FGS Niedersachsen Destroys Pirate Skiffs

first_img Share this article View post tag: Destroys View post tag: News by topic June 15, 2011 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy On the morning of 10 June, the EU NAVFOR German warship FGS Niedersachsen detected a suspected Pirate Action Group (PAG) whilst conducting a routine patrol in the Southern Somali Basin.The PAG, which is suspected of carrying out a number of attacks on merchant vessels in the area, consisted of a fishing dhow and 2 attack skiffs. Small arms and Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG)s were also seen on board.As the Dhow was considered to be a real threat to shipping in the area, the German warship decided to disrupt the vessel but fears for the safety of the hostages on board prevented the Niedersachsen from taking direct action against the vessel. Instead, to remove the Dhow’s ability to launch further attacks, the warship opened fire on the 2 attack skiffs sinking them in the process. Without attack skiffs, it is highly unlikely that the suspected pirates could successfully board a vessel.Having lost its skiffs, the Dhow changed course and made its way back toward Somalia.This disruption has undoubtedly hampered pirate action and avoided highly probable attacks on merchant shipping and vulnerable vessels in the area.EUNAVFOR Somalia – Operation ATALANTA’s main tasks are to escort merchant vessels carrying humanitarian aid of the World Food Program (WFP) and vessels of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). EUNAVFOR also protects vulnerable vessels in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, deters and disrupts piracy. EUNAVFOR finally monitors fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.[mappress]Source: eunavfor, June  14, 2011; View post tag: Niedersachsen View post tag: Skiffs View post tag: FGS FGS Niedersachsen Destroys Pirate Skiffs View post tag: Pirate Back to overview,Home naval-today FGS Niedersachsen Destroys Pirate Skiffs last_img read more

Hewlett Man Killed in Hit-and-run

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 65-year-old Hewlett man died after being struck in Hempstead by two vehicles, one of which fled the scene on Monday, Nassau County police said.John Santopolo was walking across Peninsula Boulevard at the corner of South Franklin Avenue when he was hit by an eastbound Honda Crossover that stopped at 6:20 p.m., police said. The victim was knocked into the roadway, where he was struck by the hit-and-run driver, police said.The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The driver who stopped was treated for pain and passed sobriety tests, police said.There is no description available at this time for the vehicle that left the scene.Homicide Squad detectives ask anyone with information regarding this crash to call 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymouslast_img read more

Coffee king Phillip Di Bella has forked out $6.5 million for a New Farm home

first_imgPhilip and Gianna Di Bella now have a new New Farm at home. Picture: Annette Dew.COFFEE king Phillip Di Bella and his wife Gianna, have beaten two other interested buyers to secure a New Farm home for $6.5 million.The couple, who have listed their 30 Turner St, New Farm home for sale, bought the 1016sq m residence in Sydney St, New Farm which was architecturally designed by Monster Ideas Architects and built by CGH Construction.Matt Lancashire of Ray White New Farm negotiated the sale which was finalised on Friday.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours ago“There were three seriously interested parties in the Sydney St home which sits on the corner of Oxlade Drive,” Mr Lancashire said. The new home at Sydney St, New Farm.He said the Di Bella’s were very happy with the new home for their family and that interest was also good for the home they were selling. It was targeted at $5 million plus buyers.“The Brisbane prestige property market seems to be off to a flying start and we expect to see many more high-end sales take place over the coming months,” Mr Lancashire said.Mr Di Bella said it would be sad to leave the Turner Ave home, however it was time for a change for the family.“It’s an amazing home and we hope the next family will enjoy it as much as we have,” Mr Di Bella said.last_img read more

