The Pros and Cons of Forming a Production Company

first_imgWe take a look here at the relative pros and cons of forming your own production company — and when it makes sense to do so.Many self-employed filmmakers aim to form a production company at some point but never get around to it. It’s cheaper and easier to continue doing business as an independent contractor. The change happens one day when a big job comes along, and they find themselves rushing to incorporate when time is critical. It actually makes more sense to incorporate before you need to, as it’ll save you money now.Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of forming your own production company.LegalIt’s important to retain legal advice before starting your own company or corporation. (Image via J. Henning Buchholz.)Since I’m writing for a global audience, I’m going to keep this advice general. You should consult the appropriately licensed tax and legal professionals in your respective area before creating a company or corporation.The most common reason to incorporate is the legal protection it provides you. When you operate as a company, you have less exposure to litigation that could result from any work you do.Filmmaking is a notoriously dangerous activity. If someone were to be injured on a company film set, the most they could potentially sue for is the assets of that company. If you’re an independent operator, your personal assets are at risk.It’s common practice in Hollywood to create a different company for each production, so a lawsuit affecting one film won’t jeopardize money raised for — or the profits of — other projects.I should note that this doesn’t protect you from being sued personally for negligence or damages, if someone gets hurt. You should always make safety your first priority — and carry insurance!TaxesKnow the different tax laws that apply to you for your country and state. (Image via Iocrifa.)Different countries and states have different tax laws, but generally speaking, companies have more permissible deductions than individuals and are only taxed on their profits, rather than their gross income. It’s normal, even expected, that companies reinvest their profits in their business and equipment to show no taxable income. If you try this for too long as an individual, your tax department will start asking questions.On the flip side, companies and corporations are usually taxed at a higher tax rate, and are more expensive to file taxes for. You’ll also have the added cost of filing taxes for both yourself and your company, since most countries require you to file personal taxes, regardless of your company ownership.BudgetsSeparating your work expenses from your personal expenses will simplify your taxes. (Image via gnepphoto.)One of the most overlooked advantages of incorporating is keeping your business and personal earnings and spending separate from one another. Work and pleasure expenses can become entangled throughout the year in a way that’s very hard to separate when tax time comes around. You’re often not sure how much you made, and how much it cost to make it. Having separate bank accounts and credit cards is a great way to keep things simple (and have a clear view of what you’re actually making).OpticsMost mid- to large-size companies expect to do business with other companies. Some aren’t set up to deal with or pay individuals, and this can delay payment — or worse, cost you the job altogether. It looks much more professional in filmmaking to present yourself as the owner of a production company, rather than just the guy who knows how to use a camera.ValueStarting your own company can eventually become an asset when ready to sell. (Image via bepsy.)If you do incorporate, and that company does well, over time, the company becomes an asset in itself. Production companies get bought and sold, just like any other asset. Some are worth millions. You can’t sell a share in your own future, or your contacts, but you can sell a company and its ongoing business.Forming and running a production company isn’t as intimidating as it may seem. There’s added expense and more red tape, but it’ll also create a valuable asset that’ll take your filmmaking to the next level.Cover image via Everett Collection.Looking for more on the film and video industry? Check out these articles.The Rules of Cinema Vérité Documentary FilmmakingThe Rise of TikTok and What It Means for Digital Video ProducersA Guide to Structuring Your Scripts and ScreenplaysBreaking Down the Role of the Video Editing SupervisorWhat ‘The Righteous Gemstones’ Teaches About Directing Styleslast_img read more

Delhi govt to celebrate Childrens Day at 100 places

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 6 (PTI) The Delhi government plans to celebrate Childrens Day on a grand manner with events lined up at around 100 locations across the national capital.The initiative — Dilli for Children — seeks to develop a “sense of belongingness” for the city among children, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said at a press conference here.Delhi government-run schools and offices will be closed on November 14, which is celebrated as Childrens Day to mark the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, he said.Even private schools may remain shut, Sisodia said, not clarifying whether they will be ordered to do so.”A number of activities such as street plays, theatre, sports events will feature at the fests, which will be organised in coordination with Resident Welfare Associations, market associations, NGOs and individuals working in the field of child welfare,” Sisodia said.He said that the initiative will make children feel special and help contain the impact of recent incidents such molestation in private schools in their minds. PTI SBR ANBlast_img read more

Cypress: support for Platform Security Architecture Trusted Firmware-M from Arm

first_imgCypress Semiconductor announced availability of the Platform Security Architecture Trusted Firmware-M reference example from Arm for its PSoC 6 microcontrollers, enabling a solution that adheres to the highest level of protection as defined by PSA. By leveraging PSA’s holistic set of threat models, security analyses, hardware and firmware architecture specifications, and Trusted Firmware-M reference implementation, Internet of Things designers can quickly and easily implement secure designs with PSoC 6 MCUs.Cypress’ PSoC 6 MCUs achieve the highest level of protection defined by the PSA using dual Arm Cortex-M cores combined with configurable memory and peripheral protection units. The MCUs provide three levels of hardware-based isolation: 1) an isolated execution environment for trusted applications using a dedicated Arm Cortex -M0+ core, 2) secure element functionality that hosts root of trust operations and system services, and 3) isolation for each trusted application. These three levels of isolation together reduce the attack surface for threats. The system is augmented with a true random number generator and cryptographic accelerators, while the Cortex-M4 core in the PSoC 6 MCU architecture delivers a clean programming model for the rich execution environment for unsecure applications.Aligned with Arm’s current version for v8-M, the Trusted Firmware-M reference example for PSoC 6 MCUs allows designers to easily implement hardware-based isolation between secure and unsecure execution environments via configuration of the protection units. Mbed OS secure services can be utilized. Future versions will include trusted boot with multiple images and full PSA API support, including Root of Trust installation with secure element functionality.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Infineon expands mobile-security portfolioNext HCC Embedded: MISRA-compliant EAP framework for secure IoT networkslast_img read more

