Deciding how to share your film with the world involves many factors. Here are some insights into the perks of distributing it yourself.We’d all love to open our inboxes one morning to find a message from A24 looking to distribute our buzzing indie features. However, until that day comes, we’ll all need to face some realities about the film distribution business in today’s crowded digital market.Distribution companies can be great partners, allies, and friends whose value extends beyond the dollars and cents of contracts. But they can also limit freedoms and try to pigeonhole your film into certain categories or bins with which they’re familiar.Image via Dazed and Confused.For every Moonlight success story, there’s a Dazed and Confused counterargument to the merits of distribution companies. There’s also the recent case study of Thunder Road, a feature by Jim Cummings that is making its own self-distributed rounds after winning SXSW 2018. (Check out our interview with Cummings on his initial short-to-feature journey.)When you’ve finished your feature and are weighing your options, here are five advantages of distributing your film yourself, and what avenues it could open up.1. Enjoy the TourThe most DIY, grassroots way to distribute your movie yourself is to take it on tour. A relic of the old days of cinema, this rock-band, film-on-a-tour narrative has made a comeback in recent years as a great way for filmmakers to connect directly with fans and travel the globe. It requires planning, but it’s a great way to connect with independent theaters and film communities. You set your schedule; negotiate your screening fees or percentages; and even sell DVDs, digital downloads, and T-shirts along the way.This is a great first distribution step that can be a fun, freeing adventure.2. Immediate Monetary ReturnsImage via Thunder Road.One thing that many people outside of the industry don’t immediately understand about working with distribution companies and agencies is just how long a distribution cycle can take. In some cases, filmmakers might not see any returns from their feature’s distribution cycle for up to 15 years. That’s a long time to not see a return on your hard work — not to mention repaying loans or investors.When you self-distribute, whether by touring or through online sales, you’ll get your monetary returns much faster, if not immediately.3. Choose Your Online PlatformsWhen self-distributing your film, you get to choose when and where it goes up online for video-on-demand (VOD) purchase or streaming. While you may not have access to every avenue (Netflix and Hulu don’t just open their doors to anyone), you do have the rights to barter for all other streaming options — as well as more VOD sources than you might realize.Here’s a great list of online VOD options, including up-front costs and what percentage splits come back to filmmakers.4. Retaining Distribution RightsImage via Upstream Color.Furthermore, when choosing self-distribution, at no point do you have to consider selling your distribution rights for any period of time that you’re not comfortable with. You can test some markets and see what types of responses you can expect before making any distribution decisions, either locally or abroad.5. Promote Your Next ProjectIf you’re really serious about self-distributing, perhaps the greatest advantage is that it allows you to stay connected with your fans and build your base audience for your next feature or project. Filmmaking has always been a name-brand industry, and if your first or early features are getting enough traction to warrant distribution at all, your best bet may be to parlay their distribution into promotion for your next project.Cover image by Brian A Jackson.For more insights into the indie film industry, check out some of these articles.The Right Way to Give and Receive Feedback on a ScriptThe Ins and Outs of Hollywood Film DistributionIndustry Interview: Advancing Your Career from PA to ADBreakdown Of The Major Online Indie Film Distribution PlatformsFantastic Fest: One Horror Filmmaker’s Advice from Over 30 Features
Security forces foiled a bid to snatch a service rifle in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Friday. One militant was also arrested.Preliminary reports suggest that two militants forced their entry into a J&K Bank branch in Anantnag’s main town. “The militant approached a security personnel to snatch the rifle. However, he was overpowered,” said a police official. Unconfirmed reports suggest one militant was arrested at the spot. The militant is a resident of adjoining district of Kulgam. Unconfirmed reports suggest one jawan was also injured in the militants bid to snatch the rifle. One militant managed to escape from the spot.
Indian national shooting coach Sunny Thomas’s baggage is feared to have got lost in Guangzhou, China.Thomas lost the baggage on Sunday on arrival in Guangzhou for the Asian Games and is yet to find it. He complained to the Thai Airlines but without any results.With the baggage gone, Thomas didn’t have any clothes except what he was wearing. He said he was finding language a huge problem.Apart from such logistical issues, the authorities at Guangzhou airport too have come in for criticism. The Indian shooting contingent was harassed by airport staff during clearance of their equipment.
