Chelsea star preferred to Neymar by Real Madrid fans

first_img IN DEMAND Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Hazard is popular among Madrid fans The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star RANKED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 1 LATEST TRANSFER NEWS targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Real Madrid supporters would prefer to see Eden Hazard at the Bernabeu next season over Neymar, according to a poll.Marca asked 200,000 fans who their ideal replacement for Juventus-bound Cristiano Ronaldo would be and 15% chose the Chelsea star compared to 14% who went for Neymar. The overwhelming winner was Neymar’s Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Kylian Mbappe, who received a whopping 54% of the vote.Madrid president Florentino Perez’s first-choice is understood to be Neymar but Hazard represents a more realistic option.The Belgium captain starred at the World Cup for his country, outperforming Neymar in the Red Devils’ quarter-final victory over Brazil.He is a known admirer of Madrid and has long-been linked with a move to Spain.Earlier this week, the winger said: “Real Madrid is a dream for any player, with or without [Zinedine] Zidane [as coach].”Hazard’s contract with the Blues ends in 2020 and he is yet to sign an extension despite Chelsea’s best efforts. REVEALED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer moving on LATEST last_img read more

New boost for Nollywood

first_imgDirector Bond Emeruwa and crew shoot a scene for the film This Is Nollywood, a Nigerian documentary about the country’s multimillion-dollar film industry.Nicky RehbockFind out more about using materialNigeria’s film industry, the second largest in the world after Bollywood, is about to be taken to another level with the building of an ultra-modern film studio and entertainment complex with a Disneyland-style theme park.Because Nollywood – the popular nickname for Nigeria’s film industry – is often criticised for poor production standards and sub-standard acting, the proposed new development aims to shake things up and turn the country into a world-class filming destination.According to the Abuja Film Village International (AFVI), the company in charge of the project, the development plans to provide a place where local and international filmmakers can flock for pre-production planning, production, post-production and the premiering of their films.Although still in the early stages of planning, developers envision the project to also offer retail and residential areas along with the elaborate theme park.Abuja ideal locationThe film village is the dream of AFVI managing director Segun Oyekunle, who lived and worked in Los Angeles, US, for almost 30 years and relishes the idea of a Nigerian Disneyland. “We want to provide state-of-the-art infrastructure for film, music, television, as well as a theme park,” he said.The project will be financed by the administration body overseeing Abuja, local developers, as well as Nigerian and international investors.AFVI has teamed up with the Landmark Entertainment Group, which has overseen a range of impressive entertainment-based real estate developments across the world, including theme parks for Universal Studios and design work for many Las Vegas casinos.The development will also boast environmental friendliness, with part of the village running on solar and hydro-electric power.Landmark president Tony Christopher is upbeat about the plans. “A few reasons to put the project here in Abuja [as opposed to Lagos or other locations in Nigeria] would be based on the large land site, the fact that Abuja is a tourist-friendly city, as well as the need to develop the capital into an entertainment and cultural destination,” he said.“In my opinion Nigeria needs to offer more support to the creative people making films. They need education, more professional facilities, and the infrastructure to build the talent pool in the country. This is exactly why the Abuja Film Village is being created at this time … it will allow more opportunities for Nigeria to compete with films internationally.”In addition, the AFVI plans to run workshops in all areas of filmmaking before construction of the village actually starts.Oyekunle says that, “50% of our vision is geared towards improving and developing Nollywood but we also aim to provide equipment such as cameras and editing suites on a rental basis, or even take a stake in certain projects – this is strictly business you know”.Besides providing film-production and entertainment facilities, AFVI will also produce its own films with the first one called Seeds of Nationhood: The Sokoto Caliphate Story. Before colonisation, Sokoto Caliphate was one of the most powerful Islamic empires in sub-Saharan Africa.With a mainstream Hollywood production costing as much as US$100-million (R811-million) to produce, Oyekunle says the Abuja village will offer a more cost-effective filming location.“We aim to provide a modern alternative and hope they will seriously consider producing their films in Abuja … we want to stop films that are set in Nigeria or elsewhere in Africa – such as Tears of the Sun – being produced in Hawaii.”A multimillion-dollar industryThe Nigerian film industry emerged in the late 1970s amid the country’s crumbling economy. Due to many financial obstacles, public funding of movies and original television programming collapsed, and spiralling crime made cinemas too dangerous to visit.European and American shows soon dominated television, but the absence of an African flavour irked the country’s fledgling filmmakers, who soon began screening vibrant tribal productions. By the early 1990s filming on celluloid became too expensive and production shifted to video.Today, the $250-million (R2-billion) industry produces about 1 500 feature films a year, many shot only in a week on a shoestring budget of between $17 000 (R138 000 ) and $23 000 (R187 000). Because of the low number of cinemas in Nigeria, films go straight to DVD or video compact disc (VCD) and are snapped up at outdoor markets for $2 (R16) to $3 (R24) a piece.Traditionally Nigeria’s movie videos are shot on location throughout Nigeria with hotels, homes and offices often being rented out by their owners for filming purposes. The most popular film locations are currently Lagos, Enugu and Abuja. Most of the movies are in English, allowing for the widest-possible reach.The quick turnaround in making a Nollywood movie allows directors and producers to make films with plotlines that reflect the ever-changing political and cultural climate, and often include aspects of current events. Storylines revolve around corruption, prostitution, folklore, HIV/Aids, romance or slavery and civil wars.Do you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Nicky Rehbock at [email protected] articlesNigeria’s Lagos State to growAfrican film awards honour SACape Town: Africa’s HollywoodUseful linksTradeInvest NigeriaNigeria Nigerian film industryAbuja Film Villagelast_img read more

