A Practical Guide to Dutch Angles and Tilted Framing

first_imgDebubbleThe most common way is to debubble the camera. This involves unscrewing the ball head and tipping it over to the side. This allows you to continue to operate panning and tilting, as you normally would. The downside is that most ball heads only tilt a couple of degrees, usually not far enough to get extreme angles, or to accurately increase the amount of dutch in your shots.Another way (though many would advise against this) is to shorten one leg of the tripod so that it tips over to the side. This not only emits a sense of danger, it’s actually dangerous, especially for heavier cinema cameras. You need to keep a hand on the camera the whole time to keep it from crashing to the ground. On the positive side, you can slowly shorten the leg so the angle gets increasingly more extreme.Weigh It DownA wooden wedge is a good way to get a steady Dutch angle. Just be sure to secure the camera.A simple and cheap way to get a great Dutch angle is to place the camera on a flat service and put a wedge-like block, or sand bag, under one side of the camera plate. The camera is already on the ground or hard surface, so if it tips over, it doesn’t have far to fall. This is a quick, easy method; however, it doesn’t let you operate the camera while the shot is in motion because you need to remove it from the tripod head.If you’re working handheld, or from a shoulder mount, you can easily achieve a dutch angle by holding the camera more on the side. In fact, the challenge when working like this is to maintain a level horizon, and not to dutch the camera.The Dutch HeadThe Cam Tank is safe and professional way to pull off a Dutch angle.The last, most professional way to get a consistent, controllable Dutch angle is to use a specialized piece of camera equipment called a Dutch head — such as the Cam Tank from Matthews. You can use them right on the ground or install them between the tripod head and the camera. It has specific marks that let you dutch the head precisely, in case you want to slowly increase the amount of tilt from shot to shot, or to match the amount you previously used. You can even dutch in the middle of a pan — though more is often less.For instance, if you shoot wide or medium first, you could add four degrees of tilt. Then, when you push into the close-up, you can push that up to six for the over-the-shoulders, and eight or ten for singles. Using the Cam Tank, when you turn around to shoot the other side of the conversation, you can match this tilt exactly. But, Dutch heads aren’t cheap. The Cam Tank is $1,700, but you can rent one for much less.Regardless of which technique you use, remember to keep a light touch and know that Dutch angles have more of a psychological impact when they’re felt, rather than seen.Want more on filmmaking techniques? Check these out.Filmmaking Lessons from the Making of the Sci-Fi Horror Classic “Alien”Exploring the Emotion and Beauty Behind UplightingHarnessing the Power of Rehearsal for Your Film and Video ProjectsThe Noise Factor: When is Digital Noise Okay in a Shot?The Mood Board: Set the Tone for Your Next Short Film Dutch angles, if used discreetly, add an aura of dread, as well as a sense that the world has gone askew. Let’s take a look at how to pull this move off.Dutch angles are awesome. But anyone who’s ever actually tried to pull them off, convincingly, knows they’re deceptively tricky. Let’s take a look at how to make them work.last_img read more

ONE roundup: Tatsumitsu gets ONE flyweight GP date vs Demetrious Johnson

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Wada (21-10) is eight inches taller than the 4-foot-11 Balart (8-2) and he used his striking to great effect to earn some points in the minds’ of the judges especially in the second and third rounds.Although Balart scored a massive takedown in third round, Wada was able to land some stiff straights to maintain his control.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWada will next face Demetrious Johnson in the semifinals of the Flyweight Grand Prix.Meanwhile, Brazil’s Leandro Issa submitted China’s Fu Changxin via arm bar 3:03 into the first round of their fight. The Thai fighter was also the aggressor between the two consistently landing the stiffer kicks and dodging Momotaro’s headkicks.Bi Nguyen scored a quick technical knockout victory over Dwi Ani Retno Wulan 3:55 into the first round of their atomweight bout.The KillerHer Bee (5-3) bounced back from her loss to Jayme Hinshaw back in July of 2018 and also chalked up her first fight in ONE under the win column.Wulan, meanwhile, dropped to 1-1 with both of her fights happening under the ONE banner.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Gustavo Galart vs Tatsumitsu Wada in ONE World Flyweight Grand Prix. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Japan’s Tatsumitsu Wada escaped with the unanimous decision win over Cuba’s Gustavo Balart to advance to the ONE World Flyweight Grand Prix in the ONE: Roots of Honor card Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Balart had early control of the match cutting open a wound above Wada’s left eye but the Japanese managed to recover and used his striking to neutralize the Cuban.ADVERTISEMENT View comments PBA semis: On a cold-shooting night, Rain or Shine draws first blood vs Magnolia DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With 10 seconds left, both fighters threw out all defensive planning and landed shot after shot but Topic got a little too excited and landed a couple more blows after the final bell.China’s Xie Bin submitted Afghan Ahmad Qais Jasoor in their bantamweight clash.Xie (6-2) applied the D’arce choke midway through the second round and Jasoor (5-2) was forced to tap out 2:27 into the period.“This is what I want to do, this is what I can do, this is what I trained to do, the D’arce choke, said Xie who his sixth straight fight.Singapore’s Niko Soe had a complete turnaround and earned the victory against Indonesia’s Eko Roni Saputra.Saputra had the initial advantage in their flyweight fight scoring a single-leg takedown early in the round.Soe, however, got into standing position and landed a sharp right elbow to Saputra’s forehead cutting open the Indonesian.The referee called for the doctor but the wound was too big to be closed in time giving Soe the win 3:03 into the fight.In the ONE Super Series, Thailand’s Lerdsila Phuket Top Team earned then convincing unanimous decision win over Japan’s Momotaro.Phuket Top Team relied mostly on his body kicks that Momotaro continuously absorbed throughout the fight. Leandro Issa Vs Fu Chang Xin in ONE: Roots of Honor. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIssa (17-7) is a natural bantamweight while Fu (8-2) is registered as a featherweight and the two fighters met at a catchweight of 149 lbs.The Brazilian had early control of the match and his brutal arm bar was just the punctuation to his dominance.Issa has now won four of his last five fights including this bounce back victory after losing to Muin Gafurov in October of 2018. Fu saw his five-fight winning streak get snapped.In the ONE Super Series kickboxing, Andrei Stoica scored a tough unanimous decision win over Ibrahim El Bouni in the light heavyweight division.Andres Stoica vs Ibrahim El Bouni in ONE: Roots of Honor. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBoth fighters were aggressive throughout the second and third rounds but El Bouni suffered an unintentional eye poke late in the final round.ADVERTISEMENT Despite the late stoppage, Stoica was able to earn the nod of all three judges.In one of the thrilling matches of the night, James Nakashima recovered from Luis Santos’ constant striking and earned a technical knockout win 56 seconds into the second round of their welterweight bout.The United States’ Nakashima (11-0) won his first stoppage with his previous 10 wins all ending via the judges’ decision while Santos, of Brazil, (65-12) lost two of his last three fights.James Nakashima vs Luis Santos in ONE: Roots of Honor. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSantos and Nakashima had an awkward fall early in the second round and this lead to the Brazilian pulling his groin.With his health not at peak shape, Santos verbally told the referee that he couldn’t continue.Brazil’s Anderson Silva scored a quick knockout win over Australia’s in the heavyweight division for the ONE Super Series kickboxing event.Silva landed a stiff right hook that put Meunier to sleep 1:14 into the first round.In the third of the ONE Super Series bouts, Saemapetch Fairtex earned the majority decision win over Ognjen Topic.Fairtex was the more aggressive of the fighters landing the stiffer shots in the first two rounds but Topic managed to sneak in some blows in the third round. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

