CHAMPION SONGBIRD IS STILL ‘PERFECT’ AFTER OAKS ROMPKENTUCKY AWAITS SANTA ANITA DERBY KING EXAGGERATORD’AMATO HONORED TO WIN HIS FIRST-EVER TRAINING CROWN John Sadler9614111115%38%$907,814 Jeff Bonde4575716%42%$201,895 FINISH LINES: Trainer Richard Baltas, who saddled Mokat to a runner-up finish behind Songbird in the Santa Anita Oaks: “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Songbird is a champion. We ran into a horse that’s a true champion, it’s that simple. There aren’t many like her, and you can say the same the same thing about Nyquist. “We’re in a year where we have two juvenile champions and they’re both going into the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby undefeated. It’s very exciting. Mokat ran her race and we’re very happy running second to Songbird. Flavien (Prat) said she wasn’t really handling the track, so if she comes back good, we’ll try Songbird one more time in the Kentucky Oaks.” . . .Congrats to Peruvian sensation Rafael Bejarano, who entered today’s card with 74 wins, enabling him to win his fourth consecutive Winter Meet riding title and his seventh overall. Along with his seven Golden Whip Awards, Bejarano, dating back to 2007, now has a staggering 24 Southern California riding titles to his credit . . . Phil D’Amato, on winning his first-ever training title: “It’s an honor, and I have to give a lot of the credit to my owners and my crew. Without the horses, I couldn’t do this. I have a great bunch of hard-working members of my staff, from my assistants down to my grooms. Everything’s jelled and they get just as much credit for the success as I do.” . . . Congrats to Jesus Camacho on winning the Men’s Division of Santa Anita’s 5K Derby Day run Saturday in the time of 21:09 over runner-up Aaron Galvan, and Lulu Joko in 29.09 over Christine Beer in the Women’s Division . . . Santa Anita’s 63-day Winter Meet ends today. Live racing returns to The Great Race Place May 5 and runs through July 10. Mark Glatt10711121010%31%$525,575 Doug O’Neill20534302617%44%$1,645,662 Jerry Hollendorfer15825161816%37%$2,008,048 Agapito Delgadillo10814121113%34%$406,157 Flavien Prat28750544417%52%$3,106,466 Victor Espinoza10312131012%34%$969,825 Philip D’Amato16639252723%55%$2,068,665 Martin Garcia14421161715%38%$1,236,631 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mike Puype881013611%33%$457,975 Martin Pedroza12618141114%34%$551,565 Steven Miyadi7913171116%52%$456,427 Carla Gaines5586315%31%$654,045 (Current Through Saturday, April 9) Jeff Mullins37109427%62%$295,039 Michael Machowsky4488518%48%$322,731 SONGBIRD CONTINUES TO FLY ABOVE THE REST Superstar filly Songbird, who soars over her prey like a raptor, won her seventh straight race with consummate ease Saturday, taking the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks by 3 ¾ lengths, leading throughout the 1 1/16-mile race as is her wont despite breaking from the rail and running over a sloppy track.Now, it’s on to Kentucky for the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms for her next major goal, the $1 million Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 6.“Songbird came out of the race in perfect order,” Jerry Hollendorfer said on an overcast but rain-free Sunday morning at Santa Anita, where it was business as usual for the Hall of Fame trainer, assistant Dan Ward, and their team, despite the fact that the main track was closed for training for the second straight morning due to a spate of rain that had begun early Thursday morning but abated to typical Southern California status Sunday, sunshine and all.“She seems very good this morning,” Hollendorfer went on. “We have to wait to make shipping plans because there will be a lot of horses going back and forth at that time (for the Kentucky Derby May 7 and the Oaks).“We’ll try and make the most advantageous arrangements. Songbird will stay here and likely have her last work at Santa Anita before the Oaks and then ship.”Many in yesterday’s on-track crowd of 27,821, obviously diminished due to rainy weather that resulted in a “sloppy” but sealed main track throughout the 12-race program, came to see Songbird, who is joining Zenyatta, California Chrome and American Pharoah as recent fan magnets in a game that welcomes them like a bettor treasures a Pick Six score.“She has a pretty good fan base,” Hollendorfer said of last year’s Eclipse Award winner as champion two-year-old filly who has won her races by an average margin of more than five lengths. “We’re very pleased about that.