Chiefs vs Pirates remains SA’s biggest drawcard

first_img2 July 2014With 64 800 tickets sold by Monday, the popularity of Premier Soccer League (PSL) giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, and the popularity of the Carling Black Label Cup, which will pit the great rivals against one another, was plain to see.The powerhouse clubs, which are set to do battle at the FNB Stadium in Soweto on 26 July, will see their team’s line-ups selected by their supporters. The selection format is part of the unique concept of the Carling Black Label Cup.With ticket sales ticking over swiftly, the organisers have urged those keen on taking in the showdown to move quickly to secure their seats, if they have not already done so.Now into its fourth edition, the pre-season tournament had proven to be a huge hit with fans, with the participation of the supporters growing each year.‘Phenomenal’“South African fans have once again thrown their support behind the Carling Black Label Cup and we are excited to see just them rally this campaign. The growth we saw in fan participation from year one till now has been phenomenal,” Carling Black Label General Manager Vijay Govindsamy said in a statement on Monday.“We anticipate a good turn out and would like to encourage fans to keep on voting for their starting line-ups until the closing date. It is going to be another fantastic match.”VotingThe concept sees supporters able to vote for the starting line-ups of the Soweto giants until 22 July. Fans can do this by purchasing a Carling Black Label beer and either dialing *120*764* or going to www.carlingblacklabel.co.za.Previous winnersIn 2013, after winning the PSL title, Kaizer Chiefs also lifted the Carling Black Label Cup. In their third attempt at victory in the clash, they defeated Orlando Pirates 1- 0.The Buccaneers were PSL champions when they won the first edition of the Carling Black Label Cup in 2011. The teams were level at 0-0 after a tight contest before Pirates triumphed 4-3 from the penalty spot.In 2012, the rivals played to a 1-1 draw, but the Buccaneers took the honours, again in a penalty shootout, 5-4, in front of a crowd of almost 93 000, which established an all-time attendance record for a football event in South Africa.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Industry Interview: “Whiplash” Production Designer Melanie Jones

first_imgProduction Designer Melanie Jones discusses working low-budget on “Whiplash,” the color palette of “La Llorona,” and recreating the ’80s with Mötley Crüe.Melanie Jones has a résumé that spans genres and formats. We sat down to talk about her work and the challenges of production design for both film and television.PremiumBeat: When you’re starting a new project, what’s your most important resource? Do you mine the screenplay, dialogue with the director, do independent period or regional research — or is it a combination of many elements?Melanie Jones: All of the above and tons of research. I pull hundreds of images from big scope ideas down to small detail, like door knobs and light switches, for example.Insidious: The Last Key.PB: You’ve done several horror films — Insidious: The Last Key, Truth or Dare, and The Curse of La Llorona. Are there genre design tropes you embrace or avoid? And what creates more horror from your perspective: leaning into creepy design elements or avoiding them?MJ: Color first. Dark or sickly colors can influence a mood. Shapes can be more or less scary. I make my choices based on the story, so each movie (scary or otherwise) will be a bit different.Melanie Jones with the cast of The Dirt (via IMDB).PB: The Dirt detailed the wild ride of bad boy band Mötley Crüe. I would assume much of their ’80s landscape might be different today. What was your process in recreating the look and feel of the times they rocked?MJ: We shot in New Orleans, not Los Angeles, so we had to recreate everything. Here’s a good example of research. I pulled so many images for this — any MC stuff I could find but also rock from the ’70s and ’80s, in general. Other bands, dressing rooms, equipment, fashion, furniture — once we had the research, we found or built places to look like those periods. We built the Whiskey A Go Go facade over another corner building in New Orleans. We built their apartment on stage. Totally redecorated the inside of the bus. Built the airplane on stage. And so on.The Curse of La Llorona.PB: Whiplash was such a critical success. It was Damian Chazelle’s first feature. The budget had to have been modest. What challenges did you face working on the picture, and did you have any an idea it would be so successful?MJ: I knew it was a special script, and working with Damien, you got a sense that he was an unusual talent but you never really know what will happen. The budget was tiny, so I suggested we try and stay in one place, or move as little as possible. I asked the location department to find a building that felt like Midtown Manhattan. We shot in Los Angeles, and we picked the Palace Theater. We did at least half the film there. I built Fletcher’s band studio on the actual stage — we used the foyer, the 6th floor loft, an office on the 3rd floor, the basement, etc.Bless This Mess.PB: You’ve worked consistently between TV (most recently ABC’s Bless This Mess) and feature films. How is the role of the production designer different based on the medium?MJ: With TV, there is much less prep time — a week per episode, once you’ve got the permanent sets built. So you’re busy all the time, if it’s an active show. I don’t limit my creative process, but I know with TV, the scope may not be as big, so we keep things succinct. With film, there is a lot more prep time and you tend to see more. There is more volume though. For instance, The Dirt had 86 sets shot in 35 days. So film can get crazy, too. It’s a crazy job really, either way.Melanie Jones at The Dirt Premiere (via IMDB).PB: Your resumé is wildly diverse — horror, comedy, drama, biography. Do you have a favorite genre playground?MJ: I like them all. I want to do them all, and I don’t want to be typecast. I come from theater (originally), and in my experience, there is less of an issue about genre. It’s just all theater. I watch all different types of movies and enjoy them equally. I am about the story — 100%. The aesthetic is a product of that, then you push it one direction or another, to help set a mood. I enjoy the challenge of creating sets I haven’t done before, so crossing genre is a good way to keep experiencing new things.Cover image via Whiplash (photo by Daniel McFadden — © 2014 — Sony Pictures Classics).Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Interview: “My Dinner with Herve” Composer David NorlandThe Universal Language of Music: Interview with Composer Jacob YoffeeIndustry Insights: Behind the Scenes with Editor Nena ErbMake Your Documentaries Matter with Awe-Inspiring MaterialComposer David Schwartz on VEEP, The Good Place and Arrested Developmentlast_img read more

