Build a TeamThe connections the team made through the Sundance Fellowship to industry consultants was vital to their success.They worked with at least six different companies, including a theatrical release expert (who personally knew many of the independent theater vendors), marketing consultants (to help craft their approach to key promotional assets such as trailers and posters), and even a local PR firm to manage their red-carpet premiere in Columbus, Ohio.Leveraging unique skills like these was fundamental to the team’s success, so it’s worth considering the investment to hire your own expert help — if you can afford to do so.Create a Plan to Target Your AudienceCreatives tend to have a “If you build it, they will come” mentality, thinking that they can put their work “out there,” and an audience will just find their way to it. This is because creatives often focus on perfecting their creative projects rather than getting them seen.Even in the very early stages of figuring out how to self-distribute their film, the Columbus team defined very specific audiences they were going to target in their campaign:Arthouse cinema lovers.Fans of Kogonada’s video essays (which have millions of views).The design and architecture community.The Korean American community (Star John Cho and director Kogonada are from Seoul).This list is a helpful starting point for defining your own target audience:Fans of the genre.Fans of your past work.Fans of the theme.Fans of the key talent.Brainstorming how you will connect with each of these audiences individually will help you determine the creative assets you’ll need — and the best avenues of approach.Spend Money to Make MoneyAll said, the team spent $189,000 on promotion and advertising, with $137,000 coming from Sundance and the rest from individual donors. (It helps to have rich friends!)But even if you don’t have that kind of money lying around, you can still learn a lot by spending a little.We all know anyone can pay to advertise on social media, but spending a little to pre-test your marketing approach and then combing through the data you get can deliver valuable insights about what’s actually working, helping you to then double-down on the most effective strategy.You might also uncover new audiences and new markets you had not anticipated.Even if the rest of your campaign relies on free press coverage and word of mouth, invest in some data to guide your decision-making.Here’s a bit from the case study on the kind of insights the Columbus team discovered by running data-driven social media test campaigns:For example, although modern architecture plays a large role in the film, the ads that target communities with this affinity don’t perform well, meaning there is low engagement with the ads and a higher cost per result.They find that their audience target of “Asian celebrity interest” is most effective when geo-targeted to areas with large Asian American populations, such as Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.They also find that their core audience of arthouse cinema lovers in New York and Los Angeles are one of the most invested audience groups.Stay in ControlEven though the Sundance Institute’s Creative Fellowship required the filmmakers to do a lot of work, they were partnering with someone who recognized this: “You own the rights, you make the decisions. Sundance Institute supports you.”This gave them a great deal of freedom to pursue a distribution approach that aligned with their creative sensibilities. It also allowed them to quickly adapt to the needs of the campaign as it unfolded.For example:For the iTunes campaign ads, Casey uses two 20-second spots (clips specifically cut for social media use) of behind-the-scenes footage that Koganada crafted. These perform well and make the team realize that video content performs better than still graphics.This is a lightbulb moment for Casey: “Using behind-the-scenes footage helped refresh the campaign,” he says. “Kogonada’s clips were a respite in people’s crowded news feed.”Also, having Koganada so integrally involved in the digital marketing is unique, since directors often don’t participate in this part of the marketing process. His involvement helps reinvigorate the film’s social media profile at the tail end of their digital marketing campaign.The whole case study is a gold mine of insights into self-distributing your project, and it’s well worth your time.Looking for more insights into the film industry? Check out these articles.Are Spin-Offs and Media Tie-Ins Changing The Summer Blockbuster?Why Slow-Burn Filmmaking So Often Catches Fire How Social Media Has Redefined the Aspect RatioThe Cameras Behind Netflix’s Original Films and SeriesThe Practical Guide to Managing Actors on a Low-Budget Shoot Would you turn down a $150,000 distribution deal for your first feature film and take matters into your own hands? These filmmakers did.Cover image via Sundance Institute.Would you turn down a $150,000 distribution offer for your first feature film and try to promote and distribute it yourself?That’s the decision director Kogonada (best known for his video essays) and his production team faced when they took his first full-length feature, Columbus, to the Sundance Film Festival in 2017. They hoped to make back the $700,000 they spent on production, as well as the $30,000 they’d spent on attending the festival.Despite a host of praiseworthy reviews and good festival buzz, the team left with only a single offer for a $150,000 advance on a North American all-rights distribution offer — far lower than they had hoped for, and a long way from any hope of turning a profit.Ultimately, they decide to reject the offer and team up with the Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Fellowship to bring the film to the world.Image via Sundance.The Sundance Institute recently published a case study on the filmmakers’ experience, which you can (and should!) read in full here.If you’re a filmmaker based in the U.S. or Canada, and you have secured your feature a place in a major U.S. film festival, then you should seriously consider applying for the fellowship.In this post, I highlight several key insights from the Columbus case study, which can help everyone trying to share their creative work with the world.Insights on Creative Distribution from a Sundance Case StudyBut first let me set the scene.The mission of the Creative Distribution Fellowship is to help independent storytellers:Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Initiative is committed to helping independent storytellers build audiences and sustain careers through innovations in marketing, distribution, and data transparency. We imagine a world without barriers between artists and audiences. . . .We live in a world with an overabundance of content. Breaking through the noise requires skill, agility, and creativity. With the Creative Distribution Fellowship, we want to inspire cutting-edge strategies that will amplify your film’s potential to reach audiences and maximize revenue.The fellowship offers filmmakers cash ($100,000 marketing grant), connections to industry experts (including a deal with Amazon, Netflix, or Hulu), and the opportunity to learn valuable new skills.The Columbus case study is an engaging, highly detailed account of the team’s experience navigating the highs and lows of both theatrical and online releases. Here’s how things stand to date:Image via Sundance.As you can see, the filmmakers have not yet turned a profit based on their initial production spend of $730,000, but they have actually done exceptionally well and brought in far more revenue than they would have with the traditional distribution deal, which the case study lists as $191,633.The film actually grossed over $1 million at the U.S. box office, which their theatrical distribution consultant said “exceeded their wildest dreams”:With an initial 16-market release plan, 10 of which were booked through Landmark Theatres, it was a huge surprise that by the end of their theatrical run the film had opened in over 200 theaters in 78 markets.This expanded theatrical campaign led to pulling in just over $1,000,000 in box office revenue, which is very rare for an independent film with a modest P&A budget.But due to the high splits with the theaters, the filmmakers were left with only $305,000 in theatrical revenue — even though that’s still $272,000 more than they expected. The team also invested nearly a year of their time into running the campaign, which isn’t really factored into the numbers.So it should come as no surprise that even if you do really well, you don’t get rich, and it takes a lot of hard work. But the reality is that recouping any money is a massive success for an independent filmmaker.So what can the rest of us learn from their success?