ORLANDO, FL – DECEMBER 2: A UCF Knights spirit team member waves the flag after a score in the third quarter of the ACC Championship against the Memphis Tigers at Spectrum Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)UCF’s Demetreius Mayes was arrested on Tuesday, after being accused of rape by a fellow student.He was bonded out of jail this afternoon, and apparently did not feel like speaking with the media when he emerged.WESH reporter Bob Hazen was at the scene when Mayes emerged. He photographed the suspended Knights player running across John Young Parkway after leaving jail.pic.twitter.com/oiv4FZ2HbH— Bob Hazen WESH (@HazenWESH) September 19, 2018According to Hazen’s report, Mayes was granted $10,000 bail. As he ran across the street, Hazen says that Mayes said “God’s got me.”More on the Demetreius Mayes arrest, from the Orlando Sentinel:“Demetreius Mayes, 18,is accused of raping an intoxicatedperson who police said he met at an off-campus party Saturday.The victim described accepting a ride from Mayes and several other men after the party, and being taken to a room on campus by Mayes. The victim then detailed waking up later, undressed, while being penetrated by Mayes, according to an arrest affidavit.When the victim stood up to leave, the victim said Mayes blocked the door, according to the affidavit.”Mayes reportedly claimed that the victim consented to sex, and that he stopped when she asked.Mayes told police he met the victim at a party off campus and took the victim back to his UCF apartment, according to the affidavit. He said the victim consented to sex.When Mayes penetrated the victim, he said the victim said, “I can’t do this.” Mayes told police he stopped and let the victim get dressed before unlocking his bedroom door.According to the affidavit, the victim and a roommate said they drank alcoholic beverages at their apartment before leaving for the party where they met Mayes and had additional drinks. The victim described being intoxicated prior to leaving the party.Mayes’ teammates said they saw him bringing the victim up to his room, and banged on his door to stop him “from making a big mistake,” per the report.After learning of the incident, head coach Josh Heupel suspended Mayes indefinitely from all team activities, as the investigation goes on:New: Statement from #UCF head coach Josh Heupel after the arrest of redshirt freshman linebacker Demetreius Mayes. pic.twitter.com/lDx5GuVihq— Jason Beede (@therealBeede) September 19, 2018We’ll have more as it comes out.
BALTIMORE, MD – OCTOBER 21: Wide Receiver Michael Thomas #13 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after catching a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 21, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)Ohio State star Michael Thomas is no stranger to speaking his mind on social media, nor is he averse to ribbing Michigan fans. Today, Thomas did both.Michigan is in the process of a shaky performance against Florida in the Peach Bowl. The Wolverines trail the Gators 27-10 early in the fourth quarter.If they can’t come back, it will be a disappointing finish for Jim Harbaugh’s team. The Wolverines entered the Ohio State game with the College Football Playoff in reach and would wind up losing two in a row to close the season.Michael Thomas is certainly enjoying Michigan’s misery. He took some time to tweak the Maize and Blue on Twitter this afternoon.“Team Up North still sad,” Thomas wrote.Team Up North still sad ???— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) December 29, 2018In fairness, Michigan is without a number of significant contributors. Rashan Gary, Karan Higdon, Devin Bush and Juwann Bushell-Beatty are all sitting out the bowl game to prepare for the NFL Draft.Still, this isn’t exactly how Wolverine fans envisioned this game going.
