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5 Preparation Tips for Directing Your Next Commercial

first_img4. Reference CommercialsI love to pull from and watch as many reference commercials as possible. For every spot I create, I’m usually pulling ideas from five to seven other commercials that I liked. The best part is that these reference commercials can really help illustrate to your client the tone you’re trying to achieve. Most often, as visual creators, we can see an idea in our head before we ever put anything to paper. Reference commercials help to align your vision and the client’s.Reference commercials or videos can be anything. You may find a totally unrelated spot, but like how they incorporated color into their commercial. Or, you may find a commercial where you liked how they utilized music to create a mood. It may even be a scene from a movie and you appreciated how they filmed it.Reference commercials can be used in so many different ways, always inspiring and motivating directorial choices.5. Find Inspiration in PhotographyCommercial photography as inspiration.Image by Gerain0812.Photography is my favorite medium to pull ideas from. Photography has only one frame, while we (as filmmakers) have twenty-four frames per second. Everything has to be intentional with photography because you only have one opportunity to get your message, tone, and mood across. Seeing how a photographer is able to tell a similar story that you’re trying to achieve is ultra insightful. Photography typically motivates my mood, wardrobe, and locations for any spot I do.Overall, it’s essential to take the necessary prep for directing a commercial. While each director may have their own creative process, I’ve found these tips vastly beneficial.Top image by gnepphoto.Want more on video production? Check these out.A Guide on Soliciting Feedback and Review for Film DraftsPremiere Pro Quick Tip: How to Create Proxies7 Ways to Stay Safe and Avoid Injuries on Video ProjectsExciting New Prospects for Lighting Your Future SetDo Creative Agencies Need a Creative Director of Video? A well-prepared director is a good director. Take a look at five useful tips for preparing to direct any commercial spot.As a director, creatively preparing for your next commercial spot is one of the most important things you can do.1. Acquaint Yourself with Your Client’s BusinessKnow what your client needs.Image via Gerain0812.As a commercial director, your end client is businesses. Those businesses are utilizing your creative abilities to increase the amount of business they receive.As a result, one of the first and most important things you can do as a director is to understand how your client makes money. Understanding how they make money makes certain that the creative you bring to the table aligns with their interest and business objectives. As important as how they make money is also who they make money from — their target demographic. Knowing your audience, as a director, is crucial.The most tried and true method I’ve found to acquaint myself with a client is to take a deep dive into their company website. Through this, you can decipher how they operate, how they function, and who they’re trying to talk to.2. Visit Their Social Media AccountsI love visiting a client’s social media account(s). That includes Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and really anywhere they post their content. These resource gives you a quick overview of what their previous advertising efforts were and the general tone they’re trying to achieve for their brand. It also gives you the ability to quickly see their previous creative endeavors. Through this, you can get a clearer understanding of where they may want to go and where you may be able to take them, creatively.Most importantly, visiting their social accounts ensures that you don’t pitch them an idea for something they’ve already tried in the past.3. Make a Music PlaylistMusic and commercials go hand-in-hand. Some of the best commercials that come to memory were driven by a notable musical track. Music can make or break any commercial.For any spot I do, I make a playlist that reflects the mood and tone we’re trying to achieve for that spot. Then, I listen to that playlist while I’m doing any sort of prep for that shoot. This method helps put you in the correct mood and headspace, thus influencing the creative in the correct manner.last_img read more

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Four arrested for assault on two Kashmiri street vendors in Lucknow

first_imgKashmiri traders assaulted in Lucknow Two Kashmiri men selling dryfruits on the roadside in Lucknow were assaulted over their identity by saffron-clad persons, leading to the arrest of four members of the Vishwa Hindu Dal, a right wing group, on Thursday.Recorded on phone The accused not only assaulted the Kashmiri traders but also recorded the incident on their mobile phones and shared the clip on social media, taking credit for the assault.The clip showed the Kashmiri men being beaten with sticks and being slapped, and subjected to verbal abuse and anti-Kashmiri remarks.The incident took place late on Wednesday afternoon at the busy Daliganj bridge where vendors set up stalls to sell vegetables, fruits and other items. The assaulters got down from a car, accosted the three or four Kashmir men who had laid out their wares on the road and demanded that they display their identity cards. While two Kashmiris escaped, the others were assaulted, with one of the victims seen crying. Local onlookers and motorists soon came to the rescue of the Kashmir residents and confronted the saffron-clad men. In the video, when a local intervenes and asks why they are beating them, one of the assaulters replies: “They are Kashmiris. They are pelting stones there.”  In response, the onlooker asks them to not take the law into their hands. One Kashmiri man is then handed over to the police, while the other is seen running away crying, leaving his stock behind. “They called us terrorists and said we pelt stones, and started hitting us,” said a victim. After widespread outrage, the Lucknow police late on Wednesday evening filed an FIR at Hassanganj police station, under Sections 147, 323 and 504 of the Indian Penal Code, but added sections 153A, 307 (attempt to murder) and 7CLA Act in the case on Thursday.While the main accused Bajrang Sonkar was arrested late on Wednesday night, Himanshu Garg, Anirudh Kumar and Amar Mishra were nabbed on Thursday, police said.The victims belong to Kulgam.SSP Kalanidhi Naithani said the accused belong to the Vishwa Hindu Dal Trust run by one Ambuj Nigam. Sonkar has around a dozen criminal cases against him till 2011, including murder, loot and Arms Act violations, said the officer.last_img read more