Naveen demands financial autonomy for Odisha

first_imgLaunching a scathing attack on the Centre, Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal president Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday demanded financial autonomy for Odisha to transform it into a prosperous State.Recalling late Biju Patnaik’s demand for fiscal autonomy for the State, Mr. Patnaik said that “Biju Babu had rightly sought financial autonomy to transform Odisha into the most advanced State in South Asia”.“Give me financial autonomy. I don’t need special State category status or any funding or assistance from the Centre. I need financial autonomy. I will use Odisha’s money for development of its people,” said the Chief Minister.Addressing a gathering at the BJD headquarters on the occasion of the party’s 21st foundation day, Mr. Patnaik said that be it Congress or BJP, no national party had any concern for Odisha.“We all are experiencing this. They will come when elections are round the corner. They will talk big and lay foundation stones and thereafter they won’t be seen,” Mr. Patnaik added.Stating that they believe in work but not promises, Mr. Patnaik said that is how BJD had become a movement. “The movement is for the right and dignity of the people of Odisha and it will continue in the times to come.”Stating that people’s support for regional parties was growing across the country, Mr. Patnaik sarcastically listed the “success” of the Central government in various fields during the past four and a half years by citing as many as nine points.Mr. Patnaik highlighted the “pathetic condition” of national highways in the State narrating the condition of the NH between Sambalpur and Cuttack and Baripada and Deogarh. The coastal highway project remains confined to announcement in the last four and a half years, he said.He mocked the performance of BSNL stating that while the network was always busy in cities there was no network in half of the villages of the State. “One has to climb trees or go atop a building to use the mobile phone,” he said.Coal royaltyMr. Patnaik also slammed the Centre over the issue of coal royalty stating that the royalty was not hiked since 2015 though it would take five minutes to decide.last_img read more

