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first_imgFilmmaking can be an expensive career, but there are certainly deals to be had. Come in under budget with these 10 filmmaking tools that are as affordable as they are essential.We can’t say it enough: working as a filmmaker often comes with a hefty price tag. To help ease the strain on your wallet, we’ve done some bargain shopping and found some filmmaking tools that you can put in your kit without breaking the bank.Note: the links below are examples of where you can purchase this filmmaking gear. These are not sponsored or affiliate links. We encourage you to purchase at your favorite gear store!1. Canon 50mm F/1.8 IIPrice: $8750mm lenses are a great investment and can be had for those on a budget. The Canon 50mm F/1.8 II is probably one of the most affordable lenses out there and the image it produces isn’t bad either. Yongnuo is also on the verge of releasing an affordable 50mm lens. You can find it for pre-order at B&H Photo.2. Spider RigPrice: $90-$100Most filmmakers like to have their camera mounted to some type of shoulder rig or grip system. For DSLRs, you can essentially have both mount styles in one Spider Rig. These rigs are really affordable and have a wide flexibility range.3. Camera CagePrice: $45-$100Maybe you don’t need the whole rig and you just want a sturdy and tough camera cage with a top handle. There are a wide variety of options here. A simple search on Ebay brought back a number of cages that are below $100.4. Yongnuo YN-300-II LED LightPrice: $95Sometimes you need more light to really capture a great shot on the fly. There are many options out there to help solve low light problems, but one of our favorites is the YN-300-II from Yongnuo. It’s sturdy, bright, and exceptionally affordable.5. Hoodman Compact Collapsable Viewfinder (For Canon LCD)Price: $70-$100In some situations, there can be so much light that you really can’t see the LCD screen on your DSLR. For those moments, you’ll want to grab an LCD Viewfinder. We found a Hoodman Compact Collapsable Viewfinder at B&H Photo that looks to be a solid option.6. Benro A48FD Series 4 MonopodPrice: $89On documentary film shoots where the pace is quick and frantic, using a tripod is really out of the question. Instead, I run with a Benro Monopod, which I’ve found to be a really quality product at a great price7. Sennheiser HD 280 Pro HeadphonesPrice: $75You can never go wrong with a great pair of headphones like the Sennheiser HD 280. These headphones were recommended to me by several musicians, as well as a composer I frequently work with. They produce a nice quality flat sound, which is what you want when capturing audio or mixing.8. Rode VideoMic GOPrice: $90 So now you have headphones. Check. But how are you capturing your recordings? We recommend Rode if you’re on a budget. While it doesn’t capture the kind of audio as Rode’s NTG line of shotgun mics, it captures quality sound for the price tag.9. Tascam DR-05 Portable RecorderPrice: $99.99Okay, we have our headphones and we have our mic, so what are we recording to? For that solution, we suggest looking at the Tascam DR-05. This portable recorder is great for those on a budget and it’s fairly easy to use.10. Lowpro Photo Sport Sling 100 AWPrice: $69Well, now we have all of this new gear… Where are we storing it? Let’s look at the Lowpro Photo Sport Sling. It has dual compartments and plenty of space to hold all of the new equipment we’ve picked up. Bonus: You can also tie your Monopod to one of the bungie straps on the side!For more in-depth info on filmmaking gear and tools, take a look at these articles:12 Essential Filmmaking Tools Under $20Haul Your Gear: Review of 3 Camera Sling BagsBuying Tips: Tripods for VideoKnow of any other essential filmmaking tools for $100 or less? Can you point us in the direction of a sweet gear deal? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

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first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now I have had a long love affair with work. Starting when I was 13 years old and my first job washing dishes to the present day, work has always been a big part of my life. It has been such a powerful, positive force that I have never dreaded work, looked forward to the weekend, or hated getting up on Monday mornings. Work has:Fed me: Very early on, work fed me. Even while raising four children by herself, and even after refusing to take welfare or food stamps, I never went without food. At 13 years old, I started washing dishes at an Italian banquet center, and my diet changed. Each day I worked, I was provided with prime rib or lasagna, salad, and chocolate mousse. I also had money to eat when I wasn’t working.Shaped character: When you work, people count on you. You show up and do your job. I have called into work one time in my life, and that was the day after I had a Gran Mal seizure and required brain surgery (I still haven’t gone back to that job). You also notice that some people avoid work that they build up in their mind as being particularly unpleasant. Those tasks are never as bad as they make them out to be, and I learned to volunteer for work that others avoid.Provided me with an income: In my teens, I worked more hours than some adults. I didn’t have any money, and I wanted things. So, I worked. Work provided me with the money to provide for myself, even when I spent a whole paycheck buying tickets to see Kiss, Def Leppard, and Whitesnake. Money provided experiences that would have otherwise been out of reach.Provided opportunity: Work has always delivered opportunity. When I did well at one job, like washing dishes, I was promoted to better jobs, like chief bellman. When I worked as a recruiter, I was provided the opportunity to sell. Success there provided the opportunity to lead salespeople, then whole companies, and then entrepreneurial endeavors. How you feel about work and how much of yourself you give to it determines what opportunities you create.Insisted I grow: Work forced me to grow. In almost every case, it required more of me than I thought I was capable of at the time. It stretched me and caused me to change my beliefs and change my actions to change my results. It forced me to study, and to learn the skills that could shore up my deficiencies. Your work is an opportunity for growth.Taught me to understand people: One of the best things about work is the ongoing training you receive in understanding people and human behavior. You rub against all kinds of people, from all kinds of places, with different ideas, different beliefs, different attitudes, and different experiences. Work will teach you to understand other people and to see the wide variations in human behaviors.Actuated my purpose and meaning: Over time, and taking longer than I should have to recognize it, work actuated my purpose. It helped me recognize the contribution that I am here to make, and that sped me on my path. If you want to make a difference in other people’s lives, your work will allow you to do so—if you are willing to give that part of yourself over to it.Take care of and feed other people: Work can help you take care of people, and not just your family. If you start or grow a business, your success can create work for others, and that work can help them provide for their families.last_img read more