zoom Danish Public Prosecutor for Serious Economic Crime (SØK) has filed criminal charges against several individuals employed at bankrupt OW Bunker under suspicion that they committed fraud, Mikkel Thastum, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office, confirmed.The individuals targeted by the charges include OW Bunker CEO Jim Pedersen, the company’s former CFO, Morten Skou, and Lars Moller, former CEO of OW Bunker’s Singapore subsidiary Dynamic Oil Trading (DOT), local media said. The exact number of individuals being charged has not been disclosed.The fraud charges are linked to a fake bunker contract with the Italian Navy worth USD 50 million.However, Pedersen reportedly told the Finance Watch that the charges were groundless.Danish marine fuel supplier has been entangled in a number of court cases since its filing for bankruptcy in November 2014.At the time, OW Bunker issued a statement saying that the company was investigating an alleged fraud committed by senior employees in its Singapore-based subsidiary DOT, adding that preliminary findings suggested a potential loss of around USD 125 million.OW Bunker also said that a review of risk management contracts had revealed a significant risk management loss in addition to the loss of USD 24.5 million announced on October 23, 2014.World Maritime News Staff
MONTREAL – A new study suggests anglophone Montrealers drink more excessively than their francophone and allophone counterparts and that tippling habits are split along linguistic and cultural lines.The CROP survey commissioned for Educ’alcool, a non-profit that champions responsible alcohol consumption, indicates English-speaking Montrealers are harder drinkers than their francophone counterparts.The results unveiled Tuesday found that 46 per cent of the anglophones surveyed admitted to binge drinking (five or more drinks in one session) in the past year, compared with 39 per cent of francophones and 27 per cent of people whose mother tongue was neither French nor English.Anglophones also were more likely to drive drunk — about 15 per cent admitted to doing so compared with just four per cent of francophones and two per cent of allophones.“Anglophones drink more often, drink more, drink more in excess and drink and drive more than francophones, who in turn … (do the same) compared to allophones, who are the best consumers of the group,” Educ’alcool executive director Hubert Sacy said in an interview.While the poll doesn’t explain why, Sacy said there are several explanations for the numbers, including the link between income and drinking.“The more money they have, the more alcohol they drink,” Sacy said. “When you don’t have enough money to cover normal expenses, you don’t spend money on alcohol.”Sacy added that allophones often come from countries where alcohol isn’t consumed in large quantities, whereas anglophones stem from cultures that view drinking as more normal.Educ’alcool commissions the survey every two years to get a better idea of portrait of alcohol consumption and behaviours in the province.Sacy said a 2015 survey suggested a discrepancy between francophone and non-francophone drinkers, but the sample size was too small.This year, they tripled the number surveyed to 2,700 Quebecers, including 150 in Montreal from each of the three groups, revealing very distinct drinking habits.While the other groups preferred to drink with friends, 73 per cent of anglophones preferred drinking at home, the study suggested.Some 79 per cent of Montrealers in the survey considered themselves drinkers, but the consumption rate varied by group: 1.9 times a week for anglophones compared to 1.4 for francophones and 1.1 for allophones.For Ziggy Eichenbaum, owner of Ziggy’s Pub on Montreal’s bustling Crescent Street, there doesn’t appear to be a huge difference in drinking habits among patrons, except for their preferences.“The French have more tendency to drink more wine, the English have a tendency to drink more beer and alcoholic beverages,” Eichenbaum said of his clientele.Sacy said a number that struck him was the 18 per cent of Montrealers who reported encountering a police alcohol checkpoint in the Montreal area in a 12-month span.That 82 per cent have not is worrisome given that roadblocks are a proven deterrent, he added.“One can understand police in urban areas have plenty of other things to do,” Sacy said. “But still, the decrease from two years ago is unacceptable.”The telephone survey of 2,700 Quebecers between Feb. 20 and March 20 of this year is considered to have a margin of error of 1.9 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. The margin of error for results by region increased to eight percentage points.
TORONTO – There are several advantages to an Ontario woman’s plan to sue Harvey Weinstein over alleged sexual assaults, note legal experts who say a civil court can offer better prospects for a victim.The unnamed actress announced earlier this week that she’s pursuing a proposed civil suit against the Hollywood producer, alleging he sexually assaulted her nearly two decades ago.Her proposed statement of claim says she reported the allegations to Toronto police Oct. 23. But in the meantime, she’s planning to go after the mogul in a Toronto court with a hearing in the case set for Monday.Karen Busby, a law professor at the University of Manitoba, says a big reason some victims prefer the civil route is that it can be easier to get a ruling in the plaintiff’s favour.“In a criminal case, the Crown must prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. So if there’s some doubt raised as to what happened, then the doubt is resolved in favour of the accused person,” Busby says, noting a civil case does not preclude a criminal trial from also unfolding.“In a civil case, it’s a balance of probabilities — so on balance, who do you believe more? Him or her? A very, very, very different standard.”Another big draw is the fact victims retain control over how a civil case proceeds, unlike a criminal case which is largely out of their hands — the police decide whether or not to lay charges, the Crown decides whether or not to continue on to trial.Since the heart of the complaint is often centred on who has control and how it was used, that difference can be immense for a victim, says Toronto lawyer Simona Jellinek.