Mata: Why I dumped Chelsea for Man Utd

first_img “I had suffered playing against United with Chelsea and they are definitely one of the biggest clubs in the world. At that moment, they were struggling with the first season of [David] Moyes and were not doing great in the league, but that doesn’t matter. I wanted to come to be a player for this club. Read Also:Mata: My favourite Man Utd performance “I spoke to Chelsea and said: ‘Listen, there is this offer. It’s also good money and you can sign another player, because I’m telling you so that you have time to sign another player. I’m not playing a lot and want to take this opportunity. It’s perfect for everyone’. So it happened.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Juan Mata has explained quitting Chelsea for Manchester United. The veteran playmaker was initially reluctant to leave the club, having been named Player of the Year in his first two campaigns in west London, but later opted to accept a move to United. Mata said in the latest episode of the UTD Podcast: “When Manchester United called and they said “We’re going to go for you and make an offer to Chelsea, we want you to come”, I spoke with them. I really wanted to go and really wanted to feel what it is to be a Manchester United player.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentAwesome But Ridiculously Expensive Things Bought By Keanu ReevesMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Product That Have Wild Origin Stories5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing LocationsTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Timelast_img read more

Henry Thomas Arthur

first_imgHenry Thomas Arthur, 78 of Versailles passed away Wednesday September 13 at UC Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tom was born Wednesday September 28, 1938 in Pierceville, the son of James and Clara (Brunner) Malcolm. He married Sharon (Dudley) Arthur November 21, 1978 and she survives. He worked at Campbell Hausfeld for many years. He enjoyed gardening, cutting grass, fishing, boating, cooking, camping, helping people and doing mechanics.  His greatest passion was spending time with his family.Tom is survived by wife: Sharon Arthur of Versailles; children: Tom Arthur of New Point; Albert (Debbie) Arthur of Milan; David Arthur and companion Lura of Scottsburg; Tim Arthur of Cincinnati and companion Cathy of Milan; Barb (Ron Sr.) Bruns of Patriot; Mel Lynch of Versailles; Chris Arthur and companion Donna of Westport; Jeff (Jen) Arthur of Versailles; April (Kenny) Arthur of Cleves. 25 Grandchildren; 19 Great-Grandchildren; 1 Great-Great Grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, one child: Mary Arthur, 2 sisters, 2 brothers.Funeral services will be at 7PM on Tuesday September 19, 2017 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral home with Pastor Matthew Bruns officiating.  Visitation will be Tuesday 4-7PM also at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the family.   Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 South Main Street PO Box 243, Milan IN 47031, 812-654-2141. Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Cormier can’t escape Jones ahead of UFC championship defense

