7 Standard Filmmaking Shots Every Cinematographer Must Know

first_img4. Medium Shot (MS)Image: The Searchers from Warner Bros. The definition of a medium shot varies around the world. The standard medium shot frames a character from their waist up. It’s used to show a mix of a character’s facial expressions and body language. These shots are so common based on the fact that it feels natural to the audience, just like they were there talking to the character.Director John Ford is a master of the medium shot, often using it throughout his westerns. In the below image, we see a young John Wayne featured from the knees up in a medium long shot. Above, Ford frames John Wayne from just above his waist in a medium close-up.Image: Stagecoach from United Artists5. Close-Up (CU)Image: The Silence of the Lambs from Orion PicturesThe close-up shot tightly frames a character or object. Typically close-ups are used to portray a character’s emotions, while only framing their face. They are also often used to show specific action, like a hand picking up a knife. The close-up shot may be the most important shot on this list. It is the building block of film. In fact, 1928s The Passion of Joan of Arc was a two hour film of nothing but close-ups.Director Edgar Wright has gained notoriety for his constant use of close-up shots in his films. Jaume Lloret has masterfully edited this great compilation of Wright’s use of close-up shots. 6. Extreme Close Up (ECU / XCU)image The Good, the Bad and the Ugly from United ArtistsAn extreme close-up is a view so tight that the audience can only see some features of a character or object. The entire screen is filled with a single feature, like a character’s eyes or mouth. The most infamous use of this technique is from director Sergio Leone. In his film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the audience is treated to an intense stand off between the three main characters. As the tension builds, each shot gets tighter on every character until the audience is only looking into each of their eyes. Extreme close-ups can also apply to an object, like a pair of scissors cutting a bomb wire.7. Point of View (POV)Image: Terminator 2 from TriStar PicturesA point of view shot, or POV, is an angle that shows what a character is looking at. Typically POV shots are placed in between a shot of a character looking at something and a shot showing the character’s reaction. Currently the most common use of POV is a tech view, like the one above. The audience sees what characters like the Terminator, Iron Man, RoboCop, and CHAPPiE are looking at. Go further in-depth with our previous piece on the history and power of the POV shots. Did you enjoy this Filmmaking 101 piece? Want more about the basics of filmmaking? Let us know in the comments below. 2. Extreme Wide Shot (Extreme Long Shot)Image: The Lord of the Rings from New Line CinemaThe extreme wide shot is a shot taken from a long distance, used to impress the audience. These shots are typically used as establishing shots because they often show landscapes or massive building exteriors. It represents the surroundings around a character, often showing scale, distance, and location. If the character is visible in the shot, the audience should see their entire body from head to toe.In the above image, Gandalf rides his horse Shadowfax. The audience can relate to the size of a man and a horse, so when they see castle in the distance, they know how absolutely massive the structure actually is. The castle absolutely towers over them, and the extreme wide shot has impressed the audience.3. Wide Shot (WS) or Long Shot (LS)Image: Mad Max: Fury Road from Village Roadshow PicturesMuch like the preceding shot, the long shot features the entire character from head to toe. Sometimes referred to as a full shot, the audience is still treated to the scale, distance, and location. The only real difference from an extreme wide shot is that fact the the main character has a larger presence in the frame. As opposed to the image of Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, the character Max Rockatansky is prominently featured in the above wide shot image.Take a look at this compilation of director Paul Thomas Anderson‘s use of long shots and extreme long shots from Jacob T. Swinney.center_img Every film ever made uses these camera shots. We go back to Filmmaking 101 for a look at these standard frames of cinema.For any newcomer to filmmaking, or movie fans in general, this is a look at some of the staples of film production. These are the shots you will see on every script and shot list. It’s the cinematographer’s role to frame the shot and bring it to life.1. Establishing ShotImage: Blade Runner via EmpireThe establishing shot is typically the first shot an audience ever sees, and sets up any new scenes in a film too. It literally establishes the context and space of a scene. The establishing shot is often an extreme wide shot of a city or building. This not only gives the audience a sense of location, but they also realize what time the scene takes place.Establishing shots can also be used to set up a concept, such as a squadron of flying helicopters representing war. They also showcase relationships between characters, like a patient and doctor, or a teacher and students. The establishing shot does not rely on narrative. The shot alone should tell the audience everything they need to know.Check out this video compilation of establishing shots from Alexander Friedrich.last_img read more

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McGregor holds strong on prediction of a knockout

first_imgConor McGregor has his hands wrapped before a media workout Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match Aug. 26 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor is convinced he will beat Floyd Mayweather on Aug. 26, inside of four rounds.And if the Nevada Athletic Commission approves the fighters’ request to use eight-ounce gloves, he said he will beat Mayweather in the first six minutes of the fight.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games READ: Mayweather promoter tired of talk about ticket salesWhile speculation is McGregor will be the aggressor early on, his gameplan and strategy remain a mystery since this will be his first professional boxing match. What hasn’t been a mystery is the air of confidence he displays, combined with a clear disdain for his opponent that has him assured he will hand Mayweather his first professional loss.“You can’t prepare for me, you can’t prepare for me, you can’t prepare for the movement, you can’t prepare for any of it,” McGregor said. “He can sit here and watch this (workout), and I’m sure he has been watching that. Let him watch, let him try and study, but you cannot prepare for this. There is nobody in the game that moves like me, that strikes like me and that has the confidence like me.“This is a fight that has been in my crosshairs since Floyd’s been opening his mouth, simple as that. I see a beaten man in his eyes, in his body language, in everything he does. I’m going to knock him out bad, he’s too small. I know he’s fast, I know he’s got good reflexes, I know he’s experienced. I don’t care. I hit you, you fall, and that’s it. He will be unconscious.” WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes “He’ll be unconscious inside two rounds, really one round, only for the 10-second count I will give him maybe surviving into the second,” said McGregor, who enters the boxing world with a 21-3 MMA record. “But if it’s 10-ounce gloves, maybe four rounds. But under four rounds he’ll be unconscious.”READ: Mayweather, McGregor clash over racism 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 shutoutBut if McGregor plans to fight the same way he worked out for the media on Friday at UFC’s exquisite headquarters in southwest Las Vegas, Mayweather shouldn’t have any problem improving to 50-0.The 29-year-old Irishman simulated a 12-round boxing match by dancing around punching bags for roughly 47 minutes, at times looking like an out-of-sync boxer with wide swings that left his guard down, awkward combinations and unnecessary shuffling. Other times he looked like an MMA fighter eager to charge his opponent, something he obviously can’t do in a boxing match. Los Angeles takes another step toward 2028 Games But with as much hype and promotion being thrown into the ring with both fighters, McGregor left plenty of intrigue and insists he didn’t show half the boxing skills he honed has a youth in Ireland, simply teasing anyone in attendance and everyone else who may have tuned into any livestreaming on social media.READ: Mayweather-McGregor is a stale act already “I don’t know how many times I’ve shocked the world, and I’m going to shock it once again,” McGregor said. “It’s not going to end well for Floyd. It’s not going to end well for all the people doubting me.”The 29-year-old Irishman insists nothing has changed in his training, other than the fact he can’t use his legs or take his opponent to the ground, and he’s the same hard-working fighter that won two Ultimate Fighting Championship titles.“I show up to the gym, I work hard, and through my hard work I gain my confidence – that’s been the same since day one,” said McGregor, the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion and former UFC Featherweight Champion. “The fundamentals are still there, I show up, I work hard.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES MOST READ Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? 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NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 5

