Suspect arrested after mortar shell left outside Future TV headquarters in Beirut

first_img Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” January 14, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information News Reporters Without Borders voiced solidarity today with Beirut-based Future TV, owned by the family of assassinated former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, after a mortar shell wrapped in a plastic bag was found outside its headquarters on the morning of 24 June. A suspect was arrested later the same day.“We condemn this new attempt to intimidate the Lebanese media,” the organisation said. “We hope the arrest of a suspect will help the police to determine who was behind it.”Future TV editor in chief Imad Assi said: “A shell that was not meant to go off was found in a plastic bag at dawn in front of the main gate of the television building,” located on Spears Street, in west Beirut. “Explosives experts from the internal security forces were sent to the site, and later on military experts took the bomb away,” he said.A suspect was arrested on the evening of 24 June. He was identified thanks to close-circuit TV cameras outside the building. The authorities are now trying to establish whether the detainee acted on instructions from other persons or on his own initiative. They did not reveal his identity to the press.Future TV issued a statement linking the incident to “the series of explosions that Lebanon has witnessed since the start of the terrorist attacks, with the October 2004 attempt on minister Marwan Hamadeh and the Hariri assassination” in February 2005.Security sources said the arrest of a suspect could shed light on other explosives devices found in recent months on the Chouf road, in Koraytem and in Majdalyoun, Sidon, near the Hariri family home.Three journalists were targeted by unsolved bombings last year. Samir Kassir, a columnist with the daily An-Nahar, was killed when his car blew up on 2 June 2005 while An-Nahar general manager Gebran Tueni was killed by a car-bomb on 12 December 2005. Both were well-known and respected journalists who knew they were in danger after the Hariri assassination. May Chidiac, the star presenter of the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC), was badly maimed when her car blew up on 25 September 2005. February 4, 2021 Find out more News Lebanon : Violence against reporters becoming more frequent in Lebanon LebanonMiddle East – North Africa June 26, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Suspect arrested after mortar shell left outside Future TV headquarters in Beirutcenter_img Receive email alerts November 11, 2020 Find out more to go further Organisation Follow the news on Lebanon Lebanese journalist found shot dead in car LebanonMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Newslast_img read more

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Getting Started in Effective Low-Budget Film and Video Production

first_imgLike any film or video project, low-budget projects require effective planning and smooth production. Here are some tips to get you started.You’re an up-and-coming filmmaker. You’ve got big dreams, but currently you’ve got small means. So you’re going to have to wear a few hats to pull off your first few productions. A lot is going to ride on your shoulders to make your production succeed. Here are some low-budget production tips and guidelines to keep you on the path to success.OrganizeYour crew will most likely consist of friends, fellow film students, or maybe even seasoned veterans who are just doing you a favor. They want to help you, but they can’t afford to devote days on end to your project. So, try to keep the production to no more than 2 or 3 full days, if possible — and definitely don’t work your cast and crew more than 10-12 hours a day.You need to be organized. Once you have your shoot days locked in, make a sensible call sheet, shot list, etc., and get them to your crew. Be clear about everything — you want to make it as easy as possible for your crew to understand your shoot and find the location.Pre-production can make your shoot go smoothly, so it’s always worth it — as much as you can do. Sure, not everything will go according to plan, but if the more you plan, the less vulnerable you are to the unexpected. Call every cast and crew member and confer with each of them that they understand the call time and how to get to the location and that they’re ready for their role. Get everyone on the same page.And this may sound trivial, but do not underestimate the power of making a list. Too often a certain crew member or even the director or producer forgets to bring key props, costumes, pieces of equipment, or releases, and it ruins the production. Having to drive back for things wastes precious time. Make a physical list of all your equipment and prop needs and check them off before packing up your car and heading to the location. Rental houses do it, so should you. If you’re relying on crew members to bring equipment or props, add those to the list under their name and call them to make sure they have it packed and ready to go.StudyImage via hiroshi teshigawara.Study your script, shot lists, and schedules. Know them by heart. For a feature, this may be difficult, but you should at least have a strong understanding of everything. Once you finish a shot, you need to be able to organize your crew to move on to the next one. You need to remember which lines of dialogue and what blocking are coming up — and how you want the shot to look. Be confident in your vision so that you can communicate it.This will not only keep the production moving smoothly, it will also instill confidence in your cast and crew. It’s always a relief, especially when working for free or for food, to know that you’re working with a competent director or producer.Be FlexibleImage via Elizaveta Galitckaia.Be as organized as possible, have a plan for everything, but be ready for things to change at the last minute. Flexibility is a must.Be ready to cut — or maybe even combine — certain shots during production. The previous shot may have taken longer than expected, and now you have to cut some shots to save time. Or maybe now that you’ve seen certain shots play out, other shots may now seem redundant or excessive. Either way, be ready to cut. A good tactic is to have a few shots earmarked to cut if necessary. Knowing your script and shot list by heart will make sure that any shots you cut won’t detract from your overall vision.Be KindImage via Elizaveta Galitckaia.Above all, do not rule with an iron fist. Being rude just upsets people and creates a crummy production. On top of that, the stricter and meaner you are, the less people are going to want to work with you.Being kind can sound like you might get walked on. However, instead of ruling with an iron fist, establish crew hierarchy and a chain of command. You can’t have PAs just giving their two cents randomly to the director and slowing down the production. Establish order from the start, but be kind, flexible, and understanding — but stick to your plans, your vision, and your schedule.Not only does being kind and personable make for a better and more fun production, but it also helps you network and make connections. People don’t want to do favors and work long hours for a jackass, but they’re happy to help good friends and acquaintances.Nothing is going to beat experience when it comes to learning how to run a smooth production, but these guidelines can help you stay on course and create a positive experience for your cast and crew. Be organized and flexible, maintain order, be kind, and make good connections with your cast and crew so you can all keep making better and better productions.Cover image via bepsy.Looking for more pre-production advice? Check out these articles.The Shreditor’s Guide to Film and Video Pre-ProductionUsing Minecraft for Pre-VisualizationThe 3 Most Important Tasks For A Director During Pre-Productionlast_img read more