Tweet on VBA talks with Cong. goes viral

first_imgWhen a tweet from the handle of Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) leader Prakash Ambedkar warning the Congress that any possible discussion in future will be from equal level went viral, Mr. Ambedkar denied tweeting any such message.‘No political slavery’“If Congress wants to hold discussion with the VBA in future, then it has to be on equal level. The system of political slavery under the Congress has been dismantled,” the tweet said.Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Ambedkar denied tweeting any such message. “I don’t want to speak on how and who put this message. But I did not and we as VBA have not decided anything about holding talks with the Congress,” he said.Mr. Ambedkar said that even though he has not tweeted the above message, he is in agreement with the sentiment of the message. “We are going to hold a meeting of VBA next week, where we will be discussing our future course of action and how to deal with the Congress. Only then we can tell you about any possible talks with them,” he said.The VBA leader also said that the party will be contesting the Assembly seats in alliance with the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM). “The Lok Sabha results have shown an alternative to the Muslims of Maharashtra — us. And they have realised that this alternative can win the election, unlike last time,” he said. The VBA damaged the prospects of the Congress-NCP (Nationalist Congress Party) alliance in around nine seats in the State. It secured around a lakh votes on a dozen Lok Sabha seats, which include Gadchiroli-Chimur, Hatkanangle, Buldhana, Akola, Nanded, Hingoli, Chandrapur, Parbhani, Sangli, Nashik, Latur and Solapur.AIMIM’s Imitiaz Jaleel, a journalist-turned-MLA, won from Aurangabad, defeating Sena’s four-time MP Chandrakant Khaire. Mr. Ambedkar himself had contested from Akola and Solapur but lost from both constituencies.last_img read more

HMMs CEO Seeks to Strengthen Ties with 2M Alliance

first_imgzoomSource: Flickr – under the CC BY 2.0 license; Image by: Kees Torn The new CEO of South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) revealed plans to “consolidate the relationship” with 2M carriers, Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC). Jae-hoon Bae, who was appointed as HMM’s President and CEO last month, will be visiting Denmark and Switzerland, the countries where the 2M partners are headquartered, this week.The purpose of the CEO’s visit is reportedly the extension of a strategic deal with 2M. Bae wants South Korean shipping company to become a full 2M member next year, the Wall Street Journal cited a person with knowledge of HMM’s efforts as saying.Back in 2017, HMM signed the agreement with Maersk and MSC, launching the parties’ strategic cooperation on East-West trades. The three-year strategic cooperation is set to expire in April 2020 but has an extension option.The deal includes a series of slot exchanges and slot purchases on the abovementioned route, as well as 2M taking over a number of charters and operations of vessels currently chartered to HMM.Last year, industry analysts expressed their concerns that HMM would part its ways with 2M once the deal expires. The strategic cooperation was described as disadvantageous to HMM as the South Korean company is not a full member of the alliance.What is more, HMM is not the only 2M Alliance strategic partner. In July last year, Maersk and MSC inked a strategic agreement with shipping company ZIM, deciding to swap slots on five loops on the Asia-US East Coast trade. The carriers expanded their cooperation in January 2019 as they agreed to share slots on select 2M services also on the Asia-US West Coast and Asia-Mediterranean trade lanes.In December 2018, HMM was still not sure what course its relationship with 2M would take. The company, however, told World Maritime News that it maintained good ties with the alliance partners.During his European tour this week, HMM’s CEO will be also visiting the European headquarter of HMM, located in London. Furthermore, Bae will meet Kitack Lim, the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), to share opinions and views on the IMO 2020 environmental regulation and upcoming regulatory measure on CO2 emissions.last_img read more

Ronaldo will not face rape charges in US

first_imgLos Angeles: Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo will not face any charges over an alleged rape in Las Vegas a decade ago after US prosecutors said Monday they did not have enough evidence to proceed. A district attorney in the state of Nevada said it would not prosecute the Portuguese soccer player because it “cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt” that a sexual assault occurred. Kathryn Mayorga, a former model, alleges that Ronaldo raped her in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward reached a financial settlement with her one year after the incident. He has always denied allegations of sexual assault, insisting their encounter was consensual. The Clark County District Attorney’s Office said it had received a report from Mayorga — who it identified only as “V” — on June 13, 2009, reporting that she had been the victim of a sexual assault. Police could not conduct “any meaningful investigation” at the time because she declined to say who assaulted her or where it occurred, the office said in a statement. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterAs a result, detectives were “unable to search for and impound vital forensic evidence,” and video showing Ronaldo and Mayorga together was lost, it added. Mayorga contacted police in August of last year to ask that the case be reopened, at which point she named Ronaldo as the alleged assailant. The case was reopened “in spite of the passage of over nine year,” prosecutors said. “Based upon a review of the information presented at this time, the allegations of sexual assault against Cristiano Ronaldo cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt,” prosecutors said.last_img read more