first_imgWith the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact on the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the past week.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Oh, how fast time flies.We’re past the halfway point of the first round and it seems that Lyceum and San Beda have pulled away from the field.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 shutoutBut beyond them is where the action is, with only a win separating the third and the ninth seeds, showing how important every game is for every team aspiring to be in the Final Four.But those wins wouldn’t come to be if not for the players themselves, and this is our list of this week’s top performers.1. Jaycee Marcelino – G, Lyceum Pirates20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 1 blockLast Week: 7 LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 5. Donald Tankoua – C, San Beda Red Lions 11 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 blockLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdmittedly inconsistent through the first six games, Donald Tankoua has finally had his best game to date for San Beda as he took a page out of his old self in the team’s 66-55 win over Mapua.With only Christian Bunag challenging him on the inside, the Nigerian center may have just gotten the shot of confidence he needs as the Red Lions gear for the tougher wars ahead.Couple that with the good showing of young prospects like Clint Doliguez and San Beda may just very well be building up a solid team ready to defend its throne.6. Juju Bautista – F, EAC Generals 12.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 blocksLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSidney Onwubere starred in EAC’s 85-79 win over Arellano, but largely was absent in its home game on Thursday.Francis Munsayac, meanwhile, corralled a career-best 26 points, but committed the heartbreaking turnover which took the fight out of the Generals in their 97-93 loss to Lyceum.Despite the up-and-down week, the lone consistent force for coach Ariel Sison has been Juju Bautista, who refused to let his team down in those two close games.The Fil-Samoan’s role, though, is expected to get bigger with Hamadou Laminou being ruled out of the season after tearing his ACL in his right knee.7. Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags 20 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assistLast Week: 5 View commentscenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHas San Sebastian finally figured things out after a shocking slump early in the season?It’s still too early to tell, but for Michael Calisaan, this past week’s dominating 101-71 victory over lowly St. Benilde should be a good indication on how far the team can go.Known as a heady defensive crew, the Golden Stags put their offensive prowess in full display, with Calisaan dominating a stretch in the fourth quarter and racking 12 straight points.If San Sebastian keeps this up, there shouldn’t be any hitches for it to realize the preseason predictions placed on its head. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief As promising as this stretch is, the road is about to get bumpier for the Knights, with San Sebastian and Lyceum next in their schedule.3. CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates20 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assistsLast Week: 2A staple of this list from the start, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that CJ Perez is still flying high in these rankings.Just as the past weeks, the energetic forward has embraced the team concept coach Topex Robinson has been preaching and seven games in and Lyceum has still yet to fall.The test, however, will be in this coming week as the Pirates’ discipline will be put to the test with Robinson serving his one-game suspension following his ejection in the EAC win.4. Rey Nambatac – G, Letran Knights12 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assistsLast Week: 1FILE PHOTO by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week’s top performer took a bit of a bump down the rankings, but that shouldn’t take away his contributions for Letran in its game against Perpetual.Rey Nambatac did all he could to tow the Knights to the victory, even if that meant crashing the boards against the towering Prince Eze, as he became the engine that made the team work.Showing the leadership qualities Letran has been looking for since last season, Nambatac has indeed established himself as one of the best young prospects in the amateur ranks today.But just like Quinto, he and the rest of the Knights will be put into the test this coming week with a tough two-game grind coming up. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Creamline gets headway for bronze medal, trumps Air Force Jaycee Marcelino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAdamson’s loss is Lyceum’s gain. And Jaycee Marcelino has no qualms on making that fact known.With the past week his coming out party, the offensive-minded half of the Marcelino twins is proving that he might just be the next great NCAA playmaker, coming out of nowhere to follow the footsteps of stars like Scottie Thompson and Jio Jalalon.This week, Marcelino hushed the boisterous crowd in EAC with his stupendous showing including the game-sealing steal on Francis Munsayac as the Pirates bucked the absence of coach Topex Robinson to stay unscathed at 7-0.2. Bong Quinto – F, Letran Knights14 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assistsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKnown as a gunner throughout his career, Bong Quinto shared that it took time for him giving the steering wheel to Rey Nambatac.But with this selfless act, the 20-year-old seems to be thriving, as the duos’ trust with each other have helped Letran nab three straight wins to pull it out of the muck and grab solo third place.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Easy win for Nadal at the Australian Open

