Breakout Director Kat Candler on the Best Festivals for First-Time Filmmakers

first_imgKat Candler took the time to chat with us about her film festival experiences, including a few that beginning filmmakers should check out.Kat Candler (Hellion) got the biggest break of her career over a burger in Austin, during SXSW 2015, when Ava DuVernay offered her a spot directing a new episodic family drama called Queen Sugar. The show is distinct for its fresh directorial perspectives. DuVernay recruited a team of women who were mostly new to television. This dynamic was fertile for making art against Louisiana vistas at a lingering pace.Sundance was where Candler and Duvernay first connected. Their pivotal convergence is one of many Candler has had on the festival circuit since the late ’90s, which is when she met then-internet-pen-pal David Lowery (The Old Man & the Gun, Pete’s Dragon) and director Yen Tan (1985) at Dallas VideoFest.For filmmakers like Candler, who thrive on collaboration and see every opportunity as a chance to share the wealth, festivals aren’t the end of the filmmaking process. They’re much more often a beginning — a generative moment of communion with others who share their goals. Candler recently returned to Los Angeles from a research trip in Upstate New York for Splitfoot — a FOX Searchlight film she’s been called up to rewrite and direct, based on a 1936 New Yorker article documenting a spiritualist/occultist hub in the area. She took a moment to look back on her myriad festival experiences and share some favorites with beginners in mind.Maryland Film FestivalThe Maryland Film Festival screening committee poses together in 2017. Image courtesy MFF.It’s not just about where to submit. Attending events that help filmmakers find their people is essential, Candler says. Maryland Film Festival, at Baltimore’s century-old Parkway Theatre, ensures that every screening of a North American film is hosted by the artists who made it. Also, hometown weirdo John Waters picks and hosts a favorite film each year.Candler finds the real draw in the character of the mixers and receptions at the Maryland Film Festival, which feel more like memorable, hospitable hangs than networking sessions. “I’m not a party person, at all,” Candler says. “But the key is really kind of pushing yourself to go to as many of the social events as possible. Take the time to reach out to the person next to you, to go up to the filmmaker whose work you loved at a screening, and introduce yourself. Try to appreciate other filmmakers’ work — get to know them,” she says. Dallas VideoFestProgrammer/founder Bart Weiss has an eye for bold up-and-comers like Candler when she started out. He’s committed to keeping a place for experimental shorts and video-art-leaning works, too. Dallas VideoFest hosts many premieres of docs and features that go on to excel internationally. This festival’s edges are still rough, after clearing the 30-year mark, and that’s a relief to a community for whom taking risks is more valuable than achieving commercial success.Historically, the festival itself takes chances in presentation. Festival organizers have used the LED facade of the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas to articulate the images of short films for audiences watching in fields from their beach towels, while the local radio station KXT 91.7 broadcasts a live soundtrack. In recent years, features and documentaries have been split into two programs — AltFiction and DocuFest.Kansas City Film Festival InternationalImage courtesy Kansas City Film Festival International.Candler fondly remembers meeting close friend and collaborator, Pamela Ribon, on a panel at KCFFI. In its 20 years, this festival has created specific programs to celebrate the relationship between cinema and jazz, a symposium to deeply explore the experiences of women in film, and a youth film contest called “Reel Spirit: Young Filmmaker Showcase.” The abundance of community partnerships, and devotion to a growing audience, is everywhere in the ace color-coded schedule.What makes KCFFI so special is the carefully themed shorts blocks with categories like “choices,” “goals,” and “relationships,” the staged live readings for screenplay contests, and the inclusion of student films.  A bonus — this festival prioritizes free food at their parties and events.Looking for more on the film and video production industry? Check out these articles.Industry Roundup: Top Destination Jobs for VideographersAdobe Releases New Content Aware Fill Tool for After EffectsThe Cameras Behind Netflix Originals: Films and SeriesCheers to This Film-Developing Beer Made in Collaboration with KodakThe Cameras and Lenses Behind HBO’s Original Serieslast_img read more

Football-loving Goa to reschedule exams for FIFA U-17 World Cup

first_imgPANAJI: The Goa Education Department has asked schools in the State to re-schedule their first-term exams so that students can watch the FIFA U-17 World Cup matches that Goa will host in October.Director of Education G.P. Bhat issued a circular requesting all heads of schools to re-schedule the exams to conclude on or before October 7. “Regular classes will continue till the end of the term,” the circular said.Mr. Bhat told The Hindu on Wednesday that the high-level steering committee set up for the World Cup had made a request to this effect. The committee, headed by Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma, has been formed by the Goa government to hasten decision-making in setting up infrastructure for the World Cup.Inspiring the youngChief secretary Dharmendra Sharma told The Hindu that the FIFA motto, as per the memorandum of understanding signed for the Under-17 event, is to promote football among the youth, as it is an aspirational sport. With this in mind, the steering committee suggested to the Education Department to consider avoiding a clash in the exam schedules and the World Cup games, so that students would be able to benefit from the one-time opportunity to see a world sporting event. Boost to ticket sales Mr. Sharma said that unlike Delhi, Kolkata and other venues in the country, where almost 80% of the match tickets have been sold out, in Goa, ticket sales has been down despite heavily subsidised prices. He said rescheduling exams should help the ticket sales pick up. Goa will host four matches between October 7 and 21 at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at Fatorda, South Goa. The State is expected to host the Germany and Brazil under-17 teams, who will play matches against Costa Rica (October 7) and Niger (October 13) respectively.Football is popular across all sections of the population in Goa. In 2012, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had declared football as the official State sport. He had also set up the Goa State Football Development Council to further popularise the sport in the state.last_img read more