“A lot of the horses from California are doing pretty good right now, so we’ll see what happens in Kentucky.” David Lopez19025172413%35%$812,121 Gary Stevens7212131417%54%$1,914,058 Santiago Gonzalez26947343317%42%$1,898,601 Vladimir Cerin5397817%45%$365,974 Tiago Pereira138816136%27%$585,478 Alonso Quinonez9971167%24%$357,880 Art Sherman4272417%31%$354,700 Richard Baltas13322221617%45%$1,531,054 Hector Palma4775615%38%$193,462 Joseph Talamo26833283212%35%$2,260,638 Fernando Perez20020222610%34%$1,130,302 -30- Drayden Van Dyke18419183010%36%$1,152,987 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won J. Keith Desormeaux531071019%51%$1,046,919 Brice Blanc7077910%33%$584,555 Rafael Bejarano31274583524%54%$3,506,841 George Papaprodromou6297815%39%$322,710 Tyler Baze30434484811%43%$1,779,991 Kristin Mulhall56138423%45%$471,190 Ron Ellis39103626%49%$267,555 Bob Baffert11223191921%54%$1,897,075 Mike Smith1041391813%38%$1,984,165 Peter Miller14922152215%40%$892,030 William Spawr44107623%52%$294,612 Robertino Diodoro3478321%53%$210,390 ON TO KENTUCKY FOR BROTHERS DESORMEAUXJohn Keith Desormeaux and Kent Desormeaux are down home guys from Louisiana, far removed from Philadelphia, the so-called City of Brotherly Love, but if the brothers make it to Kentucky with Exaggerator on May 7, everything will be, um, relative, when they take on the likes of champion Nyquist and 18 others in the 142nd Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs.Trainer Keith was realistic bordering on ecstatic this morning discussing Exaggerator’s 6 ¼-length triumph in the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby Saturday, earning the son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin 100 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby.“Here’s a news flash,” Keith said by phone after attending church, a Sunday ritual: “Everything looks good this morning. I said after he was third in the San Felipe that maybe the reasons he didn’t finish were that maybe he was a miler, maybe it was one of those crazy bounce theories, but not now.“I think his impressive win can be attributed to a combination of several things: his fitness, his pedigree, but most of all, his demeanor before the race. He’s never been a fidgety horse, but yesterday before the race he was calm and never turned a hair.”Kent, at 46 three years younger than Keith, enjoyed a banner day, winning two other stakes, the Grade III Providencia on Decked Out trained by Keith and the Grade III Thunder Road on What a View, conditioned by Kenny Black.Overall, horses Kent rode Saturday earned $759,910, boosting his meet total to $2,512,694.Said Keith said of his kid brother, a member of racing’s Hall of Fame and a three-time winner of the Run for the Roses, with Real Quiet (1998), Fusaichi Pegasus (2000) and Big Brown (2008): “He just keeps coming back.”In other post-Santa Anita Derby news:Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. said Danzing Candy came out of his fourth-place finish after leading past the three-quarter mark in the 1 1/8-mile race in good order but had “no plans” on what might be next for the San Felipe Stakes winner.Trainer Gary Sherlock had no word the next race for Uncle Lino, who outran his odds in the Santa Anita Derby by finishing third at 26-1, other than “he won’t run in the Kentucky Derby.”Sise called Exaggerator’s powerful rush from next to last after a half mile to a runaway victory in the Santa Anita Derby “an Arazi-type move.”Meanwhile, in the What-Have-You-Done-For-Me-Lately Department, Brian Beach, agent for Victor Espinoza, winner of five of the last six Triple Crown races who was seventh, beaten 37 ½ lengths on Smokey Image in the Santa Anita Derby, said his rider is “now officially open in the Kentucky Derby.” Brayan Pena8075149%33%$217,625 Stewart Elliott544647%26%$221,231 Peter Eurton10416251415%53%$1,254,397 Kent Desormeaux15126282317%51%$2,512,694 Abel Lezcano969759%22%$624,144 Edwin Maldonado21244222221%42%$1,427,680 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Mario Gutierrez18821342511%43%$1,320,514
0Shares0000It was Bolt’s first start since joining the A-League club in August for an indefinite trial © AFP / PETER PARKSSYDNEY, Australia, Oct 12 – Sprint legend Usain Bolt made his case for becoming a professional footballer Friday when he scored his first goals after starting up front in a pre-season game for Australia’s Central Coast Mariners.The 100 metres world record-holder, who has been bidding for a professional contract since he retired last year, recovered from a painful kick in the groin to grab a double against Macarthur South West United in Sydney. Bolt, 32, finished with his left foot after some slack marking on 55 minutes, celebrating with his trademark ‘Lightning Bolt’ pose in front of more than 5,000 fans — a rare turnout for a pre-season game.The Jamaican, wearing number 95 on his shirt in a nod to his 100m world record time of 9.58secs, then capitalised on a defensive mix-up to score his second on 69 minutes before being substituted six minutes later with the score at 4-0.Bolt said he had a “lot more to learn” and was keen to join the Mariners on a professional contract © AFP / PETER PARKSIt was the first game Bolt has started since joining the A-League club in August for an indefinite trial.