How Not To Crowdfund: 3 Tips Every Filmmaker Should Know

first_imgCrowdfunding campaigns have become one of the most popular fundraising methods for filmmakers looking to raise a budget. Unfortunately though, most filmmakers assume that the process will be easier than it is and end up coming short on their goal.When most filmmakers consider crowdfunding as an option for their project, they seem to romanticize the idea. They look at the films that were able to raise $50k or $100k “easily” online, and think – why not me? In reality though, raising money in this way can be very difficult and most campaigns do not yield the results filmmakers are looking for. In fact, over half of all crowdfunding campaigns fail to reach their target goals. It’s not necessarily because their projects or products aren’t interesting or likable, it’s usually a result of the campaign itself being sub par.So if you’re considering crowdfunding as an option for your upcoming film, read on to learn about three of the most common mistakes made when trying to raise money through a campaign.Rolling Out Too QuicklyWhether it’s the latest piece of technology or a critically acclaimed film that’s about to hit the theatrical circuit, when something draws a crowd, others tend to follow. This law of attraction certainly holds true for crowdfunding campaigns, and inevitably to successfully raise money online, your target audience needs to feel like there are already other backers on board with your film. If your kickstarter page looks like a ghost town, you are going to lose potential backers before they even watch your campaign video.More often than not, when a campaign fails to generate interest early on it’s because the filmmakers made the mistake of hitting their markets all at once. Many filmmakers naively believe that by exhausting all their outlets right away (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc.) will give them a higher success rate, but in reality it gets them off to a slower start since so many people are being directed to an empty campaign.The most successful campaigns should create a domino effect. They first reach out to their warm market (aka family and friends), because these are the people that are most likely to support the campaign with large sums of money. From there, they may widen their efforts slightly to their Facebook pages for example – which is what I would call the “lukewarm” market. At this point since they’ve already generated funds through family and friends, chances are their lukewarm market will have a better response to their campaign since it looks active.Once this market has been tapped, the next step is moving to secondary platforms like Twitter and Instagram, along with your blog followers (if you have one) and so on. Always remember that early on, it’s most likely that only your family and close friends will want to back your campaign. Until you reach a critical mass, avoid spamming it too heavily, otherwise you will burn potential backers that may have otherwise put money into your film if you hit them at the right time.Setting an Unrealistic GoalWhile it is important to set your sights high, it’s just as important to be realistic – especially when dealing with the financial end of this business. As you very well know, the popularity of crowdfunding has skyrocketed over the last few years, which means your film is competing against thousands of other campaigns at any given time.It’s important to remember that you aren’t just competing against other similar films that are campaigning at the same time as you, you’re competing with every single campaign out there, no matter what the product or project is (even if it’s not film related). There is not an endless supply of money to go around on any given crowdfunding site, and in order to actually raise your budget, you need to make your campaign rise up from all of the noise. This means that you not only need to roll it out strategically (as we outlined above), but you also need to set a realistic goal so that your backers feel like they will be part of a success story.It’s actually detrimental to your campaign to set unrealistically high expectations by asking for too much money, as it makes backers worried that the project will not reach it’s goal. Additionally, when you are asking for an outrageous amount of money to fund your film without clearly explaining to your audience how the funds will be used, it does you more harm than good. People invest in people with plans. So if you ask for too much and don’t let the crowd in on what you really need this money for, your campaign will take a hit.Yes, there are campaigns that have raised crazy amounts of money in short periods of time – but these are few and far between. If you really need a bigger chunk, you’re better off splitting it up into two campaigns and running them at different times during your process.Not Hustling EnoughIt’s a huge mistake to assume that a successful campaign consists of just a cute pitch video and some generic perks that are offered to backers. The most successful campaigns require well thought out plans which typically take place months before the actual start date, and go into heavy detail on the incentives and overall marketing strategy. Those filmmakers who don’t adequately prepare for their launch, and don’t have a solid plan to maintain momentum throughout the duration of their campaign’s fundraising efforts will suffer and are very unlikely to reach their goal. If you aren’t thinking about who you’re targeting, when you’re targeting them, how you will get in front of them (and how often), then you may as well not campaign at all.This attention to detail and dedication to the campaign needs to be maintained throughout the entire campaign itself – not just the prep stages. Anyone that has ever raised a significant amount of money on a crowdfunding site will tell you that it had to become their full time job. They would spend hours and hours every single day tweeting, facebooking, reaching out to publications, and taking any other steps needed to ensure that they reached their goal. So be prepared to take on a huge amount of work when running your campaign if you want to succeed.When it comes to crowdfunding, you always want to think of your film as a business and approach your backers as your investors. Don’t make the mistake of believing that this is charity, and you are magically going to find an angel investor that will swoop in and fund your entire film. Raising a serious budget online can be done by anyone, it just requires a great plan, dedication, and a lot of leg work.last_img read more