24-year-old youth killed by militants in Pulwama

first_imgA 24-year-old youth was killed by suspected militants in south Kashmir’s Pulwama on Monday.A police spokesman said militants barged inside the house of Gulzar Ahmad Bhat, son of Abdul Gani Bhat resident of Murran Pulwama on Sunday night and abducted him. “The police recovered the bullet-riddled body of Bhat from the nearby fields of Murran later,” said the spokesman. The body was first spotted by the locals in an orchard at Murran’s Bunpora area.The police said it has registered a case and initiated an investigation. The initial investigation in the matter suggests two militants, Zahoor Thokar and Showkat Dar, of the Hizbul Mujahideen were involved in the killing.Meanwhile, the body of the deceased was handed over to his family for the last rites. The deceased was running an eye clinic at Bijbehara.last_img read more

U-17 FIFA WC organisers buoyed by PMs repeated encouragement

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 20 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modis encouragement has boosted the confidence of U-17 World Cups organising committee and tournament director Javier Ceppi says the governments involvement in the event next year will play a major role towards creating a football revolution in India. The Local Organising Committee (LOC) set up by AIFF is working in tandem with the Government of India to ensure that the event becomes a massive success. The PM, after inaugurating a multi-purpose sports complex in Jammu & Kashmir, said that the opportunity of hosting a FIFA World Cup will be an energy booster among the youth of India. Ceppi said, “This reflects the continued support that the government of India is giving FIFA U-17 WC India 2017. The fact that the PM of the country is repeatedly talking about the tournament is a clear indication that the event is much more than just a sporting competition. “This is a unique opportunity to create a youth revolution in the country and the LOC has very comprehensive plans that have been discussed and agreed upon with govt. of India to make this revolution happen and to take football to the whole nation. “Although the event will happen in six states, the plan is that all the youth of India can experience football and we are very much in sync with the government to turn this into reality.” Modi was on a day-long visit to Katra to inaugurate a hi-tech Super Speciality Hospital, Sports Complex and address the Fifth Convocation of Shri. Mata Vaishno Devi University. PTI AH ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

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Rogers Cup: Dominic Thiem stunned, Tomas Berdych withdraws

first_imgArgentinian Diego Schwartzman provided the day’s biggest upset at the Rogers Cup when he took down third seed Dominic Thiem in a nearly three-hour battle on Tuesday.Schwartzman climbed out of a 5-2 deficit in the decisive set, repeatedly escaping trouble, to win five straight games and pull off the victory 6-4, 6-7(7), 7-5.Schwartzman had defeated 16th ranked Roberto Bautista Agut earlier in the year and pushed Novak Djokovic to five sets at the French Open, but his win over Thiem is his biggest win of the season.Thiem made eight double faults in the loss.Earlier, American Sam Querrey overcame a sluggish start to defeat Frenchman Vincent Millot 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-5.The battle was the second meeting between the pair in a week after Querrey defeated Millot in straight sets at the Los Cabos Open on Thursday, a tournament the American won.The 29-year-old Querrey staved off the upset bid by the 31-year-old Millot despite moving sluggishly around the court and his trusty first serve not being its usual lethal weapon.His frustration boiled over early in the third set of the ATP 1000 event when he destroyed his racquet after having his service broken. He won the next four games after the outburst.Querrey will face another Frenchman, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 2014 champion, in the round of 32 on Wednesday.Emerging Canadian Denis Shapovalov defeated Brazilian Rogerio Dutra da Silva 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-4 in a thriller.Backed by a home crowd that included Canadian NHL Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky, the 18-year-old staved off four match points in the second set before taking it in a tie breaker.advertisement”The fans really carried me. It was so fun to be out there on the court, it was so loud and energetic,” Shapovalov said. “It’s a huge win. It gives me a lot of confidence and a lot of experience.”DEL POTRO NEXTPhoto Credit: Reuters Shapovalov, who won the junior Wimbledon title last year and was granted a wildcard to the main tournament this year, faces the big-hitting Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in the second round.Earlier on Tuesday, Czech Tomas Berdych, the number 10 seed, withdrew from the tournament prior to his first round match against Nikoloz Basilashvili citing a rib injury.”I am sorry I have to apologise all my Montreal fans. I couldn’t play, because of my rib dysfunction I need to get well to go to (the) office soon,” Berdych said on Twitter.His withdrawal led to a quick call to the lucky loser American Ernesto Escobedo, who had five minutes to prepare for the match, which he claimed with an upset 7-6(4), 6-4 victory.In other matches, Belgian David Goffin and Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta prevailed in their respective three-setters and American Jack Sock beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert in straight sets.last_img read more