first_imgTo get an assessment of how much better Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are than most of the competition in men’s tennis, look no further than Marcos Daniel.At the Australian Open on Tuesday, Daniel was on the other side of the net from Nadal, who is attempting to win his fourth major title in a row – the “Rafa Slam.” Daniel saw, ever so briefly, why the top-seeded Nadal is among the best ever in the game.Rafael Nadal returns to Marcos Daniel during their first round match at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Tuesday. APOnly briefly, because the Brazilian’s left knee gave out, forcing him to retire from the first-round match while trailing 6-0, 5-0.”If you see all the top five guys, they improve so much,” said Daniel, who has also lost to Federer. “They are one step forward, faster than the others, they hit the ball harder than the others, they can stay very focused for four hours, different than the others. Imagine Federer and Nadal, they are the same.”Nadal’s limited court time should hold him in good stead for the rest of the tournament, but he wasn’t counting his blessings as the result of another player’s misfortune.”I am a professional and I try my best on every point,” Nadal said, explaining why he didn’t hold back in the match. “That’s the best thing, to respect the opponent in that situation. If you do something and you let him win a game, it is worse.”advertisementNadal will play American qualifier Ryan Sweeting, who beat Daniel Gimeno 6-4, 6-4, 6-1.Another one of those top five that Daniel mentioned was Andy Murray, the 2010 finalist who also advanced when Karol Beck retired with a shoulder injury in the third set of their first-round match. The fifth-seeded Murray, who was leading 6-3, 6-1, 4-2, was the only man to beat Nadal in a Grand Slam tournament last year, the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park.”You’d rather finish the match off without your opponent being hurt,” Murray said, “but it does happen quite a lot. So you just have to move on and get yourself ready for the next round.”Fourth-seeded Robin Soderling had to go the distance but was rarely challenged, completing a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win over Potito Starace of Italy. Australian wild-card entry Bernard Tomic advanced to the second round with a 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (5) win over Jeremy Chardy of France. Tomic could meet Nadal in the third round.Another winner was 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, who played only three matches last year due to a right wrist injury. He beat Dudi Sela of Israel, 7-6 (13), 6-4, 6-4.”I don’t want to think in the past,” del Potro said. “I won a Grand Slam, but I’m working to improve my game. I don’t know if I can play like two years ago or not, but I will try.”Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who lost in the final here to Novak Djokovic in 2008, came back from two sets down to beat Philipp Petzschner of Germany 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. Andreas Seppi of Italy beat Arnaud Clement of France 3-6, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 in another late match.On the women’s side, U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters did nothing to dent her growing status as favorite by routing fellow former No. 1 Dinara Safina 6-0, 6-0.The U.S. Open champion never allowed the 2009 Australian Open finalist to get into the match, placing pinpoint forehands to all areas of the court. When Safina did have an opportunity to return, her many unforced errors gave away the point to Clijsters.”I expect my opponent to come out and play their best tennis,” said Clijsters. “She obviously didn’t do that today.”Safina was less polite.”I was sitting in the changeover, and I was like, OK, at least how can I get a chance to hurt her?,” Safina said. “There was nothing that I could do to hurt her. Embarrassing.”Elsewhere, No. 15 Marin Cilic of Croatia beat American qualifier Donald Young 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 to advance along with No. 7 David Ferrer, No. 10 Mikhail Youzhny, No. 11 Jurgen Melzer, No. 20 John Isner, No. 31 Feliciano Lopez and No. 32 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.Former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt and David Nalbandian of Argentina were scheduled to meet in a later first-round match in a replay of their 2002 Wimbledon final won by the Australian.Hewitt leads the series 3-2 but has not beaten Nalbandian since their controversial 2005 Australian Open quarterfinal in which the pair bumped into each other purposely on a changeover. The video clips of that altercation have featured prominently on television promotions of the night Rod Laver Arena match.advertisementAfter the 2005 match, won in five sets by the Australian, Nalbandian said Hewitt was “not a gentleman'” and “nobody is friends” with the Australian. Hewitt said Nalbandian was “not the cleanest guy.”No. 2-ranked Vera Zvonareva began her bid to reach a third consecutive Grand Slam women’s final with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Sybille Bammer. Zvonareva lost to Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final and to Kim Clijsters in the U.S. Open final last year.She dominated the first set against the 30-year-old Bammer, conceded only four points in the first four games of the second set and didn’t allow the Austrian to hold until the sixth game.Ana Ivanovic, the 2007 French Open champion and 2008 Australian Open finalist, slumped to her worst result in seven years at Melbourne when she lost 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 to Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova. The 19th-seeded Ivanovic saved five match points before finally going out.Also advancing were French Open finalist Sam Stosur, the fifth-seeded Australian who beat American wild-card entry Lauren Davis 6-1, 6-1; No. 12 Agnieszka Radwanska, who took six of the last seven games after a medical timeout in the third set to hold off Japanese veteran Kimiko Date Krumm 6-4, 4-6, 7-5; No. 7 Jelena Jankovic; No. 10 Shahar Peer; No. 13 Nadia Petrova; No. 18 Nadia Petrova, No. 22 Flavia Pennetta; No. 25 Petra Kvitova and China’s Peng Shuai.last_img read more

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Saina Nehwal pips Sun Yu to clinch second Australian Open title

first_imgSaina Nehwal clinched her second Australian Open Superseries badminton title after defeating Chinese shuttler Sun Yu in a hard-fought final in Sydney on Sunday.Saina, who had won the title in 2014, scripted a fightback after conceding the first game 11-21 to Sun. Saina looked far from her best in the first game as Sun took an early lead and continued dominating. Sun was too good for Saina as the Indian shuttler was made to sweat.After the thrashing in the first game, Saina lost composure. A frustrated Saina made quite a lot of unforced errors in the second game, which made it easy for her opponent.However, Saina gathered some momentum and was involved in long rallies with Sun. She came up with a remarkable fightback in later stages of the second game and clinched it 21-14.   With almost nothing to choose between the two shuttlers, the final boiled down to the third game in which Saina and Sun were fighting to take the early lead. Unlike the first two games, both Saina and Sun were involved in a close contest till the match point was sealed. At the end, a difference of two points costed Sun the title.The Australian Open title comes as a big boost ahead of Saina’s Rio Games campaign. The London Olympic bronze medallist has been facing a bit of title drought since her Indian Open Superseries win in 2015. Saina failed to defend the title at home earlier this year. Saina would have been happy to lay her hands on the trophy after her quarterfinal exits at All England and Indonesian Open in 2016.advertisementlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli on World Cup clash vs Pakistan: We will go by what government and BCCI decide

