more documentary filmmaking tips and tricks, check out some of these articles:Make Your Documentaries Matter with Awe-Inspiring MaterialA Complete Guide to Documentary FilmmakingThe 6 Types of Documentary Films7 Reasons Why You Need a Producer for Your DocumentaryDocumentary Editing Tips for Working with Lots of Footagelast_img read more

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Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb Federer makes quick work of Monaco at US Open

first_imgRoger Federer reached the quarterfinals at a 30th consecutive Grand Slam tournament by making quick work of the 36th-ranked Juan Monaco 6-1, 6-2, 6-0 at the U.S. Open.Federer’s fourth-round match against Monaco didn’t get started until nearly midnight, and thanks to his superb play, it was over shortly before 1:15 a.m. Tuesday.Federer played brilliantly right from the start, taking the first five games – and 20 of the first 25 points – in only 12 minutes. He didn’t miss a beat in the second set, hitting four aces in his opening service game and finishing with 14.Five of Federer’s record 16 major championships have come at Flushing Meadows. In the quarterfinals, Federer will face 11th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, who eliminated No. 8 Mardy Fish of the United States in five sets Monday.Tsonga upset Federer in the Wimbledon quarterfinals two months ago, coming all the way back after dropping the first two sets.”He’s a tough player. … I look forward to that match,” Federer said. “If I play as good as I did today, sure I have a chance.”Federer compiled a 42-4 edge in winners against Monaco.The start of their match was delayed because the preceding match in Arthur Ashe Stadium – No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki’s 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-1 victory over No. 15 Svetlana Kuznetsova – lasted 3 hours, 2 minutes.”You have to be ready,” Federer said.Wozniacki, seeking her first Grand Slam title, trailed by a set and 4-1 in the second before coming back to beat the 2004 U.S. Open champion.advertisement”I knew that I had to do something,” said Wozniacki, who faces No. 10 Andrea Petkovic of Germany next. “I had to do something different.”She managed to turn things around thanks to a combination of her own increasingly aggressive play and Kuznetsova’s increased mistakes. Kuznetsova’s 40-20 edge in winners was rendered meaningless by her 78 unforced errors, 52 more than Wozniacki, who reached the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the third year in a row.Tsonga made it this far in New York for the first time, and unlike Fish, he’s already tasted this sort of success. Tsonga made it to the final of the 2008 Australian Open before losing to Novak Djokovic, and got to the Wimbledon semifinals this year – where he again lost to Djokovic.On Monday, Djokovic extended his 2011 record to 61-2 by beating No. 22 Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 7-6 (14), 6-4, 6-2. Their 16-14 tiebreaker in the first set lasted nearly a half-hour all on its own, with Djokovic saving four set points and finally converting his sixth when Dolgopolov pushed a forehand long to close a 13-stroke exchange.Both men called that tiebreaker the key to the match. One tiny piece of evidence: Dolgopolov double-faulted twice in the opening game of the second set to get broken, and Djokovic was on his way.Asked whether he considered winning that energy- and will-testing tiebreaker to be a physical or mental triumph, Djokovic replied: “Combination of both. But in the end, it was more mental, just to hang in there, try to play right shots at the right time.”Djokovic now meets his Serbian Davis Cup teammate and friend Janko Tipsarevic, who is seeded 20th and made it to the first Grand Slam quarterfinal of his career by beating 2003 French champion and U.S. Open runner-up Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain 7-5, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 in a match that lasted more than 3 hours.”Strange feeling,” Djokovic said. “We are professionals. Certainly we both want to win the match when we play against each other. So you kind of forget about friendship. You put that aside.”Most players complained about the wind, which gusted at up to 20 mph (32 kph) and kept changing directions, making even serve tosses difficult.Serena Williams handled those conditions much better than former No. 1 and 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic and beat her 6-3, 6-4 to return to a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time in 14 months. She missed about 11 of those with a series of health scares but looks really good so far at the U.S. Open.Against Ivanovic, Williams hit nine aces overall, only lost serve once, and finished off the match with four consecutive unreturned serves that ranged from 99 to 111 mph.”I didn’t even go for winners at any point,” said Williams, who hit only 16. “I just tried to get it over because it was so windy. It was definitely tough.”She’s seeded only 28th because of all of that time away, but now has won her past 16 matches heading into a quarterfinal against No. 17 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia. Pavlyuchenkova got past 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 in a match with 21 double-faults and 16 service breaks in 31 games.advertisement”I’m going to say that I don’t want to go out there and enjoy just being on center court playing against Serena,” Pavlyuchenkova said. “I would like to do well, try to fight, and with my effort, I’ll try to beat her.”last_img read more

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Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb Into the City