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2005- THE YEAR THAT WAS…

first_imgWell 2005 is rapidly coming to an end and as Touch offices around Australia send their staff away for a well earned break, I thought it was time to reflect on the happenings of 2005 and the year that was… JANUARY: * The year began with the Youth World Cup, held at Kawana Waters on the Sunshine Coast. Australia sent 6 teams, Under 18’s and Under 20’s in Mens, Womens and Mixed, with all 6 teams making the grand final against New Zealand. The Mixed 18’s defied all odds to reverse their round match losses against the Kiwis and claimed their title, while the Womens 20’s were a class above the NZ side for the whole week. The Mens 18’s, Womens 18’s and Mixed 20’s all went down in tough matches. Unfortunately for the Mens 20’s they lost in a drop off to their Kiwi opponents, in one of the most incredible matches seen in quite some time. All credit must go to the Aussie players, who produced some of the best team Touch ever seen, despite playing with one less player on the field for a majority of the match. FEBRUARY: * February saw Lou Tompkins appointed as National Director of Referees, Cathy Gray re-appointed as High Performance Programs Director. It also saw massive storms hit the NSW Junior State Cup, with the 12,000 spectators, officials and players running for cover from the gale forced winds and lightning. Finally, Touch Football Australia appointed a new Chief Executive Officer Kevin Thompson who was welcomed into the office and began working with Bill Ker to transition into the role. He began to focus his time on the Unitary Model of Management and everything that would stem from that. MARCH: * The month of March is the NTL. The premiere event on the National calendar, the NTL brings the best players from around Australia together in Open, Under 20’s and Senior divisions. The Sydney Mets defended their 2004 Champion Permit title, winning the Mixed Open, Womens Open, Mens 30’s and Mens 35’s title. South Queensland Sharks weren’t too far behind, winning the Mens Open and Womens 20’s. The boys in the Fishbowl continued to build the tradition of both organisation and humour coming out of the tournament control tower. The event was praised as the best ever NTL, each year the event is gaining more momentum and seeing new initiatives tested. Involvement is constantly on the rise, as is media coverage for the event. APRIL: * The first edition of Touch-e-Talk, the online newsletter was launched! It has continued to be a great success, full of stories, information, drills and ideas. TFA announced their National Training Squads, with four Youth World Cup Under 20 representatives (Claire Winchester, Roxy Winder, Justin Mitchell and Andrew Baggio) being named in the squad for the first time. Claire, Roxy and Justin then went on to be selected in the Open sides for the All Nations Championships. MAY: * Ian Stanley was appointed National Performance Analyst and Dennis Coffey was re-appointed as National Coaching Director. The Unitary Model continued to build momentum, with representatives from around Australia meeting to discuss business management principles under the Unitary Model such as Communication, IT Infrastructure, Management and Policy, Operating Rules and Procedures, Customer Service Principles. JUNE: * Chinchilla Touch were one of the stories of the year…having sent one team to the 2004 Qld Junior State Cup, they undertook the AusTouch junior development program, with astounding results…just a few weeks later they were sending 7 sides to the 2005 Junior State Cup, with a large majority of the kids having come from the AusTouch program. It is fantastic to see the growth and development in Chinchilla and highlights the benefits of the AusTouch program! The Unitary Model continued on as delegates from each state and territory gathered in Canberra for the AGM and SGM, to vote on a new constitution that would fundamentally change the way the sport is managed and delivered across the country. The vote in favour of the new constitution was unanimous, with all state delegates raising their hands to bring a new direction for Touch and a revolution in management for the sport itself. Colm Maguire was announced as the new Game Development Manager and the TFA Board announced that an advisory committee, audit committee and governance committee would be set up to help with the implementation of the Unitary Model. JULY: * The Australian Open sides were announced for the All Nations Championships, while referee abuse and anti doping were the hot topics of the month. The TFA office was busier than ever with the end of financial year and tax requirements taking up everyone’s time. By far the biggest event of the month however was the farewell for Bill and Gwynne Ker. They officially retired at the start of July and their friends and colleagues partied it up to wish them all the best. Now they’ve been traveling around Australia and spending time with their children and grandchildren. We still miss them and continue to wish them all the best. AUGUST: * The US soldiers in Iraq contacted the TFA office, looking for Touch balls and resources to use overseas. They told a great story of sport in the midst of war, of how they were introduced to the sport by Aussies and had a regular and constantly growing group