Iran’s leader can’t visit Ground Zero

first_imgIran and the U.S. have not had diplomatic relations since Washington cut its ties with Tehran during the hostage crisis in which U.S. diplomats were held hostage for 444 days. The Bush administration has accused Iran of arming Shiite Muslim militants in Iraq and seeking to develop nuclear weapons.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Pat Milton THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asked permission to lay a wreath at the World Trade Center site when he comes to New York City next week, but the request was denied, a police official said Wednesday. The U.S. also has denied a visa to Iran’s United Nations ambassador in Geneva to attend next week’s General Assembly meeting because he was involved in the 1979 U.S. hostage crisis, a U.N. official said. Ahmadinejad, who is arriving Sunday to address the United Nations’ General Assembly, had asked this month for permission to visit the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, police spokesman Paul Browne said. The request to enter the fenced-in site was rejected because of ongoing construction there, Browne said. “Requests for the Iranian president to visit the immediate area would also be opposed by the NYPD on security grounds,” Browne said. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Zalmay Khalilzad, told reporters Wednesday that the United States would not support Iran’s attempt to use the site for a “photo op.” “Iran can demonstrate its seriousness about concern with regard to terrorism by taking concrete actions,” such as dropping support for Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and suspending its uranium enrichment program, Khalilzad said. last_img read more

SA firms lead BRICS carbon disclosures

first_img30 April 2013 South Africa has the highest percentage of companies that publicly disclose their greenhouse gas emissions in the BRICS group of countries, according to a carbon ranking index released by the Environmental Investment Organisation (EIO) on Monday. The EIO is a London-based independent research organisation that promotes ecological investment systems. South African mobile telecommunications firm Vodacom came second overall in the EIO’s rankings, while diversified industrial firm Barloworld and miner Kumba Iron Ore placed 11th and 20th respectively. The index examines the emissions and transparency of the 300 largest firms in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) grouping. It is one of six ranking reports on emissions disclosure around the world. The Environmental Tracking Carbon Ranking series is the only public database of its kind. Over half of the 45 South African companies in the BRICS 300 ranking were found to be reporting complete data, which includes direct emissions as well as emissions resulting from the purchase of electricity, investments, transportation of goods, waste and employees.‘Reliable emissions database’ “As the world shifts towards a low carbon model, it’s extremely important that we have access to a reliable, consistent and cross-comparable greenhouse gas emissions database on the world’s largest companies,” chief executive of the London-based EIO, Sam Gill, said in a statement. A key finding of the index, however, was that none of the 300 BRICS companies surveyed reported emissions across their entire value chains. These are referred to as “scope 3 emissions”, and include emissions from sources not owned or directly controlled by the firm but which it has some influence over, such as business travel, transportation and distribution. “Since the majority of total corporate emissions often come from scope 3 sources, large quantities of emissions are not being accounted for,” Gill said. “This is precisely why the carbon rankings are designed to encourage scope 3 disclosure.” The EIO will also announce the 2013 Environmental Tracking Scope 3 leaders award on Wednesday to recognise the companies leading the field in emissions disclosure. “The rankings make up the first phase of the Environmental Tracking mechanism, with phase two seeing them developed into a series of investable indexes within which companies are weighted according to their position in the public carbon ranking,” the EIO said in a report. “The EIO hopes to make its Environmental Tracking Index Series available to investors later in the year.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Trackable Tattoos – Never Lost