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Akhilesh Yadav seeks SIT probe into Unnao rape survivor accident

first_imgSamajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on July 30 demanded that a Special Investigation Team (SIT), under the supervision of a sitting judge, probe the Rae Bareli accident in which BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar is an accused. Mr. Yadav, who met the family of the alleged rape survivor at the King George’s Medical University in Lucknow, told reporters that the “daughter will get justice” only if a SIT formed under a sitting judge probed the case. The young woman, who last year accused Mr. Sengar of raping her, and her lawyer Mahendra Singh were seriously injured after a truck hit their car in Rae Bareli. While the police said prima facie it appeared to be an accident, the family suspected foul play and demanded a CBI probe.The Yogi Adityanath government has sent a formal request to the Central government to transfer the case, in which Mr. Sengar, his brother and their aides are booked for murder and criminal conspiracy among other charges, to the CBI.Blaming the Adityanath government for the entire episode, Mr. Yadav said, “It is natural for the people to point their finger at the government and the BJP MLA.”“Today, if her aunts have lost their lives, then who is responsible,” he asked.He took swipes at Mr. Adityanath and said if such an incident took place in the State when it had a “Yogi as CM,” then who was responsible. “The police is responsible, the government is responsible. Then why is the government not taking any action,” Mr. Yadav asked.He supported the family’s demand for the release of their uncle Mahesh Singh from the Rae Bareli jail in this moment of crisis. The uncle is the complainant in the accident case and had made the request for the CBI probe in a formal application.Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma said Mahesh Singh would attend the cremation of his dead relatives. He would be out on parole after the court granted the family’s request.last_img read more

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Sebastian Coe elected IAAF president

first_imgBritain’s Sebastian Coe was elected as new International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) president at the 50th IAAF Congress here on Wednesday.Coe, a former Conservative Party lawmaker and a member of the House of Lords, a two-time Olympic 1,500-meter champion and chief organiser of the 2012 London Olympics, beat Ukrainian pole vault great Sergei Bubka and won the vote 115-92 in the IAAF election held on the eve of the world championships in Beijing, reported Xinhua.Former president Lamine Diack, who has been at the helm for 16 years, left with the track and field’s international governing body under criticism after media allegations that he failed to act on evidence of widespread blood doping.Also read: IAAF denies accusations of widespread dopingWhile both candidates called for an overhaul of the way the anti-doping programme is run, Coe was more forceful against critics by describing the accusations as a “declaration of war”.Britain’s The Sunday Times newspaper reported earlier in August that one-third of medals in endurance races at the Olympics and world championships were won by athletes who have recorded suspicious blood readings.last_img read more

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Romelu Lukaku Subjected to Racist Monkey Chants by Crowd as he Scores in Inter Milan Win

first_imgMilan: Italian football was involved in another racism storm on Sunday as Romelu Lukaku was targeted by monkey chants before putting Inter Milan top of Serie A with the winning penalty in their 2-1 triumph at Cagliari.Lukaku – a 65 million euros ($73 million) summer signing from Manchester United – was preparing to take the spot-kick in the 71st minute in Sardinia when the racist chants came from the crowd that continued for several seconds. The 26-year-old Belgian international angrily looked towards the stands before confidently converting his second goal in as many games, which came after Lautaro Martinez’s 28th minute opener for the Antonio Conte’s side and Joao Pedro’s leveller for the hosts four minutes after the break.Lukaku was quickly surrounded by his teammates as Inter won their second from two league matches to sit ahead of champions Juventus, who also are on maximum points following their thrilling 4-3 win over Napoli on Saturday.Racist chanting has dogged Italian stadia in recent years, with Italy striker Moise Kean also the victim of similar abuse – alongside teammate Blaise Matuidi – at Cagliari after he scored a goal there for his former team Juventus last April.Kalidou Koulibaly was showered with monkey chants last season by Lukaku’s new fans at the San Siro, while several other black players have been targeted. “I didn’t hear (the chants),” said Conte. “I can speak however in general: I think we need to improve in Italy, respect everyone. When I was working abroad, the fans would cheer on their own team, not spend their entire time insulting the opponent. I was fine here, no one insulted me.”Torino are right alongside Inter and local rivals Juve after shocking Atalanta 3-2, while Lazio missed the chance to keep the pace with that trio after drawing an eventful Rome derby 1-1. Aleksandar Kolarov put Roma ahead in the 17th minute against the run of play with a well-taken penalty, but Luis Alberto grabbed the equaliser just before the hour mark to leave Paulo Fonseca without a win as new Roma boss.’Extraordinary show’Lazio missed several chances to seal a second win from their two opening games, hitting the woodwork four times with Roma rattling the frame of the goal twice. The hosts’ biggest regret was Manuel Lazzari’s 92nd-minute strike being ruled out for offside.”There’s a bit of bitterness. We had 21 shots on goal, hit the woodwork four times and a goal ruled out,” said Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi.”We had so many chances and you have to win games like that.””We offered an extraordinary show for the public, and a great thrill for me as a coach, at my first Rome derby,” said Fonseca.The derby took place amid heightened security after the murder of former Lazio ultras chiefs Fabrizio Piscitelli, nicknamed “Diabolik”, who was shot dead in the capital last month.Piscitelli was for almost 30 years the boss of Lazio’s hardcore Irriducibili (“Die Hards”) fan group, which is notorious for its far-right politics.Lazio fans unfurled a banner in his honour before the match with “Rest in peace Fabrizio”.Torino are also on maximum points after their comeback win at Atalanta, who qualified for this season’s Champions League by finishing third last season.Kevin Bonifazi had put Torino ahead after 24 minutes before Duvan Zapata’s double either side of the break for Atalanta.But Alex Berenguer got Torino back level on 57 minutes with Armando Izzo nodding in the winner on 66 minutes.Fiorentina fell to their second straight defeat 2-1 at Genoa, as did Sampdoria who were hammered 4-1 at Sassuolo thanks to a Domenico Berardi hat-trick scored in 14 first-half minutes. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Antonio ConteInterinter milanItaly’s Serie A First Published: September 2, 2019, 8:46 AM ISTlast_img read more