“I’m just happy that I got a chance and I’m proud of myself,” Bolt told host broadcaster Fox Sports after the game.“It was a big deal… first start and scoring two goals. It was a good feeling. This is what I worked towards. I try to get better and I am on the way to doing that.”Bolt said he had a “lot more to learn” and was keen to join the Mariners on a professional contract.“I’m keen, that’s why I’m here to play my best and to try and get into the team,” he added.The superstar, a massive Manchester United fan, was handed a chance to train with the A-League side for an indefinite period in order to pursue his boyhood dream of becoming a professional footballer.Whether he signs for the Mariners appears still up in the air, but the brace bolstered his case after a difficult first-half where he missed chances and appeared to struggle with the pace and movement of the game.“They’ve seen me in training, they’ve seen what I’m capable of and so, they need to analyse and say, ‘Is he good enough for this club?’ and they will tell me that,” Bolt told reporters after the game.“I just did what I had to do and that’s as far as I can go.”Recently installed coach Mike Mulvey said he was focused on the first game of the season for the Mariners, who finished bottom of the table last season, but heaped praised on the eight-time Olympic champion for his goals.“You’ve got to be so happy for the guy, haven’t you?” Mulvey told reporters.Bolt appeared to appeal for game time, saying he would improve as he gained more understanding of his teammates and what they wanted.He has previously tried out with clubs in Germany, South Africa and Norway to no avail.The Mariners have been giving him one-on-one sessions on top of the squad’s training in a bid to turn him into A-League material for when the season starts a week from now.The Mariners will face Brisbane Roar, the club Mulvey was sacked from in 2014, in their first game next Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Donegal Town has been crowned Ireland’s Best Foodie Town at the highly-anticipated Foodie Destinations Awards.Donegal’s thriving food scene earned great recognition in the awards, which were announced on Wednesday night in the Mount Juliet Estate in Kilkenny.The Donegal Food Coast, led by the Local Enterprise Project, won third place in the overall final. Deirdre McGlone and Anthony O’Toole, judges in the Irish Foodie Destination Awards pictured with members from The Food Coast Donegal at Oakfield Park during the judging tour earlier this monthThere were big celebrations for the Donegal Town team as they took the title of Best Foodie Town.This award serves to highlight the stand-alone, unique food and tourism visitor experience that the town has to offer.Familiar faces from the Taste of Donegal Food Festival attended the ceremony to collect the award on behalf of the town.Donegal Town is named Ireland’s Best Foodie Town at the Foodie Destinations AwardsBoth Donegal groups pulled out all the stops to showcase the wonderful food offerings of the county when the judges came to visit earlier this month. The Foodie Destinations judges of 2019 were former Harvey’s Point Hotelier Deirdre McGlone and Chef Anthony O’ Toole. Commenting on Donegal Town, the judges said there was a great variety of dining experiences, in addition to the hospitality and knowledgeability of the locals, and they also thought it was a clever idea to use the platform of the Wild Atlantic Way to help them stand out as a place to visit.The Waterford Way was announced as the overall winner of the Foodie Destinations Awards 2019. Donegal tastes success in Foodie Destinations Awards was last modified: September 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:a taste of donegal food festivaldonegal food coastDonegal Townfoodie destinations