first_imgA comedian must reinvent himselfSunil Grover aka Gutthi of Comedy Nights with Kapil fame tells SimplyPunjabi that making people laugh is no joke.As a young child in the village of Dabwali in Punjab, he would say things in his peculiar tone and people would be in splits. In school and,A comedian must reinvent himselfSunil Grover aka Gutthi of Comedy Nights with Kapil fame tells SimplyPunjabi that making people laugh is no joke.As a young child in the village of Dabwali in Punjab, he would say things in his peculiar tone and people would be in splits. In school and college, he would mimic others and invite a fantastic response. But this boy from the countryside had no idea that he would one day go on to become one of the most popular comedians on the small screen. Sunil Grover aka Gutthi, who mesmerised audiences with his perfect comic timing on Comedy Nights with Kapil, is all set to make a comeback on the popular TV show in a different avatar. “I have signed another contract with Kapil. Let’s hope the audiences appreciate me as much as they did during my last stint,? he says.Grover attributes his success to his mentor-the late Jaspal Bhatti-under whose guidance he trained for a long time at the MAD Arts film school in Mohali. “The man had the knack of laughing at himself, something which is very rare,? he says. He adds, “He never used to act, he was all about realism. The best part is that he never forced his students to be like him.? Grover feels that doing comedy requires a balanced mix of preparation and improvisation and that it is very important for a comedian to keep himself updated on important issues that are being talked about. “This makes people relate to you effortlessly. You cannot be an island in yourself.?advertisementAll set to mark his presence on the big screen in Gabbar alongside Akshay Kumar, Grover says he cannot elaborate on the project yet. “It’s too early to talk about it. Let’s just say you will see me playing a very different character.?Ask Grover if he would like to branch out and portray characters which arent comical, and he insists that he has always wanted to experiment with different roles. “Frankly, I am waiting to be approached for roles that are demanding and promise a completely different experience. It’s important to reinvent oneself as an artist and seek new challenges. And yes, I am not averse to Punjabi cinema. I am just waiting for the right script,? he says. n by Sukant DeepakStore OpeningFit For SaleThere are those who chalk out exercise routines for you, and others who plan diet charts, prescribe health drinks and supplements. The two often lackcoordination, putting your health in jeopardy.Enter O2 Nutrition, a one-stop nutrition solution for fitness freaks, bodybuilders and sports persons. The store is the brainchild of 35-year-old Puneet Sandhu, a Mr India 2014 finalist, Mr Punjab 2014 and Mr North India 2013; and 42-year-old Prince Bhatia.Talking about how the idea of the store came about, Sandhu, a qualified engineer from PEC University of Technology, says he was always passionate about body building.”For a long time, people have been coming to me to seek advice on nutritional supplements. I noticed that there were so many misconceptions regarding them. This sometimes stops them from taking beneficial nutritional supplements altogether,? says Sandhi. He believes it’s a misconception that supplements are harmful. “They are not steroids that can cause havoc to the system.?The other half of this team is a skilled professional in the field of body building. Prince Bhatia, also a gym owner, has trained celebrities like actor Kuljinder Sidhu.The duo has an experience of more than 20 years in body building and insist that they have sourced quality products after extensive research that will surely help clients attain desired fitness goals. “A number of gyms have mushroomed around claiming to train people to keep fit. We felt there was a serious need for professional guidance to make gymming a safe experience. It is an authentic store bringing the best brands from across the world to your doorstep at reasonable rates,? Bhatia promises.The owners have also noticed an increase in the number of fitness-conscious women, they say the store also has a wide variety of products for them as well.At First Floor, SCF 66, SAS Nagar n By Sukant DeepakFrench ConnectionTucked away in the chock-a-block Sector 16 market of Chandigarh, the French Press Caf breaks the monotony of the surroundings. Its striking fluorescent orange board stands out in the chaos. Walk into the the bright, neat and uncluttered cafe andtake a seat on one of the comfortable, no-fuss tables. A wooden wall adds to the charmingadvertisementambience, and there’s a space for comments, on a board displaying the specials of the day. The menu begins with a range of coffees and shakes, served hot or chilled. If you’re looking for a quick cuppa to get you moving, the Espresso Italiano, a traditional shot of black coffee with a layer of cream on top will do the trick. And in case its some sinful indulgence you fancy, the trio ofchocolate shakes is your best bet. A blend ofchocolate ice-cream and chocolate brownie served with a garnish of Choco chips and brownie, it is sinful. According to the owners, the menu is inspired by their travelsaround the world, and eating at cafes in both big and small cities, with the focus being authentic and fresh food. In the starters section, Breaded Pencils is a complete meal, with a minced lamb stuffed phyllo case served with chili and garlic aioli and a side salad. The lamb is well-flavoured and the pastry flaky and fresh. Olive Crispies gives regular olives a twist, with breaded olive stuffed with cheese and served with zesty lemon and tomato dip. The USP of the place are the Croques, a traditionally French oven roasted sandwich, served with French fries and house salad. Our favourite remains the Grilled Chicken baked sandwich with pesto marinated grilled chicken and yellow cheddar cheese. A huge portion, this one melts in the mouth and is best had with country style tomato soup. End the meal with a Fruit and Pistachio Parfait which is a rich and creamy fruit and pistachio frozen delicacy.At The Ashok, 50-B, Kautilya Margn By Sukant DeepakKebab TrailSeptember 19 to 28Ludhiana residents, get ready for succulent kebabs, tempting meats, cottage cheese and vegetable delights grilled to melt in your mouth. While kings would need to travel to Afghanistan to experience the food of the great Pashtun region food (pic right), you don’t have to go that far.At Kitchen at Tannur, Hyatt Regency, LudhianaTel 01614071234Happy FeetSeptember 10Interface 2014 promises to be a rich melting pot of artistes and artistic disciplines from across the world. Considering artistes from USA, UK, Singapore, Spain and India will showcase their dance, dance theatre and music, get ready to witness a gamut of interesting shows, workshops, panels and seminars.At Tagore TheatreTel 0172 272 4278Sweet addictionSeptember 5 to 30Got a sweet tooth? Treat your taste buds to some delicious German desserts like Prinzergentort-thin layers of sponge cake interlaid with delicate chocolate buttercream. Revel in the complex flavour of Frankfruter Kranz, also known as the Crown Cake. Other German Classics such as Streuselkuchen and other afternoon cake will also be available.At The Pastry Shop, Hyatt AmritsarTel 01832871234Fusion FlavoursSeptember 3 to 27A Western Australian fusion food festival awaits you at Collage with a buffet dinner every Wednesday and Saturday. Indulge in scrumptious jacket spuds with peanut sour cream, fish in beer and butter potato sauce, lamb and vegetable stew and other gastronomical delights.advertisementAt Collage, Hyatt AmritsarTel 01832871234MusicListen UpCreative, innovative and experimental-the Gandharva Choir will be performing at the Tagore Theatre this September. A pioneer in choral music in India, the Gandharva Choir’s efforts and achievements have been successful in setting a trend of choral music in the country.At Tagore TheatreTel 0172272 4278Timings 7 pm onwardslast_img read more

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Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb Onus on Anurag Thakur as BCCI discuss Lodha reforms in SGM

first_imgThe mood amongst various state units that make the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has yo-yoed ever since the Supreme Court endorsed the Lodha report.Like the rest of the world, many of them could see the writing on the wall but have been at various times convinced by the top brass of a legal gameplan that could help them wriggle out. (Sack entire BCCI top brass, Lodha panel tells Supreme Court)From seeking the cover of a sports bill that would circumvent the court order to relying on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to read a few of the Lodha recommendations as government interference and hence no ball the reforms have been some of the theories floated in the air.But as things stands the high and mighty in the BCCI may have run out of time. “We will be inviting trouble if it’s decided at the SGM that we are waiting for the review petition to be heard before we consider the implementation of the report,” said a key BCCI functionary.The Supreme Court has given the BCCI time till 6th of October to respond why they haven’t acted upon the Lodha report. Justice Lodha has already filed a status report with the court charging the BCCI of non compliance. The next key date is Friday, 30th September by when the Board and it’s state units ought to have changed their constitution as per the report. The agenda for the SGM called on the same date is to “consider implementation of the report”.advertisementThere are associations like the Vidarbha Cricket Association (better known as Shashank Manohar’s territory) who have called an AGM to adopt the Lodha guidelines. The Jyotiraditya Scindia led Madhya Pradesh cricket association is also opposed to confronting the judiciary. Most other associations have been riding on the BCCI power centre to save the day. (BCCI puts on a brave face, refuses to comply with Lodha recommendations)Each of them wait to know from President Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke if it’s time to accept the end game. Minutes after the status report filed by the Lodha panel to the Supreme Court, a top official speaking to India Today was refusing to throw in the towel. “We are getting multiple letters from state units who question the likes of Brijesh Patel and Sourav Ganguly attending meets despite their terms being completed. It’s the committee that has stopped them from conducting elections. Besides a number of things mentioned in the status report are based on media reports. We will respond to all these charges in our response. The SGM has not be stayed. We will discuss.”Ultimately, however, the President holds all the aces in the BCCI constitution that has been in force for the last 87 years. Anurag Thakur, the Board’s second youngest President has to decide if he can afford to continue taking on the judiciary when all seems lost even at the risk of inviting wrath of the Apex Court and possible action.last_img read more

