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first_imgA good pitch requires more than a short description and price quote — and it goes beyond what’s put down on paper. Here are some points to keep in mind when pitching your next corporate video.Top image via ShutterstockWorking in video production can be a tough gig. Whether you’re with a company, freelance or a weekend warrior, there’s a lot more to the job than clicking record on your camera. A big part of the life is the time spent trying to find new (and better) projects to work on. Putting together bids, pitches and proposals is a necessary part of video production that is crucial but very often neglected.1. Show a Clear Value PropositionImage via ShutterstockThis includes (but goes beyond) giving a thoughtful and detailed project description in your proposal. If you can connect with your client and understand their company and how it works (i.e. how it makes money), you’ll be in a better place to propose how your video will help.When pitching your services, you’ll need to draw a clear line between your work and an increase in your client’s revenue. Sometimes that line can be hard to find (or it may not exist at all). It’s up to you to get creative to make connections that will resonate and aid your pitch.Keep up with current and old clients to find examples of how your work has helped them grow and increase revenue. There’s nothing closer to a slam-dunk than citing directly influencing success with a similar client.2. Be a Subject-Matter ExpertImage via ShutterstockIn your pitch, as well as your personal brand or company, you’ll want to show a subject-matter expertise and share how you’re uniquely capable of creating the video specific for your client.Ideally, your brand will extend beyond the paper and the client will have already seen your digital presence and some past work to have an understanding of your capabilities. If not, you’ll want to work hard to direct him or her to watch your reel and look through your work.You can also show expertise in conversation. Even if your client isn’t video savvy, don’t shy away from giving technical details on how you propose to shoot. They’re paying you for your knowledge base as much as they are your time and equipment.3. Build a Clear and Detailed ProposalImage via ShutterstockIf at all possible, try to give your pitch in person. If not a formal presentation pitch, at least meet to shake hands or have a coffee to discuss the project in person. Whatever you can do to connect your face and brand to your proposal will make it that much harder to ignore or throw it away.That being said, your proposal should be thorough and detailed enough to give your whole pitch for you. Here’s a checklist of what to include.Project Name — Give the project a short but precise name to distinguish it clearly for both ends.Intro — Give a clear overview (as best you understand) of the project, which hits on its solid value proposition and how you are uniquely qualified to shoot it.Portfolio/Resume — Share your history, reel(s) and any specific projects that are similar to the proposed videoScope of Work — It’s important to be upfront and as clear as possible about what you perceive the scope of work to be. This will save you down the line from being asked to do more than you were expecting. If the project is open-ended in nature, give specifics on how additional work will be handled and is expected to be requested.Timeline — Build out a production timeline based on any discussed dates and what you know to be doable and ideal. If it has yet to be discussed, this is a great way to get the ball rolling on scheduling shoot dates and deliverables.Deliverables — Same as with the scope, clearly define exactly what will be delivered and when. Include options for additional deliverables if needed and define what they will add to the overall cost.Line Item — If possible, give a line-item breakdown for all aspects of production. Be sure to include your time in pre-production and in post.Travel/Accommodations/Per Diem — If the shoot requires travel, be sure to include projected travel and accommodation costs.Agreement Signatures — If you’re looking to close (and you should always be closing), include lines for both parties to sign and date. Include any caveats about how you expect payment(s) and when. Have any other tips for pitching corporate videos? Share them below!last_img read more