Charlie Austin’s goal – his sixth of the season – put QPR ahead at the KC Stadium before Michael Dawson equalised.Austin met Tjaronn Chery’s 25th-minute corner with a glancing header which crossed the line before Andrew Robertson could clear.But the Tigers hit back when Dawson headed home Tom Huddlestone’s left-wing free-kick eight minutes before the break.Hull had been lively early on, with Sone Aluko bringing a good save from Rob Green before just failing to connect with Robertson’s dangerous cross.But Chery has been a consistent threat to the Tigers defence and had a long-range effort saved before delivering the corner which led to the opening goal.Chery then sent another long-range shot wide and Rangers seemed to be growing in confidence before Hull levelled.Green, available again after serving a one-match ban, was restored to the side along with Alejandro Faurlin. It meant Alex Smithies and Daniel Tozser dropped to the bench.QPR: Green; Perch, Onuoha, Angella, Konchesky; Henry, Faurlin; Phillips, Luongo, Chery; Austin.Subs: Smithies, Hall, Gladwin, Doughty, Mackie, Emmanuel-Thomas, Tozser.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
How do you think geocaching will change in the next 16 years? Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedCelebrate the evolution of geocaching with the Big Blue Switch souvenir!April 25, 2017In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – May 2, 2012May 3, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Who’s Hiding in Your GPS Device?July 19, 2010In “Community” Today, May 2nd, marks the 16th anniversary of the geocaching phenomenon. As we reminisce on all the wonderful geocaching moments we’ve experienced over the years, it’s fun to journey back to the year 2000 to see how it all began.A Look Back in TimeThe year was 2000. Y2K had come and gone. A dozen eggs cost 89 cents. “Survivor” was in its first season. The Summer Olympics were held in Sydney. Traditional outdoor activities at the time included hiking, bird watching, and camping. But then everything changed.The Big Blue SwitchOn May 2nd at approximately midnight, the “big blue switch” was pressed and selective availability on civilian GPS receivers was removed. Twenty-four satellites around the globe processed new orders, and the accuracy of GPS technology improved tenfold. Prior to this date, only the military had the ability to receive accurate GPS readings. Now, the world and all its wonderful people could pinpoint their precise location. The First Geocache HideIn celebration with this new-found freedom in global navigation, a computer consultant named Dave Ulmer started The Great American GPS Stash Hunt. The idea was simple: hide a container out in the woods and record the coordinates using a GPS unit. On May 3rd, he placed a black bucket in the woods near Beavercreek, Oregon along with a logbook, pencil, and other various trade items – the first geocache. He shared the coordinates of his “stash” with an online community on sci.geo.satellite-nav and the “game” took off.Dave Ulmer and the Original StashGeocaching.comFor the first few months, the stash game was played mostly by experienced GPS users who already used the technology for outdoor activities. Mike Teague, the first person to find Ulmer’s stash, began to gather other users’ posted coordinates and document them on his personal website.Jeremy Irish, Founder of Geocaching.com, stumbled upon Teague’s site while researching GPS technology and was intrigued by the idea. He purchased a GPS device and went out on his first geocaching adventure that weekend. After an enjoyable experience, Irish decided to start a website for the activity. Adopting the newly dubbed term “geocaching” and putting his web skills to good use, he launched Geocaching.com with only 75 geocaches.From left to right: Founders Bryan, Jeremy, and EliasHistoric Dates–March 24, 2001: The first Geocaching Event takes place in Austin, Texas.The first geocaching event–August 30, 2001: The first Travel Bug® is released by Jeremy. TB1 is a rubber ducky named “Deadly Duck: Envy.” Fun fact: The image on the Deadly Duck’s Trackable page is Photoshopped to replicate this mug shot of a famous Seattle-area entrepreneur and philanthropist in his younger, “wilder” days.–September 20, 2001: Moun10Bike places the second Geocoin in a cache near Deception Pass, Washington. He keeps the first Geocoin in his personal collection.The first Geocoin–April 26, 2003: The first CITO (Cache In, Trash Out) is held outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.First CITO crew–January 10, 2004: The first EarthCache is published in Australia.First EarthCache–May 27, 2006: The first Mega-Event, GeoWoodstock 4, takes place in Texas.–October 14, 2008: The first geocache hidden in space is published.First geocache in space is hidden in locker 218 on the ISS–March 8, 2010: Geocaching.com reaches 1 million active geocache listings.–February 26, 2013: Geocaching.com reaches 2 million active geocache listings. Sixteen Years LaterSixteen years and over 2.8 million geocaches later, the game is larger and more diverse than it’s ever been. Happy birthday geocaching! It’s been a pleasure watching you grow.
