10 Best States for Film Production Tax Breaks

first_img10. MississippiImage from O Brother, Where Art Thou? via Working Title FilmsNot to be outdone by its delta neighbors, Mississippi offers comparable tax incentives for film productions on their land and in their rivers. In its history, Mississippi has hosted many delta-themed films, along with a couple of stops by The Coen Brothers on films like The Ladykillers and O Brother, Where Art Thou.Along with its 25% tax incentive (and 30% for local cast and crew), Mississippi also has a distinction as the most veteran-friendly state with an additional 5% in incentives for those who have served.Incentive: 25% (30% for resident cast and crew), plus 5% for U.S. veteransMinimum spend: $50,000All stats and figures are from The Hollywood Reporter’s roundup, and here’s some additional reading from your friends here at PremiumBeat.Tax Deductions for Filmmakers and Videographers10 Worst States for Film Production Tax Breaks 8. New MexicoImage from Breaking Bad via AMCBreaking Bad broke the mold by embracing New Mexico’s landscapes as much as it did its tax incentives. A popular western filming state, New Mexico’s 25% film tax incentive is outpaced by its 30% TV, with an additional 5% available for resident crew wage kickers — and the $0 minimum is unquestionably enticing. Projects fully or partially filmed in New Mexico include Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles and The Avengers.Incentive: 25% for film, 30% for TV, plus 5% for resident crew wages if filming at least ten days at qualified facilities (fifteen days if over $30 million)Minimum spend: $0 7. West VirginiaImage from Super 8 via Bad RobotAfter the previously mentioned states, West Virginia’s 27% tax offering (with an extra 4% for employing at least ten residents full time) is a slight drop, but still nothing to shake a stick at. West Virginia’s minimum of $25,000 also makes low-budget and independent filmmaking a reasonable option not seen elsewhere. West Virginia’s own history includes partial filming of Super 8 and The Silence of the Lambs.Incentive: 27%, plus 4% if employing at least ten residents full timeMinimum spend: $25,000 Location scouting your next film? Here are the ten states with the best tax breaks and benefits for film production.Cover image from Breaking Bad (AMC)Hollywood may still be home to the major film studios, but since states began passing Movie Production Incentives (MPIs) in the 1990s, production crews have taken advantage of some very lucrative tax credits, cash rebates, grants and sales tax exemptions.For those in the process of raising funds and putting together a budget for your next film production, considering any of these ten states may be a way to cut costs and promise higher returns for your investors.Image via The Hollywood Reporter1. OklahomaImage from The Outsiders via American ZoetropeIf you look at Oklahoma’s filmography, you probably wouldn’t believe that it’s home to the best current tax incentives in the country, as its heyday appears to be in the 1980s and 1990s. The most notable Oklahoma film would undoubtedly be The Outsiders (as seen above), however many other films, from Twister to the recent American Honey, made stops in the Sooner State.With 35% tax incentives (plus another 2% for in-state music spending) at a $50,000 minimum, if you’re looking for the most bang for your buck — look no further than Oklahoma.Incentive: 35%, plus 2% if $20,000-plus spent on music created in-stateMinimum spend: $50,000 3. KentuckyImage from Secretariat via Walt Disney PicturesKentucky’s film history, like the state, is closely connected with its famous namesake horse-racing event: the Kentucky Derby. If you don’t count all the films that have filmed at least scenes at the famous Churchill Downs, you’ll actually find that its tax incentives are quite strong and ripe for some non-horse-themed thrillers like The Insider, A League of their Own and the Fort Knox-based Stripes.Incentive: 30% (35% for resident labor and economically distressed areas)Minimum spend: $250,000 5. New YorkImage from Manhattan via United ArtistsTo be fair, as you would guess, the vast majority of New York films are set and filmed in New York City. There are some exceptions like Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines, which was shot almost entirely in Schenectady.Despite its popularity, the state proper still offers a solid 30% tax incentive plus 10% for resident labor to keep it competitive, allowing generations of New York filmmakers from Martin Scorsese to Spike Lee to Woody Allen to keep their productions local.Incentive: 30%, plus 10% for below-the-line wages in select upstate counties for productions over $500,000Minimum spend: $0 9. AlabamaImage from Big Fish via Sony FilmsAlabama fits squarely into the “not surprised to see it on this list” category, as it seems very difficult to draw film productions to the home of the Crimson Tide. Nonetheless, there have been some successful Alabama ventures like Talledega Nights and non-Nascar films like Big Fish and A River Runs Through It. Of these top ten states, Alabama’s 25% tax incentive and 35% on resident labor with a $500,000 minimum is still pretty good.Incentive: 25% of expenses (35% for resident labor)Minimum spend: $500,000 4. LouisianaImage from True Detective via HBOAlthough other states have caught up to Louisiana in terms of tax incentives (with a few being slightly better), the “Pelican State” has almost the most illustrious film history behind California and New York.With their 30% tax incentives and $100,000 minimum, Louisiana has become a hot-spot for everything from Hollywood-level productions like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to independent films like Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and TV Shows like True Blood and True Detective.Incentive: 30%, plus 10% for resident laborMinimum spend: $300,000 6. WashingtonImage from Say Anything via Twentieth Century FoxLocated a quick hop up the coast from LA, Washington has surprisingly been spurned for the most part, other than some films thematically set in Seattle. It’s caused the state to make a push for more production offerings, with 30% for films and 35% for television. However, if the state wants major production titles outside of 10 Things I Hate About You and The Hunt for Red October, they’ll need to keep the tax incentives coming.Incentive: 30% for film, 35% for TV series with six or more episodes (15% for nonresident labor)Minimum spend: $500,000 for film, $300,000 for TV Which states would you like to film in most? Let us know in the comments below! 2. IllinoisImage from The Dark Knight via Warner Bros.Illinois is another state that has made a major push to pull production from the West Coast. After a successful run of Illinois films by John Hughes, Illinois is notable for its prominent use of Chicago for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.Illinois’ 30% tax incentives, combined with an additional 15% for resident labor from underemployed areas, adds up to a pretty solid proposition in a state that has both rural and urban areas to boot.Incentive: 30%, plus 15% for resident labor from underemployed areasMinimum spend: $100,000last_img read more