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli broke his silence on the issue of playing Pakistan in the ICC World Cup after he was quizzed on the topic at the press conference ahead of the T20I series against Australia on Saturday.Kohli reiterated the sentiments of coach Ravi Shastri and said that the team will comply with whatever the Indian government and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decides.”Our sincere condolences to the families of CRPF soldiers who lost their lives in Pulwama attack. We stand by what the nation wants to do and what the BCCI decides to do. We will go by what the government and the Board decides, we will respect that,” Kohli said at the presser in Vizag.#WATCH Virat Kohli on Ind Vs Pak in World Cup says, “Our sincere condolences to the families of CRPF soldiers who lost their lives in #PulwamaAttack. We stand by what the nation wants to do and what the BCCI decides to do.” pic.twitter.com/gjyJ9qDxtsANI (@ANI) February 23, 2019Team India coach Ravi Shastri on Friday also weighed in on the controversy surrounding the future of the match which is scheduled for June 16.Shastri also said that he will accept the decision taken by BCCI and the Government about playing the match or not. Shastri went os far as to even say that the Indian cricket team will not play the 2019 World Cup entirely if the Indian Government asks them not to.”It’s entirely left to the BCCI and the government. They know exactly what is happening and they will take a call. We will go by what they decide. If the government says it’s that sensitive you do not need to play the World Cup, I will go by my government,” Ravi Shastri was quoted as saying by Times Now.advertisementThe India-Pakistan matter has divided the Indian cricketing fraternity with prominent names differing on what should India’s stance be whether to play or not play Pakistan in the 2019 World Cup.Sachin Tendulkar on Friday agreed with Sunil Gavaskar and said that he would “hate” to see India concede two points to Pakistan by not playing.”India has always come up trumps against Pakistan in the World Cup. Time to beat them once again. Would personally hate to give them two points and help them in the tournament,” said Tendulkar in a statement.The BCCI officials along with the members of the Committee of Administrators met in New Delhi on Friday to decide on the issue of boycotting the World Cup match against Pakistan.They came to the conclusion that the fate of India’s participation in the match will be decided after the board consults with the Indian governement after a four-hour long meeting.”16th June [India vs Pakistan match in World Cup] is very far away. We will take a call on that much later and in consultations with the government,” COA chairman Vinod Rai said.”We’ll write to ICC expressing our concerns about attacks that took place & that security of players, officials & everybody else must be taken care of. We’re telling cricketing community that in future we must sever ties with nations from where terror emanates,” he added.The BCCI in the meantime, wrote a letter to the ICC urging the cricket community to sever ties with any nation from where terrorism emanates.The Indian cricket board is looking for ways to isolate Pakistan from the sport following the Pulwama terror attack last week in which the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) lost 40 jawans.Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack in which a bus filled with the paramilitary troops was blown up on February 14.Also Read | India-Pakistan World Cup match should be played as per schedule: Sarfraz AhmedAlso Read | BCCI writes to ICC: Sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanatesAlso Read | Vinod Rai urges cricketing community to ‘make it a cricket apartheid for Pakistan’last_img read more

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10 months agoAgent of River Plate midfielder Palacios: Real Madrid offer will arrive

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent of River Plate midfielder Palacios: Real Madrid offer will arriveby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of River Plate midfielder Exequiel Palacios has revealed an offer from Real Madrid is expected.Real remain the leaders in the pursuit of his signature.”The leaders of River got together with Real Madrid in Abu Dhabi,” Renato Corsi, the player’s agent said. “In the coming days there will be a formal offer and the operation is quite advanced.”The family, Exequiel and I want him to go in June and Real Madrid don’t have a problem with him staying at River until then.”A deal could move to the next stage as early as Monday, with talks already being advanced.”Real Madrid want him and supposedly River will sell,” he added. “They agree, so between Monday and Tuesday the formal proposal will be presented.” last_img read more

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Tuchel: PSG can cope without Neymar

first_imgThomas Tuchel retains faith that his Paris Saint-Germain squad can handle the absence of Neymar, despite slipping to their first defeat of the Ligue 1 campaign on Sunday.Neymar will miss the next two months due to another metatarsal injury  sustained in last month’s Coupe de France victory over Strasbourg.PSG had won their first game without the Brazil international – against Rennes – but they came up short against Lyon, losing 2-1 to Bruno Genesio’s side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Angel Di Maria had given PSG an early lead at the Groupama Stadium, but Moussa Dembele and Nabil Fekir turned the game back in Lyon’s favour, ending PSG’s unbeaten run at 20 league matches.While disappointed, PSG head coach Tuchel found some positives and is confident his squad can cope without Neymar, particularly as the Champions League nears a return.”I do not know it we missed them but it’s clear that we do not have a second Neymar or a second [Marco] Verratti, but I have full confidence in the other players,” he said.”There were a lot of chances on the line with Angel and [Julian] Draxler who made a very good match.”We were too passive after our first goal, we lacked precision, we made bad decisions. Lyon played with a lot of quality, but I liked our second period.”Tuchel’s side will be without their Brazilian star when they take on Manchester United in the Champions League last 16, a tie that looks tricky given the Red Devils’ form of late.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has gone unbeaten in his first 10 games in charge after picking up a 1-0 against Leicester on Sunday, and has won five consecutive away matches in all competitions. Neymar, who scored an impressive five goals as the Parisians’ topped their group ahead of Liverpool, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade, could be sorely missed when the sides meet at Old Trafford on February 12.last_img read more