first_imgIn this photo, taken Jan. 27, 2005, Robert DeNiro (left) and boxer Jake LaMotta stand for photographers before watching a 25th anniversary screening of the movie “Raging Bull” in New York. LaMotta, whose life was depicted in the film “Raging Bull,” died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at a Miami-area hospital from complications of pneumonia. He was 95. (Photo by JULIE JACOBSON / AP)MIAMI — Jake LaMotta, the former middleweight champion whose life in and out of the ring was depicted in the film “Raging Bull,” for which Robert De Niro won an Academy Award, has died, his fiancee said Wednesday. He was 95.LaMotta died Tuesday at a Miami-area hospital from complications of pneumonia, according to fiancee Denise Baker.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Renowned for his strong chin, and the punishment he could take, and dish out, LaMotta was knocked down only once – in a 1952 loss to light-heavyweight Danny Nardico – in his 106 fights.LaMotta’s first defense was supposed to be a rematch with Cerdan, but the Frenchman was killed when a plane en route to the United States crashed in the Azores in 1949.So in his first defense, LaMotta outpointed Tiberio Mitri on July 12, 1950, in New York, then on Sept. 13, he rallied to knock out Dauthuille at Detroit.LaMotta’s title reign ended on Feb. 14, 1951, when Robinson stopped him in the 13th round in Chicago. In a fight that became known as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, LaMotta gave as good as he got in the early rounds, then took tremendous punishment. He would not go down.In their second match, on Feb. 5, 1943, in New York, LaMotta won a 10-round decision, giving Robinson his first defeat in the 41st fight of his illustrious career.LaMotta was born July 10, 1922, on New York City’s Lower East Side but was raised in the Bronx.After retiring from boxing in 1954, he owned a nightclub for a time in Miami, then dabbled in show business and commercials. He also made personal appearances and for a while in the 1970s he was a host at a topless nightclub in New York.The 1980 film “Raging Bull,” based on LaMotta’s memoir written 10 years earlier, was nominated for eight Academy Awards. Though director Martin Scorsese was passed over, De Niro, who gained 50 pounds to portray the older, heavier LaMotta, won the best actor award.In 1998, LaMotta, who had four daughters, lost both of his sons. Jake LaMotta Jr., 51, died from cancer in February. Joe LaMotta, 49, was killed in plane crash off Nova Scotia in September.A funeral in Miami and a memorial service in New York City are being planned, Baker said. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LaMotta threw a fight against Billy Fox, which he admitted in testimony before the Kefauver Committee, a US Senate committee investigating organized crime in 1960.“I purposely lost a fight to Billy Fox because they promised me that I would get a shot to fight for the title if I did,” LaMotta said in 1970 interview printed in Peter Heller’s 1973 book “In This Corner: 40 World Champions Tell Their Stories.”LaMotta was “stopped” by Fox in the fourth round on Nov. 14, 1947, in Madison Square Garden. He didn’t get a title shot until 10 fights later.On June 16, 1949, in Detroit, he became middleweight champion when the Frenchman Marcel Cerdan couldn’t continue after the 10th round.Of the claim that Cerdan had to quit because of a shoulder injury, LaMotta said in 1970: “Something’s bound to happen to you in a tough fight, cut eye, broken nose or broken hand or something like that. So you could make excuses out of anything, you know, but you got to keep on going if you’re a champ or you’re a contender.”ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:15Zimbabwe ex-president Robert Mugabe dies aged 9500:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “Rest in Peace, Champ,” De Niro said in a statement.The Bronx Bull, as he was known in his fighting days, compiled an 83-19-4 record with 30 knockouts, in a career that began in 1941 and ended in 1954.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLaMotta fought the great Sugar Ray Robinson six times, handing Robinson the first defeat of his career and losing the middleweight title to him in a storied match.In the fight before he lost the title, LaMotta saved the championship in movie-script fashion against Laurent Dauthuille. Trailing badly on all three scorecards, LaMotta knocked out the challenger with 13 seconds left in the fight. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Beermen escape Fuel Masters for share of third placelast_img read more

first_imgA day after the joint Lokpal panel meeting ended in a deadlock, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare said the government had no intention to fight the graft and that he would start another satyagraha on August 16. Team Anna has said there are no discussions at the meetings and the govt is simply trying to push its version through. “What is the point of a joint panel, if there are two drafts,” Hazare, who was flanked by other civil society members, including RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal and lawyer Prashant Bhushan, said on Thursday. “I was surprised by the government stand on the Lokpal bill,” said Hazare, who has threatened to go on a hunger strike again accusing the government of being uninterested in a strong bill. Referring to the government announcements on two drafts in case of disagreements, Hazare had stated earlier that he was not optimistic about expecting anything from the government anymore. Hazare had led a mass indefinite hunger strike at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar in April.  Kejriwal said the government has refused to listen to the arguments of the civil society members, saying even 20% of the basic issues were not discussed at the meetings. Calling the Lokpal meetings a farce, Kejriwal said if the Lokpal bill was introduced in Parliament without civil society’s grievances being addressed, it would be ‘a jokepal bill’. He said the government has also refused to give any promise on sharing the audio recordings of the meetings.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgUruguay has left Luis Suarez on the bench for its opening World Cup game against Costa RicaWelcome to the LIVE coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2014, Group D clash between Uruguay vs Costa Rica from Arena Castelao stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil. Costa Rica came from behind to stun Uruguay 3-1 Saturday at the World Cup, opening the tough Group D with a major upset.MATCH COMMENTARY Costa Rica entered the tournament as one of the biggest underdogs to make it out of the group stage after being drawn with Uruguay, Italy and England, but showed no signs of being in awe as it scored three goals in the second half to seriously dent the South Americans’ hopes of advancing. Uruguay had to leave star striker Luis Suarez on the bench but went ahead when Edinson Cavani scored a penalty in the 24th minute. However, Costa Rica fought back after the break and lone striker Joel Campbell drive in a ball headed down by Celso Borges in the 54th to beat goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.Oscar Duarte dived past the outstretched foot of Uruguay’s Cristian Stuani to head in the winner for the Central Americans, and substitute Marcos Urena added the third with six minutes left, catching out Muslera to slot the ball in from a tight angle.It was Costa Rica’s first World Cup victory since beating China in the group stage in 2002.”What counted is that we stayed calm and kept creating opportunities against a very tough team,” Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto said. “We have great respect for Uruguay but we weren’t that impressed tonight and we able to play our game the way we wanted. So it was a big win for us.”advertisementUruguay started with striker Diego Forlan alongside Cavani but the 35-year-old made little impact and was substituted on the hour for Nicolas Lodeiro.Uruguay – the highest-ranked team in the group – ended their disastrous night with 10 men after Maxi Pereira was sent off for a clumsy injury time foul on Campbell. Pereira will be suspended from the next game against England.”They were simply very good. In the second half they just took over – and they took the tactical advantage,” Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said. “Football means that sometimes you have to lose. You can’t lose heart, you just have to improve … We made mistakes today that we haven’t made for a long time.”Suarez is still recovering from knee surgery and never came off the bench – indicating that the Liverpool forward is still far from match fitness.  Teams(from):Uruguay: Fernando Muslera, Diego Lugano, Diego Godin, Walter Gargano, Cristian Rodriguez, Diego Forlan, Cristian Stuani, Maxi Pereira, Egidio Arevalo, Edinson Cavani, Martin CaceresCosta Rica: Keylor Navas, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Michael Umana, Celso Birges, Oscar Duarte, Christian Bolanos, Joel Campbell, Bryan Ruiz, Junior Diaz, Cristian Gamboa, Yeltsin Tejedalast_img read more