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Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb Blake Lively sported 200 carats of jewellery at Met Gala

first_imgNew York, May 3 (PTI) Actress Blake Lively wore almost 200 carats of jewellery at the 2017 Met Gala red carpet.The 29-year-old actress, who was dressed in gold, embellished Versace gown with a blue-feathered train, completed her look with over USD 3.5 million of Lorraine Schwartz and Ofira Jewels jewelry, reported People magazine.The ensemble included an 82-carat pair of Burma earrings, a 50-carat triple sapphire ring, a 28-carat nude diamond pear shape ring and a Lorraine Schwartz 10-carat triangle diamond ring.Jewellery designer Schwartz took to Instagram where he praised Livelys look and posted a picture of her and actor husband Ryan Reynolds at the annual fundraising ball.Schwartz, an American jeweller, shared the details of Livelys attire on her Instagram account.”I mean how perfect can you get? Super hot couple Blake lively and Ryan Reynolds at the 2017 Met Ball in Versace.”My girl Blake rockin 130 carats Lorraine Schwartz and Ofira jewelz, sapphires and 48 carat Diamond rings, wow family, love them,” Schwarz wrote. PTI RDS SSNlast_img read more

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Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb Paul Pogba is just a player and not a captain: Jose Mourinho

first_imgJose Mourinho stressed on the fact that his relationship with Paul Pogba was “good” and also added that the Frenchman will play in Manchester United’s Premier League fixture against West Ham on Saturday.Mourinho also had a message for Pogba after a turbulent week at the club both on and off the pitch. United were knocked out of the League Cup after their defeat to Derby and matters got worst when he announced that Pogba has been stipped off the vice-captaincy. The following day, a video of Pogba and Mourinho was released that showed the pair having a few animated conversations on the training ground.Asked about what went wrong and why Pogba was stripped off the responsibility, Jose had only one thing to say: “No player is bigger than the club.”Mourinho however, insisted that the pair has bo problems between them and the decision to take the captaincy away from Pogba was made after consulting all the coaches. But he refrained from giving any public explanation of why he had taken the position from his most influential player.Also read – Did Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba quarrell over timing of Instagram post?The widely regarded belief is that Mourinho ran out of patience with Pogba after the World Cup-winning star said that United should attack more at Old Trafford against teams like Wolverhampton Wanderers, who earned a draw against United at their home.”The squad and especially Paul know in detail why myself and my coaching staff decided to do that,” said Mourinho on being asked why he had made the decision to strip Pogba of being Antonio Valencia’s deputy as captain.Also read – Paul Pogba will not be vice-captain anymore but no fallout: Jose Mourinhoadvertisement”After weeks of analysing and changing opinions with my coaching staff, we made the decision that, from now, Paul is just a player and not a captain.”So decision made, I informed the player and the players and then, when I was asked before Tuesday’s match (against Derby), I confirmed it.”The player-manager relation is good. Nobody trained better than Paul on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. And tomorrow he plays. So, end of the story.”He is a player like the others. No player is bigger than the club and if I’m happy with his work, he plays and if I’m not happy with his work he doesn’t play. I’m really happy with his work this week.”Asked if he was concerned about United’s reputation after a week which had also seen footage emerge of a frosty training ground exchange between himself and Pogba, Mourinho said: “Manchester United is bigger than anyone and I have to defend that.”The footage was watched and analysed endlessly on social media but Mourinho said he didn’t care that it had been picked up by the cameras.Asked if it had been disruptive, Mourinho responded: “Disruptive? You made an incredible story out of 15 minutes of an open training session.”What happened the other day happens many days. Conversations with players I have many, many times. Loud critics, instructions happens every day.”United head to the London Stadium in urgent need of a pick-me-up as they lie seventh in the league, already eight points off the pace being set by leaders Liverpool and questions growing about Mourinho’s ability to inspire his prosaic-looking side.last_img read more

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Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb Big Bash League: Daniel Vettori steps down as Brisbane Heat coach

first_imgFormer New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori has stepped as the coach of Big Bash League side Brisbane Heat after four years in charge of the the team. Brisbane ended their league phase on Friday with a victory over Melbourne Stars at The Gabba in Brisbane.Brisbane are currently placed fourth in the points table and may still qualify for the semi-finals of the T20 league if other results go in their favour.”After careful consideration over the past few weeks, I have decided not to seek a contract renewal as head coach of the Brisbane Heat,” Vettori said in a statement on Saturday.”I informed the General Manager of my decision prior to the game against Melbourne Stars at the MCG and that was accepted by the club. I told the playing group and coaching and support staff of my decision before last night’s match.”I have loved my time at Brisbane, firstly as a player and then as coach, and the experience of being part of the growth of the BBL has been personally rewarding.”I would like to thank the players for their efforts and wish them all the best in their respective careers. There is some exceptional talent within that group and I hope they have every opportunity to realise their ability and potential in the future.”Thank you to all the professional and dedicated support staff and coaches – they have done sterling work for the team over the years. I wish the Heat organisation all the best into the future.”advertisementEarlier this week, Brendon McCullum had also decided to not renew his contract next season and played his final BBL game on Friday. McCullum scored 920 runs in 35 matches in the BBL since 2011 at an average of over 27 with 9 half-centuries to his credit.Brisbane Heat skipper Chris Lynn paid a rich tribute to Vettori and McCullum.”It was important for us to do our best to send Baz off a winner in our last home game but equally so for Dan. His [McCullum’s] composure throughout our campaigns has been a constant in the background and I’m grateful to have benefited from his experience and knowledge of the game,” Lynn said.Also Read | Nathan Lyon wants Australia to enjoy cricket on challenging India tourAlso Read | BPL 2019: Tamim Iqbal’s 61-ball 141 not out hands Comilla Victorians their 2nd titlelast_img read more