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USA Inc too hails Modis reelection

first_imgWashington DC: US corporate sector Thursday congratulated Narendra Modi on his “commanding victory”, saying the Prime Minister has the potential to transform India and forge opportunity for all Indians. Prime Minister Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appears set to post an emphatic victory in the Lok Sabha election, bringing Modi back into office for a second term. “Congratulations to” Modi and the BJP “for a commanding victory,” said Nisha Desai Biswal, president of US India Business Council (USIBC). Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsThe Prime Minister “has the potential to transform India and forge opportunity for all Indians,” she said, adding that the USIBC looks forward to work with the BJP government. Commending Modi on his electoral success, Biswal said the first five years of Modi’s government saw good progress on reforms. The establishment of a national Goods and Services Tax, passage of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, and a variety of legal and regulatory reforms catapulted India’s Ease of Doing Business ranking from 142 to 77, she said. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief”These reforms laid the foundation for India’s strong record of economic growth. Still, much remains to be done to unlock the expansive growth potential of the Indian market. With a strong mandate from the Indian people, Prime Minister Modi will have an opportunity to usher in an era of global economic and strategic leadership for India,” Biswal said. A strong US-India commercial partnership will support these goals, helping India to grow into a $5 trillion economy in the next five years. “USIBC believes that trade and investment between the two countries is a critical element of India’s future growth, and looks forward to working with Prime Minister Modi and his team to unlock new growth opportunities across the US-India corridor,” Biswal said. Biswal was the last diplomat to hold the position of Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia in the Obama administration. She left the position on January 20. The important diplomatic post has been vacant in the 28 months of the Trump administration.last_img read more

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What does Canada do if America falls apart

first_imgThis isn’t about Donald Trump. Or at least, it’s not just about him. The cracks and divisions in our southern neighbour grow deeper every day. It might have once seemed hyperbole to declare this the end of an empire, but the expert evidence is mounting and difficult to ignore.So what happens now? Has the beacon of the free world already passed the point of no return? What would a new American civil war look like? And yes, that’s a serious and necessary question. Just as importantly, what does Canada need to do to prepare? And what would our own country look like when our most trusted ally is no longer recognizable? Jordan Heath-Rawlings sits down with Stephen Marche from The Walrus.Audio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_1030.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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Danny Trejo Wants To Save Them All

first_imgOne of Hollywood’s most recognizable character actors, Danny Trejo, has joined Best Friends Animal Society’s campaign urging people to get involved in saving America’s homeless dogs and cats.Danny Trejo Best Friends CampaignCredit/Copyright: BestFriends.orgTrejo, currently co-starring opposite comedian George Lopez in the FX Network comedy “Saint George,” debuting March 6 and in Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” in theatres March 21, is best known for his memorable roles in such films as “From Dusk Til Dawn,” “Heat,” “Con Air,” “Spy Kids” and “Machete Kills,” as well as the popular television series “Breaking Bad” and “Sons of Anarchy”.Typically cast as a tough guy or hardened criminal, Trejo is all heart when it comes to caring for his five rescued dogs. Trejo will be featured in a Best Friends’ ‘Save Them All’ Celebrity photo campaign that will feature celebrities posed with their personal rescued dogs and/or cats in support of the Save Them All call to action.According to national statistics, each day more than 9,000 healthy or treatable dogs and cats die unnecessarily in the nation’s shelters. Best Friends has brought increased awareness to how people can get involved in the solution by adopting and spaying/neutering their pets, donating, volunteering and sharing this message with their friends.“I believe that anyone working with animal rescue has a special place in heaven waiting for them,” says Trejo. “I think the job that Best Friends is doing is wonderful and I am glad to be a part of the Save Them All campaign. Animals have an unconditional love for their owners; dogs are a man’s best friend.”last_img read more

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EU Council Instructs European Commission to Include Western Sahara in Fisheries

Rabat- The 28 European Union member states have approved a mandate instructing the European Commission to open new negotiations to include Western Sahara in the EU-Morocco fisheries deal and to consolidate the partnership between the two parties.Earlier today, the Council of the European Union adopted the negotiations mandate, ordering the commission to include the adjacent waters into the new fisheries deal, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported, quoting a European source.The source added that the mandate states that “the waters off the coast” of the region will be “covered by the fisheries partnership between Morocco and the EU.” According to MAP, the negotiating mandate falls within the framework of a joint statement issued by Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, on February 27, 2018.The statement came in response to the ruling handed by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on the EU-Fisheries Agreement, which decided that the fisheries agreement between the EU and Morocco is, “valid insofar as it is not applicable to Western Sahara or to its adjacent waters,” adding that, if the EU and Morocco included the Western Sahara region in their agreement, it would violate certain rules of “international law applicable to relations between the EU and Kingdom of Morocco.”The Moroccan and the European Union officials reiterated their commitment to the strategic partnership and their determination to preserve and strengthen it.Both parties have agreed to further reinforce their political dialogue and preserve the stability of trade relations. read more

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Syria UN observer mission to end to be replaced by liaison office

“The mission will come to an end on midnight on Sunday,” Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmund Mulet told correspondents after briefing the 15-member body in closed consultations on the future of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) and the letter of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon proposing a continued UN presence in the form of a liaison office.“In the meantime, we’re working with our colleagues in the Department of Political Affairs to prepare the ground in Damascus to establish this liaison office,” Mr. Mulet added.Syria has been wracked by violence, with an estimated 17,000 people, mostly civilians, killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 17 months ago. In the previous two weeks, there have been reports of an escalation in violence in many towns and villages, as well as the country’s two biggest cities, Damascus and Aleppo.Initially set up in April for 90 days, UNSMIS’ mandate was extended for another 30 days in late July when the Council adopted resolution 2059. That resolution also indicated that further renewals to UNSMIS’ mandate would be possible only if it could be confirmed that the use of heavy weapons had ceased and a reduction in violence by all sides was sufficient to allow the mission to implement its mandate. With the 30-day extension, the mission’s mandate is set to expire on Sunday.“There was a general feeling that the conditions to continue UNSMIS were not fulfilled, but there was also a consensus about the need of keeping a UN presence in Damascus,” Gerard Araud, Permanent Representative of France, which holds the Council’s presidency this month, told correspondents before Mr. Mulet spoke.“On the basis of this consensus, as President of the Security Council, I sent a letter to the Secretary-General to tell him that we take note of his letter and in fact we agree with his proposal of creating a liaison office in Damascus,” Mr. Araud said.In his letter, Mr. Ban acknowledged that the conditions to continue the mission had not been achieved, but stressed that the UN cannot discontinue its assistance to the Syrian people in helping to find an end to the crisis. Mr. Ban also urged continued support to the Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and League of Arab States, a post first filled by former Secretary-General Kofi Annan and now awaiting the appointment of a replacement, following Mr. Annan’s resignation. “I think it is imperative for the United Nations to have a presence in Syria that can work in other areas to support me in utilizing my good offices, in particular, to support the work of the Joint Special Envoy in mediating and facilitating a peaceful resolution to the crisis,” Mr. Ban wrote. “I intend therefore to work in the immediate future towards establishing an effective and flexible United Nations presence in Syria,” the Mr. Ban said. Both Mr. Araud and Mr. Mulet stressed the desired flexibility of the new structure. Mr. Mulet said that, in order not to have a gap in Damascus, staff already on the ground, who could work in the new office, were already being identified. “UNSMIS will fade out, but there will be a UN presence,” Mr. Araud said. read more