SA launches one of Africa’s biggest wind farms

first_img14 July 2014 The R3-billion Jeffrey’s Bay wind farm, located between the towns of Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, was officially inaugurated last week. Built by a consortium led by British company Globeleq, the 138 megawatt (MW) wind farm is one of Africa’s biggest – larger than the 120 MW Ashegoda windfarm that was unveiled by Ethiopia in October 2013, though not as big as the Tarfaya wind farm in south-western Morocco, which started producing energy in April and will eventually generate up to 300 MW of electricity. The Jeffrey’s Bay wind farm, comprising sixty 80-metre high turbines spread over 3 700 hectares, will supply enough clean, renewable electricity to power more than 100 000 homes a year, helping South Africa to avoid production of 420 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. The facility was built under the government’s renewable energy programme for independent power producers, which aims to add 3 725 MW of wind, solar photovoltaic and concentrating solar power to South Africa’s energy mix. In May, Globeleq and its local and international partners unveiled the 50 MW De Aar and 50 MW Droogfontein solar photovoltaic plants in the Northern Cape. Also part of the government’s programme, the two plants represented a combined investment of R3-billion. “The completion of these facilities is the result of a truly global partnership with the government of South Africa and [state electricity company] Eskom and the private sector of developers, investors, lenders, constructors, suppliers and the local community,” Globeleq CEO Mikael Karlsson said in a statement last week. “It demonstrates significant support for independent private power producers in the region and indicates the sustainability of the renewable energy sector.” According to Globeleq, more than 700 people worked on the site during the wind farm’s construction, of whom 45 percent were drawn from the local community. “A percentage of the project’s operational revenues will be reinvested into the local community through socio-economic and enterprise development programmes, creating the skills needed to support the growth of the renewable energy industry in South Africa,” the company said. Globeleq is the majority shareholder in the consortium that built the three facilities, the others being Ireland-based Mainstream Renewable Power, Thebe Investment Corporation, South African engineering firms Enzani Technologies and Usizo Engineering, and local community trusts. Globeleq will manage the operation and commercial aspects of the facilities through its wholly owned South African subsidiary. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

