Hook Your Audience With the First Shot

first_imgFinding a new, unseen way to kick off your movie or project should be the goal every time. What are some of your favorite opening shots in movies or TV shows? Let us know in the comments below Your film or video project’s first shot is incredibly important. Whether you’re establishing a time and place or unveiling a mystery, a compelling first frame is vital.Top image: A Clockwork Orange via Warner Bros.It’s vital that you make your video or film’s first frame as enticing as possible. Doing so will set the tone and allow you to immediately begin telling your story. A unique beginning will stick with your audience long after they finish watching your work.Let’s take a look at some examples of interesting first shots, explore why they’re interesting, and learn how you can apply the same techniques to your next video or film.Shot CompositionImage via The Cinema GuildIf you decide to use a wide or medium shot that exposes your characters’ bodies, the background, positioning and lighting must be figured out prior to shooting.Take the image above for example, from Lisandro Alonso’s Jauja. The two characters are positioned and angled in such a meticulous way that the shot resembles a painting. This particular shot sets up what follows, which is a series of static, long, drawn-out scenes that echo this first shot.Image via Warner Bros.The first shot from Interstellar, seen above, demonstrates an undeniable sense of mystery. Proposing a question to your viewers from the get-go is is a sure-fire way to hook them. Why is there a bookcase? Why is everything covered in dust? Where’s the blackhole I was promised?In a movie filled with twists, turns, and thrills, the audience immediately expects explanations to follow in the impending hours. Presenting strange questions right off the bat can yield a fantastic payoff in the end.Establishing LocationImage via Paramount VantageEstablishing the location and environment of your video in the opening shot is informative and classically effective. This type of shot (like the one above from There Will Be Blood) tells the audience the “where” of your video (and sometimes, as seen below, the “when”) and often gives them an idea of the mood.If you captured several establishing shots and B-roll that you’re unsure of what to do with, throwing one of those at the opening is an excellent introductory statement. News packages, corporate videos, and sitcoms all make use the of the establishing shot to open the video.Image via 20th Century FoxIn The Terminator (seen above), James Cameron gives us a familiar location, but then throws in some out-of-nowhere details that hook the audience.Image via USAA perfect example of combining these tactics — mystery and location— was seen in the popular USA series, Mr. Robot. The above silhouette shot with the city in the background gives us information on where the show will be taking place. It also presents a couple of questions: Who are these people? And what are they doing?Introduce Characters Image via CBS FilmsAn immediate portrait shot of your main subject is the perfect way to jump right into a story. This can save a lot of unnecessary expositional dialogue that might give off an amateurish vibe. Inside Llewyn Davis (above) presents the titular character right from the start, immediately throwing the audience into his psyche as he begins his opening “monologue.”Another classic example of this can be seen in the opening of A Clockwork Orange (see top image), which presents an intimidating, unavoidable shot of Alex DeLarge. Not only can this method save pointless dialogue, it can also express the character’s intent within the first few seconds of the narrative.Alternative MethodsImage via Annapurna PicturesYour opening frame doesn’t necessarily have to feature an action or characters. It can be an object, part of the body, or purely obscure. The image above (from The Master) is shown throughout the course of the movie as a theme, reflecting the main character’s stream of consciousness. The instant recognition takes the audience back to the beginning of the film and instills the intended feelings.You’ve probably seen Jacob T. Swinney’s excellent side-by-side videos comparing the first and last frames of popular movies. If you’re planning to come full circle or connect your story in a similar way, these entrancing videos can give you an idea of just why the first frame is so important.last_img read more

Australia’s Women Footballers Get Landmark Equal Pay Deal

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. australiaAustralia’s Women Football TeamdealEqual Pay First Published: November 6, 2019, 10:40 AM IST Sydney: Women footballers playing for Australia’s national team will earn the same as their male counterparts under a deal unveiled Wednesday and hailed as landmark for gender equality in sport.Under a new centralised contract system announced by Football Federation Australia (FFA), Matildas stars such as Sam Kerr and Ellie Carpenter will be paid an equal amount as big-name Socceroos like Aaron Mooy and Mat Ryan. They will also be afforded business class flights to international fixtures and tournaments, like the men.The breakthrough will be a big boost for America’s women footballers, who have filed an equal pay lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation due to be heard in May next year.The United States triumphed at the Women’s World Cup in France this year with chants of “equal pay” ringing out after they defeated the Netherlands in the final.”Football is the game for everyone, and this new collective bargaining agreement is another huge step toward ensuring that we live the values of equality, inclusivity and opportunity,” said FFA chairman Chris Nikou.’WHAT WE ALWAYS DREAMED OF’Under the four-year deal, through the next World Cup cycles, the Socceroos and Matildas will receive a 24 percent share of national team revenues, rising by one percent each year.In other words, the better they do, the more they get paid.FFA chief David Gallop said it was the “Socceroos’ choice to share the revenue”, and national captain Mark Milligan said women were getting “what they deserve”.”It’s been clear for everybody how much the women’s game has grown over the past few years and how well our Matildas have been doing,” he said, adding that the success of the World Cup in France, where the Matildas were knocked out on penalties in the last 16, underscored this.”It really drove home for me in these negotiations that they got what they deserved. Going forward, what a value they are to the Australian football community.”From the national revenues, the players have agreed to plough five percent back into Australian youth national teams, guaranteeing a minimum level of investment for future generations.There has also been an increase from 30 to 40 percent in players’ share of prize money earned on qualifying for a World Cup.Matildas midfielder Elise Kellond-Knight said the deal showed “respect” towards women.”As a female footballer, it’s kind of what we always dreamed of,” she said.It follows a more general deal struck earlier this year that will see all professional female footballers in Australia receive the same minimum wage as their male counterparts.’UNIQUE’ DEALProfessional Footballers Australia chief John Didulica called the agreement “unique” in world football.”We believe it sets the model for where all federations and players — male and female — can take the game to unlock the incredible social and commercial opportunity that, in particular, women’s football presents,” he said.Australia has emerged as a champion for equality in the sports arena with netballers and women cricketers also winning better pay deals in recent years.Earlier this year, 17 sporting chief executives in Australia all threw their weight behind a drive to close the pay gap and advance all aspects of women’s sport.Only last month, the International Cricket Council announced a 320 percent increase in prize money for the women’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia next year.It still left women earning less than men at a similar tournament, prompting Cricket Australia to pledge it would make up the difference to ensure parity with the men’s winnings for its team.A handful of other sports have also moved to address gender inequality, with the World Surf League for the first time this year paying equal prize money following a backlash on social media.Tennis was a leader in introducing equal pay for women at the Grand Slams, with the Williams sisters among the most outspoken on pay parity. last_img read more

