Many amateur directors decide to write and direct their first film before they have had much on set experience in other roles. This method must be approached with caution – particularly with regards to how the cast and crew is treated on set.A film set can be a very dynamic place – at times it is exhilarating and inspiring while at other times it can be frustrating and tense. Although film is undeniably a very collaborative medium and there are so many moving parts that need to work together to bring an idea to life, the director is still the captain of that ship. And as a director, you really need to understand your responsibility in this unique structure and how your behavior will not only affect how your cast and crew feels during your shoot, but also how your final product comes out as a result of their attitude.Your job is to inspire and instigate in a positive way, not to create difficult and uncomfortable situations for the rest of your team. Many first time directors are very unsure of themselves. They don’t quite know what they want to say yet, or how to say it. When challenged on set, or a new perspective is shared from one of the cast or crew – it’s very common for a first time director to become standoff-ish and defensive. They often feel (even if they don’t consciously realize it), that they have something to prove. Even if an idea is presented to them that could make their film better, they will reject it in order to protect their own ego and so that they can stand their ground in front of the others on set. This mentality really couldn’t be more toxic for a film set. Not only do some fantastic ideas get swept under the rug, but everyone on set starts to feel uncomfortable and uninspired…and it can become a vicious cycle.It’s important to remember that as a director your job at its core is translate the way that you see the world (or see the story) onto the screen. You are a filter. If someone has a great idea and you choose not to use it because it isn’t in line with the perspective that you take on the subject matter – that is completely valid. But if you are simply throwing a way a good idea that someone presents you (that was in fact in line with your initial vision), then you’re going to have problems.A common misconception about high level feature film directors is that they are dictators. While there are certainly a few notable examples of famous directors that have thrown temper tantrums on set, or are known for blasting their cast and crew, these are the exception not the rule.Seasoned directors that have been telling stories for years are confident in their own vision. They understand that if a good idea is presented to them it is their duty as a director to at the very least consider it. They also know how to politely turn away ideas that might not work for their vision of the film in a way that is not offensive to the rest of the crew. They truly act as the ultimate filter, making sure that only the strongest ideas that are most in line with their vision come through, and value the opinions of others. Granted. few if any directors want every crew member running up to them with their two cents every two seconds, but that’s why professional directors hire professional crew members that understand their role – just like the director should.Probably the most detrimental thing that a director can do in regards to micro-managing is to over direct their actors. Amateur directors often have this false vision of what it means to be a director. They think that they need to literally direct every last step that their actors make, and every last line of dialogue. In my opinion, the best directors are those that trust their actors, and only hire actors that they know will inherently fulfill their vision. They give their actors breathing room and allow them to try different ideas, and even fail at times, if it means that they get to the best end result.The most obvious sign of a first-time director is when he/she starts to coach an actor on how to say a specific word or a line. In my opinion this is a huge no-no and is probably the fastest way to ensure that the actor will never want to work with that director again. Most good actors have been training for years (or possibly most of their lives) to understand the complexities of performance, so it is extremely insulting to them when the direction that they are being given is so trivial. It makes them feel that the director doesn’t have any trust in them, and ultimately that causes them to lose trust in their director. This is not a good place to be.I want to point out after stating what I did above, that directors do of course still need to direct. They are not simply there to be passive onlookers that only are inspired by the ideas of others. They need a clear cut vision and they need to communicate that vision with everyone on the cast and crew – that way when new ideas are shared with the director, they are in line with his/her vision.I really like to think of directing as instigating situations. Directors should cause conflict and energy by strategically setting up scenes, getting their characters into the right headspace, and making sure the crew is on their toes. That’s where great films live and breathe. That’s when actors have room to explore and the cast maintains their passion and focus even after a 16 hour day on set. And ultimately, that’s how the best movies are made.