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India vs Pakistan Live Streaming, Women’s World T20: When And Where To Watch Live Telecast on TV and Online

first_imgIndia are on a high after a resounding 34-run win over world No.2 New Zealand in their ICC Women’s World T20 opener and will now aim to continue their domination over arch-rivals Pakistan at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Sunday.This will be the 11th meeting between India and Pakistan and India currently hold an 8-2 advantage over their arch-rivals. During the World T20 events, India and Pakistan have met five times, where India have won three times.As India prepare to face Pakistan on Sunday, they would hope to put up a similar performance to that against the New Zealand and in fact as skipper Harmanpreet Kaur said, better.Harmanpreet led from the front with a sensational 103 off 51 deliveries against the White Ferns as India posted a mammoth total of 194/5, their highest ever T20I total.The bowlers then did the rest as they restricted New Zealand to 160/9. After the match though, Harmanpreet said she would want the bowling department to brush up more and produce a better show.Also read – Women’s World T20: India start favourites vs arch-rivals PakistanDespite the win, India do have concerns in their batting order, especially at the top of the order after stumper Taniya Bhatia failed to justify her promotion to open the innings along side Smriti Mandhana. While Bhatia fell for nine, Mandhana too got out cheaply after scoring just two runs.It will be interesting to see if coach Romesh Powar and Harmanpreet decide to back veteran Mithali Raj to open the innings along side Mandhana against Pakistan. Mithali opened the innings for India in the two warm-up games against England and the West Indies scoring 18 and 0 respectively.advertisementEven as the top order stuttered, Jemimah Rodrigues is the one big positive that India took from the opener. Playing her first World Cup match, Jemimah showed stability and calmness beyond her years to forge a 134-run fourth wicket stand with her captain to dig India out of a troubled beginning.Also read – Back problem, cramps and fever: How Harmanpreet Kaur defied all odds for historic hundredOn the other hand, Pakistan will be itching to bounce back from the opening 52-run loss in the opener against Australia, especially considering their good form in the warm up fixtures against South Africa and Bangladesh.Against Australia’s 165/5, Pakistan failed to get going after being initially reduced to 31/3 and later their lack of big hitters cost them dear to be eventually restricted to a meagre 113/8.What time does the Women’s World T20 match India vs Pakistan start?Women’s World T20 match between India and Pakistan starts at 8.30PM IST on November 11, Sunday at the Providence Stadium in Guyana.What TV channel and live stream is the Women’s World T20 match between India and Pakistan Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs Pakistan match.Where will the Women’s World T20 match between India and Pakistan be played?The Women’s World T20 match between India and Pakistan will be played at the Providence Stadium in Guyana from 8.30PM IST.Where can I watch the India vs Pakistan Women’s World T20 match live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs Pakistan Women’s World T20 match?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs Pakistan from our live blog on indiatoday.in.What are the squads for the Women’s World T20 match between India and Pakistan?India: Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (WK), Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Anuja Patil, Ekta Bisht, Dayalan Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy.Pakistan: Aiman Anwer, Aliya Riaz, Anam Amin, Ayesha Zafar, Diana Baig, Javeria Khan (C), Muneeba Ali, Nahida Khan, Nashra Sandhu, Natalia Pervaiz, Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Sana Mir, Sidra Ameen, Sidra Nawaz (WK), Bismah Maroof.last_img read more