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first_imgMOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MANILA, Philippines—A decade ago, Sonny Thoss was considered as one of the best big men in the PBA commanding the post as if he was the only center in the league.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Despite hurting hand, Chris Banchero good to go for quarterfinals Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Alaska head coach Alex Compton joked that they’ve found the Fountain of Youth and bottled its contents to give to Thoss during timeouts.“Sonny’ been awesome this conference, we’ve actually found what Ponce De Leon was looking for in Florida—the Fountain of Youth—so we bottled it, gave it to Sonny and that’s what he’s been drinking in practice,” said Compton whose Aces will next face first seed Phoenix in the quarterfinals.“He’s invigorated, so he’s turned back the clock this conference about 10 years, he’s been great, he’s been active, he’s been asserting himself,” added Compton.Thoss, a two-time PBA Mythical First Team member and the 2013 Philippine Cup Finals MVP, said that he’s trying to maintain his health and keeping his focus on making his knees and back better.“I’m grateful to the medical staff, they’ve been working with me, trying to get my knees and back better. I guess that’s been helping a lot so credit to them,” said Thoss.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Age has since caught up to the 12-time All-Star and he settled for being the second fiddle in the post as power forward Vic Manuel rose to prominence in the 2015-16 PBA season.With Manuel out in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup, it was up to Thoss to patrol the middle as if it was 2007, but that didn’t faze the 37-year-old as he showed some vintage class against NLEX in the do-or-die game for a spot in the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThoss cooked the Road Warriors to the tune of 21 points, on 10-of-14 shooting, with five rebounds, one steal, and one block in the Aces’ 88-80 win Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.“I was just trying to be aggressive, it’s working my way at the moment,” said Thoss who averaged 8.9 points and 5.4 rebounds before the game against NLEX. “My scoring, I think I got lucky with my shots going in.”last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 25 (PTI) The North Zone tournament, which doubles up as qualifiers for the shooting nationals, has been postponed due to technical reasons, as per a letter from the Sports Authority of India.The qualifiers were scheduled to be held at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Ranges from November 1 to 7 while the nationals are supposed to be organised in December.SAI today issued a letter to the Delhi State Rifle Association (DSRA), stating that the event cant be held during that time due to some technical reasons concerning the range. The tournament is now postponed to January.The DSRA said they are 100 per cent ready to host the tournament and postponing it to January would defeat its entire purpose.”This is a qualifying event for nationals so how can it be held after the nationals. Another thing is if it is held early next year we would lose the stream of shooters whose cut-offs are December 31,” said an official of the DSRA.”We have done the bookings, over 4000 entries have been filled in by the shooters. We are fully ready to host the event and we hope better sense prevails. We have requested the SAI to again look into it,” he added.The Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range is currently playing host to the prestigious ISSF World Cup Final, and the DSRA official said if a tournament of such stature can be organised then why cant the qualifiers immediately after that. PTI AH AT CM CMlast_img read more

