Rugby teams prep for Men of Honour Round

first_imgThemed “Play to Build Peace”, the workshop on Thursday has been organised by the Digicel PNG Foundation and facilitated by Eddie Aila of Aila Consultants and Ruth Kissam from PNG Tribal Foundation.The objective of the workshop is to help sensitise players and officials on how to advocate for peace building and anti-violence through interactive and practical sessions to help them to implement solutions not only in their teams and sports code but also in their communities.It was a great experience for the players and gave them a realisation of the important responsibility that rugby players have as role models as well as the need for them to display leadership against violence both on and off the field.Gulf Isou Captain, Moore Evara, said he learnt a lot in the workshop and was grateful to be part of the Men of Honour (MOH) campaign.Evara also remarked that it is time players as individuals take a strong stand against the prevailing issue of violence and it must start with the players in rugby league.“This workshop has been an eye opener for the players. We learnt about the cycle of violence and realised that we too are in this cycle. We can break this cycle through awareness efforts so I’m sure the workshop will help us players become better role models for the younger generation,” Evara said.The teams are participating in lead-up activities for what has been dubbed as the MOH Round (Round 11) as part of the Digicel Cup Competition at the National Football Stadium this Sunday. For this particular round, the three teams will wear special edition Men of Honour (MOH) jerseys to spread awareness about this important anti-violence campaign.The three teams participating in the workshop are the NCDC Port Moresby Vipers, Central Dabaris and the PRK Gulf Isou. The forth team that will be featured in this round are the Enga Mioks who unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond their control, could not participate in the workshop.Digicel Foundation CEO, Serena Sasingian, said rugby league is Papua New Guinea’s official sport and has a huge following. Many young men aspire to play representative rugby and look up to many of the players and also passionately support their various teams in the sport.Sasingian said it was important for Digicel Foundation’s Men of Honour campaign to utilise the Digicel Cup platform to reach this audience and spread the message of peace. “Rugby being a contact sport with a passionate following sometimes attracts violence on and off the field. There have been past incidences which we’ve witnessed and seen consequences of which have painted a bad image of our players and especially the sport,” she said.“We hope that by providing avenues like this for training and awareness, this campaign will open doors for the values of MOH to reach and influence the actions of, first and foremost, the participants, players, managers and officials, of the Digicel Cup and rugby league as a whole and secondly, the members of the public, that is, supporters and spectators.”Sasingian thanked the PNG National Rugby League Competition management and executives for the partnership to allow Digicel Cup Round 11 to be the MOH Round.Men of Honour is a campaign against violence, utilising the stories of ordinary PNG men doing extraordinary things to change their communities, especially men, to create change for the better.last_img read more

Muguruza opens title defence by toppling British wildcard

first_imgChampion Garbine Muguruza opened up traditional ‘ladies day’ on Wimbledon’s Centre Court with a 6-2 7-5 win over British wildcard Naomi Broady in the first round on Tuesday.Since the pair last contested a match seven years ago, Muguruza has gone on to become a two-time Grand Slam champion and the Spaniard produced an assured performance to dispatch the 138th-ranked Broady.Broady, who saved eight of the 11 break points she faced, survived a match point on her serve in the 10th game to the delight of the cheering fans but the third seed made no mistake two games later as she wrapped up the win.Muguruza will play either Belgium’s Alison van Uytvanck or Slovenia’s Polona Hercog in the second round.last_img