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BFFs Kareena Kapoor and Amrita Arora boxing in this workout video is gym goals

first_imgKareena Kapoor Khan and BFF Amrita Arora are not just best friend goals but are also the best workout buddies and their workout videos are proof.Just like last Friday, another video of the duo hitting it hard in the gym has landed and believe us when we say this, it makes us want to invest in some boxing gloves and go to the gym.The BFFs were seen boxing hard standing side by side with their trainer Drew Neal. The video that was shared by the trainer himself on his official Instagram account was captioned, “@amuaroraofficial and @therealkareenakapoor looking like kickboxers already. Teamwork makes the dream work and these 2 are punching and kicking it together.”For their gym session, Kareena chose to wear a blue sports bra with her black yoga pants and black sneakers which she paired with matching blue boxing gloves.On the other hand, BFF Amrita chose a red sleeveless top with black yoga pants and orange sports shoes. She too matched her red boxing gloves with her top.If this video doesn’t make you want to hit the gym, then we don’t know what will.ALSO SEE | Kareena Kapoor and Amrita Arora working out at gym will give you BFF goals. Watch videoadvertisementALSO WATCH | Saif’s answer when Taimur asks about his Kareena tattoo is adorablelast_img read more

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‘Barca lucky to have world’s best Messi’

first_imgBarcelona Valverde: We’re lucky to have world’s best Messi Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 12:06 10/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(14) LionelMessi - Cropped Getty Images Barcelona Lionel Messi Ernesto Valverde Athletic Club v Barcelona Athletic Club Primera División After Barcelona battled to a win over Athletic Bilbao, coach the manager sung the praises of his star once again Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde praised the “incredible” Lionel Messi after the star forward helped his side to a hard-fought win at Athletic Bilbao.Messi struck in the 36th minute before Paulinho sealed a tough 2-0 win for Barca, who were tested at San Mames on Saturday.Benzema 14/5 FGS with dabblebet 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 The Argentina international had released Jordi Alba down the left before getting on the end of a return pass to net his 12th LaLiga goal of the campaign.Valverde was again full of praise for the 30-year-old, who has 16 goals in 15 appearances in all competitions this season.”Messi could have scored another goal if the post hadn’t got in the way, but he’s incredible,” he said.”He can make the difference at any moment. It was a spectacular goal.”We’re so lucky that the best player in the world plays for us.”Leo #Messi #AthleticBarça pic.twitter.com/jaZ41ylEJM— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 28, 2017Barca are four points clear atop LaLiga after winning nine of their opening 10 games, conceding just three goals.Valverde was relieved to come away with three points against a club he played for and coached.”It is important to win difficult games. Athletic caused us lots of difficulties,” he said.”They raised the intensity and the ball spent more time closer to our goal than we got it to theirs. But we have shown why our defensive record is so good.”last_img read more

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Leicester earn last-gasp Man Utd draw

first_imgLeicester City 2 Manchester United 2: Maguire snatches dramatic draw Jack Davies Last updated 1 year ago 05:51 12/24/17 maguire2 - CROPPED Getty Images Leicester City scored a dramatic late equaliser to hold Manchester United to a 2-2 draw. Harry Maguire produced a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser to earn 10-man Leicester City a 2-2 draw against Manchester United, denting their opponents’ already slim hopes of reeling in Manchester City in the Premier League title race.United looked set to clinch all three points after two goals from Juan Mata had turned the match on its head following Jamie Vardy’s 50th goal in the top flight.However, Maguire got on the end of a perfectly flighted Marc Albrighton cross from the left to direct a finish beyond David De Gea, leaving United 13 points adrift of City at the midway point. 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 Vardy combined with Riyad Mahrez to fire Leicester in front after 27 minutes, before Mata pulled United level five minutes from the break.After showing great composure to net his first, Mata was equally cool when he floated a wonderful free-kick beyond Kasper Schmeichel on the hour.Leicester’s chances of restoring parity were dealt a blow when Daniel Amartey – on as a 57th-minute substitute – was sent off for a second bookable offence just 16 minutes later, but Maguire popped up with a leveller, capitalising on the injured Chris Smalling’s lack of mobility, that sent the home fans into raptures.GOALLLLLLLL! HARRY MAGUIREEEEEEEE!IT’S 2-2 IN STOPPAGE TIME! YASSSSSSS! pic.twitter.com/MTgwyLIniQ — Leicester City (@LCFC) December 23, 2017 United drew two early saves from Schmeichel as they made a bright start at the King Power Stadium.Jesse Lingard’s strike needed tipping over after taking a deflection off Leicester defender Harry Maguire, before Paul Pogba unleashed a low drive that was pounced upon by the Dane.However, it was Leicester who broke the deadlock when Riyad Mahrez – holding the ball up well on the edge of the box after racing on to a long Wilfred Ndidi pass – waited for the run of Vardy before threading through a pass that was gratefully dispatched by the England striker. An ambitious effort from halfway by Pogba was both wayward and tracked all the way by a retreating Schmeichel, but Mata soon had United level with a well-worked equaliser.Anthony Martial was afforded too much space on the left and his deflected cross was met in the box by Lingard, who teed up Mata to place an effort into the bottom corner from 12 yards.Christian Fuchs should have restored Leicester’s lead early in the second half when, after Mahrez’s dizzying feet had hypnotised Ashley Young down the right, he had a shot blocked by Victor Lindelof when he perhaps had more time to place his shot.Fuchs, being a defender, could be forgiven for not having the sharpest of attacking instincts, but there could be no excuse for Martial moments later, when he blazed over after being played in by a wonderful Romelu Lukaku throughball.When the next goal did arrive it was a beauty. Mata curled a delightful free-kick over the wall and just out of the reach of a diving Schmeichel, who reacted too late to make the stop.#MUFC pic.twitter.com/938ImgnbX0— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 23, 2017Lingard placed a shot against the base of the left-hand upright following another superb Lukaku pass after 72 minutes, but Amartey’s foolish double booking looked like ending Leicester hopes.However, after both sides had penalty shouts turned down, Maguire met Albrighton’s cross to guide the ball beyond De Gea, with United’s defence carrying an injured Smalling for the crucial closing stages.Key Opta facts:- Manchester City will be 13 points clear of Manchester United on Christmas Day – the biggest points gap between first and second place on Christmas Day in English top-flight history.- This was the first time that United have conceded a 90th-minute goal that has changed the result of a league game since February 7 2016 (1-1 v Chelsea – Diego Costa).- In fact, this was the second time in the space of four days that Jose Mourinho’s men have conceded an injury-time goal to change the result of a game, after losing to Bristol City in the EFL Cup in midweek.- United have lost just one of their last 13 league visits to Leicester City (W7 D5 L1), a 5-3 defeat in September 2014. read morelast_img read more