Torre Will Review Utley’s Slide

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Major League Baseball executive Joe Torre will review the controversial slide by Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley into New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada for possible disciplinary action after Game 2 of their NL Division Series.Utley broke Tejada’s right leg during the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 5-2 win Oct. 10th while trying to break up a double play at second base.“I’d hate to think that Utley tried to hurt somebody,” said Torre, MLB’s chief baseball officer. “It certainly was late. That concerns me. The lateness of the slide. … I’m looking at it to see if anything should be done.”Torre, a former manager of the Dodgers and New York Yankees, was at Dodger Stadium for the game.“I have to determine if I thought it was excessive,” he said. “Not that you shouldn’t slide hard, but as I said, just the late slide is probably the only thing that is in question right now.”A comment in the Official Baseball Rules to Rule 5.09 (a) (13) says umpires could have called an inning-ending double play if they decided Utley had gone outside the baseline and interfered with Tejada fielding the throw.“The objective of this rule is to penalize the offensive team for deliberate, unwarranted, unsportsmanlike action by the runner in leaving the baseline for the obvious purpose of crashing the pivot man on a double play, rather than trying to reach the base,” the comment says. “Obviously this is an umpire’s judgment play.”Utley was only about a foot off the base. Torre said second base umpire Chris Guccione ruled it was a legal slide on the field.“That’s a judgment call,” Torre said. “I’m still watching replays of it. They get a chance, one shot to look at it. … I can’t fault the umpire for everything he had to look at.”Torre also said umpires were correct to award Utley second base after the Dodgers asked for a video review, which determined Tejada did not touch the base on the play. Utley did not touch the base on the slide.“He never needed to touch the base because the umpire called him out,” Torre said. “You’re correcting the umpire’s mistake. In that situation, going to replay and they see the runner never touched the base, but the umpire called him out, by replay rules we can correct the situation and put the runner on the bag.”Torre said Tejada was not subject to the protection of the “neighborhood play” which allows fielders to not touch the base but still be credited with the out. The throw Tejada received from second baseman Daniel Murphy took Tejada away from the bag.“This wasn’t a neighborhood play because spinning around and reaching for the ball and stuff like that,” Torre said.(KYLE GLASER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Liverpool’s success without Coutinho is testament to Klopp’s genius

first_img Pinterest Why Liverpool might not miss Philippe Coutinho as much as people think Read more Share on Facebook Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (left) has helped unlock the attacking potential of Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino. Photograph: Michael Mayhew/Sportsphoto Ltd./Allstar What Liverpool have achieved this season should be lauded and studied by fans, pundits and aspiring coaches Facebook Sportblog Share on Pinterest If you reflect on some of the commentary and analysis of Liverpool at the end of the January transfer window you would assume that their performances would tail off without the genius and creativity of Coutinho and that they could not possibly withstand the loss of a world-class player.Instead fast forward to mid‑April and I cannot remember a time when Liverpool have been in such a strong position and fans so hopeful in the short and long term to fight for the top trophies at home and in Europe.The narrative which Klopp has superbly orchestrated is a story about the victory of team functionality, philosophy and identity where the importance of team chemistry, understanding of individual roles within a system and collectivism is evident. This is vital in a sport where increasingly more importance is placed on the individual superstar and the size of transfer fees and wages that come with that kind of player.What Liverpool have achieved this season, especially since Coutinho moved to Barcelona and they acquired Van Dijk, should be lauded and studied by fans, pundits and aspiring coaches such as me in understanding that success can be built even while losing top individual attacking players if you have a fundamental style of play that enables a team to outweigh the sum of its parts and produce not just winning football but get supporters of all allegiances off their seats every time they play. It all comes down to team functionality and forward planning, and this can be achieved only with a top manager who understands and is faithful to his style of play regardless of the inevitable criticism he faces when times get tough. Pep Guardiola and Klopp have been criticised in this country for sticking to their football principles when results have not been up to scratch but this comes with the territory and is understandable, while the bigger picture shows that recruitment and improving the players on an individual level increases their monetary value and gives the football club a vision and plan for the longer term.Selling Coutinho for almost £150m is a great example of this. He has been replaced in the team by a relatively young player in Oxlade-Chamberlain, who possesses a completely different football profile but fits perfectly into the team’s philosophy at a fraction of the price and has improved the team’s functionality and chemistry overall.This is managerial genius and it not only keeps the fans happy but also the directors and shareholders who are always checking the club spreadsheets!This Liverpool journey has only just begun and I am excited to see where it ends both this season and in years to come – but it is also a story of how we need to see the whole picture, as fans, coaches and in the media, that matches are rarely won by one superstar but by the collaboration and collectivism of 11 players committed to the functionality of the team. Klopp has shown that you can improve a side while selling your best player if you cater to the needs of your most productive players in the way that you play and it is no coincidence that the signing of Alex Oxlade‑Chamberlain has tactically enabled the likes of Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and the outstanding Mo Salah to be even more of a threat.Oxlade-Chamberlain, while a gifted footballer, does not have the technical ability of Coutinho but what he does bring is an athletic dynamism and power that Coutinho doesn’t possess and an extreme intensity which creates a platform for Liverpool’s lightning transitions where the likes of Mané and Salah cause havoc. It was evident in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City where in that first half their pressing, counterpressing and attacking transitions were incredible and I question whether, if Coutinho had been playing instead of Oxlade-Chamberlain, Liverpool would have been quite as dynamic, intense and productive.Also, in addressing their need for a top centre-half Liverpool now possess an added defensive steel, giving their outstanding front three the opportunity and foundation to score and create goals. I also look at the fundamental way Klopp sets out his teams and the way that individuals within his system have improved because they know what is expected of them.Andrew Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mané, Salah, Firmino and even a veteran in James Milner are raising their game week after week and have played an integral part in implementing the principles of Klopp’s coaching while justifying the faith he places not on reputation or transfer fee but the performances of those he trusts. Topicscenter_img Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Twitter Share on Twitter comment I have heard Jürgen Klopp cite inspirations as varied as heavy metal music and Rocky Balboa so I wouldn’t be surprised if the Liverpool manager was also familiar with Aristotle. After all, Klopp showed in January that his football philosophy is very much in line with the great Greek thinker who believed that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”.Klopp shocked many in the football world when almost four months ago he sanctioned the sale of his most technically gifted player, Philippe Coutinho, who had been outstanding in the first half of the season and did not replace him like for like, causing supporters and pundits to question everything from his judgment to his sanity. Instead he recruited a centre-back in Virgil van Dijk and trusted his instinct that the team would improve as a consequence. Liverpool Share on WhatsApp Jürgen Klopp Reuse this contentlast_img read more