Anandiben Patel sworn in as Madhya Pradesh Governor

first_imgSenior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Anandiben Patel was sworn in as the Governor of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday.Madhya Pradesh High Court Chief Justice Hemant Gupta administered the Oath of Office to the former Gujarat Chief Minister at a ceremony held at the Raj Bhavan here.Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his cabinet colleagues were among the leaders present at the ceremony.Earlier, Chief Secretary Basant Pratap Singh read out the warrant of appointment issued by President Ram Nath Kovind appointing Ms. Patel.Ramnaresh Yadav had retired from the gubernatorial post in Madhya Pradesh in September 2016 and Gujarat Governor Om Prakash Kohli was holding additional charge of the State.last_img

Godhra train carnage case accused Yakub Pataliya sentenced to life

first_imgA Special Investigation Team (SIT) court on Wednesday awarded life imprisonment to Yakub Patalia in the Godhra train carnage case of 2002 in which 59 people were charred to death.Yakub, one of the most wanted accused in the 2002 case, was on the run for 16 years before his arrest in January 2018.As per the prosecution case, Yakub was a part of the mob that torched the S6 coach of the Sabarmati express returning from Ayodhya, near the Godhra railway station, killing 59 kar sevaks and triggering riots in which over 1,000 people were massacred.The SIT court in August, 2018, sentenced two other accused to life imprisonment while three others were acquitted. They had been arrested after the main trial was completed in 2011.Farooq Bhana and Imran Sheri were the two sentenced to life in August last year and Hussain Suleman Mohan, Kasam Bhamedi and Faruk Dhantiya were the three who were acquitted.In 2011, the SIT court convicted 31 people in the case. After convicting the accused, the court had awarded death sentence to 11 of them and life imprisonment to 20 others, while 63 accused were acquitted.The court upheld the prosecution case that the Godhra train attack was a pre-meditated conspiracy hatched by locals to target Hindu pilgrims returning from Ayodhya.However, the Gujarat High Court in October 2017 commuted the death sentence of 11 convicts to life imprisonment while upholding the punishment awarded by the SIT court to 20 others.last_img read more

Pessumal on Ravena shove: I’m not here to make friends

first_imgLATEST STORIES Early in the fourth quarter, Ravena blocked Pessumal’s fastbreak layup and left his ex-Blue Eagle comrade with a staredown as he slowly got back on his feet.Seemingly irate, the Beermen gunslinger waited as his teammates recovered for the possession, and when Marcio Lassiter heaved a three-pointer, Pessumal rushed to get a rebound and gave Ravena a hard shove at the 9:50 mark of the fourth frame.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 24-year-old swingman, however, downplayed the scuffle which merited him a flagrant foul penalty one.“It’s part of the game. I don’t wanna say anything. It’s not a big deal,” he said after finishing with 10 points in San Miguel’s 109-98 win over NLEX. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Players turn up the heat on Australian Open weather policy Pessumal said that he doesn’t pay much attention on who is defending him during the games.“It’s just like any other game. When I play, I don’t see who’s guarding me. I just play and I play to win all the time,” he said as the 6-foot-2 guard has been making the most of the opportunities given to him and the bench crew by coach Leo Austria.“We know that our starting five is probably the best in the PBA. I don’t wanna say ever, but it’s up there. So when we come in, us bench guys have to sustain the level of excellence that they have. Our job is when we get in, we should bring the level higher so when the starters come back, the game will be easier for them.”Consider this a fair warning from Pessumal though. Whether or not he shares a past with any other player, once that ball tips on the court, his goal is one thing only: to help San Miguel win.“I’m a professional basketball player. I’m not here to make any friends,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKiefer Ravena and Von Pessumal go way back, winning three titles during their high school days in Ateneo then teaming up again to steer the senior’s team to two more crowns.But on Friday, it seemed like they were never on the same side when the two former teammates surprisingly clashed as NLEX and San Miguel faced off in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Twice! Pep Guardiola’s Reaction After Being Denied a Penalty is Internet’s New Favourite Meme

