I’ve submitted my films to dozens of festivals over the years and have screened at quite a few – although in the early days if I knew what I do now I could have saved a lot of time and money. Follow these tips for finding the right festivals (and having a higher acceptance rate).Getting your film into the right festival is an art of it’s own. Not only do you need to be careful about the content that you submit and how it’s submitted, but just as importantly you need to make sure that the festivals you submit to are worth your time and effort.In order to develop a festival strategy for yourself, it’s important to first identify the different types of festivals to see where your film fits in. After all, the average festival submission can be anywhere from $20 – $100, so even just applying to 10 – 15 festivals can start costing you thousands of dollars. Let’s take a look at the different types of festivals….Top Tier FestivalsImage from FlickrIf you’re just starting out, you may have your sights set on some of the larger festivals – Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, etc. These festivals are of course amongst the largest and most prestigious in the industry, but they should be approached with caution as their acceptance rates are extremely low. For instance this year Sundance alone received nearly 13,000 short film submissions, and they will only be screening 150 or so. It’s important to keep that kind of statistic in mind when applying to these festivals as the chances of getting in are pretty slim.That said, if you feel your film is strong enough to compete then by all means submit it – just don’t get too discouraged if it gets rejected as that is not necessarily a reflection of the quality of your work. If you do get into one of these festivals however, it can truly launch your career – especially if your film is a feature. So to re-iterate – don’t rule out these large scale festivals, but also don’t put all your eggs in one basket.Mid-Range FestivalsI consider festivals like Slamdance, Palm Springs, and South By Southwest to be mid-range festivals. They are large enough that they get lots of media exposure and celebrity appearances, but smaller than the top tier festivals (meaning your film may have a better shot of actually getting in).Personally, I feel that these festivals are the sweet spot for up and coming filmmakers. Not just because your chances of getting in are higher, but also because when you do get in your film may get more attention than it would have at a larger festival where it is competing with huge films that can overshadow yours. Many filmmakers that have had films in large festivals and mid-range festivals have actually seen more success with their film as far as exposure and sales from the mid-sized festivals, so keep that in mind.Niche FestivalsRight now there are an abundance of niche festivals and they are growing rapidly every year. Niche can mean anything from a genre festival (like Fantasia International Film Festival) to themed festivals (women’s rights, African American, etc.) to small regional festivals that now exist in just about every town in North America.Some of these festivals can be particularly good options as they have a higher acceptance rate of films (giving you a better shot at getting in), but they also can connect you with an audience that is more likely to respond well to your film given they are attending a niche festival in the first place.Another benefit of these festivals is that they are usually relatively inexpensive to submit to, so it can’t hurt to submit to quite a few of them. The only real downside to these festivals is that it can be difficult to assess the quality level of them before you’ve actually seen them in person. Be sure to check out their website and do some homework before submitting so you don’t end up wasting your time.So Where Do You Submit Your Film?I truly believe in a multi-faceted approach to this. You don’t want to only submit to a handful of top-tier festivals and risk not getting in anywhere, but similarly you don’t want to only submit to the really small festivals either as you may not get the exposure you’re looking for. Your strategy is going to differ based on the genre of your film and the length as well. For instance if you have a Grindhouse slasher flick, you’re probably going to do better at the niche level, which is great as you may end up screening at a couple dozen niche festivals and cleaning up with awards and prize money.Even so – it’s worth submitting to a number of mid-sized festivals and top-tier festivals because genre films can of course screen anywhere. Conversely, if you have a slightly larger scale film that might have some recognizable names or faces in it, than go for the gold and submit to mainly top tier and mid-range festivals. Having a name actor in your film doesn’t guarantee acceptance by any stretch, but it certainly helps.If you think your film has a realistic shot at a big festival than go for it. Just pace yourself so that you don’t blow your festival submission budget just on a few festivals.If you have a feature film (as opposed to a short) you also need to be cognizant of the ‘premiere status’. Many large festivals want to have a world premiere for all of their features, so you want to make sure to time out your submissions carefully. You might apply to Cannes at the same time as a small regional festival, and if you were to screen at the regional festival first, there is a good chance that Cannes would disqualify your film even if they wanted to accept it otherwise.This doesn’t apply as much to smaller or even middle of the road festivals, but if you are going after the big guys, be aware of this and make sure you wait to hear from them first before premiering anywhere else. As for short films – there is a lot more leniency. Festivals still generally do prefer a premiere, but it’s very unlikely that your film will get cut out of the running for screening somewhere else. Actually in many cases the opposite can be true. Once your film gets some momentum on the festival circuit, other festivals will start to approach you and request that your film is included in their festival – effectively bypassing the submission process. This is most common with large/top-tier festivals but can happen with any festival that gets a decent amount of exposure.How To Plan It OutOne of the biggest keys to your festival run success is simple preparation. Know before you even write your script which festivals you want to target. Write your script with that in mind and be realistic about your goals. Once you have crafted a product that is really strong but also focused and targeted toward a specific type of festival then you’ll be in a really good starting place.Make sure you time out your production/post schedule carefully as well to ensure you’re meeting the right deadlines and getting your packages out in time. This is especially relevant for features that are going after major film festivals. Most importantly, diversify your submissions – send out a few to the major players regardless of your genre/length, but also send out a number to the mid-sized festivals and niche festivals. Every film will need it’s own unique strategy, but speaking for myself – my strategy going forward on my next feature will be:Submit 30% to major festivalsSubmit 50% to mid-range festivalsSubmit 20% to niche festivalsThis is generally a good ratio for many indie films, but could be off the mark if you’re doing something very specific or heavily genre based.Another point to make is that you don’t need to go at this alone. There are some really great festival consultants out there that can help guide you through this process. If you’re unsure about which path to take, meet with a consultant and see what they have to say. Even if you end up spending $500 on the consultation fee, you may actually save money in the long run as they can tell you pretty realistically which festivals you have a better shot at getting into. So rather than submitting to 30 festivals blindly, and getting into 2 or 3, you might end up submitting to 10 and getting into 7 or 8.And finally, make sure not to get discouraged when you don’t get accepted to a festival – big or small. It doesn’t necessarily mean they didn’t like your film, it just means it didn’t fit with their program. Many amazing films have been rejected from major festivals and have gone on to get theatrical distribution, and many films that were accepted to festivals like Cannes or Sundance never saw the light of day. Festivals aren’t the be all end all, but they are a great launching pad for your film when approached strategically.