taking part. Preparation for the National 18’s Championships was almost complete and the office was beginning to overflow with bags, clothing and uniforms for the upcoming All Nations tournament in October. SPETEMBER: * The National 18’s Championships dominated the news, with the Southern Suns ending the recent dominance of QSST and NSWCHS by winning the Mens division. NSWCHS held off QSST in a drop-off for the Womens division, with Nicole Beck’s diving touch down securing the win for the CHS girls. It was a massive month for the Unitary Model, as affiliates around Australia all received information on becoming members of Touch Football Australia. One by one these affiliates began to sign on to be a part of TFA, with the flow rapidly increasing each day. Brisbane Metro Touch and Berserkers Touch in Queensland had the honour of being the first two affiliates to sign on. This was a great step forward for the Unitary Model and a move that will see all who sign on reap the benefits. OCTOBER: * October was a huge month, possibly even the biggest of the year!…It all started with TFA’s Rachel Moyle becoming Rachel Grant, as she married her partner Duncan. The chilly Canberra weather didn’t stop the TFA staff, especially Rachel, having a great day. Colm and Marianne Maguire welcomed another baby girl into their family and affiliates continued to sign on to the TFA’s Unitary Model of Management, including Albert Park, Diamond Valley, Ballarat Roaslie, Joondalup, Southern Touch, Devonport, Gawler, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Thuringowa and Mackay, Hervey Bay and Kawana just to name a few! The Mens and Womens Aussie Under 18’s squads were announced, with the squads set to converge on Runaway Bay next January for a tough training camp. TFA then sent 10 Australian sides, our largest touring party ever, to Christchurch in New Zealand for the All Nations Championships. The tour was the culmination of many months of hard work from TFA staff, especially Maree Curran, and was considered a huge success. With 186 players, team management, medical and tour staff, Maree and the other TFA staff had their work cut out for them organising travel, accommodation, uniforms and all the essentials. The boxes of clothes and gear that filled the building for weeks and was counted, sorted, packed and sent out was enormous. Australia won 7 of the 10 Opens and Senior divisions on offer and clearly came away as the world’s number one Touch Football nation. Here are all the Aussie’s final results from the All Nations Championships: Womens Open: Australia (4) def New Zealand (3) (Drop-off) Mens Open: Australia (8) def New Zealand (4) Mixed Open: New Zealand (9) def Australia (5) Mens 30s division: Australia (12) def Samoa (2) Womens 30s division: Australia (1) def New Zealand (0) Mixed 30’s: New Zealand (4) def New Zealand Maori (1) Mixed 30’s (play-off for 3rd / 4th): Australia (13) def Samoa (4) Mens 35s division: New Zealand (3) def Australia (2) Womens 35s division: Australia (6) def Oceania (3) Mens 40s division: Australia (7) def New Zealand (0) Mens 45s division: Australia (3) def New Zealand (2) NOVEMBER: * The biggest news for November 2005 was the announcement of Azuma as a major partner for TFA. The deal provides not only significant cash support, but support in terms of footwear for national representatives and an avenue for Touch players at all levels of the sport to purchase top quality Touch shoes and runners at reduced prices. Azuma are now the official footwear of Touch Football Australia and both parties are excited about working together in the future. The interest in the shoes has already been huge, with TFA staff kept busy mailing out shoes to customers Australia-wide. At $105 (retails at $219), the specially designed Bexsta Touch shoe is flying off the shelves. Jeremy Sorenson was named as the new Queensland General Manager and Wallsend Touch took out the `Sporting Organisation of the Year’ award at the 2005 Hunter Region Sports awards. They beat clubs such as the Newcastle Knights (NRL), the Hunter Pirates (NBL), the Hunter Jaguars (Netball) and the Newcastle United Jets (Soccer). DECEMBER: * The TFA is madly preparing for the upcoming Australian 18 Years training camp, with the best young players from around Australia gathering in January for some intensive training. NTL has also come rapidly into focus as the event is less than 3 months away! Already, the premiere Australian Touch event is starting to dominate the headlines. The Unitary Model is continuing to move along, with all the affiliates in Brisbane City and Sunshine Coast regions signed up to TFA, Mackay and Thuringowa in North Queensland also signing up and Central Queensland being lead by Bundaberg and Gladstone. By far the best part of December is set to come, as friends and families come together to celebrate Christmas. TFA, the Board of Directors and all of the staff, would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas. If you are traveling on the roads, please take it easy, get plenty of rest and be responsible. Have a great break and we’ll see you back here in the New Year! *please note the TFA office will be back in full swing on January 3rd. By Rachel Grantlast_img
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10 months agoSchalke coach Tedesco: We could surprise Man City