first_img9th Race: The Circle Of Bliss Plate 1600 Metres9th Race: The Circle Of Bliss Plate 1600 Metres Godsent (Mrs Laxmi P. Lala, Mr Partab Lala & Mr Gautam Lala rep. Gainsville Stud & Agl Farm P.L) 54.50 Kavraj Singh first Mathaiyus 55.50 N S Parmar second Rapid Girl 50.50 S A Amit third Raees 55 T S Jodha fourth Not Run: Nil Favourites: Mathaiyus Won By: 1 L, 2 1/4 L, 1 L, Time: 1 Minute 39.86 Seconds Tote: Rs 65 for win, Rs 15, Rs 12 and Rs 42 for places Forecast: Rs 230 Shp: Rs 40 Quinella: Rs 34 Tanala: 70 per cent: Rs 4022 on 5 tickets 30 per cent: Rs 2154 on 4 tickets (More) PTI COR BAS NRB ATlast_img

first_imgThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday said it had extended provisional measures against Russia over its doping scandal “until further notice” pending the evaluation of a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-commissioned report.The measures, first imposed on July 19 following the publication of the first part of the so-called McLaren report, include having no IOC-sanctioned events in Russia and urging sports federations to look for alternative locations for events.Some of the other measures, such as a ban on accreditations for Russian officials, were linked to the 2016 Rio Olympics.Canadian law professor Richard McLaren will deliver the second part of his report into state-sponsored doping in Russian sport on Dec. 9 at a London hotel.The much-anticipated report is expected to provide more details on an elaborate doping scheme operated by Russia at the 2014 Sochi Olympics which McLaren outlined in his original report released in July.That led WADA to recommend that the entire Russian team should be excluded from August’s Rio Olympics.Although Russian track and field athletes and weightlifters were banned from competing at Rio, the IOC rejected a blanket ban and let international sports federations decide which athletes were eligible to compete.last_img read more