“Sexual assaults are about power and it’s about taking away power from somebody else and the thought of giving up power is something that a lot of people don’t necessarily want to do,” says Jellinek, whose firm Jellinek Law specializes in sexual assault cases.“In the civil system … they have more power with regards to what is it they want to do, how far they want to pursue it, whether or not they’re going to accept a settlement or not.”Victims are also a party to the lawsuit, entitling them to their own lawyer, versus the criminal system in which they are considered a witness to the Crown’s case.“The Crown has a very different job than what somebody like me has in any kind of civil litigation case,” says Jellinek.That fact was on display last year when the Crown’s case against disgraced CBC Radio star Jian Ghomeshi dissolved in spectacular fashion, with his accusers crumbling on the stand as bombshell disclosures emerged, all without Ghomeshi himself having to testify.“Had those women decided to pursue civilly, I think there would have been a very, very, very different outcome,” says Jellinek.In a lawsuit, a victim can call witnesses and force the defendant to answer questions about the alleged assault.“Which is a very powerful tool to get to the actual truth of things,” says Jellinek.“If (the case) goes to trial then (Weinstein) will take the stand, there is no doubt about it. Absolutely, absolutely, and my guess is that’s the last thing that he wants to have happen.”If Weinstein wants to avoid the stand, he would have to settle, she says, adding that “more often than not” these types of cases end up as negotiated settlements.The Canadian claim is among a slew of sexual harassment allegations Weinstein faces from several women. The Oscar-winning producer was fired from his namesake company Oct. 8, days after the New York Times reported several allegations of sexual harassment.Weinstein’s representative Sallie Hofmeister has said he denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.None of the allegations in the proposed statement of claim have been proven in court. Weinstein’s representative could not immediately be reached for comment.The Ontario actress is seeking millions of dollars in damages, claiming she has suffered mental distress, extreme social anxiety and depression.“Some may say, ‘Well, this is all about money,’” says Joanna Birenbaum, a litigator specializing in sexual assault law at Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP in Toronto.“In my experience, the choice to pursue civil remedies is frequently not just about money…. Often, in conjunction with a damages award, what plaintiffs are seeking is accountability.”Jellinek agrees, summing it up this way: “In a criminal case, the only remedy is to punish the perpetrator. In a civil case, the remedy is to try to help the survivor.”“It’s about trying to help the person whose life has been completely — almost always completely — damaged and all the ramifications of that to get to a situation where they are able to afford, for instance, good therapy and they are able to afford going back to school if their schooling was disrupted.”But there are downsides, and risks: The costs can be prohibitive unless a lawyer takes the case pro bono or on a contingency fee basis. If the victim loses, they’re on the hook for the defendant’s legal costs, too.And if the plaintiff wins, there’s no guarantee they can actually collect damages.“I have lots of people who come to me and they have very strong civil sex assault claims but their chances of success in terms of collecting on a damages award are zero,” notes Birenbaum.“Cases where you’re suing individuals, unless they’re someone wealthy like Weinstein, are risky.”Then there are rules that the victim must disclose all sorts of personal details that otherwise wouldn’t be required in a criminal case to prove the alleged damage, says Busby.And while a settlement might offer more flexibility to negotiate what a victim needs, it often comes without an admission of liability and can include a gag order, says Birenbaum.“Quite simply, it’s a compromise,” she says. “The purchase price of settlement is women’s silence.”Lawyers for the Ontario woman will seek permission Monday to move ahead with the claim without using her name. An affidavit from one of her lawyers argues that using her name would cause irreparable harm to her mental health and well-being, and that she may not continue with the case if she must be identified.Jellinek expects the court to agree: “It’s rare the case where that doesn’t happen.”Other options to pursue can include filing a claim with a victim’s provincial human rights tribunal or commission.Jellinek says it’s important for victims to know they have options.“For so many years these people have believed that they can do nothing, that nobody’s going to believe them, that there’s nothing that can happen,” says Jellinek.“When they do learn that yes, there is something that can happen and these are the possible things, that sometimes changes peoples lives.”
OTTAWA – The House of Commons has confirmed the appointment of Stephane Perrault as the new chief electoral officer.Perrault has held the job in an acting capacity since December 2016.The chief electoral officer is head of Elections Canada, reporting directly to Parliament and is charged with operating fair and efficient elections.The appointment is for a 10-year term.Perrault, a lawyer, holds a doctorate in constitutional law from the University of Montreal.He spent more than 20 years as a senior executive and lawyer in a number of federal organizations.He joined the public service in 1997 as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada and moved to the Justice Department in 1998. He became senior general counsel for Elections Canada in 2007 and has filled a number of positions in the agency, including associate chief electoral officer.He replaces Marc Mayrand, who left in 2016. During the last years of his tenure, Mayrand quarrelled publicly with the then-Harper government over some of its election reform proposals.Perrault’s appointment came as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the nomination of Heather Lank for the post of parliamentary librarian.Lank comes from the Senate administration, where she filled a number of senior roles, including principal clerk of the operations and procedure office.She holds both a masters degree and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Toronto.