first_imgLATEST STORIES “When you look at Jones’ body of work, you see a guy that can compete and win at the highest levels,” Cormier says.Wait, are we still talking about Jones?The coke-snorting , erection-pill popping , drunken-driving UFC star widely regarded as the best fighter in the world, yet can’t keep out of trouble long enough to stay champion?Yeah, that guy.Jones has been the anchor that’s put more weight on Cormier than the light heavyweight championship belt he’ll wear around his waist headed into the co-main event against Oezdemir at UFC 220 .ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ Oezdemir could be the fighter that makes Cormier look real old, real quick.With a win, Oezdemir might even put Switzerland on notice that there’s more to its athletes than tennis great Roger Federer.“It’s two different worlds but I’m going to get there,” Oezdemir said. “People recognized me, people follow it. There are also people that don’t really care about UFC but they follow it only when I fight. It’s really something new for them and something that’s getting big in my country.”Cormier would be a ranked contender instead of champ had it not been for Jones’ latest folly.UFC stripped Jones in September of its light heavyweight title for a third time and reinstated Cormier as the 205-pound champion after Jones’ latest failed doping test. UFC made the call after the California State Athletic Commission changed the result of Jones’ victory over Cormier at UFC 214 in July to a no-contest. Cormier had lost the belt to Jones in a third-round stoppage.But the USADA announced Jones had violated the UFC’s doping policy with a second positive test. The California commission made its no-contest ruling after Jones’ backup sample also failed a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency test for the same substance, the banned steroid Turinabol.“I think he’s going to be gone for a while. As unfortunate as it is, that chapter in my career is over,” Cormier said. “I don’t believe that he’ll back in time for us to fight again. That’s sad.”Jones recently passed a polygraph test that he says proves he didn’t knowingly take the steroid Turinabol. Cormier balked at that defense, joking that serial killer Ted Bundy also passed a lie detector test.“There’s just some weird people leading him,” Cormier said. “For them to actually make that public was a little bit of a bad mistake, I thought.”Cormier, who also works as a UFC analyst, enters the fight as the favorite. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes PLAY LIST 01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Clarkson leads Lakers to 99-86 win over Pacers OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments “I can knock him out, I can submit him, I can beat him by decision,” Cormier said. “He can knock me out. That’s his only path to victory. I’ll take the three over one.”Cormier trash-talked the challenger this week at Fenway Park, insistent that a successful title defense was on deck.“You know what’s going to happen, Volkan!”“Walk away. Walk away.”“I’m not going over there,” Oezdemir said as he headed toward the first base side exit.“Bye, Volkan,” Jones said, laughing.Oezdemir walked out without looking back at Cormier. He’d rather look ahead at a fight that could crown him a champ.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cormier can’t duck Jones — inside the octagon out or out — and knows his career always will be defined by the two times he failed to beat the fighter nicknamed “Bones” and the myriad of controversies that are hooked to one of UFC’s great rivalries.Champion or not, Cormier always will be considered a step below Jones, and maybe not even a true champion.Cormier is clean.Jones is the class of the division.Cormier (19-1) seemed more Mike Torrez than Bucky Dent this week in Boston as every media scrum, every TV interview was focused on the shadow Jones still hovers over the champ.Cormier could show Francis Ngannou-esqe KO ability and put Oezdemir out in the first round and his career would still come with an asterisk: has never defeated Jon Jones.“My career is very closely tied with Jones. It will never change,” Cormier said. “But I’m still here, right? I’m still doing this. That’s what matters. In the grand scheme of things, the most important thing is being here, being able to fight for this.”With that, the 38-year-old Cormier patted his UFC light heavyweight belt, an explicit sign to the UFC faithful that the champ is here.Bring on Oezdemir at TD Garden.The 28-year-old Swiss native earned the title bout on the strength of his last two fights that lasted a total of 70 seconds. He defeated Misha Cirkunov and Jimi Manuwa with unexpected knockouts in stunning time to rise in the ranks and earn a fight against Cormier. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier acknowledges the cheers of fans as he takes the stage for his weigh-in the night before his Ultimate Fighting Championship bout against Volkan Oezdemir, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)BOSTON — Daniel Cormier has shed his last 10 pounds to make weight, is pumped to defend his UFC light heavyweight championship and says he can beat Volkan Oezdemir.Well, that’s the message Cormier tries to push when he’s not continuously pressed about the one guy he won’t be fighting.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak “He hurt me with that kick,” Cormier says of his last fight against Jon Jones. “I’ve been hurt before.”Oezdemir has had only three UFC fights, yet his fourth will find him lined up against …FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I hate that he did some dirty stuff,” Cormier says, again of Jones. “But he did a lot of great things to finish that fight. I accept that.”Oezdemir is still surprised to see his name on the poster and in a championship fight so quickly, but … Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Stick ’Em Up, I’ve Got a Caulk Gun!