5 Reasons Why You Should Shoot Your Own Digital Web Series

first_imgAt the 2018 Austin Film Festival, we chatted with Root for the Villain writer/director Max Rissman about shooting short-form episodic content.The Austin Film Festival is regarded as a writer’s film festival. This year, in addition to marquee screenings of Isold Uggadottir’s And Breathe Normally, Brady Corbet’s Vox Lux (starring Natalie Portman), and Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite, the festival hosted a whole week of shorts and features, workshops, and pitch competitions aimed at honoring up-and-coming writing talent.We caught up with writer/director Max Rissman, whose digital series Root for the Villain played as part of a new Scripted Digital Series block, to chat about his writing experience and to get his advice on directing a digital series.1. A Good Bridge ProjectI had already done my fair share of shorts while in film school, so I was excited to challenge myself with a more ambitious project for my MFA thesis. However, I didn’t feel quite ready to dive all-in on a feature, but a short series felt like a good transition towards more long form projects.Coming out of film school at NYU, Rissman (like most film school graduates) already had several short films to his name. However, jumping straight to a feature isn’t always the path for everyone. While Rissman was looking to challenge himself with more than just another short, the concept of doing Root for the Villain as five digital shorts (about 8 minutes each) ended up being a better bridge project right out of school than taking on the major risks of shooting (and financing) a full feature.2. Let the Formula Find YouOnce I decided on doing a digital short series, it really allowed the formula to find me in the early writing stages. You don’t have to let screen times dictate your story when you’re setting your own constraints.In the Scripted Digital Series block at the Austin Film Festival, short series came in many different time formats and episode counts. For Root for the Villain, Rissman’s five eight-minute episodes were simply the right formula and screen time for his stories. Festivals usually have strict rules for what shorts and features need to be, but this new format can be much more open to filmmakers exploring their stories’ needs.3. Explore the Episodic Nature of StorytellingWriting and directing short form episodes is quite different from both the contained nature of films and the open-ended nature of pilots. With short episodes you can tell an ongoing story in a manageable and nimble way, while exploring the challenges and opportunities of stringing several episodes together to draw the audience into a unique world and have them invest in your characters.Because of the nature of the industry, not many screenwriters get the opportunity to write episodic content. It’s much different than telling self-contained stories, Rissman explains. Episodic content allows you to bury information a little deeper and really explore characters and relationships in ways that you don’t have to resolve immediately. As episodic content becomes a bigger part of the industry, it can be great practice for screenwriters to begin exploring it early and often.4. Lead with Your StrengthsAs I continue to develop my craft as both a writer and director, I have always considered writing to be my biggest strength of the two. Once you know your strengths, you can use them to try to mitigate your weaknesses by surrounding yourself with talented people who can cover you in other areas.At a screenwriter’s film festival like AFF, it’s hard not to bump into talented writers at every screening. Like many at the festival, writing is a strength for Rissman, but that doesn’t mean he’s perfect. Good writing will always be one of the most important parts of a project — after all, Rissman says, “a good script can go a long way in attracting the most talented actors and crew members, who are eager to work on high quality material.”5. The New Age of Digital SeriesThe timing of this project really worked out well as many festivals began adding digital series slots to their lineups just as we were starting our submission process. But in general, the industry seems to be leaning more and more in the direction of a new age of independent television.When you see Root for the Villain (and Rissman is hopeful it’ll be up online in some format early 2019), you really get to feel like you know the characters. As a semi-procedural format, it feels familiar-yet-refreshing with its supernatural twist. It’s a nice change of pace from many of the heavy themes we see in most festival features; it presents itself more as content we’re used to seeing every day on television and online. For filmmakers like Rissman, it’s a bold concept to embrace, but in the end, it might be the first of a exciting new path for writers and filmmakers.You can find out more about Root for the Villain on the project’s Seed & Spark page, or keep up with its release information on Facebook.All images via Root for the Villain.For more behind-the-scenes insights and interviews, check out some of these articles below.Screenwriter James V. Hart on Career, Coppola, and Creating a MethodRoundup: Genre Filmmaking Tips and Tricks from the Filmmakers of Fantastic FestProduction Tips: How to Maintain the Stunt Double IllusionJonah Hill on Writing and Directing Mid90s — and Tips He Learned from the GreatsInterview: How Filmmaker Jessica Sanders Brought a Tiny Person into a Big Worldlast_img read more