Neeraj Chopra’s former coach dies, javelin star posts emotional message

first_imgNeeraj Chopra’s former coach Gary Calvert pashed away in Beijing on Saturday. Neeraj had scripted history by winning the gold medal in the Junior World Championships in 2016 with a world record throw.The 63-year-old Calvert, an Australian serving as the Chinese national javelin coach, died of a heart attack in China’s capital yesterday.Under Calvert, who served as India’s javelin coach from February 2016 to April last year, Neeraj won a historic gold at the 2016 World Junior Championships in Poland, with a throw of 86.48 metres.Neeraj, who is currently training in Finland as part of preparations for the upcoming Asian Games, paid tribute to his former coach, saying he had learnt a lot under the Australian.”Very saddened to hear about the demise of coach Gary Calvert, who died of a heart attack yesterday. I had done a lot of hard work under him in 2016-17 and got to learn a lot. You were a good friend and coach, you will always be remembered. RIP,” Neeraj tweeted.2016-17 heart attack . . RIP Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) July 28, 2018Calvert was initially appointed in February 2016 for a two-year tenure but resigned in April last year.He reportedly wanted to revise his contractual terms and extend his tenure till the 2020 Olympics with a 50 per cent hike in his salary.last_img read more

Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL quick review: Best of Pixel at relatively affordable prices

first_imgWe have heard of the affordable or cheaper Google Pixel phones for over a year now. Well, finally two of them are here. After many leaks, which revealed almost all that is there to know about the new Pixels, the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL have been officially launched globally and in India. And while they are not exactly what you will call cheap, or even affordable, if you use the word “relatively” they do make some sense. Compared to the Pixel 3, which debuted at a price of above Rs 60,000, last year, the Pixel 3a costs Rs 39,999 in India. The Pixel 3a XL costs Rs 44,999, which you can say is “relatively” more affordable compared to the Pixel 3 XL that debuted at a price of above Rs 70,000.So, in a way, Google now plays in the premium market as well and not just in the ultra premium market. And here its competition is with the likes of OnePlus, Honor and Samsung. The question then is: Do the “relatively” affordable Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL make sense for consumers? Should you pick one of these over an Honor or a Samsung. And answer, from what I have seen and tried of the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL, seems to be yes. Google is playing to its strengths with the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL, albeit it doesn’t entirely succeed in giving Pixel fans what they were expecting as far as the price is concerned.advertisementThe two newly launched Pixel smartphones are a bit pricey. While the Pixel 3a, which comes with 5.6-inch full HD+ gOLED display and a 3,000mAh battery, costs Rs 39,999, the Pixel 3a XL, which comes with 6-inch full HD+ gOLED display and a 3,700mAh battery, costs Rs 44,999. Both the smartphones come with Qualcomm 670 processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB memory, a 12.2MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera. By comparison, the OnePlus 6T, that boasts up to 8GB RAM, Snapdragon 845 processor and a dual rear camera setup, was recently selling for as low as Rs 32,999, while the Vivo V15 Pro, that comes with 6GB RAM, Snapdragon 675 processor and a triple rear camera setup is available for Rs 28,990. But, as it happens with the Pixel phones, there is more to the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL than what meets the eyes.During my limited time with the two smartphones, I found the devices to perform spectacularly well both in terms of the camera performance, which is one of the highlights of the Pixel smartphones, and otherwise. The two smartphones look quite similar to the original Pixel 3 smartphones, they are fast, despite having a more mainstream processor, and they produce sharp images even in the low light conditions – which is one area where other smartphones in this segment often fail to impress.Difference between premium and ultra premium according to GoogleLike I said, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are quite similar to the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL smartphones and yet there are subtle differences that separate the new Pixel smartphones from their ultra-premium siblings.The Google Pixel 3a XL looks quite similar to the Google Pixel 3 XL that was launched last year. And while the Pixel 3 XL comes with a glass back, the Pixel 3a XL features a plastic body. Visually, the difference is apparent, even though Google has tried to give similar dual-tone finish (glossy and frosted finish) to the plastic back of the Pixel 3a phones that the Pixel 3 from the last year sports. The plastic bodies of of the new Pixel phones look a bit more shiny as well and more down-market compared to the premium finish of the glass. The difference is subtle but it’s there. Pick up the phone, and you notice the difference even more because obviously the plastic bodies of the Pixel 3a phones feel different compared to the glass and metal of the Pixel 3 phones.The one good aspect of this plastic is that the new Pixel 3a phones are lighter. This means that if you like keeping your smartphone in the back pocket of your denim, you won’t feel Pixel 3a XL weighing it down like a dead weight.Notably, a glass body is not the only point of difference between the two smartphones. The Pixel 3 XL sports a notch on the top, which houses two cameras. The Pixel 3a XL, on the other hand, comes with old-fashioned bezel on the top that houses a single camera. Besides this, the budget Pixel 3a XL also sports thick bezels on the sides and on the bottom, and that clearly indicate their more affordable price tag.advertisementAnother surprise with the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL is that they bring back the 3.5mm jack that went missing in the premium Pixel smartphones – something that the jack lovers would appreciate a lot.Great low-light shotsIf you ask Google, or anyone following Pixel phones for a while now, about the raison raison d’etre of the new Pixel 3a chances are that you will be told that this about bringing (now well known) Pixel 3 camera to people who don’t want to spend Rs 60,000 on a phone. And it seems like a good reason. It also seems like a reason that Google justifies by offering consumers what it is giving in the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL rear camera, which uses the same 12-megapixel Sony-made IMX 363 image sensor that is inside the more expensive Pixel 3 phones. And its performance is in line with what hardware suggests. During my limited time with the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones, I tried their cameras under indoor lighting conditions and under low-light conditions and the images they produced were impressive. The two phones shoot pictures that are clear and with no signs of starkly evident noise or distortions. The colours captured by the two phones, particularly under the low-light conditions were bright and quite similar to the ones visible to the naked eye. I believe the credit for this goes to Google’s image processing software. I will have more to say about the phone’s camera performance in the coming days.IMAGE SAMPLESClean software and good performanceThe Google Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL are fast, something that I believe is because of the neat and clean Android 9 Pie software paired with fairly capable Snapdragon 670 processor. I haven’t yet pushed the Pixel 3a I am testing to its limits by playing some games like PUBG or Real Racing, but in day-to-day use the phone performs admirably well. It doesn’t slow down or show any signs of lag while I use apps like Facebook and Instagram. When I switch between app there aren’t any lags, and camera app works without stutters.As I said earlier, this doesn’t mean that the Pixel 3a would be as fast as a phone like the OnePlus 6T that costs similar and has top-end, albeit from last year, Snapdragon 845 processor, because once you are pushing the phone by playing a game like Fortnite at top graphics settings, the Snapdragon 670 is bound to huff and puff. But for now let’s keep that as an assumption. As I use the Pixel 3a more, I will be taking a more detailed look at its performance in its full review in the coming days.The performance is also good with the phone’s fingerprint sensor, which effectively unlocks the phone in less than a second without an error each time.advertisementBesides this, the Pixel 3a is full of some cool tricks that make using it an absolute delight. You can squeeze the phone to invoke the Google Assistant and you can even set it to identify the song playing in your vicinity.In my short time with the Google Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL, I found the two smartphones to be good performers. Yet, there are many aspects of the two phones that I am yet to assess. Google is promising stellar battery life with both the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL – something like best in the class battery life – but that is something I am yet to test. Then there is the display, which too according to Google is one of the top highlights of the Pixel 3a phones, but with that too I need some more time to see if its brightness can stand up to the scorching Delhi sun or not. Camera too needs a more through testing.But overall my impression of the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL is positive. I don’t particularly like the plastic design, but I don’t mind it either. It’s an issue not because it’s not a good design but because better designed metal and glass phones – hint Honor and OnePlus – exist in the market around same price points. Other than that, it is clear to see that Google is playing to its strengths here and if you have craved Pixel-class – yeh, it has become an adjective – camera and clean Android software, the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL are “relatively” more affordable options for you from Google.ALSO READ | Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL launched at I/O 2019, on sale from May 15 with price starting from Rs 39,999last_img read more