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Manchester City lost 1-3 to Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League but Pep Guardiola’s reaction was the talking point of the game.Refereeing has been in Guardiola’s sights, especially after the introduction of VAR. So what got Guardiola so worked up?City not being awarded a penalty just before Liverpool raced up the other end and scored.”Ask Mike Riley and the big bosses about that,” Guardiola said, citing the league’s head of refereeing. “Don’t ask me.”Just five minutes into the game, Trent Alexander-Arnold’s outstretched right arm handled the ball but it was not deemed to be deliberate.But City midfielder Bernardo Silva had already helped the ball on with his hand, appearing to be in contravention of the new laws of the game against the attacker.The shouts from a penalty were shooed away.That was not all as lat in the game, Alexander-Arnold was again under the spotlight when the ball hit his hand. The referee looked the other yet again.At this point, Guardiola had enough and he burst into rage at the fourth official Mike Dean.He shouted, screamed and even held up two fingers to show how many times City were denied what had appeared to be strong claims for a penalty.Social media had a field day at the expense of Guardiola:The way he screams “TWICE” into the sky at the end pic.twitter.com/oBypNg8KKz— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) November 10, 2019Pep Guardiola, parenting: “I ASKED YOU TO MAKE YOUR BED, NOT ONCE, BUT…” pic.twitter.com/lccHS2QhfB— Miriti Murungi (@NutmegRadio) November 10, 2019When someone asks which of the Godfather trilogy is the best.pic.twitter.com/MJaT8S7jOW— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) November 10, 2019When someone asks me which High School Musical movie is the best: pic.twitter.com/YmiIIgWCkr— Ella Brockway (@ellabrockway) November 10, 2019″How many did you lose by, Pep?”pic.twitter.com/QyzBLH0hP6— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) November 10, 2019Hello Pep, how many teams are sandwiched between Liverpool and Manchester City? pic.twitter.com/0Ce4mYbgHT— corner taken quickly (@ThoseScouseLads) November 10, 2019When someone asks me which Toy Story is the best one pic.twitter.com/CdkadktbMs— Daisy Harding (@HaisyDarding) November 10, 2019Guardiola approached the referee with a parting shot: “Thank you so much.”The Manchester City manager’s comment in earshot of the onfield camera was dripping with disdain.Regardless of later assurances to the media — “it was not sarcastic” — there was no doubting his irritation toward Michael Oliver after the loss to Liverpool.And particularly after this third loss in 12 matches of the title defense left City nine points behind Premier League leader Liverpool in fourth place.It could all be a smokescreen for a tilt at a third successive title fading, with 26 games still to play and Liverpool well placed to end a three-decade drought by sitting eight points ahead of Leicester and Chelsea.”Always be positive and never give up, that’s why we won back-to-back titles,” Guardiola said after the match. “We want to fight until the end. We dropped points for our faults. For other things we cannot control.”(With inputs from AP) AnfieldFabinhojurgen kloppliverpool First Published: November 11, 2019, 9:32 AM ISTlast_img read more

MS Dhoni has amazing hands, Ben Stokes’ warning to batsmen

first_imgMS Dhoni turned back the years with his sensational stumping of AB de Villiers in Rising Pune Supergiant’s crushing win over Royal Challengers Bangalore.Dhoni has been under fire for his run of scores in the IPL this year but he showed glimpses of the past when he first hammered leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal for a montrsous six and then whipped off the bails in a flash when Imran Tahir lured de Villiers out of the crease. (Mahendra Singh Dhoni answers critics with stunning glovework, monstrous six)Earlier this year, Steve Smith had replaced Dhoni as Pune captain. Many felt that would allow MSD to express himself better and play more freely like he did for India soon after stepping down as the limited-overs skipper.However, it was a different Dhoni turned out on Sunday and that sure left English all-rounder Ben Stokes, also a key member of the RPS set-up, thoroughly impressed.”He’s got amazing hands. If your foot is out of the crease even by a millimetre, you’re gone,” he told iplt20.com.In fact, Dhoni’s presence had got the Bengaluru crowd cheering for Pune even as their own team, led by the inimitable Virat Kohli suffered their fourth defeat in five matches.Stokes reckoned with MSD in the side, they didn’t really have to worry about home advantage.”I think wherever you go when Dhoni’s in your team is a home ground,” Stokes said at presentation ceremony after had been named man-of-the-match for his spectacular spell against the Royal Challengers.advertisementlast_img read more