How To Develop A Festival Strategy For Your Film That Doesn’t Waste Time Or Money
CLT20 2014: Top cricketers choose IPL giants over domestic teams
Champions League T20 tournament is scheduled to be played in India from September 13 to October 4All the players named by more than two teams for the Champions League Twenty20, including South African legend Jacques Kallis and West Indian dasher Kieron Pollard, have opted for their IPL franchises instead of their domestic teams.”Eight players scheduled to take part in the competition were in high demand after being named in more than one squad, after their respective Twenty20 clubs from around the world qualified for the tournament,” CLT20 organisers said in a statement.The tournament is scheduled to be played in India from September 13 to October 4.Explaining the process for deciding which teams these players would represent, CLT20 Governing Council member and Director of Legal and Business Affairs, Dean Kino, said like previous seasons, the IPL franchises will have to financially compensate the teams that the players have left.”Like previous seasons, players who have been named by more than one team have been asked to nominate which side they are going to represent. Players are free to make any decision they wish. Teams are then allowed to replace any player that has withdrawn from their squad and elected to play for another side,” he said.”CLT20 regulations state that when a player elects to play for their ‘away’ team, that team must pay the ‘home’ team $150,000 compensation per player. A ‘home’ team is classified as a team from the country a player is eligible to represent in international cricket,” he added.advertisementTherefore, New Zealand’s rising star Corey Anderson will play for Mumbai Indians, while Australia’s George Bailey will turn up for Kings XI Punjab. Kallis has opted for Kolkata Knight Riders instead of Cape Cobras, while Pollard and Lasith Malinga have gone with Mumbai Indians.The tournament will follow a format similar to the three previous editions, with a Group Stage preceded by a Qualifier. A total of 29 matches will be played in the competition. The Group Stage will be played from September 17 to October 4. It will feature 10 teams. The Qualifier will be played from September 13 to September 16.At the Group stage, each side will play the other four in its group once, with the top two sides from each group going through to the semi-finals. In the Qualifier, all teams will play each other once, with the top two advancing to the Group Stage.The top team from Group A will play the second-ranked team from Group B, and vice versa, in the semi-finals, both of which will be played at Hyderabad on October 2. Bengaluru will host the final on October 4.Group A: Kolkata Knight Riders, Dolphins, Perth Scorchers, Chennai Super Kings, A team from the Qualifier.Group B: Kings XI Punjab, Cape Cobras, Hobart Hurricanes, Barbados Tridents, A team from the QualifierQualifier: Q1 – Lahore Lions, Q2 – Mumbai Indians, Q3 -Northern Knights, Q4 – Southern Express.Squads(from):Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ashish Nehra, Mithun Manhas, R. Ashwin, Ishwar Pandey, Pawan Negi, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohit Sharma, Dwayne Smith, Dwayne Bravo, John Hastings, Brendon McCullum, Samuel Badree, Francois Du PlessisKolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir, Yusuf Pathan, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, Ranganath Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine, Jacques Kallis, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Morne Morkel, Patrick Cummins, Andre RussellNorthern Knights: Ish Sodhi, Jono Boult, Brad Wilson, Kane Williamson, Daniel Flynn, BJ Watling, Graeme Aldridge, Anton Devcich, Tim Southee, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Daniel Harris, Scott Styris, Trent Boult, Daniel VettoriPerth Scorchers: Ashton Agar, Yasir Arafat, Michael Beer, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Brad Hogg, Simon Mackin, Mitchell Marsh, Joel Paris, Craig Simmons, Ashton Turner, Adam Voges, Sam WhitemanKings XI Punjab: George Bailey, Thisara Perera, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Akshar Rajesh Patel, Karanveer Singh, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Manan Vohra, Mandeep Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Virender Sehwag, Wriddhiman Saha, Anureet Singh, Parvinder AwanaMumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Pragyan Ojha, Praveen Kumar, Aditya Tare, Jalaj Saxena, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal, Mike Hussey, Kieron Pollard, Corey Anderson, Lasith Malinga, Marchant De Lange, Lendl SimmonsSouthern Express: Kusal Janith Perera, Danushka Gunatilake, Angelo Perera, Jehan Mubarak, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perara, Prasanna Seekuge, Ishan Jayaratne, Farvees Maharoof, Kasun Madushanka, Yasoda Lanka, Charith Jayampathi, Sachith Pathirana, Sandaken Lakshen, Dilshan T.MCape Cobras: Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Justin Kemp, Rory Kleinveldt, Charl Langeveldt, Richard Levi, Aviwe Mgijima, Justin Ontong, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Zakhele Qwabe, Omphile Ramela, Stiaan Van Zyl, Dane VilasLahore Lions: Mohammed Hafeez, Ahmad Shahzad, Umar Siddique Khan, Muhammad Umar Akmal, Nasir Jamshaid, Muhammad Salman Ali, Asif Raza, Muhammad Mustafa Iqbal, Wahab Riaz, Aizaz Bin Ilyas Cheema, Imran Ali, Saad Naseem, Adnan Rasool, Muhammad Saeed, Ali ManzooradvertisementHobart Hurricanes: Tim Paine, Jon Wells, Evan Gulbis, Xavier Doherty, Ben Hilfenhaus, Dom Michael, Sam Rainbird, Travis Birt, Doug Bollinger, Aiden Blizzard, Cameron Boyce, Joe Mennie, Ben Laughlin, Ben Dunk, Shoaib MalikDolphins: Daryn Smit, Daryn Miles Dupavillon, Cody Chetty, Vaughn Bernard Van Jaarsveld, Khayelihle Zondo, Robert Frylinck, Morne Nico Van Wyk, Kyle John Abbott, Craig John Alexander, Jonathan David Vandiar, Keshav Athmanand Maharaj, Prenelan Subrayen, Cameron Scott Delport, Andile Lucky Phehlukwayo, Bongumusa Sibonelo MakhanyaBarbados Tridents: Shane Dowrich, Jeevan Mendis, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Jonathan Carter, Neil Mckenzie, Akeal Hosein, Ravi Rampaul, Rayad Emrit, Raymon Reifer, Kyle Mayers, William Perkins, James Franklin, Elton Chigumbura, Dilshan Munaweera
Gokulam Kerala FC Dominate Chennai City FC to Reach Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup Semis
What a convincing victory against I League Champions ! MALABARIANS ENTER THE SEMIFINALS IN STYLE🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/rR2lWcNLfh— Gokulam Kerala FC (@GokulamKeralaFC) October 26, 2019In the 4th minute, Chennai had a corner that was delivered right at the goalmouth but nobody could get a clear connection with the ball.In the 5th minute, Chennai goalkeeper Nauzet was called to action as the brilliant shot from Gokulam had to be punched out by him.8th minute, a brilliant free kick was delivered towards the far post, where Henry Kisekka controlled the ball and shot at the goal but Nauzet got his hand to save the first attempt. However, Lalromawia was in front of the goal to slot in the rebound.In the 11th minute, Nathaniel Garcia sent a fabulous free kick into the box, Irshad put in a brilliant dummy and with the ball at Henry’s feet, he made no mistake and slotted the ball home.Chennai City FC failed to asset themselves properly with Gokulam Kerala defenders doing a good job at keeping their moves at bay.In the 25th minute, Lalromawia found an unmarked Henry but his shot was saved by Nauzet.Gokulam Kerala FC remained on top throughout the first half but no more goals were registered as the teams went into half time with the scoreline reading 2-0 in favour of the Durand Cup champions.Gokulam missed a golden chance to score a third in the 57th minute when Sebastian missed a sitter. It was Nathaniel once again at the heart of the move as he danced with the ball in the Chennai box to find Henry, who found an unmarked Sebastian. The wing back however sent his shot well over the bar.In the 71st minute, Chennai came close to finding a goal back but Andre played the role of a perfect shield to held Ubaid collect the ball. Immediately on the counter, Gokulam created a chance of their own but were able to finish it.Henry Kisekka was a handful for the Chennai defence throughout the match before Muirang came on for him. In the 84th minute, Marcus, who had come on as substitution for Lalromawia, went for goal but was denied by Nauzet.Eventually, Chennai failed to make any real inroads against Gokulam and the Durand Cup champions strolled into the semi-finals. Chennai City FCfootballGokulam Kerala FCindian football First Published: October 26, 2019, 5:38 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: Gokulam Kerala FC advanced to the semi-finals of the Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup on Saturday after a comfortable 2-0 win over I-League 2018-19 champions Chennai City FC at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong.Gokulam Kerala, who are the first club from Kerala to participate in an AFC-recognised tournament, joined Mohun Bagan in the semi-finals as the Kolkata club had sealed their place with a 1-0 win over Chittagong Abahani. Chennai City FC had already been knocked out of the tournament after their second loss two days ago itself but could not stop Gokulam from advancing to the last four, with Lalromawia and Henry Kisekka getting on the scoresheet.It was the I-League champions Chennai City FC who had the initial possession but as Gokulam Kerala FC took control of the match, they were clearly the better team.