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Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb De Kock ton gives South Africa 3-0 unbeatable lead in ODI series vs Sri Lanka

first_img Reuters DurbanMarch 11, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 08:54 IST South Africa opener Quinton de Kock has been in fine form in the ongoing series (@CSAOfficial Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDe Kock’s 121 helped South Africa post 331 for 5 in 50 oversSri Lanka failed to chase a rain-revised target of 193 in the third ODISouth Africa have sealed an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match seriesQuinton de Kock’s swashbuckling century inspired South Africa to beat Sri Lanka by 71 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis system at Kingsmead on Sunday to secure a winning 3-0 lead in their five-match one-day international series.After South Africa had been put into bat, De Kock smashed 121 off 108 balls at the top of the innings — his 14th ODI hundred — as they went on to make 331-5 off their 50 overs.Sri Lanka, set a revised target of 193 after a rain delay, fell a long way short, managing to score only 121-5 off 24 overs in reply.Sri Lanka had already been falling behind the required over rate at 75-2 off 16 overs when a rain storm took the players off for a two-hour break, after which the visitors were set a Herculean target of 118 runs off just eight overs to win.It’s all over at Kingsmead! Congratulations to the Proteas on their 71-run win via the DLS method. Sri Lanka could only manage 121/5. That’s a series victory for South Africa with 2 matches to spare! Take a bow, you BEAUTIES!#ProteaFire #SAvSL pic.twitter.com/xTWBmo0d6ECricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) March 10, 2019Kusal Mendis was caught and bowled by Imran Tahir for 41 just as Sri Lanka looked set to take on the challenge but despite the best efforts of Thisara Perera, who swung at every ball, the tourists were always fighting a losing cause.De Kock had earlier announced his intent with a four off the first ball of the game and kept up the attack before eventually getting to three figures off 89 balls, having fallen just short in the last ODI in Pretoria last Wednesday when he scored 94.advertisementRassie van der Dussen added 50 and a cameo from Andile Phehlukwayo, who hit 38 off 15 at the end of the innings, ensured South Africa went past 300 as they continued their World Cup preparations with some aplomb.Sri Lanka lost key batsman Kusal Perera early on in the game when he looked to have hurt his hamstring in the field and was taken to hospital for scans.Officials said he would not have been able to bat had he been needed but it is unsure how serious the injury is.South Africa and Sri Lanka will play the fourth match of the series in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.Also Read | West Indies 1st team to score less than 75 in successive T20Is, lose series 3-0 to EnglandAlso Read | Australia gun down 359 vs India to complete their highest successful chase in ODIsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow South Africa vs Sri LankaFollow 3rd ODIFollow Quinton de KockFollow Durban De Kock ton gives South Africa 3-0 unbeatable lead in ODI series vs Sri LankaSouth Africa beat Sri Lanka by 71 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis system in the third ODI in Kingsmead, Durban on Sundayadvertisementlast_img read more

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Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb Get Tan, Toned, and Tipsy with these 10 Beach Towels and Totes

first_img What’s Amphora Wine? A Primer on One of the Oldest Ways to Make Wine The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour Amid the cheap-o beach towels that last only one season in the sand and surf, and the summer totes that remain too rigid, or quite frankly look too ugly to be seen with, we’ve had only one thing on our mind as the hot weather sets in:Who makes the most stunning beach towels and totes?Scrupulously searching the racks of online and brick-and-mortar, we found the 10 best towels and totes that will elevate your beach experience and bring some class, comfort, and style to accessories that are often bought cheap and without much thought.Because after all, if you make intentional, quality purchases like non-toxic sunblock and swimming trunks, it’s time you grew out of buying towels at Walmart. And surprise! The transition isn’t as expensive as you thought.TOWEL: Dock & Bay Active Collection Towel, $19-$30This new range of compact, lightweight, quick-dry, affordable microfiber towels won’t replace your XXL beach towel, but if you’re traveling surf-side with a group setting up a blanket or chairs, or heading to the coast for a beach body workout, this bad boy should ride in tow. We dig the clean design and pastel (but not too pastel) colorways.TOTE: Hudson Sutler Cooler Bag, $99Ok, ok, it’s not a traditional tote. But Hudson Sutler’s new Cooler Bags are a summer essential. It’s shaped very similarly to a classic canvas tote, only these hold beer, so… we’ll let you decide if they count. Built around a half inch of insulation and a durable welded waterproof liner (normally used for life rafts), the bag keeps brews, wine, or La Croix super chill. (Literally fits 18 beers or 6 bottles of wine.) The rust proof resin zipper and flip top only reassert its place along the water.TOWEL: Huckberry Eagle Gift Towel, $40Supersized for all your summer toweling needs (i.e. beach, pool, spa, park, and blow up pool, etc.) the Native-American inspired print is a bold standout (just like you). The towel is sheared on one side for softness and looped on the other for increased absorption. One-hundred-percent cotton, baby.TOTE: WM. J. MILLS & CO – The Mills Tote, $110A timeless tote that will never go out of style, The Mills Tote is practically an American treasure (WM. J. Mills has been making them for 60+ years). The company refers to it as “workhorse bags,” because well, they’re meant to be used and dirtied up. Tip: Have no fear throwing this tote in the wash with your jeans… again, and again, and again. With an iconic shape and crafted from cotton duck canvas, the only question becomes: why don’t you have one yet?TOWEL: Woolrich Oversized Beach Towel, $24.99-$49.50Who says plaid is only for the winter? Woolrich took its heritage buffalo red and black pattern and threw that bad boy on a beach towel. Perfect for men who want to bring their lumberjack vibe to the surf. The fabric is a luck cotton, generously cut at 40’ x 70’, woven at the edges so it won’t fray. One reviewer from Austin, Texas adds, “It can almost double as a blanket. That’s beach towel quality.”TOTE: Chester Wallace Classic Tote, $150Built from 100-percent cotton duck canvas (that’s how you know your canvas is the real deal), and made in the USA by craftsmen in Portland, Oregon, this elongated Classic tote sneaks in two pockets to help keep your beach good organized. The bottom is reinforced to add much-needed structure so it sits well in the sand, and choose between stout nylon handles or a detachable shoulder strap that adds a punch of summer coloring to the otherwise simple color blocked body.TOWEL: Outlier Grid Linen Towel, $50Perhaps our favorite towel of 2017, the magic ingredient here is linen (as opposed to traditional cotton). Not too flat, too fluffy, too big, or too sand-trapping, Outlier hit the jackpot with this unique dimensional grid linen weave. The result: it’s lighter, tosses off sand, absorbs moisture better, dries quicker, and come fall, can be used in the bathroom or on backcountry camping trips. Plus, it gets softer and softer over time. (Ugh, we love that.)TOTE: Fjallraven ‘Totepack No.1’ Water Resistant Tote, $110Swedish made, Manual approved. This modern, minimal, waxed canvas is sturdy yet soft, and keeps your packing list to a minimum. (Which it should be.) There’s plenty of room to store beach essentials like sunblock, chapstick, a towel, some trail mix, and water. But it reminds us to forget the gadgets at home.TOWEL- John Elliot Blue Moroccan Beach Towel, $185That pattern do’. The intricate maze pattern stands out against the smooth sand, providing one of our favorite towel prints of all time. The rectangular cotton terrycloth towel is approximately 84” x 37” and was made in Japan. Do not forget this towel on your vacation to Europe this summer; it’s the equivalent of wearing a Brioni Vanquish II suit… only for the beach.TOTE: Picnic Time Adventure Wine Tote, $111.95What’s summer on the beach without some romantic alone time. Whether it’s a long-time S.O. or a new flame, this wine tote allows you to bring the bubbly directly to the tide. This Insulated tote has space for two wine bottles and comes with wine and cheese service for two. As for the dishes, the tote includes a portable acacia table, two PET stemless wine glasses, corkscrew, and bottle stopper. You know, if you want to take the drink elsewhere. 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb Clarksons Cruise Industry Continues Expanding Its Horizons

