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Halllllara to the Group Stages

first_imgPAOK comfortably secured their place in the Europa League Group Stages, defeating Dinamo Tbilisi 2-0 in the second leg. The Dikefalos tou Vora eliminated the Georgian Champions 5-0 on aggregate (0-3 win in the first leg). Rodrigues and Tzavellas scored the goals for the hosts in the first half.After an emphatic 0-3 win in Georgia for the first leg, PAOK had an easy task ahead of them in today’s match to secure their place in the Europa League Group Stage. PAOK put the game to rest as early as the 5th minute, when Rodrigues’ pressure forced a mistake from Dinamo’s backline, and his one-two with Pererya set him up for the opening goal of the game. The goal took any pressure that was on PAOK as the hosts had complete control of the game. At the end of the first half, PAOK was awarded a penalty but Djalmo Campos was unable to give PAOK the 2-0 lead from the spot. However, from the resulting corner Tzavellas doubled PAOK’s lead with a close-ranged header late in the first half.The second half was played out with minimal chances as the best opportunity fell to Pererya, who was unable to convert one-on-one with the opposing keeper. Varela came close to a goal in his debut with PAOK, but his effort did not find the target late in the game. The final whistle came with PAOK comfortably securing their place in the Europa League Group Stage.PAOK will play in the Europa League Group stage for yet another season. In tomorrow’s draw, the Dikefalos tou Vora will be in the 2nd seeded pot.Source: AGONAsport.com (Facebook – Instagram)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

There’s No Stopping Giannis Antetokounmpo from Being Hoop God

first_imgBrother Kostas is a redshirt freshman at the University of Dayton but the rest of the family moved into a new downtown complex before this season, with Giannis and Alexandros Antetokounmpo (a high school sophomore) housed on the fifth floor and Charles and Veronica on the fourth.“Leading your family is a lot tougher than basketball,” Antetokounmpo said. “Especially right now. But I’ve got to be strong for my family. “Things,” he continued, “are going to get better.”MOST IMPROVED NEEDS IMPROVEMENTHe’s not perfect despite the accolades. His outside game needs work and reading the game at both ends of the floor to make better decisions. “He’s like a plane that just started taking off,” Kidd said. “He’s at 10,000 feet.”When he arrived in Wisconsin, via the 15th overall pick in the 2013 N.B.A. draft – where he waved the Greek flag – Antetokounmpo was measured at 6 feet 9 inches and weighed less than 200 pounds. A half-decade later, he is closing in on 240 pounds, and coaches and teammates routinely refer to him as a 7-footer.Milwaukee assistant coach Frank Johnson, noting Antetokounmpo’s bulked-up body and added strength, said, “He gets bumped now and he loves it,” a tall test in the rough-and-tumble world of the NBA where muscle matters.Bryant, now in his second season of retirement, had seen enough coming into training camp to challenge Antetokounmpo via Twitter in late August to make a bid for the league’s Most Valuable Player Award. Bryant told the Times that he was moved by Antetokounmpo’s “rare physical gifts that are matched by a rare inner passion.”Bucks staffers do worry that Antetokounmpo is occasionally too hard on himself, having watched him head straight for the practice floor on the same night as a frustrating loss more times than they care to remember.After a home game 96-89 loss to the Boston Celtics he said it was all his fault, not his teammates, taking hard a loss of one game in an 82-game season that’s so long that some players just mail it in occasionally and could care less who they are playing for or even if they win or lose as long as they get paid. There’s no W’s and L’s on the checks.He’s not lost touch with the youth who didn’t seem to have a chance growing up in Greece and wanted to have a garage sale as a part of his recent move to pay homage to growing up in Athens. The Bucks’ front office and his mother Veronica talked him out of it.“I’m a great seller — that’s one of the other talents I have,” Antetokounmpo said. “I wanted to do it so bad. But they told me I couldn’t because three or four thousand people would show up.”He’s dyed-in-the-wool Milwaukee now, even with its frigid winters so unlike the sun and warmth of Athens and Greece. “I really don’t see Giannis going anywhere,” Redd said. “Even in the future.“With what he’s doing on the court, it’s going to automatically draw people to come play with him. I know people have that stigma about Milwaukee. But it won’t be hard for him to attract talent here. I just want a ring when they get a ring.”In the month since his father’s death, Antetokounmpo revealed that he often found himself looking at a picture on a private Instagram page he maintains. The image shows Giannis, Kostas, Alexandros and their older brother, Thanasis, who currently plays for Panathinaikos in Greece after a brief stint with the Knicks, all sleeping in the same bed.He said he was about 10 or 11, sharing one bed with three brothers as his parents slept in a small nearby den.“It’s an unbelievable story,” Antetokounmpo said. “Good stuff.” And it’s just getting started.TweetPinShare11 Shares Look, up over the backboard, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s ….. Giannis Antetokounmpo!It’s taken a little while for The Greek Freak as he’s called, Greece’s best basketball player, son of Nigerian immigrants who gave their sons Greek first names, to come into his own in the National Basketball Association but it seems like he’s on a path to join the pantheon of the game’s greatest ever players, a combination of Elgin Baylor, Connie Hawkins and Oscar Robertson – you have to go back to names from the past to compare him because few in the game today are his match.He didn’t lead Greece to the Olympics or Under-21 titles, didn’t play for his national team this year because he said he had a knee injury and – after criticism he didn’t have his heart in his homeland – had to watch while Greece couldn’t even quality for the European tournament.Antetokounmpo has elevated his game to superstar status while playing with one of the NBA’s still-mediocre teams, the Milwaukee Bucks, not a premier city to showcase his growing myth as a player who soars like a pterodactyl, and, at 6-11 with a 7-3 wingspan, handles the ball like a guard and can bring dunks from above like thunder from the gods.“I’ve never seen anybody like him,” former Buck star Michael Redd told the New York Times in a feature about the rapidly growing legend of Antetokounmpo. “We’ve never seen anything like this. The numbers he’s getting right now are almost on accident. Once he learns how to play play — unstoppable. It’s almost like he’s from another planet.”Not another planet, but another country – Greece – and he’s given the country downtrodden with more than 7 ½ years of bad news during a crushing economic crisis some good news and someone to look up to, apart from the anti-semitic, racist, anti-Capitalist, anti-immigrant extreme right Golden Dawn which wants racial pureness as a test of Greekness.Antetokounmpo is in his fifth season and became an All-Star last year as a highlight reel of shuttering dunks and floating in air toward the basket while people got out of the way. He won the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award, averaging 31.3 points, 10.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists this year improving on the most improved player, numbers never before exceeded: not by Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Lebron James. Nobody. Looks like the knee is better.And he’s still only 22 but as the Times reported, “No one has quite figured out how to size up this 6-foot-11 235-pounder who occasionally needs just one dribble from midcourt to swoop to the rim and does all that scoring without a dependable perimeter stroke to open up the rest of his game.” And get out of the way if you don’t want to get hurt because he’s gone 57 in two dribbles.FREAKISH STUFFWhat, exactly, is he? “Point all,” Bucks Coach Jason Kidd – who, when he played was one of the game’s greatest ball handlers, told the Times after trying to find the right definition.Veteran Bucks guard Jason Terry, referring to his former longtime teammate Dirk Nowitzki, the revolutionary power forward, said, “Dirk, in my eyes, is the best European player to ever play this game. He literally changed the way his position is played. But Giannis doesn’t even have a position. He does it all, and he’s still learning what to do out there.”What bumped Antetokounmpo above his peers this year is that he’s found a shooting touch and outside game, hitting 60 percent from the field, which means defenders can’t stay back, can’t stick on him and can’t stay with him.He’s a fan favorite not just because of his player but because, coming from Athens, he said he truly loves Milwaukee. This from a man who, when he was young, sold sunglasses around the Athens neighborhood of Sepolia for a few bucks before becoming a multi-millionaire with a galaxy-wide smile and unabashed humility.“I’m a low-profile guy,” he said. “I don’t like all these flashy cities like L.A. or Miami. I don’t know if I could be the same player if I played in those cities,” he told the paper.Antetokounmpo is in the first year of a four-year, $100 million contract extension — $11 million less than the maximum he could have signed for — but the Bucks know other teams are already planning pitches to lure him away in four years.Antetokounmpo is on a course to be eligible for a so-called “supermax” contract extension from the Bucks via the league’s new Designated Player Exception during the 2020 off-season, which would put him in line for a new deal well in excess of $200 million. Maybe he, like most, will take the money and leave Milwaukee when the time comes but said in a Tweet that “I got loyalty inside my DNA,” although his country’s own basketball federation doubted that when he said the knee soreness would keep him from playing for Greece.He’s even moved his family to Milwaukee, a happy time saddened with the sudden passing of his father on Sept. 29 at age 54 from a heart attack.  “I can feel the love from the city every day I step on the floor,” Antetokounmpo said. “For me, what I’m going through now, I appreciate it even more.”last_img read more

