Blackpool ‘reject chance to sign Joey Barton on loan’

first_imgBlackpool have rejected the chance to sign Joey Barton from QPR on a season-long loan, the Sunday Mirror say.It was claimed that Barton was on the verge of a move to Bloomfield Road and that Blackpool were keen to sign him to get one over neighbours Fleetwood Town, where the midfielder had been training.Hughes wants a centre-back.It is now said that Blackpool did not think it made financial sense to sign a player who is suspended for the first 12 matches of the season.QPR are ready to tempt St Etienne with a £7.5m offer for young French centre-back Kurt Zouma, according to The Sun on Sunday.Rangers supposedly face competition from Juventus, who planned to watch the 17-year-old face Lille on Saturday.And The People pick up on R’s boss Mark Hughes’ apparent interest in signing William Gallas from Tottenham.Meanwhile, Southampton are confident they will keep defender Luke Shaw in spite of Chelsea’s £4m bid, The Sun on Sunday report.Chelsea are among several leading clubs to have shown an interest in the Saints prospect, 17, but have been told he is not for sale.Related West London Sport story: Chelsea to table bid for Saints prospect (2 July)Chelsea expect to complete the signing of Victor Moses from Wigan for £8.5m this week, according to the Daily Star Sunday.Wigan chairman Dave Whelan said: “I have spoken to Chelsea’s chief executive and they are easy to deal with. We have told them the price and they will agree it or not.“We would much prefer Victor to sign a new contract but he wants to go to Chelsea. It’s a good club so we cannot stand in his way.”The Star also say Fernando Torres has two weeks to prove he can fill the boots of Didier Drogba.It is claimed that if the Spaniard doesn’t strike – starting against Manchester City today – boss Roberto Di Matteo won’t think twice about replacing him.Fulham boss Martin Jol is considering a move for Sunderland’s Kieran Richardson and is making a surprise £3m bid to sign Bolton striker David Ngog, according to The People.Richardson has been tipped to leave the Stadium of Light for £2m, while Frenchman Ngog has been linked with several clubs since Bolton were relegated last season.It is also claimed that Jol is weighing up a move for Peterborough striker Paul Taylor if he misses out on Huddersfield’s Jordan Rhodes.The Mail on Sunday suggest Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is prepared to offer Charlie Adam to Fulham as part of an exchange deal for Clint Dempsey.This page is regularly updated. See also:Barton ‘on the verge of Blackpool move’Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