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Ease into Summer with Penfield Clothing

first_img Dictador 2 Masters Takes Luxury Rum to a New Level Rabbit Hole Rebrands and Launches New Whiskey For the summer, we’re looking at the lightweight cotton T-shirts ($40-$60) and boldly printed shorts ($60-$80). The water-resistant hooded jackets ($115) will keep you dry during a sudden rain shower. So go ahead, stock up and head outdoors in style. London Opens World’s First Cheese Conveyor Belt Restaurant 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Hops and Terroir: Why the Beer World is Embracing the Wine Term Summer has officially arrived, and it calls for a new wardrobe. We suggest peeking at Penfield for inspiration. Since 1975, the outdoor clothing brand has crafted garments fit for unpredictable the New England weather. Penfield’s clothes “give you warmth in a variety of weather conditions, active comfort without restrictions, and years of superior performance,” the website says. Editors’ Recommendations Found in stores across the United States and worldwide, Penfield products are made with hardy materials: densely woven wax cloth, tough nylon and Thermolite fabric to ward off the cold.last_img read more

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Insight Vacations’ New 2019/2020 Seasonal Brochure Released

first_imgExplore Christmas Markets and the Northern Lights in 2019-2020 New York, N.Y., March 4, 2019 – Insight Vacations is bringing together the magic of autumn, winter and spring with the release of its 2019-20 Seasons brochure, featuring 33 premium escorted journeys. The collection includes three new itineraries Glories of Greece & Three Continents Cruise, Athens & Three Continents Cruise and Easy Pace Busapest, Vienna & Prague Insight’s full collection of journeys to Europe, Britain and the Eastern Mediterranean includes departures between Oct. 2019 and April 2020. Guests can uncover the awe-inspiring northern lights, magical Christmas markets, fascinating Ancient Civilizations and favorite destinations in a whole new light. What’s more, travel during this time offers exceptional value with fewer crowds. Autumn to spring is the time to experience Egypt where clients will revel in its rich heritage with milder temperatures on Insight Vacations’ 12-day Splendours of Egypt itinerary. Guests have the best chance of witnessing the northern lights on darker nights with the 10-day Northern Lights of Scandinavia journey or explore the magic of Europe’s celebrated Christmas markets and be surrounded by snowy landscapes on Insight’s 12-day Alpine Christmas Market itinerary. All of these magical journeys include unique Insight Experiences, showing guests a range of fascinating experiences and connecting them with local people who truly bring each destination to life. Clients will savor Insight’s deliciously authentic dining experiences, stay in style, enjoy smaller group camaraderie and seamless, stress-free travel. “We are pleased to unveil our newest Seasons brochure, giving our Travel Advisors incredible experiences and exceptional value during the “secret season”. Traveling in the off-peak season means guests will experience fewer crowds, unique access and more choice, a world of opportunity awaits our guests during these magical moments,” said Jon Grutzner, President of Insight Vacations. Advisors are advised to urge guests to book early to secure their spot for the trending travel seasons and save 5% per person with Insight’s Early Payment Discount, when booked by Aug. 29, 2019.  About Insight Vacations As a global leader in premium escorted travel, Insight Vacations® has been crafting magical journeys for almost 40 years that embody The Art of Traveling in Style™. Through meticulous planning, detailed preparation and boundless passion, Insight’s collection of award-winning itineraries showcases the most outstanding destinations in Europe and North America. Guided by a highly-skilled Travel Director, guests can look forward to traveling in smaller groups, savoring authentic dining and enjoying a range of immersive Insight Experiences. To find out more, visit insightvacations.com About The TreadRight Foundation Created as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation ’s (TTC) family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. Founded by Brett Tollman, Chief Executive, TTC, to date TreadRight has supported more than 40 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. As an official Diamond Sponsor of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, TTC is dedicated to bringing the industry together with a shared goal of benefiting local communities and the environment. To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at TreadRight.org.last_img read more