SPORT-ISL-BHUTIA 2 LT(SPB2)

first_img“Yes, I have still got a contract till the 31st of May “Yes, I have still got a contract till the 31st of May and today is the 25th of April,” he said. When pressed further whether he would stay with the club next season, he added, “Hopefully yes.””There are no concerns. The club is a professional club. We do things correctly. I work for a very good owner (Parth Jindal) and a very good management. The only concern to be honest is that I am an ambitious coach. Like any player, if Manchester United come in for (FPAI Indian Player of the Year) Jeje (Lalpekhlua), he is not going to stay at Mohun Bagan and thats football,” he said candidly. Asked about the Indian national teams poor ranking on the FIFA chart (162 as of now), Westwood was diplomatic and said it was “disrespectful” for him to comment on national coach Stephen Constantine.”Its not my job. I dont want to insult the coach. He (Stephen Constantine) doesnt comment on Bengaluru FC and I dont comment on India. It is disrespectful. Its his and Mr. Patels business, not mine. Ill do my job and let them do theirs. Its not under my umbrella, its under Mr. Constantines. Hes working hard and doing a good job. Thats fine with me,” said the 39-year-old.Asked for a response whether he would take up the national team coachs job if it were offered to him, Westwood said, “Again, I wouldnt disrespect my club. Ive got a contract to coach Bengaluru FC. To comment on jobs with managers in jobs is really distasteful. I wouldnt like it if someone said that I could do a good job at Bengaluru FC because that is my job.”advertisementHe also brushed aside questions whether he saw the practical side of a possible merger between I-League and the Indian Super League which has been bandied about by the All India Football Federation.”Honestly, I dont make rules here. Im just a coach. I coach football games, and business details and mergers ? Im not really interested in them, to be honest. Im just doing my job.”He, however, batted for a longer duration national league.”I would like to coach as many matches as possible, so longer the league and more teams, better it is for me as it will be more competitive. I would like to play different teams, week in week out. Thats just what we do. “Players like to play as many games as possible and we like to coach as many games as possible. Again, you wont catch me commenting anything scandalous,” he declared. PTI SSR DK PDS PDS SDMlast_img read more

V K Saraswat suggests reorganisation of ITIs in Telangana

first_imgHyderabad, Jun 8 (PTI) NITI Aayog member V K Saraswat today suggested reorganisation of the Industrial Training Institutions (ITIs) in Telangana by appointing skilled personnel and providing various facilities.Saraswat held a meeting with several senior officials of the state government here today.The interaction was organised as per the issues discussed in a meeting, chaired by the Prime Minister, on National Skill Development Mission, a state government release quoted Saraswat as saying.Noting that the country could not take full advantage of the large population of youth in the last several decades, he said the advantage can now be drawn for the next three decades.The trainees should have soft skills, Saraswat said, adding they should be helped in getting jobs in companies which provide funds under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).The NITI Aayog member also appreciated the efforts of the state in tribal welfare and advised that the sports talent among tribal youth should be encouraged, it added. PTI SJR NRB PVI PTPlast_img read more

Cricket Australia agree A$500 million pay deal with players

first_imgCricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association announced they had agreed a new pay deal “in principle” on Thursday, ending an acrimonious dispute that threatened a tour of Bangladesh and this year’s Ashes series.The previous five-year collective bargaining agreement expired on June 30, which had left about 230 players effectively unemployed and forced the cancellation of Australia’s ‘A’ tour of South Africa.”I think we’ve reached a good compromise, one we can both live with and one that will be good for the game and good for Australia’s cricketers,” CA chief executive James Sutherland told a news conference at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.The immediate repercussions of the deal are that two tests in Bangladesh will now go ahead in August and September with the Australia squad scheduled to gather in Darwin next week for a pre-tour camp.At the heart of the disagreement was CA’s insistence that a two-decade-old model, under which players receive a fixed percentage of revenue, should be jettisoned.The governing body said the model was outdated and claimed it was starving grass-roots cricket of funding, while the players’ union countered that it had underpinned the game’s growth and prosperity over the past 20 years.The revenue-share arrangement has survived in the “heads of agreement” on new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which union boss Alistair Nicholson said he was confident the players would vote to accept.”A revenue sharing model ensuring all players, male and female, are partners in the game of cricket,” Nicholson said, outlining the agreement.advertisement”The revenue sharing model in which the players will share up to 30 percent of agreed revenue consisting of 27.5 percent of forecast revenue streams and a 2.5 percent performance pool.”This is estimated to be up to $500 million in the next five-year period.”Nicholson said the players would receive back pay once the final MoU had been signed.The dispute had raged on for nine months and grew increasingly bitter as both sides took to airing their grievances publicly.The union refused to deal with CA’s lead negotiator and were angered when Sutherland warned players would be unemployed and unpaid without a new agreement on the table.Players subsequently boycotted the ‘A’ tour and warned subsequent tours to Bangladesh, India and the Ashes series were under threat.Having declined for months to deal directly with the ACA, Sutherland was cajoled back to the negotiating table in July and the deal was struck in head-to-head talks with Nicholson on Thursday morning.last_img read more