first_imgApple has increased the prices of various iPhone models in India with immediate effect. The price rise comes after the government of India increased the custom duty from 10 per cent to 15 per cent. Given the fact that most of the iPhone units are imported in India, Apple had to increase the price. The price increase is on the MRP and is effective from December 18.The only exception is the iPhone SE, which is currently made in India. So it’s price remains same. Now, on Monday we wrote how the increase in the iPhone prices — the increase is around 3.5 per cent on average — may not mean that the market prices of the iPhones will go up. The phone sellers often sell the iPhones at prices that are lower than MRP so the overall impact on consumers after the iPhone price hike may not be much.That said, as far as the MRP is concerned, here is what the iPhones will sport now on their price tags.iPhone 6 32 GB: Rs 30780          iPhone 6s  32 GB: Rs 41,550       iPhone 6s 128 GB: Rs 50,660     iPhone 6s Plus  32 GB: Rs 50,740iPhone 6s Plus 128 GB: Rs 59,860            iPhone 7 32 GB: Rs 50,810          iPhone 7 128 GB: Rs 59,910       iPhone 7 Plus 32 GB: Rs 61,060iPhone 7 Plus 128 GB: Rs 70,180iPhone 8 64 GB: Rs 66,120          iPhone 8 256 GB: Rs 79,420       iPhone 8 Plus 64 GB: Rs 75,450iPhone 8 Plus 256 GB: Rs 88,750iPhone X 64 GB: Rs 92,430         iPhone X 256 GB: Rs 1,05,720So, after the price increase are the iPhones worth buying? It all depends on what iPhone you are planning to buy. Let’s take them one by one. Also, you should remember the 256GB or the 128GB iPhone is not exactly a value for money. But if you are buying a new model of iPhone — think iPhone 8 or the iPhone X — you should go for the one with more storage. An iPhone, unlike Android phones that need to be changed in 2 years or so, can be used for around 3 years because it will get the relevant software support. So it is worth buying the 256GB or 128GB variant.advertisementSo about which iPhone to buy and which not to buy… here is what India Today Tech suggests:Buy iPhone SE if under Rs 20,000We recommend the iPhone SE if you can find it selling under Rs 20,000. Usually, it sells under Rs 20,000. At this price point, it is better than any other phone out there, including an Android phone like the Xiaomi Mi A1. It has good hardware, is fast and has a great camera for its price. The screen size on the smaller side at 4 inches but overall this is a good enough phone to be used for two years even if you buy it today.Do not buy iPhone 6, iPhone 6s  and iPhone 6s PlusThese three phones are now overpriced. Even the iPhone 6, which you may get in the market for around Rs 25,000 to Rs 26,000 is overpriced. A phone like the Honor 8 Pro around the same price point is a better deal. These are too old, and they don’t offer enough over the Android phones in the same price bracket to make them worth buying.Also Read: iPhone prices increased in India from today, iPhone SE price is only exceptionIn fact, when you move to the price point at which the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus play (between Rs 35,000 to Rs 40,000), you can easily get a Nokia 8 and OnePlus 5T for the same amount of money. And these two Android phones are much superior compared to the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus.Buy iPhone 7 only if it is for around Rs 40,000The iPhone 7 was launched last year but it is still a fast phone, with fantastic hardware and a good camera. For many users, it can be a superior phone compared to the Nokia 8 or the OnePlus 5T. But go for it only if the price is right. According to Apple, the iPhone 7 MRP is now Rs 50,810. That is too much. The same is true for the iPhone 7 Plus, which has an MRP of Rs 61,060. That also is too much. But if you get a deal where the iPhone 7 is for around Rs 40,000 — plus or minus a few thousand rupees — go for it.Buy iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 PlusThese are fantastic phones. Although there are devices like the Galaxy S8 and the Pixel 2, which are better value for money and as good as the iPhones, if it is an Apple phone you want, don’t hesitate from picking up the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus. Even at slightly increased prices, these two are good.advertisementBuy iPhone X if you can afford itAfter the price increase, the iPhone X now sells at an MRP of Rs 92,430. That is very expensive. But then so was Rs 89,000, its earlier MRP. The iPhone X is arguably — and India Today Tech argued that in its review — is the best phone you can buy right now. If you were willing to pay Rs 89,000 for it, don’t mind those extra couple of thousands. The iPhone X is still worth buying.last_img read more

first_imgYuzvendra Chahal has been in fine form for India in World Cup 2019 and his sense of humour is a hit with his India teammates. After a crushing win over Pakistan, India’s cricketers are in high spirits and Chahal even took time out to share a sweet Instagram story with Ziva Dhoni.Yuzvendra Chahal has taken 6 wickets in the 2019 Cricket World Cup so far. He picked up 4 for 51 against South Africa and 2 for 62 against Australia before going wicketless against Pakistan. As an integral part of India’s bowling unit, Chahal will have a major role to play in the remainder of the World Cup.Chahal and the rest of the Indian players are in the middle of a long break. After their game against Pakistan on June 16, India will next take on Afghanistan on June 22. Chahal shared a cute Instagram story with Ziva Dhoni with hilarious filters. Chahal took to Instagram stories to share this cute picture with Ziva. (Instagram: Yuzvendra Chahal)Ziva, MS Dhoni’s daughter, is in England. During the game against Pakistan, she and Rishabh Pant had a blast. Ziva’s videos often go viral on social media. During the Indian Premier League, Ziva cheers loudly for her father MS Dhoni and Chennai Super Kings.Chahal along with Kuldeep Yadav make for a potent spin force for India. With the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami to do the damage up front with the new ball, the opposition is wary of two world-class wrist spinners.As for Ziva, a lot of her adorable photos and videos have already gone viral during the World Cup.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Luke Wright slams Iceland Cricket for trolling Rashid KhanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India won’t take Afghanistan or any other team lightly, says Virat KohliAlso See:last_img read more

first_imgTransfers Huddersfield complete reported £14m deal for Norwich’s Pritchard Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 00:51 1/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alex Pritchard Norwich City Getty Images Transfers Huddersfield Town Huddersfield Town v West Ham United Norwich City Championship Premier League The 24-year-old becomes David Wagner’s second signing of the January transfer window as he moves up from the Championship Huddersfield Town have completed the capture of attacking midfielder Alex Pritchard from Norwich City for a reported fee of £14 million.The 24-year-old had been the subject of interest from Huddersfield for a couple of weeks, with David Wagner seemingly admitting defeat at the start of the month as he rued the cost of English players.But Wagner has now successfully bolstered his attacking ranks, with Pritchard – who joined Norwich from Tottenham in August 2016 – offering flair and versatility. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The former England Under-21 international is comfortable playing through the middle or on either flank and has notable ability on the ball.Pritchard has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal, which Huddersfield have the option of extending by a further 12 months.Bet we had you guessing! We’re delighted to announce that @pritch_93 joins #htafc from @NorwichCityFC for an undisclosed fee, signing a three and a half year deal (AT) — Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) January 12, 2018 “I’m very happy to be able to welcome Alex to Huddersfield Town,” Wagner told the club’s official website .”He is exactly the type of player that we like to work with at this club. Alex is a young, British player who arrives as one of the top performers in the Championship and with a desire to prove himself in the Premier League.”Now we will work hard with him to give him every possibility of being a success for us in the top division.”Pritchard – who is the club’s second January signing after the loan acquisition of Terence Kongolo – could make his debut against West Ham on Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgBaker Mayfield runs the ball against Georgia.(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Baker Mayfield likes to dance. In late May, a video was posted of the Oklahoma quarterback showing off his “Whip.” It wasn’t bad. The OU quarterback was back at it recently. This time, he was dancing inside the Sooners’ Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Again, he was impressive. Also here’s a fun video I took of Baker Mayfield and friends. So, BOOMER. @BM_ShakeIT11— Caroline Kemp (@caroline_kemp) July 18, 2015If Mayfield’s QB skills are anything close to his dancing skills, he’ll probably be Bob Stoops’ starter this fall.last_img