first_imgzoom During the summer, the cruise ship fleet surged past half a million berths of total capacity as the cruise industry continued to expand its horizons, according to Clarksons Research.The industry has seen strong newbuilding investment this year, and while many of the new ‘mega-ships’ will likely be heading to sunny climes, there have been developments at the small end of the sector too, for ships venturing forth to remote and often chilly destinations.Cruise ship ordering in 2016 was characterized by a rising demand for ‘expedition’ ships which would be sent to the Arctic. Nine such orders have been placed in 2016 to date, including some for voyages to the Poles, with other contracts for small vessels catering for the high-end, luxury market.Overall, vessels with less than 1,000 berths have accounted for half of the 26 cruise ship orders placed so far this year.The rapid expansion in the ‘mega-ship’ sizes has pushed the cruise fleet over its new milestone, and underpinned the expansion in the cruise ship orderbook to a record 60 units of 142,922 berths at the start of September. Around 70% of berth capacity ordered this year has been accounted for by ships of 4,000 berths and above.Having expanded robustly by a CAGR of 4.3% p.a. in 2006-15, growth in the cruise fleet is now likely to accelerate in the next few years, as more ‘mega-ships’ are delivered. Cruise operators retain a positive market outlook, with increased passenger volumes in Asia expected to be a key driver of global cruise passenger growth, according to Clarksons.Overall, 2016 is a record year for investment in the cruise ship sector, with estimated investment in the year to date at USD 8.9 billion, already up nearly 50% on the previous high reached last year.“A large number of orders are also in the pipeline and are likely to be confirmed in the coming years, which could add at least another 65,000 berths to the orderbook,” Clarksons said.Given the extremely subdued level of ordering in other vessel sectors, the cruise sector has accounted for almost 50% of the total estimated value of newbuilding investment in the year to date, and provided support to the European yards who dominate in this sector.last_img read more

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Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb 4 dead as rain continues to batter Maha

first_imgNew Delhi: Rains continued to disrupt normal life in several parts of Maharashtra on Sunday, while Andhra Pradesh grappled with a swollen Godavari that affected over 74,000 people, though the flood situation improved slightly in Assam.Heavy rains in Mumbai and adjoining regions crippled normal life for the second consecutive day, throwing train services off the tracks, disrupting air traffic and causing power outages in neighbouring Thane and Palghar districts. At least four persons died in rain-related incidents in Mumbai, Pune and Palghar districts, while a man is missing after he fell into a swollen nullah in Dharavi in central Mumbai in afternoon. The day of wet spell witnessed at least two rescue operations by the Indian Air Force (IAF) with Mi 17 choppers in the state. Rains also lashed Nashik, Raigad and Ratnagiri districts, where water-logging was witnessed in various localities as rivers were in full spate. In Gujarat, heavy rains continued to lash Vadodara though the situation had eased considerably as the water level in Vishwamitri river was receding, said district authorities. Vadodara District Collector Shalini Agarwal said a post-flood cleanliness drive had begun, under which officials of the civic health department were working to prevent outbreak of water-borne diseases. The continuing heavy flood in Godavari river affected over 74,000 people in parts of East and West Godavari districts in Andhra Pradesh with nearly 18,000 of them being shifted to relief camps, officials said. A second warning signal was issued at Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage at Dowaleswaram as water flow in the river, which has been in spate since last week following heavy monsoon rains, crossed the 13 lakh cusecs mark on Sunday morning and almost the entire quantum was being let out into the Bay of Bengal. However, there were no casualties reported and teams of the National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force reached out to the affected areas with essential supplies and food. Flood in Assam claimed one more life on Sunday, pushing the toll to 90, even as the overall situation improved considerably. Nearly 88,000 people remain affected by the deluge in 10 of the 33 districts of the state, according to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA). Till Saturday, around 1.22 lakh people were affected in the 10 flood-battered districts. The fresh casualty was reported from Gogamukh in Dhemaji district, the ASDMA said. Barpeta is the worst-hit district with 46,000 people being affected, it said. On the other side, hundreds of villages in north Karnataka were inundated following release of over 2 lakh cusecs of water from Koyna dam in neighbouring Maharashtra and torrential rainfall in the region prompting the administration to rope in the Army for relief works. So far, no loss of life has been reported, official sources said adding the administration was on alert. At least, five districts — Belagavi, Bagalkot, Raichur, Vijayapuram and Yadgir — have been badly affected by the swollen Krishna river, Malaprabha, Markandeya river and a few other rivulets. In Delhi, the sky remained overcast throughout the day with the minimum temperature settling at 27.2 degrees Celsius, normal for the season. The national capital recorded a high of 35.8 degrees Celsius, two degree above the normal, while the skies remained generally cloudy during the day, according to the Meteorological (MeT) department. It said the city received 0.6 mm rainfall. Parts of Rajasthan recorded light to moderate rains. During the last two days, Banswara’s Bagidora recorded 13 cm rainfall, followed by Jhalawar’s Dug (10 cm) and Bakani (8 cm), Bharatpur’s Veir and Jhalawar’s Asnawar (7 cm each), Bhilwara’s Jagpura, Banswara’s Ghatol and Jaipur’s Chomu (6 cm each). Hot and humid conditions persisted in most parts of Jammu and Kashmir with day temperature in most parts of the state settling several degrees above season’s average.last_img read more