All eyes on Manvendra Singh’s next move

first_imgSpeculation is rife in Rajasthan over the political moves of BJP MLA from Barmer district’s Sheo constituency, Manvendra Singh, who is organising a ‘Swabhiman Sammelan’ at Pachpadra on September 22. This will be a parallel event in the State where Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s ‘Gaurav Yatra’ is already under way.Ms. Raje’s much-publicised yatra, which is currently on in the Jodhpur division, will enter Barmer district on September 2, but it will give a miss to the Sheo constituency. Mr. Singh has not shared the dais with Ms. Raje since 2014 when his father and senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh was denied a party ticket for the Lok Sabha elections.Mr. Jaswant Singh, the former Defence Minister, contested as an Independent candidate in 2014 elections from Barmer-Jaisalmer constituency and lost to BJP candidate Sonaram Chaudhary. While Mr. Jaswant Singh was expelled from the BJP, Mr. Singh was suspended from the BJP’s primary membership for campaigning in support of his father and against the party’s candidate.BJP member in Assembly However, Mr. Singh continues to represent Sheo constituency as a BJP member in the Assembly. He was appointed a member of the Assembly’s Committee on Public Accounts in 2014-15 and has been a member of the Committee on Privileges since 2015-16.Mr. Singh, who took out a march of his supporters from Barmer to Jaisalmer district earlier this week, said the September 22 rally would unite “all those who have self-respect”. The rally is expected to mobilise the members of Rajaput community who are unhappy with the BJP government on several issues.While Mr. Singh said he would prefer to get the public opinion during the rally to decide his course of action for the upcoming Assembly elections, there were speculations that he may quit the BJP and join the Congress. Sources in the Congress said Mr. Singh had not approached any senior party leader in this connection so far.Rajput leader and Ms. Raje’s trusted Cabinet colleague Rajendra Rathore visited Barmer district on Wednesday to reach out to the local Rajput community. According to political observers, the impact of his visit in the region, where Rajputs and Jats have traditionally been political rivals, will only be visible in the ‘Swabhiman Sammelan’.last_img read more

Japan’s Kaori Icho captures 4th Olympic Gold medal in wrestling

first_imgIcho became the first wrestler to win four Olympic Gold medals on Wednesday, scoring a takedown with less than five seconds left to beat Valeriia Koblova Zholobova of Russia 3-2 in 58-kilogram women’s freestyle.”I can’t thank my family enough, and everyone else who has supported me through this journey,” the Japanese wrestler said.Icho is also the first woman to win an individual Gold medal in four straight Olympics, having started her historic run at the inaugural women’s tournament in Athens in 2004.Multiple men have accomplished that feat, including American swimmer Michael Phelps. (RIO 2016 FULL COVERAGE)Some wondered if Icho, now 32, still had what it takes to survive an Olympic tournament – especially after Orkhon Purevdorj of Mongolia snapped Icho’s 189-match winning streak this year.Icho rolled to the finals, though, outscoring her opponents 24-1.But Koblova Zholobova wouldn’t go away so easily. She scored a takedown late in the first period for a 2-1 lead.Icho recovered at the last possible moment.”I grabbed her from behind,” Icho said. “I didn’t aim at counterattacking at all, it was just natural.”Saori Yoshida, Icho’s teammate, will try to win her fourth consecutive Gold on Thursday.last_img read more

Goel congratulates Indian hockey team, Srikanth

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 19 (PTI) Sports Minister Vijay Goel today congratulated the Indian hockey team for the emphatic victory against Pakistan in the ongoing World Hockey League Semi-Final in London. Team India decimated Pakistan 7-1 to continue their winning streak in the league. Goel hailed the goal scorers Harmanpreet Singh, Talwinder Singh, Akashdeep Singh and Pradeep More for their splendid performance. “By Beating Pakistan 7-1 in hockey World League Semifinal, we have set a new record,” he said. “For the participation of Indian team in the Hockey World League, preparation camps were held at Sports Authority of India (SAI) Southern Centre, Bengaluru and the entire cost was borne by the Sports Ministry. “An amount of Rs.1.1 crore was also approved by the Ministry for the squad consisting of 18 players and 7 support staff members,” he added. Goel also congratulated Kidambi Srikanth on winning the Indonesia Open Super Series. Kidambi is now the only Indian man to win Super Series Premier, Super Series and Grand Prix Gold title in badminton. “Our players have done well. The way Kidambi Srikanth won the finals at Indonesia SOpen Super Series, I not only congratulate him but also the whole nation,” he said. “Till date approx. Rs.3.20 crores have been spent on foreign exposure of the Indian Mens Hockey Team during the year 2017-18.” Goel also said that till date approx. Rs 3.60 crores have been spent on the foreign exposure of the Indian badminton team during the year 2017-18. “Our players have done well. So looking at this achievements, I feel not only in cricket in other sports too, India is achieveing greater heights,” he said. “I also congratulate the coaches and Sport Authority of India for their role in the success. “We are committed towards development of every game and our Sports Ministry along with SAI will provide complete support to all players and support staff,” he added. PTI ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A launch today in China, India launch possible around October