first_imgThe Jamaica Information Service (JIS) wishes to advise that effective April 25, the Television Department (JIS TV) has been relocated from Arnold Road and will now operate from its new state-of-the-art building at:5-9 South Odeon Avenue (Half-Way Tree) Kingston 10.The contact information remains the same:Telephone Numbers – (876) 922-8680-2, (876) 922-3317, (876) 922-8684; Fax (876) 922-5996last_img

first_imgzoom Stiftelsen Det Norske Veritas has become the majority shareholder of classification society DNV GL.On December 8, 2017, foundations Mayfair SE and Det Norske Veritas signed an agreement for the sale of Mayfair’s 36.5% shares in DNV GL to Det Norske Veritas Holding AS (DNV Holding AS).Until this transaction Stiftelsen Det Norske Veritas owned 63.5% of the DNV GL group through DNV Holding AS.In 2012, Stiftelsen Det Norske Veritas and Mayfair agreed to build a quality assurance and risk management company – Germanischer Lloyd (GL) was merged with Det Norske Veritas to create DNV GL.“Since the merger, the joint company has successfully adapted its organization and realized significant synergies. It also strengthened its position in research and innovation and moved forward with its digital transformation,” the duo said in a statement.“The merger between DNV and GL has created significant value, and we are thrilled about the opportunity to invest in DNV GL’s long term success. 100% of the cash generated will remain within the group to support further development and positioning of DNV GL globally,” Leif-Arne Langøy, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Stiftelsen Det Norske Veritas, commented.As explained, the DNV GL strategy, ‘Leading towards a digital, agile and efficient future’, remains unchanged. There will also be no changes to the management, organization, name or branding.DNV GL’s headquarters for the maritime business area will remain in Hamburg.last_img read more

5 December 2011The United Nations envoy for Somalia today strongly warned anyone trying to undermine an agreed framework outlining political actions required to restore peace and stability in the country that their actions will not be tolerated by the international community. “The message is clear: the roadmap is the way forward and spoilers seeking to derail the process will not be tolerated,” said Augustine P. Mahiga, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, in an letter addressed to all the people of Somalia.The roadmap – adopted at a consultative meeting held in the country’s capital, Mogadishu, in September – spells out priority measures to be implemented before the current transitional governing arrangements end next August, in the areas of security, the drafting of a new constitution and reconciliation. It also seeks to lay the foundation for good governance, and calls for coordinated international efforts to ensure implementation.“While the UN and the international community is offering whatever assistance it can, it is ultimately up to you the Somalis to determine whether or not the roadmap succeeds,” said Mr. Mahiga in his letter.He said he believed that there is a “buy-in” into the roadmap for large numbers of the Somali population and their leadership, and cautioned against heeding those who believe that they will benefit more from maintaining the status quo in the Horn of Africa country.“Political participation and engaged, constructive dissent is welcomed by UNPOS [UN Political Office for Somalia] and by the international community as a whole. But there is no place for those who work to unravel years of work advancing the cause of peace in Somalia.“I believe we are all working towards the same ends – to make Somalia a safe, secure and prosperous country once more. The roadmap will not solve all of the problems, but it is a central part of the solution and I look to all of you to help make it work,” Mr. Mahiga added. read more

“At this sensitive moment, it is imperative to avoid negative actions and support ongoing talks to preserve the remaining chances of achieving a two-State solution in the interest of Israelis and Palestinians alike,” said a statement issued by the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, who also voiced his deep concern at recent violent incidents. On Tuesday, Israel reportedly announced plans to build 20,000 new settler homes in the West Bank, prompting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to threaten an end to peace talks that resumed a few months ago after a three-year hiatus. The statement by Mr. Serry noted that settlement activity cannot be reconciled with the goal of a negotiated two-State solution, and reiterated the UN position that settlements are against international law and an obstacle to peace. Against this backdrop, the Special Coordinator met today separately with the Israeli and Palestinian negotiators. “He understands from his discussion with chief negotiator [Tzipi] Livni and other Israeli officials that yesterday’s decision to plan a large number of settlement units has been stopped,” said the statement. Direct talks between the Israeli and Palestinian sides resumed this past August, after stalling in 2010 owing to Israel’s refusal to extend its freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory. read more