12 years ago on this day, MS Dhoni makes Test debut: Start of a dream journey

first_imgOn December 2, 2005, India’s most successful captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni made his Test debut.He played his first match in whites against Sri Lanka in Chennai 12 years ago in a drawn Test. He marked his first match in red-ball cricket with a first innings score of 30 and a catch of the bowling off Irfan Pathan to dismiss Avishka Gunawardene.Since then MSD represented India in 90 Test matches, scoring 4,876 runs at an average of 38.09, hitting six centuries and 33 fifties. Dhoni was also involved in 294 dismissals, out of which 256 were catches and 38 were stumpings. Dhoni is the fifth most successful wicketkeeper in the format.  He hung up his boots nine years later prematurely some would say in the middle of the Australia tour in 2014, handing over the captaincy to Virat Kohli, who only achieved greater heights in the coming years.After Kohli took over, India have been on the march across all the formats. They are currently second in the ODI rankings, tied on same points as South Africa and are on the up in T20 cricket as well. But in whites, India are on top of the pile and are only consolidating their position during their three-match series against Sri Lanka.But it all started under MSD. It was in 2009 under Dhoni, that India became the No.1 team in the longest format of the game for the first time in history. Although for a short time, but India’s dominance at home mostly under the Ranchi cricketer was one of the key points in what has been an eventful career so far.advertisementReuters PhotoDhoni first burst onto the scene in 2004 under Sourav Ganguly in Bangladesh. He made his ODI debut at Chittagong on December 23, 2004. He was run-out for a duck.In the next three innings he only managed to score 22 runs and then came the turning point. He was promoted up the order at No. 3 against Pakistan at Visakhapatnam in the second ODI and he hammered a 123-ball 148 against a decent Pakistan attack. Later that year, he clobbered his highest ODI score of 183 off just 145 balls against the Lankans at Jaipur.Since then, his stock only went up. A year and a half later, he was a part of India’s disastrous 2007 World Cup campaign in the Caribbean, where they were knocked out in the league stages. Six months later, he was at the thick of things, when he was made the captain of an inexperienced Indian team in the first-ever T20 World Cup in South Africa.And that was the beginning of the ‘Legend of Dhoni’.He guided the young team minus all the stars to a World Cup victory for the first time since Kapil Dev’s triumph in 1983 and gave people an idea of his calmness and maturity. He took over the ODI captaincy from Rahul Dravid in the same year and led the team to its first-ever bilateral ODI series wins in Sri Lanka and New Zealand.India also won the CB series in Australia under him in 2008 and as reports of Anil Kumble giving up captaincy grew stronger, people were strongly backing Dhoni to take over. Just three years after making his debut.Reuters PhotoHe was indeed handed the captaincy after Jumbo left and he led the team to series wins in New Zealand and West Indies. He also guided India to Border-Gavaskar Trophies over Australia in 2008, 2010 and 2013. In 2013, under his captaincy, India became the first team in more than 40 years to whitewash Australia in a Test series. He also hit his career-best score of 224 during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Chennai in 2013.He also has another unique achievement to his name. He is the only captain to win all three ICC trophies. He started with the T20 World Cup in 2007 and then starred in India’s first 50-over World Cup win in 2011 with an unbeaten 79-ball 91 in the final against the Lankans with a signature six over long-on to lift the trophy after 28 years. Two years later, he guided India to their second Champions Trophy triumph in England.After a brilliant 2013, the following year didn’t go well for him and India. They were tormented in England and he went into the Australia tour with an injury before finally deciding to walk away from Test after the third game of the series.He however, decided to continue playing limited-overs cricket and lead the side until early 2017, when he decided to step down and hand over the baton to Kohli in all the formats.The 36-year-old captained his country in 331 international matches from 2007 to 2016, the most by any. Ricky Ponting comes second with 324.advertisementHe is India’s most successful captain so far in terms of numbers with 178 victories from 331 matches. He captained India in 60 Tests, winning 27 and losing 18. In limited-overs cricket, Dhoni led India to 110 wins from 199 ODIs and 41 victories from 72 T20Is. Dhoni had a win percentage of 53.78.Dhoni currently is in the twilight of his career. But he is playing a very important role in shaping Kohli as a captain and this is perhaps the last thing that remained to be ticked off in a glittering career and he is doing that with ease as well.last_img read more