first_imgOne political concept that has been heartily affirmed during the past 18 months is that no policy is off limits in the world of political gamesmanship, even if the policy seems to be as economically practical and ecologically justifiable as a program for green jobs, energy conservation research, or the cap-and-trade bill.Recently, for example, the director of policy for the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity, Phil Kerpen, produced an opinion piece for Fox News Forum that warns against “the cap-and-trade effort to restructure the global economy” and the use of stimulus funds for “left-wing political activities.”“Green jobs programs like the ones in the stimulus bill serve a political purpose but not an economic one,” Kerpen writes in a September 2 post. “Most green jobs consist of hiring low-wage workers with caulking guns to weatherize buildings. We are trading away high-wage, high-value manufacturing jobs for these green caulking jobs. Any time you spend billions of dollars you will create some jobs, but the key question is, what the cost is when you divert resources from higher-value activities?”Is a job worth its weight in political baggage?Kerpen’s comment might be of interest to carpenters and construction-industry laborers who are out of work because of the housing downturn. For those folks, the distinction between “high-value manufacturing jobs” and low-wage “green caulking jobs” likely will be of less concern than paying the rent and putting food on the table. As one of our GBA editors put it, “With the housing sector so slow, won’t [stimulus-funded green jobs] return out-of-work carpenters and laborers to the job force? Won’t the guys who used to hump plywood just start squeezing a caulk gun?”It’s also not clear that creating these “low-wage” jobs is an economic failure of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as Kerpen suggests. Further along in his Fox News Forum piece, for example, he notes that the Davis-Bacon Act – which requires that prevailing wages be paid for federally funded construction and retrofit projects – actually force “above-market” wages to be paid for ARRA-funded green projects. Kerpen makes this point while emphasizing his larger concern: the political consequences of such spending, without careful oversight, could easily take a turn to the left.“Those green jobs are union jobs, so they are a giveaway to organized labor as well as environmental groups,” Kerpen explains. “Union bosses got provisions added into the stimulus bill applying federal Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements in an unusually broad way. Guidance from the Department of Labor said: As a result of specific language in the ARRA, all requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act apply to construction projects that receive ARRA funds, with an added provision that ‘projects funded directly by or assisted in whole or in part by and through the federal government as a result of the ARRA must also comply.’ These requirements will force above-market wages to be paid, fleecing taxpayers while paying union dues that can be funneled back into political activities.”While Davis-Bacon, signed into law in 1931, doesn’t require workers to pay union dues, it has indeed historically been viewed as union-friendly legislation, in no small part because many union apprenticeship programs are at the forefront in training workers for jobs in the trades.Reckoning economic prosperity with ecological realityThe workers wielding caulk guns are, of course, capable of evaluating the politics of Davis-Bacon and stimulus-funded green jobs, if they care to do so, although political considerations may not weigh all that heavily on the minds of many low-wage workers making above-market wages. (For those who do worry about the progressive agenda, Americans for Prosperity has crafted a one-page graphic, titled “The ‘Green Jobs’ Radical Network” – click here for a PDF – intended to illustrate the connections among green-jobs organizations in the left-wing cabal.)A broader issue raised by Kerpen’s comments is whether stimulus-funded green jobs serve an important purpose beyond putting money in workers’ pockets and helping the economic recovery: Do the benefits of improved energy efficiency in homes outweigh the political dangers of a left-wing power grab and, possibly, mediocre returns on the ARRA investment?That, of course, gets to the ecological heart of the matter. As recent GBA and New York Times blogs on the subject note, retrofits