4 Mistakes Nearly Every Director Makes on Set

first_imgExperienced film directors understand how difficult it can be to complete a feature. Here are four mistakes that can make the task even harder.On a film set, anything that can go wrong will go wrong. No matter how much you prepare, plan, and scrutinize every last detail before you get to set, something will always go wrong. But even though you may never be able to make your film set a place that is completely worry-free, you can at the very least take some measures to ensure that the best creative result is achieved.Below, I’ve outlined four common mistakes that you need to avoid as a director in order to achieve that best possible end result: 1. They Surround Themselves with the Wrong PeopleNothing kills a film project faster than a poorly constructed crew that’s responsible for executing the exceptionally complicated task of making a film. Unfortunately, most indie film directors tend to overlook the importance of bringing the right people onto their project, and ultimately pay the price later on.This is especially true in the case of micro-budget films where projects come together quickly and options feel very limited. Due to issues like limited funding and lack of experience, independent directors often sacrifice elements of their film in the areas of casting and crew members by hiring whoever is readily available and able to work for next to nothing.It isn’t uncommon for directors to downright settle in these departments just for the sake of cheap or free labor, which is one of the most fatal mistakes that can be made. If you do not collaborate with a cast and crew that shares your vision, passion, and enthusiasm for the project, your experience on set and the results you yield will be utterly disappointing.In the end, you need to rely on your team to bring your vision to life, as you alone will never be able to do it all yourself. Make sure you build a team that can remain positive and enthusiastic through thick and thin (and are, of course, qualified for their respective positions) and you’ll be off to a great start.2. They Don’t Own the Creative VisionWhile working with an inexperienced crew can be detrimental to a film (as we’ve gone over above), working with an experienced crew can be just as challenging – especially when the director is new to the game. Often, indie film directors end up working with crew members that have been on far more sets than they have and start to feel insecure about their role on set and their vision as a whole. This can lead them to allow others to make critical decisions for them on set, and in the end their original vision for the film becomes stifled and muted.No matter what your experience level, as the film’s director it is your responsibility to lead and inspire your cast and crew all the way from pre-production to post-production. It is also your responsibility to yourself and to the film, to keep your vision alive and fight for it – even if your producer/DP/crew is suggesting that you go in a different direction.Ultimately, if you don’t take this position, your lack of vision will leave your cast and crew feeling uninspired –  and believing that they are working on an insignificant project. Perhaps even worse, you’ll be left with a watered down final product that you’ll be profoundly unhappy with and that your audience may not connect with.Vision is the art of seeing things invisible. – Jonathan SwiftRemember, it’s your story to tell and it must be told from your point of view. Mistakes are inevitable and it’s perfectly okay to take notes from others (more on that in the next point), but it’s crucial that you own your creative choices for the better of the project. 3. They Don’t Listen to OthersAs we discussed above, taking in too many opinions and losing your own vision is an issue that many directors are challenged with, but the opposite situation can be just as problematic. Many film directors go into their projects with a unilateral vision that leaves no room for creative collaborators to contribute whatsoever. They seem to forget that film is a collaborative medium and that (even though they need to maintain their vision throughout the process) it is okay to hear out the suggestions of others.Many film directors will joke that they don’t care where a good idea comes from, as long as they get credit for it. And, with all joking aside, I would argue that the most experienced directors are also those that are the most willing to listen to suggestions from the rest of their team. This may seem contradictory to the second point on this list, but it really goes hand in hand with it. It’s all about balance.As the director, you want to be the filter that takes in ideas and decides which of those ideas is in line with your vision. You don’t simply want to take every idea thrown at you, or take none at all – So always remember to keep an open mind and a maintain a confidence in the story that you are telling. 4. They Save the Most Important Scenes for the End of the DayIt always baffles me when directors choose to shoot the most important scenes of any given shoot day at the end of the day. Understandably, directors often feel that they want to break in their cast and crew, or warm up a bit themselves before jumping into the really important material – but I would argue that this is a very bad approach for a number of reasons.For starters, anyone that’s ever been on a film set knows that no matter how well planned your shooting schedule is, things will almost always take longer than you anticipate. The last thing you want is to feel rushed at the end of the day when you’re shooting your most important scene. But even if things are running perfectly on schedule (which of course is almost never the case!), your cast and crew are not necessarily going to be performing at their peak after 12 (or more) hours on set. If it’s important for you to warm up your cast, crew, and yourself before getting into an important scene, then by all means go for it. Just opt to schedule that scene in the middle of the day, rather than at the end.Want to learn more about filmmaking? Check out a few of the following links:5 Tips for Building Better Cinematic Suspense7 Iconic Hollywood Cinematography TechniquesFilmmaking Tip – Shooting Night Exteriors on a BudgetKnow of any other common director mistakes that should have made the list? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Jhansi youth death: Conflicting accounts on encounter add doubt to police version

first_imgWhile the family of Jhansi resident Pushpendra Yadav have alleged that he was killed in a staged encounter, the police version has come under further scrutiny after conflicting statements issued by two district police officers.According to the statement by Jhansi SSP Om Prakash Singh on the night of the incident, the Station House Officer of Moth, Dharmendra Singh Chauhan, was returning to Jhansi from Kanpur in his private car on October 5 after a two-day leave, when he received a call from a local resident, purportedly Pushpendra Yadav. The person on the other end of the phone asked Mr. Chauhan to meet him at an intersection, the SSP said. Mr. Chauhan was “alone” and in plainclothes, the SSP said, adding that as soon as the SHO stopped his car and rolled down the window to look around, the accused fired at him.The SHO’s description of the incident, however, does not tally with the SSP’s statement. Talking to the media from his hospital bed, where he is recovering from injuries allegedly suffered during the encounter, Mr. Chauhan said he had gone out from his police station to patrol and check duty on the night of the incident. He said he was accompanied by a constable, Saurabh, and both of them were in a private car. “At the Bamrauli intersection around 9 p.m., a person waved (at us) and I stopped the car. He came close and pulled out his country pistol and fired,” said Mr. Chauhan, not mentioning any phone call.When asked whether he was returning from his leave, as stated by the SSP, the SHO said he had returned from leave the same day and gone out for patrol. The SHO claimed the accused shot and fled with his mobile phone and vehicle.Meanwhile, amid questions over the authenticity of the encounter, the police released a list of crimes attributed to Pushpendra Yadav to establish his criminal record as an alleged mining mafia member. However, all the five cases listed by the police related to inter-personal disputes, village-level offences or prohibitory action to prevent law and order disturbances. All cases pertain to 2014 and 2015.The charges against Pushpendra Yadav included enticing or taking away or detaining with criminal intent a married woman, criminal intimidation, voluntarily causing hurt and verbal threats. The police also claimed that Pushpendra Yadav’s truck was fined twice in 2018 for illegal mining. It was served a fresh challan on September 29 and seized.Pushpendra Yadav’s body was cremated by police on October 7 night after his family refused to take his body till a murder case is lodged against the police officer who shot him. The family accused the police of cold-blooded murder. His brother, Rabindra Yadav, a CISF jawan, claimed Pushpendra Yadav did not have any criminal record and never owned any weapon.Pushpendra Yadav’s wife Shivangi on October 9 alleged that her husband was killed because he had threatened to expose the local SHO for demanding bribe from him in return for promising to free his seized truck. She said her husband had already paid the police ₹1.5 lakh but they were harassing him for more. Pushpendra Yadav had threatened to make the recordingss of their bribe dealing to go “viral”, she said. “If he was at fault, you could have summoned him or taken him to jail. The police had his phone number,” she said.Ms. Shivangi Yadav further said that if her husband had shot the SHO and escaped with his car, as claimed by police, he would have been shot in the back and not in the head. “They caught hold of him and killed him,” she alleged.Akhilesh demands high-level probeSamajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, after meeting the family of the deceased, said a probe monitored by a sitting High Court judge would bring out the facts, as he questioned the police version. “This is not an encounter. The police committed a murder,” Mr. Akhilesh Yadav said.“No one believes the police story. Nobody is satisfied with the story and sequence of events narrated by the Jhansi Police administration,” he said.The SP chief also demanded that a murder case be lodged against the SHO, as demanded by the family. “You can estimate how big the conspiracy is when all officials and the government come together to save the station officer,” Mr. Akhilesh told reporters in Jhansi.last_img read more

