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A Talk With Stuart Suna, HIFF’s Chairman Emeritus

first_imgStuart Suna, third from left, at last year’s Hamptons International Film Festival, flanked by co-chairman Randy Mastro, Julie Andrews, and Patrick Stewart. Independent/Courtesy Frank PublicityStuart Suna, founder of Silvercup Studios and East Hampton resident, was part of the ragtag team which, 26 years ago, thought, “Hey, let’s put on a film festival!”Okay, that’s not really how it happened. And the board of directors, headed today by co-chairs Alec Baldwin and Randy Mastro, is anything but ragtag. It is a passionate and enthusiastic bunch dedicated to screening indie films and spotlighting rising filmmakers.Suna took a few minutes to speak with The Independent on the eve of this year’s Hamptons International Film Festival.You were right there at the very beginning. What was the impetus for starting a film festival in the Hamptons, and what were some of the obstacles to overcome?The festival was created by a woman, a casting director named Joyce Robinson — she literally cast the board of the film festival. It was her idea. This was her plan. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out, and she had to leave before the festival started. The ones who are still on the board from the very beginning are me, Toni Ross, and Joe Zicherman.One of the original concepts — for horse shows, art shows, the film festival — was economic development for the local community in the off season. I mean, the Hampton Classic is not exactly the off season, but it’s become a huge economic generator. Initially, the idea was to create the film festival, not for Columbus Day weekend, where it is now, but for the weekend after Columbus Day, to give a double bump to the hotels and restaurants and the rest of the community. It’s such a beautiful time out there. [Editor’s note: HIFF was moved to Columbus Day weekend in 2009 in order to maximize attendance over a three-day weekend, and was done after consultation with the event’s sponsors and underwriters.]As far as obstacles, we were so successful during the first five years, that hotels started raising their winter rates to summer rates, so we lost the advantage of having affordable hotel rooms. And it took us many years to operate in the black, for the film festival.What are some of your greatest HIFF triumphs?I can give a few. In the very beginning, the New York Times did a two-page story about the 1000 festivals in North America, and which were the Top Ten, and which one of the Top Ten stars in the sky was going to be knocked out for the Hamptons Film Festival to become one of them, with Steven Spielberg being our honorary advisor. It was a challenge — that was actually before we even had the first festival!And we had a great first festival. Steven Spielberg and Marty Scorsese was our “surprise” conversation. (Laughs.) And that helped in many ways.What are some of the biggest shifts in focus?We’ve been consistent from the beginning. There hasn’t been much of a shift. We’ve always been about promoting independent film. The big shift has been in the industry — with so many of these independent films now being nominated, and winning, Academy Awards.Early on, we had Slumdog Millionaire in our lineup; no one had any idea about this movie, and their idea was to launch it in film festivals around the country. Which turned out to be, obviously, a huge success.Currently, with David Nugent’s leadership as artistic director, we typically have anywhere from 30 to 50 films that go on to get Oscar nominations and anywhere from eight to a dozen Oscar winners. I believe we’re the only festival in North America that’s had the winner for Best Film eight years in a row. I believe last year we had the winning film in all major categories — Best Documentary, Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director, and on and on.You stepped down in 2015 and are now chairman emeritus along with Toni Ross. Why?Toni was chair for five years, then I was chair for 18 years. I was trying to find a successor; you need fresh ideas. So, I haven’t stepped away, I’m still completely engaged and involved in the festival. Now there’s co-chairs Alec Baldwin and Randy Mastro, two great friends and great co-chairs. I’m very happy and proud of that.Tell me about the HIFF team and what you’ve learned from them.Anne Chaisson, our executive director, has really been the key element for us becoming a not-for-profit operating in the black; she’s done an incredible job overseeing the festival and managing it. And David Nugent has the eye and the sense to pick great independent films. I really applaud both David and Alec Baldwin for bringing great documentaries to the forefront, both in the summer programs and this weekend. I’ve learned so much from these films, and we can all learn and grow from them, and to see how entertaining they can be.Going forward, what do you visualize?That the festival, which has been very grounded in the local community, both in its education programs and events like the Summer Docs documentary film program, that it can expand to be a year-round festival. What we’ve wanted, right from the very beginning, is our own bricks-and-mortar building, where we can continue growing, and bringing to the local community great education about film. Not just seeing the great films, but opening up people’s eyes to what great film is about, and how you can learn from it. We’ve been working on that for a while.bridget@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