first_imgAfter the big success of the Redmi 4 series of phones, Xiaomi is now set to unveil the first Redmi 5 series phone. This phone is going to be called the Redmi Note 5A and it is launching in China in the next few hours. The upcoming smartphone is said to be the successor of the Redmi 4A, which is a phone in India sold for under Rs 10,000, and not the Redmi Note 4. Xiaomi, earlier last week, had confirmed that it would be unveiling the Redmi Note 5A on August 21.For now, the phone is going to be available only in China. But there is possibility that Xiaomi will bring Redmi Note 5A to India very soon, probably in the next few months, because Redmi phones are very popular in India. In fact, the success of the Redmi phones in India has made Xiaomi one of the biggest phone sellers in the world. Also, given the fact that the Note 5A is a budget phone, it will be a good for India.   Since it revealed the launch date of August 21 for the Redmi Note 5, Xiaomi is also dropping hints about the possibly specs and features of the phone. Last week, the company CEO Lei Jun took to weibo to post a few images of the smartphone. The images show that the upcoming Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A will be announced in four colour options — gray, pink, gold and white. Rumours are that the company is also working on a black colour option for the Redmi Note 5A.advertisementXiaomi Note 5A leaked specsEarlier last week, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A was spotted on TENNA. The benchmark listing leaked the complete specification details of the device. As per the listing, the smartphone will be bigger than its successor aka the Redmi 4A. The interesting bit to note here is that the Redmi Note 5A is a phone that can be considered a grown up Redmi 4A. It is not a successor to the Redmi Note 4, which is in a different class.  To recall, the Redmi 4A sports a 5-inch display, while the new phone is touted to come with 5.5-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixel resolution. The listing further reveals that the device will be powered by a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor coupled with 2GB RAM. Redmi 4A gets its power from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 425 chipset clocked at the speed of 1.4GHz and paired with Adreno 308 GPU and 2GB RAM. On the storage front, the upcoming Redmi Note 5A is expected to come with 16GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 32GB storage via microSD card. Now a new leak reveals that the internal storage of the Redmi Note 5A can be expanded up to 128GB. Another leak also confirmed a dedicated microSD slot and front camera flash for the Redmi Note 5A.Photo Credit: MIUI.comComing to the camera set up, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A was earlier tipped to come with almost the same camera setup that is there in the Redmi 4A, with a 13-megapixel camera at the rear panel coupled with single LED flash and a 5-megapixel selfie shooter. However, now a new report hint at a 16-megapixel front camera coupled with LED flash. The listing further shows that the phone running on Android 7.1.1 Nougat with Xiaomi’s MIUI 8 skin on top. If this is indeed accurate, the Redmi Note 5A will mark a major improvement on the software front compared to its successor. The Redmi 4A runs on Android Marshmallow based MIUI 8. The smartphone is expected to come with a 3000mAh battery, which is bit lower than that of the Redmi 4A which comes with a 3120mAh battery.Three variants of the Redmi Note 5A expectedXiaomi is said to announce three variants of the new Redmi Note 5A. One will be the base variant and will be called Redmi Note 5A. The second one will be Redmi Note 5A Prime. The third variant will be the Redmi Note 5A Pro. The Prime and Pro versions of the smartphone are expected to vary a bit from the base variant. Some rumours surfacing the web hint that the Redmi Note 5A Prime and Pro will come with full metal design along with a 5.5-inch screen. Right below the display of the phones there will be three capacitive keys. The power button and volume rockers will on both the phones be reportedly placed on the right side of the device.Redmi Note 5A price and India launchIn India, as noted earlier, Xiaomi’s Redmi phones are very popular. They are affordable and mostly good. So there is no doubt that the Chinese smartphone maker will bring the Redmi Note 5A to India. Although the launch timeline is not confirmed yet, but chances are the smartphone may hit the Indian shores in the upcoming months, possibly before Diwali so that the phone can in the market around the festive season in India. This means, the launch month for the Redmi Note 5A in India could be October. Although we aren’t sure if Xiaomi will bring all the variants of the phone or not. As far as the pricing details are concerned, considering the specs, the Redmi Note 5A is expected to be a little more expensive than the Redmi 4A which currently available at a starting price of Rs 5,999. In other words, expect a price of around Rs 8,000 or lower for the Redmi Note 5A in India.advertisementAlso Read: This is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A, launching on August 21last_img read more

Exclusive: Cheteshwar Pujara banking on past experience to shine in South Africa

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara, leading run-scorer in Test cricket so far in 2017, said he was ready to deal with pressure as well as opportunity for the high-profile tour of South Africa.The first Test will be played in Cape Town from January 5.Pujara, 29, currently No.4 in the ICC’s Test rankings for batsmen, amassed 1140 runs from 11 matches this year. Given his form and appetite for big runs, the Saurashtra batsman will be key for Virat Kohli’s men in a land where Test success has been a rarity for Indian teams.India have played 17 Tests in South Africa since 1992 and have won only two. Incidentally, both victories came in the last decade. In fact, India drew a three-match series in 2010-11 and came close to drawing the series in 2013.Pujara was a part of Indian teams which toured South Africa in 2010 as well as 2013. In four Tests there, Pujara has 311 runs including a classy 153. So he knows how to get runs in South Africa, in testing conditions, on bouncy pitches against some of the best fast bowlers in the world.That experience, Pujara said, will be useful this time too.”I think the experience, which is the most important thing,” Pujara told India Today when asked what would be the difference between this tour and the last two. “I have been there in 2010, in 2013. So when I went there in 2010, obviously it was difficult and luckily, we had players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, all of them were there and I definitely spoke to many of them and that experience definitely helped me in 2013 and now we are going again in 2017-18. I think that experience will definitely help me this time.”advertisementIndia have been near invincible in Test cricket over the lat two years. They have now won nine successive series which is a joint world record with England and Australia.A series win in South Africa would give India an unprecedented 10th successive series win. Besides, it would mark the start of India’s aim of world domination. Undoubtedly, then there would be immense pressure but it is also an opportunity for India’s stars to show that they are tigers home and away.”I think it’s a bit of both (pressure and opportunity) I would say because as an individual, I always feel that when the team is in trouble, I lift up my game, I try to motivate myself, my concentration goes up.”So, I always take it as an opportunity. But at the same time, there is a lot of pressure, I would agree to that because when you go abroad or try and bat in tough situations, you definitely have some pressure on you. But it is how you handle and that is the most important thing,” Pujara said.(Watch the full interview on India Today at 7:30 PM on Saturday)last_img read more