About LeEco:

first_imgLeEco, formerly known as Letv, is a global pioneering internet and technology company with multiple internet ecosystems across content, devices, applications and platforms. Founded in November 2004 by Jia Yueting and Liu Hong, LeEco employs more than 10,000 people and is the worlds first video company to go public with a market capitalization of more than $12 billion USD. Headquartered in Beijing, China, it has regional headquarters in Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. With Complete Ecosystem, Groundbreaking technologies, and Disruptive Pricing as the guiding principle, LeEco is engaged in a myriad of businesses, spanning from Internet-based Super TV and Superphones, video production and distribution, smart devices/accessories and large-screen applications, to e-commerce and even connected super-electric cars. The company also features one of the worlds largest content libraries, comprising of movies, TV dramas, entertainment shows, sports and music, which can be conveniently viewed on LeEco products, including the Superphones, Super TVs, and in the near future, Le Autos. Breaking the barriers of industries, LeEco provides personalized products and services for an enhanced user experience at disruptive prices. Media contact: Aaron Samuel Rajendran aaronsamuel@le.com 91-9686100143 LeEco, India Source: Le Ecosystem Technology India Pvt. Ltd. PRN BMR BMRlast_img read more

Mahindra picks over 16% in Bayside Sports

first_imgMumbai, Dec 26 (PTI) Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra has picked a 16.7 per cent equity in Bayside Sports, a city-based multi-sports academy and sports event provider.The company said Mahindra made the investment in his personal capacity through his family office.Bayside Sports was founded by childhood friends Vishal Gokani and Kyan Bharucha in January 2013 with the objective of helping people and families bond over sports with just three students at a single location in south Mumbai.The company promotes indigenous sports like Kabaddi, Bharucha who formerly worked with Cadbury and other multinationals said, adding that they also organise tournaments for cricket, football, throwball and other games.Having evolved into a training academy, it claims it has coached close to 2,000 students in cricket across 18 centres in Mumbai. In addition to cricket, Bayside will also focus on honing amateur talent in football, basketball, throwball and kabaddi.Commenting on this personal investment in Bayside Sports, Mahindra said, Bayside is a great way to hone young talent and encourage the next generation of sportspersons.The company aims to branch out of Mumbai and will shortly commence operations in Chennai, Bengaluru, Jaipur, and New Delhi. PTI BEN DSK DSKlast_img read more

Life Ban for Greek Tennis Player

first_imgLONDON — Greek tennis player Alexandros Jakupovic has been banned from the sport for life for breaking rules on match-fixing.The Tennis Integrity Unit says that 34-year-old Jakupovic was found guilty of five charges under the sport’s anti-corruption program.Jakupovic, whose career-high ranking was No. 267 in 2008, played in two ATP challenger tournaments this season, losing both of his matches. He has career earnings of $116,707.Details of how Jakupovic broke the rules were not given.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

‘Jalebi’ actor Varun Mitra eyes family entertainers

first_imgMumbai, Oct 20 (IANS) Actor Varun Mitra, who has made his debut with “Jalebi”, says he would love to work in family entertainers.Asked about his favourite genre of films, Varun told IANS here: “Since I am just starting my journey, I really ask questions to myself on the kind of films I would like to be part of. But family entertainment is definitely one of them, especially the kinds we are making these days. I so wish to be a part of a film like Kapoor & Sons’.”Is there a biopic that he wishes to be a part of?”I want to be a part of a sports biopic. Sportsmen inspire me and I think all of us for that matter. There are so many icons whose story is untold. I want to narrate one of them,” said Varum.Being a cricket fan, while he desires to play Virat Kohli on-screen if given an opportunity, he said: “When I watched the biopic on Mahendra Singh Dhoni, I was blown away by his personal journey. We only get to see the story of their achievement and failure on TV and newspaper. But in personal life, their story is so different.”That besides, he wants to work with director Ram Madhvani, who brought alive the real story of slain airhostess Neerja Bhanoton screen with Sonam Kapoor-starrer “Neerja”. Varun has worked with Madhvani in an ad film in the past.”I would love to work with Ram Madhvani as he will always remain my favourite director. I have worked with him in an ad film in Sri Lanka and I realised that he brings the best out of me as an actor. I think if we work together, it will be great director-actor collaboration,” Varun said.Being a Delhi boy, Varun had no ambition to struggle in Bollywood to become an actor. However, when he finally found his true calling in acting, he packed his bags and shifted his base in Mumbai to build his career in the entertainment industry.”I think I lost interest in my earlier profession and in a corporate job because I had no passion for it. I was doing it just to earn money. When I decided to become an actor, it was risky and exciting at the same time because I was leaving my comfort zone, but I was entering a world that I desired to be part of.”I started with ad films, and with each assignment, I grew as an actor. That process is ongoing.”He feels fortunate to have been a part of a film like “Jalebi” under the mentorship of veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt.–IANSrb/bgadvertisementlast_img read more

