US expels 21 Saudi military cadets after gun attack

first_imgTwenty-one members of the Saudi military were expelled from the United States after a cadet carried out a mass shooting at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida last month. EPA WASHINGTON –Twenty-one members of the Saudi military were expelled from the United States(US) after a cadet carried out a mass shooting at the Naval Air StationPensacola in Florida last month.    The servicemenwere not accused of aiding the 21-year old Saudi Air Force lieutenant but USAttorney General William Barr said the cadets were found to have jihadistmaterial and indecent images of children in their possession. Barr added the21 cadets were disenrolled and returned home on Monday. Three sailorswere killed and eight wounded in the Dec. 6 attack, authorities said. Thegunman was killed by the police in the incident.(BBC)last_img read more

Le Guen Deal Runs into Glitches

first_img*NFF: He was only recommended, contract terms not concludedOlawale Ajimotokan in Abuja and Femi SolajaThe deal between the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Paul Le Guen started on a curious note after the Frenchman scorned report that he had been appointed as Super Eagles Technical Adviser.Le Guen ‘s refutal was revealed by a top French journalist, Herve Penot, via the twitter handle (@hpenot_lequipe).The tweet said that Le Guen, who had once coached Cameroun, was not coming to Nigeria, because the NFF was yet to meet the terms and conditions for the said job. The Nigerian federation is enthusiastic to employ Le Guen, to drive the Eagles’ quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.The NFF Technical Committee that met in Abuja had on Monday announced that Le Guen had been offered appointment as the new national coach.But Penot had tweeted in French that Le Guen would not be traveling to Nigeria as his conditions had not been met.Paul le Guen n’ira pas au Nigeria. Les conditions pas réunies pour être sélectionneur. Rien à voir aujourd’hui avec la sélection— Herve Penot (@hpenot_lequipe) July 18, 2016, said Penot’s tweets.The tweet when translated reads:.“Paul le Guen will not go to Nigeria. Conditions not met to be coach . Nothing to do with the selection”.But strangely, NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire, last night said the technical committee, only ‘recommended’ Le Guen as technical adviser, while the final decision on who to employ rested with the Executive Committee of NFF.The Chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity Committee, Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande similarly dismissed reports in local and international media of the Frenchman’s rejection of the position as simply preposterous.“The press statement was clear, to the effect that all appointments made at the Technical and Development Committee meeting were mere recommendations, which had to be deliberated upon and agreed to by the Board. No sub-committee in the NFF, except the judicial bodies, takes decisions. They only make recommendations.“In truth, the Technical and Development Committee perused the profiles of all the coaches who submitted applications and find Mr. Paul Le Guen suitable for the post. But during final negotiations, he objected to being given a target and also did not wish to live in Nigeria, which was a sore point with the board.”Yahaya-Kwande added: “The job of Head Coach of Nigeria is a very big one and there is no way anyone will get such a job without being handed a target. There is absolutely no issue with Le Guen saying he is not coming; several highly-qualified persons would be happy to be named Manager of the senior national team of Nigeria. We have a plan to take care of that eventuality.”But THISDAY gathered last night that one of the grey areas between NFF and Le Guen is on the status of the Nigerian back-up staff.It was learnt that NFF is imposing the local technical staff led by Salisu Yusuf on Le Guen, who insisted on bringing his own team to assist him in Nigeria.However, this development makes the Frenchman the second foreign coach to leave the Super Eagles post moments after being announced for the job.Former Brazilian World Cup winner in 1970, Carlos Alberto Torres, did same to the then Nigeria Football Association (NFA) in 1996 before the race for the World Cup qualifying matches to the1998 Mundial in France.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

NCS D-VII: Career day for Christiansen as Ferndale cruises into semis

first_imgJenner Christiansen accounted for 6 total touchdowns, 4 through the air and another 2 on the ground, and No. 2 Ferndale High downed visiting No. 7 California School for the Deaf 57-28 in the quarterfinal-round of the North Coast Section D-VII playoffs, Saturday afternoon at Coach Carlson Wildcat Field.From the opening kickoff Christiansen looked to use every tool in his arsenal to get the Wildcats going.“We had two weeks to prepare for this game,” Christiansen said. “We knew we could use my …last_img