Baseball Sliding into All-Star Mode

first_imgThe starting pitching matchup at the All-Star game — whatever it ends up being — could be one for the ages.Seattle’s Felix Hernandez looks like the front-runner in the American League, with a 10-2 record and a 2.11 ERA. Meanwhile, National League manager Mike Matheny of St. Louis could end up choosing between Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw (10-2, 1.85) and Cardinals star Adam Wainwright (11-4, 1.89) for the start.The last time both All-Star starters had ERAs under 2.15 was back in 1974, according to STATS. Gaylord Perry (1.47 ERA at the break) took the mound for the AL against Andy Messersmith (2.11) of the NL.Of course, that game wasn’t exactly a pitching duel. The NL won 7-2. Messersmith and Perry both went three innings, with Messersmith allowing two runs and Perry one. They both did go on to reach 20 wins that year.New York Yankees sensation Masahiro Tanaka, another pitcher being mentioned as a possible starter in 2014, is expected to go in his team’s final game before the break, which would rule him out.Wainwright is supposed to pitch Saturday, but he says participating in the July 15 All-Star game shouldn’t disrupt his schedule too much.“It’s the All-Star Game,” Wainwright said. “Vacation, right? Except it means something.”Here are five things to watch around the major leagues this week:MARQUEE MATCHUP: The Los Angeles Dodgers visit Detroit for two games against the Tigers in what could be an interleague matchup of first-place teams. Detroit’s Max Scherzer and Los Angeles’ Zack Greinke — both All-Stars — take the mound Wednesday.SMOKE AND MIRRORS?: San Diego right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne has walked eight and struck out only five in his first three big league starts, yet here he is with a 2-0 record and a 0.92 ERA. He’ll face Kershaw and the Dodgers on Thursday night. The Los Angeles lefty will try to extend his 36-inning scoreless streak.SETTLING IN: It looks like a two-team race may finally be developing in the NL East, now that Miami has fallen off the pace a bit. Atlanta’s nine-game winning streak ended Sunday, but the Braves lead Washington by a half-game atop the division. Atlanta faces the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs this week, while the Nationals take on Baltimore and Philadelphia.CATBIRD SEAT: It seems like everyone has had a turn as the team to beat in the AL East this year, and now it’s Baltimore leading the division by two games over Toronto. Nelson Cruz has lifted the Orioles with 27 homers. After four games against Washington this week, Baltimore hosts three against the New York Yankees.REBUILDING: After trading Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland, the Chicago Cubs will obviously be shaking up their rotation this week. Tsuyoshi Wada is expected to make his major league debut as part of a doubleheader at Cincinnati on Tuesday. The Japanese left-hander has struck out about a batter an inning at Triple-A Iowa this season.STAT OF THE WEEK: Kershaw threw eight scoreless innings against Colorado on Friday, his first start against the Rockies since he no-hit them June 18. In those two games against Colorado, Kershaw totaled 200 pitches, holding the Rockies to a .038 average with 23 strikeouts and one walk.___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Time for Tim’- clamour grows for Cahill to play against Peru

first_img\R Sydney, Jun 22 (AFP) Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk is under growing pressure to play veteran Tim Cahill in their must-win World Cup match against Peru, with fans demanding to know why the country’s top goal poacher has been ignored so far. The 38-year-old has scored 50 times for Australia in 105 games and many expected him to be used as a super-sub in Russia. But despite his experience and proven abilities he has done little more than warm the bench during their opening two games — a 2-1 loss to France and 1-1 draw with Denmark. Australia’s only two goals so far have come from penalties, with a flurry of chances going begging. “Australia’s 1-all draw with Denmark left Socceroos fans asking just one question. Why is Tim Cahill at the World Cup?” the Sydney Daily Telegraph said. “Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk continues to inexplicably snub Australia’s greatest ever player and goal scorer.” The Australian newspaper took a similar tack, saying the “drums were beating” for Cahill to start alongside exciting young gun Daniel Arzani, who came on as a substitute against the Danes. One of Australia’s most experienced Socceroos, Mark Bosnich asked the same question immediately after the Denmark game. “Arzani should have been in earlier, and questions must be asked of the manager as to why Tim Cahill was not used with 10-15 mins to go,” Bosnich tweeted. The Socceroos must beat Peru next week and hope Denmark lose to France with enough of a goal swing to lift them above the Danes, who currently have three more points and a two-goal margin.advertisement Australian sporting stars joined the chorus for Cahill to be given the chance to once again come to his country’s rescue. Cricketer Brett Lee tweeted “It’s Time for @Tim_Cahill” while rugby league international Jarryd Hayne echoed the sentiment, saying “Time for Tim.” Former Wallaby Lote Tuqiri added: “Does this Socceroos coach know what @Tim_Cahill looks like?” Fans also unloaded on social media at van Marwijk’s decision to not play Cahill. “Coach Bertie Beetle has done wonders getting this squad into such competitive and tactical shape. But it beggars belief he didn’t roll the dice with @Tim_Cahill with 15 to go IMHO,” Adam Spencer said on Twitter. User Jordy added: “I want Tim Cahill to come on, score and punch up the corner flag. Like the old days.” Cahill’s lack of match fitness could be the problem — he moved to Millwall earlier this year to get match time, but only made cameo appearances. If he does play and score, he will join a select few to have found the back of the net at four World Cups, alongside luminaries such as Pele. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