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The acknowledgment from All-Stars such as Paul George and Bradley Beal shows that Siakam’s giant leap has caught the attention of more than just the media panel that votes for the NBA awards.“I just enjoy sometimes after the games, guys coming up to me and showing respect for me. That’s the most important thing,” Siakam said. “Like, I don’t care about the rest. I think when your peers respect your game and respect the fact that they’ve seen you work, I think that’s more important.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThere’s a lot for them to have noticed, including:— Siakam’s scoring. It is up from 6.0 points per game through his first two seasons to 17.0 this season. Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam, center, dribbles the ball down court during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Pascal Siakam confidently launches shots he may not have dared attempt in previous seasons. He makes plays during times of the game when he would have been sitting on the bench.The Toronto Raptors forward might be the leading candidate for the most improved player award and he’d like to win it. But he’s already received recognition that means more to him.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But of them, Siakam has the biggest role on the team with the best chance to be playing into June.The Raptors made major changes after they were swept out of the postseason by LeBron James and Cleveland in consecutive years. Dwane Casey was fired even after winning coach of the year honors, and All-Star DeMar DeRozan was dealt to San Antonio in the trade to bring in Kawhi Leonard.The Raptors have come back with 57 wins and the second-best record in the East, with Siakam’s growth central to their success. He can play in a traditional big lineup alongside Leonard and center Marc Gasol, or in a smaller one if they go with Serge Ibaka in the middle.The athleticism was always there for the 6-foot-9 forward. But now it’s only part of the package for a player who made one 3-pointer his entire rookie season in 2016-17 and now averages one per game, the easiest place to notice his improvement.“I don’t know who else is even really up for it, who the voting’s between, all that stuff. I know that if anybody’s done more than this kid, has improved more, has impacted the team more and continued to improve from even geez, 20 games ago,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “He just keeps taking another step forward, there has been no steps back.“He’s certainly deserving. If there’s somebody else who is deserving, then sometimes that’s the way it works. But he’s had an unbelievable season.”Soon it will be time for the Raptors to show how much they’ve improved along with him. They became postseason punching bags the last couple years who want to show they won’t be pushed around any longer.“We have a new group so it’s going to be definitely tough and I think we’re more focused on that,” Siakam said. “Obviously we think about the playoffs, we’re excited about it, can’t wait for it. We just want to make sure we get the right chemistry and everything going so when that time comes, we’ll be ready to perform.”He got into only two playoff games two years ago, when the native of Cameroon was still learning the game. It was only five years earlier when he had come through the Basketball Without Borders camp in Africa, then headed to Texas for prep school and onto New Mexico State before becoming a late first-round pick.He’s not sure if friends back home are aware of his success. But if he wins the Most Improved Player award, chances are they’ll hear about it. “I’m definitely not a personal-type guy where I care about personal accolades and stuff, but definitely a team-guy first,” Siakam said. “Something like that, in terms of who I am and the person that I’ve become, and people that know my story and how I came up, that would mean a lot just because that’s me. Like, that’s literally who I am as a player and as a person.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte — His 3-point shooting. That’s jumped from 21.6 percent to 36.8 percent.A player who was feared almost entirely for his work around the basket now has to be accounted for even when he’s away from it. Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson called Siakam an X-factor who now demands a much bigger part of the scouting report.“It changes because he’s shooting the ball better,” Atkinson said. “I think at first you could ignore his shot. Now it’s like you’ve got to respect him from 3 and I know he’s worked on it extremely hard, so that changes it.“You could be in the paint, wait for his drives. You still have to respect (that) but I think he keeps getting better and better.”D’Angelo Russell, Atkinson’s All-Star point guard, might be the other top candidate for most improved player after leading the Nets to a surprising playoff berth. 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After a major Bihar Board scam, Gujarat state also come under the scanner during a hearing on Tuesday June 28. The students were unable to answer the sides of a triangle and couldn’t solve two-digit multiplication and subtraction. And these students had scored more than 90 per cent in Class 10 examination.This year, around 10.81 lakh candidates appeared for the Class 10 examination, the results of which were announced on May 24. According to a report published in The Indian Express, the students exposed that they used to get help from teachers and outside the examination hall.500 results withheld:As many as 500 results withheld from the following three examination centres: Lambadiya (Sabarkantha)Choila (Aravalli)Bhikapur (Chhota Udepur)Disparity between marks for the objective and subjective answers: “What caught attention of the examiners during tallying of marks was disparity between marks for their objective and subjective answers, particularly in mathematics. Nothing untoward was noticed even when the CCTV footage of certain sensitive examination centres were scanned,” said Officer on Special Duty (OSD) M A Pathan.The students were helped by someone from outside the examination room:”I cannot identify the voice, but someone just outside the window dictated answers of objective questions to us,” wrote a student. The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) conducts the Class 10 examination every year, in the month of March, 2016.About Board:The GSHSEB Board were established in the year 1960. Currently, many private and government schools in the state are affiliated under this board.For any other query, the candidates can visit the official website of the university.advertisementFor more updates on education news, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