25 days agoBayern Munich defender Niklas Sule admits Prem move close

first_imgBayern Munich defender Niklas Sule admits Prem move closeby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNiklas Sule has revealed he almost joined a Premier League club before deciding on a move to Bayern Munich in 2017.The 24-year-old added that he would love to play in the English top-flight one day.“It was a thought to go to the Premier League [in 2017],” the 24-year-old exclusively told Goal and DAZN.“This is one of the leagues in which I really want to play. At the time, however, I saw the change to Munich as the best step. And, as you can see, I am very happy at Bayern.“Not only because I got my way, but also because the fans and all the staff are great.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

RealEats Meal Delivery is Like Having Your Own Private Chef

first_img What is Sous Vide Cooking? Here’s What You Need to Know Chef Marco Ballatori whips up the food in the RealEats Kitchen in the New York Finger Lakes area using local, non-GMO, never processed, never frozen, responsibly sourced ingredients and the meats never have hormones or antibiotics. The meals are high in protein and always less than 800 calories. Each meal is designed with not just taste in mind, but are also nutritionist-approved, so there’s no guilt in eating these restaurant-worthy dishes.It also gives you the unique opportunity to sample the culinary visions of chefs you might not otherwise get to taste, all curated by RealEats’ culinary specialist, Chef Katy Sparks. She brings together chefs like Dale Talde of Talde in Brooklyn, Bill Telepan of New York’s Oceana, Chopped champ Silvia Baldini and this month, Kat Turner, a noted private chef. Chef Turner’s serving up things like Moroccan Chicken with herb couscous and grilled eggplant covered in Chimichurri; Grilled hanger steak with bok choy and new potatoes, and the vegetarian option of whole wheat fusili with a roasted pepper tomato sauce served with corn, basil, and cheese. All the nutritional information is provided for you. For example, that pasta dinner is just 510 calories with 20 grams of protein and 14 grams of fiber, and let’s face it, no one is getting enough fiber these days. The old adage that if you can boil water, you can cook needs some updating. Thanks to RealEats, if you can boil water, you don’t have to cook.We’ve talked before about the magic of sous vide cooking and some of our favorite meal kits, but both of those have flaws for the cooking-averse or otherwise too busy. Sous vide requires equipment and planning and meal kits require you to cook. What if a chef could do all the work for you and you could just do the fun pouch boiling part?Enter RealEats. This is a meal delivery service where chef-prepared meals are sent to you in little vacuum pouches. All you have to do is boil some water and put the pouches in it for the indicated amount of time. About ten minutes later, you have a healthy, gourmet, delicious meal. Your prep consists of pulling pouches out of the fridge and boiling water and your clean up is tossing plastic into the recycling and maybe washing your plate. Or just let it soak until tomorrow. Or like, next Thursday. You’re busy! Just, not with cooking.It will feel like wizardry the first time you try RealEats. For six minutes, you’ll watch the meat in its vacuum-sealed bag sitting in boiling water and think, “There’s no way this will work. It’ll be rubbery and probably cold in the middle.” And then you’ll open the bag, plate your food, and taste tender, juicy, flavorful perfection. Science is weird, but the geniuses at RealEats have harnessed it for fast-paced, busy 21st century eating.RealEats is also the most versatile meal delivery out there. There’s no need to eat unhealthy take-out or tasteless frozen dinners anymore: anywhere you can boil water, you can eat their meals. Take them camping, chow down like a king in a dorm room, or at the office. It’s the perfect solution for parents who are too exhausted after keeping small humans alive all day to cook. It provides you the space and time to sit down, relax, indulge, and reconnect over a meal. All of these high-end ingredients, high-end chefs, and high-end meals must cost a fortune, right? Wrong. They offer three plans: the Singles Plan, Couples Plan, and the Family Plan and each plan comes with three meals a week. For one person, it’s $45 a week, for a total of $15 a meal. That’s less than most Chipotle lunches. The Couples Plan, for two, comes to $85 a week, at $14.16 a meal, and the Family Plan, which feeds four people, is $162 a week, or $13.50 a meal. You can skip a week anytime or cancel– there’s no commitment.Not yet convinced that this is the greatest invention since sliced bread– especially since with RealEats you wouldn’t even have to slice bread? Try it. You can test it out for yourself for $45 or, if your subscribe, you can get three meals free.RealEats has taken away any excuse we have for not eating right and well. Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows center_img RealEats Meal Delivery is Like Having Your Own Private Chef Close How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide Editors’ Recommendations How to Cook Rice Perfectly Every Time last_img read more