first_imgSchalke coach Tedesco: We could surprise Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSchalke coach Dominico Tedesco recognises they’re “outsiders” against Champions League opponents Manchester City.The two teams will meet in the round of 16.Tedesco, 33, stated: “We are looking forward to the games against Manchester City. “A really attractive opponent for us and our fans. We are outsiders, but will go into the duel without fear. “Anyway, we’ll cut everything out, maybe to bring a surprise.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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9 months agoLaLiga president Tebas: Morata to Atletico? Real Madrid and Neymar?

first_imgLaLiga president Tebas: Morata to Atletico? Real Madrid and Neymar?by Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLaLiga president Javier Tebas has questioned whether Atletico Madrid can sign Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.Tebas believes Atletico’s budget won’t stretch to cover Morata’s demands.He told AS: “They’re very limited; they would have to get rid of someone. I do not know exactly because that is what is needed for the economic controls.”Tebas was also asked about Real Madrid buying PSG star Kylian Mbappe or Neymar.He added: “Either one of the two. Or the two. I do not know if Florentino (Perez) wants to sign one of the two. We have worked hard on the brand and it is above the players because we have taken advantage of the synergy of the clubs. “What we do not know is how much more we would be favoured by them being here.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Kentucky Basketball: John Calipari Tells Colin Cowherd He Has To “Go To Church, Ask For Forgiveness” For His John Wall Criticism

first_imgJohn Calipari talks to Colin Cowherd about John Wall.John Calipari Colin Cowherd John WallColin Cowherd likes to criticize John Wall. The ESPN personality does it often on his radio show. For an in-depth look at Cowherd’s distaste for the Washington Wizards’ star point guard, you can read this by the Washington Post‘s Dan Steinberg. This morning, Wall’s college coach, John Calipari, went on Cowherd’s ESPN radio show. During his appearance, Calipari discussed Cowherd’s criticism of his former player. He doesn’t like it. The 56-year-old Wildcats’ coach joked that Cowherd has to “go to church” and “ask for forgiveness” for his Wall hate. Calipari to Colin Cowherd on John Wall hate: “You’ve gotta go to church, ask for forgiveness, let it go.”— Dan Bodner (@DanBodnerKSC) June 5, 2015Here’s video of the interview, courtesy of Sports Grid.This is why Kentucky fans love Calipari so much.last_img read more