By Philem Dipak Singh New Delhi, Jul 19 (PTI) Top discus thrower Seema Punias decision to train in Russia to prepare for the Rio Olympics has left the Athletics Federation of India fuming as that country is now at the centre of an unprecedented doping scandal. Seema is currently training at Maykop, the capital city of Russian province of Adygea, at the foothills of Caucasus Mountains. She was seen on social media sites with a Russian coach Vitaliy Pishchalnikov, a former Olympian discus thrower. The 32-year-old Seema, a 2014 Asian Games gold medallist, said she has informed the Athletics Federation of India and Sports Ministry regarding her training in Russia. “I have written to NADA, SAI, AFI and chief via e-mail and informed that we are going to train in Russia and we gave them the complete local address in Russia with house number. I will be in Russia till the first week of August and from there will go to Rio,” Seema told PTI from Russia. Top AFI officials said that she had sent an e-mail that she was planning to train in Russia but she was not given the permission. “She did write an e-mail to us that she is planning to train in Russia before the Olympics but we have not okayed it. Even before we could reply to that mail, she must be in Russia,” a top AFI official said. “Russia is a country at the centre of the worst doping scandal and how could she have gone to train there,” he added. Asked if she took permission from the AFI for her training trip to Russia, Seema said, “I dont think its necessary. The likes of Manpreet Kaur (shot putter), Vikas Gowda (discus thrower) and Inderjeet Singh (shot put) have been training on their own. They dont come to the national camp and they have their own programmes. “The cost of this training trip in Russia is from my own pocket. The government gave money under TOP Scheme for the US training stint only and not for this. JSW gave up some help and the remaining is from my pocket,” she said. MORE PTI PDS PM PMadvertisement
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Big Serie A interest arriving for Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozilby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSerie A interest is arriving for Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil.Ozil is on the outer at the Gunners this season.Fenerbahce have entered into negotiations with Arsenal about a loan deal for the German.But Calciomercato.it reports there is also interest from Italy.Inter Milan, AC Milan and Napoli are all ready to make a move for Ozil ahead of the January market.
Pakistan mulling split captaincy and coaching after early World Cup exitInzamam-ul-Haq had announced that he will be stepping down from his post of Pakistan cricket chief selector, as he would not seek a contract renewal.advertisement Press Trust of India KarachiJuly 21, 2019UPDATED: July 21, 2019 16:56 IST Pakistan is presently sixth in the ODI rankings and number one in T20s. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan could have separate captains and head coaches for Test and limited-overs cricketPCB Managing Director Wasim Khan met with Wasim Akram, who is a member of the Cricket Committee, in LondonPakistan will be playing only three ODIs but nine to 10 T20s before the T20 Asia Cup and T20 World CupPakistan could have separate captains and head coaches for Test and limited-overs cricket following its failure to qualify for the World Cup semifinals in England.A well-placed source in the Pakistan Cricket Board told PTI that when the Cricket Committee meets later this month, a proposal to split the captaincy and coaching for the different formats would be up for discussion.”Since Pakistan has to play eight Tests of the World Test Championship against Sri Lanka, Australia, Bangladesh and England before the T20 World Cup in Australia next year, the PCB is pretty concerned about how to improve performance of the team in Tests,” the source said.Pakistan will be playing only three ODIs but nine to 10 T20s before the T20 Asia Cup and T20 World Cup next year, prompting PCB to consider separate captains and coaches for red and white-ball cricket,” he said.He said PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan met with Wasim Akram, who is a member of the Cricket Committee, in London earlier this month. The former captain and fast bowler had advised the MD that the board should retain Sarfaraz and Mickey Arthur for the limited overs cricket until the T20 World Cup.”But the board is now considering the option of having separate captains and head coaches for Test and limited overs cricket with the support staff i.e manager, bowling coach, batting coach, trainer, fielding coach, physiotherapist remaining the same for all formats.”Pakistan is presently sixth in the ODI rankings and number one in T20s but it is in Test cricket where Sarfaraz and Arthur have failed to achieve anything notable in last two and half years. The Test team is languishing at number seven in the ICC rankings having lost home series to Sri Lanka, New Zealand before being outclassed in South Africa.advertisementThe source said if the board decides to split the red ball and white ball captains and head coach positions than senior batsmen Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali are likely to be the top candidates for the captaincy.Also Read | India tour of West Indies: Saha, Rohit back in India Test squad, Dhawan returns to ODI sideAlso Read | Ambati Rayudu was emotional but the selectors are emotional too: MSK PrasadAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Pakistan Cricket BoardFollow Test cricketFollow ODI Cricket