Why Kuldeep Yadav feels happy when batsmen hit him for six

first_imgKuldeep Yadav does not hate it when batsmen smack him for a six, in fact it makes the wrist spinner happy. Kuldeep picked up 45 wickets in 19 ODIs last year at a brilliant average of 17.78 and a strike rate of 22.98. He was also the highest wicket-taker in ODI series in South Africa, England and the Asia Cup. Early this year, Kuldeep also picked a five-wicket haul in his first Test match in Australia.Such has been Kuldeep’s effect in the Indian team that he is one of the premier spinning choices for the team management and along with Yuzvendra Chahal, he has managed to displace Ravichandran Ashwin from the ODI and T20I setup.Kuldeep is generally called the mystery-spinner due to his wrist spin but he does not believe in the term and prefers to stick to his basics instead. He revealed his one-stop plan for batsmen.”There is a saying ‘Kitna bhi paata wicket kyu na ho jitna aap hawa mein daloge batsman utna fasega’ [No matter how flat the wicket is, the more you toss the ball up, the more the batsman will get trapped].” If you bowl quicker on a flat pitch then it becomes easier for the batsman to hit. So I always remember these things and kept giving the loop.”Containing the batsman is not my motto. If the batsman hits a six it makes me happy because it always gives me a chance to pick up a wicket. Turning the ball and deceiving the batsman in the air is my strength and I stick to that,” Kuldeep told Indian Express.advertisementKuldeep further talked about his series in New Zealand where wind plays an important role. Kuldeep spoke about how he tried to counter the wind and focussed on adjustment accordingly.”In all the matches that I played, the breeze played a huge part. It’s difficult to deliver against the wind as the ball sometimes goes a bit fast or a bit slow- so control is paramount. But I tried using it to good effect and bring the drift into play and thereby deceive batsman.”Using angles is another aspect I focused on. However, if the wind is blowing from the opposite direction then again, you have to adjust,” Kuldeep further said. Kuldeep is currently the second best-ranked bowler in the latest ICC T20I rankings, behind only Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan. He reached his career-best spot after two wickets in the final T20I vs New Zealand.”It’s good to be among the top three in world cricket. When you are at number two in world cricket you know that you are on the right track and it provides greater motivation and helps to strive harder. Till now number 2 is good. Rashid Khan has done well and deserves the numero uno spot. It won’t be easy to dislodge him. But if I keep performing then number one will also come soon.”KULDEEP ON 2019 ICC WORLD CUP IN ENGLAND AND WALESKuldeep Yadav is going to play a major role for India in the upcoming World Cup and he said he was “still living a dream”. Kuldeep said he wanted to make meaningful contributions for India and win the World Cup for the country.”World Cup pressure will be there and that should be there for all players. It helps to perform. Conditions won’t really matter in ODI. I am not thinking too much on it now. There is still time and neither do I believe in bringing something new. If you are talking about mystery then that is something that I do not believe in.”To be very honest I am still living a dream. I never thought in my wildest dreams that I will be a part of the World Cup squad. If India wins the World Cup then it will be the biggest moment in my career. I do not know how I will celebrate. The entire country wants it and if I can win it for the country then I will know that I have made a meaningful contribution to my country. This is my dream.”KULDEEP IN AWE OF MS DHONI Kuldeep Yadav has had two major on-field partnerships in his limited overs career so far. One is with his fellow wrist spinner Chahal and another with MS Dhoni, who is constantly heard giving instructions to the youngster.Kuldeep said he find Dhoni’s speed behind the stumps some he had never seen before.”Mahi bhai has vast experience and keeps telling us the nitty-gritty of the game. He is like a game changer and we are lucky to have him in our team.advertisement”But what I find most extraordinary about him is the speed in which he dislodges the stumps. It is simply unbelievable and honestly, I have never played with someone with such quick glovework.”Also Read | Ravi Shastri is right, Kuldeep and not Ashwin India’s No.1 away spinner: Harbhajan Singhlast_img read more

5 Indian footballers who received Padma Shri

first_imgIndia The 5 Indian footballers who went on to receive Padma Shri Last updated 2 years ago 20:05 10/9/2017 Comments(0) 1/6 The 5 Indian footballers who went on to receive Padma Shri Gostho Pal, Mohun Bagan Goal Sailen Manna Full screen 1 of 6 Share Close Goshto Pal (1962) – The first Indian footballer to be honored with the Padma Shri, Pal was referred to as the ‘Great Wall of China’ during his playing days. Pal is a Mohun Bagan legend and is considered to be the best defender our country has ever produced. A born leader on and off the pitch, Pal who even played cricket for Bagan, orchestrated one of the earliest Satyagraha’s on the sports field against Calcutta Cricket Club when they did not allow him to play a match in his traditional attire. FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Indialast_img read more