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GAWDA Seven Springs 2018 Regional Meeting review

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‘Challenger’ firm Keystone reports profits up 57%

first_imgTop-100 firm Keystone Law has announced strongly growing profits and revenue in its first full year since listing on the junior market of the London Stock Exchange. In the year ending 31 January 2019 the firm announced adjusted pre-tax profits of £5.1m, up 56.8% on the previous year, on revenues up 35.1% to £42.7m. It proposed a dividend of 6.5p, bringing its full-year dividend to 9p.The self-styled ‘challenger’ law firm operates on a chambers model, with more than 270 self-employed lawyers working from their own offices and paid according to the revenue they generate. It listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in November 2017.  Commenting on today’s results, James Knight, chief executive, said: ‘The benefits offered by the Keystone business model, as well as the increasing brand recognition within the legal profession, continue to make Keystone a highly attractive proposition for high calibre lawyers seeking a different way to develop their practice. As such I strongly believe that Keystone is well positioned to take advantage of the significant market opportunity in the UK mid-market legal services market, which we believe is ripe for disruption.’ The results statement reveals that the gross profit margin of the business slipped by half a percentage point, to 27.1% and that overhead costs increased by 21% in the year. ‘This has been driven in part by the full year impact of costs associated with being a public company (£0.2m impact this year),’ the announcement stated. Shares in Keystone Law Group slipped 0.4% to 507p.last_img read more

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World rail freight news round-up

first_imgRail Cargo Group plans to operate a trial Germany – Iran freight service this autumn, with a view to launching a weekly service in 2018.DB Cargo Czechia ran its first train on the SŽDC network using its own certification on September 10. The train carrying oilseed rape from Băile Călacea in Romania to Brzeg in Poland was hauled by DB Cargo electric locomotives 189 057 and 019 between Hodonín, where they took over from BF Logistics, and Chałupki, where Freightliner PL took over. Ostrava-based DBCCZ was established in February 2016, and since then has operated almost 300 trains on the Czech network using the licence of DB passenger subsidiary Arriva Vlaky.The UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has called tenders for the supply of 16 to 24 TSI-compliant nuclear flask wagons between December 2018 and March 2019.Trenes Argentinos Cargas has operated the first service comprising 40 wagons from a terminal at Pampa del Infierno in Chaco province built at a cost of US$8∙5m by Aceitera General Deheza. Connected to the Belgrano network, the terminal has capacity to store up to 42 000 tonnes of grains such as soya, sunflower seeds, wheat, sorghum and maize.DB Cargo UK ran a trial train carrying 1 300 tonnes of steel coil from Boston to Wolverhampton for ArcelorMittal on September 28. A weekly service is envisaged, increasing to three or four trains/week once DB Cargo UK completes the development of its Wolverhampton Logistics Centre which is expected to open in July 2018. Work has begun on a 6∙4 km branch to connect the outer harbour of the port of Ferrol in Spain to the national rail network, able to accommodate both 1 000 mm and 1 668 mm gauge trains. Expected to cost a total of €90m and take 46 months to build, the new connection features a 5∙6 km tunnel and a viaduct 0∙6 km in length.SinaraPromTrans has begun providing rail transport services for Taganrog Metallurgical Plant, which has transferred 13 shunting locomotives, 57 km of track, a servicing facility and staff to the contractor.Chipboard manufacturer Kronospan has awarded United Wagon Co’s TikhvinSpetsMash a contract to supply 267 timber wagons by the end of the year. The Type 13-6852-02 wagons have a capacity of 122 m3 or 74 tonnes, and are designed for a 40-year life and eight years or 800 000 km between scheduled overhauls.Capacity bottlenecks on the Poland-Belarus border and the increase in rail traffic between China and Europe mean alternative break of gauge transfer points are ‘urgently needed’, according to Tufan Khalaji, CEO of Rail Cargo Group’s intermodal business Rail Cargo Operator. He said RCG is routing an increasing number of trains via Dobra to its company’s terminal in Budapest, and in the future, the route via Kaliningrad is expected to play an important role for transport between China and Europe.The UK’s Freight Transport Association, Transport Scotland and the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport are to hold events in Inverness and Aberdeen during October providing the opportunity for potential customers to hear about rail’s role in the domestic, deep-sea, European and worldwide logistics chain. ‘This is the perfect opportunity for companies which may have been considering using rail freight to learn more about how the rail network can move goods around the country swiftly and cost effectively, as well as hearing from other firms which have made the switch successfully’, according to Chris MacRae, FTA’s Head of Rail Freight Policy. Italy’s Dinazzano Po has ordered two more CZ Loko Class 741 locomotives for delivery early next year.KiwiRail’s first freight train on the Main North Line since the Kaikoura earthquake on November 14 2016 arrived at Christchurch on September 15. ‘Before the earthquake, KiwiRail was carrying one million tonnes of freight on the line per year’, said KiwiRail CEO Peter Reidy. ‘After the quake, freight has had to be moved south by road, which has put pressure on the inland route. It’s meant additional costs for freight forwarding companies and it hasn’t been easy for truck drivers. While our initial services on the line will be low frequency and take place at night, to allow rebuild work to continue during the day, we estimate they will help take 2 000 trucks a month off the inland route.’Russian Railways has begun operating revenue freight trains over the 122·5 km Zhuravka – Millerovo line, which has been built to remove the need to transit Ukraine. The first trains carried grain, iron ore and building materials. When fully commissioned the line is expected to carry 190 passenger and freight services per day.FELB subsidiary CEL Logistic Co has introduced a service to Ulaanbaatar from Milano and terminals in Germany.Rail Cargo Group’s intermodal buinsess Rail Cargo Operator plans to offer regular China – Italy services from 2018, having managed an initial service from Taiyuan to Lugo on behalf of China Railway Container Transportation Corp. The first service transported 41 containers over 10 400 km via Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, the Czech Republic and Austria, carrying consignments including automotive products.last_img read more