Freelance Tips: 7 Best Practices for Invoicing Clients

first_img5. Download Links and FilesIt also helps to include final links for all your files and deliverables with your invoice (either in the notes or in your invoice email). If you haven’t discussed a fee for archiving and preserving files, you can set up downloads for a final consolidation of all necessary assets and footage by using Dropbox, WeTransfer or Vimeo.You can take this opportunity to suggest they download all footage and assets within seven days (or whatever your file-hosting website encourages), as you will not be able to keep them longer than that. (If your client has additional concerns, you can work something out.)6. Include W-9Image via Zodiact.Film and video professionals operating in the United States working on any project (or projects) that add up to over $600 in a calendar year need to fill out a W-9 tax form listing the “employer.” Both parties will need this form for their taxes. Your client will probably send this to you eventually, but many larger agencies won’t even submit your invoice until they get your W-9.To jump-start the process, keep a W-9 form already filled out to send over with your invoice. Some companies may ask for one that includes their information, but they might just add that themselves. Just be sure to update this every year.You can read more about W-9 forms here, and download a copy here.7. State an Expected Due Date (but recognize protocol)Image via Jamesboy Nuchaikong.You may also notice that many invoice templates have a spot for a due date. You might feel that something like this is unnecessary (and would undermine trust), but if you’re working with professionals, they should appreciate your expectations — and therefore be quick to let you know if they can’t meet them.Ideally, it’s best when freelancers can ask for half of a project’s payment up front in the form of a deposit. But if you’re working toward an invoice-upon-delivery method, giving a range from two to six weeks is the industry standard. They very well could deliver payment quicker, but in many larger organizations, invoice billings get passed off to a financial team that may have its own protocol (which can sometimes be 30 to 60 days). Find out when you’re discussing the scope of work so you’ll know what to expect.Bonus: More Free Templates!Image via Dragan Grkic.100 Free Invoice PDF TemplatesInvoice Templates | FreshBooksFree Invoice Templates For Word, Excel, Open OfficeFree Video Production Invoice TemplateVideo production Invoice TemplateAnd for more articles, information, and resources for freelance film and video production, check out some of these links.Tips for Successful Video and Film FreelancingFreelance Video: Keep A Client From Doing ItTax Deductions and Resources for FreelancersFreelance Video: Managing Client ExpectationsFreelance Archives — PremiumBeat Invoicing clients doesn’t have to be scary. Follow these seven best practices to make your invoices clear and professional.Cover image via a perfect world, once a freelance video project is wrapped, clients would be all too happy to hand over a stack of cold, hard cash (along with a gift basket from Lands’ End including several seasonally appropriate fleeces). However, in the real world, that’s very rarely the case.Most of the time, the onus falls on the freelancer to deliver an invoice at the most appropriate time. This isn’t always at the very end of a project because some projects seem to simply never end. In any case, creating a detailed, professional, and direct invoice can help move things along and define how, when, and how much your clients should pay for your hard work.Let’s look at seven best practices for freelance video invoices.1. Find the Right TemplateImage via StarLine.You can always make an invoice from scratch. Simply typing something up in a word processor is fine, but if you have some design chops, you can whip one up on your own with your own branding, logos, etc.For the rest of us less design-minded individuals, there are plenty of templates available online. You can find some for Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and Apple Pages. They should all be mostly the same, but they should have some variations in spacing and layouts. Choose the one that gives you the most flexibility and the right aesthetic for your brand.2. Define Project ScopeImage via baranq.Ideally, you should define project scope well before diving into production (or post-production, if it’s strictly an editing gig). A contract or statement of work well help define these things upfront. (You can read more about these things here.) However, when submitting an invoice, it’s important to restate, point-by-point, the agreed-upon scope — and that you have now completed each task.3. Line Item vs. Full AmountImage via wutzkohphoto.Most invoice templates accommodate line item pricing breakdowns. These templates will also usually add up the totals for you. However, depending on your project, you may or may not want to use line item (or unit item) pricing; rather, you can just list full amounts.Film and video invoicing gets tricky when you start line item pricing things like gear rentals, hourly editing rates, and incurred expenses. However, while an invoice page can fill up, I’ve found that clients appreciate the line-by-line breakdown of just how you arrived at those numbers.Things like camera and gear rates are important to include, as many clients can quickly change the conversation to suggest that your camera/gear is somehow just a part of what you charge to show up and shoot.If you have agreed to a lump sum project that is not set to change, using a line item breakdown to add up your actual worth (then subtracting a discount to honor your original agreement) is a great way to show how much your services will cost in the future, while still fulfilling your agreement.4. Clearly Defined Dates of CompletionImage via This Is Me.When working with bigger companies and agencies (i.e. clients who are also working for clients), clearly defined completion dates for deliverables becomes more important (as they need to pass those dates onto others in their organizations). Most invoice templates will include a space to add notes — this would be where you can list clear dates. Here’s an example:Half-Day B-Roll Shoot — completed 10/2/17Interview Shoot — completed 10/3/17Raw Footage and Assets — delivered via Dropbox 10/4/17Final Video (w/ revisions) — delivered via Vimeo 10/14/17last_img read more