Charlie Appleby throws down gauntlet to Aidan O’Brien at Masar’s Derby party

first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Derby win may herald new Godolphin age after end of Coolmore boycott Greg Wood The Derby 2018 Appleby’s wife, Aisling, used to transport Ballydoyle-based horses to race in France and further afield and the trainer now takes the view that that willingness to send horses abroad has been part of the reason for O’Brien’s success. “They travel their horses all round the world and they just seem to get stronger. I think mentally they strengthen. And if you’re mentally strong, the rest of your body is strong. If you see people who panic, they’re generally pretty lightweight. Those who don’t stress as much put condition on.” Charlie Appleby reflects on Masar’s Derby triumph (video courtesy of British Champions Series) Horse racing “But I’ll never forget the boss, Sheikh Mohammed, put his arm round me and said: ‘Don’t worry, Charlie, there’s a Derby next year for you.’ That’s the person he is.”“I think this is a great confidence-boost for Charlie,” said Godolphin’s managing director, Hugh Anderson. “We’ve all known that he has got the potential. He’s desperate to be successful.“This is an absolute credit to him and he did come in in difficult circumstances,” Anderson added, alluding to the doping scandal that disgraced Mahmood al-Zarooni, Godolphin’s trainer at Moulton Paddocks until 2013. “It seems a long time ago now.” Hide Horse racing tips Share via Email Read more Appleby’s five-year training career could now be interpreted as one of steady progress towards Saturday’s summit and he was happy to point to his excellent strike-rate in the Derby, having only ever had three runners in the race. That sparing approach did not feel so good two years ago, when he did not have a runner and opted to stay at Moulton Paddocks when all of Godolphin’s other senior figures were climbing into helicopters to go and watch the big race at Epsom. Show Twitter Was this helpful? Quick guide Horse racing tips for Tuesday 5 June Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp A kind of admission came from Godolphin’s Derby-winning trainer, Charlie Appleby, as he reflected with relish on Masar’s win at Epsom on Saturday. Surrounded by dozens of gleeful staffers here at his Newmarket stable, where a good part of Monday was taken up by celebratory photographs with the horse, Appleby conceded that Godolphin had for years been failing to punch its weight in high-profile clashes with Aidan O’Brien’s runners.“People in racing want to see competition,” Appleby said. “Unfortunately we haven’t been competitive enough. That’s the honesty of it. I can flower it up as much as I want but we haven’t been competitive. We know that.“We’re not in a bubble. I know what people are saying outside these gates. But that just gives us more determination and drive to prove people wrong. We’re going into the rest of the season with a horse that they’ve got to beat.” He expects to choose between the Eclipse and the Irish Derby for Masar’s next target. Share on Twitter Pinterest Bangor 2.00 Potterman 2.30 Fair Mountain 3.00 Captiva Island 3.30 Craigmor 4.00 Twojayslad 4.30 Hello Fellas Fontwell 2.15 Westerbee 2.45 Our Three Sons 3.15 Peculiar Places 3.45 Innocent Girl 4.15 Mogestic 4.45 Chantara Rose 5.15 Little Jack Southwell 6.05 Sizing Scorpion 6.35 Desertmore View 7.05 Haul Away 7.35 Weightfordave (nb) 8.05 Kentford Heiress 8.35 Symphony Of Angels 9.05 Sunrise Ruby Newcastle 6.15 Red Hut Red 6.45 Ravenswood 7.15 Weather Front (nap) 7.45 Stoney Broke 8.15 Pouvoir Magique 8.45 Windforpower Tips by Chris Cook. news Godolphin Share on Facebook Masar raced in the US last autumn, a venture to the Breeders’ Cup which was thoroughly disappointing at the time, as he could finish only sixth. But Appleby now feels it may have been the making of the colt.“It’s definitely helped him; there’s no doubt about it,” he said, adding that the horse has developed an even temperament that proved invaluable in the Epsom hubbub. Pointing to where Masar was relaxed amid the taking of a thousand selfies, Appleby added: “Not too many horses would stand there with 100 people around them. He’s got a great head on him.” Masar wins first Derby for Sheikh Mohammed as Warrior only fourth Share on Messenger Facebook Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Read more Thank you for your feedback. Reuse this content Topicslast_img read more

Diana Finds Work for Crystalia

first_imgzoom Greek dry bulk ship owner and operator Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with SwissMarine Services S.A. for one of its Ice Class Panamax vessels, the M/V Crystalia. The gross charter rate for the 2014-built bulker is USD 6,250 per day for a period of minimum 11 months to maximum 14 months. The charter is expected to commence on June 28.The employment is anticipated to generate approximately USD 2.06 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter, the company said.The 77,525 dwt Crystalia was previously deployed under a time charter contract with Glencore Grain B.V., Rotterdam.When compared to the previous charter rate that amounted to USD 9,000 per day, the charter rate is now much lower.Diana’s fleet currently consists of 46 dry bulk vessels. The company also expects to take delivery of one newbuilding Newcastlemax vessel during the third quarter of this year, as as well as one newbuilding Newcastlemax and one newbuilding Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel during the fourth quarter of 2016.last_img read more