10 months agoPSG chief Henrique casts suspicion on Barcelona over Rabiot behaviour

first_imgPSG chief Henrique casts suspicion on Barcelona over Rabiot behaviourby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG chief Antero Henrique has hit out at Barcelona over their attempts to sign Adrien Rabiot.Rabiot has been banished to the stands for refusing to consider new contract talks at PSG, where his current deal expires in June.Henrique suspects the influence of Barca and snapped: “Mrs. Rabiot said that we had received an offer this summer. That’s right, a bid on August 29, twenty hours before the end of the transfer window. “It is then simple: Barcelona first had to reach an agreement with Rabiot before we were being talked to. And you also need to know that the Barcelona offer was ridiculous.”We, the club, were surprised by the low bid. It was disrespectful for someone with the status of Rabiot. I continue to emphasise: it is not possible to reach agreement within 24 hours on a player like Rabiot. It seems clear to me that Barcelona already had an agreement with Adrien. “I’m sure he has an agreement with another club anyway. Whether he can leave in the winter? He told me he does not want to stay.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Frontline Agrees Loans to Partially Finance Four Ship Deals

first_imgzoom Tanker owner and operator Frontline signed two senior secured term loan facilities of USD 110.5 million each to partially finance four recent vessel deals.Under the deals, up to USD 110.5 million would be provided by ING Bank and the other USD 110.5 million would be provided by Credit Suisse, for the financing of the company’s recent very large crude carrier (VLCC) resales and newbuilding contracts.Signed in June 2017, both facilities mature in 2023, carry an interest rate of LIBOR plus a margin of 190 basis points and have an amortization profile of 18 years.Frontline has committed bank financing in place to partially finance all of its 10 resales and newbuilding contracts.“The financing of our current newbuilding program is complete, following the signing of our senior secured loan facilities with ING and Credit Suisse. The terms of the financing support Frontline’s low cash break-even levels,” Inger M. Klemp, Chief Financial Officer of Frontline Management AS, said.The agreements were unveiled as part of Frontline’s second quarter and first half of 2017 financial report in which the company said that it ended the three-month period in the red, mainly due to a weak tanker market witnessed during the quarter.The company’s net loss for the period reached USD 19.4 million, compared with net income of USD 27 million seen in the first quarter of the year. The loss was primarily due to USD 7.8 million in dry docking expenses during the quarter and a USD 12.2 million loss on termination of two charters.The two long-term charters which were ended were for the 1998-built Suezmax tanker Front Brabant and the 2000-built VLCC Front Scilla, ahead of the vessels’ scheduled drydockings.“The market has been decidedly weak since the start of the second quarter of 2017, which is primarily the result of the increase in the size of the global crude oil tanker fleet. While the weak market naturally affects our earnings in the short term, the company’s strategy is not altered,” Robert Hvide Macleod, Chief Executive Officer of Frontline Management AS, said.For the six month period ended June 30, Frontline delivered a net income of USD 7.6 million, compared with a net income of USD 93.2 million seen in the first six months of 2016.As of August 2017, the company estimates that the average daily cash breakeven rates for the remainder of 2017 will be approximately USD 21,600, USD 17,500 and USD 15,700 for its owned and leased VLCCs, Suezmax tankers and LR2 tankers, respectively.last_img read more