BMW i8 to go all electric?
According to AutoCar India, the BMW i division, the German car-makers plug-in electric vehicles department, is planning to take a step forward and convert the i8 into an all electric vehicle in the next few years. However, the idea to go all-electric is still in developing process and a possible outcome can only be expected by 2017 or 2018.ALSO READ:Shah Rukh Khan buys the BMW i8: All you need to know about the carBMW i8 Currently, the BMW i8 coupe comes with a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, and if the report comes true, then the new updated i8 could sport a considerably bigger battery with new high power electric motors instead of the hybrid mill used on the BMW i8 at the moment, reports say.BMW is mulling over to give the new updated i8 coupe with a carbon fibre body, developed specifically for the i division’s fuel-cell prototype. Moreover, it will feature a wider centre tunnel that the previous model.ALSO READ:BMW i8 to get a powertrain upgradeReports suggest, that the new updated BMW i8 could get a new three brushless electric motors, of which, one will be mounted in the front, while the other two will be positioned at the rear, replacing the turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. This will result into more power from the i8 coupe.BMW i8The BMW i8 comes with a 1.5 litre, TwinPower Turbo, three-cylinder petrol engine producing 224bhp combined with an eDrive 127bhp electric motor, giving an total power output of 352bhp. The engine of the BMW i8 comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters along for petrol engine and a two-speed automatic transmission for electric motor.advertisementALSO READ:BMW i8: A glimpse of the future of automotive technologyBMW i8 The BMW i8 comes for a price of Rs 2.29 crore (ex showroom, New Delhi) and is owned by former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan in India.
Small molecules in spit may help diagnose concussions: study
Washington, Nov 25 (PTI) Tiny microRNA molecules in saliva may help diagnose and predict the duration of concussions in children, according to a study.Concussions usually occur after a blow to the head – for example, during sports or a car accident. They can result in such symptoms as headache, nausea, confusion, amnesia or lack of consciousness.Researchers measured the levels of microRNAs – tiny snippets of non coding RNA – in the saliva of concussion patients.They found that the presence of certain microRNAs in saliva was able to better identify concussions and more accurately predict the length of concussion symptoms than relying solely on patient surveys.Steven Hicks from the Pennsylvania State University in the US said the findings, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, could result in a more fact-based way to diagnose and treat concussion patients.”Theres been a big push recently to find more objective markers that a concussion has occurred, instead of relying simply on patient surveys,” Hicks said.”Previous research has focused on proteins, but this approach is limited because proteins have a hard time crossing the blood-brain barrier. Whats novel about this study is we looked at microRNAs instead of proteins, and we decided to look in saliva rather than blood,” he said.While most concussions clear up within two weeks, about one-third of patients will experience symptoms longer.Patients are usually advised to rest and stay away from such physical activity as sports or gym class until their symptoms subside.Hicks said that while it is important to give the brain enough time to heal, it is difficult to accurately predict how long patients should rest.advertisementThe researchers followed 52 concussion patients between the ages of 7 and 21 for the study.Each participant was evaluated using the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT-3) – a common tool that doctors use to inventory concussion symptoms and severity – within two weeks of their injury.The researchers also asked the patients parents for their observations about their childrens symptoms.In the study, they also collected saliva from each participant and analysed for levels of different microRNAs.They then compared the microRNA profiles to the patients symptoms at both the initial and follow-up assessments.The researchers isolated five microRNAs that could accurately identify the participants who would experience prolonged symptoms.These microRNAs could correctly identify if a participant would have prolonged symptoms or not.”The microRNAs were able to predict whether symptoms would last beyond four weeks with about 85 percent accuracy,” Hicks said.”In comparison, using the SCAT-3 report of symptoms alone is about 64 per cent accurate. If you just go off the parents report of symptoms, it goes down to the mid-50s. In this pilot study, these molecular signatures are outperforming survey tools,” he said. PTI SNE SNE
How Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan plotted record-breaking partnership vs Pakistan
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are one of the most successful opening pairs of all-time for India and on Sunday, they just proved why they are so effective and deadly in limited-overs cricket.The pair complements each other very well and what works in their favour is both can change gears according to the situation of the game.On Sunday, as India took on Pakistan in their second Super 4 match of Asia Cup 2018, Rohit and Dhawan simply took the game away from their arch-rivals with their scintillating display at the top of the order.Their record partnership of 210 runs in India’s chase of 238 was filled with extremely well timed shots, lots of running between the wickets and calculated risks.The highlights of the partnership was how both complemented each other and played according to the situation instead of playing their natural attacking game on a pitch, that was tricky to bat on.Also read – Dhawan, Rohit blast hundreds as India crush Pakistan againSpeaking about their partnership, which was their 13th century plus run stand and the highest by an Indian opening pair against Pakistan, Dhawan said: “When we went to bat, we knew that they have a quick pace attack and we had to stay in there for 10-15 overs to get rid of the new ball and once we were set, we were enjoying each other’s company out there. When Rohit was going aggressive, I was taking the back seat and when I was going aggressive, he was taking the back seat.advertisement”Good thing is that, we have played so much together that we don’t have to say much and we work on ‘auto-pilot’ mode…which is great.”Ravi Shastri presents the Hitman & Gabbar Show.What happens when coach @RaviShastriOfc turns presenter and does a rendezvous with captain @ImRo45 & @SDhawan25 ? You wouldn’t want to miss this – by @28anandhttps://t.co/M8N2oSkwhN pic.twitter.com/gkP4PaKDQJBCCI (@BCCI) September 24, 2018India’s chase of 238 was easy by no means. Pakistan have one of the best bowling attack in the world and they were playing in conditions that have been homely to them over the past few years. But, their patchy fielding and Rohit-Dhawan’s twin hundreds meant that they had no chance to defend the total even with the best of bowlers.Also read – Shikhar Dhawan sends Pakistan on a leather hunt to slam 15th ODI hundredHowever, the Indian captain, who is leading the side in absence of regular captain Rohit Sharma, feels that despite it being a tricky pitch, it is a lot easier to bat under the lights and the duo just made sure that they rotated the strike regularly and didn’t give their wicket away once they were set.”The pitch was good and under the lights, it gets slightly better to bat. You see the ball well, I wouldn’t say there is much difference from batting first and second but under the lights, it is slightly better to bat,” Rohit said in assessment of the conditions at the Dubai International Stadium.”We have seen it in the past, how bowlers struggle to bowl the same length when the two-right handers are batting. It is easier to keep hitting the length. But we do understand this like Shikhar said the threat Pakistani bowlers will possess with the new ball. So, we spoke about it in the middle about how we need to rotate our strike and keep the scoreboard ticking. So that changes the bowlers mindset.Also read – Rohit Sharma celebrates 7000 ODI runs with 19th hundred”And once you get off to 10 overs, it is important that you don’t throw it away because we knew that it was going to be tough for the new batsman to come and start scoring,” Rohit added. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma scored 210 runs for the first wicket vs Pakistan on Sunday (AP Photo)The ‘Hitman’ also revealed how it is to bat with ‘Gabbar’ in the middle when coach Ravi Shastri popped the question.”First five overs, he is all cricket talk but after that, it is just me and Shikhar like we used to do in our old days. We talk about different stuff but in the first six overs, we always talk about what we need to do, where we need to take singles, who are the fielders that are struggling. But after six-seven overs, it is better to let Shikhar be alone,” revealed Rohit.Dhawan, who scored his 15th ODI ton before getting run-out for 114, also complemented his partner and said hoped that he gets to bat with him for a long time and perform regularly.advertisement”It is a very proud moment for me and of course we did a great job today and it is good to play against good attack and when you score runs, it is quite satisfying. Now when I will be old, I can tell my son that I scored a hundred against Pakistan. It is a very special thing…whenever you play against Pakistan, it is a very special moment for us. We like to go like this more in the future and I hope our partnership goes on for long time,” said a proud Dhawan.
A Quick and Easy Guide to Scotch Regions and Their Whisky
William Grant and Sons Launches New Single Malt Whisky Brand Highland Park Releases 2 New Limited-Release Bottles For a whisky to be called Scotch, one rule must be followed above all else: the whisky must be aged in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years. We’re going to bet that most of you already knew that, just as you know that Irish whiskey must be produced in Ireland and bourbon must be produced in the United States. If you didn’t, don’t worry. Welcome to the wonderful world of whisk(e)y. You’re going to love it. We sure do.Once you know the No. 1 rule, it’s important to know that there are different regions that make Scotch whisky, each with their distinct styles and taste profiles (though there are exceptions to each and every “rule” in each region). In total, there are six Scotch regions, though around half of the country’s 126 licensed distilleries are in Speyside.Below, you’ll find a guide to each of these regions, including some basic taste profiles and the distilleries that have helped to bring notice to the area.Leon HarrisHighlandThe Highland area is the largest Scotch region by size. Because of this, it also produces a huge range of styles and flavor profiles, ranging from very sweet and malty to very dry. North Highland malts are usually lighter in body; Western Highland malts are slightly smoky, yet still less peaty than nearby Islay (more on that in a bit). If you had to choose one region to explore to get the best synopsis of what is going on across Scotch whisky, the Highland region would it for the sheer diversity found within.Distilleries of note: Balblair, Brora, Dalmore, Glenmorangie, Loch Lomond, and Royal Brackla.Loch Lomond WhiskiesSpeysideThis region gets its name from the River Spey, which, incidentally, provides the water to many of the distilleries in the region. Over half of Scotland’s distilleries are located in the Speyside region, accounting for nearly two-thirds of all Scotch production. This was the reason for it being considered its own region (it was once part of the Highland region). The Scotches produced here are the sweetest that you will find in any other area of Scotland. Also in Speyside, you’ll be able to find many different Scotches that are either light and floral or rich and sherried.Distilleries of note: Aberlour, Balvenie, BenRiach, Craigellachie, Glenfiddich, Glen Moray, Glenrothes, The Macallan, and Speyburn.SpeyburnIslandMany consider the Island region to be a middle ground between Islay and Highland Scotches (which makes sense, considering it’s designated as a subdivision of the Highland region, just as Speyside ). The are is made up of the Islands of Skye, Mull, Orkney, Arran, Jura, and Lewis. The whiskies produced here are seen to have a coastal taste, with more sweetness and less peatiness than those in Islay, but more so than other Scotch regions.Distilleries of note: Arran, Highland Park, Jura, and Talisker.Highland ParkIslayThis region’s Scotch is defined by the dramatic sea climate that surrounds it. Nicknamed “Whisky Island” because of the concentrated number of distilleries found on the isle, the aptly named Islay scotches taste strongly of the sea, adding notes of brine and strong peaty flavors. If you’re looking for incredibly smoky scotch, the Islay region is the place to look.Distilleries of note: Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Lagavulin, and Laphroaig.Alan Copson/Getty ImagesLowlandIf you’ve never heard of Lowland Scotch, it’s probably because there are only three active distilleries left in the region, a stark comparison to the roughly 200 that were once pumping out whisky. Produced in the southern part of Scotland, the Scotches here are usually lighter, have grassy notes, and can be considered more delicate than other whiskies — a great place to start if you’ve never had a Scotch before.Distilleries of note: Auchentoshan, Glenkinchie, and Kingsbarn.Auchentoshan Single Malt WhiskyCampbeltownAs with the Lowland region, the Campbeltown region was once home to many more distilleries than exist today. Now, you’ll only find three operating distilleries. The Scotches created here are known for complex flavors and a slightly oceanic, salty finish similar to what you would find in the brininess of Islay Scotches. Overall, Campbeltown is a good place to search for rich, robust whiskies.Distilleries of note: Glengyle, Glen Scotia, and Springbank.Glen Scotia The Best Steakhouse Whiskey Collections in the United States Do You Want Your Home to Smell Like Scotch Country? Editors’ Recommendations The Best Blended Scotch Whiskies to Add to Your Collection
NITC Still Hopes There Are Survivors on board Sanchi