The national flag was allegedly displayed upside down during a rally led by senior BJP leader Rajiv Jasrotia in Kathua district, following which an FIR was lodged for insulting the tricolour, police said on Saturday.The FIR was registered on Friday against unknown persons in Kathua Police Station under Section 2 (insulting the national flag or the Constitution) of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, a police official told PTI. A local resident, Vinod Nijhawan, in a complaint alleged the national flag was disrespected during the rally led by Mr. Jasrotia, who is a former minister, and BJP candidate Rahul Dev Sharma, the official said.Mr. Jasrotia, who is the BJP MLA from Kathua constituency, had accompanied Mr. Sharma in a procession from his Shiv Nagar residence to file nomination papers for ward number 19 on Thursday for the Urban Local Body polls.The complainant presented a video clip purportedly showing a person, just behind the BJP legislator, holding the tricolor upside down during the procession which covered a distance of over two km, the official said.In his complaint, Mr. Nijhawan said the act was “very heinous” and hurt the “sentiments of the patriotic citizens of India”. The official said an investigation was underway in the matter.
The Punjab government has banned the sale of glyphosate, a herbicide which is extensively used in the State to control a wide variety of weeds in almost all the crops.“This chemical has been observed to be a Group 2A cancer-causing material. Besides cancer, this chemical is also known for causing other health problems and has the potential to damage human DNA as per the opinion of experts from PGIMER, Chandigarh,” said an official statement here.Glyphosate is sold in the country under various trade names such as Round-up, Excell, Glycel, Glider, Glydon, etc. The Punjab State Farmers Commission had also recommended a ban on the sale of the chemical in Punjab.State Agriculture Secretary K.S. Pannu on Wednesday said that the Central Insecticide Board and Registration Committee has recommended the use of the herbicide only for tea gardens and non-cropped areas and therefore there is a dire need for strict compliance under the Insecticides Act, 1968.“There is no cultivation of tea in Punjab and on account of 200% crop intensity in the State, the non-cropped area is too meagre. Even this small area is associated with crop cultivation in the form of ridges, water channels, bunds and between rows of crops and canal and drain banks. Therefore, even this area is part of the cropped area for all practical purposes,” he said.Immediate effect“All pesticide manufacturers, marketers and dealers in the State shall not sell glyphosate formulations-concentrations with immediate effect. The licensing authorities have been asked to take necessary steps for removal of entries for glyphosate from the licences issued by them,” he added.
India is ranked as the third most powerful country in the world after the U.S. and China and the fourth most powerful bloc after those two countries and the European Union in 2010, according to a new US intelligence report.The Global Governance 2025 report, published by the U.S. National Intelligence Council (NIC) and the European Union’s Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), expects India’s clout to rise even further by 2025. The U.S. tops the list of powerful countries/regions, according to the report, accounting for nearly 22 percent of global power. It is followed by the European Union with 16 percent, China with 12 percent and India with eight percent. Japan, Russia and Brazil each account for 5 percent.An “International Futures Model” derived from GDP, defense, spending, population and technology for individual states projects the global clout of many countries will shift in the next 15 years. US, Euro, Japanese and Russian power is expected to decline, while that of India and China grow by 2025, although the rankings will not be affected:Global Power Index 2025 U.S. 18% China 16% EU 14% India 10% Related Items
Westbrook was attempting a jump shot Tuesday against Sacramento when he and defender Bogdan Bogdanovic collided. Westbrook was issued a flagrant 1 foul, but that was downgraded.“After review, we determined that the contact was part of Russell’s downward shooting motion and the defender was moving forward into his shooting space,” Frank said.A flagrant 1 is considered unnecessary contact. The flagrant 2 is deemed unnecessary and excessive — and a foul doesn’t have to be considered intentional to be determined dangerous. The league reviews all flagrants and can upgrade, rescind or leave them as called on the floor. If a player exceeds five flagrant foul points during the season, he will be suspended for the next game.ADVERTISEMENT Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, left, and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony pass each other after the Kings defeated the Thunder 94-86 in an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)NEW YORK — The NBA said Wednesday that Carmelo Anthony’s flagrant 2 foul will stand, but rescinded the flagrant issued to Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City’s last game.The league also fined Westbrook, Paul George and coach Billy Donovan $15,000 apiece for their criticisms of the officials after the call against Anthony on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Both were unusual plays in that flagrant fouls are usually called against defensive players. Instead, Anthony and Westbrook were whistled for contact they created while attempting shots.Anthony drove to the basket and elbowed center Jusuf Nurkic in the face on a shot that went in during the Thunder’s loss in Portland on Sunday. The basket was overturned after review and Anthony was hit with the automatic ejection.