2018 Farm Bureau YAP Winter Leadership Conference coming up

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2018 Young Ag Professionals Leadership Experience is open to young agriculturalists interested in building leadership skills, networking with agricultural leaders and making a difference in their communities.The conference will be held Feb. 2 and 3 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus. Attendees must be Farm Bureau members and programming is geared for young adults age 18 to 35The event will feature 20 educational learning sessions that include small business planning, canning and preserving, emerging ag careers, farm transition planning, farm labor laws, managing conflict, creating farm videos and starting your own business. The keynote speaker will be leadership coach Kelly Barnes, and entertainment will be The Big Bang Dueling Pianos.Also during the conference will be the finals of Farm Bureau’s Discussion Meet, which tests participants’ subject knowledge, problem solving abilities and personal and small group communications skills. The winner will compete at the national level during the American Farm Bureau convention.Cost for the leadership conference is $100 a person with no hotel room, $180 a person with hotel room and $225 for two people sharing a hotel room. Note that many county Farm Bureaus offer full or partial scholarships for the conference. Nationwide is Heritage sponsor of the conference and Farm Credit Mid-America and Heartland Bank and gold level sponsors.Dec. 15 is the deadline to register, which can be done at read more

How to be Mr Popular at your workplace?

first_imgIt is a truth universally accepted that winning over your boss, colleagues, and clients not just makes you the ‘Apple’ of all’s eye’, it makes attaining heights in your career easier.In a recent LinkedIn post, Jane Anderson, a personal branding strategist, explains the key to likeability: “[Make] it less about you and more about them.”Here are five ways how you can be an attention seeker all for a good cause.1. An extrovert always is at an advantage, especially at a workplace. People love to talk about themselves – it’s human nature.  Try exploring your colleagues and your boss’s area of interest. Ask questions related to such field’s, about their life, projects, and interests.  Do not try to force and two of you into a conversation, instead engage with your colleague sharing the same space they belong to. This will make them feel important, which is always a positive sentiment.2. Even if you may have initially believed that your work will talk for you, your dressing style, truth is, the way you walk, your facial expressions and your body language, give out far reaching signals.  It’s hazardous to be have a team member who sports an ‘I don’t care’ attitude. Not caring what the other team members feel, not sticking to deadlines can be detrimental to the long term goals of a team/company.  Taking care of the likes and dislikes of the people around will certainly create an air of positivity.3. Compliments when received are enjoyed by all irrespective to their position or stature at the place. Always look for a positive compliment you can give coworkers or your boss, especially if you notice they’re having a rough day. At times even a small insignificant compliment does wonders. Everyone likes to feel appreciated, and even the simplest positive comment can brighten an individual’s entire day. But avoid trying this too much. At times a fake compliment can be perceived as sarcasm that is never welcome at your workplace.advertisement4. Being punctual is of prime importance. A person who shows up late is not only sending out a message that he/she not only does not takes his/her tasks seriously, but also does not respect other people’s time.5. Respect those employees who do not form the hierarchy but are of immense help. Don’t alienate the peons, the office boy, the watchman, the man who serves tea or the cleaner. They too belong to the organisations, be polite to them as well.6. Direct eye contact builds trust quickly. It sends the message that the person opposite is paying full attention and has concern for whatever he wants to say.7. Don’t hurt anyone’s ego or self-respect. Call the person aside, in a conference room and then talk to him/her. Offer to help him/her to work better, instead of dousing his/her enthusiasm.8. At times brief laughter can lighten up a stressful situation. But do not drag it to the extent of mockery or sarcasm and if you’re willing to laugh at yourself, it opens up the floor for other people to laugh with you.last_img read more