zoom National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) believes there might be survivors on board the company’s stricken oil tanker ablaze off China’s coast, the Associated Press reported citing an NITC spokesperson, Mohsen Bahrami.Namely, the crew is likely to have found shelter in the ship’s engine room.According to Bahrami, since the vessel’s engine room is not directly affected by the fire and is about 14 meters under water, there is still hope.However, efforts to search the ship for potential survivors remain hampered as the fire accompanied by thick poisonous smoke continues burning.The body of one of the 32 missing crew members has been recovered and handed over to the civil affairs department for identification.Search for the remaining mariners continues.NITC’s Managing Director Sirous Kianersi said that the found crewmember was wearing a life jacket which shows the crew has had enough time to use such equipment.On Wednesday, the 14 rescue vessels deployed to the site had to retreat as an explosion was reported onboard.Local authorities warned earlier that there is a danger of the ship exploding, breaking into half and sinking, resulting in a major oil spill.NITC had downplayed the fears saying that the vessel is not likely to sink.Based on the latest update from China’s Ministry of Transport, the burning tanker has drifted about 65 nautical miles south from the spot where it collided with CF Crystal on January 6.The search and rescue efforts have been resumed today with no major change to report as to the status of the fire.The ministry said that its firefighting ships had started spraying foam on the vessel in order to try to contain the fire and help cool off the vessel, nevertheless, the efforts haven’t achieved the desired result.Sanchi is said to be covered by reinsurance provided by the International Group of Protection & Indemnity Clubs, according to Platts.An investigation into the cause of the collision has been launched, the Iranian Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) said, adding that there are two black boxes on board the tanker.South Korea, Japan along with the US Navy have joined the international search and rescue mission.World Maritime News Staff
Governor of West Bengal releases book on Rich Indian civilisation
A world-acclaimed book, titled ‘Great minds on India (Bengali version) – authored by a Northeast-based writer and researcher Salil Gewali, was launched by the Governor of West Bengal Keshari Nath Tripathi at Raj Bhavan, Kolkata, recently. The special function organised was attended by a galaxy of scholars, academicians, and media houses, and social organisations. The event was moderated by Professor Debanjan Banerjee.The Governor heaped praises on Gewali’s work by saying, “The book showcases exceptionally rich civilization of India and its remarkable contributions to the world in the development of Modern science, Mathematics, Linguistic, Metallurgy, Cosmology, Psychology, and other areas.” Also Read – An income drop can harm brainQuoting from Gewali’s book, the governor said, “Twenty-four centuries before Isaac Newton, the Indian scriptures asserted that gravitation held the universe together. The Sanskrit speaking Aryans subscribed to the idea of a spherical earth in an era when the Greeks believed in a flat one.” Emphasising the importance of the book in the present contest, the Governor further added, “This title doubtlessly serves as a light of wisdom even to the educated who have lost their faith in the ancient heritage. Truly, ancient knowledge has been held as eternal wisdom. Our most beloved eleventh President of India, eminent scientist – Dr Abdul Kalam has regarded Vedas as the oldest classics and the most precious treasures of the East. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardGreat philosopher, writer, poet, and artist Rabindranath Tagore was highly inspired by the Upanishads and the works of the greatest Sanskrit poet Kalidas while writing his ‘Geetanjalee’. And Mahatma Gandhi, an epitome of peace, tolerance, and non-violence also admitted the Bhagawata Geeta as a boundless ocean of priceless gems.” Finally, the governor stated in his speech that “Unless we are awakened now, a day might not be that far when we have to send our children to the western countries to study Upanishads and Patanjali Sutras.” This unique book has been translated into Bengali by Dr RN Das and edited by Professor Nirmal Maity of Kolkata.
Mass awareness drive to curb dengue menace in Balurghat
BALURGHAT: In a significant decision, South Dinajpur district healthdepartment has initiated measures to curb dengue menace during the ongoing monsoon. Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH), South Dinajpur, Dr Sukumar Dey, while talking exclusively to Millennium Post, said the concerned health department has launched mass- awareness drive to grow consciousness in common public covering all eight blocks. “The decision was taken recently to conduct awareness drive among the residents covering all blocks by the trained staff as preventive measure against vector-borne disease like dengue. Such steps were imperative to arrest the spread of dengue during onset of monsoon. A few cases of dengue were detected in past years but every years but we are all the more alert,” Dr Dey said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt has been decided that the health staffs will launch door-to-door drive to prevent the outbreak of the disease. “The health officials will take special care of the villagers to thwart its spread in advance. It is important to raise awareness among the people, instructing them of dos and don’ts in the impending situation,” he said. In civic areas like Balurghat, Gangarampur and Buniadpur, the experts were being directed to see to it co-assist with the civic officials so that water does not get accumulated in the basement of multi-storied buildings or those under construction. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt is also learnt that Balurghat civic body has launched a door-to-door drive to prevent the outbreak of the disease. “We have taken several precautionary steps in advance to curb sudden outbreak of the disease. We have conducted door-to-door visit instructing the inhabitants to contact health officials immediately in case of any prolonged fever. Those who are suffering from fever, body-ache or attendant dengue like symptoms are being instructed for Mac-Eliza test free of cost from any state-run health facility or municipal hospital,” said a Balurghat civic official. Usually the dengue patients, according to a health official, develop high fever that is accompanied by body-ache. A message has delivered to the block health centers, primary health centers or sub-centers along with sub-divisional hospital to contact district health officials immediately in case of any detection.
BC files second legal challenge against Alberta over turnofftaps law
VANCOUVER — The British Columbia government has filed a second lawsuit against Alberta over its turn-off-the-taps legislation.A statement of claim filed in Federal Court on June 14 is similar to a document filed last month in Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench that alleges Alberta introduced the bill to inflict economic pain on B.C. by limiting the supply of petroleum products to the province.The claim says Alberta’s attorney general brought an application to have the action dismissed in the Court of Queen’s Bench on the grounds that B.C. has no standing to challenge laws created in the Alberta legislature and that the legal action is premature.The B.C. government says it believes the case can be heard in Alberta but if it is found not to have standing there, it wants the Federal Court to declare Alberta’s Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act unconstitutional.Alberta’s former NDP government passed the bill but it wasn’t proclaimed into law until after the United Conservative Party was elected earlier this year.The Canadian Press
Man held with pistol bullets at Kolkata airport
Kolkata: A Chennai-bound man has been apprehended at the airport here for allegedly carrying a pistol and live bullets, a CISF official said Friday. B K Munda, a resident of Jharkhand, was going through security checks at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport when a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel detected the weapon and seven bullets in his hand baggage, said the official. “A .32 bore calibre pistol and seven live bullets were recovered from the man. He has been handed over to the police as he could not produce valid documents for carrying the firearm and ammunition,” he added. The man was supposed to take a flight to Chennai, he said, adding the passenger was booked under relevant sections of the Arms Act. Arms and ammunition are not allowed to be carried by passengers as per Indian aviation security rules.