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCrew chief Rodney Mott said after the game that referees ruled the contact was excessive and not a natural basketball move and the league agreed.“We reviewed it, the same as we review all plays of this nature, and agree with the on-court officials that the foul met the criteria of hard contact above the shoulders with high potential for injury,” NBA spokesman Tim Frank said. “While attempting to draw a foul, Anthony extended his elbow into his opponent’s face, which is dangerous and reckless in nature.” Alford to sit 3 UCLA players reportedly involved in shoplifting in China Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games
LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lions gore Tigers; Tams, Archers prevail Ginebra fans also await the return of 7-footer Greg Slaughter, who, reports say, may be fielded in the playoffs after recovering from a leg injury.Slaughter had battled 6-10 June Mar Fajardo as amateurs in Cebu before his wide-bodied rival became the toast of the league as three-time Most Valuable Player for SMB.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games As the top two qualifiers, the Kings and the Beermen will need only to win once to reach the semifinals. The two other semifinal berths will be at stake in two separate best-of-three series pitting Star against No. 6 qualifier and defending champion Rain or Shine (5-6) and No. 4 TNT (8-3) Katropa against No. 5 Meralco (7-4).Barring monumental upsets, Ginebra and SMB will face the survivor of the TNT-Meralco duel and the Star-Rain or Shine clash, respectively, in the semis, which will be a best-of-five affair. The finals will be another best-of-seven confrontation.Reinforced by Justin Brownlee, the Kings finally topped an elimination phase of an import-flavored tournament for the first time in 20 years although coach Tim Cone, who joined the team last year from Purefoods which later became Star also last season, said he expected a tough road ahead.“It’s good to be the top seed but there’s the high expectation you have to deal with,” he said.Brownlee, at 6-foot-5 one of the smallest in a tournament where 6-10 imports are allowed, remains the biggest factor for the Kings. He is best remembered for clinching the Governors’ Cup crown for Ginebra with a buzzer-beating trey against Meralco last season.ADVERTISEMENT Looks like there will be a repeat of the San Miguel Beer-Barangay Ginebra title showdown in the Philippine Cup last May.Both finishing strong, the Beermen and the Gin Kings wound up tied for top spot with the Star Hotshots with nine wins against two losses at the end of the eliminations last week of the mid-season Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra, which lost to SMB, 4 games to 1, in their best-of-seven duel in the traditional all-Filipino tournament kicking off the league’s 2016 season, went on to clinch the top ranking on a higher quotient on the strength of earlier wins over the Beermen and the Hotshots.SMB salvaged second place having also downed Star in their first meeting and will go into the quarterfinal playoffs enjoying a twice-to-beat bonus like Ginebra against the two teams that completed the eight-team qualifying cast.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThere was actually a similar three-way tie at 4-7 for the last two quarterfinal slots but Phoenix, just like Ginebra, was ranked higher and nailed the No. 7 slot over Alaska and GlobalPort with earlier victories over both squads.But there’s no rejoicing for Phoenix in the playoffs with SMB as its next rival. The Aces and the Batang Pier were disputing the eighth and last berth at presstime with the winner also facing the daunting task of meeting Ginebra as a quarterfinal foe. MOST READ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View comments
France Talk of Benzema’s France future is ‘boring’ Deschamps Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 04:39 11/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images France Karim Benzema Germany v France Germany Real Madrid Primera División Friendlies WC Qualification Europe World Cup The Real Madrid striker doesn’t think he’ll be back with Les Bleus anytime soon, and the coach offered him little hope on Monday Didier Deschamps is getting bored of questions relating to Karim Benzema’s France future but refused to reject the striker’s claims that he will never get called up again until the coaching regime changes.Real Madrid star Benzema has been in the international wilderness since police charged him in connection to an alleged blackmail of Mathieu Valbuena with a sex tape in 2015.France 9/4 to beat Germany Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The case has not gone to trial yet, but in July the Court of Cassation – France’s court of final appeals in civil and criminal proceedings – found in favour of the forward.Benzema’s lawyers argued an undercover police officer acted dishonestly and played an “active role” in coercing the parties towards a deal and that without his actions no crime would have even taken place.The 29-year-old, who last featured for France in October 2015, claimed in an interview on Sunday that Deschamps will never give him a chance, and the coach is annoyed at constantly being asked about the situation.Speaking at a news conference ahead of Tuesday’s friendly with Germany, Deschamps said: “Have you planned on putting that subject on the table before each game?”The news of the France team was the match against Wales and now Germany, a match of prestige.”Open all the debates that you want, but I think that the players that I select, and in whom I have total confidence, deserve a minimum amount of respect.”I’m not annoyed. It can be boring, but I will deal with it.”France are already being spoken about as one of the favourites for next year’s World Cup, evidenced by the stance of many bookmakers.But Deschamps claims that certainly is not the view in France, with the former midfielder surmising that Tuesday’s hosts Germany are a level “above”.Clairefontaine Cologne L’Equipe de France a quitté son camp de base pour s’installer en Allemagne #ALLFRA pic.twitter.com/xqJm2BznRf— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) November 13, 2017″They [the bookmakers] must not be French,” the 49-year-old quipped.”I don’t know, maybe they take risks. It’s something quite flattering that outside our borders, many specialists recognise quality through what we have been able to do.”I consider Germany to be above us. Through their experiences in recent years, there is a collective experience.”At the international level that takes time, you only have to see the beginning of their adventure that began in 2004 to 2006, and then they had the ultimate title [the World Cup] eight years later [in 2014].”Their players have accumulated league titles and Champions Leagues. In this area, we’re still a little behind.”
Minister with responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita-Headley, says money has been identified to develop the Gray’s Inn sport complex in St. Mary.She informed that the parish’s three Members of Parliament have committed $700,000 each, from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) towards the development of the sport complex, so that it will be able to host premier league football games.The funds from the Members of Parliament will be matched by a donation of $2.3 million from Jamaica Producers.The news was greeted with cheers from residents who turned out at the Social Development Commission (SDC) Parish Forum, held at St. Mary High School, on February 21.Mrs. Neita-Headley was responding to a member of the audience, who wanted to know about the Government’s development plan for sporting facilities in the community.The Minister also revealed that Government is looking at a comprehensive plan to ensure that children living in rural areas will have access to at least one proper sporting facility within reasonable distance of where they live.She said in the case of St. Mary, that facility would be at Clembhard’s Park, which is the most central site. She said the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) will be looking to develop the venue as a proper multi-purpose facility.“We are looking to see how quickly we can put in a proper field, proper basketball, netball and volleyball court, proper fencing, and seating,” the Minster said.
Volunteerism Eight remarkable people are being recognized for theirsignificant contributions to their communities and their workwith seniors. Seven seniors will be recognized by their peers on Friday, June10, at the 16th Annual 50+ Expo. “The government of Nova Scotia congratulates the recipients ofthis year’s Remarkable Senior Awards for their commitment anddedication to their communities,” said Angus MacIsaac, chair ofthe Senior Citizens’ Secretariat. “Their generosity andselflessness is truly remarkable.” Remarkable Senior Award winners are nominated by senior’scouncils across Nova Scotia and chosen by a committee. Recipientsare selected under three categories: community service,leadership and volunteerism. This year’s awards recipients are: Community Service Naomi Judah, Halifax Freda Theakston, Greenfield, Kings Co. Omer Blinn, Comeauville, Digby Co. Alta and Murray Covert, Annapolis Royal, Annapolis Co. Mr. MacIsaac also acknowledged Valerie White, executive directorof the Senior Citizens’ Secretariat, for her recent award. Ms.White received a 2005 Award of Recognition from the GerontologyAssociation of Nova Scotia, for her 25 years of professional andpersonal service to Nova Scotia seniors. Nila Ipson, president of the association presented the award at aceremony on April 30. “With her professionalism, leadershipabilities, dedication and optimistic attitude, Valerie has been apositive role model for many and it is what we believe sets herapart,” said Ms. Ipson. “The secretariat is not a nine to fivejob for her, but rather the vehicle through which she can achieveboth personal and professional goals — namely, to enhance thelives of older Nova Scotians.” The 50+ Expo is a non-profit event planned and organized by avolunteer committee of seniors. The event is sponsored by TheChronicle Herald, Doctors Nova Scotia and Tour Tech East. The 50+ Expo will run from 9 a.m to 6 p.m on Friday, June 10 andSaturday, June 11 at Exhibition Park, Halifax. Tickets are $5 perday and available at the door. The event is a project of theSenior Citizens’ Secretariat and leads up to Seniors’ Week whichtakes place June 14-20. For more information about the 50+ Expo, contact the SeniorCitizens’ Secretariat information line at 902-424-0065 or tollfree at 1-800-670-0065. Percy Bowser, Halifax Georgina Patriquin, Wentworth, Cumberland Co. Leadership