Reports Londons Harrods to remove Diana memorial

first_imgLONDON – Harrods, the luxury London department store and tourist destination, is reportedly planning to remove a memorial to Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed.British media, including The Times and the BBC, reported Saturday that the bronze statue will be returned to Dodi’s father, Mohammed Al Fayed, the Egyptian tycoon who previously owned Harrods.The businessman commissioned the bronze statue depicting his son and Diana dancing after the two were killed in a Paris car crash in 1997.The statue was installed in 2005 remained at Harrods after the Qatari royal family bought the store in 2010.The news reports quoted Harrods managing director Michael Ward as saying that with a new Diana statue planned for Kensington Palace, it is the right time to return the one at the store to Al Fayed.last_img read more

Old Fort residents frustrated about uncertainty for their community

first_img“Are we going home, or are we planning to exodus the place? That’s really the million-dollar question,” said Pardy.He said that the message he’d gotten from the geologists is that the situation is improving, meaning residents could be able to return to their homes in the near future.In contrast, he said that many residents became angry on Sunday upon learning that the Regional District had contracted R&R Rentals to help organize giving residents temporary access to their homes to retrieve belongings.“It really upset people when they started talking about coming in, organizing this evacuation, a bunch of strangers coming into our houses and packing up our stuff.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Though some residents of Old Fort are once again allowed to temporarily return to their homes to winterize structures and retrieve valuables, many residents are frustrated with the uncertainty that has been caused by the landslide that cut off road access to the community over two weeks ago.Old Fort resident Gord Pardy said that while residents did hear some good news at Sunday’s meeting hosted by the Peace River Regional District, she said that many residents have taken issue with the way the PRRD has dealt with the situation.He explained that the Regional District has not made it clear to residents of Old Fort whether they will eventually be allowed to return to their homes or if the landslide will make the community too dangerous for human habitation in the future.last_img read more

Pikachu tries to dethrone the Avengers but just misses

LOS ANGELES — “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” gave “Avengers: Endgame” a run for its money this weekend at the box office, but the superheroes managed to hold onto the throne once again.The Walt Disney Co. said Sunday that the Marvel blockbuster earned an estimated $63.1 million from its third weekend in North American theatres, bringing its domestic grosses to $723.5 million, surpassing the totals for “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”Internationally, it added $102.3 million, bringing its global total to just shy of $2.5 billion where it remains the second biggest worldwide release of all time behind “Avatar” ($2.8 billion.)But three weeks into “Avengers” dominance, the market finally had some room for another film to make a substantial impact. Warner Bros. managed to draw a significant audience to its live-action “Pokémon Detective Pikachu,” which opened on 4,202 screens and earned an estimated $58 million from ticket sales.“What a terrific result,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. head of domestic distribution. “It’s so much fun to watch ‘Detective Pikachu’ have this kind of opening.”And there’s no bad blood that “Endgame” powered past “Pikachu” in the end.“It was fun to win Friday night, but as they say in golf, you play your own game and I’m thrilled with our result,” Goldstein added.It even beat “Endgame” internationally by a very slight margin with $103 million.Ryan Reynolds voices the popular Pokémon character in the film, which notched a record of its own: Biggest video game adaption opening. The previous record-holder was the Angelina Jolie “Tomb Raider” from 2001, which opened with $47 million, not adjusted for inflation.“Typically movies based on video games haven’t been all that successful,” Goldstein said.It was a mixed bag for other newcomers looking for a piece of the market, including two women-led comedies strategically launching on Mother’s Day: “The Hustle” and “Poms,” which both attracted an overwhelmingly female audience.“The Hustle,” a gender-flipped spin on “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” with Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, landed in third place with $13.6 million despite lacklustre reviews.Less lucky was the Diane Keaton cheerleading comedy “Poms,” which grossed only $5.1 million in its debut against similarly negative reviews from critics. “Poms” placed sixth behind the thriller “The Intruder” ($6.6 million) and the Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron rom-com “Long Shot” ($6.1 million), which are both in their second weekends.In smaller releases, “Tolkien,” a biopic about the “Lord of the Rings” author starring Nicholas Hoult opened in ninth place on 1,495 screens with $2.2 million, while the documentary “The Biggest Little Farm” debuted in five locations and earned $101,012.And while not every film was a hit this weekend, the diversity of content is important to the marketplace, noted Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for Comscore. Overall, the industry-wide box office continues to get stronger as the year goes on. The weekend is up around 23%, and the year is down around 9%. Three weeks ago, pre-“Endgame,” that year-to-date deficit was at 17%.“It should never be about just one type of movie,” said Dergarabedian. “That used to be the thing about summer, it was about drawing in the 18-24 year olds with superhero movies and action movies. In today’s world, summer offers a much more eclectic and diverse mix and that’s paying dividends for Hollywood.”And May has more big movies to come, including “Aladdin,” ”Rocketman,” ”John Wick 3: Parabellum and “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.”“May could be a monster at the box office,” Dergarabedian said.Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1. “Avengers: Endgame,” $63.1 million ($102.3 million international).2. “Pokémon Detective Pikachu,” $58 million ($103 million international).3. “The Hustle,” $13.6 million.4. “The Intruder,” $6.6 million.5. “Long Shot,” $6.1 million.6. “Poms,” $5.1 million.7. “Uglydolls,” $3.9 million.8. “Breakthrough,” $2.5 million.9. “Tolkien,” $2.2 million.10. “Captain Marvel,” $1.8 million.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: Bahr, The Associated Press read more