By Barbara O’NeillDoes the military provide any type of compensation assistance for daily living activities?Yes. Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL) was authorized by the Fiscal Year 2010 National Defense Authorization Act (Public Law 111-84). This special monthly compensation is for eligible catastrophically injured or ill service members who require assistance with activities of daily living or who are at a high risk for personal safety and cannot live independently in the community without caregiver support. SCAADL provides financial assistance for non-medical care, support, and assistance by a primary caregiver for the service member. Catastrophically wounded, ill, and injured service members and their caregivers should discuss eligibility for this program with their primary care managers or care coordinators. To be eligible, service members must:have a catastrophic injury or illness incurred in the line of duty that compromises their ability to carry out activities of daily living such that they require personal or mechanical assistance to leave the home or bed or require constant supervision to avoid physical harm to themselves or others;be certified by a licensed physician to be in need of assistance from another person to perform the personal functions of everyday living; andrequire some form of residential institutional care in the absence of this provisionFor more information, click here.Browse more military personal finance webinars and blog posts by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on December 16, 2013
That’s the breakdown for these different feature film budgets. I hope you’ll be making one in the very near future.Cover image via Janelle Lugge.Looking for more on the film and video industry? Check out these articles.The History and Power of Sound Design in the Film IndustryFilmmaking Fads and Trends: Don’t Let Them Bother YouThese Tribeca Docs Will Renew Your Faith In The Power of The CameraThe Cameras and Lenses Behind the Marvel Cinematic UniverseBreakout Director Kat Candler on the Best Festivals for First-Time Filmmakers Making a Film on a $10,000 BudgetSo let’s start with $10K. I’m going to say $10K, but it’s really anywhere between $10-$25K. This is as much as most people have in savings or could put on a credit card (I don’t recommend the latter).It’s probably not going to be a SAG (Screen Actors Guild) project, so your actors will be non-union. Your film is certainly not going to be union for other departments, including cinematography, electrical, sound, grip, catering, etc. — these will all be way over your budget.You’re probably not going to pay anyone very much money, maybe around $50 a day. You’re going to shoot in under two weeks, and most of your money is going toward one main location and feeding everyone.You’ll have to choose a script that’s very contained (that only takes place in a couple of locations), and you’re going to have to know a lot of other filmmakers.At $10K, you won’t be able to afford to pay $700-1,500 a day for a professional sound person.You’re going to be working on your own script, or a script that someone has given to you (because you can’t afford to buy one).You’re going to be getting locations of friends, family, yourself, or shooting outside in a park or on the street, if your city allows you to shoot publicly without a permit.Generally, you’re going to have to cut every corner you can and only use your budget to bail you out of an emergency.So the money will go toward whatever your network can’t supply.Hiring a camera or lenses (but probably not both).Lights and grip (some you’ll probably borrow or get for free — either the DP or gaffer will have them).Post-production. If you’re not a colorist or sound editor or mixer or musician, you’re going to have to pay one of those people (but hopefully not all).You can make a movie for zero dollars; it just means that you’re going to be asking for favors from everyone, all the time, which can take longer than if you just worked to save up the money and paid for whatever you couldn’t get as a favor.The budget of a $10K movie isn’t that complicated because (basically) you set out to get everything for free, and then when something falls through, or when you just can’t find it no matter