LeBron’s Cavs, Warriors set sights on Finals rematch

first_imgView comments Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Only six players have reached the finals more consecutive years than James, who led the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Warriors last year in the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history after the Cavs lost to Golden State in 2015.James, who also guided Miami to two NBA crowns in four finals appearances, says being the player others measure themselves against feeds the hunger for more success.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“It’s motivating. It’s great. To know that everyone is trying to build their team or wanting to get their team to try to get to where you are and try to knock you off, it’s a motivating factor,” James said.“It’s also a humbling factor that to know that I’ve been in this position for so long. I want to continue to work my habits, train my body, train my mind, and work on my game every day to put me in a position to be successful.” LeBron James (left) and Stephen Curry. AFP FILE PHOTOLeBron James resumes his bid for a seventh consecutive NBA Finals appearance Thursday while the Golden State Warriors plan their third consecutive finals trip and Russell Westbrook takes aim at history.And with the NBA trade deadline Thursday along with the resumption of play following the mid-season NBA All-Star Game break, the championship chase swings into high gear.ADVERTISEMENT Wozniacki gets back to work with Dubai win MOST READ 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member ‘Thin line’ to NBA titleThe Warriors like their chances as well after adding superstar Kevin Durant to the core of a squad that went an NBA-record 73-9 last season. Golden State is off to a 47-9 start this season, four games ahead of San Antonio atop the Western Conference.“Win a championship. That’s it. That’s why we play, to realize that dream,” two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry said. “We know, having won before, exactly what it takes. Having been on the losing side, we know how thin the line is between winning and losing. That’s what it’s all about.”Curry has had to share a scoring spotlight with fellow 3-point sharpshooter Klay Thompson and forward Durant, but after early struggles the combination has come together in devastating fashion.“Whether we shoot a lot of jumpers or find other ways to score, everybody is just focused on winning. It doesn’t matter how you characterize it,” Curry said.Durant has adapted to his new teammates and the results have been impressive and at times overpowering.“It has been fun,” Durant said. “It has been a great season. We’re winning games. Chemistry is good. City is nice. Coaches are cool. It’s pretty simple.”And Golden State’s defense, sparked by forward Draymond Green, has found top form despite losing key players in order to find salary cap money to sign Durant.“I wouldn’t necessarily say anything really surprised me other than how fast this team has really come together,” Green said. “We just play within the flow of the game and let everything figure itself out.”When it comes to winning a title, Golden State is mindful that Cleveland might be the last obstacle once again.“I know who’s at the top of their game and who you potentially have to go through to win a championship,” Curry said. “We’ve had two good battles against Cleveland the last two years. Who knows how this year will play out. It’s a different year.center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Cavaliers are 39-16, three games ahead of Boston atop the Eastern Conference with Washington five back.James is playing nearly 38 minutes a night and starters J.R. Smith and Kevin Love are sidelined by injuries, but James has faith the team can keep improving even without trade deadline moves.“As the leader of the team, I’m fine with what we have, and we’ll continue to push forward,” James said. “I’m comfortable with whatever coach wants me to do out on the floor. Whatever he gives me to do, I can figure it out.“We haven’t been healthy pretty much all season, but I feel like if I’m in the lineup and I’m healthy, I’m feeling good, then we’re going to have a chance.”ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties “(LeBron) is playing well. There are guys in the Western Conference that are playing well that we know we’re going to have to beat to get back the finals. The way I approach it, worry about our team and getting back to the finals and whoever we play, we will be ready for them.”A triple double season?Oklahoma City star Westbrook could become only the second NBA player to average a triple double for an entire season after 1960s legend Oscar Robertson. He is averaging an NBA-best 31.1 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10.1 assists over 57 games.“Finish the All-Star break right and come back and do good things,” Westbrook said of his plans for the final 25 games of the campaign.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leytelast_img read more