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Sri Lanka must fulfil the rights of families of the disappeared –

“The widespread use of enforced disappearances for many decades has left profound wounds in the society and a deep sense of mistrust among the relatives,” the group said in preliminary observations at the end of a 10-day official visit to Sri Lanka.The Geneva-based independent human rights experts noted “an almost complete lack of accountability and decisive and sustained efforts to search for the truth – in particular the determination of the fate or whereabouts of those who disappeared.”They flagged the absence of a comprehensive and effective reparation program and social, psychological and economic support for the relatives.The Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances is comprised of Houria Es-Slami (Morocco), Bernard Duhaime (Canada),Tae-Ung Baik (Republic of Korea), Ariel Dulitzky (Argentina) and Henrikas Mickevicius (Lithuania). The group was established by the UN Commission on Human Rights in 1980 to assist families in determining the fate and whereabouts of disappeared relatives.In their statement, the experts welcomed the commitments made by the new Government of Sri Lanka to embark on comprehensive measures to ensure truth, justice and reparation for victims, as well as prevent any recurrence of disappearances in the future. They also noted “encouraging steps such as the official invitation to visit the country, the “excellent cooperation” received during the visit, the government’s increasing openness, and the commitments expressed by various authorities they met, including to establish a dedicated Office for Missing Persons.“These promises and commitments must now be followed by concrete efforts and tangible results,” according to the group. “Sri Lanka must seize this historic opportunity and adopt urgent and profound measures to satisfy the rights of the victims as a fundamental step which will help lay the ground for a sincere reconciliation process,” it said.As one first measure, the experts urged the authorities to give clear instructions at all level of the military, security and law-enforcement forces that all type of threats, harassment and intimidation towards families searching for their loved ones must immediately cease, will not be tolerated and will be severely sanctioned.The Working Group visited – in addition to Colombo – Batticaloa, Galle, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Matale, Mullaitivu and Trincomalee. They met with the President, the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and other high-level State authorities, as well as representatives of civil society organizations, and with hundreds of relatives of disappeared and missing throughout the country.A final report on the visit will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2016. read more

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Despite progress in childbirth safety one woman or baby dies every 11

In a joint appeal for all nations to do more to provide better medical care for all, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) outlined several ways to help protect the 2.8 million pregnant women and newborns who die every year.A skilled pair of hands to help mothers and newborns around the time of birth, along with clean water, adequate nutrition, basic medicines and vaccines, can make the difference between life and death. #EveryChildALIVE https://t.co/H3cKi5QgFz— Henrietta H. Fore (@unicefchief) September 19, 2019 UN Inter-agency Group for Child/Maternal Mortality Estimation (IGME)Under-five mortality rate (deaths per 1,000 live births) by country, 2018.$200 billion needed to achieve healthcare targets Some $200 billion a year is needed to achieve all the primary health goals that are required for quality universal health coverage for all, according to Dr Peter Salama, Executive Director in charge of Universal Healthcare targets at WHO.Welcoming the many positive changes in tackling child and maternal mortality globally since 2000, Dr Salama insisted that many countries were in a position to achieve much more, without having to find new funding.“The biggest difference in terms of when we discuss financing between the MDG (Millennium Development Goals) era (2000-2015) and the SDG era, is the real acknowledgement that the money is there for many countries, they just have to spend it on the right things,” he said.“So we’re not turning to the donor community and saying, ‘Give us $200 billion.’ We’re turning to middle-income and higher-income and even some lower-income countries that are stable and saying, ‘Actually, if you choose the right things, you could meet these goals within your current budgets.’”‘Staggering success’ in reducing deathsSince 2000, Dr. Salama insisted, the overall story of maternal and child mortality had been “a staggering success that we don’t often see in global and health development”.He pointed to a 50 per cent reduction in deaths in children under 15 years old – from 14.2 million in 2000 to 6.2 million deaths in 2018 – and a 35 per cent reduction in maternal deaths over the same period. Their recommendations tackle immediate and underlying problems, such as ensuring that midwives have water to wash their hands and helping teenage girls to stay in school longer, where there is less chance of them getting pregnant.In addition, communities should have access to cheap medicines, such as oral rehydration salts used to treat diarrhoea, and “ten cent vaccines” to keep tuberculosis at bay, the UN agencies insisted.Citing 2018 data showing that newborns – babies in their first month – accounted for around half of the 5.3 million deaths among under-fives, WHO and UNICEF also highlighted the need for other structural changes.These include ensuring that pregnant mothers eat a sufficiently nutritious diet to stave off illnesses linked to malnutrition.Sub-Saharan babies, 10 times more likely to die All of these things “can make the difference between life and death”, said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, in a statement accompanying new data showing that in sub-Saharan Africa, women in childbirth are nearly 50 times more likely to die, than in richer regions, and their babies are 10 times more likely to perish in their first month.According to 2018 figures, one in 13 children in sub-Saharan Africa also died before their fifth birthday, which is 15 times more than in Europe, where the rate is one in 196.Beyond sub-Saharan Africa, the joint WHO/UNICEF report also expressed concern about high mother and baby mortality rates linked to poverty in Southern Asia.Taken together, both regions account for around eight in 10 of all maternal and child deaths, highlighting vast inequalities in healthcare worldwide.Going to Sweden ‘can reduce mother’s chances of dying by 100’“If I look to my own native country, Sweden (a woman) who travels from the highest mortality regions to the world to Sweden, she reduces her overall mortality rate by 100”, UNICEF’s Chief of Health, Dr Stefan Peterson, told journalists in Geneva.Under global healthcare targets agreed by the international community in 2015 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 Agenda, Goal 3.2 calls for fewer than 70 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births by 2030. “The world will fall short of this target by more than one million lives if the current pace of progress continues”, the agencies warned.Another SDG target (3.2) urges countries to reduce deaths of babies in their first month of life, to at least 12 per 1,000 live births, and to bring down mortality among under-fives, to at least 25 per 1,000 live births. In 2018, 121 countries had already achieved this under-five mortality rate, according to WHO, while among the remaining 74 States, 53 will need to accelerate progress to reach the SDG target on child survival by 2030. read more