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first_imgPV Sindhu has regained her world No.2 ranking in the latest badminton rankings released on Thursday.The Olympic and world championship silver medallist jumped one place to stay behind Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying, who continues to dominate the rankings.Sindhu had achieved the world No.2 ranking for a week for the first time in April last year but she slipped soon before regaining the position for almost two months from September to November. She slipped to world No.3 after that and held that spot for most part of 2018.Saina Nehwal, who had reached the final of the Denmark Open last week, was rewarded for her stupendous show as she too climbed one place to reach the number nine 9 slot.In the men’s singles, Kidambi Srikanth remained static at world No. 6, while Sameer Verma jumped five spots to be in 18th position. H S Prannoy, who skipped the events in Denmark and France, slipped two places to be 17th.B Sai Praneeth is at the 26th place, while Sourabh Verma jumped two places to reach the 48th spot.Men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty slipped one place to be 25th while women’s doubles pairing of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy improved three spots to be 24th.In mixed doubles, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki were static at the 21st place.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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first_imgGonzalo Higuain expressed his excitement on his loan move to Premier League side Chelsea till the end of the current season from Italian club Juventus. Speaking to the club website, Higuain said that he is “very excited, with great hope and desire to achieve success with Chelsea.”Higuain joined Chelsea after his year-long loan spell with AC Milan was cut to less than six months. The Argentina striker said that he is “someone who is always trying to improve, day after day.””I think the most important thing is to be humble, even when we make mistakes, and so when that happens I will always try to rectify that improve. For the rest, I’ll leave other people to give their opinions on me. I’m not someone who likes to talk too much about myself but I’m someone who tries to improve, and get the best out of myself and my team, at every opportunity,” Higuain said.When asked about his decision to try his luck in England, having played in top leagues in countries like Spain and Italy, Higuain said that the Premier League was something he didn’t want to “miss out on”.”For a long time I’ve wanted to play in England but until now such a concrete opportunity hasn’t presented itself, so it was something I was never going to miss out on. It’s a huge challenge to come and play in the Premier League and I hope I’ll be able to settle in here at Chelsea. It’s a wonderful team and I hope we can bring a lot of happiness to the fans,” Higuain said.advertisement”Chelsea is a team who always has great players and as kids everybody watched the Premier League, so it’s a real dream for me to come and play in this league, having already played in three of the best leagues in the world, it’s a real source of pride for me and I hope to make the most of it,” Higuain said.The stats speak for themselves. @G_Higuain #HiguaINChelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 24, 2019Higuain moved to Milan from Juventus on loan in August in a complex three-way deal which also saw defender Mattia Caldara move from the Turin side to the seven-times European champions and Leondardo Bonucci move in the other direction.Milan paid 18 million euros (16.03 million pounds) for a one-year loan with an option to buy when Higuain became surplus to requirements at Juventus following their signing of Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo.Welcome to London and welcome to Chelsea, @G_Higuain! #HiguaIN pic.twitter.com/DMJN7z8YOLChelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 23, 2019After joining Juventus from Napoli in 2016, Higuain won Serie A and Coppa Italia titles in each of his first two seasons with Juve and netted 55 goals in 105 appearances in all competitions, including 40 in 73 Serie A outings.Higuain will be joining up with Maurizio Sarri, under whom he achieved great success in Napoli, something he says weighed heavily in his decision making.”Maurizio Sarri is the coach who, in my career, has got the best out of me as a player. He’s someone who knew how to work with me, particularly on the emotional side. That year together was fantastic and in big parts thanks to him, so coming to work with him is very important for me. I’m really happy to have been given the opportunity to do that and I want to get back to that level,” Higuain said.Also Read | Mario Balotelli joins Marseille from Nice on a six-month contractAlso Read | Huddersfield Town will not sell top players if relegated from Premier LeagueAlso Read | Asian Cup group stage elimination a setback, says Jeje Lalpekhlualast_img read more

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first_imgUnheralded Gomathi Marimuthu gave India its first gold medal in the women’s 800m race as the country added four medals on the second day of the Asian Athletics Championships here Monday.The 30-year-old Gomathi clocked a personal best time of 2 minute 02.70 seconds in the half mile event to win a surprise gold for India.Shivpal Singh then added a silver in men’s javelin throw by sending the spear to a distance of 86.23m, his personal best. In the process, the 23-year-old Shivpal also booked a berth for the World Championships to be held at the same venue in September-October as he crossed the qualifying mark of 83m.Jabir Madari Palliyalil and Saritaben Gayakwad bagged a bronze each in men’s and women’s 400m hurdles respectively to swell the Indian medal tally.With the four medals on Monday, India’s medal tally stood at 1 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze. India had won 2 silver and 3 bronze on the first day on Sunday.Sprinter Dutee Chand also shared some of the limelight as she smashed her own national record in 100m dash for the second time in two days.The first Indian medal of the second day came from 24-year-old Gayakwad who clocked 57.22 seconds to finish third in women’s 400m hurdles, behind Vietnam’s Quach The Lan (56.10) and Bahrain’s Aminat Yusuf Jamal (56.39).His male counterpart Jabir then added a bronze by running the third fastest men’s 400m hurdles by an Indian as he clocked a personal best of 49.13 seconds.In the process, the 22-year-old Jabir joined national record holder Dharun Ayyasamy as the second Indian to qualify for the World Championships 400m hurdles event to be held at the same venue in September-October. The World Championships qualifying mark is 49.30 seconds.advertisementDharun, who set a new national record of 48.80 during the Federation Cup last month, missed this Asian Championships due to injury.Pre-race favourite Abderrehman Samba of Qatar won gold with a world leading time of 47.51 seconds.In the women’s 100m dash, Dutee bettered her own national record of 11.28 seconds set on Sunday during the heats by clocking 11.26 seconds while winning her semifinal race on Monday. She is, however, yet to touch the World Championships qualification mark of 11.24.However in the men’s 400m, India suffered setbacks as defending champion Muhammed Anas and last edition silver winner Arokia Rajiv failed to win a medal.Rajiv finished fourth with a personal best time of 45.37 seconds while Anas, who has been struggling after a leg injury in an accident last year, ended at eighth with a time of 46.10 seconds.Also Read | Ajinkya Rahane hits 1st Indian Premier League hundred in 7 yearsAlso Read | Scottish batsman hits 25-ball 100 in T20 cricketAlso Seelast_img read more