England reserves determined not to be embarrassed in international friendlies

first_imgIt was meant to be an opportunity to let England’s young lions roam free to demonstrate how they may just be equipped to inject fear into the two best teams in world football.Instead, the build-up to the glamour friendlies against Germany and Brazil at Wembley has been accompanied in the English media by mutterings of “farce” and “embarrassment” amid the plethora of withdrawals from Gareth Southgate’s squad.Because with so many of his key players having pulled out with injuries of varying severity, there’s an argument that for Southgate the two matches – against Germany on Friday and Brazil next Tuesday – have now become futile exercises.Not that the young manager would dare admit to any dismay in public. With qualification for the World Cup finals wrapped up, he had, in any case, already trotted out how performances meant more than the results in these two matches.He cut senior players while blooding youngsters he believed could help him build a passing team with enterprise and verve. “We can see what’s possible here, how can we evolve the team, how can we take it forward,” he said.Yet the loss of at least five players who would surely have launched this brave new world in his starting XI on Friday has wholly scuppered his plans to give potential ‘A teamers’ a taste of the quality they will face in Russia next year.It will be far removed from the opposition they ground down in an unbeaten, if uninspiring, qualifying campaign.advertisementSouthgate’s captain Harry Kane and thrusting young Tottenham Hotspur team mate Harry Winks withdrew on Monday while Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph, both in great form, pulled out along with Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson the next day.The squad had lost its potential talisman in Spurs’ Dele Alli while the likes of Liverpool’s Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne and Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck were among a dozen potential candidates sidelined by injury.So, opportunity knocks louder for uncapped youngsters like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Joe Gomez and Tammy Abraham and late replacements like Jack Cork and Jake Livermore. Yet at this stage it still takes a leap of the imagination to see any of these playing much of a part for England in Russia next year.Not that any player can afford to think that way. There may be five uncapped squad members in total but as Tottenham’s Eric Dier, now the key figure in a depleted midfield, said: “We have to challenge ourselves – that’s the right mentality.”He was asked whether there was a potential for England’s second-stringers to end up being embarrassed by both their old fierce rivals Germany and the quality of the world’s second-ranked side Brazil.”I don’t really see it as a risk,” shrugged Dier. “If we get embarrassed then there is a lot more to work on. If we don’t, we are on the right path.”If we want to be prepared for one of the biggest sporting events in the world we have to prepare by facing the best.”The real frustration for Southgate is that he will only have two more friendlies, against the Netherlands in Amsterdam and Italy at Wembley in March, before naming his provisional World Cup squad.Not, as he asserts, that there could an ever be such a thing as an England friendly against these sides. The upside for him could only come if his fledgling reserves can somehow fashion a victory over their greatest continental rivals on Friday.last_img read more

Dabo Swinney Trolled Alabama, SEC Hard With Quote About The Citadel

first_img “That’s college football… I mean heck, The Citadel was probably Alabama’s toughest game last year until Georgia. I mean I’m just telling the truth. The Citadel beat South Carolina somewhere here in the not-too-long-ago (past). That’s not a shocker. Georgia State went over and beat Tennessee. I mean that’s college football…”That’s a pretty harsh dig at the entire SEC, to say that an FCS school was a tougher opponent than any of Alabama’s eight SEC opponents and other FBS foes.The thing is…he might be right, to a point.The Citadel actually held Alabama to a 10-10 halftime lead in that game last year. But the Crimson Tide blew the doors off the Bulldogs in the third quarter en route to winning 50-17.By most accounts, that actually was one of the toughest games Alabama wound up playing that year. The Crimson Tide would finish the season 14-1, with the lone loss coming to Clemson in the national title game.Dabo Swinney may want to hold off on teasing the SEC too much. The ACC that his Tigers have dominated for the last five years hasn’t exactly been a murderer’s row either. That same Citadel team just beat Georgia Tech last weekend.[Football Scoop] dabo swinney at the national title game vs. alabamaSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers celebrates his teams 44-16 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide with the trophy in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Some around college football have floated the idea that the SEC really isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. With the way some SEC teams have struggled this year, it could call into question just how much more challenged a team like Alabama is before the College Football Playoff. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney did just that this week.And now it looks like Alabama’s post-season rival is taking them to task for it.On Tuesday, Swinney trolled Alabama and the rest of the SEC with his analysis of The Citadel. He claimed that Alabama’s game against The Citadel last year was their toughest game before they took on Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.Via Football Scoop:last_img read more