Once Indisputable, Real Madrid’s Marcelo a Target of Critics

first_imgBy: Tales Azzoni, AP Sports WriterMADRID (AP) — It’s not a good sign that nearly every time Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari is asked about Marcelo he mentions the player’s great past with the club.Clearly, it has become harder to talk about the player’s current achievements.Marcelo was an indisputable starter for more than a decade with Real Madrid, considered by many the best left back in the world. But this season, the Brazilian’s performances have come in for criticism.The clamor for dropping Marcelo only increased after a lackluster display on Wednesday in the Copa del Rey semifinal against Barcelona. He struggled on defense and added little in attack.Solari again avoided talking about Marcelo’s performance.“Marcelo is our second captain (after Sergio Ramos), he is 100 percent committed to Real Madrid, always puts the club first,” Solari said briefly. “We always work to make sure that all of our players are at their best.”Marcelo’s fitness is often brought up by his critics, who say the 30-year-old player hasn’t been able to keep up with opposing attackers like he used to. Some blamed him for not doing enough to keep Barcelona from scoring the second-half equalizer at Camp Nou Stadium. He didn’t follow Malcom into the area and the forward was free to pick up a loose ball and score.Marcelo never seemed comfortable against Malcom and had trouble containing him. He also made little impact on attack, which has been one of his greatest attributes.Marcelo’s struggles aren’t new. Last year, Solari didn’t hide his frustration with the player’s performances, saying he wanted to see “greater effort,” especially on defense.It seemed a vote of confidence by Solari to pick Marcelo for Wednesday’s clasico, but the Brazilian wasn’t able to make the most of it. He hasn’t played as often since the coach took over and started giving more minutes to young left back Sergio Reguilon from the youth squad.Marcelo has played only three league matches this year, with most of his appearances in the Copa del Rey. He was ordinary against Girona in the Copa round of 16, where Madrid conceded three times in the two-game series.Not long ago there were widespread rumors about Marcelo joining his friend Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus, and talks about him trying to move to midfield, where his physical condition wouldn’t be so crucial and he would be able to make better use of his great skills with the ball.Marcelo joined Real Madrid from Brazilian club Fluminense in 2007 and quickly became the obvious substitute to fellow Brazilian left back Roberto Carlos. Marcelo helped Real Madrid win four Spanish leagues and four Champions Leagues, in addition to four Club World Cups. He played in two World Cups for Brazil, being one of the captains in the 2018 tournament in Russia.Solari gave no hints about whether he would keep Marcelo in the lineup on Saturday for the league derby at Atletico Madrid. Real Madrid can pass Atletico for second place with a win at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. The club then travels to the Netherlands to face Ajax in the round of 16 of the Champions League.“We are going step by step,” the coach said. “We just finished this match and now we will have a few days to work and start thinking about the league match.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Aug 14, 1990: Sachin Tendulkar scores the 1st of his 100 international tons