Day 2 – Scores Update

first_imgWebsite – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#TWC2015)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksDay 2 Results After rain late on Day 1, the blue skies on the morning of Day 2 looked promising that the rain would hold off, unfortunately not. The rain started mid morning and only stopped for brief moments. Games were suspended at half-time of the 4:30pm time slot and no further play will happen today.In the very wet conditions, the Aussies started off strong with more impressive results, winning all bar two. Further details on what will happen to the suspended games as well as future games will be posted in due course.Congratulations to Leonard Ryan on playing his 50th World Cup game when the Australian Men’s 50 defeated Ireland 12 – 0.Day 2 ResultsMen’s Open: Australia (22) defeated France (0)Australia (15) defeated Samoa (0)Australia (6) defeated Fiji (2)Women’s Open: Australia (22) defeated England (0)Australia (13) defeated Japan (1)Australia v South Africa (Game Suspended)Mixed Open: Australia (13) defeated France (0)Australia (11) defeated Samoa (4)Australia v Papua New Guinea (Game Suspended)Women’s 27: Australia (10) defeated England (1)Australia (16) defeated France (1)Men’s 30: Australia (14) defeated Japan (0)Australia (14) defeated England (0)Australia (18) defeated Fiji (0)Men’s 35: Australia (4) defeated by New Zealand (9)Australia (10) defeated France (3)Australia v Japan (Game Suspended)Men’s 40: Australia (10) defeated Japan (3)Australia (15) defeated Wales (2)Australia v New Zealand (Game Suspended)Men’s 50: Australia (12) defeated Ireland (0)Australia v Italy (Game Suspended)Senior Mixed: Australia (12) defeated England (3)Australia (6) defeated by New Zealand (7)Australia v Netherlands (Game Suspended)Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the Australian teams at the 2015 Touch World Cup:last_img read more

6 days agoChelsea boss Lampard: I know fans were getting frustrated

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard: I know fans were getting frustratedby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard knows fans were frustrated during their 1-0 win over Newcastle United.A Marcos Alonso goal overcame a difficult opposition side and made it five wins in a row for the Blues.Lampard said: “The second half was the most pleasing thing. It was a good test for us today. We changed things a little in the second half and we showed a little more flexibility and creativity.”We were upbeat, we had urgency, the tempo was good, and that got us the win.”We want to score goals. You can see the fans – I think they’re happy with what they’re seeing at the moment. We want more.”If we want to keep moving up, we can do better. So far this season, though, things are going well.”On Ross Barkley’s injury, he added: “It’s an ankle injury. We need to assess it and see how bad it is.” last_img read more

Tender Called for Paving in Cape Breton County

first_imgDrivers near the historic Town of Louisbourg will be travelling on strong, smooth pavement after the completion of a paving project tendered by the Department of Transportation and Public Works. The tender involves repaving on Trunk 22 from the Louisbourg Town Line north for 4.5 kilometres until it connects with new pavement completed previously. “Not only will this project benefit local residents but it will also make it easier for the many visitors who come to the Louisbourg National Historic Site,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Making our tourist attractions more accessible is a major part of our job at Transportation and Public Works.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

Smriti Irani thanks voters for Amethi win

first_imgNew Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party leader Smriti Irani, who toppled Congress President Rahul Gandhi from his pocket borough of Amethi, thanked the voters on Friday for trusting her. “With a new morning for Amethi, there is a new resolution. Thank you Amethi. Lotus bloomed as you showed trust. I am thankful to Amethi,” she said in a tweet. Irani defeated Gandhi with margin of 55,120 in the bitterly contested high profile seat, which has fetched nation’s attention. The Union Minister cultivated a strong voter base in the constituency with her numerous visits and using central development schemes in past five yeas, after she lost to the Congress President in 2014.last_img read more

IMF raises outlook for Canadian economy upgrades global economic projections

first_imgWASHINGTON – The International Monetary Fund raised its estimate for economic growth in Canada this year as it said U.S. tax cuts are expected to help boost global economic growth.The international lending agency said Monday it now projects Canada’s economy will grow 2.3 per cent this year, up from an estimate of 2.1 per cent in October.Growth for 2019 is forecast at 2.0 per cent, up from an earlier projection for 1.7 per cent.The update for Canada came as the IMF said world output is expected to grow 3.9 per cent this year and 3.9 per cent in 2019, up two-tenths of a percentage point in both years.The IMF said the cyclical upswing underway since mid-2016 has continued to strengthen.“This forecast reflects the expectation that favourable global financial conditions and strong sentiment will help maintain the recent acceleration in demand, especially in investment, with a noticeable impact on growth in economies with large exports,” the agency said in its report.“In addition, the U.S. tax reform and associated fiscal stimulus are expected to temporarily raise U.S. growth, with favourable demand spillovers for U.S. trading partners — especially Canada and Mexico — during this period.”The IMF cited increased investment as businesses take advantage of lower corporate tax rates as it projected U.S. growth to increase to 2.7 per cent this year, from 2.3 per cent in 2017.The agency noted that risks to its global outlook were “broadly balanced” in the near term, but skewed to the downside in the medium term.“In the near term, the global economy is likely to maintain its momentum absent a correction in financial markets — which have seen a sustained run-up in asset prices and very low volatility, seemingly unperturbed by policy or political uncertainty in recent months,” the report said.“Over the medium term, a potential buildup of vulnerabilities if financial conditions remain easy, the possible adoption of inward-looking policies, and non-economic factors pose notable downside risks.”last_img read more