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PORT COQUITLAM, B.C. – Giving a British Columbia man who killed his three children during a psychotic break the false hope of escorted outings from a psychiatric facility will interfere with his recovery from serious mental illness, a review board has heard.Crown counsel Wendy Dawson advised a B.C. Review Board Hearing on Friday to withdraw the discretionary power it gave the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam two years ago to allow Allan Schoenborn, 49, accompanied access into the community.“Holding out the possibility of (outings), dangling the carrot by the treatment team did not get Mr. Schoenborn engaged in treatment,” she told the board.“Expediency never trumps public safety,” she added.But defence lawyer Dante Abbey said the possibility of escorted outings is an important tool to motivate Schoenborn in his recovery and withdrawing it would do further harm.Schoenborn is improving, Abbey said.“He is making a genuine effort. He is digging down and looking for answers.”Schoenborn stabbed his 10-year-old daughter Kaitlynne and smothered his sons Max and Cordon, who were eight and five, in their home in Merritt in April 2008.A judge later ruled the man was not criminally responsible for the deaths because he was experiencing psychosis at the time and believed he was saving them from a life of physical and sexual abuse.Final arguments wrapped up Friday in Schoenborn’s annual review board hearing over the issue of granting him some freedoms. A decision is not expected before Nov. 17.Psychiatrist Dr. Marcel Hediger, a member of Schoenborn’s treatment team, told the hearing his client still struggles with anger management but the outbursts have become less frequent and intense over the past six months.Schoenborn has difficulty putting anger-control techniques he has learned into practice but he has developed better insight into what causes him to react, Hediger said.Hediger said it is possible, but unlikely that he would recommend Schoenborn for escorted outings into the community within the next year.Schoenborn has never been granted outings into the community, though the hospital where he lives has had the power to do so since 2015.He sat slumped in a chair during parts of the hearing, wearing a blue sweater, torn jeans and slippers.A 2015 review board decision says Schoenborn was diagnosed as having a delusional disorder and a substance abuse disorder, but his symptoms had been in remission for many years.Psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Hart, an expert witness for the Crown, told the hearing that he doubted Schoenborn would be ready for escorted outings within the next two to three years, if ever.Schoenborn’s psychiatric disorders are overlaid on a foundation of personality and coping problems, and it is uncertain whether his recent progress is sustainable without significant ongoing treatment and support, Hart told the review board.“This is not just rehabilitation. This is habilitation,” he said, adding Schoenborn will have to function at a high level for the first time. “Many people don’t win that battle.”Board chairman Barry Long asked Hart why he should prefer his advice over that of Hediger, who has regular contact with Schoenborn as the member of his treatment team.“I would characterize my evidence as very similar to Dr. Hediger’s,” Hart replied.“Bullshit,” Schoenborn interrupted, prompting a member of his legal team put a hand on his arm and whisper something into his ear.The review board can order someone to remain in custody or grant them either a conditional or absolute discharge. Custody orders can be tailored to individual cases.Schoenborn consented to forego a hearing in 2016 while the B.C. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether he should be designated a high-risk accused.A judge rejected the Crown’s application in August, ruling Schoenborn didn’t fit the criteria for the high-risk label, and while the killings were brutal, they were committed because of his delusional state.— Follow @gwomand on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version of the story referred to Dante Abbey as a woman.
NEW DELHI: AAP’s East Delhi candidate Atishi Marlena, on Friday, filed a complaint with Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) against the alleged derogatory pamphlets circulated in her constituency. “If BJP and Gautam Gambhir can do this with an empowered woman then how will he ensure security to rest of the women? We have filed a complaint with the Delhi Commission of Women,” Atishi said.Meanwhile, Gautam Gambhir also sent a defamation notice to the AAP trio demanding their apology. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesDeputy CM Manish Sisodia said his party will send him a notice for defamation. “How is he filing a defamation case? We are the ones being defamed, we will file a defamation case against him. We will try to send a defamation notice to him today. His party has endorsed the pamphlets and he has not questioned that,” Sisodia said. On Thursday, Atishi broke down at a Press conference called by the AAP, where leaders displayed a pamphlet full of religious and sexist attacks on the candidate. “If Gambhir can stoop so low to defeat a strong woman like me, how can he ensure security for women as an MP?” asked the 37-year-old Oxford alumnus. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarStepping up his counter-offensive, BJP candidate Gautam Gambhir on Friday said he will ‘hang’ himself in public if the Aam Aadmi Party can prove that he has any link to the derogatory pamphlet allegedly circulated against his rival and AAP nominee from East Delhi Atishi Marlena. If the AAP fails to prove the allegations, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal should quit politics, the ex-cricketer demanded. “Challenger Number 3 to @ArvindKejriwal and @aap. If he can prove that I have anything to do with this pamphlet filth, then I will hang myself in public. Otherwise @ArvindKejriwal should quit politics. Accepted?” Gambhir tweeted. The BJP also approached East Delhi parliamentary seat returning officer K Mahesh seeking a police probe into the accusations against Gambhir in connection with the alleged circulation of obscene pamphlets targeting Atishi. The complaint was lodged by BJP’s Krishna Nagar councillor Sandeep Kapoor with the district magistrate and returning officer of East Delhi seeking a police probe in the matter, said Delhi BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana. The returning officer has already asked the police to register a complaint in this case. On Thursday night, Gambhir sent defamation notices to Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and Atishi asking them to withdraw their charges against him and tender an unconditional apology or face legal action. Atishi accompanied by Sisodia in a Press conference on Thursday had alleged Gambhir’s role in the circulation of pamphlets carrying “obscene and derogatory” remarks against her.