first_imgOn this day, 14 August in 1990, Sachin Tendulkar scored his first Test hundred. In international cricket, Tendulkar would go on to score another 99 hundreds.Tendulkar, aged 17 years and 112 days old, hit an unbeaten 119 off 189 balls to become the third youngest batsman ever to score a Test century against England at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester.Batting first, England posted 519 on the board with Graham Gooch, Michael Atherton and Robin Smith scoring hundreds. In reply, India managed to post 432 with skipper Mohammad Azharuddin leading the charge with a patient 179. He was ably supported by 17-year-old Tendulkar who scored 68.Allan Lamb ‘s century in England’s second innings helped the hosts put up 320 runs, and India were battling to save the match when Dillip Vengsarkar was sent back by Christopher Lewis, in stepped a young Tendulkar.His skipper soon departed, but Tendulkar battled on in the harsh English conditions. Tendulkar batted 225 minutes and managed to save the Test match with his unbeaten century helping India draw the match with the score at 343/6.THIS DAY THAT YEAR: Rewind to 1990 and the world witnessed @sachin_rt’s maiden international ton. At the tender age of 17, the little master scored his first ton in whites at Old Trafford. What a moment! pic.twitter.com/yT0xMlEu8jBCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 2018#OnThisDay in 1990, the world saw the first of @sachin_rt’s 100 international centuries.The little master was 17 years, 112 days old when he hit his maiden Test ton at Old Trafford – the third youngest player ever to score a Test hundred. pic.twitter.com/oJe7CXfX2qadvertisementICC (@ICC) August 14, 2018″Tendulkar played an excellent innings. He is a superb player for his age, just like an old pro,” England captain Gooch had said after the match.That was just the beginning, as Tenulkar went onto score 99 more hundred in international cricket. He also became the first man to play 200 Tests in his final international match at the Wankhede Stadium in November 2013. He also scored a total of 15921 Test runs, the most by a batsman.#OnThisDay in 1948, Sir Don Bradman walked out at The Oval for his final Test innings, needing just 4 runs to maintain an average over 100…You know what happened next…The most famous in cricket history? pic.twitter.com/GoCZivgMytICC (@ICC) August 14, 2018Incidentally, August 14 is also the day that the legendary Donald Bradman walked out to bat in his last Test innings at The Oval in 1948. He needed just 4 runs to end his career with an average over 100, but he was dismissed for a duck.last_img read more

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic take London Underground ride ahead of ATP Finals

first_imgRoger Federer, Novak Djokovic and some of the most known faces of the tennis world took the London tube ahead of the start of the ATP Finals in London on Sunday.The season’s final ATP event is all set for a start in the London O2 arena but ahead of that the tennis stars decided to have a little fun on the public domain.Sighting tennis stars like Federer and Djokovic is a rarity but some of the commuters of the London tube came across this opportunity suddenly and surely would not have complained.”Although we’ve probably all ridden on the tube a time or two, this was very different. It’s a very cool way to make an entrance. There were quite a few surprised looks on the faces of folks, especially when Roger and Novak walked by. It was a pretty cool treat for them,” John Isner was quited as saying by the ATP World Tour website.ATP shared videos and photos of the journey these stars had in the tube and it sure like it was a fun-filled time spent.It wasn’t just our #NittoATPFinals doubles players that hopped on to the London Underground this evening! #Selfie #Londonisopen pic.twitter.com/9ewxS76rAkATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 9, 2018The name’s Federer………Roger Federer. pic.twitter.com/4Dx4AYy0eJATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 9, 2018So @rogerfederer where are we going? #NittoATPFinals #Londonisopen pic.twitter.com/dcN5vrpWG6ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 9, 2018Alexander Zverev’s no-socks appearance was one of the highlights of the fun evening with Marin Cilic decided that the style is “Sascha” and is not for him.advertisement.@cilic_marin has decided that the no socks’ combo isn’t for him #Marinsfashionworld pic.twitter.com/UWFNQ5aVK3ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 9, 2018Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are the top billings in the eight-man event and are also placed in different groups increasing their chances of a final meet.Group Lleyton Hewitt consists of Federer, Kevin Anderson, Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori while Group Guga Kuerten comprises of Djokovic, Zverev, Cilic and John Isner.Federer is aiming for a 100th career ATP title in London and going by the early judgements, his prime thorn will be Djokovic. Federer won his 99th ATP title in Basel, his home and bid for his 100th in Paris before he ran into Djokovic in the final, which extended his wait.Djokovic, on the other hand, has had a sensational return to form since the Wimbledon. After scooping the Wimbledon title, Djokovic has won the Cincinnati Masters, US Open, Shanghai Masters and Paris Masters, making him the hot favourite to win the ATP Finals title.Zverev, who has been touted as the Gen Next leader has won three Masters title so far but is yet to shine at the Grand Slam stage. Cilic, Anderson, Nishikori and Thiem are all Grand Slam finalists but topping Federer and Djokovic in London might be a huge ask of them.last_img read more

Rohit Sharma in India’s 12-man squad for Adelaide Test, no Bhuvneshwar Kumar

first_imgRohit Sharma found his way back into the Test squad as India announced their final XII for the first Test against Australia at Adelaide Oval, starting Thursday.India will be playing a four-Test series in Australia and as they look for a first-ever Test series victory down under, the beginning to which will be very crucial.Bhuvneshwar Kumar is set to miss the first Test in Australia as India went with three genuine pacers in Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah.India will have just one genuine spinner in Ravichandran Ashwin while Hanuma Vihari might feature as the part-time spinner in the Test.Ahead of the first Test, former India pacer Zaheer Khan had backed Umesh Yadav in place of Ishant Sharma for the first Test but captain Kohli decided to go with the experience of Ishant in the Australian conditions.In terms of the batting department, it looked more or less sorted with the only change of plan that the Indian management had had to make was triggered by Prithvi Shaw’s untimely injury in the warm-up match.It will be interesting to see if Rohit Sharma will be in the playing XI and if he does make it, will he open alongside Murali Vijay or KL Rahul or he will bat at No.6 with Vihari being sacrificed.Adelaide is expected to be a green pitch that might suit the bowlers of both India and Australia. The Adelaide curator said ahead of the match that he has decided to leave the green top of the pitch that he particularly created to facilities day and night Test.advertisementIndia’s final XII for first Test against Australia: Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit BumrahAlso Read | Australia drop Mitchell Marsh for Adelaide Test vs India, Marcus Harris to debutAlso Read | Kuldeep Yadav can be a match-winner in Australia Test series: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Will Virat Kohli be quicker than Bradman to 1000 Test runs in Australia?last_img read more