how hard you look, you have to dip into your limited resources.A lot of people do this every year. Some of them break out and find wider acceptance. It’s basically a film school. You get to spend a month preparing, a week shooting, and then 3-6 months in post. After that, you try to find an audience for your film.It’s a great training ground for filmmakers of all kinds.Making a Film on a $100,000 BudgetImage via 9387388673.At $100K, you have some money, but you don’t have enough money to pay full price for everything.You’re probably going to move up to SAG actors because you want a couple of recognizable faces (or names) in your film. These are people at the end or beginning of their careers — actors transitioning from TV or Broadway into movies.At this budget level, you’re going to pay everyone something.You’re going to shoot for 18 days or three weeks, taking Sunday off.You’re going to be able to hire camera, lenses, and a grip, but not at full rate.You’re going to have to find people who believe in the vision of the film in order to make it.You’re still going to be directing the movie yourself because you still can’t pay the $100K it costs to get someone from the DGA (Director’s Guild of America).Hopefully, you’ve made a $10K movie already, and you know the process. You’re aware of your blind spots from the first film, so you’re going into the second film with your eyes more open.You can probably afford a professional colorist, professional sound mix, and professional musicians — all at a reduced price. You can afford to pay $2K for a mix, not $20K, and generally you still need to beg, borrow, and steal everything. By the time you write the script, cast it, find all the locations, shoot it, post-produce it, and find a buyer for the film, a year will have gone by. $100K is real money. People expect a return. You need to sell that movie and get that money back, which can take a lot of time. That’s time that you’re not working at a regular job.$100k will allow you to give yourself a small wage, but you’re probably still going to need to work part-time in order to avoid dipping into the budget to support yourself while you make the film.Making a Film on a $500,000 BudgetImage via 9387388673.This really could be anywhere from $500K to $1 million. This is the first time you’re paying union rates for your sound mixers, transportation, union members, AC (Assistant Camera), post, etc. You simply find the people you want to work with and ask them what their rate is. You’re not going to pay them their TV commercial rate of $8K a day; you’ll pay their feature rate of maybe $800 dollars a day.You’re going to pay for a casting director who will handle all the SAG elements for you.You’ll probably give yourself a wage of about $50K, depending on your living expenses, and you’re probably going to have a producer (as well) at the same price, which needs to cover your costs so you can work on your film and sell it. Remember, it takes 18 months to get a feature film from inception to sale.Having said that, there is very little money in a $500K budget for any of the things that you see in major Hollywood movies.There’s very little money for visual effects.You can’t fix things in post.You’re probably going to get one “name actor” at Schedule F, which is $60-$70K. Everyone else is going to be a bit player or a favor.You’re certainly not going to get Brad Pitt or Charlize Theron. You’re just going to try and find a rising star who really wants to be in your film.You’re still going to have to work with the new, hungry post-production houses. You’re not going to walk into Industrial Light & Magic and say, “I want a CGI character.”You’re going to really have to keep it very bare bones, but at $500K-$1 million, you’re going to at least be able to pay for most of what you need. These budget breakdowns demonstrate the wild difference money makes when shooting a feature film. Here’s what you can expect.$10K, $100K, and $500K — they all sound like a lot of money. And they are. But they are also not as much as you might think when it comes to producing a feature film — especially a feature that will be compared to projects with budgets of millions (or hundreds of millions) of dollars.Here’s what you can expect from these three sample budgets.