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Young Entrepreneur Targets Natural Health Market

first_imgYoung entrepreneur, Andrew Khan, is seeking a foothold in the lucrative natural health market, with his flavourful and nutritious Moringa teas.Through his Jablo Enterprise, based in St. Elizabeth, the 22-year old is producing and marketing a Moringa sorrel tea blend and is looking to offer a ginger flavour this month.The teas are being sold at some supermarkets in Kingston and St. Andrew and will soon be available in Portmore.“Things are going well so far,” Khan says of his year old operation. “I’m trying to step up production right now because there is a high demand for (the teas),” he told JIS News.The proud entrepreneur, who is the recipient of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Entrepreneurship, is not a scientist or natural health expert, and says his entry into the market was purely by accident.Having just completed his degree in Entrepreneurship at the University of the West Indies (UWI), he was looking for the perfect business opportunity, and decided to take advantage of the expanse of unused land at his family home in St. Elizabeth.He told JIS News that he wanted to cultivate a plant that would be resistant to the dry St. Elizabeth weather and would be “immune” to praedial larcenists. At first, he thought of the aloe vera plant, but then he stumbled on the Moringa seeds.The plant is known as the miracle tree because of its nutritional and famed curative properties.Khan says he did extensive research on the plant and he approached a lecturer at UWI, who verified its benefits. Its nutritional value was also confirmed by the Scientific Research Council (SRC) and the Bureau of Standards. Khan says that Moringa leaves have four times more Vitamin A than carrots; four times the Vitamin E of almonds; seven times the Vitamin C of orange; four times more calcium than milk; and seven times more potassium than bananas. Additionally, he told JIS News, it contains essential amino acids required by the human body.Enthused by the possibilities, and applying the theories he learnt at UWI, Khan launched his business in 2012. He capitalized the venture with $150,000 he received for winning the UWI Guild of Students Business Plan Competition in 2010 and with donations from family members.Khan planted half an acre of the Moringa and provided seedlings to farmers in the area, from whom he also makes purchases. He sources the sorrel from other farmers.“It is a source of income for the farmers,” he said of his business.The production process, he told JIS News, involves first hand picking the leaves, washing them and then drying them in a steam dryer. The leaves are next placed in a grinding machine and then packed in tea bags by a packing machine. Finally, they are attractively packaged for the market.Khan said all the profits have been pumped back into the business, which he plans to expand. He also is laying plans to increase the land under cultivation to one acre, in addition to adding a ginger-flavoured tea. “So there’s now an opportunity for farmers to grow more ginger,’ he said.Khan is proud of his fledgling business, which he said, is providing employment and an income for other farmers. Khan said he also plans to export the product and has already sold a few tea packages to persons overseas.“I’ll step up production, look for opportunities for export to start earning some foreign exchange, which will be good for the economy,” he pledged.But it was not all smooth sailing for Khan to get everyone to buy into his vision.“At first, persons did not know what the Moringa plant was, so convincing them that it was a really a good plant and that its product will do well and getting farmers inSt. Elizabeth to believe in what I was doing and grow the plant was the most difficult part,” he recalled.Another challenge is the lack of adequate water supply in the area, but Khan says he plans to install a drip irrigation system on his farm.The young entrepreneur told JIS News that he was elated at receiving the Youth Award from Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, earlier this year.“During the ceremony when I heard my name being called, I almost had a heart attack. My heart started pumping hard, but I was able to walk up on stage and receive the award from the Prime Minister,” he said.“Just hearing her say, ‘Well done’ was really good. It showed that the Prime Minister actually believed in my vision and my business,” he said, noting that the publicity he had received after winning the award has propelled the marketing of the product.Contact: Elaine Hartman Reckordlast_img read more

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Spotted Stena Bulk Names 9th MR Tanker

first_imgImage Courtesy: Stena BulkSwedish tanker shipping company Stena Bulk has held a naming ceremony for the Stena Immaculate, the ninth of a total of 13 IMOIIMAX MR tankers at Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI) shipyard in China.The 50,000 dwt vessel, which will be delivered from GSI within the next few days, will sail from Papua New Guinea to Europe on its maiden voyage.The chemical and product tanker has a length of 183 meters and a beam of 32 meters.All the IMOIIMAX tankers will be included in a fleet operated by Stena Weco and will sail in the company’s global logistics system, which currently employs more than 60 vessels.The delivery of the tenth tanker from the batch, the Stena Impeccable, is scheduled to take place in March 2017.The remaining three ships are set to join the company’s fleet by 2018.Five of the 13 tankers are wholly owned by Stena Bulk, four together with Singaporean palm oil company Golden Agri Resources (GAR), two by Stena Bulk’s sister company Concordia Maritime and two by Stena Weco.last_img read more