first_img SharePrint RelatedEverything You Ever Needed to Know about Trackables – A Geocaching.com PresentationSeptember 20, 2012In “Learn”Trackable EtiquetteNovember 24, 2010In “Learn”Ready, Set, Go: The Great Geocaching Block Party 2013 Travel Bug Race!September 21, 2012In “Community” There is one way to ensure that your Trackable never goes missing – get a Trackable tattoo. Tattoos are not for everyone. In fact, there are fewer than 150 people who have ever earned the Trackable Tattoo icon. A geocacher can only receive the icon if they supply photographic proof of a Trackable tattoo to Geocaching.com. User pumpkinking27 has an impressive tattoo from 2010 that reflects his username and includes a Travel Bug called PumpkinKing27’s Trackable Tattoo. The goal of such Trackable tattoos is to be discovered by geocachers at events and during geocaching outings. Ultimately, the Trackable tattoo becomes an engaging record of personal travels. The Travel Bug map for PumpkinKing27’s trackable tattoo shows that he has made many trips along the East Coast and the northeastern United States.Watch video of a geocacher receiving a Trackable tattoo:[vsw id=”TbZ9SHclvh0″ source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”] Learn about CSavvy and his Travel Bug Tattoo in last year’s blog post, Become Trackable on Geocaching.com – Tattoos to Travel Bugs. An additional Travel Bug Tattoos resource can be found in the Groundspeak Help Center.The first steps to getting a Trackable tattoo:1)       Make a decision – tattoos are a commitment, you know.2)       Purchase and activate a Travel Bug. Do not send the Travel Bug out to geocaches, as it would cause confusion.3)       Use the unique Tracking Code from your Travel Bug as part of your design. Some tattoo designs include the Travel Bug scarab image and others include a custom design along with the Tracking Code.4)       Find a trusted tattoo artist.5)       Request the custom Trackable Tattoo icon from Geocahing.com by sending an e–mail to pr@groundspeak.com and including a photo of the tattoo and the tracking number. Lerne CSavvy und seine Trackable–Tätowierung in seinem Blog–Artikel aus dem letzten Jahr kennen, werde ein Trackable auf Geocaching.com – Tätowierungen zu Travel Bugs. Zusätzliche Informationen über Travel Bug–Tätowierungen findest Du im Groundspeak–Hilfe–Zentrum. Der erste Schritt zur Trackable–Tätowierung:1)       Entscheide Dich – Du weißt, Tätowierungen sind verbindlich.2)       Kaufe und aktiviere einen Travel Bug. Platziere den Travel Bug nicht in einem Cache weil das zu Verwechselungen führt.3)       Benutze den Tracking–Code Deines Travel Bugs als Teil Deines Designs. Einige Tätowierungs–Designs enthalten das Bild des Travel Bug Skarabäus, andere ein individuelles Design mit dem Tracking–Code.4)       Finde einen vertrauenswürdigen Tätowierer.5)       Fordere das individuelle Trackable Tattoo–Icon bei Geocaching.com an. Schicke eine E–Mail mit einem Foto der Tätowierung und dem Tracking–Code an pr@groundspeak.com. ADDITIONAL TRACKABLE STORIES:Zusätzliche Trackable Geschichten:Share your Trackable stories for a chance to win a rare and covetedMoun10bike Trackable.Share your Trackable stories for a chance to win the rare and coveted moun10bike coinTeile jetzt Deine Trackable-Geschichten mit anderen und habe die Chance auf diesem seltenen und begehrten Moun10Bike Trackable.Shop Now to Find Trackable Week Discounts of 10% or MoreFinde jetzt Rabatte von 10% oder mehr während der Trackable-Woche(Für Trackables von teilnehmenden Anbietern)Learn and share Trackable EtiquettePrüfe und schaue Dir die Trackable Etikette anCheck out the Travel Bug that’s traveled far enough to circle the globe 8 times… and is still moving (and moving, and moving…)Schau Dir den Travel Bug an, der so weit gereist ist, um den Globus 8 Mal zu umrunden… und er ist immer noch unterwegs (und bewegt sich und bewegt sich…)Share with your Friends:More Es gibt eine Möglichkeit um sicherzustellen, daß Dein Trackable niemals verloren geht – laß Dir eine Trackable–Tätowierung machen. Tätowierungen sind nicht für jeden geeignet. Tatsächlich  haben sich bisher weniger als 150 Leute das Trackable Tatoo–Icon verdient. Ein Geocacher kann das Symbol nur erhalten, wenn er einen fotografischen Beweis seiner Trackable–Tätowierung an Groundspeak schickt.Der Benutzer pumpkinking27 hat eine Eindrucksvolle Tätowierung aus dem Jahr 2010, die seinen Benutzernamen darstellt und den Travel Bug mit dem Namen PumpkinKing27’s Trackable Tattoo enthält. Das Ziel solcher Trackable–Tätowierungen ist es, von Geocachern bei Events und auf Cachetouren discovert zu werden. Letztendlich wird die Trackable–Tätowierung zum persönlichen Reisetagebuch. Die Travel Bug–Karte von PumpkinKing27’s Trackable–Tätowierung zeigt, daß er viele Touren entlang der Ostküste und im Nordosten der Vereinigten Staaten gemacht hat.last_img read more

