Encouraged by the number of salmon swimming off our coast and predicted to return to the rivers, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) on Tuesday released three preliminary alternatives for managing salmon fisheries from the OR/CA border to Horse Mountain (which includes Humboldt County). According to the PFMC, 274,222 Klamath and 379,632 Sacramento fall Chinook are said to be swimming in the ocean, which will provide increased opportunities over the past two seasons.The three …
Danny Jordaan, the former 2010 Fifa World Cup chief executive, will now play a special advisory role to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Stadiums like the FNB Stadium, near Soweto, were constructed before the 2010 World Cup and revamped for thefootball extravaganza.(Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Morio Sanyane SAFA: Communications Director +27 82 990 0835 RELATED ARTICLES • 2010 Fifa World Cup: one year on • A brief history of the Fifa World Cup • SA young football champs off to Spain • R3m boost for SA football schoolRay MaotaDanny Jordaan, the former 2010 Fifa World Cup chief executive, has been appointed as a special advisor to the 2014 event in Brazil.The announcement was made during a meeting of the Fifa World Cup organising committee in Zurich, Switzerland at the end of March.Jordaan also serves as a vice president of the South African Football Association (Safa) and was appointed to the 2014 team along with Alexy Sorokin, head of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.According to Fifa, the complete Fifa executive committee is now – for the first time – part of the decision-making forum responsible for monitoring and organising the event.Helping Brazil with his experienceJordaan brings a wealth of experience to the Brazil Local Organising Committee (LOC) after serving in various Fifa committees including the 1998 World Cup in France, the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan and Germany in 2006.“I am very proud and excited to have been asked to serve on this vital committee which supports the backbone of Fifa’s business model,” said Jordaan.“The 2010 World Cup – which was acknowledged as the most successful ever – generated a massive US$4.2-billion (R33-billion). The projected target for Brazil is to grow that by 10%.”He added that Fifa has already received a comprehensive briefing from the Brazilian LOC about all facets of its preparations. The main task of the committee that he will be advising will be to critically examine the South American country’s preparations for 2014, to ensure that there are no logistical obstacles in the way of this target being achieved.Jordaan is currently serving in the Fifa Transparency and Compliance Committee, which deals with corporate governance in the world football controlling body.“In 2010, we created the benchmark for how to host a great and successful event and future events will always be evaluated against what South Africa achieved,” said Jordaan.Locally he also serves as the chairperson of Safa’s international and commercial bodies and is deputy chairperson of marketing for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the African Cup of Nations organising committee.Fifa commits to South African footballIn another development, it was announced on 18 April that South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup Legacy Trust has now become fully operational.According to Fifa, the Trust will support a wide range of public initiatives in the areas of football development, education, health and humanitarian activity, using the game as a tool in South Africa.An investment of $58-million (R450-million) will be received by the Trust as part of Fifa’s promised $90-million (R700-million) from the hosting of the 2010 World Cup.South Africa has already received $17-million (R140-million) as an advance for the preparations of the 2010 event and for the building of Safa House, the headquarters of the national body.During the 2010 event, Safa also received $5-million (R40-million) for football development projects, and a further $9-million (R70-million) for investment in a fleet of buses and cars enabling the 52 regional structures of Safa to transport their teams.Fifa secretary general Jérôme Valcke said of the Trust: “We are very pleased that the Trust is now fully operational. It is the first time in the history of the Fifa World Cup that such an initiative has been established and it required a complex administrative process, which is why it took us some time to set it up.”Safa president Kirsten Nematandani also commented: “From today, we can look forward to the fruits of 2010 being enjoyed at grassroots level and within communities across South Africa.”The Trust accounts will be administered by auditing firm Ernst and Young.Preparations for 2014At the organising committee’s meeting in Zurich, in Switzerland, Fifa president Joseph Blatter welcomed the new chairman of the 2014 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee, José Maria Marin, as well as the newly appointed Fifa executive committee member from Brazil, Marco Polo del Nero.Blatter said: “After the re-confirmation received from President (of Brazil) Dilma Rousseff and her government on the fulfilment of all guarantees, we are confident that despite the many tasks still to be completed by all of us, Brazil will stage an exceptional Fifa World Cup in 2014.”Fifa’s World Cup organising committee includes deputy chairperson Michel Platini, who is also a former French football player and manager and Issa Hayatou, the president of CAF.Nicolás Leoz, deputy chairman of the organising committee, said: “We received today, for the first time, a very in-depth update on the status of preparations in all aspects, including the important sustainability strategy plan. This is vital as we have a responsibility that goes beyond the provision of the facilities for the event.“We must ensure that we maximise the positive effects for the benefit of all Brazilians and also minimise the negative impact, especially on the environment.”