Issue of malaria in Africa proposed for consideration by General Assembly

Speaking on behalf of the Chairman of the OAU, Kodjo Menan of Togo told the Assembly’s General Committee yesterday that he was making the request because malaria was one of the main causes of death and a hindrance to development in Africa, causing one million deaths on the continent every year. Mr. Menan said the disease cost some $12 billion annually, but that a fraction of that amount could eradicate it. As part of its discussion, the Assembly would take up a draft resolution by which it would proclaim the period 2001-2010 the “Decade to Roll Back Malaria in Africa” and undertake a number of initiatives to combat the disease.

The Latest Video in Turkey shows man being shot at airport

ANKARA, Turkey – The Latest on the attack on Istanbul’s main international airport (all times local):9:20 p.m.A video obtained by the Turkish newspaper Haberturk shows a man being shot purportedly during Tuesday’s triple suicide bombing at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport that killed 44 people and wounded hundreds.Turkish media late Thursday are reporting that the man was a plainclothes police officer who asked one of the suicide bombers for identification and was subsequently shot. The video shows the alleged police officer, in short sleeves, approaching a man dressed in black. The man in black then appears to shoot the officer, who falls to the ground.The Associated Press was not able to independently verify the location of the video or the sequence of events.The Turkish government is blaming the airport attack on Islamic State militants, but there has been no claim of responsibility from the group.___9:05 p.m.The United Nations Security Council is strongly condemning the triple suicide attack that killed at least 44 people and wounded hundreds at Turkey’s busiest airport.The council says Thursday the perpetrators and organizers of the attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport need to be brought to justice and reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable and are “one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.”Turkish authorities have blamed the shooting and suicide bombing attacks Tuesday night on the Islamic State group.The 15-member council expressed its sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Turkish government.___8:20 p.m.Turkey’s leaders are trying to project an air of normalcy by opening a newly constructed suspension bridge, days after a devastating attack that killed at least 44 people at the country’s busiest airport.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim attended Thursday’s inauguration of the bridge in northwest Turkey that will cut by several hours travel between the cities of Istanbul and Izmir. They were joined by the Albanian prime minister.Speaking at the ceremony, Erdogan said forces not wanting Turkey to succeed are behind a spate of terror attacks in the country.Erdogan said: “The separatist organization on one side, the YPG on the other. then the dark organization called Daesh. They have been let loose against us by the forces who hold their leashes.” Erdogan was referring to a Kurdish rebel group, a Syrian Kurdish militia and to the Islamic State militants.He said: “The bombs that explode in our country today will tomorrow explode in the hands of those who sent them.”___6:30 p.m.The Eiffel Tower is to be illuminated in the colours of the Turkish flag in homage to the victims of the Istanbul Airport attack.The initiative that will see the Paris monument lit up in red and white at 11pm local time — had been planned for Wednesday, but was delayed 24 hours.Deputy Paris Mayor Bruno Julliard said that it would be “a reminder of the unbreakable support of the City of Paris” to the Turkish nation and to the victims of Tuesday’s gun-and-bomb attacks that killed more than 40 people, including at least 10 foreigners.Wednesday saw the image of the Turkish flag projected onto several world sites including Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate and Amsterdam’s Royal Palace.___5:35 p.m.Turkey’s state-run news agency says a man who was wounded in the triple suicide attack at Istanbul’s airport has died of his wounds, raising the death toll to at least 44.Anadolu Agency says 25-year-old Yasin Ocal died in a hospital on Thursday.Ocal, who was married and an employee at Ataturk Airport had sustained serious wounds to the head, the agency said.___3:25 p.m.A Turkish official says the death toll from a triple suicide attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport has climbed to 43.The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Thursday that Sondos Shraim, a woman in her 20s who was caught up in Tuesday’s attack had succumbed to her wounds.Shraim was a native of the West Bank town of Qalqilyeh. She had travelled to Istanbul with her husband and 3-year-old son for Ramadan. Her friend Nisreen Melhim, 28, was also killed, while Melhim’s husband and 3-year-old daughter were wounded.Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala told parliament 19 foreign nationals were among the victims. The death toll excludes the three suicide bombers.Out of the 238 who were wounded, 94 remain in hospital, the Istanbul Governor’s office reported.___1:55 p.m.A senior Turkish official says the three suicide attackers who carried out the deadly attack on Istanbul’s main airport were nationals of Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.The official on Thursday could not confirm Turkish media reports that the Russian national was from the restive Dagestan region. Tuesday’s gunfire and suicide bombing attack at Ataturk Airport killed 42 people and wounded more than 230 others.The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations.___1:45 p.m.The European Union says it still wants Turkey make changes to its anti-terrorism laws that EU officials say are used to muzzle dissent — a stance rejected by Turkish officials in the wake of the bloodshed at lstanbul’s airport.“New demands directed at Turkey, that would encourage the terrorists,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday. “We can’t make any changes in our terrorism laws. Tomorrow maybe, when conditions change.”Cavusoglu and other high-ranking officials from Ankara were at EU headquarters to resume negotiations on their country’s application to join the European Union. As part of a deal to secure Turkish help in cutting the flow of migrants into Europe, the EU wants Turkey to narrow its legal definition of terrorism and amend other laws to bring them in line with EU standards.Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders, whose country holds the revolving EU presidency, indicated the bloc’s position remains unchanged following the attack at Ataturk Airport that killed 42 people on Tuesday.“We cannot have our agenda being decided by terrorists. We have an agreement with Turkey, we’re working on the benchmarks, and that will continue,” Koenders said. “And I hope we come to an agreement.”___12:35 p.m.The German government says Chancellor Angela Merkel has spoken with Turkey’s president, assuring him that Germany stands by the country in the fight against terror.Merkel’s office says the chancellor condemned Tuesday’s attack on the main Istanbul airport and offered her condolences in a Wednesday evening telephone conversation with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A government statement Thursday said the leaders agreed that “the threat from fanatical terrorism must be faced together.”Relations between Germany and Turkey have been strained since the German Parliament voted on June 2 to label the killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago genocide. That decision infuriated the government in Ankara.___12:10 p.m.Turkey’s state-run news agency says police have detained 13 people in connection to the deadly airport attack. Anadolu Agency says the three foreign nationals are among the group of suspects detained in Istanbul on Thursday.Anadolu said police conducted simultaneous raids at 16 locations in the city, Anadolu said. Tuesday’s gunfire and suicide bomb attack on Ataturk Airport killed 42 people and wounded more than 230 others___11:05 a.m.Turkey’s state-run news agency says nine suspects linked to the Islamic State group were detained during a large-scale police operation in the coastal city of Izmir.The Thursday morning raids unfolded simultaneously in the neighbourhoods of Konak, Bucak, Karabaglar and Bornova neighbourhoods, according to Anadolu Agency.Police say they found three hunting rifles and documents relating to the Islamic State group, the prime suspect for the attack on Istanbul’s International Ataturk Airport that killed 42 people.The report says the suspects were in contact with IS militants in Syria and were engaged in “activities that were in line with the organization’s aims and interests,” including providing financial sources, recruits and logistical support.___10 a.m.Turkey’s state-run news agency says police have conducted a series raids in Istanbul neighbourhoods, targeting Islamic State suspects following the gunfire and suicide bomb attack at Ataturk Airport which killed 42 people.Anadolu Agency said police searched residences in Istanbul’s Pendik, Basaksehir and Sultanbeyli neighbourhoods but it was not clear if any arrests were made.Authorities blamed the IS group for three assailants’ co-ordinated attack late Tuesday on one of the world’s busiest airports, that also injured more than 230.There was no immediate claim of responsibility by the militant group.___9:30 a.m.A Turkish news report says security forces have killed two suspected Islamic State militants at the border with Syria.Private NTV television said Thursday the two Syrian nationals “were neutralized” after they ignored security forces warnings, but provided no further details. It was not immediately clear if they were trying to cross illegally into Turkey.NTV, without citing any sources, said one of the two militants was wanted by Turkey on suspicion that he would carry out suicide attacks in the capital Ankara or in the southern city of Adana.The reported incident comes days after suspected IS militants attacked Istanbul’s busiest airport with gunfire and bombs Tuesday, killing 42 people and wounding more than 230 others. The Latest: Video in Turkey shows man being shot at airport Relatives mourn as they gather around the Turkish flag-draped coffin of Habibullah Sefer, one of the victims killed Tuesday at the blasts in Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, during the funeral in Istanbul, Thursday, June 30, 2016. Suicide attackers killed dozens and wounded scores of others at the busy airport late Tuesday, the latest in a series of bombings to strike Turkey in recent months. Turkish authorities have banned distribution of images relating to the Ataturk airport attack within Turkey. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) by The Associated Press Posted Jun 29, 2016 4:31 am MDT Last Updated Jun 30, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ohio States Vonn Bell chose a longer trip but ended up on