Saputo seeks global acquisitions to offset more competitive Canadian market by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 5, 2014 12:43 pm MDT MONTREAL – Saputo, the country’s largest cheese and dairy processor, plans to offset its lower profits in Canada by seeking more global acquisitions and convincing Australian dairy farmers to boost their output.“I see that our runway is still very, very long,” CEO Lino Saputo Jr. said Thursday during a conference call after the company reported strong fourth-quarter and annual results.While he said small $100-million deals are possible in Canada, the larger growth prospects for the dairy are in the fragmented United States, where it controls about 10 per cent of the cheese market; Australia or new markets such as Brazil, which is seeing a growing middle class.Saputo told analysts that deals up to $4 billion “would not be out of the question” if the right opportunity came along.The company would also like to replicate its successful foray in Argentina by encouraging Australian dairy farmers to feel confident about their futures and increase milk production. It has vowed to invest in the infrastructure of Warrnambool Cheese & Butter, which it recently acquired for $450 million, to take on more milk. WCB is the oldest dairy in Australia, where seven or eight players control 90 to 95 per cent of the industry.A similar drive over the past decade in Argentina has seen the volume of milk processed more than double and in excess of one billion litres from 400 million litres in 2003. Any additional organic growth in supply would be in addition to some smaller acquisitions.The Montreal-based company said it benefited during the fourth quarter from higher block cheese prices in the U.S., a lower Canadian dollar and increased international volumes and prices, which offset higher costs in Canada. It said a focus to lower costs at home will continue as it seeks to grow volumes of basic and specialty-type cheeses, along with higher margin flavoured milkThe latest earnings, which included the operations of Warrnambool and a previous large merger in the U.S., helped Saputo cap off a strong year by boosting net earnings by more than 19 per cent to $119.8 million in the final quarter of its fiscal year. It earned 61 cents per diluted share for the period ended March 31, compared to 51 cents or $100.5 million a year earlier.Saputo incurred $9.2 million in after-tax acquisition costs in the quarter, $19.9 million in costs for plant closures in Canada and the U.S. and $3.9 million in pension related costs for executives.Excluding these items, Saputo’s (TSX:SAP) adjusted earnings attributable to shareholders were $151.9 million or 78 cents per diluted share. That was four cents better than analyst forecasts and up from 65 cents per share a year ago.Revenues were $2.49 billion, up 21 per cent from $2.05 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013.Saputo said the Canadian division’s pre-tax operating profits (EBITDA) decreased 8.6 per cent to $108.9 million, despite higher revenues at $881.4 million. Higher ingredients and operational costs offset increased sales volumes, in both retail and food service segments.Meanwhile, the company is consolidating its distribution activities at a new facility in Montreal and has announced plans to close three facilities across the country, which will result in about $8 million in annual savings, of which $6 million should start next fiscal year. It will also evaluate cost-saving opportunities from its recent acquisition of Scotsburn dairy in the Maritimes.The company’s U.S. division earned $128.2 million on $1.22 billion of revenues, compared with $103.1 million on $971.3 million of revenues in the prior year.International profits soared to $40.5 million from $7.5 million as revenues grew 70 per cent to $384.5 million.Irene Nattel of RBC Capital Markets said Saputo closed out the year “with a bang.”“The outlook for fiscal 2015 suggests continuing pressure in the Canadian segment, but favourable outlook for both U.S. and international,” she wrote in a report.For the full year, Saputo earned $534 million or $2.70 per diluted share, up from $481.9 million or $2.41 per share in 2013.Adjusted profits attributable to shareholders for the full year were $566.1 million or $2.87 per share. That compared to $510.6 million or $2.55 per share in the prior year. Revenues increased 26.5 per cent to $9.2 billion, from nearly $7.3 billion a year earlier.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, its shares closed down 14 cents to $58.95 on Thursday.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“The current situation calls for innovative strategies to deliver services and support the resilient population of Guinea-Bissau,” Modibo Touré, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) said today in his first briefing to the 15-nation Council.On 26 May 2016, President Josd Mfirio Vaz appointed Baciro Djfi as Prime Minister through a presidential decree. Mr. Djfi’s Cabinet was sworn in on 2 June. However, the dismissed Cabinet led by Carlos Correia refused to leave the Government Palace.In an attempt to defuse tensions, the Special Representative said that he had met with these key figures, appealing for restraint, political dialogue and respect for the rule of law.Following intense overnight negotiations involving, representatives of the civil society, religious leaders, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) mission in Guinea-Bissau (ECOMIB) and UNIOGBIS, the remaining members of the dismissed Cabinet and their supporters peacefully vacated the Government Palace, ending a 14-day stalemate on 9 June.“The peaceful resolution of this standoff may have helped avert a potentially serious crisis, but further challenges loom ahead,” Mr. Touré said.The ruling PAIGC party has initiated legal proceedings challenging the President’s recent appointments. Furthermore, the status of the 15 Members of Parliament (MPs) expelled by the PAIGC in January, as well as the ongoing impasse at the People’s National Assembly, add to the legal confusion and institutional uncertainty facing the country.“Regardless of the judicial outcomes, a sustainable solution to the ongoing political crisis can only be found through genuine political dialogue,” Mr. Touré said. “Yet, one of the primary fora for such dialogue – the People’s National Assembly – suspended its current session on 18 May as a result of disputes over the agenda and the status of the 15 MPs. Earlier today, that parliamentary session was closed; the next one is expected to open later this month.”Welcoming the decision of ECOWASHe welcomed the decision of ECOWAS Heads of State on 4 June to extend the mandate of ECOMIB [ECOWAS Mission in Guinea Bissau] for another year, with the understanding that the international community would provide funding.While the primary focus is on finding a political and sustainable solution, it is also important to provide the required support to the people of Guinea-Bissau, whose lives and livelihoods have been adversely impacted by the country’s recurrent instability, Mr. Touré said.Strikes in the health and education sectors in March and April have seriously affected the school year and deprived citizens of key preventative and medical services, including maternal and child health.