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Want to land that big deal with a studio? Well, here are some proof of concept films that did just that.While some people might call these extended trailers, that’s not exactly what a proof of concept is. In reality a proof of concept is more like a short film developed on a very limited budget that’s created to show studios what that production team can accomplish. Sometimes these proof of concept films go on to become big budget films such as Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, 300, Sin City and District 9.In just the last few months, we’ve seen a lot of proof of concept films get studio backing. Let’s take a look at some of the proof of concept films that have recently been optioned by major studios.SUNDAYSTo say this film was ambitious is an understatement. Award-winning commercial director Mischa Rozema and his crew at PostPanic Pictures explore a nightmarish future where the world is on the brink of ending, and our protagonist is completely unsure that this future is truly his. Widely support by the international film and creative community, Sundays was able to secure over 50k through crowd sourced funding to complete the live action sequences in Mexico City. After the film was released, a bidding war began between the major studios and once the dust settled from the auction, Warner Brothers was the only one left standing.Mischa Rozema is currently working with WB now to secure writers and begin the pre-production process on the feature-length film.THE LEVIATHANAnother ambitious project is The Leviathan from Ruairi Robinson, who is known for his Academy Award nominated animated short film Fifty Percent Grey, as well as directing the 2013 sci-fi horror The Last Days on Mars. Joining him on this project is Jim Uhls, the screenwriter of films such as Fight Club and Jumper.The film is set in the distant future where humans have colonized multiple worlds and faster-than-light-speed travel is a reality. But in order to achieve this feat, mankind began harvesting the eggs and the matter from the largest creatures they have ever seen. The film was released online earlier this year and instantly gained a huge online following. This prompted 20th Century Fox to option the project and give the green light, with Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class & Sherlock Holmes) and Neill Blomkamp (District 9 & Elysium) attached as producers.The Leviathan is currently in pre-production at 20th Century Fox with Ruairi Robinson & Jim Uhls both slated to return for the feature film. No release date has been set as of yet.CONTROLLERAnother film optioned by 20th Century Fox is Controller, directed by Saman Kesh, which originally released in 2013 as part of the Machinima Interactive Film Festival. Controller is the story of a young woman prisoner who can control everything with an interface connected to her helmet. She uses this helmet to control her boyfriend’s body in order to expedite her escape from captivity.Controller is currently with 20th Century Fox and Saman Kesh is slated to return to the director’s chair. No release date has been set as of yet.REALMIn the same mold as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Realm tells the story of a young woman (played by Adelaide Kane) who can enter into a person who is possessed and battle the demon inside for the safety of their soul. The story and characters also represent a potential franchise, which is why Relativity Media jumped on the film very early on. Originally developed by John Swetnam and Scott Speer, the final short film spec script was written by The Vampire Diaries Producer Rebecca Sonnenshine. Swetnam and Speer are known for Into the Storm, Step Up All In & Spinback.Realm is currently in pre-production with Relativity Media with Scott Speer attached to direct. Again, no release date has been set.PAST PROOF OF CONCEPT FILMSSKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROWSky Captain and the World of Tomorrow was a true proof of concept created by Kerry Conran in the late 1990s. He eventually gained the ear of producer Jon Avnet and the two began developing what would be the final film. This is the original proof of concept.Shot almost entirely on blue screens, Conran and his crew really pushed the envelope and developed a 24 minute film that they then took to the studios. Paramount would eventually green light the project and the final film was released.