first_imgAccording to reports in The Hindu Business Line, Tractors India Pvt Ltd (TIPL) — which owns the dealership for Caterpillar earthmoving equipment in North, East and North-Eastern India, Bhutan and Nepal — is to set up an underground mining machine manufacturing plant at Asansol in West Bengal. This comes after state-owned BEML Ltd said it is looking to get into the manufacturing of underground mining equipment, using the now closed mining machinery facility of Mining and Allied Machinery Corporation (MAMC) in Durgapur for manufacture of the equipment.The proposed facility, coming up at an estimated cost of INR120 crore, is likely to go on stream between July and September 2018. The INR1,600-crore TIPL — once a subsidiary of Kolkata-based TIL — was acquired by Goodearth Minetech Pvt Ltd of Delhi for a net consideration of INR350 crore in 2016.According to Sunil Kumar Chaturvedi, Chairman and Managing Director, TIPL, the company will tie up with Caterpillar for using its technology for making this “expensive and sophisticated” equipment. “These would be specialised mining equipment covering segments where Caterpillar has exited the market,” he told The Hindu Business Line on the sidelines of Infocom 2017. While Chaturvedi did not specify the type of machines, he claimed there was a good market for these in Eastern India, Russia, Australia and Africa.“Caterpillar is more into a volume game with the US market dictating its product portfolio. But, it still owns the technology for these equipment that have demand elsewhere,” he added. TIPL is already in talks for sourcing spares and other parts of these equipment from countries in Europe, the US and India.last_img read more

For the third time, Women’s EHF Champions League final stage will be organized in Final4 format. The only two teams who have the chances to see Pap Laszlo Arena in Budapest for the third time are ŽRK Budućnost and ŽRK Vardar.Last two Women’s EHF CL champions are Gyor (2014) and ŽRK Budućnost (2015).The quarter-finals, will be played on 1 to 3 April (first leg) and 8 to 10 April 2016 (second leg):FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria vs Győri Audi ETO KCHC Vardar vs LarvikHCM Baia Mare vs BuducnostCSM Bucuresti vs Rostov-DonWomen’s EHF CL Final4 will be held on May 7/8. ← Previous Story Italian Cup Final8 in Pressano next weekend Next Story → Pfadi Winterthur win Swiss derby EHF Champions League

first_img‘CHAP OF STEEL’, ‘Colossal Velocity’ and ‘The Norfolk Fracture’.They are just some of the names being bandied about for the highly anticipated Alan Patridge movie, which is due out in August. YouTube/AlanPartridgeMovieLynn! Put it on again!We Didn’t Start the Fire reworked into a nostalgia fest>Naomi Campbell washes her hair with it, and 7 other uses for Guinness>last_img