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OMalley lecturer gives insights into changing world of marketing

It’s Brock University students like Ashley Howard and Mitchell Cowan who will lead the evolution of the marketing and advertising industry.The two students took first place and won $2,000 in the 16th annual Grant Dobson Case Competition Tuesday afternoon.Terry O’Malley chats with Ashley Howard and Mitchell Cowan, winners of this year’s Grant Dobson Case Competition.Hosted by the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film, the Grant Dobson Case Competition provides students the opportunity to showcase their superior creativity and presentation skills to a panel of industry experts.The competition was followed by the annual Terry O’Malley Lecture in Marketing and Advertising Tuesday night, where keynote speaker Andrew Bailey, partner and CEO of The&Partnership, North America, said the industry is changing rapidly.Bailey, a Welland native who has gone on to become a Manhattan-based marketing leader, presented on A New Model for a New World – the Agency of the Future at the event held in the in the newly renovated Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.He said industry clients are now seeking interdisciplinary methods to build their brands. Bailey’s lecture explored these changes in modern marketing and how his agency is working to answer the needs of today.Bailey was one of the judges of the Dobson competition, and was joined by former O’Malley lecturer and the Director of Content Creation at Traffik, Greg Plata, as well as Peter Shier, President and Partner at Naked Creative Consultancy, Ania Lindenbergs, Executive Director of Brand Marketing at the University of Toronto and Lynn Fletcher, Partner at Fletcher Weir Consulting.Named after the late Grant Dobson, who served as the Executive Director of the Office of External Relations at Brock University, the competition was implemented to further the objectives set by O’Malley as a platform within the Lecture in Marketing and Advertising to deliver opportunities for students to learn about and implement the current strategies of marketing, advertising and the mass media.This fall, students were challenged to create a unique marketing campaign for the travel accommodation site, Airbnb, Inc. and pitch their campaigns to the panel of judges. The campaign was to be targeted at Canadian Millennials between the ages of 18-24 with an objective of increasing the number of Airbnb profiles and site activity.First place winners, Howard and Cowan, presented a compelling and unique campaign that took advantage Parks Canada’s campaign to waive entrance fees to all national parks in 2017. With their clear implementation and research into millennial consumer behaviour, Howard and Cowan took home the grand prize of $2,000. Howard also received the Mark Smyka Best Presenter Award.“The Grant Dobson Case Competition has helped me expand my marketing portfolio even more,” said Howard.In second place were students Rebecca Gauvin, Celine Da Costa, Madison Johnston, Sydney Locche receiving the $1,200 prize, followed by students Bliss Gatenby, Sierra Dietz and Marisa Whitecross receiving the $800 prize.“This event is so worthwhile because we get real life experience,” said Rebecca Gauvin, a third-year Business Communications student and finalist.According to O’Malley, world-renowned and award-wining marketing icon and Niagara native, the Case Competition does more than allow students to exercise their creativity.“We want to expose the students to two elements: highly successful contemporary professionals currently making news in their fields; and, with the Dobson Case Competition, put them in front of respected and proven professionals,” says O’Malley. “The students will see the real world and hopefully be inspired to realize they, too, can achieve beyond their Brock days.”According to O’Malley, “some of the most recognized individuals in the communications world have been part of this day helping to put Brock on a much larger plateau. It’s our hope our students take advantage of this opportunity.”View more photos from the event on the Faculty of Social Sciences’ Facebook Page at facebook.com/brockufoss.Student finalists of the 16th Annual Grant Dobson Case Competition in Marketing and Advertising. read more

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NHS bed blocking at monthly worst level on record

first_img“The forthcoming Autumn Statement offers an opportunity for the Government to provide more money for the NHS and social care, and to agree to a cross-party commission to review how we can make the NHS sustainable for the long term.”Without a serious look at what the NHS needs in funding, we will remain in a state of constant winter.”Find out more about Telegraph Private Health Insurance provided by AXA PPP.  Limited Offer: 2 months FREE + a £50 M&S voucher when you join before 1 November 2016. Conditions applyA spokeswoman for NHS England said: “It is important patients who are well enough to leave hospital can do so at the earliest opportunity, and these figures underline the importance of joined-up care within the NHS and the dependence of hospitals on well-functioning social care services – particularly for older people living at home.” The number of patients delayed at midnight on the last Thursday of July – used to provide a snapshot of levels of bed blocking – is also at a record high, the figures show.There were 6,364 patients taking up beds at this point, the highest monthly figure since the data was first collected in August 2010.Clare Marx, president of the Royal College of Surgeons, said bed capacity was a “major concern” and warned that the NHS would “remain in a state of constant winter” unless funding issues were addressed.She said: “Patients’ treatment is too often delayed because there is no space on wards for them after their operations.”Unless the NHS and social care does more to help patients leave hospital sooner and the elective bed capacity increases, I fear we will not see waiting times improve. Without a serious look at what the NHS needs in funding, we will remain in a state of constant winterClare Marx, Royal College of Surgeons president The number of days lost through so-called “bed blocking” in England is at its highest monthly level on record, new figures show.Patients taking up beds when they no longer required hospital care took up 184,188 days in July compared to the 147,376 days in the same period last year, according to NHS England data.Reader Service: Get fast track appointments with Telegraph Private Health Insurance provided by AXA PPPThe figure, the highest since records began in 2010, marks a rise from the 171,298 days lost through bed blocking in June.Bed blocking occurs when someone is medically fit to be discharged, but care has not yet been organised to help them outside of hospital. 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