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first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Emmanuel Ogbah is raking in the awards, after a junior season in which he racked up 13 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss, nationally ranking No. 4 and No. 14, respectively.On Tuesday, Ogbah was named to the Sporting News All-American team. The Sporting News is one of five All-American teams recognized by the NCAA. With Ogbah already being included on the Walter Camp and Sporting News teams, he can become a consensus All-American Wednesday if he is listed on the AFCA team.Ogbah was also named the co-defensive Big 12 player of the year – the first Cowboy ever to earn that distinction. Pretty amazing accomplishments for a guy who was only a three-star prospect coming out of high school.last_img read more

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first_imgMohammad Amir doubtful for Pakistan’s World Cup opener against West IndiesLeft-arm pacer Mohammad Amir might not feature in Pakistan’s opening clash in the World Cup against West Indies due to poor fitnessadvertisement Indo-Asian News Service LondonMay 30, 2019UPDATED: May 30, 2019 13:19 IST Mohammad Amir doubtful for Pakistan’s World Cup opener.(AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe team management has decided to not let Md. Amir play against Windies at Trent BridgeAmir has been facing fitness issues ever since he arrived in EnglandAmir was included in the team in place of Faheem Ashraf despite his poor performance in the last fifteen ODIsLeft-arm pacer Mohammad Amir might not feature in Pakistan’s opening clash in World Cup against West Indies due to poor fitness.Geo News reported that Amir is not completely fit and has informed coach Mickey Arthur about it. He has asked for more time to rest before gearing up for the remaining matches in the tournament.The report also claimed that the team management has decided to not let him play on Friday against Windies at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.The 27-year-old has been facing fitness issues ever since he arrived in England. He didn’t feature in the three ODIs against England due to a viral infection.However, he was included in the team in place of Faheem Ashraf despite his poor performance in the last fifteen ODIs where he picked just five wickets.The left-arm fast bowler had initially failed to find a place in the 15-member World Cup squad, but the lackluster performance of the bowlers in the ODI series against England forced the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) selectors to go back to Amir.Also Read | West Indies are neither favorites nor underdogs: Brathwaite ahead of World CupAlso Read | Pakistan to host T20 Asia cup 2020 in neutral venueAlso SeeFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Mohammad AmirFollow Mickey ArthurFollow Faheem AshrafFollow Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)last_img read more

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first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsA new language training program in Nunavut is receiving $5.4 million from the territory’s land claim group.Nunavut Tunngavik and the government of Nunavut have been at odds over how to support the Inuit language.Now Tunngavik is putting money behind the effort.kdriscoll@aptn.ca@kentdriscolllast_img

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first_imgLAVAL, Que. – Bausch Health Companies Inc. reported a loss of $350 million in its latest quarter as its revenue moved lower.The company formerly known as Valeant Pharmaceuticals says the loss for the quarter ended Sept. 30 amounted to $1.00 per diluted share.The result compared with a profit of $1.30 billion or $3.69 per share in the same period a year earlier when it benefited from internal tax reorganization.Revenue totalled nearly $2.14 billion for the quarter, down from nearly $2.22 billion a year ago.On an adjusted basis, Bausch Health says it earned $403 million in its most recent quarter, up from $367 million in the third quarter of 2017.The company says the increase was primarily due to lower interest costs and a lower tax rate.Companies in this story: (TSX:BHC)last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) met ICC chairman Shashank Manohar in Mumbai on Monday and decided that the Indian board will work with the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) for the next six months on a trial basis. Sources said that the board was willing to work with NADA for a period of six months, but the agency would be allowed to collect only 10 per cent samples for testing. “The Indian board has agreed to try and work with NADA for the next six months and then decide on the road ahead. “Trust has been an issue and that needs to be gained with quality work from the agency. The agency will collect only 10 per cent samples for testing. “The board feels that with the 2022 Commonwealth Games in sight, India would like to field the women’s team in the event at Birmingham and this is a move aimed at that direction,” the source said. While the International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to remain compliant to the WADA directives, the BCCI had reservation on dealing with NADA. ICC CEO David Richardson in February spoke on the need to get the differences between the BCCI and NADA sorted. “We are trying to help the BCCI sort out the issue with WADA and NADA. We think cricket should be in the 2028 Olympics, but it’s not going to happen unless we are a unified sport. “At this stage, we need to convince the BCCI that it is a good thing for cricket to be in the Olympics from all aspects,” he had said. However, the BCCI officials present at the last ICC chief executive meeting had made it clear that WADA must name a different testing agency as they did not trust NADA, thanks to mistakes the agency had made.last_img read more