Thousands Attend Urey’s Party Membership Launch

first_imgThousands of Liberians gathered at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) on Wednesday, November 4, to attend the launch of businessman Benoni Urey’s All Liberian Party’s (ALP) membership drive. “ALP, although one of the newest and might be one of the strongest political parties, is looking at the number of human beings who braved the scorching sun to attend the party’s membership drive,” a political commentator told the Daily Observer.Led by their first partisan, Benoni Urey, the day was full of festivities and culminated in an address by their leader, who is likely to be their 2017 presidential nominee.While addressing the crowd, Benoni Urey was constantly interrupted by endless applauses from his supporters and well wishers, who covered every inch of the ATS playing pitch. Though the party is relatively new, some political observers believe Mr. Urey’s ALP is probably the only effective opposition that could figure out the winning combination to snatch power from the ruling Unity Party-led government, which has now ruled the country from more than a decade. Mr. Urey told Liberians that the party was established to unite citizens behind one purpose, which, according to him, is “to build a nation for all Liberians.”“This party welcomes partisans from any ethnic and religious origin to collaborate for the betterment of the country,” said Urey.Mr. Urey, a renowned Liberian businessman turned politician, reached out to all citizens in the country and promised that the rights of all Liberians will be protected during his presidency, if he’s elected in 2017. He stated that under the leadership of the ALP, Liberia will move forward and the livelihood of the citizenry will improve.Mr. Urey, who has a share in the Lonestar Cell GSM company, lamented that only one percent of Liberians have access to pipe-borne water, saying that this was “intolerable.” He said his first priority would be the health of Liberians, and that the ALP had already received pledges from Liberian medical professionals from around the world who are willing to come home to improve Liberia’s healthcare sector. Mr. Urey also used the occasion to praise the US government for all the support it provided Liberia over the years, including that country’s efforts during the post-war dispensation. “US support to Liberia has been an indispensable part of the country’s rebuilding efforts,” he said, adding that he would continue to seek closer collaboration with the US and its allies in promoting regional peace and global economic advancement. Although the Unity Party has won two elections, which some opposition politicians termed ‘controversial’, the last 12 months have seen cracks in the rank and file of the ruling party as leading figures have resigned to join other political parties. Speaker Alex Tyler resigned recently and took with him some of his key allies including Representative Moses Kollie of Lofa County and former Senator Richard Devine of Bomi. When Mr. Devine resigned, over 10 grass-root partisans of the UP followed their former Senator.Former Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan shocked most of his fellow Unity partisans when he resigned from the UP government. Although he is still a member of the party, he has not ruled out resigning from the party. He announced his resignation on October 2 while attending the UN General Assembly in New York. With all the falling away from the UP, opposition political parties such as the ALP, are hoping that those leaving will add to their numbers.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Unity Party have not announced their support for Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, who is the only Unity Partisan to have openly declared his intention to contest for the presidency in 2017. Accordingly, the scramble for the presidency is on and the launching of the ALP, which appears to be a formidable political force, should make the elections an electrifying period. Observers say the ALP’s show of strength puts it in the first tier of political parties poised to make a great impact on the country’s political landscape in 2017. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nuggets, coach Mike Malone agree to contract extension

first_img‘People evacuated on their own’ “His tireless work ethic and passion are clearly reflected in the continued improvement of our roster,” Nuggets president of of basketball operations Tim Connelly said Tuesday in a statement. “We are all extremely excited for him to continue to lead our team as we try to build a championship level organization.”Malone guided the Nuggets to 33 wins in his first season at the helm. They jumped to 40 wins, then 46 and 54 last season, including the league’s best home record. Denver is off to a 21-8 start this season behind the play of versatile big man Nikola Jokic and point guard Jamal Murray.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig difference Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone, center, applauds as his team extends their lead against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nuggets won 128-104. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)DENVER — The Denver Nuggets have signed coach Michael Malone to a contract extension through the 2022-23 season.Malone has steadily helped build the Nuggets into a Western Conference contender since taking over in 2015-16. Denver advanced to the second round of the playoffs last season.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder PLAY LIST 05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Tottenham bans supporter for throwing cup at Chelsea keeper SPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Malone also had his contract extended with Denver on Oct. 17, 2018. He has a 194-163 record with Denver. That puts him fourth in franchise history in wins among head coaches.“None of this would be possible without the hard work, dedication and trust from our players as well as the entire coaching staff,” Malone said in a statement. “I’d also like to thank the amazing fans in Denver who have helped make Pepsi Center one of the toughest places to play in the NBA once again. I look forward to continuing our ultimate goal of winning NBA Championships.” Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominationscenter_img When Pops met Martin’s son Santino Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday MOST READ NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas View commentslast_img read more

Private equity’s lobbying may stop bill

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Like hedge funds, private-equity firms have ramped up their hiring of lobbyists and doling out of political contributions in recent months. That’s because lawmakers eyeing burgeoning federal budget deficits are seeking new ways to boost tax receipts. The eye-popping compensation of their executives – into the billions for some – has made hedge funds and private-equity firms even juicier targets. Blackstone is a founding member of the Private Equity Council, a new lobbying group representing 10 of the biggest firms. Another lobbyist for Blackstone is Ogilvy Government Relations, which received approximately $120,000 in fees from Blackstone in the last half of 2006, according to disclosure forms filed with Congress. Ogilvy is a division of WPP PLC, which also owns the lobbying firm Quinn Gillespie & Associates, whose co-founder – Ed Gillespie – this week was named a top adviser to President George W. Bush. As its profile rises, private equity faces a pushback from labor unions, who contend the industry’s mega-deals hurt workers, cost jobs and widen the country’s income inequality. WASHINGTON – The private equity industry’s lobbying juggernaut may be able to crush proposed legislation that would increase the tax burden on firms that go public. Fortunately for Blackstone Group, which plans a first-of-a-kind public offering of stock later this month, Washington has already felt its influence: The Senate tax bill includes a provision giving the big private-equity firm a significant edge over rivals. The bill would close a perceived loophole that gives a tax advantage over corporations to private-equity firms and other partnerships that go public. But it also gives firms that have already had IPOs or filed offering documents for them until 2012 before they would be subject to the stricter tax regime. Those descriptions apply to New York-based Blackstone and the hedge fund Fortress Investment Group, which went public earlier this year. As for the current loophole, “Giving a tax break to these funds that others don’t get doesn’t make a whole lot of common sense. But then, when campaign fundraising is involved, common sense and principles are usually two animals that are as nonexistent as the dinosaurs,” said Lynn Turner, a former chief accountant at the Securities and Exchange Commission. last_img read more