Boxer “Hurricane” Carter Dies

first_imgTORONTO — Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died April 19. He was 76.He had been stricken with prostate cancer in Toronto, the New Jersey native’s adopted home. John Artis, a longtime friend and caregiver, said Carter died in his sleep.Carter spent 19 years in prison for three murders at a tavern in Paterson, N.J., in 1966. He was convicted alongside Artis in 1967 and again in a new trial in 1976.Carter was freed in November 1985 when his convictions were set aside after years of appeals and public advocacy. His ordeal and the alleged racial motivations behind it were publicized in Bob Dylan’s 1975 song Hurricane, several books and a 1999 film starring Denzel Washington, who received an Academy Award nomination for playing the boxer turned prisoner.Carter’s murder convictions abruptly ended the boxing career of a former petty criminal who became an undersized middleweight contender largely on ferocity and punching power.Although never a world champion, Carter went 27-12-1 with 19 knockouts, memorably stopping two-division champ Emile Griffith in the first round in 1963. He also fought for a middleweight title in December 1964, losing a unanimous decision to Joey Giardello.In June 1966, three white people were shot by two black men at the Lafayette Bar and Grill in Paterson. Carter and Artis were convicted by an all-white jury largely on the testimony of two thieves who later recanted their stories.Carter was granted a new trial and briefly freed in 1976, but sent back for nine more years after being convicted in a second trial.“I wouldn’t give up,” Carter said in an interview on PBS in 2011. “No matter that they sentenced me to three life terms in prison. I wouldn’t give up. Just because a jury of 12 misinformed people … found me guilty did not make me guilty. And because I was not guilty, I refused to act like a guilty person.”Dylan became aware of Carter’s plight after reading the boxer’s autobiography. He met Carter and co-wrote Hurricane, which he performed on his Rolling Thunder Revue tour in 1975.Muhammad Ali also spoke out on Carter’s behalf, while advertising art director George Lois and other celebrities also worked toward Carter’s release.With a network of friends and volunteers also advocating for him, Carter eventually won his release from U.S. District Judge H. Lee Sarokin, who wrote that Carter’s prosecution had been “predicated upon an appeal to racism rather than reason, and concealment rather than disclosure.”Born on May 6, 1937, into a family of seven children, Carter struggled with a hereditary speech impediment and was sent to a juvenile reform center at 12 after an assault. He escaped and joined the Army in 1954, experiencing racial segregation and learning to box while in West Germany.Carter then committed a series of muggings after returning home, spending four years in various state prisons. He began his pro boxing career in 1961 after his release, winning 20 of his first 24 fights mostly by stoppage.Carter was fairly short for a middleweight at 5-foot-8, but his aggression and high punch volume made him effective.His shaved head and menacing glower gave him an imposing ring presence, but also contributed to a menacing aura outside the ring.He was also quoted as joking about killing police officers in a 1964 story in the Saturday Evening Post which was later cited by Carter as a cause of his troubles with police.Carter boxed regularly on television at Madison Square Garden and overseas in London, Paris and Johannesburg. Although his career appeared to be on a downswing before he was implicated in the murders, Carter was hoping for a second middleweight title shot.Carter and Artis were questioned after being spotted in the area of the murders in Carter’s white car, which vaguely matched witnesses’ descriptions.Both cited alibis and were released, but were arrested months later. A case relying largely on the testimony of thieves Alfred Bello and Arthur Bradley resulted in a conviction in June 1967.Carter defied his prison guards from the first day of his incarceration, spending time in solitary confinement because of it.“When I walked into prison, I refused to wear their stripes,” Carter said. “I refused to eat their food. I refused to work their jobs, and I would have refused to breathe the prison’s air if I could have done so.”Carter eventually wrote and spoke eloquently about his plight, publishing his autobiography, The Sixteenth Round, in 1974. Benefit concerts were held for his legal defense.After his release, Carter moved to Toronto, where he served as the Executive Director of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted from 1993 to 2005. He received two honorary doctorates for his work.Director Norman Jewison made Carter’s story into a well-reviewed biographical film, with Washington working closely alongside Carter to capture the boxer’s transformation and redemption. Washington won a Golden Globe for the role.“This man right here is love,” Washington said while onstage with Carter at the Golden Globes ceremony in early 2000. “He’s all love. He lost about 7,300 days of his life, and he’s love. He’s all love.”But the makers of The Hurricane were widely criticized for factual inaccuracies and glossing over other parts of Carter’s story, including his criminal past and a reputation for a violent temper.Giardello sued the film’s producers for its depiction of a racist fix in his victory over Carter, who acknowledged Giardello deserved the win.Carter’s weight and activity dwindled during his final months, but he still advocated for prisoners he believed to be wrongfully convicted.Carter wrote an opinion essay for the New York Daily News in February, arguing vehemently for the release of David McCallum, convicted of a kidnapping and murder in 1985. Carter also briefly mentioned his health, saying he was “quite literally on my deathbed.”“Now I’m looking death straight in the eye,” Carter wrote. “He’s got me on the ropes, but I won’t back down.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

League Cup: Chelsea knock Liverpool out, Arsenal and Tottenham move into next round

first_imgThe brilliance of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard ended Liverpool’s 100 percent start to the season as Maurizio Sarri’s side enjoyed a 2-1 win at Anfield in the League Cup third round on Wednesday.Liverpool have started with six wins in the Premier League and a victory in the Champions League but they were knocked out by a superb solo goal from Hazard in the 85th minute.Former Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge, who had earlier missed an open goal, put Liverpool in front in the 58th minute with an acrobatic volley after Willy Caballero parried out Naby Keita’s drive.Emerson levelled for Chelsea in the 79th, slotting home after Simon Mignolet parried out a Ross Barkley header from a free kick whipped in by Hazard.Great to go through to the next round. What a goal to win the game from @hazardeden10 .Well done lads . pic.twitter.com/rxzBakixkmGary Cahill (@GaryJCahill) September 26, 2018The goal was reviewed by VAR but ruled as fair although Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp felt it should have been disallowed for offside.Sturridge then struck the bar with a fine effort from distance but it was Chelsea who struck the decisive blow.Belgian forward Hazard, a 56th-minute substitute, won the game with a devastating finish after a powerful run in from the flank, weaving past two Liverpool defenders behind before firing into the far corner.”It’s a fantastic goal. Not only the beauty of it but for the time he scored it,” Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola said.”Not only is he one of the best in the Premier League – if not the best – but he is one of the best in Europe and the world.advertisement”In my opinion we haven’t seen the best of him yet. He’s remarkable,” he added.The two teams face each other at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in the Premier League.Elsewhere, West Ham United hammered fourth tier (League Two) Macclesfield Town 8-0 for their biggest win since 1983.Grady Diangana and Robert Snodgrass both scored twice as West Ham ripped apart the Cheshire side who are bottom of League Two without a win this season.We’re through to the next round of the @Carabao_Cup! #COYS pic.twitter.com/9B4TmPUDZKTottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 26, 2018In an all-Premier League tie, Tottenham Hotspur progressed to the last 16 by beating Watford 4-2 on penalties after the game, played in Milton Keynes, ended 2-2.Isaac Success had given Watford the lead in the 46th minute but Spurs looked to have grabbed the win thanks to a Dele Alli penalty in the 82nd minute and Erik Lamela’s goal four minutes later.But Etienne Capoue’s 89th-minute drive took the game to penalties, only for Capoue and Domingos Quina to fail to convert their spot-kicks and Alli wrapped up victory for Spurs.Danny Welbeck scored twice as Arsenal beat Championship Brentford 3-1.After the former Manchester United striker put the Gunners 2-0 up, Alan Judge brought Brentford back into the game but Alexandre Lacazette made sure of the win for Arsenal.”I am very happy individually with the player. He gave us his quality and also his commitment every day.”@UnaiEmery_ is sounding impressed by @DannyWelbeck…Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 27, 2018In an all-Championship match, Nottingham Forest beat Stoke City 3-2 despite having Diogo Goncalves sent off 13 minutes from time.last_img read more