Sophomore safety Vonn Bell (11) intercepts a pass from Wisconsin redshirt-junior quarterback Joel Stave during the Big Ten Championship Game on Dec. 6 in Indianapolis. OSU won, 59-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorRidgeland High School in Rossville, Ga., is just over a three-hour drive from the University of Alabama.The drive from Ridgeland to Ohio State is about four hours longer.In 2013, the football program up north in Columbus was on the rise — coach Urban Meyer had just led his Buckeyes to an undefeated season in his first year on the job. But the program down south in Tuscaloosa, Ala., was already on top of the world. Coach Nick Saban had just led the Crimson Tide to its second-straight national title, and third in four years.The Southeastern Conference was the pinnacle of college football, and nearly every top recruit seemed destined to play for Saban.The same can be said for Vonn Bell, who was a five-star rated safety at Ridgeland.According to, Bell’s final list came down to OSU, Alabama and Tennessee, and according to a close-to-accepted national opinion, ‘Bama was the place for him.Eventually, Bell’s time to make a decision came, and he announced his college choice live on ESPN on Feb. 6, 2013. The moderator introduced him as a Tennessee fan and mentioned his Southern roots, but the school he announced wasn’t Alabama and its mascot isn’t the Volunteers.“For next year, I will be attending the Ohio State University,” Bell said after a speech thanking those who had helped him get to that position.He then donned a scarlet OSU hat, and explained his decision.“You know, Urban Meyer is on a mission right now for a national championship,” Bell said. “You see this year he went 12-0 with his guys he didn’t even recruit this year.”Bell chose the Buckeyes and Columbus, probably not for the cold weather, but because of the impression Meyer had made.“I just felt more comfortable with coach Meyer because I had spent more time with him and his staff,” Bell said, according to a Feb. 11, 2013, The Lantern article.Not even two full years later, the Rossville, Ga., native is set to start for OSU against the coach and team he could have picked.Meyer said Bell has become one of the keys to the Buckeyes’ success — including their run to the first-ever College Football Playoff — since he chose to spurn the SEC.“He’s a very talented guy, highly recruited guy … that could have really went anywhere and to go down to the south and — I know with Tennessee and Alabama, and he grew up a Vols fan,” Meyer said Sunday during a teleconference. “So he’s a big part of who we are.”But before finishing his sophomore season tied for first on the team with five interceptions, and second on the team with 78 total tackles, Bell’s career might not have started out the way a five-star recruit would hope.Bell played in all 14 games as a freshman, but contributed mostly on special teams. He totaled just 19 tackles and one interception — which didn’t come until his first start as a Buckeye: OSU’s Orange Bowl loss to Clemson to end the season.Looking back, Meyer said getting Bell on the field earlier and more often could have been beneficial for the Buckeyes.“He’s having a pretty good year, he’s our starting safety,” Meyer said. “Came in last year, was very instrumental on special teams. I probably should have pushed harder as far as getting him in the game a little more as a freshman.”But even if Meyer would’ve given the second-year more playing time last season looking back, Bell didn’t even start the first game of 2014.Instead, sophomore safety Cam Burrows started the Buckeyes’ opener against Navy back in August, but Burrows didn’t last long. Bell ended up coming into the game and playing starter’s minutes, and hasn’t looked back.Bell and the Buckeyes peaked over the weekend, when OSU shellacked Wisconsin on its way to a 59-0 win in the Big Ten Championship Game, effectively sealing its New Year’s date with Saban and the Crimson Tide. Bell tied for the team lead in the game with seven total tackles — including four solo tackles — and had a key first-half interception as the Buckeyes extended their lead to 17-0 on the ensuing drive.Considering Bell’s success at OSU, Saban said during a Sunday teleconference that he would expect Bell to have a similar impact if he had signed with the Crimson Tide.“Well, we thought Vonn Bell was an outstanding player and certainly wanted him in our program,” Saban said. “I think if he was in our program right now, he would be a very productive player for us.”Had Bell in fact chosen Saban and the Crimson Tide over Meyer and the Buckeyes, it would’ve been hard to blame him. But after making his announcement, Bell expressed his intentions of winning a national championship at OSU, and even mentioned that path could pit the Buckeyes against Alabama.“We all on a mission, we all want to do something special ‘cause we gotta bring everything up,” Bell said on ESPN moments after his announcement. “We gonna try to beat ‘Bama and everything, so we gonna meet them at the National Championship. You know, we gonna get that crystal ball, holding it up high.”Down to the basic details, Bell’s words came true. He and the Buckeyes are set to face the Crimson Tide with title hopes on the line, but at the time, the College Football Playoff didn’t exist. In 2014, OSU will have to go through Alabama to win a national title — but not in the title game itself.And despite the trophy no longer being a crystal ball, Bell and the Buckeyes’ goal remains the same.OSU and Alabama are set to meet at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans at 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 1. read more