Manchester City want to secure stunning £75m deal BEFORE Euro 2016

first_img Paul Pogba in action for France Manchester City are prepared to pay Juventus £75m for the services of star midfielder Paul Pogba this summer.City are set for a squad revamp when Pep Guardiola takes over from Manuel Pellegrini in July and the Spaniard has put Pogba at the top of his wish-list.Juve are aware Pogba will attract interest from a number of Europe’s other big-hitters in the summer, with the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid Paris Saint-Germain also expected to make bids.Barcelona were hot favourites to land the French international, but now according to Sport, City are expected to make the opening bid as they try to complete the signing before Euro 2016 starts.Juve are still intent on keeping the 23-year-old on their books for another year but could be tempted into selling if they receive an offer in excess of £70m. 1last_img read more

Klopp says ‘maybe seven’ more Liverpool players should have made PFA Team of the Year

first_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Jurgen Klopp believes more Liverpool players deserved to make the PFA Team of the Year.The team was announced on Thursday morning and four Reds stars made the cut; Sadio Mane, Andrew Robertson, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold. tense REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions “When you come in the team as a defender obviously players came up against them and felt uncomfortable.“Mo deserved to be in there, Gini plays an incredible season, Hendo is in a moment of shape, if it was today he would probably be in. All the players deserve to be in.”Meanwhile, the German also revealed he was ‘calm’ after watching Manchester City beat rivals Manchester United to return to the top of the Premier League table. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… BEST OF shining Getty Images no dice LIVE ON talkSPORT huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Sheffield United vs Ipswich (Saturday, 5:15pm) – talkSPORT 2Brighton vs Newcastle (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTNorwich vs Blackburn (Saturday, 7:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Leeds United vs Aston Villa (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Coventry vs Shrewsbury (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2 1 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City ADVICE Last year’s PFA Player of the Year winner, Mohamed Salah, was left out of the team, despite netting a joint league-high 19 goals this campaign, as well as seven assists.Anfield boss Klopp, speaking to the media ahead of Liverpool’s clash against Huddersfield on Friday evening, said he believes more Reds players should have been chosen.“It’s impressive. It’s good and deserved, ” Klopp said. “For me, my team is team of the season anyway.“From my point of view, there could have been four, five, six, maybe seven more players involved.“The players in the PL make the decision so it’s the most honest competition of the year, even when the players don’t watch the game. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Klopp has said more Liverpool stars deserved to make the PFA Team of the Year gameday cracker REPLY REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Second-half goals from Bernardo Silva and substitute Leroy Sane on Wednesday night saw City move one point clear of Klopp’s Reds with three matches remaining.He said: “It was really the result I expected. Manchester United tried whatever they can but over 90 minutes it was clear they couldn’t withstand City. I was calm.”last_img read more

