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 Beirut 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 News
Like 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-Production
Schalke 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 say
LaLiga 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 say
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.
LOS 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.
PARIS — 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 Press
THE 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 Press
Kolkata: 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”.