OnePlus 7 Pro possible prices in India leaked, it could be cheaper than expected

first_imgOnePlus 7 Pro is being touted as the company’s most premium flagship offering yet. The Pro model is said to come with a few extra top-end features compared to the regular OnePlus 7 and hence it is also expected to launch at a higher price. There have been a few speculations regarding the OnePlus 7 Pro price in India with a general consensus being that it will be around Rs 50,000. This has now been reiterated by tipster Ishan Agarwal, who has just leaked out what could be the final prices of the OnePlus 7 Pro.Agarwal in his tweet reveals that the OnePlus 7 Pro India price will start at Rs 49,999. This is for the base model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. There will also be an 8GB + 256GB variant that might cost Rs 52,999 and lastly a top-end variant with a whopping 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage that will be priced at Rs 57,999. The OnePlus 7 Pro will launch in Nebula Blue, Mirror Grey and Almond colours.Exclusive: Here’s the #OnePlus7Pro India Pricing:6GB+128GB: 49,9998GB+256GB: 52,99912GB+256GB: 57,999Disclaimer- Prices MAY change before launch under some circumstances and I can’t be 100% sure about such leaks.#OnePlus7 Pro #OnePlus7Series #OnePlusIndia pic.twitter.com/Rgo2oD8kpAIshan Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) May 4, 2019The tipster adds a disclaimer that the final prices could change before the launch, so we would ask you to take these leaked prices with a pinch of salt for now. The pricing does keep in line with speculations that the OnePlus 7 Pro would cost similar to the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition.advertisementThe rumoured pricing of the OnePlus 7 Pro also means the regular OnePlus 7 will be priced lower than Rs 50,000. If the company stays close to the pricing of the OnePlus 6T, then the OnePlus 7 can be expected to cost around Rs 40,000 in India. According to a study from a market research firm called techARC, the OnePlus 7 price could be 12.6 per cent more than the OnePlus 6T, which puts it around Rs 39,500.The OnePlus 7 Pro is rumoured to sport a QHD+ notch-less display with a 90Hz refresh rate, a pop-up selfie camera, triple camera setup with a 3x zoom lens and a 4,000mAh battery with 30W Warp Charge fast charging support. Of course, you can also expect a Snapdragon 855 chipset to power the device.The OnePlus 7 Pro will launch alongside the OnePlus 7 on May 14 in India. The Pro model is already up for pre-booking in the country on Amazon India and those interested will have to purchase a Rs 1,000 gift card to pre-book the OnePlus 7 Pro.ALSO READ | OnePlus 7 pre-booking to start from 12 pm today: Here’s how you can get itlast_img read more

2019 NRL Touch Premiership Draw

first_imgThe 2019 NRL Touch Premiership draw had to be revised slightly (Brisbane Broncos homegames were changed to suit Suncorp Stadium requirements). This is the up-to-date draw.To buy tickets to these NRL Touch Premiership men’s and women’s matches and their subsequent NRL fixtures, go to tickets.nrl.com26 gamedays16 teams8 clubs12 stadiums9 cities5 months2 nationsStarting 6th April 2019!last_img

BW LPG Exercises Options for Two VLGCs

first_imgzoom BW LPG has exercised its options for the construction of two Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGCs) at Hyundai Heavy Industries, to be delivered in the first half of 2016. This decision reflects BW LPG’s confidence in deploying newbuild assets efficiently to deliver accretive value, albeit the global order book for VLGCs has grown substantially.Continued strong growth in US exports of propane and butane underscore the long-term positive outlook for the LPG transportation sector. BW LPG, with strong commercial and operating platforms resulting from its long history in LPG transportation, remains positioned to benefit from this export growth, and to continue to operate with market-leading utilization as a result of its portfolio of Timecharters and Contracts of Affreightment.BW LPG, February 28, 2014last_img read more

Increased Crude Oil Tanker Demolition a Positive Sign

first_imgzoom A total of 1.3 million dwt of crude oil tanker capacity was sent to the scrapyards during the first four months of 2017, heading to the expected demolished capacity of 9 million for the full year, according to BIMCO.The year so far has seen eight crude oil tankers form for demolition, including two VLCCs, two Suezmax, three Aframax and one Panamax. As only nine crude oil tankers got demolished in 2016, “eight sold in the first couple of months is positive,” according to BIMCO.Most recently the 1999-built double-hull VLCC, with the framing name Good News, returned USD 15.5 million to the shipowner, as demolition prices have reached levels not seen since first half of 2015.“January struck an upbeat tone for demolition in all sectors, but the overall pace of fleet renewal, via demolition, has slowed down since then. Crude oil tankers being the one exception to that as capacity removals spiked in April, reaching the highest level since February 2015,” Peter Sand, BIMCO’s Chief Shipping Analyst, said.Sand added that there is “still a long way to go” as net fleet growth for the large crude oil tankers is already up by 2.4% year-to-date, and it is forecast to grow by 3.7% for the full year.Regarding the scrapping activity in the dry bulk segment, 5.7 million dwt of dry bulk shipping capacity was sold for demolition during the first four months of 2017. Of the total, 53% of demolished capacity were dry bulk ships, followed by Handymax vessels of which 1 million dwt was demolished.Additionally, as 2017 is set to be a year where supply side growth will outpace demand side growth, “much more needs to be done to limit the looming overcapacity in the product tanker sector,” BIMCO said.While January saw the highest amount of TEU-capacity demolished in the container shipping sector with almost 100,000 TEU sold off, the trend since then has been a clear slowdown. April was at an 11-month low, as 12 ships were demolished.Demolition of larger ships is a new trend, as the first ship with a capacity exceeding 6,000 TEU was demolished in March 2016. The intermediate sized old-post-panamax ship that was demolished was a 1997-built 5,006 TEU container ship.BIMCO said that the evaporated hype is in line with its forecast of a significantly lower level of demolished container shipping capacity in 2017 as compared to 2016, that had 654,410 TEU removed from the active fleet by demolition.last_img read more