Quantum stimulus Congress sends computing proposal to Trump

first_imgWASHINGTON — A proposal that could pump more than $1 billion into helping the U.S. tech industry develop powerful “quantum computers” is now on the desk of President Donald Trump.Congress sent the bill to the White House this week after it passed easily in both chambers.Quantum computers don’t really exist yet in a useful form, but tech firms Google, IBM, Intel and a growing number of startups are working to build them.The National Quantum Initiative Act would create a 10-year federal program to accelerate research and development of the esoteric technology. Scientists hope government backing will attract more people to their field.The legislation was fueled in part by lawmakers’ fear of growing competition from China and concerns that quantum computers could one day break today’s best cryptography codes.The Associated Presslast_img read more

AAP moves SC seeking constitution of larger bench to decide who controls services in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: The AAP government on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking constitution of a larger bench to expeditiously decide the issue of control over administrative services in Delhi. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi told the Delhi government counsel that it will look into the matter. The apex court had on February 14 referred the issue of control of services to a larger bench after delivering a split verdict. The two-judge bench had said that the Centre should have the final word on posting and transfer of bureaucrats in the national capital administration, but their disagreement on finer details resulted in a split verdict and the matter got referred to a larger bench. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The bench, which was called upon to decide on six vexatious issues pertaining to a long-running feud between the central and the national capital governments, had given a unanimous verdict on the remaining five counts and had ruled that the Delhi government’s Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) cannot probe the Centre’s employees in corruption cases. Out of six contentions issues, the Delhi government had won in three and lost to the Centre on two critical aspects of investigating power to probe central government employees and for setting up of inquiry commissions. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday While it left for a larger bench to conclusively decide who will have control over administrative services in the national capital, the apex court had unanimously ruled that the power to appoint inquiry commissions would rest with the Centre as “there is no ‘State Government’ in the Union Territory and the State Government (for this purpose) shall mean the Central Government”. In its 202-page verdict, the court had however held that the elected Delhi government will have the right to appoint public prosecutors, to decide land revenue matters and also to appoint or deal with electricity commission or board. On the most contentious issue, Justice A K Sikri had said: “The transfers and postings of secretaries, heads of departments and other officers in the scale of Joint Secretary to the Government of India and above can be done by the Lieutenant Governor and the file submitted to him directly. “For other levels, including DANICS (Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service) officers, files can be routed through the chief minister to L-G. In case of difference of opinion between the L-G and the chief minister, the view of the L-G should prevail and the Ministry of Home Affairs can issue a suitable notification.” Justice Sikri noted that all transfers and postings for Grade III and IV DASS (Delhi Administration Subordinate Service) are done by the Secretary (Services), while those for Grades I and II are done by the Chief Secretary. For “greater transparency” in transfer and posting of officers of this cadre, he suggested a civil services board headed by the Secretary (Services) for the Grade III and IV officials and by the Chief Secretary for the Grade I and II. However, Justice Ashok Bhushan, in his dissenting view, was more blunt and had held that the power to regulate transfer and posting of officers working for the Delhi government was not available to its assembly in the first place under the Constitution. “With regard to ‘services’, the GNCTD (Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi) can exercise only those executive powers, which can be exercised by it under any law framed by Parliament or it may exercise those executive powers, which have been delegated to it.” he said. A five-judge bench had on July 4, 2018 laid down broad parameters for governance of the national capital, which has witnessed a power struggle between the Centre and the Delhi government ever since the AAP came to power in 2014. In the landmark verdict, it had unanimously held that Delhi cannot be accorded the status of a state but clipped the L-G’s powers, saying he has no “independent decision making power” and has to act on the aid and advice of the elected government.last_img read more

Federal ads were to address controversies around Northern Gateway documents

One of the key concerns for the federal government in a multimillion-dollar Natural Resources advertising campaign was the negative publicity around the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, according to internal government documents.In particular, the statement of work provided to the ad company a year ago noted that media coverage had been critical of legislative changes that gave the federal cabinet power to override the National Energy Board recommendations on project approval.There was also criticism of changes that limited public participation in joint review panel hearings that are currently taking place in B.C., said the April 2012 document obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.Among the key issues:— “allegations that these changes will put British Columbia’s sovereignty at stake.”— “if cabinet can override the National Energy Board, why bother with Northern Gateway hearings, for a project which the government has already declared to be in the national interest.”— “ongoing uncertainty over impact of the Responsible Resource Development changes to the Northern Gateway pipeline.”— “putting Responsible Resource Development changes in the Budget Implementation Act means the federal government can adopt the changes without comprehensive analysis, hearings or debate by Parliament.”— “potential for changes to the Fisheries Act to end up in litigation.”The Conservative government’s energy policies and new energy developments will continue to come under public scrutiny, said the April 2012 document.“It will be important in this environment to increase public awareness and understanding of the Government’s balanced approach to energy policy,” the document said.Among the objectives of the two-year newspaper, television, online and radio ad campaign was to promote the government’s “balanced investments to secure Canada’s energy future and that this will help grow our economy, maintain our quality of life, and sustain our social programs.”The Northern Gateway proposal would see pipelines linking Alberta oilsands to a tanker port in Kitimat, on B.C.’s north coast.Project supporters say that diversifying the market for Canadian oil products beyond the U.S. — currently the only customer — will boost profits in the neighbourhood of $20 billion a year because currently producers are forced to sell to just one customer.Project opponents, which include many First Nations and conservation groups, say the pipeline poses too great a risk to the environment, in particular off the B.C. coast where it would result in more than 200 oil tankers a year traversing the waters around the Haida Gwaii archipelago.Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said the ad campaign relays facts to the public.“The advertisements provide specific facts about measures taken by the government to protect the environment, and other information on Responsible Resource Development,” Oliver said in an email.Natural Resources Canada has an advertising budget of $9 million for this fiscal year, according to a previous report by The Canadian Press.Oliver said all details of the ad campaign will be published in the annual report on government advertising activities. read more