How To Best Approach Your Indie Film Budget

first_imgWhether you’re creating a low-budget short or a multi-million dollar feature, follow these considerations for creating a comprehensive (and realistic!) film budget.No matter what your budget, there is always one constant: creating a budget for your film should surely guarantee that every dollar will be spent wisely. A properly constructed budget will allow you to look critically at all of your departments, which in turn provides you with much needed clarity on critical decisions that need to be made throughout the process. For example: How much do you need to set aside for star talent (if any)? What elements can you, or need to, barter for if the budget is very low? Is it better to rent or buy gear? What can you get for free? What are the largest unavoidable expenses?To begin the budgeting process, I recommend breaking things down into the 4 following major categories, all of which are standard to just about any film budget:Pre-Production ~10%Production ~35%Post-Production ~35%Distribution and Marketing ~20%Understanding your needs, ahead of time, for each of these basic components of the filmmaking process will keep you organized and ultimately make your life that much easier.Pre-ProductionPre-production is comprised of all the items you must address in the beginning phases of your production up until the day you go to shoot your film. In this stage, your budget will account for items such as location scouting, insurance, office expenses, courier services, script fees, casting director rate, and just about anything else that you need to pay for before actually getting to set. Theoretically, pre-production should be the easiest to predict in terms of cost and if you’re shooting a low or micro-budget film, this stage will likely be the cheapest of the four components of your budget (no more than 10%).ProductionFor films of any scale, production is often where the most amount of money is spent, simply because there are more unavoidable costs during this stage. Big ticket items such as paying your cast and crew, location permits, gear rentals (including the camera, lenses, filters, rigs, tripods, and extra batteries), insurance etc. are all items that necessarily will need to eat into your budget. Other line items such as catering, lodging (if necessary), transportation costs for cast and crew and makeup are also big considerations, but some of these can be mitigated by thinking outside of the box. For instance if you’re really on a shoestring budget, you might be able to get a local catering company to sponsor your film, ultimately bringing down your food line item.During production it’s wise to keep a “miscellaneous fund” or rather a contingency of money that isn’t accounted for in case you incur unforeseen expenses such as repairing equipment that breaks or renting additional gear that will help you get the most out of your shots. As I mentioned earlier, the majority of film budgets are spent during production (not including huge blockbusters that spend the most on marketing), but regardless I typically recommend designating about 35% of your budget to actually shooting your film. As you will see in the sections that follow, both post-production and marketing deserve just as much attention and funding.Post-ProductionI always advise leaving a healthy portion of your budget for post-production, even if you aren’t making a heavily post-driven film (such as a VFX spectacle or action movie). No matter what genre you’re working in, if you skimp out in post your film will suffer and the money you spent in production will be somewhat wasted. Post-production funds will go towards your editor, colorist, sound designer, composer, and the rest of your post team. Not to mention you may need money for music licensing, stock footage, and deliverables (like a DCP for festival screenings).Personally, I recommend allocating about 35% of your budget for post-production (the same as your production budget). This may seem like a lot, and many filmmakers choose to put more into production, but you will be doing your film a disservice by cutting corners in this department. Your final audio mix alone is worth its weight in gold, as clean audio will literally make your film more valuable when you go to sell it. I’ve seen some films completely ruined in post production because of a lack of funds…and these were films with great scripts and great production/cast/crew behind them. Without enough budget or time left over for post, the final products just didn’t work.Distribution and MarketingOnce you’ve got the final master of your film, it’s time to start pushing it out into the world. It’s rare that independent filmmakers allocate a sufficient amount of budget to marketing, but this should really never be the case. After all, without marketing dollars no one will ever see your movie.To start, you need to create a strategy to reach your audience and eventually turn a profit. There are cost efficient options such as blogging or reaching out to other bloggers/online publications in hopes that they will share your films trailer or write a review. As well, social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Vimeo can be instrumental in your films success on a grass roots level if you really push things on those platforms.That said, you will also want to account for the following, more costly, items marketing in your budget: A website for your film, screenings at various theaters, film festival applications, local ad campaigns, and hiring a publicist (if needed). Like any other phase mentioned here, make note of what can be done on your own and what bartering options are available to you within your network to keep your costs down. In any case, do your best to allocate at least 20-30% of your funds to marketing, and be prepared to do most of the leg work if you are trying to keep the costs down.There is no one-size-fits-all budget format, and ultimately you must create a budget that is most in-line with your film’s needs. However it is essential that you create a well thought out, organized budget for your project to ensure that all bases are covered when it comes to the four important elements of filmmaking. Familiarizing yourself with the film’s needs ahead of time will make the entire process (and your life) easier.When you begin itemizing your expenses, be sure to gain a clear understanding of what you can contribute to the process on your own and who you can utilize in your network to lend your film a helping hand. After you’ve worked out these essential details don’t forget to include some breathing room by creating a “contingency” fund, which will go toward miscellaneous or unforeseen expenses you may (and likely, will) incur when setting out to make your film.last_img read more