Thalapathy 63: Atlee accused of plagiarism by aspiring director Shiva

first_imgDirector Atlee is not new to controversies. His previous films Mersal and Theri ran into trouble for several reasons and Atlee emerged out of them quite comfortably. Now, his upcoming film Thalapathy 63 has landed in soup as aspiring director Shiva has levelled plagiarism charges against director Atlee.A report published in a Tamil daily suggests that Atlee seems to have copied the story of Thalapathy 63 from Shiva’s short film, which is based on women’s football team. Shiva has filed a complaint with the South Indian Film Writers’ Association and will take up the issue in the court soon.Reportedly, Shiva has narrated his story to many leading producers in the industry. He suspects that one of the producers must have leaked the story to Atlee, who developed it into a feature film.Reportedly, the Writers’ Union cannot take up this issue further as Shiva seems to be a new member. Also, the union rules state that a member has to be with them for at least 6 months before they can take up any complaints from them.We had earlier reported that Thalapathy 63 is a sports-drama with Vijay essaying the role of a football coach of Tamil Nadu Women’s football team. Meyaadha Maan fame Indhuja Ravichandran is touted to be playing the role of the captain of the football team.The shooting of Thalapathy 63 is currently underway in Chennai. A massive football stadium set worth Rs 6 crore has been erected at the EVP Studios in the city and the makers are planning to shoot important sequences there.advertisementThis is not the first time that director Atlee has been accused of plagiarism. Earlier, producer Kathiresan stated that Mersal resembled the story of Moondru Mugam and the case is currently sub-judice. His other films, Raja Rani and Theri, were accused of having a similar plot as that of Mouna Ragam and Sathriyan.ALSO READ | Thalapathy 63: Is Vijay playing a football coach in Atlee’s film?ALSO WATCH: Rajinikanth’s daughter Soundarya gets married to actor-businessman Vishagan Vanangamudilast_img read more

Klopp relishing magnitude of Spartak showdown

first_imgLiverpool Klopp relishing THE game of Liverpool’s season against Spartak Harry West Last updated 1 year ago 00:02 12/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) JurgenKlopp - Cropped Getty Images Liverpool UEFA Champions League Jürgen Klopp Liverpool v Spartak Moskva Spartak Moskva The Reds’ Champions League fate rests on their final group game and their manager cannot wait for the opportunity to run out at Anfield Jurgen Klopp described the Champions League meeting with Spartak Moscow on Wednesday as “the” game of Liverpool’s season.The Reds head into the clash at Anfield top of Group E, one point clear of Sevilla and three ahead of their visitors.A win will guarantee qualification as group winners, while a draw will also be enough to seal their place in the knockouts but could see them leapfrogged by Sevilla. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A defeat, coupled with a Sevilla win at Maribor, will mean Klopp’s men drop into the Europa League and having worked so hard to return to the continent’s premier club competition, the German is eager to stay there.Klopp: ‘It will be an exciting game. That’s how Champions League should be.”I cannot take it for granted and we have to prove our quality every day. Tomorrow is a very good match for us.’https://t.co/ZSWztHMSDv pic.twitter.com/JwFmSZIDSI— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 5, 2017When asked how important the fixture was to his club, Klopp replied: “The game. It’s the game. It’s a home game, and if we win we are through so that’s cool.”I’m really looking forward to it. They have important players back, so it will be an exciting game and that’s how the Champions League should be.”I don’t want to make it bigger than it is but it’s very big.”Liverpool face the prospect of a Merseyside derby on Sunday with Everton coming to Anfield, but Klopp insists focus cannot be drawn away from the task at hand.”I don’t think about Sunday already, we have enough time,” Klopp said. “We will not hesitate to line up our best team. We will line up for this game and we cannot line up for the derby as well.”I think the atmosphere can and should help us tomorrow, we all know how special this place can be and that’s what I’m looking for.”Thank God it’s a little bit cold so everybody needs to move to keep warm! I’m really excited about the opportunity. You don’t have guarantees in life, the only thing is if you don’t try, you get nothing.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

GTT Sembcorp Marine Ink Membrane Tank Solutions Deal

first_imgzoomThe inside of a GTT cryogenic membrane tank; Image Courtesy: Wartsila French engineering company GTT has signed a Technical Assistance and License Agreement (TALA) with Sembcorp Marine for the design and construction of membrane tank solutions.Under the deal, GTT would undertake the works for Sembcorp Marine’s Gravifloat, FSRU and mid-scale LNG carrier products using GTT membrane solutions.Sembcorp Marine received its approval after completing a qualification process which started in 2017, including the building of a Mark III mock-up and an audit conducted by GTT.This partnership allows both companies to target new markets, especially focusing on solutions for LNG terminals, and to advance the development of LNG in the global fuel supply chain.“We are committed to developing and building together new LNG infrastructures which can be installed worldwide, to provide energy in remote areas,” Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT, said.“By combining our respective solutions, we can ensure safer and more reliable LNG delivery, handling and use, and in turn contribute towards more sustainable power generation and consumption,” Wong Weng Sun, President & CEO of Sembcorp Marine, added.last_img read more