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first_imgCasablanca- According to news outlet Le360, a painting by Moroccan painter, Ahmed Cherkaoui entitled, “Myriam, Casa” (73 x 92 cm), was auctioned for MAD 3.5 million on Saturday, in Casablanca.Unsurprisingly, this is was not the first time a work of art by Ahmed Cherkaoui was auctioned for MAD 3.5 million.Born in Casablanca, on October 2, 1934, Ahmed Cherkaoui is one of the forerunners of modern painting in Morocco. His works are present in numerous collective exhibitions in Morocco and France, as well as in Algeria, Spain, Japan and Sweden. “Moroccan painter Ahmed Cherkaoui, who died at the age of 33 in 1967, had this passion for symbolism in all of his paintings,” Moroccan writer and poet Tahar Benjelloun once said on Ahmed Cherkaoui’s idiosyncratic art. “[It] is a reading of the most beautiful carpets of his native Morocco, a subtle and sublime reinterpretation of this art, simultaneously ancient and modern.” During the same auction, organized by the Moroccan Company of Works and Objects of Art (CMOOA), a work by acclaimed Moroccan painter, Chaïbia Talal was auctioned for MAD 1.35 million. Born in Chtouka, a small village near El Jadida, Chaïbia Talal (1929 – April 2, 2004) is another celebrated Moroccan painter with watershed and priceless works of art. Her works were exhibited in multitudinous national and international painting exhibitions, notably in France, Germany, Spain and Netherlands.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Terje Roed-Larsen, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, held what was described as a “constructive” meeting in Ramallah with Yasser Arafat, the President of the Palestinian Authority. He also met with Abu Mazen, Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and Abu Alaa, the Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council.According to a statement issued in Beirut and Gaza, Mr. Roed-Larsen’s regional political and diplomatic efforts are being undertaken “amid the dangerous new situation resulting from the recent renewed violence, including action on different fronts.”Recent events have “widespread regional implications,” the statement said, noting that earlier Mr. Roed-Larsen had warned that the situation was close to a point where “the violence threatens to spin out of control.”At the same time, Mr. Roed-Larsen noted that there were grounds for optimism and that progress was possible. “We must all ensure that the talking continues,” he stressed, adding, “no one can afford a regional conflict.”The envoy is scheduled to meet tonight in Amman with Jordan’s Foreign Minister, Abdel Ilah Al Khateeb, before travelling to Syria. In Damascus, Mr. Roed-Larsen is expected to meet tomorrow with senior Syrian officials.Meanwhile, the Chairman of a key UN committee monitoring Palestinian rights has called for “prompt and decisive international action” to stop the current spate of violence and bring the parties back to the negotiating table.In a just-released letter to the Secretary-General, as well as to the Presidents of the Security Council and General Assembly, Ibra Deguene Ka, Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, calls attention to recent “harsh and disproportionate” Israeli military attacks. He urges the Secretary-General to intensify contacts with the parties concerned to help end the crisis and restart the Israeli-Palestinian dialogue.”In view of a particularly tense and volatile situation on the ground, efforts within the United Nations to ensure protection of Palestinian civilians acquire special urgency,” Mr. Ka notes. read more

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“The ball now is with Iran to continue to cooperate with the Agency as early as possible,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei said after the IAEA’s Board of Governors found Iran in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) because of its concealment of its activities over an extended period of time.In a resolution passed on Saturday, the Board did not immediately defer the issue to the Security Council, which can impose sanctions, and Mr. ElBaradei said he was encouraged by this since it gave time for diplomacy and negotiation.“So all of us need to explore this window of opportunity, from now until November, to make sure that we are moving toward a comprehensive settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue,” he told journalists at IAEA headquarters in Vienna following the Board’s vote, which left the issue open until it next meeting in November. “I was assured to hear Iran here saying that they would continue to cooperate with the Agency,” he added, calling on the country to resume negotiations with the European Union (EU), which has been seeking a diplomatic solution for the past year. Iran’s nuclear programme has been a matter of concern since 2003, when the IAEA determined that the country had for almost two decades concealed its nuclear activities in breach of the NPT. Iran insists the programme is for peaceful energy production only but some countries, including the United States, say is part of an effort to produce nuclear weapons.In its resolution, the Board found that Iran’s many failures and breaches of its obligations to comply with its NPT Safeguards constituted non compliance, adding “the resulting absence of confidence that Iran’s nuclear programme is exclusively for peaceful purposes have given rise to questions that are within the competence of the Security Council.” It voiced uncertainty over Iranian motives for its concealment.It called on Iran to implement transparency measures, including access to individuals and documentation relating to procurement, dual use equipment, certain military owned workshops and research and development locations, and to re-establish full and sustained suspension of all enrichment-related activity. Enriched uranium can be used either for the peaceful production of nuclear energy or for making nuclear weapons.It urged the country to reconsider the construction of a research reactor moderated by heavy water and to promptly ratify and implement in full the Additional Protocol to NPT which affords inspectors greater rights of access and added authority to use advanced technologies to track that nuclear materials are not being diverted and that there are no clandestine, proscribed nuclear activities in a state. read more