CEDA opens office in Fort St John after acquiring Dawson Creek company

first_img“Now with the addition of the Fort St. John office, we are well positioned to meet the increasing demand for our services,” said Joe Loomis, CEDA’s Vice President of Operations for the B.C. Region. “Our new location strengthens our presence in Northeastern B.C. and allows us to be more accessible to our growing client base. We look forward to making a positive contribution to the local economy and giving back to the community,” Mr. Loomis added.CEDA’s new office is located in the 9800-block of 78th St. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – CEDA has announced that it recently opened a new office and shop in Fort St. John as part of its strategy to further expand its reach within the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.The company says its newly-appointed Operations Manager Steven Cooper is overseeing the 10,000 square foot shop, which houses a fleet of pressure and water trucks, tankers, hot oilers, steamers, hydro vacuum and combination vacuum units used to deliver comprehensive industrial cleaning services.In 2017, CEDA entered the B.C. market by acquiring Joe Loomis Trucking in Dawson Creek, and continued to grow its operations through the recent acquisition of Breakthrough Oilfield Services.last_img read more

Registration open for 6th Annual Community 2 Community Poker Ride

first_imgCommunities included in the ride are Fort St. John, Chetwynd, Hudson’s Hope, Dawson Creek, Taylor and Tumbler Ridge.Poker hands cost $30 each while the ride is free for all residents to attend. The ride will also feature a free breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the Pomeroy Sport Centre as well as a barbeque in Chetwynd. Residents interested in registering for the poker ride must sign up at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.The poker ride starts at 9:00 a.m. on August 18th at the Pomeroy Sport Centre. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Registration is now open for the 6th Annual “Community 2 Community” Poker Ride.The poker ride will see participants motorbiking all around the Peace Region, with half starting in Fort St. John travelling North and the other half starting in Dawson Creek and travelling South. The two groups of bikers will then pass by each other at the halfway point of the ride.Participants will draw a card at every community they visit during the ride. The goal of the ride is to have the best poker hand once they visit each location.last_img read more

Podcast The NFL Draft Mayweathers Past And How Many NFL Players Go

Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (for April 28, 2015), we look at the upcoming NFL draft and whether there is anything to all the measuring and testing that goes into evaluating prospects; Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao, the future of boxing, and Mayweather’s violent past; and ESPN’s Pablo Torre visits the studio to discuss a new study on how many NFL athletes go bankrupt. And our significant digit this week is -14.7 — how many points the Toronto Raptors underperformed by this offseason.Plus: An update on the first Hot Takedown crowdsourcing project, which asks you to submit your ideas to help stop tanking in the NBA.Stream the episode by clicking the play button above, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to.Below, some links to what we discuss in this week’s show:How would you fix the NBA draft and stop tanking? Tell us.Neil Paine on how NFL teams try to beat the draft — and fail.How surplus value works in the NFL Draft.What does the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight mean for the future of boxing?“Outside The Lines” on Mayweather’s troubled past.A look at whether we missed out on the best possible fight between these two boxers.Pablo Torre’s 2009 article “How (and Why) Athletes Go Broke.”The recent NBER paper on NFL bankruptcy. Hot Takedown If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

MilinkovicSavic wants to rest before decision on future

first_imgThere have been reports that Juventus, Real Madrid and Manchester United are looking to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic who said he is happy to remain at Lazio.Amid growing speculation over a potential transfer to Juventus, Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic says he would be happy to stay with the Biancocelesti but refused short of giving any assurances over his future.The Italian champions are just one of the numerous clubs in chase of the 23-year-old. He played every minute of Serbia’s World Cup group games before they crashed out.Having defeated Costa Rica in their Group E opener, Serbia suffered defeats to Switzerland and Brazil as they finished third and crashed out of the competition.Following the 2-0 loss to Brazil, the €120 million-rated playmaker told Mediaset via FourFourTwo:Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I need a little bit of rest now.“I’ll return to Rome and I would be happy if I stay at Lazio, as I’m content there and I have a contract.”Milinkovic-Savic netted 12 goals and made 35 appearances as Lazio finished fifth in Serie A in 2017-18. His emergence under head coach Simone Inzaghi attracted Europe’s top clubs.“I read something different in the papers every day, but I haven’t thought about it yet,” he added.“First, I’ll rest for a bit, then we’ll see.”last_img read more