Avondale Sky Winery, Newport Landing – Martock, 2014 Blomidon Estate Winery, Canning – Blanc de Blancs, 2010 Lightfoot and Wolfville Vineyards, Wolfville – Ancienne Chardonnay, 2015 Lightfoot and Wolfville Vineyards, Wolfville – Blanc de Blanc Extra Brut LD, 2013 “Once again, the wineries in Nova Scotia have demonstrated that this province can produce high-caliber wines that can match other wines from around Canada and they do us proud,” said Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc. “Over the years, I have been impressed with how the industry has advanced in our province and I offer my sincere thanks to the wineries who submitted their wines for judging and I extend my congratulations to the winners.” Winery Association of Nova Scotia and Taste of Nova Scotia members were invited to submit up to three commercially available grape wines with 100 per cent Nova Scotia content. “The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines recognizes the significance and contribution of the wine industry to our province,” said Emily Haynes, executive director of Taste of Nova Scotia. “Our local wines are shaped by our land and our sea. They represent our passion, our pride of place and our terroir. This award brings recognition to achievements and innovation in the Nova Scotia wine industry and celebrates the accomplishments of our farmers, winemakers and agricultural communities.” “The emergence of Nova Scotia as a world-class wine region, producing wines of distinctive character and high quality, is a source of great pride for Nova Scotians”, said Jerry White, executive director of the Winery Association of Nova Scotia. “The Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines recognizes the tremendous accomplishments of our winemakers and we are honoured by the support these awards provide in helping to establish Nova Scotia as a top culinary tourism destination.” The award ceremony included the presentation of a certificate and gold medal to each winning winery. Four wines received the 2018 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines at a ceremony at Government House in Halifax, today, July 19. The award, established by former Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant in 2014, recognizes the exceptional quality of locally sourced and produced wines, and honours the dedication and craft of those in Nova Scotia’s wine industry. Through blind tastings an independent panel of 12 experts chose the following wines, listed in alphabetical order, as the best among the wines submitted:
CALGARY – A raucous crowd of more than 1,500 crammed into a Calgary convention centre Friday night to hear Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta’s Opposition United Conservative Party, rail against the federal carbon tax.“It’s really, my friends the worst tax ever, a tax we can’t afford, a job-killing tax that hikes up the price of services and goods and drives up the price of heating your homes,” Ford told the anti carbon-tax rally.The crowd frequently rose to its feet waving signs that said “Renew The Alberta Advantage” and “Scrap The Carbon Tax.” Many jeered when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s name was mentioned.So many people showed up that some had to listen from the hallway so as not to run afoul of fire codes.Ford made no secret of who he will root for in Alberta’s provincial election next spring.“Let’s elect a new United Conservative government in Alberta,” he said. “A new day has dawned in Ontario and a new day will dawn in Alberta.”Kenney has said the repeal of Alberta’s $30-a-tonne carbon tax will top his agenda if his party wins the election.“There is no compassion in telling seniors on modest fixed incomes that they can’t have an active life just so you can feel virtuous by imposing this carbon tax on Albertans,” he said.“It isn’t progressive and it’s not compassionate.”Kenney said the “multibillion-dollar job killing carbon tax” was not in the NDP’s 2015 election platform.“It is not just the biggest tax hike in Alberta history. It is the biggest lie in Alberta history,” he said.“Why are we engaged in this act of economic masochism when it will not make one whit of difference for the environment?”Heavy equipment operator Steve Spackman came to Calgary from Okotoks, just south of the city, for the rally because he’s fed up.“We’d probably hire more people at work I bet you, if they didn’t have that carbon tax every month coming in for gas,” he said.Alberta’s NDP government introduced the provincial levy before Ottawa required it. With the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion in limbo, Premier Rachel Notley is now refusing to raise it in line with federal requirements.Ottawa passed legislation last spring to give it authority to impose a carbon price on any province without its own beginning Jan. 1, 2019. It is starting at a minimum of $20 per tonne, rising $10 per year until 2022.Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government scrapped that province’s cap-and-trade system in July and launched a challenge of the federal carbon plan.Provincial resistance to Ottawa’s carbon policy has been ramping up.Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and Ford met in Saskatoon on Thursday, where the two conservative leaders said they will continue to fight the tax together. To that end, Moe announced Saskatchewan will file for intervener status in Ontario’s court challenge.Ontario had already pledged to support Saskatchewan’s court challenge when the premiers met in New Brunswick in July. Moe’s government has asked Saskatchewan’s Court of Appeal to rule on whether the federal plan is constitutional.Ford and Moe gained another ally Wednesday when Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced his province will not go ahead with a $25-a-tonne levy that was to come into effect in December.“We’ll all be at the premier’s table defending common sense and Canadian taxpayers to fight against Trudeau’s carbon tax,” Ford said Friday.Trudeau said earlier in the day that Canadians gave his government a mandate in the last election to implement a national carbon price and that is exactly what it is going to do.“Pollution should not be free anywhere across this country,” he said at an event in Windsor, Ont.Alberta Education Minister David Eggen said earlier Friday that Albertans should be disturbed by Ford and Kenney working together.“Certainly we know how to solve our issues in Alberta and we don’t need someone form Ontario coming and telling us what to do,” he said.“Our climate action plan is very effective up to now in creating jobs, helping to diversify the economy and quite frankly is helping to reduce pollution as well.”
amfAR has announced today eight-time GRAMMY Award-winning multi-platinum solo artist Fergie will perform at its eighth annual amfAR Gala Los Angeles.The evening will pay tribute to Julia Roberts, who will be presented with amfAR’s Award of Courage by Tom Hanks in recognition of her profound commitment to the fight against AIDS, as well as countless other humanitarian causes. James Corden will host the event.The black-tie benefit, presented by AMTD, Harry Winston, and M•A•C Viva Glam, will be held at Ron Burkle’s Historic Green Acres Estate on Friday, October 13, to support amfAR’s life-saving AIDS research programs.Influencing a generation of stars to follow, Fergie remains pop’s leading lady. On September 22, the eight-time GRAMMY Award-winning multi-platinum solo artist released her anxiously awaited visual experience and second full-length album, Double Dutchess — the first release for her own Dutchess Music the label she founded in partnership with BMG during 2017. The Visual Experience quickly captured #1 on iTunes in addition to the album becoming the #1 pop album in the United States, hitting #1 on the Billboard Current Pop Albums Chart, #4 on the Top Independent Albums Chart, and #9 on the Top Albums Chart. It became a runaway smash globally, going Top 10 on iTunes Overall in eight countries and Top 5 on the iTunes Pop Albums Charts in eleven countries. It’s gaining even more steam as she sets her sights on a 2018 world tour. This blockbuster follows up one of the most successful albums of this century The Dutchess, which sold 7.2 million albums and 29 million tracks around the globe and yielded three #1 Billboard Hot 100 hits: “London Bridge,” “Glamorous,” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and Top 5 smashes “Fergalicious” and “Clumsy.” She also remains a driving force in The Black Eyed Peas whose legacy eclipses sales of 35 million records and 60 million tracks over the course of four multi-platinum offerings. Once again, she sets the pace for pop.amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole, Ron Burkle, and Jason Weinberg will serve as the Event Chairs. Kevin Huvane, Bryan Lourd, Richard Lovett, and Ida Ziniti are Honorary Chairs. Co-Chairs of the event include Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Matt Bomer and Simon Halls, Patricia Bonaldi, Stephen Chobsky, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, John Demsey, Tom Ford, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, Jean Paul Gaultier, James Goldstein, Nayla Hayek, Stephen Huvane, Michael Kors, Matthew Modine, Ryan Murphy, Gary Newman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael Patrick, Sean Penn, Zac Posen, Alan Poul and Ari Karpel, Billy and Stacy Ray, Vincent Roberti, Rich Ross and Adam Sanderson, Jeremy Scott, Gary Tigges, M.D., Diana Walden, Steve Warren, Pauletta and Denzel Washington, Rodney Williams, and Rita Wilson.AMTD, Harry Winston, and M•A•C Viva Glam are the Presenting Sponsors. Cadillac, Moët Hennessy, and PatBO are the event’s Signature Sponsors. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR.To date, the amfAR Gala Los Angeles has raised more than $11 million for amfAR’s life-saving research programs.For more information, click here or email email@example.com.