Budget Bulletin Opportunities for Learning

first_imgGreat beginnings start with a solid education. This year’s education budget is being increased by six per cent, bringing the total budget for education to $1.138 billion. LEARNING FOR LIFE IIAdditional funding of approximately $20 million will help to meet the diverse needs of Nova Scotia’s students and will help make the province’s public education plan — Learning for Life II — a reality. The funding will help to focus on priorities like accountability, parental involvement, and results measurement. CLASSROOM RESOURCESAlmost $5 million will be provided to extend the plan to reduce class sizes in the early grades. Starting this fall, the maximum class size for Grade 3 students will be 25, just as it is for grades primary, 1, and 2. Another $200,000 will add 60 more schools to the accreditation list — ensuring high and consistent standards for students. MENTORS FOR STUDENTSAlmost $1 million will fund reading and math mentors. As well, an additional $200,000 will fund math and reading assessments for Grade 3 students. An additional $500,000 will be provided to hire more guidance counsellors. OPPORTUNITIES AND OPTIONSAn additional $1.4 million will be provided to 27 schools for the Opportunities and Options program. This program matches students with qualified employers and provides practical learning experiences. Successful students are then guaranteed a seat at the Nova Scotia Community College in order to continue their studies. As well, $100,000 will be invested to develop new career-oriented courses for high school students. UNIVERSITY FUNDING In 2004, a three-year agreement was signed with universities, capping tuition for most at the undergraduate level to 3.9 per cent, resulting in average savings of $2,600 per student. This year’s commitment is $20.3 million, bringing total university funding to $227.9 million. POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION INCENTIVESNova Scotia’s student debt reduction program — which helps about 10,000 students — will receive a $1.2-million investment, doubling the employment and repayment bonuses under this program. Graduates will also benefit from a $1,000 tax credit, which can be applied against a graduate’s Nova Scotia income tax. Students will have three years after graduating from a post-secondary institution to use the credit. The required parental contribution for student loans will be reduced by 25 per cent. A total of $46 million will now be available to an even greater number of students. Youth in the care of the province will benefit from an extension of the bursary program that covers the cost of tuition and books. Currently, only those under 21 can access the program, and an increased investment of $200,000 means that the age limit will increase to 24. SKILLS AND LEARNINGAn additional $787,000 brings the total skills and learning budget to $13.6 million. These funds will expand on the many initiatives designed to develop a skilled and adaptable workforce ready to meet the demands of tomorrow’s employers. -30- Note: For further 2006-07 budget information, see the Department of Finance website at www.gov.ns.ca/financelast_img read more

An Investment in Innovation and Tradition

first_imgA $45 million upgrade to the Oland Brewery in north-end Halifax will result in a state-of-the-art operation that will maintain jobs and increase exports. The investment, announced today, Oct. 4, by Labatt Breweries of Canada, will allow the company to better compete in markets outside of the Maritimes and will increase production capacity. The government of Nova Scotia, through its Industrial Expansion Fund, will contribute $4.5 million toward the upgrade. “This investment in a key, historic Nova Scotia manufacturing company will see the use of technological innovation to become more competitive,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “Our success as a province is closely linked to our ability to increase exports and bring more dollars into our economy.” The Oland Brewery plant exports 65 per cent of its product outside of the Maritimes. Keith’s India Pale Ale is currently Canada’s number one premium domestic specialty brand. The estimated annual direct tax benefit to the province in maintaining the brewery jobs in Halifax is about $7.5 million over five years. The estimated direct provincial tax revenues from the construction project would be about $1.7 million. “Our investment gives Labatt’s room to continue to grow,” said Jean Lépine, vice president corporate affairs, Quebec/Atlantic. “It also ensures that the Oland legacy of quality and tradition will continue for years to come.” Part of the province’s return on investment is linked to the export of the Alexander Keith’s family of brands. Last year, the equivalent of more than 140 million bottles of Alexander Keith’s were exported across the country. Every bottle, bottle case, can and keg displays the Nova Scotia flag. Moving forward, the Oland Brewery will renew its marketing and promotional partnership with the province. Oland Brewery employs 255 people full-time, with a payroll of more than $20 million in the province. The company also spends $22 million annually on goods and services from Nova Scotia businesses. The Industrial Expansion Fund is one of the methods by which the government of Nova Scotia supports economic development in the province. The fund has flexibility in the amount and type of funding it can provide. The fund is key to helping industries involved in innovative research and technology and contributes to a prosperous and sustainable business climate for Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Beautification and Streetscaping Projects Announced

first_imgGovernment is partnering with municipalities to invest in beautification projects across the province. Through the $500,000 Beautification and Streetscaping Program, the province will contribute up to 50 per cent of the costs of municipal projects with a minimum contribution of $10,000 and a maximum of $25,000. The program is application based and work can include landscaping, installing interpretive and entrance signs, enhancing lighting and building public restrooms. Among the recipients is the Sydney Waterfront District Beautification Project which was announced today, July 20, by Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette, on behalf of Chuck Porter, Minister of Municipal Affairs. Under this project, the province will contribute $25,000 toward landscaping work on Charlotte Street and the installation of signage. “The Beautification and Streetscaping Program is designed to support the development of inviting areas where residents and visitors want to spend time,” said Mr. Mombourquette. “Key investments can rejuvenate areas, foster local pride, encourage economic development and enhance the character of municipalities.” “We are passionate about the experience that locals and visitors have in the Sydney waterfront district,” said Michelle Wilson, executive director of Sydney Waterfront District Association. “Studies show that beautification attracts people to spend more time in an area, which in turn has economic benefits. We’re extremely grateful to the province for this opportunity to create a welcoming and vibrant atmosphere that people want to come back to.” Also today, in Yarmouth, Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Zach Churchill announced $13,000 for the town under the Downtown Beautification Project. Work will include the restoration of fountains and landscaping around town signs. “We want visitors to our area, whether they come by land or by sea, to see and enjoy the beauty of our town and all it has to offer,” said Mr. Churchill. “The aesthetics of our town are not only important to our visitors but also to our residents and community.” “The Town of Yarmouth understands the importance beautification plays in economic development and enhancing the quality of life for our citizens,” said Mayor Pam Mood. “We are thrilled to receive this funding which will be used to take us to the next level.” A complete list of approved projects under that program is available at https://novascotia.ca/dma/funding/streetscaping-program.asp .last_img read more