Realtors who break rules should face tougher penalty says Ont association

TORONTO — The Ontario Real Estate Association is advocating that fines should be doubled for realtors who break the rules, at a time when agents are collecting big commissions in the province’s inflated housing market.In a white paper published Wednesday, the association proposed that the maximum fines for salespeople who violate a code of ethics under the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act should increase to $50,000. OREA also wants the maximum fine for brokerages doubled to $100,000.It says the average fine per case last year was just $6,000 and that the effectiveness of fines as a deterrent has “eroded” in today’s real estate landscape, where property prices have reached record highs.The current rules were set in 2002, a lifetime ago for Ontario’s real estate market when the average cost of a home in the province was $211,000. Today it’s $619,000 in the province while the average price of a Toronto home has reached $759,000.“For those who willingly break the rules, these fines are ‘the cost of doing business,”‘ the paper said.But it warns that even if fines are higher, penalties may not cover the entire commission earned.“In other words, even under a system of higher fines registrants could still profit from unethical behaviour.”It recommends that the industry regulator, the Real Estate Council of Ontario, be given the ability to force a realtor to repay all of their profits. OREA also wants RECO to be given the power to suspend or revoke licenses.The white paper is part of a push for changes to discourage potential unethical real estate practices in Ontario. The province’s 16-point housing plan introduced in April includes a 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers and expanded rent controls, as well as reviews on how consumers are represented by real estate agents.In June, the province proposed a ban on realtors representing both a buyer and a seller in a transaction. The province said sellers seeking the highest price, and buyers looking for the lowest price have competing interests which makes it challenging for a single agent to represent the best interests of either side.“This divided loyalty and the associated risks may leave some consumers vulnerable even when written consent is obtained and the necessary disclosures … have been made,” the government said in a discussion paper.The ban would not apply in some situations such as sales between family members and markets where there are few agents working.—On the web:The white paper is available at http://www.rebbareform.ca/ read more

December 2014 – EV registrations

SMMT has published Electric Vehicle (EV) registration figures for December and the full year.Plug-In Car Grant: Since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in January 2011, there have been 19,972 eligible cars registered. Please note: this data includes only new car registrations and not commercial vehicles. For questions about these figures, or to enquire about more detailed data sets, e-mail data@smmt.co.uk.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Opinion 2014 FIFA World Cup figures majorly into Jurgen Klinsmanns legacy for

US men’s soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann waves to the fans after a game against Mexico Sept. 10 at Crew Stadium. The US won, 2-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorJurgen Klinsmann has fared well as the United States men’s soccer team coach in his first three years, setting records including a 12-match win streak. The coach now has something to prove in his first FIFA World Cup with the team.The U.S. men’s national team has not advanced farther than the semifinals in the world’s largest soccer tournament, but that was in 1930 when the there were only 13 teams, compared to the modern 32.The best result since then was in 2002, when the U.S. bowed out in the quarterfinals losing to Germany, 1-0.Bruce Arena lead that 2002 squad, a coach with a long tenured career including an appearance for the U.S. National Team, coaching several college programs, and coaching three Major League Soccer teams — he is currently the coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy. He has two league titles with the Galaxy.Klinsmann’s experience equals that of Arena’s — and arguably surpasses it.Klinsmann had an extensive playing career on the field. He most notably played with clubs such as Bayern Munich, Tottenham and Inter Milan. His national team career has him tied for third for most goals scored for West Germany/Germany with 47. Although young, his coaching career is still impressive, coaching Bayern Munich and leading the German national team to a third place finish in the 2006 World Cup.Proving himself and his abilities, Klinsmann expects to take the U.S. to new heights in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this summer. He is surely one of the most experienced to take the reins of this team, much more than his predecessors Bob Bradley or Arena.In an interview Oct. 15 before the last World Cup qualifying match against Panama, Klinsmann explained the difference between coaching Germany and the U.S.“In Germany it is a bit more simple because there is only one expectation … We say we want to win this thing,” Klinsmann said. “For us in the U.S., it is a growing process. We can surprise people in Brazil, (but) obviously our expectation is to get out of the group no matter who we draw. After that, we need to make the players understand it is all about mind games. Every game becomes 50-50 and will be won by the team who is better prepared and believes in themselves more.”Before the World Cup draw Dec. 6, many would at least expect a return to the quarterfinals for the U.S. Now, with opponents Germany, Portugal and Ghana — currently ranked No. 2, No. 4 and No. 35 in the world, respectively, by FIFA compared to the U.S., who is ranked No. 14 — some are expecting the Americans not to make it out of group play.But have faith American Outlaws.With a revamped young squad including the addition of German phenomenon Julian Green and an experienced coach (who also might have the inside scoop on the German squad), I expect a U.S. return to the quarterfinals.Will Klinsmann’s national team success be a one-and-done? A defining moment in Klinsmann’s coaching career lives and dies in Brazil this summer. read more

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