UN allocates 41 million to boost aid operations in nine underfunded crises
The money from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) will help cover funding gaps in key humanitarian projects in Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Yemen, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Central African Republic (CAR), Djibouti, Eritrea, Republic of Congo and Nepal. Humanitarian actors in Chad and the DRC received the largest individual portions of some $8 million apiece. Agencies working in Yemen will receive $7 million, while the humanitarian country team in DPRK has been allocated some $5 million. Humanitarian agencies in the CAR, Djibouti, Eritrea and the Republic of Congo will each receive $3 million in funding, while $2 million will go to help the UN Country Team in Nepal address humanitarian needs in the South Asian nation.Countries were selected to receive grants based on an analysis of the funding levels of their aid programmes, and the severity of the humanitarian needs. Earlier this week, Mr. Holmes, who is also Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, announced that UN agencies and their partners are facing a nearly $5 billion shortfall this year in responding to humanitarian crises spanning the globe.He appealed to donors to persist in their efforts to ensure that “people struck by disaster or conflict receive the help they need for the rest of the year to stay alive, avoid recoverable harm, and restore dignity and basic self-sufficiency.” Since it was established in 2006 to speed up relief operations for humanitarian emergencies and make funds available quickly after a disaster, CERF has disbursed more than $1.7 billion to help victims in more than 76 countries and territories. The Fund is managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and is funded by voluntary contributions from Member States, non-governmental organizations, local governments, the private sector and individuals. 16 July 2010United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes today allocated some $41 million in emergency funding to boost humanitarian operations in nine countries where people are suffering the effects of hunger, malnutrition, disease, and conflict.
Scotiabank buys doctors financial services company for 25 billion
TORONTO —- The Bank of Nova Scotia made a big play to expand its customer base on Thursday with a deal to acquire financial adviser MD Financial Management for $2.5 billion.The company provides financial planning, insurance, banking, investment and estate and trust services to 45,000 Canadian doctors and 65,000 of their family members with more than $49 billion in assets under management and administration.The acquisition will give Scotiabank the largest private investment counsel business in Canada, said bank CEO Brian Porter, on a conference call Thursday.“We strongly believe there is room to grow as penetration of the physician community is currently only about 35 per cent,” he said.“We believe that there are significant opportunities to deepen MD client relationships through Scotiabank’s retail, private business and small business products and services.”Porter said the acquisition is part of a $7-billion spending spree the bank has been on in recent months.The bank purchased a 68 per cent stake in Chilean banking operation BBVA Chile for $2.9 billion and Citibank’s consumer and small and medium enterprise operations in January for an undisclosed amount.It also bought Canadian investment manager Jarislowsky Fraser for $950 million in February, and a controlling interest in Peru’s Banco Cencosud for about $130 million in May.Scotiabank’s MD acquisition will be partially funded by a $1.5-billion public offering of 19.7 million common shares at $76.15 per share that’s expected to close on or after June 8.The acquisition will also include a $115-million investment from the bank over the next 10 years to support the advancement of the medical profession and health care in Canada, and a 10-year collaboration that will see the Canadian Medical Association exclusively promote MD’s services as the preferred provider of financial products to physicians.The bank said MD will operate as a stand-alone brand within its wealth management branch.The deal is subject to regulatory approvals, but is expected to close in fall.
Ohio State field hockey splits weekend slate
OSU freshman midfielder/forward Maddy Humphrey makes a play on the ball during a game against Ball State Sept. 14. at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won 3-2 in OTCredit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerTwo first-half goals from freshman midfielder Maddy Humphrey propelled Ohio State field hockey to a 3-1 victory against the Kent State Golden Flashes Sunday afternoon.Humphrey opened the scoring with a breakaway finish one-on-one with Kent State sophomore goalkeeper Andrea Rinehart just a little more than two minutes into the game at Buckeye Varsity Field.Three minutes later, she struck again, scoring on a rebound from junior back Emma Royce’s penalty corner shot.The early lead gave OSU (5-8, 0-4) the confidence to stay aggressive throughout the game against Kent State. Buckeye coach Anne Wilkinson said the team fed off the energy of Humphrey’s early goals.“They’re not playing like they’re behind the eight ball,” Wilkinson said of her team playing from ahead. “You just see (freshman forward) Annabel Sams and (freshman midfielder) Morgan Kile taking off with speed, and their speed kills.”OSU dominated in shots, 24-7, and penalty corners, 15-4, Sunday. It took Kent State (5-8) until the 17-minute mark of the second half for the Golden Flashes to pick up their first penalty corner opportunity.With momentum appearing to swing toward Kent State, Wilkinson called a timeout to regroup with 15:27 left in the game while nursing a 2-0 lead.Sams came out of the timeout and dribbled coast-to-coast to score an unassisted goal, giving OSU a 3-0 advantage.“I think we were one today,” Sams said. “And that showed. I think we had good connections and once we got the ball, we were really an attacking force.”Kent State got on the board with 11:52 remaining on a tip-in goal from senior forward Hannah Faulkner. The goal was Faulkner’s 10th of the season, but came too late in a game where OSU refused to give up possession.Humphrey’s two goals gave her 11 for the season as a part of her 30 points total, which both lead the team. Humphrey said she was pleased with the performance, but added the team needs to convert more on its penalty corner opportunities.“We unfortunately didn’t finish a lot of our corners today, which we’ll work on,” Humphrey said. “But just keep attacking and attacking (was) the mentality. They were getting frustrated and it kept pumping us up to shoot more.”The Buckeyes’ Sunday triumph came two days after they fell in a conference matchup.OSU couldn’t manage to get its first Big Ten victory Friday in Piscataway, N.J., against conference newcomer Rutgers.The Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights were tied at halftime, 1-1, when Rutgers (6-7, 1-4) went on a quick scoring spurt to put OSU away.Redshirt-sophomore midfielder Alyssa Bull took a cross in front of the cage from sophomore forward Rachel Yaney and finished to give Rutgers a 2-1 lead.Five minutes later, junior forward Katie Champion put the game out of reach, scoring on an assist from sophomore forward Jasmine Cole.OSU added a late goal from Royce, but ultimately fell, 3-2.Wilkinson said the team has to be more physical if they want to make a late run in the Big Ten Tournament in November.OSU is set to face Indiana on Friday in Bloomington, Ind., at 3 p.m. before taking on Iowa on Sunday at Buckeye Varsity Field at noon.