French Cruise Firm Master Fined over New Zealand Grounding

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license French cruise company Compagnie du Ponant and the master of cruise ship L’Austral have been fined a total of NZD 100,000 (USD 65,800) for endangering human life and entering a prohibited zone following an incident in the remote New Zealand Subantarctic islands.The company received a fine of NZD 70,000, while Captain Regis Daumesnil, a French citizen, was fined NZD 30,000 in the Wellington District Court. They had pleaded guilty to charges following the January 9, 2017 grounding of the cruise ship L’Austral on an uncharted rock at the Snares Islands.Both Maritime NZ and the Department of Conservation (DOC) brought charges against Captain Daumesnil, with DOC also prosecuting the company.Charges were filed against Captain Daumesnil under the Maritime Transport Act 1994 for causing unnecessary danger or risk to the people on board, and against both Captain Daumesnil and the company under the Resource Management Act 1991 for entering a 300-meter exclusion zone around the Islands.As a result of the grounding the vessel’s hull was punctured in three places. Rather than return to Bluff, the nearest port, Captain Daumesnil made the decision to continue on the cruise schedule to the Auckland Islands, a further 285 km south. There were 356 passengers and crew onboard.“His ship grounded, was holed and everyone on board was endangered. Captain Daumesnil then made the situation worse by sailing further away, from any possible help, should it have been needed,” Mike Vredenburg, Maritime NZ Southern Regional Compliance Manager, said.Captain Daumesnil had an inadequate plan for sailing around North East Island, no plan at all for drifting close to shore while recovering boats, did not identify areas of danger, and did not monitor that the ship remained in safe water.The Court has ordered that 90 per cent of the fine laid under the Resource Management Act charges be awarded to DOC, on behalf of the Minister of Conservation, as the local authority for the Subantarctic Islands. DOC intends to use those funds towards planning for its Auckland Islands pest eradication project.last_img read more

Michael Buble thanks Canadians for honour during emotionally difficult time

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadian singer Michael Buble said he is humbled to be able to represent his home country on musical stages around the world and feel supported during what has been a tough time for his young family.“I stand here truly humbled that I have been allowed to be one of your musical representatives and that you would choose to bestow this honour upon me during what has been an emotionally difficult time for my family,” Buble said Wednesday during a rare public appearance in Ottawa.At Rideau Hall to receive a medal from Gov. Gen. David Johnston as part of the 2017 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, it was the first public event for Buble, 41, since announcing last fall that his three-year-old son, Noah, is battling cancer.“I thank you for the love and support that you’ve given me and for the pride I’m filled with every single time I’m able to stand on a stage and say, ‘My name is Michael Steven Buble and I am Canadian,” Buble, who was born in Burnaby, B.C., said to resounding applause as he capped off his short speech.The singer did not mention the illness, but appeared emotional as he spoke of the love he has for his wife, model Luisana Lopilato, and their two children, including their one-year-old son Elias, as well as his parents and sisters.“There are no words to describe how I feel about you,” Buble said. “Sometimes, ‘I love you’ just isn’t enough because what I feel is just so much more.”In April, Lopilato held a news conference in her native Argentina to say Noah was progressing well from treatment.His family was there to see him receive the National Arts Centre Award, which recognizes an achievement from the previous performance year.Buble released his ninth studio album, called “Nobody But Me,” in October.Other honorees at the ceremony, to be followed by a gala Thursday evening, included actors Michael J. Fox and Martin Short, who both spoke of how Canada has inspired and supported them as they accepted lifetime achievement awards for broadcasting.“I would like to thank Canada for the warm embrace of home,” said Fox, 56, who is was being recognized for his career as an actor but also for supporting research into Parkinson’s disease, which he has had since the early 1990s.Fox told the audience that whenever he goes to see the New York Rangers play a Canadian team, he sings along to both national anthems, but he always sings “O Canada” a little louder.“I learned it first and I know it best,” he said.Short, 67, said that has never met an American who was not a tad jealous of his Canadian passport, especially since U.S. President Donald Trump came to the White House.“We’re the aliens they don’t deport,” Short said to laughter.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

THE CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS AND CBCRADIOCANADA TO INVEST IN CANADIAN

first_imgThe Creation Accelerator (CNW Group/Canada Council for the Arts) Twitter OTTAWA, May 28, 2019 – Today, the Canada Council for the Arts, together with CBC/Radio-Canada, announced plans to launch a new $1 million catalyst tool to amplify digital creation in Canada.This initiative, called the Creation Accelerator, will support projects in a sequence of production stages. Successful applicants will receive an initial grant to work with a producer, along with the mentorship of CBC/Radio-Canada, on the development of an original idea. Following this incubation stage, the Canada Council and CBC/Radio-Canada will select concepts for production and potential distribution on CBC/Radio-Canada’s platforms.Speaking on the Creation Accelerator initiative, Simon Brault, Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts, said, “This initiative is a significant step towards supporting artists and arts organizations in the digital world. We are providing the arts sector with a new, innovative entry point to digital platforms offered by the CBC/Radio-Canada. It will give the arts sector access to an unprecedented number of Canadians. We believe there is a real appetite for original Canadian content rooted in this country’s inventive, diverse and dynamic arts sector.” Facebook “As a cornerstone of Canadian culture, the public broadcaster is very excited to be working alongside the Canada Council for the Arts to help Canadian artists  tell their stories in new ways on a national scale, and reach new audiences,” added Catherine Tait, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada. “We firmly believe that collaboration, like this partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts, is key to strengthening and amplifying our engagement with Canadians.”The Creation Accelerator is the first initiative of its kind for the Canada Council for the Arts, which—as part of its commitment to amplify the quality, scale and sharing of art through digital technology—has made a strong investment to increase the digital literacy of the arts sector with its Digital Strategy Fund.This pilot project will be open to artists and arts organizations across the country, in all fields of practice, including early career artists. No prior digital experience will be required.The Canada Council for the Arts will share full guidelines and details for the Creation Accelerator in late June, when the initiative opens for applications on the Council’s online granting portal. Until then, the Canada Council for the Arts and CBC/Radio-Canada encourage artists and arts organizations to push their creative boundaries and imagine innovative and impactful digital projects for this remarkable opportunity to connect with Canadian audiences.For more information, please consult canadacouncil.ca in late June 2019.ABOUT THE CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTSThe Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts. The Council champions and invests in artistic excellence through a broad range of grants, services, prizes and payments to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations. Its work ensures that excellent, vibrant and diverse art and literature engages Canadians, enriches their communities and reaches markets around the world. The Council also raises public awareness and appreciation of the arts through its communications, research and arts promotion activities. It is responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, which promotes the values and programs of UNESCO in Canada to contribute to a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable future. The Canada Council Art Bank operates art rental programs and helps further public engagement with contemporary arts.ABOUT CBC/RADIO-CANADACBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Can be differences in ideology but PMs post must be respected Krishna