Rashtriya Janata Dal successfully managed to bring the issue of alleged mass rape at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur, Bihar at the centre stage with a joint opposition protest at Jantar Mantar on Saturday.RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav was joined by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s D. Raja and Atul Kumar Anjan, Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav and Trinamool Congress’ Dinesh Trivedi.Mr. Gandhi said that the country had made up its mind against the BJP government. Pointing out that the Opposition was united on the stage, Mr. Gandhi said, “On one side is the BJP/RSS and on the other is the rest of the country. Indians are saying that they do not like what happened in the last four years.”Mr. Gandhi said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar must immediately act against the culprits in the sexual assault case in the Muzzafarpur shelter.In a 12-minute speech, Tejashwi Yadav accused the Nitish Kumar government of turning a blind eye to the crime. “Nitish ji says he is hurt and is sad. Then why did he get the prime accused Brajesh Thakur’s name removed from the FIR… why did he take this long to act on social audit by TISS?” he questioned.He said that Bihar was living under ‘Rakshas Raj’, giving references from the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. “In Bihar, Raavan is kidnapping Sita every minute. Every minute, a Duryodhan is de-robing a Draupadi,” he said. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said fast track courts should be set up to award the death sentence to the accused for such a heinous crime.”I demand that this case be probed in three months and the accused be hanged,” he said.He also sought to remind the JD(U)-BJP government in Bihar that the foundation of the UPA government had been rocked following the protest over Nirbhaya’s rape.This was the first political protest where Mr. Gandhi shared the stage with Mr Kejriwal. During Mr Kejriwal’s protest at the Delhi Lieutenant Governor’s office, the Congress had refused to support AAP. CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said BJP’s slogan “beti bachao” needed reworking. “We need to change this government… the slogan of ‘beti bachao’ is now ‘save beti from BJP’,” he said. Former JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav said the BJP was not saving the daughters of the country but was busy saving cows.
Advertisement The entertainment industry consists of talented and creative people in front of the camera, behind the camera, on stage and behind the stage. Today we go BTS (Behind The Scenes) to shine the spotlight on Suzette Laqua (Founder and Executive Director of the Vancouver WebFest).Suzette is an true entrepreneur! In addition to running the Vancouver WebFest, she is an Executive Producer and Writer of TV Series, Digital Series and Short Films.The Vancouver WebFest runs April 19th to 21st, 2018 – get your tickets now … and take a moment to check out the interview below with the amazing superwoman behind the scenes. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook Here’s Suzette Laqua:WHAT WAS YOUR JOURNEY TO BECOMING A FESTIVAL DIRECTOR?I did a pilot with a friend in 2011 and when it wasn’t picked up by a Canadian network we wanted to keep it alive, so we edited back many ‘cut scenes’ and made it into a 10-episode webseries. We submitted it to a festival in Los Angeles where we were picked as an Official Selection. I attended the festival and even though we didn’t win anything I was very much taken by the idea of starting a festival in Canada. At that time in 2013, there were only 5 ‘web’ festivals in the world and none in Canada. So in 2013 Vancouver Web Fest was born. Its inaugural date was May 2014.WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING PART OF YOUR JOB?I love travelling to other festivals and conferences. I’ve met so many amazing people. Some famous such as Oliver Stone, Richard Dreyfuss, Jason Priestly (who’s wife submitted and was accepted in VWF14 – Jason came to the opening night of the festival). Other people I’ve met on my journey are Kiefer Sutherland, Al Pacino, Michael Moore, Tom Skerritt, one of HGTV’s property brother’s (I didn’t want to ask which one he was ?), Rod Perth (ex-Vice President of CBS – he’s the one that got David Letterman to move networks), Henry Winkler, Dan Rather, Ben Mulroney, YouTuber Matt Santoro, Alan Thicke, whew, I feel so blessed!WHAT TASKS ARE YOU GENERALLY WORKING ON A YEAR BEFORE THE FESTIVAL? Wrapping up of that year’s festival with all sorts of paperwork (the fun stuff – LOL). And preparing for the next year’s festival. Laying out everything from promotions, when we’ll be opening for submissions, a new theme with