Last month the UN Commission on Human Rights Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Leandro Despouy, said the Government had suggested the first week of May, due to reasons of availability, although he had asked to visit in mid-February. “Considering the gravity of the situation and recent developments, the Special Rapporteur has made it known to the Government his interest in undertaking a visit at an earlier date,” he said then, citing urgent concerns over judicial independence after a move by Congress to replace 27 of the 31 Supreme Court judges with magistrates of its own choosing and the resignation of the court’s president. In a statement yesterday, Mr. Despouy said the Government had now decided that the visit will take place before he presents his reports to the Commission on 1 April. “The Special Rapporteur will undertake this visit in light of the serious crisis affecting the Ecuadorian judiciary, in particular in the context of measures adopted with regard to the Supreme Court and the Constitutional and Electoral Courts,” the statement added. “In the view of the Special Rapporteur, such measures could irreversibly affect the independence of the judiciary in Ecuador.”
According to information provided by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson to the media over the weekend, the UN chief stated that the UN “does not intend to modify the terms of its mediation, whose purpose is to promote the achievement of a mutually acceptable political solution to this conflict.” The UN has been involved in efforts to find a settlement in Western Sahara since 1976, when fighting broke out between Morocco and the movement known as Frente Polisario, after the Spanish colonial administration of the territory ended. A peacekeeping force, known as the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) has been in place since 1991, and is currently headed by Mr. Ban’s Special Representative, Wolfgang Weisbrod-Weber. In addition, Mr. Ban’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, has also been involved in the mediation process to help resolve the issue. During the telephone call, Mr. Ban also reaffirmed that Mr. Ross and Mr. Weisbrod-Weber will fulfil their respective mandates promoting the negotiating process and encouraging further improvement of Moroccan-Algerian relations.
Brock Central@The Registrar’s Office will be offering student services during new hours beginning Monday, Nov. 13.The department, on the third floor of Schmon Tower, will be open for in-person services Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Phone hours will be Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Brock Central delivers undergraduate admissions, enrolment services, student account services and student financial assistance.
One of the most anticipated coaching announcements of the coming season came early Monday afternoon when Ohio State announced Thad Matta was out as men’s basketball head coach. As the curtain falls on the tenure of the most successful coach in program history, Athletics Director Gene Smith said a national search for a new coach will start immediately.Former OSU assistant and Dayton head coach Archie Miller accepted the heralded Indiana job in March, taking the speculated would-be replacement of Matta out of the picture. But there are plenty of high-profile coaches who could be contacted about the vacant position at a school considered to be a high-major program.Billy Donovan, Oklahoma City Thunder head coachOklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan shouts to his players during the second quarter on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. Credit: Courtesy of TNSAccomplishments: Donovan won back-to-back national championships at Florida in 2006 and 2007, the second of which was against Matta’s Buckeyes. Donovan coached 19 seasons at Florida from 1996-2015, then was hired by the Thunder as its head coach. He has a career record of 467-186 (.715) overall at Florida and 202-109 (.650) in the Southeastern Conference. He made four Final Four and seven Elite Eights in his time with the Gators.Why a good fit: OSU needs a change in the program to bring it back to the top of the conference. Donovan did it before, so why couldn’t he do it again? He is arguably one of the best coaches in basketball right now and has had tremendous success on the recruiting trail, grabbing nine McDonald’s All Americans from 2001-2015.Connections: Donovan and OSU football coach Urban Meyer coached at Florida simultaneously and reportedly have a strong relationship. If that has any impact on Smith and the job search, that’s remaining to be seen. Not to mention, OSU will have to take Donovan away from the NBA. However, Donovan’s Thunder aren’t likely to win a title in the near future despite having triple-double machine Russell Westbrook at point guard.Sean Miller, Arizona head coachArizona head coach Sean Miller issue orders to his team during second-half action against Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament’s Elite 8 at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Wisconsin advanced, 85-78. Credit: Courtesy of TNSAccomplishments: Once Matta left Xavier at the end of the 2003-04 season, Miller kept the program alive and made the tournament each year except 2004-05 when the Musketeers lost its three leading scorers from the previous year. Miller led Xavier to two straight Sweet Sixteens