16 days agoBarcelona lose Dembele for Real Madrid clash

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona lose Dembele for Real Madrid clashby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrance attacker Ousmane Dembele won’t be available for Barcelona’s Clasico with Real Madrid on October 26.Dembele saw red in victory over Sevilla.The competition committee have confirmed this Wednesday morning that the Frenchman’s suspension will be for two games, which means he will miss the matches against Eibar and Los Blancos.Dembele was sent off at the weekend for telling referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz that he is “very bad”. last_img read more

Xherdan Shaqiri hails Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

first_imgLiverpool’s winger Xherdan Shaqiri is in awe of his new boss Jurgen Klopp who he regards as both “an excellent coach” and “a very nice character.”Shaqiri, 26 has admitted that Klopp has a good man management skill which helps to motivate the team to perform even better.The pacy winger suggested that the former Borussia Dortmund manager was a big influence in him joining Liverpool.Shaqiri told the official Liverpool FC magazine: “He’s a very good coach, but for me, the character he has is also important.“He has a very nice character, you can joke with him, but of course, you have to be focused on the pitch and give everythingRoberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“You can see the relationship he has with the players all the time, he’s very friendly in speaking with them, and that was important for me in coming here and working with him.“I knew him from Germany when I was at Bayern, and he was the manager of Dortmund.“He wanted me to come to Liverpool, and I wanted to work with him, so I am very happy to reunite with him.”Shaqiri is yet to start for the Reds in the Premier League even though he has featured from the bench on a couple of occasions.However, he is expected to start for the Reds in the coming days considering their hectic schedule.last_img read more