US project puts African film first

first_imgA still from The Tunnel by South Africanfilmmaker Jenna Bass. The film is adrama seen through the eyes of a10-year-old girl set during Zimbabwe’sMatabeleland uprisings of the 1980s. A scene from the road-trip movie N’Dar byDyana Gaye from Senegal. Pumziby by Kenyan Wanuri Kahiu is apost-apocalyptic science fiction film setduring a “water war” in Africa. Africa First is the brainchild of NewYork-based film producer Kisha Cameron.RELATED ARTICLES • SA-set sci-fi satire huge hit in US• Top honours for SA movie• Film body eyes Garden Route• Bang Bang Club lives on in film• African film takes centre stageMEDIA CONTACTS • Africa Firstafricafirst@focusfeatures.comPhilippa Garson (New York) A groundbreaking US initiative to develop and showcase African film talent is set to put the continent’s filmmakers on the fast track to success.Africa First, the brainchild of New York-based film producer Kisha Cameron, is a project run in partnership with big time United States movie distributors, Focus Features, to “find new voices, new talent on the continent – people who have something to say,” says Cameron.Focus Features’ movies include A Serious Man, Coraline, 9, Brokeback Mountain, Burn after Reading, Milk, Atonement and Catch a Fire, to name a few.The Africa First initiative runs a competition each year, choosing five winning scripts from across Africa and then helping the filmmakers develop their scripts into short films. Winners get US$10 000 (R76 700) to help make their films, a weekend in New York to workshop them first with a panel of advisors and the opportunity to get their films showcased at all the major American independent film festivals. The advisors are a group of top African filmmakers who have also worked in North America and the United Kingdom.Cameron, who has just returned from the Sundance Festival in Utah, is upbeat about the reception the Africa First 2008 winning films – which went into production last year – have just received there.Three of the five movies, all directed by women and also showcased at a screening in Manhattan late last year, went on to Sundance. The three – The Tunnel by South African Jenna Bass, Pumzi (Breath) by Wanuri Kahiu of Kenya, and N’Dar (Saint Louis Blues) by Dyana Gaye from Senegal – were all well-received at Sundance, says Cameron.The Tunnel is a moving, lyrical drama seen through the eyes of an imaginative 10-year-old girl on the traumas she experiences at the hands of President Robert Mugabe’s ruthless Fifth Brigade during the Matabeleland uprisings of the 1980s.Pumzi is an original, post-apocalyptic science fiction story set during a “water war” in Africa, now a desert, about a young woman’s secret struggle to grow a plant.N’Dar is a quirky and jolly road trip musical set in Dakar, a retro tribute to French and American musicals of the 1950s and 1960s.“The screenings went very well,” says Cameron. “There was a great deal of interest – and surprise,” she adds. “When people see the diverse range of films – a drama, a musical and a sci-fi – each very well executed, fresh and surprising, they say ‘Wow, this wasn’t what I was expecting from short films from Africa’.”The range of genres traversed by the movies “explodes the myth that African cinema comprises one genre”, said June Givanni, one of the advisors on the board, at the Manhattan screening. “People think they know the continent, they think they know what African cinema is.”Speaking from South Africa, Bass, a Zimbabwean, said Africa First gave her the structure to get The Tunnel made, the opportunity to work with filmmakers and the “confidence to fight for what was an often-difficult project”.Bass, who is pursuing several other film projects, said she felt “incredibly fortunate” to be a part of a group of African filmmakers. This “has given me hope for the cinematic future of our continent”, she adds. Her trips to New York and Utah gave her an introduction into “the way the US industry operates,” she says. She also met people who expressed interest in her work and who are following its progress.Kahiu is currently turning her short film, Pumzi , into a feature.When Africa First put out their first call for scripts in June 2008 “it was like water being soaked in the soil,” says Cameron. “We were saturated with applications. Since then it’s been tremendously exciting.”Cameron says the relationships cultivated between Focus Features and African filmmakers cut both ways. While the filmmakers retain the overall rights to their films, Focus Features gets the North American rights as well as “first look” should they be turned into features. “We are trying to make it a mutually beneficial project. It’s not just about ‘us helping you’. We’re not saying, ‘Here’s the money. Go with God.’ We really want to develop a relationship. We want to work with you.”The films are good enough to get where they need to on their own, says Cameron. “What we are doing is putting the icing on the cake. The talent is there. We are providing a platform to showcase it,” she says.Cameron has her own film company, Completion Films, and helped produce Spike Lee’s Bamboozled as well as Sometimes in April , an HBO film on the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. She is currently working on two films: The Fighting Prince , directed by Norman Maake, about South African boxer Arthur Mayisela, and Area Boys , a Nigerian film written by leading playwright Oladipo Agboluaje.The Africa First advisors together have a wealth of experience on making film and television productions on the continent.Givanni programmed the Toronto International Film Festival’s Planet Africa series for four years. Another advisor, Clarence Hamilton, is production head at the South African National Film and Video Foundation. Hamilton was head writer of the first season of children’s TV series Takalani Sesame. He was co-creator of the HIV drama Gaz’lam and head writer for Soul Buddyz . Other advisors include Mahen Bonetti, the director of the African Film Festival; journalist and documentary filmmaker Jihan El-Tahiri; Pedro Pimenta, manager of training programmes throughout South Africa; and Keith Shiri, director of the Africa at the Pictures film festival in the UK.The five winning Africa First filmmakers from 2009 are: Stephen Abbott (South Africa), Matt Bishanga (Uganda), Daouda Coulibaly (Mali), Matthew Jankes (also South Africa) and Rungano Nyoni (Zambia). Their films are now being made and should be ready for screening later this year. The round for this year’s submissions will open in May or June.last_img read more