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Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb A step towards reconciliation Halifax launches committee to rethink Cornwallis

first_imgHALIFAX – In a move billed by one councillor as a historic step toward reconciliation with the Indigenous community, Halifax council has launched a special advisory committee on the commemoration of its controversial founder, Edward Cornwallis.Regional council voted 15-2 on Tuesday to create the expert committee, and is expected to choose its members behind closed doors.Coun. Shawn Cleary said the decision to rethink how the city honours Cornwallis is a step towards improving the municipality’s relationship with Mi’kmaq people.“This is historic for us,” he told council before the vote. “I’m hopeful this is another step in rebuilding the relationship that for the last 400 years has not been a terribly good relationship.”For some, Halifax’s founder may be the product of a bygone era, but he still played an important role in establishing the city and serving as governor of Nova Scotia.But to others, Cornwallis is a symbol of colonial oppression, a morally indefensible man who issued a bounty on the scalps of Mi’kmaq men, women and children.The special committee is expected to provide council with advice on what to do with a statue of Cornwallis in downtown Halifax, as well as make recommendations on honouring Indigenous history.The city briefly covered up the bronze figure of Cornwallis this summer as protesters converged on the statue and demanded it be pulled down.“Emotions tend to run high and people tend to get quite entrenched,” Coun. Waye Mason said. “I think it’s quite important that we approach this with the spirit of openness and we look at this with an open mind.”Halifax council narrowly defeated a similar motion Mason tabled in 2016 that would have seen experts and the public weigh in on the Cornwallis issue.“I’m really happy to see this day has finally come,” he said, noting that he’s been dealing with the issue since the city decided to rebuild the playground in Cornwallis Park in downtown Halifax three years ago, sparking fierce debate over the park’s name.Two amendments proposed Tuesday were both shot down. One would have eliminated the committee’s option of taking a “phased approach” to the work, which recommended deliberating first on the commemoration of Cornwallis and then investigating the broader question of honouring Indigenous history.A second rejected amendment would have removed remuneration. Some councillors expressed concern that paying members an honorarium of $150 per meeting, up to a maximum of $2,100, set a precedence of having to pay for work normally done by volunteers.The committee will be made up of eight community members, four of which will be based on nominations put forward by the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs.Coun. Steve Adams, who voted against the committee, said the Indigenous members will be under “immense pressure” to have the statue removed.“That will be a foregone conclusion. There will be immense pressure to have the statue taken away,” he told council. “I don’t think it’s fair to put them in that situation.”last_img read more

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Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb The Comedy Network Honours Carrie Fisher with the Exclusive Premiere of her

first_imgAdvertisement Social Media links LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The Comedy Network on Twitter The Comedy Network on Facebook Just For Laughs on Twitter Just For Laughs on Facebook Cristela Alonzo on Twitter Ivan Decker on Twitter Joel Creasey on Twitter Nathan Macintosh on Twitter Brian Posehn on Twitter “In a lot of ways, I am Montréal. Our exteriors are beginning to show their age, we’ve both made some questionable financial decisions, and people keep saying we peaked in the 70s…and the response to those people is a resounding, F@ck You.”On her role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens: “The role was very progressive. I read the scenes and saw that my character was now a respected general, who wore practical clothing. I mean for a minute there I thought they made my character a man.” – The late Carrie Fisher in JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESSTORONTO (January 19, 2017) – The Comedy Network pays tribute to the legacy of the late iconic actor, author, and humourist Carrie Fisher by premiering her one-hour JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS gala special in advance of its originally scheduled broadcast date later this year. A long-time advocate for ending the stigma against mental health, the Carrie Fisher JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS special premieres this Saturday, Jan. 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy, in advance of Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 25. Here’s a look at the special … Login/Register With:center_img About Just For Laughs GroupJust For Laughs Television is one of the leading producers of stand-up and variety programming and has produced television programs that have been seen around the world on FOX, ABC, MTV, TBS, CBC, HBO, BBC1, Showtime, TEN Australia, HBO Canada, and The Comedy Network. The company has also expanded into scripted and non-variety programming with the acclaimed shows The Tournament (CBC), Deal with It (W Network), and Bullet in the Face (IFC). Just For Laughs Television is part of the Just For Laughs Group. Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group’s growth is concentrated on four major focal points: Festivals (in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney); television production (most notably Gags, seen in 135 countries and on 95 airlines); live shows (Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan, and Kevin Hart); Its inaugural Montreal Festival is over 30 years old and is now the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event, welcoming 1.7 million people each summer.About Bell Media Independent ProductionBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, and the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, and MASTERCHEF CANADA. Upcoming original series on CTV include CARDINAL and THE DISAPPEARANCE. Among the original scripted series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, Space’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS, Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2, award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, CraveTV’s first original series LETTERKENNY, the upcoming original series RUSSELL PETERS IS THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, Discovery’s upcoming drama FRONTIER, and Comedy’s new satirical news series THE BEAVERTON. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new scripted series in 4K.About The Comedy NetworkCanada’s first specialty comedy service, The Comedy Network airs comedy of all kinds, 24-hours-a-day, across multiple platforms, including a revolutionary broadband service at thecomedynetwork.ca. Launched in October 1997, Comedy broadcasts, uncut and uncensored, an eclectic mix of scripted, stand-up, sketch, improv, and animated comedy – as well as topical comedy talk shows, game shows and classic situation comedies. Offering an unrivalled slate of original Canadian programming, Comedy reinvests nearly 50 per cent of its revenues into home-grown productions. Comedy is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and is available in nearly six million households across the country. Advertisement Filmed on location at the Just For Laughs Festival in downtown Montréal in July, 2016, the special episode of JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS is hosted by Fisher and also features performances by comedians Cristela Alonzo, Joel Creasey, Brian Posehn, and Canadian comics Ivan Decker and Nathan Macintosh. Full episodes of JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS are available on demand on TheComedyNetwork.ca after their broadcast premiere.Returning with its fifth season later this year, JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS is an exclusive stand-up series that featuring the biggest names in comedy from around the world. From the stages of Montréal’s grand Place des Arts and gritty Club Soda, Just For Laughs brings the very best in stand-up today. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb Morocco to Push Exports at Paris Rencontre Africa 2018