Weve Stopped Talking About Domestic Violence And The NFL

The fleeting public outrage was enough to force the NFL to reconsider its personal conduct policy, but the league hasn’t yet codified many policies. Public pressure to do so, meanwhile, along with the media spotlight, has largely disappeared. In early September, the story of Ray Rice assaulting his then-fiancée in an Atlantic City casino exploded in the media, sparking a debate about how to prevent — and respond to — domestic violence in the NFL and society at large. But why September? The actual assault happened in February, and yet it took almost seven months for media coverage to reach its height, according to a search of Lexis-Nexis.The answer is simple: On Sept. 8, TMZ released the video of the assault, which brought the story back into the news. But even then, our attention spans — perhaps unsurprisingly — are short. Here’s a more detailed look at the media coverage that Rice, as well as the overall issue of domestic violence in the NFL, has received since the beginning of September.For the week following the video’s release, articles mentioning “Ray Rice” averaged about 1,900 per day, according to Lexis-Nexis; articles mentioning both “domestic violence” and “NFL” averaged nearly 1,120 per day. The past week, however, pales in comparison: “Ray Rice” has been written about 37 times per day, and “domestic violence” and “NFL” have been mentioned in 44 articles per day. This is despite news that Rice could be reinstated as soon as next month.Rather, NFL news is back to covering on-the-field events. For example, Google Trends shows news about Peyton Manning has been chugging along at about the same rate (not including the recent surge in coverage of his breaking the career touchdown record) and has overtaken headlines about Rice. read more

Sheridan Smith pulls out of Bradford run of Funny Girl after being diagnosed

first_imgActress Sheridan Smith has been forced to pull out of the Bradford run of West End hit Funny Girl because she’s been diagnosed with mumps.Theatre-goers were left disappointed after the star was confirmed to be missing the week long stint of the show at Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre in West Yorkshire. A statement issued by the theatre read: “Following test results, it is confirmed that Sheridan Smith has contracted mumps and on doctor’s advice will not be able to perform in Funny Girl at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford this week.”The producers and company wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to welcoming her back as soon as possible.”This week, the role of Fanny Brice will be played by Natasha J Barnes who is currently sharing the role of Fanny Brice with Sheridan Smith on the UK Tour of Funny Girl.” Customer Notice. RE. Funny Girl— Bradford Theatres (@BradfordTheatre) June 7, 2017 Gutted @Sheridansmith1 won’t be performing in Funny Girl tonight😓— jess (@jess_brandrethm) June 8, 2017center_img Smith, 35, has already missed weeks of the play in London due to “stress” and “exhaustion”, producers revealed last month.She will be replaced in the role of Fanny Brice by her alternate Natasha J Barnes. The show will be wrapped up on Saturday evening (June 10). 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.last_img read more