RenaultNissan to use Android system in its dashboards

first_imgDETROIT – The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, one of the world’s top-selling automakers, has decided to go with Google’s Android operating system to run its dashboard information and entertainment features.The change, which won’t roll out until 2021, means that users will get Android features such as Google Maps, Waze and the hands-free Google Assistant, without having to connect a phone. They’ll also be able to download auto-specific apps, such as those that find and pay for parking spaces, from the Google Play Store.It’s a sign that automakers are starting choose sides in infotainment software, deciding between developing their own systems or going with an established company that’s familiar to customers.Most automakers already let users link their Apple or Android phones to car systems through Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. But using the Android operating system will open cars to over-the-internet infotainment software updates and integration of Google Assistant voice commands into some car functions such as windshield wiper controls, the companies said.Since the operating software can be continually updated, the system will be able to handle communications with other vehicles or infrastructure such as traffic lights when those features become available, said Kal Mos, global vice-president for connected vehicles for the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance.The change also opens cars to a universe of app developers, Mos said. “Once you offer that platform, that capacity, people will start coming up with things we don’t think about today,” he said.Owners would have to choose from apps that are approved for automotive use that minimize distraction, said Patrick Brady, Google’s vice-president of engineering for Android. “Any app that gets into the store goes through multiple iterations to make sure this can be used in the car,” Brady said.Although Android powers 80 per cent of the world’s smartphones, those with Apple iPhones need not fear the system, the companies said. They still will run Apple CarPlay, just as automaker systems do now, they said.Other automakers, such as Honda, Volvo and General Motors, already run Android in their operating systems, although they aren’t as advanced as what the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance will do, the companies said.The brands are looking at cost for the system, and there likely will be a monthly fee.Currently automakers have somewhat clunky voice-recognition systems that often take several steps to complete a simple command, said Sam Abuelsamid, an analyst for Navigant Research. But as more cars become linked to the internet, automakers are finding suppliers who have better systems that can be updated, he said.The next generation of Android should have much better voice recognition than anything now in the auto industry, he said. “It’ll be more natural language that’s going to make it a lot better and easier for consumers to use,” Abuelsamid said.The system also will let Google Maps and Google-owned Waze gather data about speed and traffic from more vehicles as more cars are equipped with Android, Abuelsamid said.The technology partnership with Google is part of the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance’s wider effort to wirelessly connect cars to online “cloud-based systems,” allowing automakers to gather data, diagnose problems and update vehicle software remotely.The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi group sold a combined 10.6 million vehicles last year and aims to raise that to 14 million by 2022. It’s among the top three automakers in the world.Shares in navigation system maker TomTom plunged 23 per cent to 6.52 euros Tuesday on the Amsterdam stock exchange after the announcement as investors feared that the Dutch company’s sales could be hit hard by the decision.____Chan reported from London. Mike Corder in Amsterdam contributed to this report.last_img read more