“The longer the crisis continues, the more likely will we see a setback to the gains of the post-electoral period, including positive economic growth, increase in revenues and the commitment to key reforms in defence and security, justice and public services,” he said.In a country where the official development assistance (ODA) amounts to about 15 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) and almost 80 per cent of the budget, the current suspension of disbursements and direct budget support from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the European Union and the African Development Bank creates a financial pressure that could negatively affect the running of the State, including the payment of salaries, he warned.“The attention given by the Security Council to the situation in Guinea Bissau, and its support to the search for a sustainable solution to the political and institutional challenges in the country are of utmost importance,” he concluded.
‹ › “He stresses the importance for all political stakeholders to abide by the electoral law and refrain from making remarks on the outcome of the election before it is known,” the statement added. It also noted that the Secretary-General has asked his Special Representative for Central Africa and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa, Abdoulaye Bathily, to continue his engagement with all relevant stakeholders to defuse tensions. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon (September 2015). UN Phot/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Jean Ping, former Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission and President of the fifty-ninth session of the UN General Assembly.(September 2014). UN Photo/Mark Garten “The Secretary-General calls on all Gabonese to accept the results of the election and to address any disputes they may have through existing legal and constitutional means,” according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. “He asks all stakeholders to refrain from inciting or taking part in any acts of violence. The successful conclusion of the electoral process will mark an important step forward in the consolidation of democracy and rule of law in the Gabonese Republic.”According to media reports, the election was closely contested between the candidates – incumbent President Ali Bongo, seeking a second seven-year term, and opposition candidate Jean Ping, a former chairman of the African Union Commission – with the outcome still pending. In the statement, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said the UN chief hopes the same spirit of peace and transparency will prevail before and following the official announcement of the provisional results, which should reflect the will of the people.
In the eternally running discussion thread “Hey Bill” at billjamesonline.com, the website of sabermetric legend Bill James, the question came up of measuring the growth of sabermetric knowledge. James’s idea? Measure the extent to which teams are taking park factors into account when judging their rosters. But Tom Tango, author of “The Book,” offered another gauge: look at which teams are using good hitters in the No. 2 lineup slot.Traditionally, the two-hole was the domain of contact hitters with good bat control, with premiums placed on the ability to hit behind the runner, to sacrifice bunt, and to generally move the leadoff man over (even if it meant making an out). You can see this statistically: During Major League Baseball’s expansion era (1961-present), the No. 2 slot has the highest aggregate contact rate of any batting order position.But research by Tango and his compatriots suggests teams have been doing it wrong. After examining how important each batting event (single, double, walk, etc.) is to each lineup slot — based on factors such as how many runners are likely to be on base and how many outs they’re likely to hit with — the data says a team ought to bat its three best hitters in the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 slots, with the most balanced hitter occupying the two-hole. That’s a far cry from the conventional wisdom of slotting the best hitter either third or fourth, and putting a weak contact specialist at No. 2.So, if there are more good hitters in the second position, it’s a possible sign sabermetrics has penetrated the managerial mindset. But if there’s a pattern toward a more enlightened lineup card, it’s not detectable by looking at the average quality of No. 2 hitters (according to weighted runs created, known as wRC+) since the introduction of the designated hitter in 1973:If we take a five-year moving average to smooth out year-to-year variance above, it’s even clearer that we’re not in the golden age of great hitters batting second:Historically, the quality levels of MLB leadoff and No. 2 hitters tend to track with each other — and contra the performances of third and fourth hitters. (Meanwhile, Nos. 5 and 6 have stayed fairly stable over the years, with the five slot outproducing six by a decent amount.) The good news is that it appears the two-hole has emerged from the dark ages of the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s, when slot Nos. 3 and 4 vastly outpaced Nos. 1 and 2.It may not be coincidental that the bleakest of times for the No. 2 spot came during MLB’s so-called steroid era. The stat we’re using, wRC+, compares a player’s per-plate appearance productivity against the average of all hitters, and the power hitters who frequently bat third and fourth may have received the benefits of performance-enhancing drugs at a greater rate than the overall population of MLB batters. (This would cause No. 2 hitters to move backward relative to the overall average, even if they themselves saw no change in talent.) With the specter of performance-enhancing drugs reduced in today’s game, the gap between hitter No. 2 and Nos. 3 and 4 has returned to its long-term norm.Still, today’s two-hole batters lag behind those of the halcyon late 1980s and early 1990s, when players such as Ryne Sandberg, Tony Gwynn, Wade Boggs, Roberto Alomar, Julio Franco and Lou Whitaker were doing a large share of their damage from the second spot in the lineup. It’s plausible that the conditions of the game back then simply favored the traditional archetype of the No. 2 hitter more (batting averages were higher, as was the ratio of on-base percentage to slugging), but today’s managers also don’t appear to be moving toward the sabermetric ideal of penciling the team’s best hitter into the No. 2 spot.Sabermetrics has come a long way since the first analysts began tinkering with mathematical models, and there are certainly places where statistical thinking has made its way onto the field (for example, the explosion of defensive shifts in today’s game is rooted in probability theory regarding where a batter is most likely to hit the ball). But when it comes to the two-hole, baseball’s decision-makers still have a bit of a climb ahead of them.