Duchess of Sussex meets Michelle Obama after hearing her speak on women

The pair share a common interest in women’s empowerment, with their husbands already firm friends after working together to promote the Invictus Games.The Duchess will announce her next projects for her work in the Royal Family, as well as her first charity patronages, in the new year. On being a black woman in the public eye, she said: “People will literally take our voices, they will take the things from us that they like, the size of our hips, our style, our swag, it becomes co-opted but then we are demonised.”We are angry, we are too loud, we are too everything and I experienced that, just campaigning, just speaking truth to power, how dare I have a voice and use it?”My advice to young women in that you have to start by getting those demons out of your head, the questions I ask myself ‘am I good enough?’ that haunts us, because the messages that are sent from the time we are little is maybe you are not, don’t reach too high, don’t talk too loud. Prinace Harry and Michelle Obama in 2015 at the Wounded Warrior games Last week, Mrs Obama offered advice to the Duchess in a magazine interview, recommending that she “take some time and don’t be in a hurry to do anything”.At the live event at the South Bank, publicising her autobiography,Mrs Obama spoke on topics from the Queen’s alleged dismissal of royal protocol as “rubbish” to her disdain for fashion designers who “treat their staff badly”. Michelle Obama (left) in conversation with writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at the Royal Festival Hall In an on-stage interview, Mrs Obama may inadvertently offered words of comfort to the Duchess who has faced criticism for “breaching protocol” with some of her fashion choices since joining the Royal Family.The American speaker said of her visit to the Queen in 2016, where she was ushered into a waiting car with Her Majesty and Prince Philip: “I had all this protocol buzzing in my head …and she [the Queen] says ‘Oh it’s all rubbish, just get in’.”Mrs Obama also offered words of wisdom to newlyweds, admitting:  “When I talk to young people just starting to get married, I say: there are going to be huge chunks of time where you want to push him out the window.” Michelle Obama (left) in conversation with writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at the Royal Festival HallCredit:PA Michelle Obama speaks in London Barack and Michelle Obama with the Queen Credit:PA Barack and Michelle Obama with the Queen  Prinace Harry and Michelle Obama in 2015 at the Wounded Warrior gamesCredit:AFP Speaking to schoolgirls, the former First Lady also preached on the importance of women sticking together, saying: “Start practising for the sisterhood. We as women don’t have the luxury of tearing each other down.“There are enough people out there ready to tear us down. There’s no room for mean girls.” Michelle Obama speaks in LondonCredit:AFP The Duchess of Sussex has held private talks with Michelle Obama after watching her speak on female empowerment, royal protocol and the challenges facing black women in the public eye.The Duchess, whose public work is expected to focus heavily on advocacy for women, watched Mrs Obama speak at the South Bank Centre in London on Monday night, joining an audience of 2,700 people to hear the former First Lady’s advice about life. Afterwards, the pair met privately backstage for a convivial conversation: the first time they have spoken directly despite their shared professional interests.The Duchess, who attended the event with staff rather than her husband the Duke, was spotted by members of the public during the evening, and is understood to have enjoyed a warm personal discussion with Mrs Obama afterwards.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The meeting is likely to have been particularly appreciated by the Duchess, who has faced a difficult few weeks in the public eye fuelled by news that the Sussexes are moving away from their in-laws at Kensington Palace. “This is true for women, this is true for working-class people but it is profound for women of colour in a way that I don’t think most people understand.” read more

Kansas City first to get Googles 1Gbps Internet

first_imgIn February last year Google got cities around the U.S. excited as it introduced an offer to hook some of them up with a fiber-to-the-home 1Gbps network. While most locations struggle to offer anything past 20Mbps, Google is making the leap to 1Gbps and taking some communities with it.A little over a year later and Google has decided on the first city it will work with to implement the super-fast network: Kansas City. When first announced, Google said it needed city representatives and the individuals who thought it should come to their city to get in touch and state their case. It seems Kansas City made the best of that and really impressed with its commitment to the project if it was selected.A development agreement has already been signed and the network will be up and running at some point in 2012. The Kauffman Foundation, KCNext, the University of Kansas Medical Center are all involved in its development and deployment.Google has restated its commitment to select other cities to work with and rollout 1Gbps networks to, but you have to expect that once Kansas City is up and running Google will have a much better idea of how to plan and organize city-wide projects like this. The team handling the projects will only get faster and more efficient at implementing them, and then just needs the full backing of a city to make it happen.This could definitely set the bar for the future of U.S. Internet access if all goes well, and I don’t think anyone will complain about Google coming to their city if the end result is phenomenal connection speeds everywhere.Read more at The Official Google Bloglast_img read more

Clyde Paper and Print gains living wage accreditation

first_imgPaper product and print media organisation Clyde Paper and Print has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation.The organisation, which employs 15 staff across its Glasgow and London offices, has been accredited for its commitment to paying both direct employees and third-party contractors at least the voluntary living wage rate.The living wage, which is paid on a voluntary basis by employers, is an independently set hourly rate of pay that is calculated according to the basic cost of living. Updated annually, the living wage is currently set at £8.45 an hour for employees across the UK, and £9.75 an hour for those working in London. The higher London living wage rate reflects the higher living costs associated with residing in the capital.The voluntary living wage is distinct from the statutory national living wage, which is paid to employees aged 25 and over. The national living wage rate is currently set at £7.50 an hour.Clyde Paper and Print is already a Glasgow living wage employer, accredited by Glasgow City Council.Mike Steven, senior director at Clyde Paper and Print, said: “Being a living wage employer is very important to us because we believe in investing in our staff and paying them well. We like to see our employees do well for themselves, not only at work but also in their living standards.”last_img read more