IHGF declared countrys leading trade show

first_imgRakesh Kumar, Director General – EPCH informed that Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair has been declared a leading trade show by Indian Exhibition Industry Association during the 9th edition of IEIA open seminar being held from June 13 -15, 2019 at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida. The IHGF is one amongst other eight shows such as IITF, Auto Expo, Iconic Indian exhibitions, ELECRAMA, India ITME IMTEX, and Plast India declared as leading shows of India; and play a key role as a multiplier of economic growth of the Country. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveIEIA open seminar is a platform to build business network, explore partnership, share knowledge, discuss concerns and address industry challenges for building a stronger industry. This year’s edition is being attended by more than 800 exhibition industry professionals from around 28 countries. Dr Anup Wadhawan, Commerce Secretary was the Chief Guest during the inauguration of the IEIA Open seminar on June 13, 2019. Commerce Secretary assured support to the exhibition sector and in particular to India Expo Centre and Mart. Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painKumar while receiving the award along with team of EPCH said, right since its inception in 1986, EPCH has been playing a stellar role in projecting India’s image abroad as a reliable source of inimitable handcrafted items being produced and manufactured by more than 7 million artisans and craftspersons scattered in different craft clusters of the Country. He further said that receiving the award for IHGF as leading trade show in India took him down the memory lanes when EPCH organized Indian Handicrafts & Gifts [ IHGF] for the first time. With the passage of time, the show progressed in leaps and bounds. The IHGF has been revamped, renamed as IHGF-Delhi Fair with a new theme, bigger space, grander in product display and longer in duration. Looking at the largest participation by Indian Handicrafts exhibitors, Limca Book of World Records have recognised IHGF-Delhi Fair as world largest congregation of handicrafts exhibitors under one roof. Kumar informed that IHGF-Delhi fair is playing a vital role in increasing handicrafts exports from the Country apart from providing employment to artisans belonging to weaker sections of the society. Since the inception of EPCH, numerous export promotion efforts have brought about a sea change in India’s handicrafts exports. Kumar said that credit goes to handicrafts exporting community in achieving IHGF as the leading trade show in the Country and for posing faith in the Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair for the last more than 24 years and also to the International buying community from all across the globe who year after year is increasing to visit and source the requirement of home, lifestyle, textiles, and fashion products from IHGF-Delhi Fair.last_img read more

Over 30 drown during Ganesh idol immersion

first_imgBhopal/Mumbai/New Delhi: Thirty-three people, most of them in their 20s, drowned during the immersion of Ganesh idols in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi, officials said on Friday.Some of the dead were minor, they said. In Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal, 11 people died when two boats carrying an idol for immersion in a lake in Khatlapura capsized. Seventeen people were on the boats when the incident took place around 4.30 am, the Bhopal district collector said, adding that six of them were rescued. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsSix of the dead in Madhya Pradesh were in their 20s, while two were minor. One of those rescued said that safety equipment was not provided to the devotees venturing into the lake to immerse idols. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the death of 11 people in the boat capsize. Chief Minister Kamal Nath ordered a magisterial inquiry and a compensation of Rs 11 lakh each to the kin of the deceased. The police have registered a case against the two boatmen. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayIn Maharashtra, at least 18 people drowned in separate incidents during the immersion of Ganesh idols. Immersion of Ganesh idols, which began on Anant Chaturdashi on Thursday, continued till Friday morning. Drowning incidents were reported in 11 districts – Amravati, Nashik, Thane, Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Dhule, Bhandara, Nanded, Ahmednagar, Akola and Satara, an official said. Four people drowned in Amravati, three in Ratnagiri, two each in Nashik, Sindhudurg and Satara, one each in Thane, Dhule, Buldhana, Akola and Bhandara. Majority of the deceased was young, they said. Two men and two women drowned in the Yamuna river in Delhi during Ganesh idol immersion, officials said. The Fire Department received information regarding the drowning around 9 pm on Thursday, officials said. A fire tender was rushed to the spot and rescue operation initiated. The bodies were subsequently recovered, they said. The deceased, in their 20s, were residents of Nihal Vihar, Nangloi, they added.last_img read more

Deadly sectarian violence cripples Algeria desert city

first_imgGHARDAIA, Algeria – Daily life has ground to a halt in Ghardaia, a picturesque Algerian city on the edge of the Sahara turned into a ghost town by a wave of sectarian violence.The UNESCO world heritage site, some 600 kilometres (370 miles) south of Algiers, has been rocked since December by clashes between the Chaamba community of Arab origin and the majority Mozabites, indigenous Berbers belonging to the Ibadi Muslim sect.The oasis settlement, with its 90,000 inhabitants, was a scene of desolation on Monday, with the normally bustling market square empty and charred shopfronts bearing witness to last week’s unrest. Security forces patrolled the streets following the deployment of extra personnel, and after Algeria’s newly-appointed premier Youcef Yousfi visited on Sunday in a bid to defuse the situation.The latest violence erupted after hundreds of Mozabites who had fled during the initial unrest returned to their houses, to find many of them destroyed or badly damaged, according to various local sources.Three young Chaambas were killed on Saturday night, in circumstances that remain unclear, and another 190 people wounded, including 29 members of the security forces, according to medical sources.Five people were killed in the previous wave of violence between the rival communities, between December and February.Hamou Mesbah, a senior member of the opposition Socialist Forces Front (FFS), on Saturday described the centre of Ghardaia as a “ghost town,” saying that Mozabites living in mixed neighbourhoods whose property had been torched were still waiting to recover whatever belongings they could.Some of the burnt-out shops belonging to members of the Chaamba community were still smouldering on Sunday night, despite the efforts of the local fire service.Hadj Mabrouk Zahouani ran the well-known store “Rahala” (“Journey” in Arabic), which opened its doors in 1950 but was left in ruins by last week’s violence.Before the unrest customers would come from all across the Algerian desert to purchase his wares, which ranged from kitchen dishes to traditional clothes and footwear.“I didn’t close my shop until the riots began (in December), and when things calmed down I reopened. This time I have lost the shop and its contents,” Zahouani told AFP.The total damage from the latest violence is difficult to evaluate, but Bahmed Babaoumoussa, a member of the committee for Thenia neighbourhood, put the cost of the losses there alone at more than four million euros.The shops along the town’s main street, most of them Arab, were all shut on Monday.“The Mozabites don’t live in the town centre but they do have shops here,” said Moussa, a postman in his 30s.On Monday those shops were easy enough to identify, whether by the police guards deployed outside them or the hostile messages scrawled on their walls, such as: “This is a Mozabite shop,” and “Get out.”Once-flourishing trade hub The two communities have coexisted for centuries, but as elsewhere in the region, limited economic opportunities, despite the proximity of Algeria’s vast oil and gas wealth, have aggravated social tensions.Trade has always been Ghardaia’s economic mainstay, and one police officer posted on the deserted main street said he couldn’t imagine the town without its shops and bustling business.For 30 years tourism has flourished here, he said, driven in particular by demand for the jewelry and carpets typical of the area, which is also famous for its ksour, or traditional villages.Saleh Echeikh, a professor at Ghardaia university, blamed the communal violence on a “third party”, accusing criminal gangs linked to theft and drug dealing of instigating the clashes.“They have forced the shops to shut and brought commercial activity to a standstill by all their acts of aggression,” he said.But others, particular members of the Chaamba community, dismiss this argument.“Drugs circulate even more in the main cities and towns along the coast. So why aren’t they going up in flames?” one man asked.last_img read more