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Borussia Dortmund’s left-back spoke to El Larguero about the lack of relationship he had with Julen Lopetegui, Real Madrid’s former manager.Now that Julen Lopetegui is out and Santiago Solari is in at Real Madrid, Moroccan left-back Achraf Hakimi has a bigger chance to play for Los Blancos due to his good relationship with the new boss.This Monday evening, the Dortmund player offered an interview to El Larguero ahead of his squad’s Champions League match against Atletico Madrid at the Metropolitano Stadium.The Colchoneros lost their first match against the vibrant German squad that is filled with young players such as Achraf, but this will be a very special match for him because of his past as a Madridista and he will certainly try to enjoy it.The last time these two squads faced a few weeks ago, Atletico painfully lost 4-0 at Signal Iduna Park with a staggering three assists from the young Real Madrid product.This impact he is making in German football is a perfect way to convince Los Blancos that he needs to return to the club as soon as possible, everybody thought that he was already in talks with the club due to the fantastic season he is having with Borussia Dortmund.But to everybody’s surprise, Achraf is actually not even planning on a return yet because he only had contact with Lopetegui once.📻 @AchrafHakimi en @ellarguero, sobre su salida del Madrid: “Lopetegui tampoco sabía mucho lo que iba a pasar, a quien iban a traer y demás. Le dije que prefería tener minutos y él no sabía si iban a traer algún fichaje y demás. No, no fue decisión suya” https://t.co/JD2CAggxTj pic.twitter.com/DSYry7pK9l— El Larguero (@ellarguero) November 5, 2018This revelation is nothing but another main reason why Julen Lopetegui was clearly not the ideal man to coach Real Madrid, his lack of understanding of the environment was too great to ignore and his inability to recognize that the young players are the club’s best bet for the future is what doomed him in the end.Achraf is already getting all the recognition he deserves in Germany, and he is also getting all the attention he needs from the club because Santiago Solari is currently in charge.The Argentine manager coached Achraf during his time at Castilla and all he needs now is for Santi to stay as the boss, the player is aware that the opportunity is there and this Tuesday will be key for him to finally convince Florentino that he needs to return and become the next great left-back who can help Marcelo retire with grace and without worrying about leaving his position unprotected.Because of Borussia Dortmund’s visit to Madrid where they will play against Atletico this Tuesday, Achraf agreed to do an interview with El Larguero and spoke about the possibility of going back to Real Madrid and his lack of relationship with Lopetegui.Merson 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.#UCL mood ⚽ pic.twitter.com/MXxVRUNQVV— Achraf Hakimi (@AchrafHakimi) November 5, 2018“I didn’t really have a lot of contact with Lopetegui. I only had one phone call with him before the season started to see what my situation was and that’s it,” said Achraf to Cadena Ser’s El Larguero.“He didn’t really know what was going to happen because he was going through his first days at Real Madrid and he had no idea who the club was going to bring. And well, I also told him that I preferred having more minutes and he didn’t know if the club was going to sign a player in my position or not.”“Things are very difficult at Real Madrid right now, but I think the club will come out on top in the end. I’m happy for Solari because he has the chance to coach the first squad and he will prove his worth little by little.”“I love the intensity he transmits in every practice, in every match, you can see how it shows on the pitch.”“I’ve been a Madridista since I was a little kid and I would love to succeed in the club of my life.”“But I’m only thinking about the present for now, which is to succeed in Dortmund and make things go well for me. Then we will see what happens later,” he concluded.Achraf: “No hablé mucho con Lopetegui, él tampoco sabía muy bien lo que iba a pasar” https://t.co/BDeFYze18k pic.twitter.com/IkjGixacBv— El Larguero (@ellarguero) November 5, 2018When do you think is the best time for Achraf to return to Real Madrid? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Twitter News Diddy, Drake, Guns N’ Roses: Forbes’ Highest-Paid Musicians Of 2017 Facebook Who Made Forbes’ 2017 Highest-Paid List? diddy-drake-guns-n-roses-forbes-highest-paid-musicians-2017 Who’s getting paid and then some? Check out the full top 10 list of highest-paid musicians courtesy of ForbesTim McPhateGRAMMYs Dec 8, 2017 – 8:09 am “Success doesn’t just end up on your lap. You have to work, work, work, and work some more.” Wise words from Sean “Diddy” Combs,” who personally knows a thing or two about working hard and positive results. The GRAMMY-winning mogul has worked his way to the top of many a mountain, including a new one: the top of Forbes’ top 10 list of highest-paid musicians in 2017. Diddy parlayed a Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, a Cîroc vodka deal and the sale of 33 percent of his Sean John clothing line to pull in a cool $130 million.”I started looking at business at the age of 12, [from] delivering newspapers to working in gas station bathrooms, or even doing things like being a background dancer or a stylist,” Diddy told Forbes earlier this year. “Whatever I could do to get close to the industry.”Beyoncé placed second on the list with $105 million, driven by her successful Queen Bey Formation World Tour. Drake landed the No. 3 spot with $94 million, driven by his successful Boy Meets World Tour.Forbes’ list was based on pretax income earned between June 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017, with data collected from Nielsen SoundScan, Pollstar, the RIAA and interviews with industry insiders. View the entire list below.1. Diddy: $130 million2. Beyoncé: $105 million3. Drake: $94 million4. The Weeknd: $92 million5. Coldplay: $88 million6. Guns N’ Roses: $84 million7. Justin Bieber: $83.5 million8. Bruce Springsteen: $75 million9. Adele: $69 million10. Metallica: $66.5 millionApple Reveals Top Albums Of 2017 Email Read more