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In At Tur, near Al Maqassad hospital in East Jerusalem, one of several roadblocks, placed by Israeli forces in October 2015 in Palestinian neighbourhoods, as the wave of violence across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel continued. Photo: OCHA Some sought to shoot the messenger — twisting my words into a misguided justification for violence. The stabbings, vehicle rammings and other attacks by Palestinians targeting Israeli civilians are reprehensible. So, too, are the incitement of violence and the glorification of killers.Nothing excuses terrorism. I condemn it categorically.It is inconceivable, though, that security measures alone will stop the violence. As I warned the Security Council last week, Palestinian frustration and grievances are growing under the weight of nearly a half-century of occupation. Ignoring this won’t make it disappear. No one can deny that the everyday reality of occupation provokes anger and despair, which are major drivers of violence and extremism and undermine any hope of a negotiated two-state solution.Israeli settlements keep expanding. The government has approved plans for over 150 new homes in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. Last month, 370 acres in the West Bank were declared “state land,” a status that typically leads to exclusive Israeli settler use. At the same time, thousands of Palestinian homes in the West Bank risk demolition because of obstacles that may be legal on paper but are discriminatory in practice. Palestinians — especially young people — are losing hope over what seems a harsh, humiliating and endless occupation. Israelis are also reeling from near-daily attacks and losing sight of the possibility of a comprehensive peace with the Palestinians. Along with the United States, the European Union and the Russian Federation, the United Nations is calling for substantial changes in policy to strengthen the economic, institutional and security pillars of the Palestinian Authority. We are engaging with Arab countries in the region to harness the support that both sides need to bring peace and security to Israelis and Palestinians alike.We continue to work with Israel and the Palestinian Authority to rebuild Gaza and prevent another devastating conflict, and to press Palestinians for genuine national reconciliation. Of course, a lasting agreement between Israel and Palestine will require difficult compromises by leaders and peoples on both sides. Israeli authorities need to unequivocally support the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian institutions. This requires significant shifts in policies toward the West Bank and Gaza, while safeguarding Israel’s legitimate security concerns.Such steps can start with housing, water, energy, communications, agriculture and access to natural resources. Specifically, they should include immediate approval of master plans proposed by Palestinian communities in the Israeli-controlled Area C of the West Bank, which will enable investment and development.For their part, Palestinians must make political compromises to bring Gaza and the West Bank under a single, democratic governing authority according to principles laid down by their national umbrella organization, the Palestine Liberation Organization. This also means consistently and firmly denouncing terrorism and taking preventive action to end attacks on Israelis, including an immediate stop to Gaza tunnel construction.I will always stand up to those who challenge Israel’s right to exist, just as I will always defend the right of Palestinians to have a state of their own. That is why I am so concerned that we are reaching a point of no return for the two-state solution. And I am disturbed by statements from senior members of Israel’s government that the aim should be abandoned altogether.The stalemate carries grave risks for both sides: a continuation of the deadly wave of terrorism and killings; the collapse of the Palestinian Authority; greater isolation of and international pressure on Israel; and a corrosion of the moral foundation of Israeli and Palestinian societies, ever more inured to the pain of the other.Criticism of the United Nations — or attacks against me — comes with the territory. But when heartfelt concerns about shortsighted or morally damaging policies emanate from so many sources, including Israel’s closest friends, it cannot be sustainable to keep lashing out at every well-intentioned critic.Everyone is free to pick and choose what they like or dislike from speeches. But the time has come for Israelis, Palestinians and the international community to read the writing on the wall: The status quo is untenable. Keeping another people under indefinite occupation undermines the security and the future of both Israelis and Palestinians.This opinion piece by UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki-moon appeared in The New York Times on 31 January 2016. @media only screen and (min-width: 760px), screen9 {#PhotoHolder3 #PhotoCrop { max-height: 770px; /* sets max-height value for all standards-compliant browsers */ width: 134%; margin-left:-161px; margin-top: -310px;}#story-headline{ font-size: 5.0em; line-height: 1.2em; color:#fff; position: relative; top: 170px; xtext-align:center; text-shadow: 1px 1px 3px rgba(0,0,0,0.8); width:50%;}}#sidebar {display:none;} div#story-content .span8 {width:100% !important} #fullstory p { font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.8em;}strong { font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em; xfont-family:Georgia, “Times New Roman”, Times, serif;} read more