Brazils Christ the Redeemer to go green for Paddys Day
RIO DE JANEIRO’S iconic Christ the Redeemer statue will ‘go green’ for the first time ever to mark St. Patrick’s day, President Michael D Higgins and Tourism Ireland have announced.Speaking from Brazil, where President Higgins is conducting an official state visit, the CEO of Tourism Ireland Niall Gibbons said that the statue is the latest in a long line of international landmarks to celebrate Ireland’s national holiday by turning green.“Our greening initiative has really captured the imagination of people everywhere and we are delighted to announce the addition of the famous South American landmark, the Christ the Redeemer statue, for 2013. “Our aim is to bring a smile to the world and to convey the message that Ireland offers the warmest of welcomes and tremendous fun.”The statue is the latest in a long line of landmarks to turn green. Over the past three years, South Africa’s Table Mountain, New York’s Empire State Building and Niagara Falls have all turned green to mark Ireland’s national holiday.A very limited number of Irish people emigrated to Brazil. According to the Society for Irish Latin American Studies, the first Irish settler in Brazil was Thomas Field, a Jesuit missionary credited with being the first priest to celebrate the Roman Catholic rites in the Americas. A number of adventurers followed, including one William Cotter, who left Cork for Rio de Janeiro in 1827 with 2,400 men, their wives and children. The men were recruited to serve in the army in Argentina, but ended up mutinying once they hit shore.Others, including Diago O’Grady and Jorge Cowan, were ‘Wild Geese’ who served as officers in the Portuguese navy but sailed for Brazil in 1808, according to Tim Pat Coogan in ‘Wherever Green is worn: The Story of the Irish diaspora.’In pictures: Iconic sites go green for St Patrick’s Day>
PIC Amazing note from a dad to his gay son
Facebook/Stonewall15 things no one tells you about having kids>PIC: Dad pays daughter $200 in ‘Facebook deactivation agreement’> IT’S ALWAYS HEARTWARMING to hear about parents going out of their way to support their gay children as they come out.This note from a father to his son is no exception.
Green IT Greenpeace félicite Cisco Ericsson et Fujitsu
Green IT : Greenpeace félicite Cisco, Ericsson et Fujitsu Si Greenpeace dénonce régulièrement les entreprises les moins respectueuses de l’environnement, l’association écologiste sait aussi féliciter celles qui mettent en place de véritables politiques de développement durable. Alors que s’achèvera demain le sommet sur le climat de Cancun, Greenpeace vient de publier son classement des groupes du secteur des technologies de l’information les plus engagés dans la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique.Il y a deux ans, Greenpeace publiait une étude selon laquelle le secteur des technologies de l’information pourrait contribuer à réduire de 15% des émissions globales de gaz à effet de serre. Aujourd’hui, bien que le secteur ait pris “un retard significatif pour transformer ce potentiel en action (…) quelques groupes se dégagent”, souligne l’association qui tient cette année à féliciter tout particulièrement trois sociétés : Cisco, Ericsson et Fujitsu. Ces groupes, qui constituent le trio de tête du classement Green IT, “méritent d’être félicités pour avoir fait les efforts industriels les plus audacieux”, estime en effet l’ONG.À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Les entreprises classées par Greenpeace son jugées selon trois principaux critères : les efforts fournis pour réduire leus émissions de gaz à effet de serre, les initiatives visant à aider les autres secteurs de l’économie à diminuer leur empreinte carbone, et enfin le soutien financier de ces compagnies à des projets “verts”, un point pour lequel Google se place en tête. Le géant de la recherche sur Internet a en effet joué un rôle central dans un projet de parcs éoliens sur la côte est des Etats-Unis ayant nécessité un investissement de 5 milliards de dollars (3,7 milliards d’euros). Toutefois, Google a échoué sur les deux autres critères, ce qui pour Greenpeace, est “inacceptable de la part d’une entreprise qui s’enorgueillit d’être à la pointe de l’innovation”.Quant au plus mauvais élève de l’année, il s’agit d’Oracle, suivi de près par SAP.Le 12 décembre 2010 à 20:13 • Emmanuel Perrin
The 11 Best Demons to Summon
Stay on target People want to act like summoning demons is a bad thing. I mean, sure, there’s a chance that one of these dukes of the underworld might roll up on you, cast you into darkness and misery, and then subject you to his unending, hellish thrall. But you also might get hit by a bus walking the street, am I right? Plus: remember Solomon? Biblical King of Israel, son of David and wisest dude in the history of always? That dude summoned demons like it was going out of style, and even used them to build his temple. Summoning up demons can’t be all that bad then, right?Still though, if you’re gonna go digging around in the Goetia — the infamous and anonymous grimoire that purports to contain the 72 demons commanded by Solomon — you should probably be pretty choosey about which demons you end up summoning. To ensure you don’t end up chewing the fat with an “author of bloodshed and murder,” follow my advice and stick to just these 11 demons.BunéWhen you talk about summoning demons, what do you think most people are going to want? That’s right: dinero, scratch, filthy lucre, dolla dolla bill comma y’all. No matter what you call it, Buné — Bimé if you’re nasty — is the just the demon to get it for you. But be forewarned: when he shows up, he’s going to look like a dragon. Also, he’s going to be rolling deep — with himself — because he has three heads. One is a dog, one’s a gryphon, and one is just a man, but only one of them has a “high and comely voice.” We’ll let you figure out which of the three it is — the answer might surprise you! Buné can also make you wise and eloquent, but seriously, get your money first.CamioA lot of demons in the Goetia will answer questions, tell you about the past and teach you a thing or two about “Liberal Sciences,” whatever the balls those are. Climate change research, I guess? That’s all fine and good, but the most interesting demons are the ones that can do something special and unique for you. Take Camio for instance. Not only does he show up looking like a bird (which is rad), but he can also give you “the Understanding of all Birds, Lowing of Bullocks, Barking of Dogs and other Creatures; and also of the Voice of the Waters.” I’m fully aware that dogs are probably far worse conversationalists than I can even imagine, but still: who isn’t dying to know what those bullocks are always lowing about?PaimonMy man Paimon isn’t just any demon — the dude’s a demon king. A demon king that shows up in style, riding on a camel with a host of spirits clearing the way with trumpets and cymbals. It should come as no real surprise then, that if you summon him, you can get some seriously dope stuff. Not only can he teach you arts and sciences and “secret things,” but he can also hook you up with a rad familiar of some kind, and even “bindeth or maketh any man subject unto the Magician if he so desire it.” What this basically means is slaves. Paimon can make people your slaves. Granted, that’s more than a little morally questionable, but if you’re summoning demons, I figure you’ve already made a very specific lifestyle choice.ZeparZepar is another one of these very specific demons. While Paimon shows up with a full-on parade and can teach you pretty much anything, Zepar is much more humble, cloaked in red and wearing soldier’s armor. He’s not just a fighter though, he’s also a lover, as his main thing is making women fall in love with men. That’s not a totally unusual talent amongst the 72 demons of the Goetia, but Zepar takes things a step further. Not only will he make a woman fall in love with a man, but he also makes them barren, which is great because we’re in the midst of a major population crisis anyway, and who do you think you are to make it even worse on account of your slavishness to primitive, lizard brain, biological impulses?AndromaliusYou ever had something stolen? You wanted it back, right? But beyond just wanting it back, you also wanted to get the guy who stole it, didn’t you? Yeah, I know you did. Summon up the big homey Andromalius and he can make that all happen for you, calling back all your