first_img By Gráinne Ní Aodha Monday 15 Apr 2019, 6:00 AM As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Independence would not be a trial separation, it would be a painful divorce… So this is our message to the people of Scotland: we want you to stay. Head, heart and soul we want you to stay. “Breatimeacht”, “Breatain” meaning “Britain”, and “imeacht” meaning “exit”;“Sasamach”, with “Sasana” meaning England and “amach” meaning “out”, or“Bréalú”. “Éalú” is the Irish word for escape.The most commonly used one is Breatimeacht; ‘Sasamach’ implies only England is leaving the EU, and ‘Bréalú’ is too politically charged. But the word ‘Brexit’ itself – although a natural progression from ‘Grexit’ – it isn’t quite accurate either, as it implies only Britain is leaving the EU, ie, England and Wales.Or is it prophetic? Because Northern Ireland and Scotland voted to remain in the EU, will Brexit lead to the break-up of the UK?“I remember I was debating Ukip,” Wilding says, “who were foaming at the mouth about Brexit, and I said to them ‘Be careful what you wish for, that threatens the UK’, and they all dismissed it as ‘Project Fear’.But if this occurs as a bad Brexit, I think we’ll end up with a new Scottish referendum and a border poll in Northern Ireland.He says that MPs handling of Brexit has been revealed Westminster as “incompetent” and “arrogant”, drawing a comparison to The Emperor’s New Clothes.“If I was in Northern Ireland or Scotland, I would be looking on at Westminster and say that my loyalty and respect to the great mother of parliament has gone.Brexit could become a word like ‘Versailles’ – as shorthand for self-inflicted defeat.So what happens next? “This is a horrible crisis to be living though, but it is no different from other political crises that the UK has suffered,” Wilding says, citing ‘the Irish question’, or the Irish Home Rule movement, as one of those crises. After forecasting in January that there would be an extension, he’s predicting that the Tory party will lose a large number of seats in the local elections, that a new centrist party will emerge, and that we’ll get another extension by 31 October – ultimately leading to no Brexit at all.“What I expect to happen is what others don’t expect. We’ll be in a political meltdown.“First, the local elections on 2 May. Those are going to devastate the Conservative party; they’ll lose 2,000 of their 4,600 seats, and Brexiteers will then turn on May.”That is the conclusion of pollster Lord Hayward, who added the caveat that if May passes her deal before the elections, there will be a “a Brexit benefit” and “a clear deficit if not”.He says that either the Tory party, the Labour party, or both parties will split and will lead to “a new centrist party emerging”. And is this new centrist party The Independent Group? “Yep.”People can rally around a new political and cultural flagpole, and chronicle the death of foretold class-based parties no longer relevant to whether you’re open or closed in your mentality.“I can’t see the Tory party sticking together, and Labour are playing a clever game, but not a very attractive one.”He says that the long extension has people wondering what Theresa May actually stands for now. “The battle for the soul of the party has already begun.”In his 2012 column, Wilding wrote that “history has a habit of punishing drift”.Usually the people, demanding firm leadership, fail to get it and become beguiled by easy options.So, now that we have six months of Brexit breathing space, what is the UK’s easiest option? Does the man who coined the word Brexit regret it? ‘I wouldn’t have if I had copyrighted it’ “Brexit could become a word like ‘Versailles’ – as shorthand for self-inflicted defeat.” Share10 Tweet Email Apr 15th 2019, 6:01 AM 29,081 Views center_img THE WORD ‘BREXIT’ was first used in May 2010 during the eurozone crisis, when there was a real threat of Greece crashing out of the European Union.At the time, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis were immersed in intensive talks with EU leaders about how to salvage the country from huge debt.If they couldn’t reach an agreement, Grexit was an almost inevitable outcome – and Peter Wilding thought that the UK was stumbling towards a something similar.In a piece called ‘Stumbling towards the Brexit’, Wilding described the UK establishment’s fractured relationship with the EU, and a swell in anti-European rhetoric:“Unless a clear view is pushed that Britain must lead in Europe at the very least to achieve the completion of the Single Market, then the portmanteau for Greek euro exit might be followed by another sad word, Brexit.”It wasn’t until 2016 when representatives of the Oxford English Dictionary called him that he was told that the word had been traced back to him as the first person to use it. It was then made the dictionary’s word of the year.Wilding isn’t just another political pundit – he’s a former solicitor in EU law, former media director of the UK’s Conservative Party and former advisor to then-British Prime Minister David Cameron.Having coined the term gives him some claim to infamy, he says, but it also gives him a claim to what it actually means. So what does it mean to him?“It’s a grim word, but it could have been a unifying, positive word,” he says.“Theresa May could have stood up at the Tory party conference in 2016 and said ‘We voted to leave the EU but we’ll stay in the economic institution’.”Instead, Theresa May’s red lines have led to this stalemate in parliament, and “a catharsis” from government that have led to an extension, and could lead to a split of the Tory party.“I’m a realist, but my final conclusion is quite optimistic; it’s that we will never leave – we didn’t leave on 29 March, we didn’t leave on 12 April, and I don’t expect any tricks by 31 October. The general mood is one of despair and frustration.”Does he regret coining the term ‘Brexit’?“I wouldn’t have if I’d copyrighted the word.”Did he look into it?“You’re damn right I did, but you can’t copyright a word.” Source: Frank VinciniAs Cameron’s advisor during the EU referendum campaign, what does Wilding think the UK government did wrong when arguing in favour of Remain? “By that time, in 2012, I was getting to know that the British government had no strategy with regards to the EU,” Wilding says. “I suddenly saw the Conservative government was simply sleepwalking with regards its EU policy. Cameron and parliament were ignorant of the EU and how it worked.”Wilding is now the director of a pro-Europe pressure group ‘British Influence’, and has taken a legal challenge that argues that parliament must separately give permission before the British government can pull the UK out of the European Economic Area (which the UK is part of as a member of the EU).He said that underneath the euro crisis and the migrant crisis, an anti-EU sentiment was building, and unless Britain had a serious positive strategy in relation to it, it would backfire on them.