The population of beluga whales in Cook Inlet is a third of what it once was in 1970. (Photo courtesy of LGL Alaska Research Associates)The beluga whale population in Cook Inlet has been steadily declining since the 1970s.The number of whales in the area today is just a third of what it once was, and the Alaska Department of Fish Game wants to help belugas recover.In order to do that, Fish and Game needs to answer other questions about mating and their habitat, and two new studies aim to do just that.Back in the 1970s, beluga whales were common around Cook Inlet, with a count of about 1,300 in the area. Now that number is closer to 340.Cook Inlet belugas were officially listed as endangered in 2008, and things have not gotten better.Cook Inlet itself was listed as critical habitat in 2011.Two new Fish and Game studies aim to find out more about where belugas feed and their social behaviors.“Both of these studies have been based on samples and research that have been going on for ten years or more,” Fish and Game wildlife physiologist Mandy Keough said.Keough samples teeth found in stranded belugas in order to get a better idea about their feeding habits.“One of the reasons why both these proposals have been funded is that we are finally at a point where we have enough samples and enough collaborators with various expertise working together to be able to address these questions,” Keough said.Fish and Game hopes both past data and new samples help find where Cook Inlet belugas have fed in the past and if feeding grounds have shifted.Fish and Game anchored audio recording devices to track where whales are finding food.“Looking for that acoustic signature, that whistle that they make. It’s actually a buzz that signifies that they have had a successful forage,” Keough said.After they locate where these sounds are coming from, people can go to the sites and research further.The second half of the project focuses on belugas in Bristol Bay.Fish and Game thinks that population could give some insight into the mating habits for whales back in Cook Inlet.Lori Quakenbush heads up that study and works for the Fish and Game Mammal Program.Over in Bristol Bay, the beluga whale count is double Cook Inlet’s numbers.More beluga whales means a larger dataset to pull information.Using skin samples from Bristol Bay whales, researchers can see how the whales are related, giving them an idea of which whales are mating.Quakenbush thinks belugas might have a pack mentality, almost like wolves.“You might have 10 adult males and 10 adult females in any given years,” Quakenbush said. “It may only be one or two of them mating and reproducing as opposed to all of them.”Quakenbush wants to use the data to inform best practices for increasing the population in Cook Inlet.While Quakenbush hopes to come up with a strong game plan, she notes the answer may be inconvenient.“We will investigate that large genetic dataset that we have and see what we can learn about belugas overall,” Quakenbush said. “That might affect how quickly a population like Cook Inlet can expand. It might be very different than what we’re thinking,”So, where are the Cook Inlet whales now? The belugas mostly stay in Upper Cook Inlet.However, there is not substantial research as to why. Keough said that is another goal of the project.“We don’t know if that’s just because there are fewer animals available, or if they are relying on more fresh water fish than they have historically,” Keough said.After the study, Fish and Game hopes to have more answers than questions, and that those answers will lead to more belugas in Cook Inlet.
At least 1,212 people, including 157 women and 215 children, were killed and 2,429 others injured in 1,168 road accidents in the first three months of the current year.The accidents took place on various highways, national, inter-district and regional roads between 1 January and 31 March across the country.The National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways (NCPSRR), a non-government organisation, on Tuesday revealed the information in its regular monthly survey and observation report, reports UNB.The report was prepared on the basis of 22 national dailies, 10 regional newspapers and eight online news portals and news agencies.According to the report, 411 people, including 53 women and 71 children, lost lives and 725 others received injuries in 383 accidents in January. Some 401 accidents occurred in February when 415 people were killed while 884 others injured. Among the deceased, 58 were women and 62 children.In March, 386 people, including 46 women and 82 children, died and 820 others were injured in 384 road crashes.Ashis Kumar Dey, general secretary of the national committee, said they identified 10 major reasons for increasing road accidents.The reasons are: Racing tendency among drivers and reckless driving, contractual leasing of vehicles to drivers or conductors on daily basis, employing drivers without having any licence, lack of awareness of pedestrians and small vehicle drivers, especially motorcyclists, overloading and overtaking tendency of drivers violating traffic rules.Besides, long-time driving without any interval, lack of implementation of law to stop plying of unfit vehicles, violation of traffic rules on long routes, increase in motorcycles and three-wheelers on roads and highways, and carrying passengers and goods in locally-made motorised vehicles.