UN experts interview Iraqi scientist linked with suspect aluminum tubes

Continuing the search for evidence of Baghdad’s nuclear arms programme, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today privately interviewed a senior engineer in connection with Iraq’s procurement history related to key aluminum tubes.In addition, teams from the United Nations Monitoring, Inspection and Verification Commission (UNMOVIC) inspected a number of sites, including the Al Khadimia and Al Samoud Factories involved in liquid propellant-type missile engine; Al Assma Company, which manufactures Al Fateh missile parts; Al Mutasim Airfield, involved in conducting flight test of a remotely piloted vehicle; Al Ameen Factory, involved in hydrostatic testing of Al Fateh and Al Abour missile motor cases; and Um Al Maarik General Establishment, which manufactures missile and rocket motor cases.”The teams continued to verify Iraq’s declarations and establish a comprehensive monitoring mechanism,” UN spokesman Hiro Ueki told the press in Baghdad.An UNMOVIC chemical team returned to Al Mutanna “in connection with the mustard gas destruction process and took some chemical samples for analysis,” he added. Other UN inspectors probed the Al Zahif Al Kabeer Centre, a chemical plant located approximately 30 kilometres northwest of Baghdad. The plant was set up to extract minerals and chemical compounds from mining and seawater.An UNMOVIC biological team flew by helicopter to Al Fuwayjah, southwest of Kirkuk, and inspected a seed processing facility, while a multidisciplinary team returned to the Hadr Ammunitions Storage Facitity outside Mosul and inspected a large military site. That inspection “focused primarily on artillery and small-calibre munitions,” the spokesman said.The IAEA conducted a car-borne radiation survey in the Samarra area, and inspected Al Nida, a heavy industrial manufacturing plant in Baghdad. Other IAEA experts performed a “no-notice” inspection of Um Al Maarik and then went to Tho Al Fekar, just north of Baghdad, to inspect flow forming equipment and processes. Meanwhile in New York, a blizzard prompted the Security Council to postpone tomorrow’s scheduled open meeting on Iraq from the morning until the afternoon. read more

Aetnas 1stquarter profit slips 4 per cent health insurer raises 2013 forecast

by Tom Murphy, The Associated Press Posted Apr 30, 2013 6:37 am MDT Aetna’s 1st-quarter profit slips 4 per cent, health insurer raises 2013 forecast AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Aetna’s first-quarter net income fell 4 per cent as acquisition-related costs and rising health care expenses more than offset government business gains for the health insurer.But earnings still topped analysts’ expectations, the company raised its 2013 forecast and said it expects more growth on top of that once it closes the acquisition of fellow insurer Coventry Health Care.Shares of the Hartford, Conn., company reached their highest price in more than five years in Tuesday morning trading after the company announced results.Aetna recorded $24.6 million in after-tax costs in the first quarter tied to the Coventry acquisition. But the insurer expects a healthy return from the $5.7 billion investment.Coventry serves customers in two markets primed for growth. It administers Medicaid, the state and federally funded program that covers the needy and disabled people, and it offers Medicare Advantage plans. Those are subsidized versions of the federal government’s Medicare program for the elderly and also disabled people.Aetna aims to close the deal by the middle of this year, a few months before millions of people are expected to become eligible for expanded Medicaid coverage under the health care overhaul. The acquisition also is expected to strengthen Aetna’s Medicare business as interest in these plans is growing in part because baby boomers are aging.Aetna Chairman and CEO Mark Bertolini told analysts Tuesday morning that the company has the necessary state regulatory backing to close the deal, but it still needs approval from the U.S. Department of Justice. Once it closes, Aetna expects that Coventry will help its earnings modestly this year, add about 45 cents per share to next year’s adjusted earnings and twice that total in 2015.Aetna Inc. is the nation’s third-largest health insurer, trailing only UnitedHealth Group Inc. and WellPoint Inc. in enrolment. Health insurance is Aetna’s main product, but the company also sells dental, group life and disability coverage.In the first quarter, Aetna earned $490.1 million, down from $511 million last year. Earnings per share climbed to $1.48 this year from $1.43 last year because the company has fewer shares outstanding this year.Adjusted earnings totalled $1.50 per share, not counting items like capital gains. That beat average analyst expectations for earnings of $1.38 per share, according to FactSet.Operating revenue, which also excludes capital gains and interest income, climbed 7 per cent to $9.51 billion. That was short of analyst expectations for $9.56 billion.Health care costs, or the amount Aetna paid in medical claims, jumped 9 per cent to $6.38 billion in the quarter. That is, by far, the company’s largest expense. Aetna officials said higher prices were the main factor behind that jump, not more people using health care.The insurer also recorded a larger gain of $325 million in this year’s quarter because claims left over from previous quarters came in lower than expected, and it could release money it had held in reserve. It recorded a gain of $169 million in last year’s quarter.Enrolment climbed 2 per cent to 18.3 million versus a year ago, largely on gains in the company’s Medicare business, which also includes supplemental coverage for people with Medicare.Aetna now expects 2013 earnings to range between $5.50 and $5.60 per share, up from its previous forecast for at least $5.40. Analysts expected $5.53 per share.Citi analyst Carl McDonald said in a research note that higher guidance was still too low, in part because it doesn’t include Coventry’s results, which he expects to add at least 20 cents per share.Aetna joined WellPoint and another insurer, Health Net Inc., in beating analyst expectations for the first quarter and raising its 2013 earnings forecast.Aetna’s shares rose almost 4 per cent, or $2.20, to $58.36 in midday trading Tuesday after rising as high as $58.39 earlier in the session. That was its highest level since late 2007, according to FactSet. The company’s stock price rose 10 per cent last year to close 2012 at $46.31, and the shares have already gained another 25 per cent so far this year. read more