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A conversation with Barbados Tridents owner, Dr. Vijay Mallya

first_imgHero CPL Media Press Release Barbados Tridents Owner – Dr Vijay Mallya:1)      What are your team’s plans coming together for the upcoming CPL season?On the field we intend to win by playing good cricket. Our squad features several world class players who can change any game. Working together as a unit is important for our team’s success.2)      Who are your team’s players to watch?In T20 cricket, any player can be a match winner on his given day. However, with the likes of AB de Villiers, Shoaib Malik, Kieron Pollard and others we feel the Tridents will be a hard team to beat. 3)      Which one other player from another franchise are you most excited about watching at CPL 2016?I’m looking forward to seeing what Brendon McCullum of the Trinbago Knight Riders can do in Caribbean conditions. He is another exciting world-class player who, on his day, can take the game over with the bat and in the field. 4)      What makes CPL such an exciting product?The spirit of the fans, the atmosphere, Caribbean culture fusing with high-paced action-packed cricket. With that formula it is hard to not be exciting.5)      What can fans expect at your home games this year?Fans will witness an unparalleled experience never seen before in the Caribbean. They’ll have a chance to see their team in new kit and enjoy an improved stadium experience which will draw on their passion for the game. On the field, our team is focused on winning.6)      Describe your team’s distinct traits / values in three words.Committed to winning!BARBADOS TRIDENTS: Kieron Pollard (captain), AB de Villiers, Shoaib Malik, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder, Ravi Rampaul, David Wiese, Robin Peterson, Raymon Reifer, Ashley Nurse, Wayne Parnell, Akeal Hosein, Imran Khan, Kyle Hope, Navin Stewart, Kyle Corbin, Steven Taylor, Shamar SpringerCoach: Robin Singh, Assistant Coach: Vasbert Drakeslast_img read more

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No confirmed coronavirus cases in Africa

first_imgChina NGO Network Holds Pre-FOCAC Exchange Seminar Currently, there are no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on the African continent. Angelo Coppola has more from South Africa, where the country’s health minister briefed the media on the situation. China hopes to attract investors to Suez Canal Economic Zone China and Ethiopia exchange cultures Relatedlast_img