“But as Cameron once said to me, ‘Everything is tactics and not strategy’.”When the EU referendum campaign had begun, Cameron had already won the Scottish Independence referendum in September 2014, which he had begun with quite a laid-back approach (the final result was 55% against Independence to 44.7% in favour).Scottish Tory MPs went to Cameron’s office at one stage during the campaign to warn him: “I’ve got to tell you, this is not going well”, but Wilding says he told them “Oh don’t worry, it will be fine.”Just how close the referendum could be did dawn on Cameron eventually. Just two days before the vote, he travelled to Aberdeen, Scotland in an unscheduled trip, and made an emotional plea to Scottish voters: “Vote to save our United Kingdom.” Please don’t mix up the temporary and the permanent. Please don’t think ‘I’m frustrated with politics right now, so I’ll walk out the door, and never come back’.Two years on, he would make the same mistake with the EU referendum – only this time, he didn’t salvage the government’s position at the last moment, Wilding says.“The Conservative establishment had an arrogance that they could win everything through fear and through ignorance of high-diplomacy, while its opponents were playing on emotion and patriotism.”Wilding said that Cameron’s pollster had said to him during the EU referendum campaign: “We won the Scottish referendum by fear, we won the general election by fear, we’ll win this one by fear.”Northern IrelandAfter the use of the term ‘Brexit’ exploded in the wake of the EU referendum, a debate began of what the Irish translation for ‘Brexit’ should be. The three options are: Peter Wilding, chairman of the pro-Europe pressure group British Influence (left) leaves the Royal Courts of Justice. Image: PA Archive/PA Images Peter Wilding, chairman of the pro-Europe pressure group British Influence (left) leaves the Royal Courts of Justice. 4 Comments Image: PA Archive/PA Images Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgBactérie tueuse : soupçons sur des graines germéesAprès avoir alerté les consommateurs contre les concombres espagnols lorsque l’épidémie entraînée par la bactérie Eceh a débuté, les autorités soupçonnent à présent certaines graines germées d’être à la source des contaminations. Selon le dernier bilan, ces dernières ont touché 2.000 personnes en Europe depuis trois semaines et fait 22 morts.Parmi les nouvelles pistes évoquées quant à l’origine de l’épidémie d’E. coli mortelle qui touche l’Allemagne depuis plusieurs semaines : des graines germées vendues par une entreprise de jardinage de l’arrondissement de Uelzen. Si aucune preuve définitive n’a pu être apportée pour le moment, d’après le ministre Gert Lindemann, “les indices sont toutefois si forts que nous devons recommander aux consommateurs de renoncer pour l’instant à la consommation de graines germées”. Selon le ministre, l’entreprise incriminée emploie des graines germées, essentiellement pour les salades, venues d’Allemagne. Mais elle travaille aussi avec d’autres pays européens et l’Extrême-Orient. La société a donc été fermée et des analyses de laboratoires sont attendues ce jour.La Commission européenne précise que l’Allemagne devrait prochainement lancer un avertissement via le système européen d’alerte rapide à propos de ces graines germées soupçonnées d’être le vecteur de la bactérie mortelle Eceh.À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?Parallèlement, la piste de centres de production de biogaz n’est pas écartée. Nombreux en Allemagne, pays qui privilégie le recyclage de ses déchets organiques, il est produit par la fermentation de matières organiques animales ou végétales.  “Il y a toutes sortes de bactéries qui n’existaient pas auparavant qui sont maintenant produites dans les bacs de fermentation”, a expliqué Bernt Schottdorf, patron d’un laboratoire médical à Augsbourg, dans le sud du pays, au journal Welt am Sonntag. Il souligne en outre que plus de 80 % de ces déchets étaient ensuite utilisés pour fertiliser les terres.Le bilan s’est encore alourdi ce week-endBruxelles envisagerait d’envoyer une équipe d’experts en Allemagne pour faire toute la lumière sur ces contaminations inquiétantes qui donnent du fil à retordre aux chercheurs.  Un nouveau bilan fait aujourd’hui état de 22 morts en Europe dont 21 en Allemagne, selon le Centre européen pour la prévention et le contrôle des maladies (ECDC) à Stockholm. Dans les Etats membres de l’Union européenne, 1.605 cas de contamination par une forme rare de la bactérie Eceh ont été enregistrés et 658 autres présentent le syndrome hémolytique et urémique (SHU).Ce lundi, la bactérie tueuse devrait être au centre de la réunion des ministres européens de la Santé, qui se tient à Luxembourg. Une rencontre extraordinaire des ministres de l’Agriculture devrait avoir lieu le 17 juin.Le 6 juin 2011 à 09:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgGoogle Maps Game : un nouveau jeu en ligne pour Google +Google ne se lasse pas de faire converger ses différents services en ligne et s’apprête à lancer un jeu basé sur son outil de cartographie Google Maps. Sobrement baptisé Google Maps Game, il sera intégré au réseau social du géant de Mountain View, Google +.Google vient d’annoncer le lancement prochain d’un jeu en ligne sur Google +. Baptisé Google Maps Game, ce jeu est comme son nom l’indique, basé sur le service de cartographie de la firme de Mountain View.À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Présenté dans une vidéo mise en ligne sur YouTube, le concept du jeu est très simple. Le joueur dirigera une petite boule bleue dans les rues d’une ville devenant un véritable labyrinthe en 3D. Il pourra entrer dans les bâtiments dont les plans intérieurs sont cartographiés, et accumuler des bonus pour gagner des récompenses. Les joueurs pourront partager leurs scores sur le réseau social Google + auquel il sera intégré dès le mois de février. Google Maps Game est basé sur la technologie WebGL. Il sera donc accessible directement depuis un navigateur, sans nécessiter de plug-in spécifique.Depuis plusieurs mois, Google tente de concurrencer Facebook en intégrant des jeux à son réseau social. Google + s’est enrichi d’une plate-forme de jeux en août dernier, quelques semaines après que le géant de Mountain View a racheté la société Slide, un éditeur de jeux sociaux et d’applications dédiées aux réseaux sociaux. Google a en outre signé un partenariat avec Zynga, leader du social gaming qui travaillait jusqu’alors avec Facebook.Le 18 janvier 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more