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Spotted Port of Durbans Wharf Upgrades Almost Done

first_imgSouth Africa’s Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) six-berth reconstruction project at the Maydon Wharf Precinct in the Port of Durban has reached a milestone, with berth 13 and 14 now deeper and safer for bigger ships calling at the port.On January 13, 2017, the Port of Durban serviced Bright Sky, the first vessel to use the berth 14 after reconstruction. Both berths are now fully operational, according to TNPA.The ZAR 1.5 billion project for reconstruction and deepening of six Maydon Wharf Berths 1-4, 13 and 14 was awarded to Stefanutti Stocks AXSYS joint venture in 2014.Once completed, the berths will have a draught of 14.5 meters enabling them to handle vessels with draughts up to 13 meters. However, the Maydon Wharf access channel will still need to be deepened to enable deeper draught vessels to sail in fully laden, according to TNPA.Constructed more than 90 years ago, the Maydon Wharf Precinct is one of the oldest cargo terminals and is the largest breakbulk and dry bulk handling precinct in the Port of Durban covering 120 hectares of the port land.The quay walls in the precinct were originally designed to handle vessels of approximately 20,000 dwt versus the 55,000 dwt vessels now calling the port.“The quay walls of the old berths had reached their lifespan and were becoming unsafe for the vessels to operate. This project has given new life and a safe environment for larger ships to berth,” Malefetsane Setaka, Port of Durban Engineer, said.The completion of berths 13 and 14 comes a few months after the handover of berth 1 and 2 to port operations in July 2016. This brings the number of completed berths to four.The project to reconstruct and repair all six berths is expected to be completed by 2018, according to TNPA.Image Courtesy: TNPAlast_img read more

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Fears grow in South Korea as tests confirm more swine fever

first_imgSeoul: South Korea on Wednesday said it was intensifying efforts to clean farms around the country as it scrambles to contain the spread of the highly contagious African swine fever that has ravaged farms near its border with North Korea. Lab tests Tuesday night confirmed the country’s fifth case since last week from a farm in Ganghwa, an island county near its border with North Korea, raising fears that the country is losing a battle to halt the spread of the illness that wiped out pig populations across Asia. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report South Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said hundreds of officials have been deployed to inspect disinfection efforts at pig farms, slaughter houses and feed mills nationwide, which came under a government-imposed 48-hour standstill as of noon Tuesday. African swine fever is harmless to people, but having it spread from farms to densely populated areas would make it harder to contain. The illness is highly contagious and fatal for pigs, with no known cure. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests In South Korea, where diets rely heavily on pork, there is concern the outbreak could spread and hurt an industry with 6,300 farms raising more than 11 million pigs. The disease decimated pig herds in China and other Asian countries before reaching the Koreas. Government workers dressed in lab coats and masks guarded roadblocks near farms in border areas, where excavators have been used to dig huge pits used for killing and burying thousands of pigs. The gates, entrances and grounds of many farms were covered in snowy layers of calcium oxide, a disinfectant. “During the standstill, we will conduct extensive disinfection operations on farms and other related facilities and thoroughly examine the results to strictly maintain quarantine,” Kim Hyun-soo, the country’s agriculture minister, said in a news briefing on Wednesday. Nearly 22,000 pigs have been culled since the outbreak was first confirmed last week in the border towns of Paju and Yeoncheon, but officials have yet to identify the infection route. The disease may have crossed from North Korea, which reported an outbreak near its border with China in late May. Officials earlier this week confirmed the country’s third and fourth cases from Gimpo, which is on the southern side of a river that separates the border region and the populous metropolitan area surrounding capital Seoul, and another farm in Paju. North Korea in recent months has virtually scrapped all diplomatic activity and cooperation with South Korea amid a standstill in nuclear negotiations with the United States, which has complicated efforts to prevent the disease from reaching regions near the inter-Korean border. In a closed-door briefing to lawmakers, South Korean National Intelligence Service Director Suh Hoon said North Korea had new cases after July despite culling pigs, disinfecting farms and restricting the distribution of pork products, according to lawmakers who attended the session. Lee Hye-hoon, chairwoman of the National Assembly’s intelligence committee, said Suh used charts to explain how the disease has apparently spread to nearly all parts of North Korea. According to Lee, Suh said the agency has heard from unspecified civilian sources that pig herds in North Pyongan province a region north of capital Pyongyang have supposedly been “annihilated.” Lee said Suh said his agency was struggling to obtain more information because the North has been rejecting repeated South Korean calls for joint quarantine efforts. “It was difficult to gauge (from Suh’s briefing) whether quarantine measures in North Korea have been thorough and sufficient,” Lee told The Associated Press.last_img read more

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PM wishes Manmohan Singh on his 87th birthday

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday wished Congress leader and his predecessor Manmohan Singh on his birthday. “Best wishes to our former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh Ji on his birthday. I pray for his long and healthy life,” Modi tweeted. Manmohan Singh, a Rajya Sabha member and one of the Congress’s top leaders, turned 87 today. The renowned economist, credited with bringing in sweeping reforms in the 1990s, was prime minister for 10 years until the Congress was decimated by the BJP in 2014 and PM Modi took power for the first time. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also extended greetings to Manmohan Singh. “Greetings and warm wishes to former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh ji on his birthday. I wish him good health and a long life,” the defence minister said in a tweet.last_img read more