Arun Jaitley gets ready to present Union Budget 2017 interesting facts about

first_imgArun Jaitley is all set to present the Union Budget for the financial year 2017-18 (Budget 2017) on Wednesday (February 1, 2017), the fourth by the Modi government after it came to power in May 2014. There are many sides to the 64-year-old finance minister, who is a lawyer by profession.Read: Union Budget Session 2017 Live Updates: post your questions to FM Arun Jaitley using #MyQuestionToFM on TwitterProbably one of the most social media savvy — he will be taking questions on Twitter under the hashtag #MyQuestionToFM — after Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, he is prolific with his views on Facebook and Twitter, besides articulating the government’s views on policies that go beyond money and finance. A suave lawyer who joined the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the RSS in the 1970s, Jaitley was active during the JP movement that saw the dethroning of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi after the Emergency years (1975-77). He can hold forth on almost any topic — politics, economy, law, governance, human rights, crime, defence — and take on the mightiest, whether from rival parties, or from other domains. The No. 2 man in the Modi government is currently a member of the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat, having lost to Capt Amarinder Singh (Amritsar constituency in Punjab) in the Lok Sabha elections in 2014. He also held the all-important defence portfolio in the initial days of the Modi government before the appointment of Manohar Parrikar.By virtue of being the finance minister of India, he heads the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council, the apex decision-making body for all matters concerning the rolling out and administration of the GST as and when it happens.Here are some interesting facts about FM Arun Jaitley (taken from various sources including his website)Born on December 28 1952 to Maharaj Kishen Jaitley and Ratan Prabha Jaitley.Did schooling at St. Xavier’s School, New Delhi.Married to Sangeeta Dogra in May 1982, and has two children, son Rohan and daughter Sonali.Graduated in Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi in 1973; completed Law degree course from the University of Delhi in 1977. Was president of the University Students’ Union in 1974.Was placed under detention for about 19 months during Emergency.Joined BJP in 1980.Designated as Senior Advocate by the Delhi High Court in January 1990; appointed Additional Solicitor General in 1989.Member of BJP national executive since 1991.FM @arunjaitley, MoS, @arjunrammeghwal, MoS, @santoshgangwar and senior @FinMinIndia officials present #Budget2017 to #PresidentMukherjee pic.twitter.com/0Qiahg6Jdg— PIB India (@PIB_India) February 1, 2017last_img read more