Rabat – Morocco will have a chance to push its exports at “Rencontres Africa” in Paris, convening decision-makers from Africa and Europe.The third Rencontres Africa (Africa Meetings) will be held September 24-25.The business delegation, led by the Moroccan Association of Exporters (ASMEX), will also include representatives of the Moroccan Investment and Export Development Agency (AMDIE), the French Chamber of Commerce, and  Moroccan industries, as well as some 20 exporters in order to explore opportunities for growth of Morocco’s exports. Several sectors, including agriculture, fisheries, health, and construction will be represented at the event, which allows exporters to meet 800 African decision-makers as well as 1,500 French and European leaders.Morocco’s foreign trade actors will actively participate to promote the continuity of South-South and South-North orientations initiated by the kingdom.“Rencontres Africa is one of the strategic meetings for the association, which has been working since 1982 to promote the national export offer,” said ASMEX President Hassan Sentissi El Idrissi.This year’s program includes conferences and B2B meetings with intra-participant meetings. The meetings are arranged directly via a matching platform. The event will also include pavilions from the nine African countries represented, including Morocco. read more

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Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb Progress on DR Congos path to stability but shortfalls hamper efforts –

From combating rape used as a weapon of war by both rebels and national army soldiers, to the reintegration of former rebels and speedy responses to violence, much greater efforts are needed, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for the DRC, Roger Meece, told the Security Council, while citing improved cooperation with the DRC government. He highlighted shortfalls in financing and equipment, ranging from an insufficient number of military helicopters to ensure security to a lack of funding for judicial reform and the holding of elections. “I encourage all donors and partners to increase their own activities in these areas,” he said in later comments to reporters.“The protection of civilians clearly remains our major priority and focus, driven by operations of predatory foreign and domestic armed groups in the eastern portion of the country,” the Special Representative said in his briefing to the Council. Citing last month’s rape of up to 80 people by the rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), he added, “These groups continue to act as predatory forces, often incorporating the use of rape and other violence as a weapon against civilians.” Mr. Meece also noted “too many reported case of abuses” by the national army and police, including 35 people raped over the New Year’s holiday, but praised the rapid intervention of government authorities and the arrest of seven soldiers and four officers. “Such action is a welcome step toward ending the impunity felt by too many for too long,” he said.There are, however, still significant weaknesses in the military and civilian justice systems, and the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) – the peacekeeping mission which Mr. Meece heads – has worked to bolster military prosecution capabilities with support from Canada and the UN Peacebuilding Fund, “but much greater efforts are needed,” Mr. Meece stressed. The Fund, which was set up in 2006 and relies upon voluntary contributions, supports efforts to augment peace and stability in countries emerging from conflict.Since 1999 and under various names, the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC – with currently more than 19,000 uniformed personnel on the ground – has overseen the vast country’s emergence from years of civil war and factional chaos, culminating most notably in 2006 with the first democratic elections in over four decades. But fighting has continued in the east where the bulk of UN forces are deployed.Reintegration programmes for former armed rebels pose a problem, since those integrated without sufficient training tend to be associated with reported abuses, Mr. Meece noted. Last September, MONUSCO started a long-term training programme for those integrated into the police, with financial support from Japan, but again “much more is needed,” he added.The FDLR remains the major rebel force in eastern DRC, but Mr. Meece reported some hopeful signs in countering it, including the “demoralizing” impact of European action against its political leadership which has resulted in internal strains and operational problems.“It is certainly premature to assert that the FDLR is collapsing but the group’s capacity is diminishing and is under strain,” he said. “In fact, for the first time in my experience in the region, I believe the outline can be seen of an eventual resolution of this long-standing threat to the population. We are not at the point of success, but there is clear progress.”Citing the developing collaboration between MONUSCO and government forces, which has reduced the operational capacity of the armed groups, Mr. Meece noted that, while not free of problems, “this more active military posture is a necessary component to achieve conditions of long-term security,” but he warned that a shortage of military helicopters significantly constrained operations.“We are still facing serious shortfalls that are projected to increase absent new timely contributions,” he said, stressing that India’s extension of the use of its existing combat helicopters until July only provided “breathing room.” Among measures taken to increase the protection of civilians, he cited the establishment of community alert networks, the use of cell phones with pre-set contact numbers and high frequency radios. In a press statement following Mr. Meece’s briefing, the Council “voiced deep concern about MONUSCO’s chronic shortage of military helicopters and urged member states to urgently contribute military helicopters to fill this critical capability gap.” The statement strongly condemned the rapes, welcomed the government’s swift response and called for the speedy prosecution of the perpetrators.The Council also expressed concern at the limited progress made in security and judicial sector reform, “in particular the training and reform of the national army and police, which remains a crucial element for stabilization and peace consolidation.”Turning to this year’s national elections – “a critical component of Congo’s long-term stabilization” – Mr. Meece cited the mission’s logistical support and concerns over funding.“I must note my concern, however about MONUSCO budget levels, as it is not yet clear we will have the needed funds in the 2011/2012 budget cycle to ensure the necessary logistical support we are uniquely positioned to provide,” he warned. “If we face MONUSCO budget shortfalls, we will be obliged to utilize funds from other parts of the mission’s budget, potentially with quite significant negative impact on other operations.”But despite the challenges ahead, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative concluded his remarks to the Council on a hopeful note. “I remain optimistic that with sustained engagement and support we are on a path toward achieving the kind of security and stable conditions which the people of the Congo and region richly deserve,” he said. 7 February 2011United Nations peacekeepers are making “important headway” on the difficult road towards bringing stability to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), but shortfalls in funds and military equipment are constraining their efforts, a top official said today. read more

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Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb Burlington under water