first_imgKolkata: There can be differences in ideology but one should respect the prime minister’s post, former TMC MP and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s kin Krishna Bose said, amid a war of words between Narendra Modi and Mamata Banerjee. The octogenarian said Modi, too, should not forget that state governments are elected and have powers. “I may not agree with the ideology of the BJP but as long as Narendra Modi is the elected prime minister of the country, I have to be respectful towards him. I will respect him as the PM of the country but not as the head of a political party with whom I do not agree,” Bose told PTI in an interview. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Referring to Modi’s “speed-breaker didi” jibe at Banerjee and her “expiry prime minister” retort, the former four-time Lok Sabha MP said the remarks were absolutely unnecessary. “I do not take it only as a part of a speech of an election campaign saying who is a speed breaker or who is not a prime minister at all. It is much more serious than that… But I do not think such comments should not have come from both the sides… Otherwise a federal government will not be able to function properly. Both the governments are elected ones,” she said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway When pointed to the BJP’s allegations that Banerjee was appeasing the Muslims in West Bengal, Bose said leaders should refrain from blaming head of another elected government. She said “everyone should remember that India is a multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multi-religious country and if you do not follow that ideal then you cannot really rule India. In that way, Modi has to remember this and not blame others for what they are doing or not doing”. “And if you are talking about appeasing the Muslims, that is not new but it had been going on for a very very long time and that is why the community is left behind. Had the political parties thought of the real good of them then something else should have been done,” she said. She said how can one just blame Banerjee. “Everybody has been doing it. Everyone is questioning it at the time of the elections. I cannot blame Mamata for that,” Bose opined. On the rise of the BJP in West Bengal, Bose reasoned the growing dissatisfaction among the people of the state with the TMC government. Bose claimed Mamata has done certain good things for the development of West Bengal, but all her good work has been spoilt by some people around her. “People here are also unhappy with two things, the syndicate and secondly that they could not vote in the last panchayat election held here. The present government should have taken strong steps,” Bose said. She added the BJP was quickly filling up the vacuum in the state created by little presence of the CPI(M) and the Congress. Bose, however, was critical about the manner the ruling Trinamool Congress was “trying to stop” the rise of the BJP in West Bengal. “Today’s ruling party in Delhi has a particular ideology. They say it openly. They want Hindutva. But in Bengal, the manner we are trying to stop that by competing with them is not the way.Think of Netaji and Gandhiji and how they fought this thing by not competing,” Bose said. When asked whether the Election Commission was biased towards the BJP-led central government, Bose said, “The EC, the judiciary, the Army never came into our political process. The EC must be free, independent, so it can do whatever it wants to. These were checks which had kept the election alive”. The EC had curtailed the campaigning on Thursday, a day before its scheduled deadline, in the wake of violence between BJP and TMC workers in Kolkata during a rally of BJP chief Amit Shah. “By what is happening, it seems they are unable to control the situation. It looks like they are either afraid of being independent or they are partisan to different parties in different situation,” she said. Bose said if bodies like the EC gets “diluted and were not allowed to function independently” then the future was not far away when this would become a “threat to the Indian democracy”. “Now you sort of dilute these bodies and if the EC is afraid to do their own work and do not have the independence or they fall to such a level that they listen to certain parties then you cannot keep democracy any more and free and fair elections now look like a joke to us,” she pointed out. Bose, who has witnessed polling since the first elections in the country, questioned the need of deploying central forces almost in every polling booths in West Bengal. “Why should we at all need central forces or police or the state police. This itself means that we are unable to control the election and organise a free and fair polling. I have been seeing the elections since 1952 and at the beginning we did not have these problems. “In a democracy, people want free and fair elections. But that is not happening. Our Constitution is very good and that is the reason we could keep our democracy intact for so long. But I am sceptical for how long our democracy will be intact,” she said. On the chances of ‘Mahagatbandhan’ (grand alliance), Bose said, “I believe they definitely have a chance. I cannot deny that, but we have to wait for that. But if they come together and preserve unity and not fight among themselves I think they may have a good future”. More than 20 parties had come together during a rally hosted by the Trinamool Congress in Kolkata in January, vowing to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party in Lok Sabha polls.last_img read more

Egypt arrests head of Iranian TV channels Cairo bureau

first_imgCAIRO – Egypt’s “Journalists for reform” group, meanwhile, condemned the arrest as a “new blow to journalists.”Egyptian security forces on Thursday arrested the Cairo bureau director of Iranian satellite TV news channel Alalam.“Security forces raided the home of Ahmed al-Siyoufi and arrested him,” a security source told Anadolu Agency.The reason for al-Siyoufi’s arrest, however, remains unclear.The news channel confirmed the arrest, saying talks were currently underway with Egyptian Journalists Syndicate head Diaa Rashwan to determine the reason for al-Siyoufi’s sudden arrest.Egypt’s “Journalists for reform” group, meanwhile, condemned the arrest as a “new blow to journalists.”In a statement, the group described al-Siyoufi – an Egyptian national – as “an outspoken opponent of the [July 3] coup” that unseated elected president Mohamed Morsi and “a staunch supporter of constitutional legitimacy.”Egyptian security forces had briefly detained al-Siyoufi in July and confiscated broadcast equipment from Alalam’s Cairo office on allegations that the channel lacked official permission to operate in Egypt.last_img read more

Cineplex Entertainment plans to launch complex featuring live performances arcade games