in 2008 and 2009 before he was hired as Arizona’s head coach. There, he has won two conference coach of the year awards, four regular-season conference championships and three conference tournament championships.Miller has never made it to a Final Four, but has made it to three Elite Eights and five Sweet Sixteens in seven NCAA Tournament appearances. He has also been most successful on the recruiting trail with five top-five and six top-10 classes since 2010. Miller has signed seven McDonald’s All-Americans since 2012.Why a good fit: Smith made it seem like the decision to fire Matta and not give him another season was because of recruiting. If that’s the case, why not get one of the best recruiters, by numbers, in college basketball? However, Arizona is a premier program and Miller is under contract through 2022.Connections: Miller was one of Matta’s assistant coaches at Xavier from 2002-04, then took over for Matta and coached the Musketeers from 2004-05 season through 2009. His brother, Archie, was an assistant with Matta at OSU. Chris Mack, Xavier head coachXavier head coach Chris Mack on the sidelines against North Carolina State during the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Credit: Courtesy of TNSAccomplishments: Where Miller picked up after Matta, Mack picked up after Miller. In his eight seasons as Xavier head coach, Mack has led the Musketeers to seven NCAA Tournaments, including four Sweet Sixteens and one Elite Eight. Under Mack, Xavier had its highest preseason Associated Press ranking (7) in school history at the start of the 2016-17 season.Why a good fit: He’s an Ohio guy who knows the area and is a growing recruiter in the Midwest. He has built up his career enough to make the jump to a major program like OSU. Mack has also been able to compete against high-major programs with primarily four- and three-star prospects that have developed into reliable college scorers. Connections: Mack is a Cleveland native, graduated from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati and has coached Xavier for seven years as an assistant and eight years as the head coach. Xavier gave OSU its last coach and this would be a huge leap forward for Mack in his career. One aspect that could play a factor is that Mack is a Xavier alumnus.Mick Cronin, Cincinnati head coachCincinnati Bearcats head coach Mick Cronin shouts out a play against UConn on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn. Credit: Courtesy of TNSAccomplishments: Cronin was named the head coach of the Bearcats in 2006-07 and was just 11-19 in his first season, finishing last in the Big East. Four years later, the Bearcats won 26 games and a game in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in six seasons. Since then the Bearcats haven’t won less than 22 games in a season and have made seven NCAA Tournaments, winning one American Athletic Conference title in the process.Why a good fit: Cronin has deep ties in Ohio and, like Mack, has immediate credibility to in-state recruiting. He has also shown an ability to develop players over a few years in his program, which is something OSU desperately needs.Connections: Cronin lacks direct connections to OSU, other than landing his first collegiate coaching job under then-Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins, who was an assistant for two seasons with the Buckeyes in 1978-79 and 1979-80. Chris Holtmann, Butler head coachButler head coach Chris Holtmann directs his team during the first half against Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Virginia advanced, 77-69. Credit: Courtesy of TNSAccomplishments: He has only been a coach at Butler since the 2014-15 season, but is quietly becoming one of the best coaches in college basketball. This past season, Holtmann’s Butler Bulldogs beat the reigning national champion Villanova Wildcats twice during the regular season and finished second in the Big East. Holtmann was named 2017 Big East Coach of the Year award after finishing 25-9 and 12-6 in conference. Butler made it to the Sweet Sixteen in 2016-17 for the first time since 2011 under Boston Celtics coach, and former Thad Matta assistant, Brad Stevens.Why a good fit: Holtmann, although under contract through 2025, has returned Butler to the relative prominence that Brad Stevens had the program at during its two national championship runs in 2010 and 2011. It would make sense for OSU to hire a coach that has had commitments from players in Ohio (Massillon Jackson’s 2016 forward Kyle Young) and has shown he can put a program back on the map and compete for conference championships.Connections: Like the Xavier coaching tree to OSU, the Butler coaching tree has also been lucrative for the Buckeyes, considering Matta’s head coaching career began with the Bulldogs. Holtmann was an assistant under coach John Groce at Ohio in 2008-09 and 2009-10. Groce was one of Matta’s original assistants starting in 2004-05 until 2007-08.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBeating the odds: Visually impaired students successful at CSECAugust 21, 2019In “latest news”Visually impaired Guyanese cricketer dies in St LuciaAugust 3, 2015In “Crime”Blind Society to engage GECOM on voting mechanisms for electionsMarch 15, 2019In “latest news” The Guyana Society for the Blind (GSB) located at High Street, Georgetown was on Tuesday evening ambushed, and robbed while some of its visually impaired members were reportedly assaulted.The Guyana Society for the Blind headquarters at High StreetSpeaking to INews on Wednesday morning, one of the victims of assault, identified as 27-year-old Anthony Robinson –who is visually impaired- explained that at around 22:00hrs, he, in the company of an older man –who was sighted- went outside of the building to bring in the laundry.