RAM Launches CasablancaAl Hoceima Direct Flights to Boost Rif Tourism

Rabat – Amid ongoing unrest in the Rif region, the Ministry of Tourism is taking a number of “urgent measures” to revive tourism in the city of Al Hoceima.The Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicrafts and Social Economy, Mohamed Sajid, has just announced the imminent launch of two additional domestic flights as of next week at a competitive prices, as well as special packages in travel agencies and promotional campaigns in Morocco and abroad.“Urgent measures will be taken to save the current summer season and promote the tourism sector in the city of Al Hoceima and its region,” Sajid stated on Monday in Al Hoceima after an official meeting held in the headquarters of the province council. Promote tourists to reconnect with the destination of Al Hoceima and listen to the professionals of the sector. These were the two main objectives of the meeting.The first steps of the implementation of these measures were the launching of a Casablanca-Al Hoceima direct flight at MAD 400, and Tangier-Al Hoceima at MAD 300. The new flights will be operated by the national airline, Royal Air Maroc, as of Monday.This initiative aims to contribute to the opening up of the destination and will be complemented by other measures, in particular the reduction of airport taxes, says a statement of the Ministry of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicrafts and Social Economy published today by Maghreb Arabe Presse (MAP).Sajid added that other actions are being finalized with local actors to launch a promotional campaign to boost the destination of Al Hoceima.After the shocking images spread online showing police officers chasing protesters down the beaches of the city, Moroccan social media users expressed their concern about the tourist image of the city.As Al Hoceima embarks on its ninth month of protests, the region has taken a rough blow to its economy. Tourism, which is already stagnant in the region, is one of the sectors directly affected.“The region has a great tourism potential which must be valued to make it an important regional platform,” said the minister, recalling the efforts provided by local authorities and professionals through projects carried out or others underway.The minister also stressed the need to encourage Moroccan tourists to visit the region, noting that the organization of cultural and sporting events is likely to enhance the attractiveness of the region. read more

Ban Kimoon encouraged by determined will of Arab leaders in seeking solutions

“I was able to see the Arab leaders engaging on many important regional issues,” he told reporters.Mr. Ban, who attended the Arab League summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and also visited Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Israel, the occupied Palestinian territory, and Lebanon, noted that with the formation of a Palestinian National Unity Government, “the active diplomatic initiatives are on the way: Arab peace initiatives, Arab leaders who are determined to visit this issue again as a foundation for establishing a good relationship and peace between Israel and Arab countries, and particularly between Israel and the Palestinian authorities.”He was asked whether with the formation of the Unity Government by Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement, the time was right now to lift a donors’ embargo imposed after Hamas, which does not recognize Israel’s right to exist, formed the Government alone last year.“There was an understanding among the Quartet [UN, European Union, Russia and United States, who are seeking a two-State solution] that we will wait and see how the National Unity Government, particularly Hamas, will perform in terms of all these international expectations,” he replied.“We hope that the National Unity Government will meet the expectations of the international community. When I had a brief meeting with the Foreign Minister Ziad Abu [Amr] of the National Unity Government he assured me that his government will continue to work to meet the expectations of the international community.”The Quartet has called on the Government to commit to non-violence, recognize Israel and accept previously signed agreements between Israel and the Palestinians. “Realistically speaking, again, I thought from my meeting with the Foreign Minister of Palestine, and the National Unity Government, that it may take time for them to make their own positions coordinated among themselves,” Mr. Ban said. On Somalia, where fighting between the Ethiopian-backed Transitional Federal Government and Islamists has led to dozens of deaths and injuries in recent days, he said he hoped the Government would be able to convene the national reconciliation congress scheduled for 16 April. “The international community should continue to encourage the Transitional Federal Government’s efforts,” he added.Mr. Ban also reiterated his call for an early resolution of the capture of 15 British marines and sailors whom Iran said it seized in Iranian waters. The British say they were patrolling in Iraqi waters.Of his talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Motaki in Saudi Arabia, he said: “I requested and appealed to him that this issue should be resolved as soon as possible through political, diplomatic consultations. At the same time, I would hope that this rhetoric should be toned down.“It is not desirable in helping resolve this issue. As Secretary-General, I would again hope that we would be able to see some early release of these UK sailors. I know that there are many issues involved, but it would be desirable for the international community to see an early [resolution] on this issue, in a diplomatic and peaceful way,” he added. 2 April 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon returned to United Nations Headquarters in New York today from a tour of the Middle East and said he was “encouraged by the very active support and determined will of Arab leaders” in tackling a variety of problems from the Palestinian issue to the conflicts in Sudan and Somalia. read more