Delhi govt to give ownership rights to 7200 families allotted land under

first_imgNew Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party government has decided to grant ownership rights to around 7,200 families that got agricultural land in the mid-70s under a programme for landless people. Under the “20-point programme”, launched during former prime minister Indira Gandhi’s tenure in 1975-76, around 12,500 landless families in Delhi got land for cultivation, according to officials. “At that time, there were around 360 villages in Delhi. Around 12,500 families from these villages got plots measuring an acre or less,” Delhi’s Social Justice Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam told PTI. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items Recognised as “Asamis” or tenants, these families were required to apply for land ownership with the revenue department. Some of them found a way around the bureaucratic process and secured ownership rights to their land, while the others, mainly from Scheduled Castes and Other Backward Classes, could not “because they couldn’t afford to bribe officers,” an official claimed. “Left in the lurch, these families still don’t have land rights. Considering the rapid rate of urbanisation in the national capital, new housing and infrastructure projects will be undertaken. Therefore, they face a serious threat of eviction,” Gautam said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder People with ownership rights receive good compensation when the agencies acquire their land for government projects. They have access to economic opportunities, while these 7,200 families in 89 villages of Delhi are vulnerable to displacement without any compensation, the minister said. “These families have been moving from pillar to post for the last 40 years. The Delhi government had even convened a special session on the issue around one and half years ago. “Still, not much has been achieved… the files keep oscillating between the Centre and the city government,” he alleged. Land rights have been granted under the 20-point programme across the country. Only Delhi is lagging behind, Gautam claimed. Recently, at a meeting convened by the minister and Chief Secretary Vijay Dev, district magistrates, divisional commissioners and the principal secretary (revenue) were directed to dispose of the pending cases at the earliest. An official said district magistrates have started meeting such families and the cases will be disposed of soon.last_img read more

NMDCs Donimalai iron ore mine to resume operations

first_imgBengaluru: After closure of Donimalai Iron Ore Mine for more than eight (8) months, NMDC is set to resume operations in accordance with the High Court of Karnataka decision. NMDC has approached Government of Karnataka to facilitate execution of lease deed and resumption of operations at Donimalai Mine. The resumption of mining at Donimalai would avoid further loss to National and State Exchequer apart from providing the much needed iron ore to the steel industry for the development of the State. Though, it had been a long wait for NMDC, this news has brought in lot of cheers especially to Steelmakers of Karnataka, Investors, Mining Fraternity, Customers and employees who have been eagerly waiting for this, said CMD N Baijendra Kumar. He also expressed his gratitude for all the co-operation extended by Ministry of Steel, Government of Karnataka, Legal Bodies and particularly all stakeholders for having faith on NMDC at all times.last_img read more

Sanjays Marathi production heads to Golden Globes

first_imgMumbai: Actor Sanjay Dutt and his wife Maanayata’s first Marathi production Baba under their banner Sanjay S Dutt Productions will be screened at the Golden Globes 2020. The film, which released on August 2 in India, is officially selected for screening at the Golden Globes for competing in the foreign language category. Maanayata said: “We are all so happy and proud that Baba will be screened at the Golden Globes. Our goal is to create meaningful yet entertaining cinema through Baba. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”The movie released today and we hope the audiences receive the film with their love and support.” They have three films under production already – a Punjabi film and two Hindi films. Sanjay S Dutt Productions aims to branch out into regional cinema along with mainstream Bollywood films. They will also be collaborating with many renowned and established directors for their future projects. Sanjay had earlier said: “We will try to make content driven cinema through our production house but we will not restrict ourselves by making only content driven films.” “I feel content driven films are mportant but apart from that, we will make commercial films as well and we will make all kinds of cinema.”last_img read more