Cineplex Entertainment is looking beyond Hollywood with a new concept that combines arcade games and live performances.The country’s biggest movie theatre chain said Monday it plans to launch The Rec Room later this year in Edmonton as part of a pilot project that will ramp up to a bigger expansion.Each location will have space for a restaurant and bar, as well as an array of entertainment options, like an arcade and an auditorium for live music and comedians.The company is also considering other games like bowling, billiards and ping pong.The idea is in the vein of restaurant and arcade chains in the United States like Latitude 360 and Dave and Buster’s.“When you look at Canada we really don’t have a location-based social environment where people can game, have a meal, watch [sports], all of those kinds of things that create a destination,” chief executive Ellis Jacob said in an interview.“It allows us to capitalize on our strength, from our infrastructure to the assets we’ve built up.”Box office flops like Sex Tape and Blended cut into Cineplex’s bottom lineCineplex looks to diversify business as fourth-quarter profit falls 38%The first Rec Room will open late this year adjacent to an existing Cineplex theatre at the South Edmonton Common shopping centre.Another 10 to 15 locations will follow in major cities across the country over the next several years, though they won’t necessarily be next to a movie theatre, Jacob said.Cineplex already operates 18 Xscape Entertainment Centres with popular arcade games and billiards. Some of the locations also have lounges with liquor licences.What makes The Rec Room different is the broader game and food selection, and the large digital screens, Mr. Jacob said.He hopes Cineplex can tap into the rising popularity of video game tournaments on the big screen, where audiences gather to battle each other playing Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4 games.Cineplex also owns an advertising business and premium-priced movie theatres. The company has been focused on diversifying its business to lessen the impact of the volatile movie industry, which thrives on blockbuster hits but falters when a big movie tanks.Last month, Cineplex backed out of screening the controversial Seth Rogen movie The Interview when hackers threatened terrorist attacks at theatres showing the comedy.While Cineplex said it only planned to postpone screenings, the company decided against showing it at all when Sony Pictures made The Interview available to rent and buy online.The Canadian Press read more

Suspect in human smuggling arrested

Of the 269 people who were stranded in Togo 103 have already returned to Sri Lanka and statements have been recorded from 8 of them.The Colombo Fraud Bureau is conducting further investigations. The police said that a key suspect, who was involved in sending 45 of the 269 Sri Lankan illegal immigrants stranded in Togo, has been arrested from Wellawatte.According to the police, the suspect is a resident of Trincomalee and he had masterminded the operation to send 45 people to Togo on the promise of taking them to Canada. A group of 269 Tamils were promised asylum in Canada and were charged between Rs. 800,000 and Rs. 1 million before they were eventually stranded in Togo by the human smugglers. The police said that initial investigations led to the arrest of a suspect last month and further investigations resulted in one of the masterminds being arrested on Friday.According to the police media unit, the suspect arrested on Friday was produced in court today and remanded. The police also said that the human smuggling ring leader, identified as Vellupillai Waradan, is evading arrest and is believe to be residing in Canada. read more

US Senator Leahy lends support to Annan says wait for results of

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Mr. Annan at UN Headquarters in New York on a range of issues, Senator Leahy said it would be wise to wait for the results of an investigation led by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker into the humanitarian operation before making any judgements about the Secretary-General or the United Nations itself.”I used to be a prosecutor and I used to tell people to wait until the investigation is over,” he said. “I have a lot of confidence in Paul Volcker; I think a lot of people in this country do – both Republicans and Democrats. I don’t think you’re going to find Mr. Volcker doing a report that skirts the issues or sugarcoats anything.”I would kind of like to see what happens there instead of doing as some have, trying to pre-determine what that’s going to be in their legislative actions.”Asked for his reaction to calls from various quarters for Mr. Annan’s resignation, the Senator from Vermont noted that both President Bush and the US Ambassador to the UN, John Danforth, recently expressed their support for the Secretary-General.He added: “I’ve talked with not only the Secretary of State but the incoming Secretary of State about this. I know that they support the Secretary-General. I do too.”Senator Leahy also stressed the important role of the UN in furthering US interests. “With all it’s imperfections, the UN is a lot better than not having the UN, and the United States, with all the concerns it may have about various actions of the UN, is a lot better off being an active member of the UN than not being,” he said.”You always have people who take shots at the UN, some of it legitimate. But I think we ought to take a deep breath. This is not a time to make a political football out of the UN. We need them in the Sudan, we need them throughout parts of Africa, we need them in a lot of peacekeeping areas,” he added. Video of Senator’s remarks to press [11mins] read more

RadioShack 2ndquarter loss widens but revenue beats expectations CFO to leave

by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Jul 23, 2013 7:27 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email RadioShack 2nd-quarter loss widens but revenue beats expectations, CFO to leave NEW YORK, N.Y. – RadioShack said Tuesday that its second-quarter loss widened as the struggling electronics retailer works to revamp its stores and product assortment ahead of the crucial holiday season.Although the loss was bigger than analysts expected, revenue beat expectations and the company said it was bringing on consultants to help improve results.RadioShack has been cutting costs, shuffling management and updating stores and product selection to battle back against tough competition from online retailers and discount stores that have expanded their electronics offerings. In a call with analysts CEO Joe Magnacca, who came aboard in February, said he expects the turnaround to continue for the next several quarters, but he said a streamlined assortment of products — with more emphasis on categories like digital fitness and accessories like headphones and speakers — should be available in stores by the critical holiday season, during which retailers can make up to 40 per cent of all revenue.Fort Worth, Texas-based RadioShack is also renovating 5 per cent of the company’s 4,400 stores to make them airier and less cluttered with more customer-friendly displays.“We have a clear plan of action and our team is completely focused on driving the business forward,” Magnacca said during a call with analysts.Morningstar analyst Liang Feng said RadioShack’s turnaround plan makes sense, but the company has a small window of time to make it work since its capital is limited and the holiday season is only a few months away.“They’re taking the right steps, but it’s a very steep hill to climb,” he said.The company is seeking outside help to make sure it is on track, Magnacca said. It enlisted business advisory firm AlixPartners and investment banking firm Peter J. Solomon Co. to turn around results.Meanwhile, the company said its chief financial officer, Dorvin Lively, left to take a CFO role at fitness chain Planet Fitness. AlixPartners managing director Holly F. Etlin will serve as interim CFO.Revenue results indicate the turnaround might be gaining traction in its early stages.Revenue was nearly flat at $844.5 million, handily beating analysts’ expectations of revenue of $816.1 million, according to FactSet. And revenue in stores open at least one year rose 1.3 per cent, the first increase in that metric since 2010. Revenue in stores open at least one year is a key retail metric because it excludes stores that open or close during the year.But most of the revenue gains were driven by markdowns and promotions such as “spend $30, get $10 back,” in an effort to clear our merchandise and drive traffic into stores. That took a toll on gross margin, or the amount of each dollar in revenue a company actually keeps.The gross margin decline and investments are hurting profitability. Net loss for the three months ended June 30 totalled $53.1 million, or 53 cents per share. That compares with a net loss of $21 million, or 21 cents per share last year. The loss is more than double the loss of 24 cents per share that analysts expected.Magnacca conceded that profitability was “not where we would have liked.” But he said that the quarter was designed to clear out unproductive inventory and test markdowns and discounts to help improve promotions going forward.“Looking ahead, we expect the turnaround to take several quarters, and during that time our results may vary from quarter to quarter as we make strategic changes to improve our long-term financial performance,” he said.RadioShack said it ended the quarter with total liquidity of $818 million, with total debt of $713 million at June 30.Shares fell 15 cents, or 5.1 per cent, to close at $2.78 Tuesday. The stock has traded between $1.90 and $4.28 over the past 52 weeks. read more