“DIE FREE” – 300 SHORTZach Snyder was hot off the heels of the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead when he had worked his way into directing 300, the adaptation of the Frank Miller comic. In order to give the studios an idea of the look and style of the film, and to also prove to himself he could do it, this proof of concept was developed.THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT – “SIN CITY”The Customer is Always Right is a short proof of concept film shot by Robert Rodriguez to sell the idea of a feature to the studios.In the end, Dimension Films backed the project with The Customer is Always Right opening the film. You can see a difference in the quality of the image and sound between the two versions.ALIVE IN JOBURG “DISTRICT 9”Probably one of the best proof of concept films of all time is Alive in Joburg by Neill Blomkamp, who is slated to produce the above-mentioned Leviathan. Upon release, the film turned a lot of heads, including that of Peter Jackson, who jumped on to produce the film.In the end, Alive in Joburg didn’t just spawn the feature film District 9, but also Elysium. Want more content awesome independent film productions? Check out these articles from PremiumBeat.How to Land Big Name Talent in Your Indie FilmThe 3 Cornerstones of Indie Film MarketingThe Filmmaker’s Guide to Indie Festivals & OrganizationsAre you excited for any of these proof of concept films? Do you think any of them with stack up to past proof of concepts? Sound off in the comments below.
In a major blow to the CPI(M), its senior leader and former legislator from Khowai, Biswajit Datta, joined the ruling BJP in Tripura on Friday. Mr. Datta has been staying away from the party affairs after he was dropped from candidature on ‘health grounds’ in the February Assembly elections.The CPI(M) claimed that Mr. Datta was unable to put up a strong fight in Khowai, and thus was removed on the last day of withdrawal of nomination. The party’s second choice, Nirmal Biswas, however, defeated BJP’s Amit Rakshit by a comfortable margin.Mr. Datta, who had to be admitted to hospital in the run-up to Assembly elections over health issues, termed his exclusion fallout of a ‘conspiracy’ hatched by a section of leaders. He claimed that he was fit enough to contest and retain his seat.Mr. Datta joined the BJP at a rally in Khowai in the presence of BJP national secretary Sunil Deodhar .About 100 CPI(M) supporters also switched sides. Mr. Deodhar hinted that several CPI(M) leaders were in touch with him to join the BJP.Earlier, two senior CPI(M) leaders, Jitendra Sarkar and Monaranjan Acharjee, had joined the BJP. A large number of local leaders and local body representatives made their entry into the saffron party.
The Congregation of Christian Brothers in India (CCBI) has assured “just and fair hearing” to a victim of sexual abuse by a member of the clergy in Meghalaya capital Shillong almost three decades ago.In a statement issued on Tuesday, the CCBI said the “Christian Brothers stand in solidarity with and in support of any survivor of sexual abuse”. This followed a Facebook post as part of the #MeToo movement against one of its members.In her post a few days ago, 40-year-old Mary Therese Kurkalang had named two Catholic priests – Brother Francis Gale of St. Edmund’s School and Brother Muscat of Don Bosco – as having sexually abused her when she was a child.The CCBI statement did not make it clear which of the two Brothers the congregation has referred to.“We are committed to a just and fair hearing to both the complainant and the alleged abuser, through a formal process as laid out in our protection policy – Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults. This policy looks into all cases of abuse, past and present, so as to ascertain with compassion the truth and support the survivor towards achieving a peaceful closure while taking appropriate action against the alleged abuser, if found guilty,” the statement from Brother J. Johnson, society protection officer of CCBI’s Profession Ethics Commission, said.“Accordingly, a due procedure will be initiated as laid out in our said policy to take this serious allegation forward towards arriving at the truth and assisting the survivor with necessary help to attain due closure. Even as these internal processes are carried out, we stand committed to cooperating with the agencies of the law,” the statement said.Ms Kurkalang took to Facebook last week to write: “Three years ago, at the age of 37, I finally decided that I needed professional help and found a wonderful counsellor. Through the months of counselling, there is one session that stands out for me, where I felt literally like someone lifted this huge boulder lodged in my chest that was there since I was 5 years old.