Big payouts to departing staff

The number of municipal employees in Norfolk and Haldimand last year earning $100,000 or more increased by four in each county.The results are contained in the province’s latest compilation of all public-sector employees earning $100,000 or more, which became available last week.Former CAO David Cribbs was the top earner in Norfolk last year with wages of $198,300. His counterpart in Haldimand – Donald Boyle – was not far behind with wages in 2018 of $196,346.Factoring in taxable benefits however, Boyle was the top earner in both counties with an additional $6,800 in this area. This brought Boyle’s total remuneration last year to nearly $203,200. Cribbs’s taxable benefit amounted to $960, keeping him below the $200,000 threshold.Deidre Chisholm, former curator and artistic director at the Norfolk Arts Centre in Simcoe, drew a salary last year of $151,275. This despite leaving the county workforce in mid-February of 2018.Former Norfolk public works general manager Lee Robinson is listed as collecting total remuneration in the amount of $174,675. This despite Robinson leaving the Norfolk workforce last summer for “family reasons.”The Reformer reached out to Norfolk County for an explanation of these payouts. However, county staff say they are not at liberty to respond.“I am unable to discuss employment matters regarding identifiable individuals current or past,” Yakov Sluchenkov, Norfolk’s general manager of corporate and employee services, said in an email Monday.A total of 32 Norfolk County employees made the Sunshine List in 2017. This rose to 36 last year.An additional six are listed as Norfolk employees but are attached to Haldimand-Norfolk Health and Social Services and the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit. As such, these employees are shared between the two counties.Members of the 2018 Sunshine List in Norfolk include:Fire chief Terry Dicks ($123,080.);  Norfolk County Public Library CEO Heather King ($110,682); human resources director Erin Anderson ($104,034); public works general manager Chris Baird ($150,475); tax collector Sue Boughner ($113,379);  paramedic commander Stuart Burnett ($105,204); paramedic deputy chief Dean Casement ($107,858); former Norfolk Arts Centre curator Deirdre Chisholm ($151,275); former Norfolk CAO David Cribbs  ($198,307);  community services general manager Bill Cridland ($130,240); corporate services director Shelley Darlington ($114,140);  development and cultural services general manager Pam Duesling ($111,976); chief building and bylaw enforcement officer Fritz Enzlin ($119,907);  environmental services director Bob Fields ($123,081); public works administration services director Jason Godby ($105,536); paramedic Sharon Green ($106,277); Norfolk clerk Andy Grozelle ($115,814); tourism and economic development director Clark Hoskin ($118,803); Norfolk engineer Gary Houghton ($113,782); Cynthia Jacob, supervisor of financial planning and reports ($100,790); treasurer James Johnson ($120,771); paramedic commander Nicholas Koopman ($103,116); financial planning and reporting manager Kathy Laplante ($115,500); nursing and personal care manager Judy Little ($105,015); county solicitor Nicholas Loeb ($100,227); community health program manager Michelle Lyne ($105,015);  Haldimand and Norfolk health and social services general manager Marlene Miranda ($147,358); organizational health and wellness manager Trevor Misener ($107,786) ; Norview administrator Bill Nolan ($115,928);  health and social services director of quality, planning, accountability and performance Chimere Okoronkwo ($113,717); paramedic commander Mike Oxley ($104,518); health protection manager Stephanie Pongracz ($117,556); former public works general manager Lee Robinson ($174,342); parks and recreation manager Todd Shoemaker ($113,759); employee and corporate services general manager Yakov Sluchenkov ($139,283); garage foreman Larry Staley ($101,524); public health director Susan Taylor ($145,377); head of paramedic services Sarah Townsend ($124,813);  social services and housing director Heidy Van Dyk ($113,782); roads manager Shawn Vanacker ($101,778) ; IT director Brent Wallace ($115,144) ; and facilities manager Marlene Watson ($113,898). A total of 27 employees in Haldimand County made the Sunshine List in 2018. This is up four from 23 in 2017.Haldimand employees who earned $100,000 or more last year include:Community services general manager Hugh Hanley ($114,713); corporate services general manager Karen General ($169,613); facilities, capital and asset general manager David Aldred ($122,591); CAO Don Boyle ($196,346); registered nurse Beth Brown ($100,026); Cathy Case, general manager of corporate and social services ($124,006); building and bylaw enforcement chief Randall Charlton ($116,761); Haldimand County public library CEO Paul Diette ($106,516); county clerk Evelyn Eichenbaum ($116,761); planning and development director Michael Evers ($119,636) ; fleet manager John Fagan ($124,938); legal and support services manager Lori Friesen ($105,491); emergency services and fire chief Jason Gallagher ($113,958); general manager of engineering and capital works Tyson Haedrich ($138,097); county project manager Ernest Hammond ($128,542); Grandview Lodge administrator Joanne Jackson ($100,205); information systems manager Wilma Koziello ($129,659); Paramedic 1 ambulance attendant Victor Laubach ($100,790); general manager of community and development services Craig Manley ($161,800); treasurer Mark Merritt ($125,749); public works manager Philip Mete ($137,539); environmental services manager Jeffrey Oakes ($124,938); Paramedic 1 ambulance attendant Tonya Opatovsky ($102,167); parks, facilities, cemeteries and forestry manager David Pressey ($111,117); tourism and economic development manager Lidy Romanuk ($113,445).; registered nurse Jodie Skitch ($102,721); and community development development and partnerships manager Sheila Wilson ($116,761). 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UN expert reports progress on human rights in Iran but says problems

Maurice Copithorne, the Special Representative of the Commission on Human Rights, says that advances are being made in the incorporation of human rights values into Iranian society. “The change in the discourse over the past six years is testimony of progress,” he writes. “In some respects, however, the Government seems to be lagging behind the people, who have made clear, through their elected representatives, their desire for change.”Overall, the report paints a mixed picture of human rights in the country. The sweeping suppression of the mainly reformist press over the past 15 months has had a serious negative impact on the promotion of human rights in the country.”Iranian society has had little experience with civil discourse leading to peaceful change,” Mr. Copithorne says. He calls the treatment of activists and dissidents, particularly by the security forces and the judiciary, “little short of vicious,” saying it “displays a fearful intolerance of alternative views.” The status of women, particularly their legal status, remains highly discriminatory as modest efforts to improve it have been mostly rejected by unelected, conservative political elites, highlighting a stalemate between the elected and unelected branches of government over important policy and legislative decisions concerning reform.Meanwhile, religious and ethnic minorities continue to face official and societal discrimination and in some cases, persecution, according to the report, which documents a “new wave of political prisoners or prisoners of conscience entering Iranian prisons.” The report says Iran is facing a major economic crisis, with inflation, unemployment and poverty among the causes of the deteriorating social condition of most Iranians. “The human rights cost of the crisis is very high,” Mr. Copithorne says. “A comprehensive economic and social development strategy needs to be among the Government’s top priorities.” Yet there are early signs of important change within the legal system, the report points out, even though “there is a long way to go.” The Special Representative expresses support for most of the reforms identified by the Government that would make the Constitution “a more meaningful document.” read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,867.16, up 312.18 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up 19 cents, or 21.11 per cent, to $1.09 on 27.9 million shares. The struggling plane and train builder announced a major streamlining of operations, saying it was cutting 7,000 jobs while also announcing a deal to sell up to 75 of its new CSeries jetliners to Air Canada.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Up $1, or 25.58 per cent, to $4.91 on 12 million shares.Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TCK.B). Miner. Up $1.32, or 18.59 per cent, to $8.42 on 11.3 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up 20 cents, or 7.94 per cent, to $2.72 on 10.9 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up $1.25, or 7.52 per cent, to $17.88 on 9.5 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down five cents, or 1.45 per cent, to $3.41 on 7.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Air Canada (TSX:AC). Airline. Down $1.02, or 12.13 per cent, to $7.39 on 5.2 million shares. Canada’s largest airline reported a fourth-quarter net loss of $116 million, up from a $100-million loss a year earlier, although it posted adjusted net income for all of 2015 at a record $1.2 billion, more than double the previous record of $531 million set in 2014. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 17, 2016 3:01 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 17, 2016 at 4:01 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX read more