‘Fielding Pragya Thakur BJP’s way of consolidating Hindutva votebank’

first_imgNew Delhi: Fielding “undertrial terror accused” Pragya Thakur as a candidate for the Lok Sabha polls is BJP’s way of consolidating the Hindutva votebank, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury has charged.He claimed the BJP’s fear of being unable to retain 50 per cent of its seats has led it to rouse communal passions to get votes. In an article in the forthcoming issue of party mouthpiece People’s Democracy, Yechury charged that the BJP and Narendra Modi were preoccupied with disrupting the unity of the country and its solidarity through their venomous campaign of communal polarization. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghHe said the first three phases of the 17th general elections saw the electorate voting in 302 seats out of the 543 Lok Sabha seats. The ruling BJP has 113 sitting MPs from these constituencies. “In the next four phases ending on May 19, the electorate will vote for the remaining 241 seats. Of these the BJP currently holds 161 sitting MPs. That is two-thirds of these seats. It is clear that if the BJP is unable to retain these seats, its desire to form the next government simply falls through. This is because in the first three phases, it is universally admitted that the BJP will not be able to retain at least 50 per cent of its sitting seats. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”It is precisely this realisation that has prompted the BJP leadership to consciously adopt an aggressive campaign led by Narendra Modi to rouse unscrupulous communal passions as the only means left to garner votes,” he said. Taking a dig at the Election Commission, Yechury said while the ruling party was resorting to the “worst form of vote bank politics consolidating the Hindu communal vote bank” the poll body was yet to take any action against Modi for the “unbridled” communal passions that he is rousing. “This is ominous for the health of Indian democracy…” he said.last_img read more

UNbacked small loans help refugees in Ecuador break out of poverty

11 April 2011A United Nations-supported microcredit project is helping vulnerable refugees in Ecuador, especially women who have turned to sex work to support themselves and their families, break out of poverty. Ecuador is home to the largest number of refugees in Latin America, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Of the more than 53,000 recognized refugees, 73 per cent are women and children. Over the past year, UNHCR has been working with partner organizations to set up programmes and provide financial services to help needy Colombian refugees and their hosts in Ecuador, including supporting income-generating projects. Such projects “benefit Colombian and Ecuadorean women, especially those who are often subject to discrimination, in order to give them a different alternative,” said Luis Varese, the UNHCR deputy representative in Ecuador.Among the most vulnerable are refugee women who turn to sex work, either because they have limited job opportunities or need a second income to support their families. Studies done by UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the Ecuadorean health ministry have found that nearly half of the Colombian refugee women who are sex workers in Ecuador’s northern border area were not in the trade back in their homeland.UNHCR supported organizations such as 21 de Septiembre, a group that promotes the human rights of sex workers, to provide financial services to sex workers and their families in Esmeraldas, a border town on the Pacific coast.Last year 19 women each received an average credit of $300, and so far there has been no delinquency in the loans. read more

1956 Ferrari built for racing legend Juan Manuel Fangio to go to

by The Associated Press Posted Oct 19, 2015 10:20 am MDT Last Updated Oct 19, 2015 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This undated photo provided by RM Sotheby’s in New York shows a 1956 Ferrari 290 MM by Scaglietti, built for Formula One legend Juan Manuel Fangio, that is going on the auction block in New York City where it could sell for more than $28 million. RM Sotheby’s says the Ferrari, chassis 0626, will be offered on Dec. 10, 2015, as part of its “Driven by Disruption” sale. (Tim Scott Fluid Images/Sotheby’s via AP) 1956 Ferrari built for racing legend Juan Manuel Fangio to go to auction; could bring $28M NEW YORK, N.Y. – A 1956 Ferrari built for Formula One racing legend Juan Manuel Fangio is going on the auction block in New York City, where it could sell for more than $28 million.RM Sotheby’s says the Ferrari 290 MM, chassis 0626, will be offered on Dec. 10 as part of its “Driven by Disruption” sale.The historic car never crashed despite a racing career that that lasted until 1964.The $28 million pre-sale estimate makes it one of the most valuable cars to come to auction. A Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta that sold for $38.1 million at Bonhams in 2014 holds the record for any car at auction.Fangio, an Argentinian considered one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time, raced the 3.5-litre, V-12 engine car in the 1,000-mile Mille Miglia event, finishing fourth overall in a race that wound all through Italy.The car was specially designed for the five-time F1 world champion and was one of only four 290 MMs to be built.The red car with a blue nose competed in many other classic races.In 1957, legendary drivers Eugenio Castellotti, Luigi Musso and Masten Gregory drove it to victory in the Buenos Aires 1000 KM.RM Sotheby’s says the 0627 was purchased in 1957 by enthusiast Temple Buell who continued to enter it into races around the world with Jo Bonnier and Gregory behind the wheel.It eventually as acquired by collector Pierre Bardinon and remained in his renowned Mas du Clos Collection in France for nearly 34 years before being acquired by the current owner, identified only as a private European collector.The auctioneer says the car has its original chassis, matching-numbers engine, gearbox and body. read more