Dear Comrade crashes big time on Tuesday earns less than iSmart Shankar

first_imgDear ComradeTwitterVijay Devarakonda’s Dear Comrade has hit the rock bottom at the box office in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana (AP/TS) on Tuesday and collected lesser amount than last week’s release iSmart Shankar.Dear Comrade opened to a big response in the Telugu states on July 26 and word of mouth helped it remain strong on the following days. Having made a good collection, the movie recovered around 60 per cent of the distributors’ investment in its opening weekend. But considering its hype and promotion, its business was not up to the mark. The distributors hoped that it will earn well on weekdays.But to their shock, Dear Comrade witnessed a steep decline in its collection at the AP/TS box office on Monday and its business hit the rock bottom on Tuesday. Andhra Box Office tweeted, “#DearComrade : Huge Drop on 1st Monday. Not Looking Good!.” Today it added, “#DearComrade Crashes on weekdays with some areas reporting Nett Figures lesser than Rentals.”Dear Comrade has failed to collect even Rs 50 lakh gross at the AP/TS box office on Tuesday. According to buzz on social media, it has just added Rs 25 lakhs to the total distributor share of Rs 13.85 crore in the Telugu States. Telugu 360_BO tweeted, “#DearComrade went down further on Tuesday with a distributor share of 25 lakhs in the Telugu States. 5 days AP/TS Share : 13.85 Cr Breakeven : 22.60 Cr.” iSmart ShankarTwitterAnother buzz on social media is that Ram Pothineni’s iSmart Shankar has collected more money than Dear Comrade in the Telugu state on its 13th days. Sai (@saipspk1638) tweeted, “#iSmartShankar Day 13>#DearComrade Day 4 in APTG Shocking collapse by #DearComrade.”The distributors have spent Rs 22.60 crore on its theatrical rights for the Telugu states. Dear Comrade has recovered 61.28 per cent of their investment. What is shocking about its collection is that the movie has just returned 1 per cent of their investment on Monday and Tuesday together. Considering its present trends, the film is heading to be a disaster and likely to incur huge losses to its distributors.last_img read more

GE announces 500 GB holographic disc writer that runs at BlueRay speed

first_imgA prototype holographic drive system designed by GE researchers in the Applied Optics Lab at GE Global Research in Niskayuna, NY. Citation: GE announces 500 GB holographic disc writer that runs at Blue-Ray speed (2011, July 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-ge-gb-holographic-disc-writer.html (PhysOrg.com) — GE’s technology research group has announced the development of an optical disc writer capable of writing 500 GB of data onto a disc the same physical size as a DVD, at roughly the same speed as Blue Ray technology. This comes two years after announcing the holographic technology that was used to first imprint the discs with 25 times as much data as a Blue Ray Disc can hold. Explore further By making an announcement about an advancement in what most see as a dying technology, GE is taking somewhat of a risk, but Peter Lorraine, Manager at GE Global Research, who will be presenting today at the IEEE’s Joint International Symposium on Optical Memory & Optical Data Storage meeting is expected to pooh-pooh such notions and instead explain how the new technology could be used for long term storage for data, that the company says, will last for a hundred years (presumably if stored in ideal conditions).The technology works by initially stamping millions of tiny holographic images into a polycarbonate (a type of thermoplastic polymer) material, then a laser (which uses the same wavelength as Blue Ray technology) is used to erase parts of the holograms to encode data. Write speeds are 4-5 megabytes per second, which is on a par with Blue Ray (4.5 Mbytes/s). With this process the entire surface of the disc can be used, rather than just the four layers on the surface of the disc that Blue Ray is able to use, which is why it can hold so much more.And while critics point out that at such a rate it would take something like a whole day to fill the disc, GE counters by saying that since its primary purpose would be for archival storage, creating specialized writers that use multiple heads could very well be an option; and If such multiple read/write head drives could be created, it seems plausible to believe that such discs would be capable of carrying not just HD/3-D movies, but something even better, such as movies in a super HD (holographic?) format that hasn’t even been discovered yet.GE also points out that because the new writer uses the same wavelength as Blue Ray, its conceivable drives could be made for the new technology that would be backwards compatible, minimizing risk for both developers and end users. The company is expected to begin building arrangements with interested parties to license the new technology in just the new few months, so actual products appearing on the market can’t be too far off. More information: Press release © 2010 PhysOrg.com General Electric Develops a 500GB Optical Disc This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Mother daughters charred bodies found in Dum Dum flat

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of an elderly woman and her daughter whose charred bodies were found inside their apartment in Dum Dum on Friday evening.Police said the victims, identified as Dipti Mukherjee (72) and her daughter Sathi Mukherjee (54) were alone in the flat when the incident happened. Police suspect after preliminary investigation that fire from the gas cylinder led to their death but it is yet to be discovered as to how the charred bodies reached the bedroom. The police have initiated an unnatural death case in this connection and are trying to find out the exact reason. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA police officer said that a plumber, who was working in another flat, noticed smoke billowing out of the victims’ flat on the first floor of a multi-storeyed building in the housing complex. The incident took place at around 5.30 pm on Friday. He informed others and the state Fire and Emergency Service department was contacted. Fire fighters reached the spot and broke open the door of the flat to find the charred bodies. The bodies have been sent for an autopsy. Police came to know that three persons — Sathi, her husband and her mother — used to live in the flat. Sathi’s husband was not in the flat when theincident took place.last_img read more