No 24 Iowa State like Drake happy for 12th game

AMES, Iowa — No matter that the opponent is a small private school with an FCS team that does not offer athletic scholarships.Iowa State coach Matt Campbell and his players are just happy to be playing a 12th game.The No. 24 Cyclones will host Drake on Saturday to replace the season opener with South Dakota State that was called off because of lightning after just a few plays. Drake (7-3), a perennial contender in the Pioneer Football League, also had its opener scrubbed because of weather.“You only get guaranteed 12 opportunities,” Cyclones tight end Sam Seonbuchner said Tuesday. “You grind all year, you want to be able to take advantage of every opportunity and have all of those opportunities.”The tendency is to view the game as little more than a scrimmage for an Iowa State team that tied for third in the Big 12 and is heavily favoured.Campbell doesn’t see it that way.“To me it’s not like you’re playing a spring game or something like that,” he said. “You’re going to play a game against an opponent that will come in here, their kids are going to want to play and what a great opportunity for them and us. So I think the reality of it for us is we’re treating it just like we would any other football game.”The game would seem to offer Campbell a chance to give his younger guys some playing time that might prove valuable down the road. But he insisted he has not mapped out any scenario for working those players into the game and is more concerned about how the team as a whole develops, especially with a bowl game on the horizon.So if he feels quarterback Brock Purdy or running back David Montgomery need more work, he’ll give it to them.“Getting that second opportunity to play 12 football games, I think we owe to our team, not just the young guys on the team but our entire team, to continue to be the best versions of ourselves we can be and then obviously, with an opportunity to play a 13th game, you want to continue to improve,” Campbell said.“I think sometimes this time of year you see teams go the other way. You want to be trending in a positive direction and I think that’s what’s so significant about the week of prep and the game and moving ourselves forward.”Iowa State originally had scheduled Incarnate Word for its 12th game. But Incarnate Word made the FCS playoffs, so athletic director Jamie Pollard had to look for another opponent.Drake, located 35 miles south on Interstate 35, readily agreed to play. ,” Drake senior defensive lineman Nathan Clayberg called it “about as much of a dream come true as you could possibly imagine” as the Bulldogs prepare for a game in front of as many as 60,000 fans.“All I said is I would like have liked to play a 12th game no matter how it came up. Obviously, who and what and how, I had zero say in any of that,” Campbell said. “I just appreciate that Jamie was able to get a 12th game for our football team because again, that’s what’s really tricky about college football. You only get 12 guaranteed games.”Iowa State and Drake have a long history, having played each other 69 times. The most recent game was in 1985, when Drake upset the Cyclones 20-17 in Ames.“Just happy to get another opportunity,” safety Lawrence White said. “We thought last week was our last opportunity in Jack Trice, but we get one more and we just want to go out with a bang.”The Associated Press read more

By the numbers Ohio State starts slow finishes strong against Maryland

Redshirt sophomore defensive end Tyquan Lewis (59) drags down Maryland redshirt junior quarterback Perry Hills on Oct. 10. OSU won 49-28. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOhio State started slow once again but scored 28 unanswered points in the second half to put away the Maryland Terrapins, 49-28, in Columbus.Maryland’s offense, after getting shut out at home the previous week to a streaking Michigan team, got on the board first after redshirt junior quarterback Perry Hills fired a 52-yard touchdown pass. The Buckeye defense, which had bailed the team out from several close calls already this season, gave up a season-high 28 points, as well as 386 yards of offense.The Terps put up a valiant effort throughout the game, going so far as to even the score at 21 in the third quarter before the cracks began to widen. Two key interceptions in the fourth quarter helped end a potential comeback from Maryland, which leads the nation in interceptions thrown.Despite defensive struggles, the biggest takeaway from Saturday’s game was the OSU offense, which in the second half finally began to play to its potential. OSU coach Urban Meyer used redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones to start drives and let redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett finish them inside the red zone.This system proved effective, as both quarterbacks looked sharp throughout most of the game. Jones completed 75 percent of his passes (21-of-28) for 291 yards and two touchdowns, while Barrett added three rushing touchdowns and 62 yards on the ground to help lead the Buckeye offense to an impressive 499 yards of total offense and 31 first downs.Junior running back Ezekiel Elliott pounded away 106 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries to lead the rushing attack, while redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller (79 yards, one touchdown), redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall (78 yards, one touchdown) and redshirt junior receiver Michael Thomas (107 yards) put up impressive performances for the receiving corps. Redshirt junior safety Tyvis Powell and redshirt freshman defensive end Sam Hubbard both added interceptions for the defense.Maryland put up arguably its best game of the season in the loss, mostly thanks to its quarterback. Hills, after not playing for the last three weeks, put up 133 yards and a score through the air while rushing for 170 yards and two more touchdowns on the ground, as he was responsible for three of the four Maryland touchdowns. By the numbers:0: Arguably the most important number of all, as OSU’s offense didn’t have a turnover for the first time since facing off against Hawaii in Week 2.17: The number of interceptions thrown by Maryland quarterbacks this season, the most in the nation.2-0: OSU’s all-time record against Maryland.21: OSU’s margin of victory over the Terps, the same amount that Mid-American Conference team Bowling Green beat Maryland by earlier this season.11: Elliott has pounded away at least 100 yards for 11 consecutive games.26: OSU’s current regular-season conference winning streak, the longest in Big Ten history.-2: The Buckeyes’ current turnover margin for the season, as they have turned the ball over 13 times in six games compared to forcing 11 turnovers from opponents. 102: The numbers of weeks OSU has been ranked No. 1 in the AP poll after the Week 7 rankings were released on Sunday, which is the most of any college football team (Oklahoma is second at 101). read more