our speakers, workshops, keynotes, etc. and of course announcing our next year’s date so everyone can save it in their calendar with hearts and happy faces ?TO SOME EXTENT, SOCIAL MEDIA HAS HAD AN IMPACT ON ALL INDUSTRIES. HOW HAVE YOU USED SOCIAL MEDIA TO RAISE THE PROFILE OF THE FESTIVAL?Absolutely. For VWF, it’s an essential piece of the puzzle. Our festival is based on digital storytelling and this is where the creators, their teams and their followers are, on social media. And it’s where we are as well. I believe the traditional sources like radio and television play a part when we’re promoting the festival but not to the extent social media does.YOU ARE NOW PART OF A FESTIVAL THAT HAS TRULY GROWN SINCE ITS INCEPTION. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY WERE TWO TURNING POINTS IN ITS DEVELOPMENT, EITHER WHILE YOU’VE BEEN THERE OR BEFORE YOUR INVOLVEMENT? Because I founded the festival I’ve seen it grow from sitting at home building the website, FB, twitter & Instagram pages and starting in a small venue in 2014, which held a couple hundred people, to moving to the beautiful Vancouver Convention Centre which enables us to give back more to the creators with more panels, workshops, screenings, keynotes and networking.THERE ARE SO MANY COMPONENTS TO A FESTIVAL OF THIS MAGNITUDE. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES LINKED TO THE POSITION THAT YOU’RE IN? LOL – I feel like I’m pulled in a hundred different directions. I want to be involved in what my team of 20 is doing. I don’t want to micromanage, but I want to be there for them, have them reach out to me if they need help. And I like to go on social media and participate such as ‘liking’ and commenting on posts. I think it’s extremely important to stay in the ‘now’ with the creators. To see how they are doing and to support them best I / VWF can. And I love supporting these hard-working people however I can.TALK TO US ABOUT ALL THE BEHIND-THE-SCENES TECHNICALITIES! WHAT IS IT LIKE WORKING WITH SPONSORS, VENUES, PERFORMERS, MEDIA, THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND SO FORTH? I really enjoy it. Nothing is more gratifying than going to a sponsor after the festival and personally thanking them and having them say that no one does that anymore. That they just get emails asking for more money. How sad. Venues are all different, so they can be a challenge when moving from one to another but after the first year it works out. The public is great, they don’t know who I am, so I can just be me. Which I am with everyone anyway. For the most part it’s how we see our daily challenges and making them part of our fun life experience and VWF has been just that, my fun life experience.IN WHAT WAYS WILL THE FESTIVAL GROW IN THE COMING YEARS? I’m hoping to see it continue to grow in quality, not quantity. I’d rather have a boutique festival with top notch delegates and participants who are there for a purpose and have everyone leave feeling that was the best festival/conference they have attended.WHAT DO YOU FEEL THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY CAN DO DIFFERENTLY IN ORDER TO GROW? Hmmm…that’s a tough one. I can’t say for sure.WE ALL HAVE MENTORS. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO GIVE US THE HOPE, INSPIRATION, AND THE DRIVE TO KEEP GOING. IN THIS INDUSTRY, WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS AND WHY? Mentors are amazing angels and I have been lucky to have a couple throughout my life. Most recently in my life, 4 years ago, I met a man after a festival in an elevator (I reread this, and it sounds like the festival was in the elevator – LOL – there’s my silly sense of humour). Apparently this man was not in a good mood when my colleague and I hopped on because the elevator kept going up and down picking up and dropping off people. We got on and went down 2 floors with him (he was with his wife and colleague) and by the time the doors opened in the parkade he was laughing, we were all laughing and just having a good time. I didn’t even know he was grumpy, I was just being me in the elevator; friendly and chatty and sometimes funny. He took out his business card and I gave him mine thinking I’m sure we’ll never connect again. Well he called me the next day and told me his story of being in such a terrible mood the night before in the elevator until I got on. And he has been a very special part of my life and a mentor since 2014. It’s an absolute honour to know Hank Leis.VANCOUVER WEBFEST LINKS:WEBSITE: www.vancouverwebfest.comFACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/vancouverwebfestTWITTER: www.twitter.com/VanWebFestINSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/vanwebfest/
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