are perhaps the most expedient way to reduce energy usage in both residential and commercial properties. The Times cites data compiled by the Clinton Climate Initiative, which explains on its “Building Retrofit” Web page that “more than one-third of energy is consumed in buildings worldwide, accounting for about 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions. In cities, buildings can account for up to 80% of CO2 emissions. The built environment is therefore a critical part of the climate change problem – and solution. Most existing buildings were not designed for energy efficiency, but by retrofitting with up-to-date products, technologies and systems, a typical building can realize significant energy savings.”Will stimulus-funded expansion of, say, the Weatherization Assistance Program, actually lower CO2 emissions while boosting employment? Given the expectedly slow and cautious rollout of many stimulus-funded initiatives – especially the green-jobs goldmine in expanded weatherization programs – it’s still way too early tell. But ecologically at least, it seems a step in the right direction.Make it here, use it hereAnother step in that direction – though some distance from caulking our way to green living – would be developing a robust domestic market for those “high-value manufacturing jobs” that also happen to be in green industries. On September 15 in the Times, op-ed columnist Thomas Friedman, who has long advocated for advances in U.S. energy independence, wrote about his visit to the headquarters of Applied Materials, which makes the machines that produce microchips for computers, but also makes machines that make solar panels for residential and commercial applications.What struck Friedman most about Applied Materials’ panel production was not so much its divergence from chipmaking but the fact that all of the major factories equipped with the company’s panel-making machines are on foreign soil, close to the markets where demand for the product is greatest: Germany (which has five plants), China (four), and Spain, India, Italy, Taiwan, and Abu Dhabi (one each).“The reason that all these other countries are building solar-panel industries today,” Friedman says, “is because most of their governments have put in place the three prerequisites for growing a renewable energy industry: 1) any business or homeowner can generate solar energy; 2) if they decide to do so, the power utility has to connect them to the grid; and 3) the utility has to buy the power for a predictable period at a price that is a no-brainer good deal for the family or business putting the solar panels on their rooftop.” (The latter prerequisite is familiar to GBA readers as a system of “feed-in” tariffs.)A missed opportunityFriedman goes on to criticize a lack of regulatory certainty in the U.S. that he says would, far more extensively than existing subsidy programs, encourage homeowners, commercial property owners, and businesses to invest in PV installations. Of course, if you like relying on imported petroleum or are politically predisposed to dislike green initiatives, he says, stick with what you’ve got.“If you read some of the anti-green commentary today, you’ll often see sneering references to ‘green jobs.’ The phrase is usually in quotation marks as if it is some kind of liberal fantasy or closet welfare program (and as if coal, oil and nuclear don’t get all kinds of subsidies). Nonsense. In 2008, more silicon was consumed globally making solar panels than microchips,” Friedman notes, citing data supplied by Applied Materials CEO Mike Splinter.“We are seeing the industrialization of the solar business,” Splinter told Friedman. “In the last 12 months, it has brought us $1.3 billion in revenues. It is hard to build a billion-dollar business.”Would folks like Kerpen regard growth of solar-panel production in the U.S. with the same suspicion he regards weatherization jobs? It might be a good while before we find out, considering the pace of domestic manufacturing growth in that sector.But it is a huge mistake to dismiss Kerpen’s potential influence when he demonizes green-jobs programs of any sort. A lot of people take the trouble to research issues, analyze them, and articulate their concerns about government policy – be it the bailout, the stimulus bill, health care legislation, or any other important initiative – with substantive discussion. But far too many others take in every political rant and screed on the Internet and cable TV, and then swallow them whole.last_img read more