30 09 19

After winning the U.S. Open in June, his second consecutive major victory, Jordan Spieth sought to pre-empt the eager golf press from christening a rivalry between him and Rory McIlroy, the man whose world No. 1 ranking he was rapidly threatening.“Rory has four majors and dozens of wins, and I’m just starting out,” Spieth told reporters.Spieth is correct about his relative inexperience; he turned 22 in July and is in only his third PGA Tour season. But what he has accomplished in 2015 is on pace to surpass anything achieved in a single season by McIlroy — or anyone else in modern PGA Tour history, for that matter — at such a young age.Spieth’s raw exploits this season are impressive: four wins, including two majors, and six other top-five finishes. But if we want a more exact sense of how his 2015 compares to other great seasons in golf history, we must place them all on a standard scale. To do that, I compiled data from GOLFstats.com, converting the leaderboard of every PGA Tour event since 1970 into a set of z-scores (a metric1Used previously at FiveThirtyEight and Grantland. that considers how many standard deviations from the mean2Computed using only players who made the cut in a given tournament. a player’s score was). The average z-score for all of a player’s tournaments in a given season represents his performance that year.According to that metric, here are the best 20 seasons in modern PGA Tour3Which includes all official PGA Tour tournaments except match-play events (which don’t lend themselves to z-scoring). history:The sheer dominance of Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus, who account for the first 11 spots on the list, is striking. Although it would generate little controversy to label them the two greatest golfers of all time, these numbers help emphasize how far ahead of the field they were. What is perhaps even more astonishing is that the first non-Tiger, non-Jack name to appear on this list is Spieth’s, for his performance this year.We’re in the midst of Spieth’s age-22 season (for this analysis, I defined a player’s age as the oldest he was at any point during the season in question), and thus far, he’s been a lot better than Woods was at the same age. Woods’s average z-score of -0.95 in 1998 ranks outside the top 50 seasons of all time. Likewise, McIlroy’s average z-score in his age-22 season was -0.58, which didn’t even rank among the top performances of 2011, much less the best seasons ever.4Even McIlroy’s age-23 season, in 2012 — his best year on tour, punctuated by a record-setting win at the PGA Championship — ranks 32nd on this list, 20 spots behind Spieth’s 2015. And Spieth’s rise could be even scarier for the rest of the tour, considering the leap taken by both McIlroy and Woods between the ages of 22 and 23.(As for Nicklaus, I don’t have complete data on his age-22 season, in 1962 — although Jack’s three wins and 16 top-tens compare favorably to Spieth on the surface.)Of course, Spieth will have to sustain his current pace for a few more months to fully warrant this praise. And if he emerges from this weekend’s PGA Championship with his third major of the season, his case will almost certainly be helped; the average z-score for PGA winners since 1970 is -2.39 (a mark that would help him cut ever deeper into the Woods/Nicklaus monopoly). But even if Spieth goes without another victory in 2015, his performance to date suggests that he will not be able to downplay his on-course credentials for long. read more

25 09 19

first_imgScotland’s chief constable has stepped aside with immediate effect after fresh allegations of bullying were made against him.Phil Gormley is now facing two separate inquiries by the police watchdog into alleged gross misconduct after a total of three complaints about his behaviour in a matter of months.He said the latest complaint came from a colleague in the force’s senior management team and announced that he would stand down while investigations were carried out.The beleaguered chief constable said he had sought and been granted “special leave” while the claims against him were properly assessed.He also said he denied and rejected the allegations, and intended to resume his duties in the future.Mr Gormley, who has led Police Scotland since 2016, was already facing an earlier allegation of bullying from a superintendent, which emerged in July.He released a short statement saying: “I have been notified by the SPA of a complaint made against me. This complaint originates from a member of the Force Executive.“In the interests of the office of Chief Constable and the broader interests of Police Scotland, I have sought and been granted special leave to enable this matter to be properly assessed. I deny and reject the allegations and will co-operate with the SPA’s assessment and procedures. It is my intention to resume my full duties when this matter has been resolved.” The latest complaint comes from a member of the force’s senior management team, made up of officers ranked at Assistant Chief Constable, or higher, as well as the force’s deputy chief officer and the director of information and communications technology.Willie Rennie, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, said it had taken Mr Gormley “too long” to make the right decision to temporarily stand aside but commended him for doing so.He added: “The investigation needs to be completed effectively and swiftly so that a police Scotland can move on.  There is a lot to fix in Police Scotland and we need effective leadership to fix it.” Phil Gormley is now facing two inquiries by watchdogCredit:PA Iain Livingstone, one of Police Scotland’s deputy chief constables, will take over the top job while Mr Gormley is on leave.The inquiries are being carried out by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc), which is led by a former prosecutor and investigates allegations of serious misconduct.It will pass its findings to the SPA, which must hold a misconduct hearing, that could lead to dismissal, if it considers there is a case to answer.It is understood the first complaint being looked into was made by a colleague, Supt Graham McInarlin, who was the chief constable’s aide as head of executive support. Willie Rennie said Mr Gormley had finally done the right thingCredit:PA willie renniecenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Scottish Police Authority, which holds the force to account, said it had approved the request and would keep the decision to approve Mr Gormley’s leave request under review on a four-weekly basis. The bullying allegations are just the latest in a series of controversies that have enveloped the national force since it was created by the SNP through the controversial merger of eight regional forces. Sir Stephen House, Mr Gormley’s predecessor, stood down after the force failed to rescue a woman who lay dying in a car for three days that had crashed off one of Scotland’s busiest motorways. phil gormleylast_img read more