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SpiceJet to launch 46 new flights from next month

first_imgMumbai: Budget carrier SpiceJet announced on Thursday expansion of its domestic network, adding 46 new direct flights to various destinations over a period of time in the winter schedule, which commences from October 27. Besides, the airline, in a release, also announced the launch of Rajkot as its 54th destination, with a direct flight services from here to Gujarat’s fourth-largest city. The new services include Pune-Jodhpur, Chennai- Durgapur (under Udan scheme), Mumbai-Jodhpur, Bengaluru- Guwahati, Chennai-Vishakhapatnam, Chennai-Jaipur, Vijayawada- Vishakhapatnam and Hyderabad-Aurangabad sectors, among others, said the release. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraIn addition, SpiceJet will also launch flight services between ChennaiPatna, AhmedabadJodhpur and Surat- Udaipur sectors, it said. We announce the launch of 46 new domestic flights and the addition of Rajkot as our 54th domestic destination. As we add newer cities and flights to our network, our focus remains firmly on connecting the unconnected parts of the country. “We are bullish on the growth potential of the country’s smaller cities and towns and see great demand on the routes we have announced,” said Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director, SpiceJet. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysIn addition, SpiceJet will also scale up operations on the some of the routes by adding frequencies as well as re- instate services on the Bengaluru-Varanasi route, the release added. The airline will deploy a mix of its Boeing 737s NG and Bombardier Q400s on the new routes, it said. With the new flights, passengers from cities such as Rajkot, Aurangabad, Jodhpur, Varanasi, Shirdi, Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam, among others, will be able to easily travel to a host of other cities both on SpiceJets domestic as well as international network, the airline added.last_img read more

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There is a stigma placed on actresses

first_imgLos Angeles: Elle Fanning says women are expected to be “jealous” in Hollywood. In an interview to Tatler magazine, Fanning said women are told to pit themselves against one another in Hollywood, reports femalefirst.co.uk. “There is a stigma placed on women in any workplace, especially in Hollywood. You must be super competitive and super jealous. And it’s something that people want to project, but it’s actually not the case,” she said. The Maleficent: Mistress of Evil star had a passion for acting from a young age. She used to act scenes with her sister Dakota Fanning. “Well, I saw my sister doing it and I was a huge ham growing up. We would constantly put on these scenes around the house. It wasn’t for anyone, only for ourselves. We would do lines, characters, it was very funny. It just felt right at home for us… We weren’t supposed to do this at all,” she said.last_img read more

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Senco Gold Diamonds signed 2018 Asian Games Gol

first_imgSenco Gold & Diamonds, signed 2018 Asian Games Gold Medalist and 2019 Arjuna Awardee Swapna Barman as their new brand ambassador. She will be promoting ‘Everlite’ – the light-weight jewellery range from Senco Gold & Diamonds. They also rolled out a new brand campaign on women empowerment ‘#DontTakeMeLightly’ featuring Swapna Barman. In a new TVC for Everlite, the women’s jewellery collection from Senco Gold & Diamonds, Swapna will be portraying the role of a woman who has overcome all physical challenges and hardships to emerge as winner. The Everlite collection has been designed especially for the dynamic women and offers a signature collection of rings, ear-studs, chains and pendants in Diamond and Gold. This Signature range can be used as part of daily wear as well as for party wear. The price of Everlite collection starts from Rs. 6999 for both Gold and Diamond collection. This segment comprises of collection like ‘Nature’ , ‘Earth ‘ and ‘Aqua’, endorsing social awareness amongst users to conserve nature, earth and water. Speaking on the occasion, Suvankar Sen, Executive Director, Senco Gold & Diamonds, said, “It is an honour to have 2018 Asian Games Gold Medalist and 2019 Arjun Awardee Swapna Barman as our brand ambassador for our Everlite collection. Swapna embodies the spirit of overcoming hurdles in different spheres of life and beating physical challenges to emerge as a winner. She is an icon of women empowerment and an example of what the country’s daughters can achieve.”last_img read more

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New Delhi In a fillip to Prime Minister Narendra

first_imgNew Delhi: In a fillip to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Mission, Google Maps now lists over 57,000 public toilets in over 2,300 cities across the country, the company announced on the eve of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversay, fulfiling a key aspiration of the Father of the Nation. More than 2.5 lakh users are already searching for public toilets every month across Google Search and Google Maps. Adding public toilets to Google Maps was initially launched as a pilot in New Delhi, Bhopal, and Indore in 2016, in collaboration with the Swachh Bharat Mission and Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “We believe that making information about public sanitation facilities easily accessible to people is a key element for social good — one that also constitutes the cornerstone of the government’s Swachh Bharat campaign to promote clean habits and hygiene,” said Anal Ghosh, Senior Programme Manager of Google Maps on Tuesday as part of the announcement. Users can now type public toilets near me’ on Google Search, Google Assistant or Google Maps and get results at their fingertips. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “For this campaign, our product and engineering teams together built a new process to integrate toilet listings into Google Maps seamlessly,” Ghosh added. Meanwhile, the ‘Google My Business’ platform has helped the government take ownership of these listings on Google Maps so they could monitor visits, ratings, reviews and more, thereby, gaining insights that could help them take necessary action to maintain and upgrade toilets, the company informed. Last year, Google Maps ran a campaign to raise awareness and adoption that resulted in 32,000 reviews, photos, and edits being added to public toilets across India by Local guides.last_img read more