British CV production up almost a third in first half of 2015

Click through to download the CV manufacturing data for June 2015.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing output grows 29.9% in the first six months of the year.Particularly strong June sees a 54.5% surge in production, with 9,805 commercial vehicles produced.Growth bolstered by both UK and international demand, both of which show strong increases in the year to-date.British commercial vehicle manufacturing grew by more than a quarter in the first six months of the year, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Almost 50,000 CVs were built between January and June – a 29.9% growth compared to the same period in 2014.Growth has been fuelled by demand both in the UK and Europe, with production for the domestic market rising 31.6% and exports recording a 28.3% increase so far in 2015. June saw a particularly robust performance with nearly 10,000 CVs produced – a 54.5% rise.“Today’s figures are encouraging for the sector, with demand for British-built vans, trucks and buses all on the rise,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “The UK commercial vehicle industry has experienced some turbulence in the recent past, with restructuring of some operations and changes to type approval affecting output. It is good to see the recovery continuing, and we are optimistic about the future with demand continuing to grow both in the UK and in Europe.” read more

Ohio State womens basketball splits first 2 games of 201415 season

OSU freshman guard Asia Doss (20) goes for a jump shot over St. Francis freshman guard Maya Wynn (15) during a game Nov. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 113-97. Credit: Tessa DiTirro / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State women’s basketball team opened its season with a loss on the road to Virginia but bounced back with a win in its home opener against St. Francis, 113-97.The Buckeyes kicked off the game with a 22-11 run to take the early lead against St. Francis. The offensive momentum continued for OSU as it held a lead of 15 halfway through the first half.The Red Flash refused to go down, closing out the rest of the half with a 36-20 run. The Buckeyes entered halftime with a lead of 57-55.Coach Kevin McGuff said he wasn’t pleased with what he saw from OSU on the defensive side during the first half.“Our defense wasn’t good enough,” McGuff said. “We had a lot of breakdowns, they were getting too easy of shots.”Both teams traded baskets early on in the second half until the Buckeyes started to pull away with a 14-4 run to take an 84-72 lead about midway through. The Buckeyes continued to ride the momentum for the rest of the half to close out their 16-point victory.Junior guard Ameryst Alston led all scorers with a career-high 39 points to go along with six assists and nine rebounds. Freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell added 28 points, six assists and five steals while freshman forward Alexa Hart had 18 points to go with eight blocks.St. Francis played a total of 11 players throughout the game compared to just seven for the shorthanded Buckeyes. Alston said the team had focused prior to the game on how it would handle the substitutions.“They substituted a lot but it’s just a matter of mental toughness and getting back on defense,” Alston said. “We stressed that a lot in pre-game, they like to run and that’s what they did.”Mitchell said that she felt much calmer about playing in her second game as a Buckeye and owes it to some of her older teammates.“Now that I’ve got my first game out the way I’m really relieved actually,” Mitchell said. “With the help of (Ameryst) and Cait (Craft) and all the other veterans they just make it easier and better.”OSU didn’t have the same success when they opened the season on the road against Virginia on Friday.The Cavaliers started the half firing on all cylinders to take a 25-10 lead early. The Buckeyes scored 15 unanswered points to take their first lead of the game. OSU kept the momentum going to take a 43-39 lead at the half.The teams traded runs in the second half but Virginia was able to make the most plays in the final minute to win the game, 87-82.Alston put up 27 points in the loss while Mitchell scored 26 and had four assists.OSU is scheduled return to the court against Georgia on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Retired nurse who sells ice creams from a triccyle claims traders have

She has become a familiar sight along the promenades of Lyme Regis selling mango melbars and cherry bombs from her vintage tricycle.However after it became apparent Marie Amesbury, 46, had only paid £12.25 for a pedlar’s certificate to sell her ice creams, other traders, who pay significantly more for business rates, cried foul play.Before long, Ms Amesbury, a mother of two and former Royal Navy nurse, was accused of “stealing business”. Local traders have since set up a petition to ban her from pedaling ice cream along the sea front while Dorset Police have confirmed they are investigating claims of harassment after Ms Amesbury said she was spat at and threatened.”I have been spat at several times, I’ve been called nasty names, had threats of violence, been followed and photographed and had false allegations made against me,” she said.Sam Hanbury, who along with his wife, owns Baboo Gelato, an award-winning parlour on the sea front, said the “happy eco system” within which they operate had been “challenged”.”We’ve been here two years and we have a really friendly and happy relationship with the other kiosks and restaurants,” he said.“I think it’s unfair, we pay significant rates as does everybody else and if somebody comes to peddle in front of you logically you’re going to be upset.” Another seller added: “I think the problem is that some businesses over the last ten years have tried to do trikes but they have gone through official channels and they haven’t been allowed.“I think a couple of people have approached her to ask how she’s able to do it and it’s just gone downhill from there on both sides.” A petition has been set up to prevent her from selling ice creamsCredit: Source:  She wheels her tricycle up and down the promenade She wheels her tricycle up and down the promenadeCredit: Richard Austin / SWNS There are currently six ice cream sellers on the seafront at Lyme Regis.One ice cream business owner, who did not want to be named, said: “She goes up and and down the whole seafront and a local lady raised it with me that she was concerned about it but I’ve had no dealings with her and it’s had no impact on our business.” A petition has been set up to prevent her from selling ice creams According to Mark Green, deputy town clerk, of Lyme Regis Town Council, Mrs Amesbury’s request to trade along the seafront and in the gardens had been previously refused however she continued to trade without the “council’s consent”.”The council has received several complaints from local traders and we are aware there is a petition calling for a bylaw to be introduced to prevent unauthorised trading in Lyme Regis.”He added that the council has “in no way encouraged anyone who may have subsequently complained about her activities”.   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. read more