“Last night, we were outside picking up some clothes. Me and another guy, a big man, named “Smoker”. He went outside to pick up some clothes and same time [I recalled] I had some clothes outside too and I went out to pick up my clothes,” he explained.Robinson said that as they were in the process of locking the doors, several men ambushed them and held them at gunpoint.“[They] start running to the sighted person, the big man who does watch over us in here, they run to he and they start asking he for the money and the keys. ‘Where’s the money and the keys?! Where’s the money and the keys?!”The 27-year-old, who still appeared to be traumatised, told INews that according to his sighted friend- who was not available to speak to the media- there were four perpetrators who were armed.He explained that one of the suspects hit his colleague above the head, causing him to collapse on the ground, while ordering him [Robinson] not to move.“They run to the big man back again and tell he that anytime he move, they gon shoot he,” the man recounted.The visually impaired man said that the suspects continued to demand “money and the key”. However, upon noticing that the duo they were attacking were not being helpful, the bandits rushed to another section of the GBS, where other visually challenged persons were gathered.The perpetrators then assaulted at least four other members, before breaking the door to a storage room, where they reportedly stole one laptop.The storage room doorINews was told that when the victims were ordered to empty their pockets and the bandits saw only a few hundred dollars, they [bandits] said “keep it” and fled the scene in a waiting vehicle.One of the persons who was present at the time of the incident was a Broadcaster attached to the National Communication Network (NCN), Leroy Phillips.Phillips told this online publication that he was in a classroom when he heard the commotion outside and as such, quickly ran into the washroom where he secured himself throughout the ordeal, which he said lasted approximately 10 minutes.Further, Cecil Morris, the President of the GSB, explained that he was in his room – located in the organisation’s building- when the robbery began.Cecil Morris, the President of the GSBHe said that while the perpetrators did not assault him, he attempted to contact the police but was greeted by an unfriendly female operator who “did not seem to know what she was doing.”He said after calling other police contact numbers, he was asked to wait for a patrol with ranks to arrive, but they never did.“After speaking to them, I waited about 20 minutes and I got no response from them. When I called them back, they gave me another phone number….Is Leroy had to call his friend that is in the police force and he [detective] came like 10 minutes after,” Morris said.As such, he called for members of the Guyana Police Force to take the complaints and reports of the GSB seriously, since according to him, several robbery attacks have been staged on the entity on previous occasions and in most instances, police fail to react.“This is a climax to what is happening in this area for a long time for persons who traverse this area who are being robbed and things like that and when you call the police, they could never ever come on time and sometimes they don’t come at all, most times they don’t come at all. We find this very annoying because our only hope of some kind of protection, we don’t get it from the police,” he explained.The GSB President also claimed that even after ranks visited the location this morning, no statements had been taken from the victims.Investigations are ongoing. (Ramona Luthi)
By Mustapha JallowLamin Sarjo, an apprentice who was arrested alongside UDP sympathizers has been released after 71 days in incommunicado detention without charge. He was not also accorded access to relatives, a family source revealed.The wife of Malang, Mrs. Amie Badjie, has confirmed that the 18 year old boy has been finally freed and is presently united with his entire family. She added that her husband and the young man were on the highway continuing their work.It would be recalled that the apprentice-Lamin Sarjo, was amongst 36 supporters who were arrested by the PIU around Kanifing on 9 May while en route to the Kombos from Banjul after attending a court trial of the UDP leader and 19 other members.He was said to be a nephew and apprentice of Malang Sarjo, a commercial ‘gele gele’ driver, who was part of those UDP supporters who were released on bail on 30 June at the police headquarters in Banjul.Lamin Cham, a youth leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP), had in the past corroborated the information that the young man, had been moved to Mile two prison some days ago. He added that the 18 year old boy is not part of those who were arraigned before Justice O. Ottaba of the Special Criminal Division of the Banjul High court on Tuesday, 12 July 2016.