How eBay Turned Around a Dying Business (Secret Word: Mobile)

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… As Yahoo plots a new course under CEO Marissa Mayer, it may want to study what’s happened with eBay in recent years. After a long and dicey effort, the online retailer has pulled off a rarity in the Internet industry: It turned around a business that many critics has written off as dying. Here’s how a combination of bold product redesign and mobile innovation did the trick.eBay used to be among the Internet’s walking wounded. The company’s stock, having soared to $59 a share in 2004, fell to $26 in early 2008, when CEO John Donahoe replaced Meg Whitman. Since then, Donahoe has pursued a turnaround of eBay’s marketplace business that involved shifting from auctions to fixed-price sales and focusing on top sellers, even at the cost of marginalizing many smaller sellers.At first, the turnaround seemed not to be working. One year into Donahoe’s tenure, the stock price had slipped below $10 and Donahoe was on the defensive with disenchanted investors. But he stuck to his guns. After all, turning around a business can take years, even on the Web. And four years of effort to revive eBay’s marketplace, signs of success began to emerge.Now it’s like the company has awakened from a bad dream. As of Friday, eBay’s stock is up 55% this year, three times the Nasdaq’s 18% rise and better than Amazon’s 39% gain. The stock at its highest since January 2006, pushing its market cap above $60 billion. By contrast, Facebook’s market cap is $46 billion (or $52 billion, using a more generous calculation).That comparison is significant. In a little more than three years, eBay has managed to grow from a company worth $16 billion to one worth $60 billion – and it did so in the Web 2.0 era, one that was dominated by younger companies like Facebook and Zynga. While those companies face their challenges, eBay has overcome its own. And it’s doing so in the same arena where Facebook is stumbling: the mobile Web.eBay is forecasting that $10 billion worth of transactions will happen through mobile phones this year, double the figure last year. That’s equal to one sixth of the $60 billion in gross merchandise value eBay reported in 2011. In a recent call with analysts, Donahoe, noting that mobile shoppers spend three to four times as much as people who shop only on the Web, called that growth “a stunning surge in purchases and payments on devices that did not even exist just a few short years ago.”PayPal, which has seen a similar surge in mobile payments, is also expected to handle $10 billion in mobile transactions this year. But the recovery in eBay’s core marketplace business is all the more impressive given that its growth rates had stalled in recent years.eBay’s marketplace generated 15% growth in the most recent quarter, excluding the impact of foreign-exchange rates, the fastest growth since 2006. The bulk of that growth is coming from the fixed-price items that Donahoe redesigned eBay’s site around several years ago. After sluggish growth in 2009 and 2010, eBay drew criticism for abandoning the auction model that made the company a success to begin with, and for adopting too late a model that closely resembled one long used, with great success, by Amazon.But in the second quarter, fixed-price sales accounted for two thirds of the company’s transactions, up from 53% in 2009. Fixed-price sales grew 20% in the quarter, compared with a 4% growth rate for auctions.eBay also saw early on an opportunity in mobile and designed an app that appealed to mobile shoppers with features like one-click shopping, offering it an early lead that it still holds. The company bought Critical Path Software, whose developers helped design a simple yet intuitive eBay app.Of the 45 million people who used a shopping app on a smartphone in June, 13.2 million used eBay’s, placing it ahead of Amazon (12.1 million) and Groupon (12 million). And people spent much more time on eBay’s app, 64 minutes on average, compared with 19 minutes for Amazon and 21 minutes for Groupon.eBay continues to improve its marketplace, tweaking the design and search to improve the user experience and building online storefronts for big retailers like Toys “R” Us, Aeropostale and Nieman Marcus. And the company announced a plan to offer same-day delivery in San Francisco, working again with top retailers like Macy’s and Target.The years of rapid growth are behind it, but eBay is showing that its future is more than a one-time auction giant that is morphing into an e-payments outfit. The company is proving that, in the age of the mobile Web, it can find a new role for itself in e-commerce. Turnarounds like that are as rare as gold in the Internet industry. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#biz#e-commerce Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… kevin kelleherlast_img read more