Capital Product Partners in Fleet Reshuffling Mode

first_imgzoom Greek shipowner Capital Product Partners L.P. said that it has completed the sale of its 2013-built chemical product tanker M/T Aristotelis for USD 29.4 million.The company plans to use the net proceeds from the sale to finance the acquisition of a younger vessel, MT Anikitos. The 50,082 dwt chemical product tanker was built in 2016 by Samsung Heavy Industries and was bought for a USD 31.5 million from Capital Maritime.The M/T Anikitos is currently employed by Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. at a gross daily rate of USD 15,300 with earliest charter expiry in June 2020. The charterer has the option to extend the time charter for eighteen months.The fleet reshuffling comes on the back of the company’s another acquisition completed earlier this month. Specifically, Capital Product Partners bought 2017-built Aristaios, a 112,800 dwt Ice Class 1C crude tanker from Capital Maritime for a total of USD 52.5 million.“Towards the end of the fourth quarter, we took advantage of an opportunity in the second-hand market to sell the M/T Aristotelis to an unaffiliated third party at an attractive price and committed to replace her with a younger, second-generation eco MR product tanker, the M/T Anikitos with long-term employment in place. The net cash outflow for the intended replacement is currently estimated to be less than USD 2.0 million. As such, we believe that this is an excellent trade for the partnership and together with the acquisition of the M/T Aristaios, this further contributes towards our long-term goal of replenishing our fleet,“ Jerry Kalogiratos, CEO at Capital Product Partners, said.“In these circumstances and subject to market conditions and availability of financing, we continue to aim to take advantage of a range of acquisition opportunities, whether from Capital Maritime or in the second-hand market, with the objective of further increasing the long-term distributable cash flow of the partnership.”The company reported a net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 of USD 6.8 million, slashed from USD 13.7 million booked in the same quarter in 2016.Total revenues for the fourth quarter of 2017 stood at USD 64.1 million corresponding to an increase of 2.7 pct year-on-year.last_img read more

Focussing on my game looking to improve everyday Pant

first_imgKolkata: India wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant on Wednesday said that he loves M.S. Dhoni and is not bothered about comparisons with the decorated former India captain, rather choosing to focus on his own game. With no Dhoni in the squad for the South Africa home series starting from September 15, the selectors are looking at the 21-year old as a long term option to take over from India’s twin World Cup winning captain. “I just love him. I am focussing on my cricket and taking one match at a time. I am trying to improve everyday,” Pant said at an event here when asked about Dhoni. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Pant said he is working really hard to win more games for his country. “The team played really well (in the West Indies). I am looking forward to improve myself and helping team India to win more matches.” Asked about the South Africa series, he said: “We have practiced really well and mindset is good. We will look to do well.” Pant said there will be home advantage, but the Proteas are a good unit too. “Our planning is going well. We will have home advantage but they are a good side,” he concluded.last_img read more