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Fox News streaming service Fox Nation to launch Nov 27

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Fox News says its new streaming service will debut in November.Subscriptions to the service, Fox Nation, can be purchased starting Sunday. The cost is $5.99 monthly or $64.99 for a year.Fox Nation will launch Nov. 27 with original content featuring, among others, Fox News Channel hosts Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham and Brit Hume.Fox Nation will satisfy the audience’s desire to watch content when and where they want, Fox executive John Finley said in a statement Thursday.A one-hour special detailing the service’s programming will air on the Fox News channel at 8 p.m. EDT Sunday. It will include Jesse Watters, Tomi Lahren and others who will be featured on Fox Nation.last_img

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Police brace for driver protests in Paris around France

first_imgPARIS — France is deploying thousands of police to try to contain nationwide protests and road blockades by drivers angry over rising fuel taxes and Emmanuel Macron’s presidency.Tensions have been mounting around the grassroots movement that drew more than a quarter million people a week ago to protests across France, from Provence to Normandy and in between.A new wave of protests is planned Saturday, including beneath the Eiffel Tower. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner called for calm and promised tough police measures against unruly crowds.Paris alone is deploying some 3,000 security forces, notably around tourist-frequented areas like the Champs-Elysees, after an unauthorized attempt last week to march on the presidential palace.Two people have been killed and hundreds injured in the week of protests, which are posing a big challenge to Macron.Authorities are struggling because the movement has no clear leader and has attracted a motley group of people with broadly varying demands. The protesters call themselves the “yellow jackets” for the neon security vests that drivers are required to keep in their vehicles.A man caused a dramatic standoff with police Friday when he donned a neon vest and brandished an apparent grenade at a supermarket in the western city of Angers. He was later arrested.Most of the protesters’ anger is focused at Macron, a pro-business centrist accused of indifference to the struggles of ordinary people.Macron has defended the fuel taxes as necessary to reduce France’s dependence on fossil fuels, but promised to lay out new plans Tuesday to make the “energy transition” easier.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Japanese PM Abe meets Dutch counterpart for trade talks

first_imgTHE HAGUE, Netherlands — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is visiting the Dutch port city of Rotterdam for talks with his Dutch counterpart as part of preparations to host the leaders of the world’s top 20 economies in Osaka in June.Abe meets Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday for a boat tour of Rotterdam’s port followed by a dinner at the 185-meter (607-foot) Euromast tower.The leaders are expected to discuss issues including the G-20 summit, trade and Britain’s impending departure from the European Union.The EU and Japan signed a trade deal last year that eliminates about 99 per cent of the tariffs on Japanese goods sold to the bloc. About 94 per cent of the tariffs on European exports to Japan will be lifted, rising to 99 per cent in the future.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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EC replaces Kolkata police commissioner 3 other Bengal top cops

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission of India (EC) on Friday night removed Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma and Bidhannagar Police Commissioner Gyanwant Singh ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in a major shake-up in the police establishment of the state. The announcement comes days after BJP leaders had alleged that free and fair elections would not be possible in the state under these officers. Dr Rajesh Kumar, Additional Director General of Police (ADG), Pollution Control Board, was made the new Kolkata top cop, while Natarajan Ramesh Babu, ADG and IGP, Operations, was named the Bidhannagar police commissioner, an ECI notification about the decisions said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The poll body also named Avannu Ravindranath, DC (Airport Division) of Bidhannagar, as the new superintendent of police (SP) of Birbhum and appointed Srihari Pandey, DC KAP, 3rd Battalion, as the SP of Diamond Harbour. The EC wrote to West Bengal Chief Secretary Malay Dey, directing an immediate implementation of the directives and seeking a compliance report in respect to the joining of the transferred officers within 24 hours. The commission also directed that the present incumbent officers being shifted should not be involved by the state government in any election-related duty. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Both Sharma and Singh were present with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee when she started her dharna to protest a CBI action against the then Kolkata police commissioner in connection with its probe in the Saradha scam. Sharma had replaced Kumar in mid-February. Incidentally, after Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee’s wife Rujira was allegedly found carrying gold at the Kolkata airport, the BJP had lodged a complaint with the EC against Bidhannagar Police Commissioner Gyanwant Singh. The party had demanded that Singh be held “responsible” for the alleged police interference, if “prima facie any such incident happened”.last_img read more

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