Kasim Kamenica takes charge of RK Lovcen Cetinje

CetinjehandballKasim KamenicaMontenegrian handballRK Lovcen Cetinje ← Previous Story Pick Szeged starts preparations Next Story → BiH champion RK Borac Banja Luka on verge of bankruptcy The best Montenegrian team, RK Lovcen Cetinje has found a new coach – Kasim Kamenica. Experienced coach with many TOP ex-Yu teams in his CV will replace Zoran Abramovic on the bench of the VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 8 team in season 2000/2001. Despite poor financial situation, Lovcen made solid results during previous season in which they finished sixth in SEHA League.The first pick for new coach was Veselin Vujovic, but offer wasn’t too good for him. read more

Suicide is not fashion Burberry apologises for creating hoodie with nooseshaped strings

first_img Feb 20th 2019, 10:05 AM THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE and chief creative officer of Burberry have apologised after a hoodie with strings tied in the shape of a noose was shown on the company’s London Fashion Week runway.The hoodie surfaced after Sunday’s show, when a model hired to walk along the runway, but not wear the outfit, complained both before the show and then on Instagram, saying the noose not only evoked lynchings but also suicide.Marco Gobbetti, the brand’s CEO, said in a statement that Burberry was “deeply sorry for the distress” the top has caused and has removed it from the autumn-winter collection, along with all images featuring the look.Riccardo Tisci, Burberry’s creative director, also apologised, saying “while the design was inspired by a nautical theme, I realize that it was insensitive”.Model Liz Kennedy took to Instagram the day of the show, posting a photo of the hoodie with a long message directed at Burberry and Tisci.“Suicide is not fashion,” she wrote.“It is not glamorous nor edgy and since this show is dedicated to the youth expressing their voice, here I go.“Riccardo Tisci and everyone at Burberry it is beyond me how you could let a look resembling a noose hanging from a neck out on the runway.“Let’s not forget about the horrifying history of lynching either.”Her post has prompted dozens of negative social media comments directed at Burberry and Tisci.The collection, called ‘Tempest’, is Tisci’s second for the brand.The clothes were a mix of classic, severely tailored ensembles to more trendy street-inspired looks aimed at younger consumers.Kennedy and other critics said the company should have known better.“A massive brand like Burberry who is typically considered commercial and classy should not have overlooked such an obvious resemblance.“I left my fitting extremely triggered after seeing this look. Feeling as though I was right back where I was when I was going through an experience with suicide in my family,” she wrote on Instagram.She said she asked to speak to somebody about it and was told to write a letter.“I had a brief conversation with someone but all that it entailed was ‘It’s fashion. Nobody cares about what’s going on in your personal life so just keep it to yourself.’”The gaffe comes after Gucci removed a sweater from the market last week after complaints that the oversized collar designed to cover the face resembled blackface makeup.In December, Prada stopped selling baubles that also prompted complaints of racist imagery.Those two companies have announced initiatives to foster cultural diversity and awareness among their employees to avoid future missteps.If you need to talk, support is available:Samaritans 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.ieAware 1800 80 48 48 (depression, anxiety)Pieta House 1800 247 247 or email mary@pieta.ie (suicide, self-harm)Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s) By Associated Press Wednesday 20 Feb 2019, 10:05 AM 34,765 Views https://jrnl.ie/4503083 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Vianney Le Caer/Associated Presscenter_img A model wears a controversial hoodie by Burberry at the Autumn/Winter 2019 fashion week runway show in London Short URL Share134 Tweet Email2 44 Comments A model wears a controversial hoodie by Burberry at the Autumn/Winter 2019 fashion week runway show in London Image: Vianney Le Caer/Associated Press ‘Suicide is not fashion’: Burberry apologises for creating hoodie with noose-shaped strings The hoodie debuted during London Fashion Week.last_img read more