Former Ohio State football players one step closer to NFL after draft

Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) walks of the field during a game against Illinois Nov. 16 at Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 60-35.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorLives have changed  forever for 256 players as they were selected in the 2014 NFL Draft.Six of those players are former Ohio State Buckeyes.The first former Buckeye taken off the board was linebacker Ryan Shazier, who was selected 15th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round Thursday night. He became the ninth former OSU linebacker and 68th Buckeye ever taken in the first round.Shazier, who was a first-team Associated Press All-American in his final season at OSU, totaled a Big Ten conference-high with 143 tackles to go along with six sacks.Cornerback Bradley Roby, who joined Shazier as one of 30 prospects invited to New York for the draft, was selected by the Denver Broncos with the 31st overall pick in the first round.Roby became the first OSU defensive back taken in the first round of the draft since Malcolm Jenkins was selected by the New Orleans Saints with the 14th overall pick in 2009.The Broncos, who dropped Super Bowl XLVIII 43-8 to the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 2, have since bolstered their secondary by not only drafting Roby, but also signing former New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib to a six-year, $57 million contract in March.Just as they did in the first round, the Buckeyes produced two picks in the second round, as running back Carlos Hyde and offensive lineman Jack Mewhort came off the board.Hyde was selected 57th overall by the San Francisco 49ers, who are coached by former University of Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh.The former Buckeye running back became the first 1,000-yard rusher under OSU coach Urban Meyer and was named the Big Ten Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year in 2013. Hyde finished his senior campaign with 1,521 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground.Mewhort was selected just two picks later with the 59th overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts.The selection of Mewhort marked the third straight year that an OSU tackle has been selected in the draft, following in the footsteps of Reid Fragel – drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013 – and Mike Adams, who the Pittsburgh Steelers selected in 2012.Mewhort was a three-year starter in his time as a Buckeye and was named a first-team All-American by ESPN.com during his senior season in 2013.Another Buckeye was not taken until the fifth round when center Corey Linsley was selected 161st overall by the Green Bay Packers.Linsley anchored an offensive line that ranked fifth nationally in 2013 in rushing, averaging 308.6 yards per game and breaking school records for points in a single season with 637, as well as touchdowns scored with 87.Linsley graduated from OSU with a degree in economics in December.Rounding out the former Buckeyes selected in the 2014 draft was safety Christian Bryant, who was selected 241st overall in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams.Bryant, who was named a team captain prior to the 2013 season, suffered a season-ending ankle injury during the fifth game of the year against Wisconsin Sept. 28., a game won by OSU 31-24. At the time of the injury, Bryant ranked third on the team in tackles with 22.Bryant, who was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes, finished his OSU career with 171 total tackles to go along with two interceptions, 23 pass breakups and three forced fumbles.The Buckeye safety petitioned the NCAA for a medical redshirt in January, but was turned down and entered the draft.Although six Buckeyes were drafted to NFL rosters, several draft-eligible players were not selected during the draft.According to multiple reports, many of the former Buckeyes not drafted have found homes in free agency.Some of the players signing in free agency took to Twitter to announce their new teams, one of them being wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown who announced his signing with the Carolina Panthers saying, “Here I come Carolina,” via his personal account @phillybrown10. Reportedly joining him in Carolina will be offensive lineman Andrew Norwell.Offensive lineman Marcus Hall confirmed with  The Lantern Sunday in an email that he has signed with the Indianapolis Colts, which reunites him with Mewhort.  Safety C.J. Barnett’s signing with the New York Giants was confirmed via Twitter by his signing agency IFA.Kicker Drew Basil also took to Twitter late Saturday night announcing he has signed with the Atlanta Falcons. Wide receiver Chris Fields also used social media to announce an agreement with the Washington Redskins.Running back Jordan Hall has earned a tryout with the Steelers according to multiple reports and quarterback Kenny Guiton remains unsigned as of Sunday morning. read more