“What she said to me at that session was that as a child, from a broken family, an economically poor background, left to my own defences, I made the ‘ideal profile’ of the victim for a sexual predator. Even though as an adult, I understand and can differentiate that I was not responsible, it is hard to really feel and live that knowledge, to not blame myself. What my counsellor said to me that day answered the ‘why’ I have asked over and over again ‘why me’ and it gave me such huge relief to have finally found an answer that I knew to be true. It’s a long journey and an ongoing one to stay whole, balanced, sane as someone who was sexually abused through my childhood, age 5 till age 12.”She said she had attempted suicide thrice as a teenager and young adult, twice landing in hospital in a serious condition. “Through the years I have struggled to find comfort and sanity in spirituality, immersing myself in work, and later, in a close circle of friends I trust, these have helped me pull through. There will always be a part of me that is a big gaping hole of sorrow and darkness – of a childhood I did not know, of an innocence I never knew, of the fear and deep shame I have lived with for so long, and for not being believed, not being protected, and for the deep injustice I felt,” she said.She went on to name Brothers Gale and Muscat, recollecting the many ways in which they abused her.
Some 34% of millennials said they watch mostly online video or no broadcast television, according to new research by the New York Times. The study, which polled more than 4,000 online video users, found that video hosting sites such as YouTube were most popular for video and were used by 63%.This was followed by social media sites at 44%, TV sites at 29% and news sites at 28%.In terms of content consumed, viewers said they access funny videos the most, followed by movie clips, music videos and then news. However, viewers spent more minutes watching music videos and news per sitting.In a choice between reading the news or watching a news video, 50% said they’d choose the latter if they wanted to be entertained, compared to 14% who opted for reading the story. Some 59% of respondents said they would likely watch pre-roll ads if the countdown timer makes it clear that they won’t last long.
The 39-year-old plasterer, of Foyle Road in the city, faces further counts of burglary and possessing an offensive weapon with intent over the incident which happened last Sunday, February 24.But defence lawyers argued the complaints have been made up because he is now in a new relationship.Police were told Kelly was refused entry when he arrived at the woman’s home.She claimed he then went onto a balcony, kicked in a kitchen window and climbed inside. ShareTweet High Court hears Derry man Sean Kelly ‘attacked ex-partner while armed with screwdriver’A DERRY man allegedly attacked an ex-partner after breaking into her home armed with a screwdriver, the High Court has heard.Sean Kelly is charged with assaulting the woman and another man at the property in Derry’s Carnhill estate last weekend. Prosecution counsel alleged Kelly slapped the woman about the face and pushed her into a bedroom where the assault continued.“The injured party stated he was holding a screwdriver and as she attempted to disarm him she suffered two cuts to her hand,” the barrister said.She claimed another man at the property was punched in the face when he intervened.During interviews Kelly denied breaking in or attacking either complainant.He said that he had gone to the address to collect his belongings.Defence barrister Joe Brolly contended that the woman is “unreliable and extremely violent”.He told the court she was previously captured on CCTV repeatedly striking a prone man about the head.Submitting that Kelly broke up with her and has now started a new relationship, Mr Brolly claimed the allegations have no supporting evidence.“They are merely being used as a lever because of the fact he has ended the relationship,” he said.Counsel further alleged Kelly’s new girlfriend was sent a message calling her a “fat slag” and threatening “I will go through you”.Granting bail, Judge Brian Sherrard banned the accused from contacting either complainant or entering the Carnhill estate.Court hears Derry man denies ‘attacking ex-partner while armed with screwdriver’ was last modified: March 3rd, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Carnhill estateCourt hears Derry man denies ‘attacking ex-partner while armed with screwdriver’DerryFoyle roadhigh courtJUDGE BRIAN SHERRARDSean Kelly