Carbon tax fears on the rise

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Tony Giannakis, co-owner of Port Melbourne’s celebrated restaurant The Graham isn’t against the carbon tax as such. “Its intentions are good but it’s the application which is incorrect,” says Giannakis, who has carefully nurtured his business over the past 12 years to become one of south Melbourne’s top dining experiences. Previously the manager of Andrew Blake’s restaurant at Southgate, Tony took the plunge in 2000 to create The Graham. Of Cepahalonian heritage, he grew up in Middle Park, a stone’s throw from the hotel that he has reinvented with brother Peter. Since then, their elegant bayside restaurant and wine bar has quietly carved out its position as a seriously fine dining experience, with a slant on customer service that these days is hard to find. The introduction of the carbon tax for Giannakis like thousands of other restaurateurs, is the latest obstacle to threaten not just growing, but sustaining his business. While domestic consumers can access the government’s household assistance package to help offset the effects of the carbon tax, small businesses don’t have that option. Despite the government talking-up the help it is offering businesses – comprising an asset write-off limit increased to $6,500 and access to a $40 million Energy Efficiency Information Grants program, Giannakis is unimpressed. “We’ve been around since 2000. How much more asset depreciation is there to claim? It doesn’t gain me much. “We’ve calculated that our energy usage currently costs us nearly $30,000 a year. In five years this cost has probably doubled.” With commercial energy bills once again about to increase by between five and ten per cent, Giannakis is concerned. “Our business is dependent on phase power – coffee machines, dishwashers, cool rooms, and air conditioning – there’s no way to avoid this kind of energy intensive technology.” Whereas other industries will respond to the carbon tax by raising prices to the customer, Giannakis says that isn’t an option open to restaurateurs. “We can’t raise prices because this is such a price sensitive industry. The moment you hit over $20 for an entree, people don’t want to know. We have to absorb these costs. The problem is, how much can we absorb? “The national net average for profits in the restaurant trade is four per cent. If that figure goes down, there’s nothing left.” Giannakis points out that whilst the government’s intention is to motivate businesses to cut energy usage, there’s only so much any business can do. “Other than convert every halogen downlight to LED in the next few years, at a substantial cost, there’s nothing more we can do. We’ve had energy consultants in and been reducing energy use for the last five years.” Giannakis argues that the only hope is for the government to accept that to survive and grow as the carbon tax bites, small businesses need a helping hand. “Assistance has to come in tax concessions, and those concessions have to be real,” says Giannakis. Meanwhile in the manufacturing sector, many small businesses facing a sluggish retail economy and competition from imports made cheaper by the high value of the Australian dollar, see the impending costs of the carbon tax as deeply worrying. Stace Karakis, owner of Victorian furniture manufacturer Total Bedroom which employs 27 workers at its Laverton factory is despondent. “We’re struggling now to keep paying our bills and the carbon tax is going to make it even harder,” says Karakis. “If I wasn’t so committed financially I would have closed the company down.” Karakis, whose company supplies Harvey Norman, says that costs for manufacturers are increasing, even before energy costs have increased. “Our suppliers, companies like Wattyl are putting their prices up already. Of course I’m also concerned about our power bill. We’re currently spending about $10,000 a quarter on electricity.” “We don’t need the carbon tax. It’s not going to make a difference. Here we are selling coal to the Chinese to burn it, and what’s that produce? The government would do better to stop selling them coal and reduce their use of it that way, rather than charging us for carbon emissions.” Karakis believes that government intervention is crucial to sustaining manufacturing as the carbon tax rolls out. “We need some assistance from wherever we can get it. In the furniture industry there have been hundreds of companies that have closed down.” Just weeks in, uncertainty continues over just how expensive the carbon tax will be for small businesses. Quite what the final reckoning might be of the Gillard government’s arguably boldest and certainly most controversial legislation, remains to be seen.last_img read more

Changes proposed by InterHealth Canada Govt Approves

first_imgTop of the list, the Hospital wants to take over and further develop the blood bank including keeping it filled by better managing blood donations; they want to introduce tele-radiology to deal with the overwhelming need and demand for diagnostic imaging without the high cost of contracting a specialist; the Hospitals wants to buy hysteroscopy equipment; this allows advanced treatment in gynecology, with a minimally invasive tool to give better visuals and more thorough care to women.  Another change calls for expanding the dialysis unit; unfortunately the demand in this department is soaring. Since 2010, there are 50% more patients in Grand Turk in need of dialysis treatment, 65% more patients in Provo and there is need now for a full time Nephrologist.  Truly relevant in a world coping with viruses like Zika, the purchase of a Polymerase Chain Reactor Machine and Associated Equipment will help in more quickly detecting diseases in the blood.  There was assurance in that media release from the TCI Hospitals today that all blood is now also screened for the Zika Virus. Related Items:all blood screened for zika virus in TCI, and introduce better machines, hospital looking to keep blood bank full, interhealth canada to improve health care services and expand Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Dr. Denise Braithwaite-Tennant, Medical Services Chief for TCIG said, “It is important that the services keep pace with increases in patient volume as well as technology. It is our mandate to ensure high quality patient care and value for money. Patient Safety is our priority.”All requests for change were approved at Cabinet; now the Ministry of Health has to come up with the money to pay for them. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 20, 2016 – Interhealth Canada or the TCI Hospitals is seeking to expand, and they say, to improve health care services to the TCI public.  Last week Cabinet agreed to their proposals to change how some things are done, which will require amendments to the current agreement between Interhealth and TCIG and it will cost more money. last_img read more

Report Dortmund to rival Bayern Munich for Timo Werner

first_imgBorussia Dortmund have reportedly joined the race for the signature of RB Leipzig star Timo WernerThe 22-year-old forward is highly-rated in German football and has been strongly linked with a switch to Bayern Munich.Last week, Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff announced he will sell Werner if he refuses to sign a contract extension due to his current deal expiring in June 2020.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.But Bild reports that Bayern may be set for some hefty competition from title rivals Dortmund in the battle for Werner’s services.The report adds that Dortmund believe the Germany international will fit in well in their system due to his explosive pace, quick feet and scoring ability.Premier League sides Liverpool and Tottenham have also been linked with a move for Werner, who has scored 11 times in 17 Bundesliga games for Leipzig this season.last_img read more