“It’s only Lamin Sarjo that is currently held incommunicado without trial. We are making effort to secure his release because his name was not part of the charge sheet and some others who were detained alongside him have been finally taken to court,” he asserted.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPhoto: RO Plant in Grand Turk commissioned in August 2013 with former Governor, Ric ToddProvidenciales, 11 Jun 2015 – Huge demands for water in Grand Turk have led to a shortage and so called, ‘incorrect’ reports that the reverse osmosis plant is not working. In a late day statement the Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning aimed today to quell overheated residents who believe the plant is out of whack completely as Northridge residents in GT are not getting ‘pipe’ water. According to the statement there are 218,000 gallons of potable water produced per day in the capital, but with the rain shortage and the increased demand, that amount has now become insufficient. What the Ministry says it is doing to mitigate the water crisis is working to get another motor to boost production. Add to the dilemma of the surge in demand, and lack of supply is the fact that the hospital’s RO plant is also not in operation. The Ministry explained: “We are prioritizing the delivery of 10,000 gallons a day to the hospital whose RO plant is current undergoing repairs and we hope will be back on stream in the next few weeks.” The government will also have to tap into the contingency fund to fix the old RO plant in Grand Turk at a quarter of a million dollars. The new motor will boost daily water production to 240,000 gallons per day; and Salt Cay will soon have its plant as the system is in country awaiting set up. Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Related Items:grand turk, water shortage RBC Team off to Grand Turk with EZ Pay
The AC Milan coach believes his team has to beat Dudelange on Matchday 5 of the UEFA Europa League competitionAC Milan and Dudelange will face off tomorrow night as part of Matchday 5 of Group F in the UEFA Europa League.And for manager Gennaro Gattuso, his team has only one objective: to win.“We all have to keep in my mind how much we struggled in the reverse fixture in Luxembourg,” he told the club’s official website.“On paper, we are the better team but we have to be wary of Dudelange without underestimating them.”Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We’ll make a few changes to the line-up but we must win this game. We can’t afford any false-step,” he explained.“Should the stadium be half empty it won’t be a problem, we must win at all costs, else we would be in trouble.”“There’s a lot at stake: we are aware of the importance of this match, also on the psychological aspect,” he commented.“Europa League is an important competition for us, AC Milan always have to play and star in European competitions.”
New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh paid homage to Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee, the founder of Bharatiya Jana Sangh, on his birth anniversary at the Central Hall of Parliament here on Saturday. Taking to Twitter, Rajnath hailed the towering leader as one blessed with a “penchant for serving people.” “Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee was a towering leader blessed with a penchant for serving the people. He underlined the importance of education for the youth. Dr Mookerjee’s patriotism, courage & sacrifice is an inspiration to millions in this country. I bow to him on his Jayanti”, he tweeted. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee was born on July 6, 1901, in Kolkata. He was a prominent Indian politician, barrister and academician and served as the minister for Industry and Supply in the Jawaharlal Nehru cabinet. Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah had paid tributes to Mookerjee on Twitter while heaping praises on the Jana Sangh founder. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla had also paid tributes to Mookerjee at the Central Hall of Parliament.
Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda. File photoDeployment of the armed forces would restore the voters’ confidence in law and order ahead of the 11th parliamentary election, chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda observed on Monday.CEC Huda also expressed his hope that the army personnel’s deployment would control untoward incidents ahead of the 30 December polls.He urged the political parties to shun the path of violence and resolve misunderstandings among each other to hold a free and fair election amid a congenial atmosphere.“Deployment of the armed forces will help in creating a congenial atmosphere. I believe any untoward situation would be restrained from now on,” the CEC said while observing a mock voting programme of electronic voting machine (EVM) at Residential Model School and College in the city.Giving details on the army’s jurisdiction during their election duty, CEC said the army would able to do everything to maintain law and order situation.The army would be able to control any situation if they deem necessary, he added. The army personnel were deployed on Monday in 389 upazilas of the country except 18 coastal and 87 bordering upazilas. Bangladesh Navy will remain in the coastal upazilas while Border Guard Bangladesh personnel in the bordering upazilas alongside other designated areas.Armed forces members will remain deployed ‘in aid to the civil power’ till 1 January, said an ISPR release on Sunday.