Pogba targeting FA Cup glory

first_imgManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is driven by the motivation to end the club’s trophy drought after missing out on a silverware last season.Pogba endured a frustrating night when he was sent off in PSG’s 2-0 reverse at Old Trafford but was delighted with his team’s response in Monday’s 2-0 FA Cup win at Chelsea.“Losing a game after 11 games without losing hurts and it’s a really bad feeling, so you don’t want this to happen again,” Pogba told MUTV.The Red Devils face Wolves in the quarter-finals after exerting their revenge on last season’s FA Cup final loss to Chelsea.Pogba added: “All the competitions are important. We want to win something.“Last year we didn’t win any trophies. I still remember that. This year we want to win something.”The World cup winning midfielder netted a goal and assisted Ander Herrera’s opening goal.“We knew how to hurt them, (by) running behind their midfielders,” added Pogba, who now has 14 goals this season. Two runs in the box, two goals.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“My job as a midfielder is not to score goals, it’s more to make assists. But when I get a chance to score goals it’s a great feeling.”Herrera and Pogba’s goals against Chelsea 🔥#CHEMUN pic.twitter.com/8tEFmJk6hQ— All About Football (@Insta_Stories1) February 18, 2019Pogba felt United, who next play Liverpool on Sunday, had more to give.“The result was great, but we should do better. We should react even better,” he added via FourFourTwo.“We made it harder for ourselves. We can control more, play more and hurt them more with the ball.”last_img read more

Infosys in the dock over corporate ethics

first_imgIndia’s second largest IT software services company Infosys is being questioned for re-appointing an independent director (Prof Jeffrey Lehman) for a third term, going against the spirit of corporate governance norms. The Bengaluru-based IT software services company proposed the appointment of Prof Jeffrey Lehman as independent director for a two-year term last month. Lehman has already served on the company’s board for nine years. This is being seen as going against the spirit of corporate governance norms as stipulated in the Companies Act 2013 that restricts the tenure of independent directors at 10 years. The Companies Act 2013 begins counting a director’s tenure from when the Act came into force (April 1, 2014). The proposed Infosys resolution had prompted proxy advisory firm Institutional Investor Advisory Services (IiAS) to advise shareholders to vote against the resolution seeking to reappoint Lehman for a third term that would have extended his total tenure in the company beyond 10 years. Infosys justified its decision saying the reappointment was “in compliance with the requirements of the Companies Act and SEBI regulations,” in a filing to the BSE March 22.IiAS responded by saying Lehman’s long tenure on Infosys board removes the “independent” tag from his designation.”Our contention was that the Prof Lehman’s tenure on the board will cross 10 years in April 2016, and therefore, he must not be categorised as an independent director,” it said. IiAS quoted a relevant provision of the Act in support of its argument.” The Companies Act 2013 has set independent directors’ tenure at a maximum of 10 years (2 consecutive terms of 5 years each).” Infosys — co-founded by N R Narayana Murthy, Nandan Nilakeni, Kris Gopalakrishnan, S D Shibulal, N S Raghavan, K Dinesh and Ashok Arora — is seeking to appoint Lehman for a short tenure of two years and the company said he “brings to the Board unique and invaluable inputs bridging between past and current perspectives.” Infosys has recently recommended extending MD & CEO Vishal Sikka’s tenure till March 2021.last_img read more

Denied permission to light a cigarette Kerala man unzips his pants on

first_imgREMY GABALDA/AFP/Getty ImagesThe female cabin crew of a Delhi-bound Saudi Airlines flight were subjected to an appalling incident when a 24-year-old man from Kerala unzipped his trousers after he was not allowed to light a cigarette. He went on to make obscene gestures.The incident happened on a flight from Jeddah to Delhi when Abdul Shahid Shamsudeen from Kerala’s Kottayam district was not allowed to light his cigarette but refused to comply, reports IANS.He had first verbally abused a female crew member and when she called others to help her, he unzipped his pants and made lewd comments and gestures.”The man created a ruckus. When the female cabin staff called her colleagues for assistance, the man allegedly unzipped his pants and made obscene gestures,” a source was quoted as saying.The crew members then filed a complaint with the Central Industrial Security Force in Delhi after the flight landed. Shamsudeen was detained after the complaint was filed. He has been booked under sections 354 (molestation) and 509 (using word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code.last_img read more