Do Not Track Legislation Could Change the Ad Landscape

first_imgbernard lunn Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Recently an expert tried to explain Do Not Call (lists of people who do not wish to receive calls from telemarketers), to telemarketing vendors. He waved two big tomes and explained that telemarketers need to adhere to the rules in both, or risk fines. Unfortunately the two tomes, from different regulators, were contradictory.Editor’s note: Looking back over 2008, there were some posts on ReadWriteWeb that did not get the attention we felt they deserved – whether because of timing, competing news stories, etc. So in this end-of-year series, called Redux, we’re resurrecting some of those hidden gems. This is one of them, we hope you enjoy (re)reading it!Even worse, the regulations varied from state to state. So he suggested one simple take-away “never, ever call anybody in Nebraska, you will certainly get nailed”. And that was just explaining the situation in America, this expert did not even attempt to explain the complexities of calling globally.This was a bomb that landed on the consumer telemarketing industry. A similar bomb called Do Not Track may be about to land on the online advertising industry. This article in the New York Times describes an initiative in New York which follows a bill introduced in Connecticut. Europe is already a stickler for privacy and never misses a chance to slow the growth of the big US based global players.Back in October I suggested that privacy was going to become a bigger issue and that some high profile event would “spook and offend enough people to set the Blogosphere on fire. Then MSM will pick up on the story and then politicians and regulators will jump on board.”The high profile event was Facebook Beacon. The next “100 years of advertising” as proclaimed by Mark Zuckerberg looked a lot like an Amway scheme to ordinary folk. This was not just big companies abusing your privacy to sell you stuff, it was big companies enlisting your friends to abuse your privacy and sell you stuff.There are a lot of mixed feelings about privacy in the Blogosphere. Most of us depend on advertising to pay the bills. We are totally public, blogging and twittering away about everything we think and do. To many of us, it is time to “get over it”, the toothpaste is out of the tube, privacy is dead. At the other extreme are the purists, the idealists who don’t need ads to pay the bills (having tenure at a major college takes away that pressure for example). In the middle are a lot of people who know that something is badly broken in the online ad world and something new will come.The problem is, nobody has the foggiest idea what new ad model will work. That is not for lack of trying. There are lots of incredibly smart people trying to figure this out.The reason that Do Not Call was such a big deal was that Spam had already killed email marketing. If you want to do push marketing, junk mail is the only intrusive form left. Now that is sad. You really want to kill more trees to avoid getting calls or emails? No, I did not think so. Stop Junk Mail is now a business as well.Push and pull marketing are the two sides of the direct response industry. With push marketing almost dead, Google re-invented pull marketing with search-driven CPC and the rest, as they say, is history.SEM is phenomenally powerful in the right hands, but leaves a lot to be desired:The auction model drives prices to a level that is eventually unsustainable for the advertiser.It is not good for branding. So its not that good for the big consumer brand budgets. It works best for a product/service that is low enough to be in the impulse purchase price range but high enough to pay for Adwords. About $100 is ideal.It is open to click fraud.You need a high level of sophistication to use SEM effectively. You need a machine that converts clicks to dollars (ok, Euros would be better) with total consistency, so you can buy Adwords with precision. Together with 1, this makes it out of reach for most small businesses.So, SEM is great for savvy start-ups with $100 products to sell, but not the mainstream of a) big consumer brands and b) small business? That leaves a lot of money looking for an alternative. The gap between ad dollar spending and online usage is so wide, but rather than getting narrower it looks like it is getting wider. This means that the guys with the ad budgets are holding back because they don’t know where to spend.All successful new ad models have two things in common:Something new that is dramatically better than current alternatives. Advertisers are conservative, so a new model has to show enormous potential to pry open the budget.Standardization. This has been true of anything from the 30 second slot to banner-sized ads. Advertisers have to know what they can buy and they have to justify their budget in traditional terms.The big problem is that 1 and 2 conflict. Lets say you are a