Buckeye briefs Ohio State athletes accumulate multitude of awards

Men’s Tennis falls in indoor championships The No. 3 Ohio State men’s tennis team advanced to the championship match in the ITA National Team Indoors after defeating No. 2 Virginia, 4-1, Sunday, but fell to No. 1 USC, 4-3, in the final match. The loss was the Buckeyes’ first of the season as their record drops to 12-1 overall. OSU returns home to face Kentucky for a match scheduled for Feb. 25. Baseball’s Dezse named Big Ten Player of the Week Ohio State sophomore first baseman and pitcher Josh Dezse was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for his performance in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge. Dezse went 7-for-14 overall including a home run, five RBIs and four runs. In all three games Dezse had at least two hits as OSU won two out of the three contests. Many publications named Dezse a preseason first-team All-American. This is the third time in Dezse’s career that he’s been named the conference’s player of the week. The baseball team will travel to Atlanta, Ga., for a three-game series against No. 10 Georgia Tech this weekend. Spooner in contention for player of the year honors in women’s hockey Senior forward Natalie Spooner is one of 30 final candidates for the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, which is given to the top player in women’s college ice hockey. Spooner helped lead the Buckeyes to a 16-14-4 regular season record while averaging 0.94 goals per game. Men’s Lacrosse upsets No. 5 Denver The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team beat Denver, 10-9, Sunday to bring their record to 3-0 on the season. Junior attackman Logan Schuss had five goals in the contest which helped him earn ECAC Lacrosse League Offensive Player of the Week honors. Schuss has had at least one point in every game of his collegiate career. He has totaled 15 points and 10 goals on the season, which brings him to 123 points in his career. That total makes him 20th in Ohio State history. Dean earns Big Ten Co-Gymnast of the Week honors Junior gymnast Colleen Dean was named Big Ten Co-Gymnast of the Week along with Nebraska freshman Jessie DeZiel Monday. Dean won first place in the all-around competition in a dual meet with Denver Saturday. The team combined for a program record 197.625 points. The team next competes at home against Penn State Saturday at 4 p.m. read more

Films to only get BFI funding if they sign up to sexual

first_imgThe  guidelines have been backed by actresses including Emma Watson Credit:Laurent Viteur/WireImage All projects seeking BFI funding will be expected to sign up to the principles and adopt a zero-tolerance approach to breaches. Actresses including Rose McGowan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek and Uma Thurman have made allegations of harassment or assault against Weinstein.Other industry figures accused of sexual misconduct include Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner and James Toback.Harry Potter star Watson has shown her support for the guidelines, saying: “Led by the BFI and Bafta, the industry has come together to agree these principles and guidance – developed by people who understand the subtleties of the hierarchy on a film set and what it’s like to work strange, unsociable hours.”I hope these principles become second nature for everyone; they are not just about protecting individuals but are also an important step in embracing a greater diversity of voices – and eventually having an entertainment industry that actually represents the world we live in.” Doctor Who actress Jodie Whittaker has also backed the new guidance Credit:Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage Jodie Whittake attends the National Television Awards 2018 at The O2 Arena on January 23, 2018 in London, England They will encourage and support witnesses to speak up and outline how to report criminal activity.From April there will also be a new free-of-charge film and TV support line from the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund for anyone working in the film and TV industry.Amanda Nevill, CEO of the BFI, said: “The collective determination of so many of us, individuals and organisations, to make changes to create a better safer working environment for everyone working in the screen industries has been extraordinary. Actress Emma Watson attends 'The Circle' Paris Photocall at Hotel Le Bristol on June 22, 2017 in Paris, France “It speaks volumes about the positivity at the heart of our industry, and I thank our many partners for their commitment, their invaluable expertise and the urgency they brought to this process to address this critical issue.”This clear and simple guidance is for all, and in also becoming part of our Diversity Standards – which we strongly encourage all sections of the industry to adopt – it is an important step in becoming the industry I believe we all truly aspire to be: inclusive, fair, open and offering opportunity equally to everyone.”The guidance will be reviewed every six months to ensure it is fit for purpose and is positively addressing the needs of the industry, the BFI said. Films, television programmes and video games are to only get funding from the British Film Institute if they sign up to a new set of principles and guidelines aimed at tackling harassment and bullying.The guidance, which is backed by actresses including Emma Watson, Gemma Arterton and Jodie Whittaker and developed in partnership with Bafta, is a response to the sexual harassment scandal that has rocked the entertainment industry following a string of allegations made against producer Harvey Weinstein.A set of eight principles have been developed in consultation with unions including Equity and industry member bodies and agencies such as Women in Film & TV, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and UK Screen Alliance, as well as employees and freelancers working across all aspects of the industry.The principles outline a shared responsibility to respect others, adopt a zero-tolerance approach to bullying and harassment, adhere to the laws around equality and health and safety, protect victims and witnesses, respect confidentiality, ensure that rigorous processes are in place for reporting and underline the value of inclusivity.They will be incorporated into the BFI’s Diversity Standards, which will become part of the eligibility criteria for the British categories at the Bafta Film Awards in 2019. The actress has also created a video to outline the new principles and the specific measures which will now be recommended, including appointing two designated workers on and off set to be trained to handle issues and allegations, ensure workers understand their rights and know how to seek help and support. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more