Players Union Appeals Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliotts 6Game Suspension

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is accused of injuring his girlfriend. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL Players Association has appealed Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension over the league’s conclusion that its 2016 rushing leader injured his former girlfriend in three separate incidents last summer.The union said Tuesday it will represent Elliott “to ensure that the NFL is held to its obligation of adhering to principles of industrial due process under the collective bargaining agreement.”The NFL suspended Elliott last week after a yearlong investigation into an Ohio domestic violence case that prosecutors declined to pursue. Elliott’s attorneys blasted Commissioner Roger Goodell’s ruling, saying the league “cherry-picked” evidence to reach its conclusion.A hearing with Goodell or an arbitrator will be scheduled within 10 days with a decision “as soon as practicable” after the appeal is heard, according to the labor agreement.The Cowboys open the regular season Sept. 10 at home against the New York Giants. read more

15 indisputable reasons Irelands pubs are the best in the world

first_imgYOU JUST CAN’T beat the hospitality in Ireland’s pubs. They’re where everybody knows your name, and business.Here’s why they’re the greatest.1. They prevent us from becoming too tanned and attractive Source: Imgur2. They’re entirely reasonable in price Source: Imgur Source: Mike Hogan3. There’s always a good offer to be had Source: Against the grain4. The entertainment is next to noneYes, this actually happened. Source: Avenue Thursday DTWO Source: Avenue Thursdays DTWOAnd this…5. They’re always honest and upfront Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweetcenter_img 6. …making sure to return lost property at all costs Source: Imgur7. There’s always plenty of room to get comfortable Source: KehoesdubKeohoesDub8. They deal with any incidents quickly and efficiently Source: The Temple Bar9. And always give their customers what they want Source: harrybyrnespub Source: Mike O’Brien/YouTube10. ANYTHING they want Source: Neans McSweeney11. The food is always top notch and hearty Source: The Porterhouse Dublin12. You’re never short of a buttering up Source: Imgur13. Basically, they make all your hard decisions for you Source: The Portherhouse14. And hey, you’d never know who you’d run intoThe celebrities can’t stay out of them. Johnny Depp in Weir’s Bar, Westmeath Source: Hairs_Pam Miley Cyrus in the Brazen Head, Dublin Source: Luberachi Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys in Bad Bobs, Temple Bar Source: Bad Bobs Russell Crowe in Kehoes, Dublin Source: Kehoesdub15. Last but not least, you’ll always feel welcomeExcept sometimes. Source: Mauricecampbell27 pints you must sample in Ireland before you die>21 pubs in Ireland you must visit before you die>last_img read more

Clark County firefighters taking part in national suicide awareness event

first_imgClark County Fire District 6 is participating in a national event to recognize a disturbing trend: More firefighters and first responders are dying by suicide than all job-related deaths combined every year.Tonight, Fire District 6 is taking part in “Those Left Behind.” Fire engines at all of the district’s stations will be positioned outside at 9 p.m., and for one minute all engine and truck lights will be turned on, according to a news release.“We encourage anyone who wants to participate to join their local firefighters or to simply stand in their driveways with a lit candle to remember the families who are suffering through these preventable losses,” the news release says.The Journal of Emergency Medical Services reported in a 2015 survey of more than 4,000 first responders that 37 percent had contemplated suicide and almost 7 percent had attempted it. That’s 10 times the rate of the general population.Two years ago, Fire District 6 established a peer-support team to help employees having difficulty due to stressful calls. Firefighter Scott Meucci, a member of the team, said there is a culture in the profession that leads colleagues to think seeking help for such problems is a weakness.last_img read more