25 09 19

Britain’s defence spending has fallen below two per cent and the MoD is using pension contributions to mask its true figure, an MPs report has said. A Special Report by the Defence Select Committee, using figures covering the last four years, claims that the real level of Defence spending has been below the figure agreed by Nato members for some time. Although the government says it spends 2.1 per cent of GDP on Defence, the new figures suggest Britain first dipped below two per cent in 2014/15 and has not recovered since.The MPs claim that the MoD only met the two per cent benchmark by adjusting what was counted as being part of defence expenditure, such as £1 billion in war pensions and MoD civilian pensions, in 2016. The new accounting method also allowed for British defence expenditure to be officially increased if troops were deployed overseas in greater numbers than anticipated. The Treasury has allocated around £500 million annually for such an eventuality.The government accepts it included new sources of spending in the figures three years ago, but that this was in line with Nato guidelines and was not a Whitehall decision. The figures in the Special Report had not included these new provisions in order to compare current spending with levels before the policy change.   Speaking in a Commons debate on defence spending on Tuesday, Julian Lewis, Chair of the Defence Select Committee, asked if spending 1.8 per cent was credible against an “adversarial Russia and the revival of a terrorist threat from Islamist terrorists”.He said he had written to both Conservative Party leadership contenders seeking assurances that the MoD would be adequately supported were they to win the contest.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mark Lancaster, the Minister for the Armed Forces said that Britain was one of very few Nato members that meets both of the alliance’s core spending guidelines: two per cent of GDP on Defence with 20 per cent of that spend on major equipment and associated research and development.It was “vitally important” he said “that the UK maintains our position as a leading player on the world stage”.“The international situation is darkening, the rules-based order which has kept peace for so long is under constant pressure, and the external threats which confront us are increasingly coming from multiple directions,” he said.“Malign cyber and proxy warfare are rapidly changing the face of conflict [and] the nation’s approach to future spending decisions must reflect these new realities.” Boris Johnson has said “I can give you an absolute commitment to fund defence fully”.  Photo taken at tug of war event during the launch of London Poppy Day on October 27, 2015.Credit:Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images Replying on July 2, Boris Johnson had written: “I can give you an absolute commitment to fund defence fully. “I believe military spending should be dictated by the threats we face and it is clear that these threats have multiplied in both scale and complexity in recent years. “I guarantee of course that we will exceed the minimum two per cent Nato spending target and the defence budget will continue to grow at a minimum of 0.5 per cent annually.”In response Mark Francois, a member of the Select Committee and former Minister of Defence, said “I think in the nicest possible way we should bank that and endeavour to hold him to it, if and when he becomes our Prime Minister”. In Jeremy Hunt’s reply he pledged to increase the defence budget to 2.5 per cent of GDP over five years.  Jeremy Hunt has said: “I have argued that additional funds will need to be made available for new capabilities, not just plugging gaps in existing plans”. Photo taken in Senegal with Royal Marines and Senegal troops. April 29, 2019. Credit:Andrew Parsons / i-Images “I have argued that additional funds will need to be made available for new capabilities, not just plugging gaps in existing plans,” he wrote. “Were I to become Prime Minister I would consider the path of further increases in spending once the 2.5 per cent had been achieved.” Boris Johnson has said “I can give you an absolute commitment to fund defence fully".  Photo taken at tug of war event during the launch of London Poppy Day on October 27, 2015. Jeremy Hunt has said: “I have argued that additional funds will need to be made available for new capabilities, not just plugging gaps in existing plans". Photo taken in Senegal with Royal Marines and Senegal troops. April 29, 2019.  read more

25 09 19

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedContract awarded for $3B water treatment facilities in three communitiesJuly 5, 2017In “latest news”New Diamond well successfully producing water- GWISeptember 28, 2017In “Business”GWI to get US$17M loan to improve water supply countrywideSeptember 2, 2019In “Environment” -says 77,000 persons to benefit from constructionManaging Director of GWI Dr Richard Van West-Charles and Project Manager of Siohydro, Hong Zhou shake hands on the contract for the water treatment plantsThe Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) on Thursday signed contracts for the construction of three water treatment plants in Regions Three, Four and Six.Chinese company Sinohydro will construct the three plants, which total more than US$30M, in Uitvlugt, West Bank Demerara, Diamond, East bank Demerara, and Sheet Anchor, Canje Berbice.The contract also makes provision for the replacement and installation of transmission mains in the project areas.GWI in a release said that the drafting of the plans for these facilities was three years in the making and is expected to increase GWI’s water coverage by more than 60 per cent.Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan noted the “realisation of the water plants is part of this administration’s drive to bring the good life to all through the provision of safe potable water.”Bulkan stressed the need for “value for money” while telling the contractor that this will be “lawfully enforced”.Performing her final duties as Minister within the Ministry of Communities, Minister Dawn Hastings-Williams said that the plants will prove to be energy efficient and cost effective for GWI.“Guyana trusts your experience in doing a work well done,” Minister Hastings-Williams charged the contracting company.The Minister pointed out 6,764 households will benefit from the water plants in Region Three, on the East Bank of Demerara 9,292 households stand to gain while 4,629 households will benefit from the water treatment plant in Canje, Berbice Region Six. The per capita investment is approximately $30, 000 per household.The objective, of the water plants, is to improve the quality and sustainability of water supply to these communities.Managing Director of GWI, Dr Richard Van West-Charles, noted that the three plants will complement GWI’s existing 24 water plants across Guyana. In addition to the water plants, he noted that, GWI will soon begin the construction of wells in the project regions.West-Charles added that these plans “come within GWI’s strategic plan” which is pending the board’s approval. read more