Its the journey and not the destination

first_imgAfter making a mark in the Indian Rock music scene with their debut album Ghoom, Punkh, a six-member band is now ready enthrall you with their second album Karmah. While the band was here in the Capital to release the album at the Friends of Music event, we chatted with the band’s frontman Deepak Nair (Dean). Here are excerpts…Tell us about yourselves. How did you guys come together/start off?Punkh was formed in Germany under the name Guru in 2006. I was pursuing a Bachelors degree in jazz and pop music from the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, when I gathered the founder members. As I moved back to India, I decided on continuing the project and joined up with some of my earlier band mates from the Delhi rock scene. This is how Punkh was formed. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What was the first big break for you guys?The first big break was being signed on by the major record label EMI Virgin Music in 2007. We released our first and self-titled album with them.Tell us something about your upcoming projects.We are presently looking forward to our second album Karmah being released in Delhi? at the platform of Friends of Music?. We have a tour planned for the same. Karmah combines heavy duty riff rock from the nu-metal era with distinct Indian elements like the sitar and soaring vocals heavily reminiscent of the Eighties. It comprises of seven tracks with the title track setting the tone for the band’s new musical statement. Apart from Karmah, we are also giving music for an upcoming independent film. Three full length songs and the background music for the entire film will are given by Punkh.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHow would you define your musical philosophy?Stand for something….or you’ll fall for anything. Tell us a bit about your music, what do you think defines you guys?In simple words we feel we are the only true grit Hindi Hard rock/Metal band in India. Most Hindi bands have a commercial appeal and tend to soften and water down the edge. We have retained that. Thanks to our German producer Markus Tescke who made the sound possible. To add to this raw rock and metal power we have some soulful sitar and equally gracious shlok’s and mantras in some tracks. In our country, how easy (or difficult) is it to make a mark in the music scene? What do you think about the main issues are?I feel that in every country, all over the world, making a mark in any field you are is challenging and surely not an easy task. From being a successful actor to an entrepreneur, from being a recognised doctor to being a top notch engineer is also a difficult task. It’s a part of the deal. We have already taken our plunge and really don’t care where we land. It’s the journey and not the destination.? ?What/who inspires you?The list is endless. Musically the list starts from Freddie Mercury to Michael Jackson to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Other than that a lot of bands like Rush, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Aerosmith, Dreamtheater, Periphery, Pink Floyd, Pantera and so on.Tell us about your best tracksGuess each of us in the band has a different favorite. Unanimously it certainly would be the title track Karmah. Other than that Insaan is the loudest and hardest hitting song and real fun to play live, the ballads like Tanhaa and Nashaa are sure favorites of most of our family members and friends What suggestions/advice would you have for newbies in music?Try and derive your own sound and USP and stick to Hindi or any Indian language as a medium. How has Delhi been for you guys?Delhi has treated us well, perhaps we feel secure in Delhi. We have been struggling and playing music in Delhi for over 15 years. We have a strong bond with the city.last_img read more

I love Indian cooking Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver

first_imgHe’s from Britain, but loves the Indian dal! Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who is venturing into the Indian space says he “loves Indian cooking”.“I love Indian cooking. I’ve been experimenting for a few years now and whilst I’m no expert, I think I’m doing okay. I think a good dal is one of the best things you’ll ever eat,” said Oliver.Asked about his expectations with his maiden foray into the Indian market, Oliver said “it’s an incredibly exciting move for us. We’ve wanted to open a restaurant in India for a few years now but we’ve been careful to wait until we found the right partner, location and sites. With regard to expectations, I just hope people love what we’re doing,” Oliver added. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“But I do want to offer guests fantastic food, using only the best ingredients and at an affordable price. We don’t cut any corners — everything we do comes back to quality,” he revealed.Now, the question comes if he is trying to tinker with new, experimental menus to cater to the Indian taste buds. Oliver said: “We’re going to be keeping the menus to traditional Italian. We’ll be tweaking the offering very slightly by putting on lots more beautiful veggie dishes – something I’m really excited about. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEven as fusion menus that juxtapose seemingly diverse — and sometimes even disparate —flavours into a new combination are the talk of the town among foodies, Oliver comments that most of such dishes are “fusion without us even realising it”. Besides being a celebrity chef, Oliver has also carved his niche as a food activist and will be addressing obesity-related issues in a new documentary titled “Jamie’s Sugar Rush”. “At the beginning of this year I started looking at sugar consumption and the effect of sugar on our bodies. What I found completely shocked me and so myself and my team made a documentary about what too much sugar can do to us and the impact it’s having on Britain’s public health,” Oliver said about the theme of the documentary. His team has even launched a petition asking the British government to introduce a sugary drinks tax. “So far we have over 130,000 signatures,” he added.Talking about his plans on addressing the global obesity epidemic, Oliver said he has embarked on a path that can “implement positive change and attempt to slow down this crisis”.“The path that I have taken has led me to focus a lot of my work on the obesity epidemic and what we can do in order to implement positive change and attempt to slow down this crisis.”last_img read more