Free Script Writing Software Options for the Low-Budget Filmmaker

first_imgNeed to write a script on a no-to-low-budget? Here are some great, free alternatives to the high priced Hollywood standards.You want to write a movie! You Google the best screenwriting software and come upon Final Draft, an industry standard. With such words of praise from Guillermo del Toro like: “If one could marry a program — or even elope with one — I would choose Final Draft.” J.J. Abrams even recommends getting Final Draft, even if you don’t own a computer! Then you get to the price: $250.Now, I’m not saying it isn’t worth it. Final Draft has many wonderful features that help get you from concept to, well, a final draft of your script. The program aids in fast character and scene reports so your First AD and Line Producers can start building budgets and schedules. But when you’re starting out as a starving screenwriter, you might not be able to afford this with all its bells and whistles. You need something cheap. You need something free!For the past few years, I’ve been using an old desktop version of Celtx. Celtx still has a free version. However, it’s browser-based and only allows you to write up to three projects (including ones you trash). The browser version is still good, featuring a decent character catalog system and other features. However, I wanted to see if there were any fully free script writing software on the web that don’t limit you. Here’s what I found.FountainFountain isn’t even a program. It’s a very basic set of rules you can incorporate into any standard word processor, whether it be Notepad, Microsoft Word, Google Docs, etc. It’ll take a bit to learn, but it’s free. Once you’re done writing, you just pass your document through a growing list of Fountain-supported apps that will then do all the industry standard formatting for you. And yes, several of those apps are free to use.Images via fountain.ioThis is great because you could write a whole screenplay on your phone’s text app, as long as you follow the Fountain syntax rules. And, through some of the supported Fountain apps, you can even convert it to a Final Draft file. But Final Draft will not directly import Fountain, so you’ll need to pass it through a conversion app. However, the programs listed below do import Fountain and can even export to it for switching between programs.TrelbyIn a way, Trelby is a step up from Fountain. It’s a full fledged program you can download for free. It’s open source so if you’re a developer, you can get into the code and modify it as you please.Trelby is only available for Windows and Linux, so it’s a no-go for iOS (any Mac users can just skip ahead to the next program overview). Keep in mind, Trelby is extremely basic. Want to write a script? Here you go. It’s got some features and allows for decent customization of margins and what the Tab and Enter keys do, and the colors of the interface.Image via trelby.orgA negative of the program is that whenever you add (V.O.), it counts it as a whole new character in the reports. But a positive is that the PDF export contains bookmarks for each scene heading. Plus, along with exporting to Fountain, you can export to Final Draft XML.Image via trelby.orgAll in all, it’s pretty straightforward. Open the app, write your script, export. There are no bells and whistles with Trelby. No complaints, but it leaves the user wanting.Kit ScenaristThis program is pretty awesome. For being completely free, it’s very versatile. It’s made by a Russian developer who is continuously perfecting the software. You can even download the most current Beta Test version, or simply opt for the last, most stable update.You can export for Final Draft, which is a plus if you’re going to be working with a crew who uses it. It also exports to Word DOCX and PDF, of course. The program offers several different script formats depending on your region. It includes Hebrew, Chinese, and Russian script formats, along with the default Hollywood standard.A nice feature is that up in the right hand corner, there’s a clock that gives you an estimation of how long your screenplay is in minutes and seconds. Depending on where your cursor is, it also shows how many minutes into the film you are. Of course, this clock is an approximation based on sixty seconds a page (which can be adjusted in the settings), but it gives a nice sense of accomplishment as you write more and more.Additionally, this feature extends to the scene Table of Contents on the left. There, you can see estimations of how long each scene will be. I love this feature because it really helps me with figuring out pacing in my scripts, so I can decide if a scene should be longer or shorter.While it’s free, you can pay for dedicated cloud storage and buy a mobile version for your phone (available on both Android and iOS). Through the cloud storage, you can sync your script between desktop and your mobile device. However, no money or email signup is required to download the free version.A negative is that the program is still in the works, so you may run into some issues here and there as the developer refines the coding. Be sure to save your work often and download the updates when prompted.Overall, I really like this program because of how intuitive it feels. If you’ve ever written a film script before, you’ll easily pick up this program in just a few minutes. There’s a lot of great features to explore — too many to list here — especially considering it’s free. Definitely check it out!These are just a few options for free screenwriting software. If you decide to purchase a full-fledged, script writing software, you don’t have to limit yourself to Final Draft. But, I hope these options help you as you’re starting out. At the end of the day, what matters most is the screenplay itself. No program can make up for poor writing. Be sure to keep practicing, refining your art, and reading other scripts to sharpen your skills. The program is just a tool to make the job a little more convenient.Top image via gerasimov_foto_174.Looking for more tips on script writing? Check these out.How to Overcome the 5 Biggest Obstacles to Writing Your ScreenplayPre-Production Tips: How and Why to Break Down a ScriptIndustry Insights: The Ins and Outs of Working as a Script SupervisorAustin Film Festival Interview: Insights for Turning Your Script into a 90-Second PitchInterview: Christina Kallas on Writing and Directing Multi-Protagonist Screenplayslast_img read more

Philippines bows to Thailand anew in Davis Cup

first_imgThe Philippines non-playing captain Chris Cuarto said that was the only tie for the country this year as the International Tennis Federation began its new rules on Davis Cup.“We still don’t know what happens next as per the ITF referee, we only have one tie this year,” said Cuarto.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAlcantara described the new rules as “weird” as they don’t know whether the Philippines slides into relegation tie or stay in Group 2 until next year.Jeson Patrombon and Alberto Lim bowed to their respective opponents Friday. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines dropped its doubles match on Saturday as Thailand posted an insurmountable 3-0 lead and clinched the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group 2 tie in Nonthaburi, Thailand.Seven-time Southeast Asian Games champions Sonchat and Sanchai Ratiwatana routed Francis Casey Alcantara and Jurence Zosimo Mendoza, 6-4, 7-5, giving the Thais the win regardless of the outcome of the reverse singles.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Adamson sends UST to brink of elimination, Ateneo upends UP Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul handily defeated 18-year-old Filipino hotshot Lim, 6-4, 7-6 (4), while Palaphoom Kovapitukted overcame Patrombon, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.Bryan Otico was playing the dead rubber against Kasidit Samrej at presstime.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more