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Dominican police clamp down on human trafficking network

first_img Share Share LocalNews Dominican police clamp down on human trafficking network by: – February 18, 2014 59 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Police Public Relations Officer and Head of Drug Squad, inspector John Carbon (file photo)The Police Department is pursuing all efforts to clamp down on human trafficking from the island.French authorities have said a Dominican smuggler may have assisted in recent human trafficking of several Haitian nationals to the territory. Last week, four Haitians were arrested in an alleged human trafficking network in Guadeloupe.They are believed to have brought in between 500-600 persons via Dominica, mostly Haitians, but also those from the Dominican Republic, illegally to Guadeloupe in 2013.Police public relations officer, inspector John Carbon told Dominica Vibes that the police are aware of human trafficking involvements via Dominicans but it remains “very challenging” for the authorities.“Basically I don’t think it is something the police can stop; you can really try to minimize it”.He said there has been an increase in sea patrols by the Coast Guard Department in an effort to address the matter. “Yes, those persons are here legal and leave illegally like we the Dominicans also do and it is very difficult to stop, seeing that we do not have just one port where you can depart from; you can depart from any bay in the country and it is very challenging for the police,” he said. According to inspector Carbon, human tracking has become a business for some nationals, but it will not be tolerated by the police. “We have had reports where quite a number of persons got into problems at sea, for instance the boat would sink with at least 25 persons and it is as a result of human smuggling”.Although the police are unable to stop “every single aspect” of the human trafficking trade, inspector Carbon vows that “any time we find anyone committing such crimes we will prosecute those persons”. He said several persons have been arrested and charged with human trafficking and some of these matters are pending at the court. Roosevelt Lawrence and Andy Daniel of Cottage were arrested and charged for human trafficking and unlawful killing of a Haitian national in January 2013. Four Haitians together with Lawrence and Daniel were eventually rescued.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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CXC registrar on island to discuss way forward for CXC

first_imgEducationLocalNewsSecondary CXC registrar on island to discuss way forward for CXC by: – October 8, 2018 Share Sharing is caring! Share 136 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) Registrar Glenroy Cumberbatch is on island to discuss with stakeholders about the future of CXC.Cumberbatch made that statement during a consultation with the stakeholders on last week.Mr. Cumberbatch said the consultations will help inform CXC on the way forward around the Caribbean.“We want to hear from people based on CXC plan on what we are doing where we are going. We want to be in a position to create opportunities so that when students leave school with a certificate, that certificate can assist then to function in the world,” Mr. Cumberbatch stated.Mr. Cumberbatch said the programs offered by CXC must be able to assist people to improve their communities.“We want to provide qualifications for persons that will help them to be better citizens. One of the main reason for education is for social development,” Mr. Cumberbatch said. Sharelast_img read more

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Podcast: Sports on Tap – Week 11 High School Football Playoff Game Recaps

first_img Matt Loede SOT continues their Ohio High School Football coverage! Listen as the guys recap Week 11 playoff games, and much more!SOT is covering the #Southwestern Conference #Greater Cleveland Conference and the #Suburban League (American and National Divisions).SOT also is covering the Buckeye Bucks, and Massillon Tigers Football. Related TopicsHigh School FootballHigh School Playoffscenter_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more

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Jazz Continue Home Dominance of Cavs

first_imgFor whatever reason, the Utah Jazz have had the Cavaliers’ number in the last three seasons, especially when playing in Salt Lake City.With Tuesday night’s 100-92 win, the Jazz are now 3-0 at home against LeBron James since he returned to Cleveland in 2014.Utah (24-16) received 28 points on 10-of-12 shooting from Gordon Hayward.Five other players reached double figures scoring for the Jazz, who are 14-7 at home this season.LeBron scored 29 points and Kyrie Irving added 20, but Cleveland was held to only 36.5 percent shooting on the night and shot 9-for-31 from long range.Kyle Korver made his Cavaliers debut, scoring two points on 1-of-5 shooting in 18 minutes.Cleveland falls to 28-9 on the season and travels to Portland (16-23) for the second end of a back-to-back on Wednesday night.Tip-off is set for 10:30 pm ET. Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. Related Topicscenter_img Matt Medleylast_img read more

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