stolen goods from whatever disreputable pawn shop they’re currently sitting in, as well as the guy who swiped them in the first place. He’s not just restricted to thieves though, as he can root out all kinds of nasty business and “underhand dealing.” But he doesn’t just catch the jerks — no siree, Bob — he’ll also punish them for you. Oh! And he can find treasure too! Neat!ForneusThe demon Marquis Forneus is all about chit-chat. That doesn’t sound all that important or fun or useful at first, but pump the brakes and think for a minute. Forneus can make you totally rad at rhetoric, which is basically just the art of talking to people and getting them to think and do what you want. Plus, Forneus can also teach you “Tongues,” which I’m just going to go ahead and decide means “languages” in this context. If you’ve got any kind of plans to be an international playperson, you’re going to need to speak the languages of the countries through which you plan on gallivanting. But the best part of Forneus? When you summon him, you get to take Spanish lessons from a giant sea-monster.ForasForas is a big strong dude and a president. So, basically he’s Schwarzenegger in Demolition Man continuity. In other words: awesome. Plus, when you summon this presumably democratically elected demonic official, he can help you out with all sorts of kinda-useful stuff, like learning “the Virtues of all Herbs and Precious Stones.” The real reason to summon Foras, however, is because he can make you invisible. Just in the interest of full disclosure, some sources say Foras can make you invincible instead of invisible, but either way: pretty killer. Foras gets up in Andromalius’ lane a little bit, as he can also find treasures and lost stuff, but any demonic summoner worth their ritual dagger knows the value of some planned redundancies.ZaganAll this demon summoning? All the chanting, all the drawing of circles, all the wielding of lamens? There’s no two ways about it: you’re going to work up a hellacious thirst, my fine-feathered friend. So, why not summon up a dude who can provide you with a delicious beverage? Get at Zagan — both a King and a President, mind you — who will show up initially as a bull with gryphon’s wings. My understanding of gryphons is such that gryphon wings are just eagle wings, but that’s not really the point. The point is that he can turn wine into water, blood into wine and water into wine, which, by way of the transitive property also means that he can turn blood into water. No word on whether he can turn anything into blood, but honestly, why would you want to turn water or wine into blood anyway? It’s grim, man.GäapGäap has the umlaut on his name, so he’s already got that kinda outlaw biker, heavy metal vibe, which really, really works for us here at Geek.com. Just look at him — it looks like he belongs on the cover of a Motörhead album! What’s not to like? Gäap is really good for stealing a familiar from another magician (it doesn’t come up a lot these days, but when it does, you’ll be glad you know Gäap). But Gäap’s real value comes from his ability to speedily carry people from “one Kingdom to another, at the Will and Pleasure of the Exorcist.” If you’re serious about getting this international playperson thing up and running, getting carried around by a big demon monster is way better than counting frequent flyer miles.OseOse is another president, which starts to make me somewhat dubious of the demon world’s political structure. But that’s neither here nor there, because Ose is a demon whose skills you are definitely going to want to avail yourself of. At first, he’s going to be a leopard, but just deal with it for a bit, because once he transforms into a human, you can get him to change someone else into whatever it is that you want. Turn your best friend into Lemmy from Motörhead? Sure. Turn your obnoxious neighbor into a loaf of bread? Why not! But the best part is that the person you have changed “will not think any other thing than that he is in verity that Creature or Thing he is changed into.” That’s right: your pal will think that they are Lemmy. And your obnoxious neighbor? He won’t just be a loaf of bread, he’ll think he’s a loaf of bread. And do you know what I know about loaves of bread? They never try to throw ragers on Tuesday nights.VeparAs much as I hate to admit it, not every interpersonal problem can be solved by turning a guy into a loaf of bread. Sometimes you need something a little harsher. Sometimes you need Vepar. Like all the demons in the Goetia, Vepar is a dude. You didn’t honestly expect the demon world to make any kind of real solid moves toward gender parity, did you? But here’s the thing: even though Vepar is a dude, he shows up as a mermaid, which is kind of a real progressive move for a guy of his age if you really think about it. But sticking a thumbed claw in the eye of the patriarchy isn’t the only great thing about Vepar. He can also kill people with putrefying wounds and sores, or even have worms breed inside of them! Corner office here you come!Unless you’ve got something really weirdly specific going on, these are probably the best demons for you to summon. That said, I think I’d advise against it. I guess. Probably? Hell, what does it even matter. You know what? If you’re gonna do it, just make sure you Periscope the whole thing. Deal? Deal.Aubrey Sitterson hasn’t ever called up a demon, but if you get all the daggers and stuff, he’ll totally bring over a sixer for the summoning. In the meantime, check out his sword & sorcery serial podcast SKALD on iTunes and Sticher, follow him on Twitter and hit up his website.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Hellboy’ and the History of Heroes From HellGo to Hell With ‘Darksiders’ and These Other Nintendo Switch…
Netflix App Revenue Soared 90 in Q2 Pulling in an Estimated 244
Netflix led other paid apps and those with in-app subscriptions in revenue, with IAC’s Tinder coming in No 2, followed by Tencent Video, iQIYI, Pandora and YouTube.Overall, global consumer spending on the App Store and Google Play totaled $18.2 billion during the third quarter, up 23% from the year-ago quarter, according to Sensor Tower. Apple’s App Store widened its lead over Google Play, as the App Store earned $12 billion during Q3 — nearly 93% more than Google Play, and representing the biggest revenue disparity since at least 2014 between the two platforms.In terms of number of downloads, Facebook again topped the global chart with four of the top five apps for Q3 — WhatsApp at No. 1, Messenger at No. 2, Facebook at No. 3 and Instagram at No. 5. Bytedance’s social-video app TikTok, which the company merged with Musical.ly in August, took the No. 4 spot worldwide, marking 15% growth quarter-over-quarter and 440% year-over-year.Spending on mobile games rose 14.9% in the quarter, to $13.8 billion, representing 76% of all app revenue worldwide across both App Store and Google Play.Top-grossing game apps were again led by titles from Asia, with Tencent’s “MOBA Honor of Kings” retaining the No. 1 spot across all apps worldwide. Niantic’s “Pokémon Go” was the top-ranked Western-made game by revenue, while Epic Games’ “Fortnite” ranked at No. 9 — despite its lack of availability on Google Play.Downloads of mobile games grew 2.2% year-over-year last quarter to total 9.5 billion on the two platforms. Google Play saw 76% of those, with 7.2 billion downloads in the period, according to Sensor Tower. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Netflix has dramatically upped its revenue haul through smartphones. For the third quarter in a row, the streamer had the No. 1 grossing non-game mobile app worldwide in Q3 2018, generating around $243.7 million across both Apple’s App Store and Google Play, according to research firm Sensor Tower.That’s up about 90% year over year, from Netflix’s gross of approximately $128.4 million worldwide across the App Store and Google Play in the third quarter of 2017. For the most recent quarter, most of Netflix’s new mobile users came from the U.S., Brazil, and India, per Sensor Tower’s estimates.Netflix’s mobile boom is all the more impressive considering that as of May 2018, Google Play billing for Netflix is no longer available to new or rejoining customers. That suggest much of the growth for Netflix on mobile has come through Apple, which takes a 30% cut of subscription revenue from app partners for the first 12 months, and then 15% in subsequent years. Popular on Variety