start-up with a revolutionary new service that attracts a great “audience”. You would be smart to be totally conservative with your ad model (standard CPM and/or CPC). You cannot change the ad industry on your own. On the other hand, if you are a big media company with long established relationships with the big advertisers and their agencies, you also have no motivation to change the CPM status quo.Google really was in a unique situation. They had a better search engine but CPM was clearly utterly useless as a monetization strategy. And paid search with an auction model fitted perfectly – thanks a ton, Overture!That combination is unusual. Most of the new web 2.0 services can use CPM to monetize. As Web 2.o ventures don’t pay much for content creation and can get viral adoption, that drives down CPM prices. That’s OK for low cost Web 2.0 ventures even if it leaves a lot of money on the table that could be collected with smarter models. It’s a disaster for traditional media with a higher cost base, but they don’t tend to be the drivers for innovation. So the motivation to innovate is less.CPM feels like an old media model grafted onto the online world, like talking heads in the early days of TV. CPM is “faith based advertising” that does not move any further to answer Sam Wanamaker’s famous implied question “which 50% of my budget is wasted?”CPM survived in an HTML page-centric world that mimicked print. In a world with AJAX, rich applications, APIs, mashups, aggregators, mobile and social networks, the question marks related to CPM just keep piling up.Frogs don’t jump out of water that gradually comes to a boil. If you throw some boiling water in they jump out quickly. The politicians may be about to throw in that boiling water. Do Not Track legislation matters because Behavioral Targeting is currently the best game in town for big budget consumer branding. It is mature, works and all the big Ad Networks have a variant. And Do Not Track will be about as much fun for Behavioral Targeting as Do Not Call is for telemarketing vendors.Predicting politics is not my game, I find it utterly mysterious. However I think that some variant of Do Not Track legislation is inevitable for two reasons:Ordinary people value privacy (they don’t Blog or Twitter) and nobody has articulated a big win for them to give up privacy. The telemarketing and email vendors tried “but they will miss all these great promotions that my clients are selling” and that did not wash.The industry is not united. There are people such as Doc Searls and his Vendor Relationship Management saying that total re-invention of the ad model is well overdue. That is to be expected. This quote from the NY Times article was more surprising. “Mr. Brodsky ( Assemblyman Richard L. Brodsky, the sponsor of a New York bill to limit how companies collect data on computer users) says he has asked the Web companies point-blank if they would support legislation similar to what he has proposed. Microsoft gave him a firm “yes,”The reason I keep coming back to Vendor Relationship Management (VRM), even though it is clearly in the very early stages in the thinking (no real deployable system or even prototype yet), is that it is the only genuinely radical approach that resonates with me as an ordinary user and as a business person. At its most fundamental, VRM echoes Oscar Wilde:“Give a man a mask and he will tell you the truth”In other words, if privacy is absolutely completely guaranteed, buyers will reveal all their intentions. You don’t have to infer their intentions from a search term or from the last 10 sites they visited. They will explicitly tell you, the seller, what they want. Sam Wanamaker could finally say “my ad dollars are not wasted”.The people working on VRM recently came up with the concept of the “reverse cookie”. It is perfectly timed for a Do Not Track world. No point in Googling “reverse cookie”, you will get something about Oreos! You, the buyer, set out what you want and your cookie tracks which sellers have what might fit. It sounds a bit like an agent.VRM is radical. The more mainstream approaches seem to bifurcate into two:The direct response world moves from CPC to CPA (Cost Per Action) to the logical end game of direct revenue share, transaction fees, Cost Per Revenue or whatever we end up calling it. That brings in mainstream small business by making the proposition totally simple – your product costs $100, we will take $25 on every sale, no sale = no fee” and obviously cuts out click fraud. This is a perfect “recession story“.The brand advertising world moves to greater levels of creativity to get engagement when they can no longer rely on thrusting their message on a consumer. We are still way, way early in this game but I suspect it may make advertising, media and marketing the wild, fun place to be it was in the 1960s when TV went mainstream.Image: Aim and shoot! Tags:#Analysis#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more