Mark Hughes bemoans Southamptons finishing

first_imgMark Hughes is disappointed with Southampton’s effort in front of goal as he admits they have anxiety in the final third after they failed to score in five straight games.More worrying for Mark Hughes is that this the first time since 2001 that Southampton have failed to find the net in five straight Premier League matches.Despite being the better side, Southampton failed to score against an organized Newcastle United defense as both teams settled for a point in the goalless game.Hughes is now encouraging his players to have more freedom in the 18-yard, be creative and take some risks if necessary.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Clearly we’ve got a little bit of anxiety in our finishing. Sometimes, we snatch at things, sometimes we need cool heads, or need to take a shot instead of an extra pass, which is understandable given our recent results.” Hughes told Sky Sports.“With a little bit more luck, I think we would’ve deserved the win, but we take the positive of the clean sheet and move on.“We’ve got this bit of an anomaly of results at home that we need to get over, as then we can really build our season.”last_img read more

Selfdescribed superhero nets broken nose

first_imgSEATTLE (AP) — One self-styled Seattle caped crusader against crime has a broken nose after a weekend encounter with two men who didn’t appreciate his efforts.KOMO-TV says a man who calls himself Phoenix Jones spends several nights a week patrolling Seattle streets, wearing a mask and cape and carrying a stun gun.But on Saturday night, Jones says one man held him at gunpoint and another broke his nose.Jones describes the encounter as no big deal. But Seattle police Detective Mark Jamieson says when Jones and his “Rain City Superhero” colleagues insert themselves into potentially volatile situations, they can end up as victims.Says Jamieson, “If you see something, call 911.”Phoenix Jones says he called 911 when he saw a brawl brewing. He also put one man in a headlock while he waited for police. But then another man pulled a gun.Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/last_img read more

Lightning kills university student

first_imgFile photo of LightningA university student was killed after being struck by a thunderbolt in Daulatpur village of Pirganj upazila in Thakurgaon district on Friday morning.The deceased is Premandra Roy, 24, son of one Ramnath Roy of the village, reports UNB.Premandra was a third year student of agriculture faculty at Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University, locals said.A thunderbolt hit Premandra while he was working in a pond near his house leaving him dead on the spot, they said.last_img

EN ESPAÑOL La mayoría de los oficiales de policía no están interesados

first_img Share La aprobación de la llamada Ley de Ciudades Santuario, o SB4, en Texas no es una buena noticia para la comunidad inmigrante de Houston pero tampoco lo es para los policías, dice el jefe del Departamento de Policía de Houston (HPD),  Art Acevedo. La ley, que autoriza a los oficiales de policía de las ciudades de Texas y de los sheriffs de los condados del estado a preguntar por el estado inmigratorio de quienes detienen, ha creado ansiedad y miedo en la comunidad inmigrante,  pero Acevedo insiste en que hay puntos importantes que la comunidad inmigrante debe saber. Por ejemplo, “si la policía para tu auto, la ley dice que debes identificarte…”, señala el jefe del HPD. Pero, aclara “la ley no dice que tienes que contestar a la pregunta sobre si estás aquí legalmente”. En la siguiente entrevista, Acevedo desmiente mitos sobre la SB4 y hace algunas recomendaciones para quienes residen como indocumentados en la ciudad. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/11163251/PoliceChiefMay10Spanish.mp400:0000:0002:02Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Isiah Thomas trolls Michael Jordan with Crying Jordan sign after Indiana upsets

first_imgThomas’ actions come off as somewhat petty under the circumstances, but old rivalries die hard. Unfortunately for Jordan, so does his internet meme. Advertisement It’s long been established that Hall of Famers Isiah Thomas and Michael Jordan don’t like each other. The Pistons and Bulls arch rivalry in the late 80’s and early 90’s was a bloodsport that fostered the dislike between the two. It’s an accepted truth that Michael kept Thomas off the original Dream Team out of spite. The old Eastern Conference rivals’ beef is as old as crotch hugging basketball shorts.Last night, the alma maters of the two rivals squared off when Jordan’s Tar Heels traveled to Bloomington to take on Thomas’ Indiana Hoosiers . The #10 Hoosiers managed to pull the 76-67 over the #3 Tar Heels at Assembly Hall.After the game, Thomas, who was in attendance, took advantage of an opportunity to troll his long time rival by hijacking a giant Crying Jordan sign from the stands and holding it up to the Indiana fans. Thomas had a giant grin as he played to the crowd. There’s no video, but a tweet was sent out that captured the moment.Long time Michael Jordan rival Isiah Thomas held up a Crying Jordan head during Indiana’s win over North Carolina. pic.twitter.com/zqySNXtJN1— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) December 1, 2016last_img read more