Rabat – Morocco’s minister of education has decided to reintroduce the teaching of philosophy to high school students.Minister of Education Said Amzazi wrote to directors of regional academies for education and vocational training, calling for them to “give instructions to high school directors within academies they are managing to generalize the teaching of philosophy in all professional Baccalaureate fields.”The decision will go into effect in the 2018-2019 academic year for first year Baccalaureate students. In the 2019-2020 academic year, second year Baccalaureate students will also be taught philosophy. The purpose of the schedule is to prepare students for standardized exams for the professional Baccalaureate 2019-2020.High school students in vocational programs will be taught the same philosophy content and receive the same number of hours as students in the scientific and technical fields.Read also: Islamic Studies Will Not Replace Philosophy: Ministry of EducationIn 2017, the content of the controversial “Manar” Islamic education textbooks sparked anger from the Moroccan Association of Philosophy Teachers. The teachers found the text’s views on philosophy offensive.The association also viewed the content as a call for fanaticism, inertia, and extremism. In response, the Ministry of Education removed philosophy classes from the professional Baccalaureate.
25 August 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a clean energy revolution to help transform the global economy and put the world on a cleaner, safer, more equitable path. “Countries that move quickly down a clean energy pathway will be the economic powerhouses of the 21st century,” Mr. Ban stated yesterday during a round table in the United States city of Denver on sustainable energy for all. “Their citizens will also enjoy cleaner air, better health, greater market competitiveness, and enhanced security.”He said the UN system is advocating three energy targets which will help address the “energy poverty” that exists in much of the developing world. Together, the objectives will enhance equity, revitalize the global economy and help protect the world’s ecosystems. They are ensuring universal access to modern energy services, doubling energy efficiency, and doubling the renewable energy share in the overall global energy mix. “These targets are challenging, but they can be met,” said Mr. Ban, who added that tackling energy poverty is vital to efforts to achieve the set of anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “If we are to achieve these goals, we need nothing short of a clean energy revolution,” he stated. “What we need most is strong, sustained political leadership to drive this clean energy revolution forward at the speed and scale necessary,” he added.As part of his visit, Mr. Ban met today with various leaders of the energy industry, including those involved in wind, solar and natural gas, to discuss sustainable energy for both the developed and developing world.He also toured the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, the country’s only federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.While there, Mr. Ban noted that as the evidence and impact of climate change increases, so does the urgency to develop new, clean ways of generating and using energy. “And as the global demand for energy increases, this quest will become even more urgent,” he said. The Secretary-General pointed out that just three per cent of current global energy investment could finance access to modern energy for all. Energy and sustainable development also featured in Mr. Ban’s address last night to the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, where he received an award in recognition of his efforts to strengthen the UN, empower women and promote sustainable development.“The sustainable development agenda is the agenda for the 21st century,” he said. “Both science and economics tell us that we need to change course – and soon.”He noted that for most of the last century, the world mined its way to growth and burned its way to prosperity. “Those days are over,” said Mr. Ban. “Climate change is showing that the old model is more than obsolete, it is dangerous. We need a revolution in thinking and in action. Making this happen will take major changes – in our lifestyles, our economic models and our social and political life. “Above all, we need to connect the dots between challenges such as climate change and water scarcity, energy shortages and food,” he added.