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Larry Smith is 2017 First Citizen

first_imgWhen the U.S. Army sent Col. Larry Smith to Vancouver Barracks in 1989, it gave him the opportunity to work with community leaders.Now Smith has been recognized as one of those community contributors. The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington announced Friday that Smith has been named 2017 First Citizen.“So many people are worthy of this award,” Smith, 75, said Friday afternoon. “I’m completely flabbergasted.”He will be honored on Nov. 9 in a 4 p.m. presentation at WareHouse ’23, 100 Columbia St. The First Citizen program is a partnership of the Community Foundation and The Columbian; the event’s presenting sponsor is Regents Bank.In his nomination, George Francisco wrote: “Virtually every citizen of our community has benefitted” from Smith’s efforts in the public sector as well as in his community roles.Smith’s volunteer service includes the Parks Foundation, the local chapter of the American Red Cross, Loaves and Fishes, the Community Military Appreciation Committee, Meals on Wheels and the Veterans Court advisory board. He serves as the host for several annual community events.Smith, who served two combat tours in Vietnam, said he can trace it back to when he came to Vancouver Barracks.As the 104th Division’s senior Army adviser, “I had a public outreach role,” Smith said. “I was an active-duty, full-time Army officer.”Other officers in the 104th Division “were reservists, with full-time civilian jobs. They could not be the voice of the 104th, so I had an opportunity to work with the city,” Smith said.last_img read more

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Owner explains Luepke closure plans for downtown Vancouver building

first_imgDowntown Vancouver mainstay Luepke Flowers and Finds closed its doors Thursday after 110 years in operation. An initial set of notices posted in the store’s window earlier this week did not offer a reason for the closure, but the store’s owner, Bruno Amicci, spoke to The Columbian on Thursday to shed some light on the circumstances that led to the decision and his plans for the future of the store’s building, which he also owns.The biggest factor was competition, he said. The widespread availability of flowers online and in grocery stores made it increasingly difficult for the florist shop to sustain the level of customer traffic it once enjoyed. Too many shoppers were opting for the convenience of ordering online or visiting the floral department at their supermarket, he said, and those sellers also were able to undercut Luepke Flowers on pricing.“It was a very sad decision,” Amicci said.The competition problem has dogged Luepke in recent years. The store — originally known as Luepke Florist — was founded in 1909 by Frank and Edla Luepke and passed through three generations of family ownership before being purchased in 2004 by its longtime manager Maria Adler and her husband. The Adlers announced in late 2014 that they planned to retire and close the store, and their explanation was similar to Amicci’s — increased competition had eaten up the store’s revenue.Amicci purchased the Luepke building in early 2014, and when he learned about the Adlers’ decision, he stepped in to buy the florist shop and keep it operating. He also embarked on a project to revitalize the Luepke building, turning it into a retail and food destination called Luepke Station. The renovations were completed in 2015, and a brewpub called Tap Union Freehouse opened in the western half of the building in 2016.The florist shop was renamed Luepke Flowers and Finds. It had a strong first year, Amicci said, but ultimately it couldn’t escape the competitive pressure from other flower retailers.last_img read more

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12 indicted in bust of Fairview Bloods gang

first_imgFederal officials announced a massive gang bust in Anchorage on Thursday.Download AudioActing U.S. attorney Kevin Feldis announces the first indictment in Alaska that alleges the presence of a nationally recognized gang. Photo: Zachariah Hughes/KSKA.Delano Williams of Anchorage is still being sought. Photo: U.S. Department of JusticeThe sprawling indictment from the U.S. Attorney’s office details allegations of drug trafficking, money laundering, illegal firearm possession, and violence by 12 individuals based in Anchorage’s Fairview neighborhood.Speaking during a press conference, U.S. Attorney Kevin Feldis explained how the multi-agency collaboration built a case against the Fairview MOB — which stands for Member Of Bloods.“The Fairview MOB gang members are alleged to be associated with the national Bloods gang. This case here in Alaska, this federal indictment is the first time that we have federally charged a gang activity in Alaska that is alleged to have ties with national gang activity.”The indictment outlines alleged crimes as far back as 2012, with profits from the sale of heroin, crack, and cocaine being laundered through LA-based entertainment companies.Existing criminal records from the Alaska court system show several of the indicted men face charges of assault with a deadly weapon. Three are charged with an attempted murder in May. Another, Michael “Boogie” Reynold is charged with a double-homicide that happened in January in East Anchorage.The Bloods are a Los Angeles-based gang. The picture shows their gang symbol. Photo: Shawn Ishihara via Wikimedia Commons.Anchorage District Attorney Clint Campion says the case is the result of an aggressive task force convened in January after a high-profile spike in homicides and shootings.“There was a moment in early February, as the chief says, where we had to step back and say we have to take a step back and have a different approach. And I distinctly remember members of our federal law enforcement agencies coming to the Anchorage Police Department, meeting with us, and talking about how they could help. And I think the investigation that led to yesterday’s arrests and the indictments preceding it are the culmination of that effort.”It’s not clear how much of the violent crime from last winter’s spike is related to alleged illegal activities by Fairview Bloods.Still, Christopher Constant — a vocal member of the Fairview Community Council running for the area’s Assembly seat — says there’s a sense of relief that the task force is making strides on public safety.“It’s definitely an issue that people have come forward and asked about consistently, and I think today is proof that something has changed, that there is some active enforcement, that there is a partnership tackling a problem.”Of the 12 people indicted, 10 are Anchorage residents, all of them in their 20s. Two others are from Los Angeles.Police are asking for the public’s help locating the only two men not currently in custody — Delano Williams of Anchorage, who also goes by “D,” and Dearon Walton of Los Angeles.last_img read more

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