Epic flooding in our region tonight brought highways, roads and much of Burlington to a standstill this evening. Video taken from inside a car that managed to get through the flooding on the QEW tells the tale. But as it somehow gets by, you can see several rows of cars stopped on the other side of the highway going nowhere. And while the highways were in bad shape — so were many streets in the city.The Burlington Fire Department is still on the scene at Windy Oaks and Golden Eagle Drive after the flooding caused a major gas leak here. In other areas, the highways were flooded and basements were drenched.Chris Davison has lived on Addison drive for more than 16 years. He says he’s never seen anything like it before: “The water came down so hard between the houses that the sump pump couldn’t handle the flow of water, even though it was going full out.”Highway 407 and Appleby Line was closed after at least three lanes were flooded. Some people abandoned their vehicles while others were stranded inside them.The heavy rain caused the banks of a creek at the end of Windy Oaks Drive to give way, causing a major gas line leak.Tim Dowd, Burlington Fire Dept: “It has unfortunately broken a 6 inch gas main at two different spots. We have a high volume of gas going into the atmosphere. It’s a major feed that will be feeding this entire area. They are working on shutting to down right now but there will be some difficulty because it’s normally a buried line that is no longer buried.”Mike Leone smelled the gas: “You can smell it all the way up the street. The force of the gas line — you could hear it hissing all the way from the corner.”Two homes on the other side of the creek were evacuated. Others were also put on standby for the evacuation.Union Gas is on scene here. They are trying to shut off the gas but they say it will be at least another hour.Police are asking anyone with rising water in their homes to shut off the hydro and the gas and the City of Burling issued a statement asking anyone who is out tonight to please stay off the roads.OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt spoke of the busy evening for emergency personnel. read more

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Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb FAO Schwarz comes to Canada with holiday popups at all Hudsons Bay

TORONTO — Iconic American toy brand FAO Schwarz is coming to Canada, but it won’t be here for long.The New-York based retailer announced Tuesday that it is opening pop-up spaces at every Hudson’s Bay Co. store in a bid to bring some of the U.S.’s most beloved toys to Canada.The spaces, ranging in size from 27 to 111 square metres (300 to 1,200 square feet), will stay open until the end of December and sell oversized plush animals, classic toy train sets and playmat replicas of the life-size piano that Tom Hanks danced on in the famous scene from the 1988 movie “Big.”FAO Schwarz said the deal marks the first time the brand has had a physical presence in the country.“We are thrilled to be entering the Canadian market,” FAO Schwarz chief merchandising officer David Niggli told The Canadian Press. “We have been known more as a U.S. company, (but) I would say toys are universal and we found that whether it is a teddy bear or it is a doll or a remote-control car, those kind of playthings are classic and work across the globe.”The partnership comes months before the more-than-150-year-old FAO Schwarz reopened its New York flagship store after shutting down in July 2015. Around the same time, rival Toys “R” Us Inc., which once owned FAO Schwarz, was facing financial woes and began liquidating U.S. stores only to cancel its U.S. bankruptcy auction and announce plans to revive the brand days ago.Toys “R” Us’s Canadian business remained open and mostly immune to the rocky period the business encountered, but in recent years it and other toy companies grappled with the growing popularity of video and online games, the expansion of rival brand Mastermind Toys stores and the dawn of e-commerce that has pitted legacy toy retailers against online giants Amazon.com Inc. and eBay Inc.FAO Schwarz, which is known for its bright, large-scale displays, has attempted to counter these headwinds by opening stores within Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales department stores.Niggli wouldn’t say whether the HBC partnership was a sign that FAO Schwarz will look to make a long-term foray into the Canadian market or open its own stores here.“We always consider. We never say never,” he said.“I think we will definitely have a good read, but right now it is us and Hudson’s Bay in Canada.”It’s been two years since HBC re-entered the toy business after nixing the category almost a decade before.HBC President Alison Coville said the FAO Schwarz opportunity was ideal because it is a chance to “see toys and the wonderment of the holidays brought to life in a really big and magical way.”Shoppers who visit the pop-ups, she said, can expect to find a mix of hit toys like the Our Generation dolls, alongside technology-based playthings like microphones and mixing boards and FAO Schwarz favourites like oversized giraffes and the $120 pianos, which Coville even admitted she has to stop herself from jumping on.However, she couldn’t say whether the FAO Schwarz partnership could stick around after the holidays.“We have toy departments throughout our network of stores, so depending on the customers response, if it is strong and we see opportunity, we would definitely look at expanding or doing it again.” read more

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Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb Côte dIvoire transitional cabinet meets for first time in four months UN

Three opposition ministers whom President Laurent Gbagbo had dismissed from the Government of National Transition were among those participating in the meeting, said Albert Tévoédjré, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and chief of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI).On the Council agenda is implementing the January 2003 Linas-Marcoussis Agreement, which ended bitter fighting between factions in the north and the south and which had caused the four-month stalemate. It calls for Mr. Gbagbo and Prime Minister Seydou Diarra to redistribute powers and for a new nationality code that would expand the field of political candidates. read more

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Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb UK experience and contacts required

UAE company based in Abu Dhabi manufacturing forklifts and pick-ups in both UAE and Saud Arabia is looking to increase manufacturing to include cars, buses, coaches. Already working with Lotus Engineering in UK the owner would welcome further UK contacts who can support the development of the business.Contact: Mohamad Nasser Al Hajeri, General Relation Manager Gulf Automobile Industry Corporation Email: alhajeri2@gmail.comTel: +971 2 5500366 Mobile: +971 50 6722216Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb Rise in artic registrations drives highest demand for HGVs since 2008

New HGV demand rises 6.3% in Q2 2017, reaching 11,771 units.3+ axle artics drive growth in second quarter, up 21.2% with 4,658 trucks registered.Year-to-date figures rise 3.5% as 22,177 new HGVs join UK roads – the largest H1 volume since 2008.1SEE HGV REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDThe new HGV (heavy goods vehicle) market in the UK saw strong growth in the second quarter of 2017, according to figures released by SMMT. 11,771 new trucks were registered – a 6.3% rise on the same period last year as manufacturers delivered several large orders to fleets in quarter two.Figures for the first half of 2017 painted a similar picture, up 3.5% on 2016, with 22,177 registrations so far this year, the biggest H1 since 2008. Heavy trucks made the largest gains, with 3+ axle artics rising 11.6%, while at the other end of the spectrum, lighter 6.0-16t rigids also saw significant growth – up 8.6%. Demand for rigids >16t and 2 axle artics, however, declined, with respective falls of -4.4% and -15.0%.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, Commercial vehicles are critical to keeping our country moving, and with all new trucks featuring low emission Euro VI diesel technology and some of the latest safety and autonomous features, it’s great to see more of them joining British roads. However, while manufacturers have benefited from an increase in orders in this particular quarter, given the varying nature of fleet renewal in the sector, it is vital that government works to maintain the conditions that will give operators confidence to invest. Download the press release and data table for Q2 2017 here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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