The panel of top international jurors who judged the competition were Dr. Deborah Dearing, District Commissioner of Greater Sydney Commission with over 30 years international experience in urban design and strategic land-use planning; Prof. David Dernie, Chartered Architect, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Westminster, UK; Calvin Tsao, acclaimed practitioner with a leading voice and a representative of contemporary architecture from New York; and Prof. Harris Trevor Gordon Stuart representing UIA, the co-founder of Harris – Kjisik Architects, Finland. Pali Wijeratne, a highly qualified Sri Lankan architect and town planner with over 50 years’ experience in conservation was also on the panel, representing the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects. Three top international names pitted their skills against one another over a period of four months at the end of which the winner was announced. Nikken Sekkei of Japan, Gensler headquartered in San Francisco and SOM which also hails from the USA, were the participants whose names remained anonymous until the final announcement was made, in accordance with the rules of the competition. Eng. N. Rupasinghe, Secretary to the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development who was Chief Guest at the event said that bringing in some of the world’s best designers for this competition is a boost to the country’s image as well as the Megapolis.“Unlike anytime in the history of our country where our cities have taken centuries to grow organically, today we have a planned city which will be completed in 25 years. We will have to look at the demands and preferences of the future citizens of this city and that is why we need to have the best designers contributing their ideas to the master plan.”Lim Kian Siew, Director of Planning and Development of CHEC Port City Colombo said that the Colombo Port City development project intends to create elite neighborhoods both on-ground and above-ground. “There would be smart business and finance enclaves of elegance and charm in a setting that complements and completes this futuristic collective infused with spaces and places of leisure, relaxation and entertainment,” he said. The objective of the ideas competition was to inspire the best design and plan concepts for the financial district and the marina of the Colombo Port City.All participants were required to use certain aspects of the master plan as a guideline such as the specified roads and services networks, public areas and the overall development value. The three participants were given the freedom to reorganise the land use, mix, height and other development parameters provided they kept to the allocated boundaries. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), one of the world’s largest architecture, interior design, engineering and urban planning firms, was judged the winner of the International Conceptual Urban Design Idea Competition for the Financial District and Marina of the Colombo Port City.The competition which was supported by the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects (SLIA) and sanctioned by the International Union of Architects (UIA)was conducted as per UIA guidelines. The participants separately visited the project site and development during the period 20 to 28 March 2017. The international Jury Panel met over a period of 3 days to deliberate and decide on the winning submissions.Giving her views on the competition, Jury Chairperson Dr. Deborah Dearing said that they looked at much more than the creation of iconic buildings in selecting the final winner. She says that they looked at aspects such as how the design ideas related to the environment as well as social and economic sustainability. She added that there was a distinctive difference in the way the SOM team had approached the project and it was visible in the way they had laid out streets, the sort of buildings they used, community facilities as well as opportunities of growth and implementation. The way in which they had created a relationship with these beautiful buildings, the green spaces, the Marina and public areas made for an impressive theme. “We were not just impressed with this team, but thought that this was the way for the Port City in Colombo to lead the world in demonstrating new ways and innovation for the next century. We mean that genuinely and all the jury was unanimous in that. We spent a lot of time debating which projects performed better in a whole range of criteria and we are very happy to unanimously decide that the winning team is Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM).”Guest of Honour at the ceremony, Archt. D.H. Wijewardene,President of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects, is of the view that, competitions such as this should be made a practice for all land mark projects. He said, “Design competitions have become a world trend today as it helps to get different options and wider perspectives for a project and helps the project initiators to get an opportunity to see most suitable and viable design solutions. This is not very common in Sri Lanka, but it should be made a practice for all land mark projects in the country. This will open up the stage for creative people, so that finally the best design solution would emerge.” Port City Colombo is a brand new city development built as an extension of the existing Colombo CBD with an initial investment of US$1.4 billion and an expected US$15 billion overall investment when completed. Spanning 269 hectares, it is a sea reclamation project joined to the current central business district. Port City Colombo is made up of 5 different precincts which is the Financial District, Central Park Living, Island Living, The Marina and the International Island.When completed, it is estimated to have some 5.65 million square meters of built up space, with some of the best in design Grade A offices, Medical Facilities, Educational Facilities, Integrated Resort, Marina, Retail Destinations, Hotels and various Lifestyle Developments. Using the latest sustainable city design and smart city concepts, Port City Colombo will be the hub of South Asia. (Colombo Gazette)