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BEHIND THE SCENES AS THINGS BEGIN TO HOT UP ON THE STAR WARS SET

first_imgSet builders working in the large structure sprouting out to sea from the set of the new Star Wars film being shot in Malin Head. (North West Newspix)These are the behind the scenes pictures of Star Wars in the making in Inishowen.A team of production staff have spent the last three weeks close to Ireland’s most northerly point at Malin Head constructing the set for the latest instalment of the Hollywood blockbuster.A heavy security presence has kept snooping eyes away from the set on which filming starts this weekend. But our pictures show what appears to be a huge water tunnel crossing the rugged landscape of the head.A giant platform has also been erected on a massive outcrop with insiders revealing how a zip-wire is also planned from the platform into the sea.A large structure from the set of the new Star Wars film being shot in Malin Head. (North West Newspix)Hundreds of tourists are arriving at the location each day in the hope of getting a glimpse of the set.At least twelve security guards from a Dublin-based security company are patrolling the lands around Malin Head on both foot and on mobile patrol. Permission has been granted by local landowners to use the lands for the coming weeks.Donegal County Council has confirmed that it will close the roads leading to the tourist destination between this Sunday, May 15th and Tuesday, May 17th next.It stated that the Malin Loop will be closed temporarily over these days but it has not stated why the roads are being closed.Many local B&Bs as well as private holiday homes have been booked out for the entire month of May to accommodate crew from Lucas Films.Outgoing Junior Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Joe McHugh, said he was delighted the crew had arrived and was looking forward to Donegal featuring in the upcoming Stars Wars film. “The necessary state permits are now in place for limited filming in Malin Head. The community have welcomed the team with open arms and there is tremendous excitement around it.The set of the new Star Wars film being shot in Malin Head. (North West Newspix)“People are not unaware of the potential magnitude this project can have for the future of tourism in Donegal.“If you look at the Japanese and Korean market, there is a percentage of people that follow where the film is set and this could have a magnificent impact to the area.“Locations such as Malin Head have been the hidden gems along the Wild Atlantic Way and now we are opening them up to the world,” he said. BEHIND THE SCENES AS THINGS BEGIN TO HOT UP ON THE STAR WARS SET was last modified: May 10th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalfilmInishowensetStar Warslast_img read more

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DONEGAL GARDA SERGEANT LOSES BID TO QUASH OMBUDSMAN ‘HARASSMENT’ INQUIRY

first_imgA CO Donegal garda sergeant has lost his High Court bid aimed at quashing the Garda Ombudsman’s decision to investigate allegations that the Sergeant harassed a man over a four-year period.Sergeant Oliver Moran, Kilmacrennan garda station is also disputing the Garda Ombudsman Commission’s decision extending the six-month time limit for completion of an investigation into a complaint by Mr Josie Kelly that he was harassed between 2003 and 2007.In his judicial review proceedings, Sgt Moran is seeking various orders and declarations, including an order quashing the decision that the complaint was admissible. In opposing the proceedings, the Commission contends its decision that the complaint was admissible was rational, cogent and adequate.Today in his judgement, Mr Justice John Hedigan said that he was satisfied to dismiss Stg. Moran’s action. The judge held that the Ombudsman’s decision to extend time in this instance was fair and reasonable.The judge also ruled that the Ombudsman was not obliged to request Sgt. Moran to make submissions as to whether it should exercise its discretion to extend time to allow it embark on an investigation of the complaints.Sgt Moran, who has been stationed at Kilmacrennan since 1998, argued the Garda Ombudsman lacked jurisdiction to make the decision extending time to investigate the complaint.Under the relevant law, an investigation must be conducted within six months of a complaint being made to the Ombudsman and that six-month period may only be extended in exceptional circumstances, counsel said.The court heard Mr Kelly, Castledoe, Creeslough, made a complaint to the Garda Ombudsman last February that he was harassed between 2003 and 2007 by Sgt. Moran.Mr Kelly also complained he was assaulted by other members of the Gardaí in 2009 while in custody at Letterkenny garda station. No claim of assault was made against Sgt. Moran.In his judgement, Mr Justice Hedigan said that he was not satisfied that Stg Moran had advanced grounds to successfully challenge the Ombudsman’s decision to extend time.He accepted the Ombudsman’s evidence that time was extended by reason of the nature of the complaint, which was one of alleged harassment.The Ombudsman’s decision to extend time, the Judge said, was “rational based” on the concern that if there had been a campaign of harassment it would escape scrutiny if the Ombudsman failed to consider that individual acts might form part of a continuum of misbehaviour.He further rejected the claim that the Ombudsman was obliged to request submissions from Stg Moran before deciding to extend time.The judge also considered that Stg Moran’s claim that inadequate reasons were given for the the extension of time as “unfounded.”DONEGAL GARDA SERGEANT LOSES BID TO QUASH OMBUDSMAN ‘HARASSMENT’ INQUIRY was last modified: June 9th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Creesloughgarda sergeantkilmacrennanlast_img read more

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DONEGAL INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

first_imgMidfield powerhouse Michael Sweeney will be a pivotal player for Fanad Gaels this weekend even though he wears pink boots!!Gaeil Fhánada V Naomh Bríd Gaeil Fhánada host Naomh Bríd this weekend in the All Sports Intermediate Championship. Gaeil Fhánada are one of the favourites to win this year’s championship and have enjoyed a solid league campaign so far this season.They’ll look to Michael Sweeney, Seami Friel and Paddy McConigley for inspiration and with home advantage should have enough quality to overcome Naomh Bríd.Naomh Bríd will have county star David Walsh back in their line-up and he will be a key component for them as they seek to secure a crucial away victory.VERDICT – GAEIL FHÁNADA St Naul’s v Naomh Colmcille Last year’s beaten finalists St Naul’s will be hoping they can go one better this year after their heart-breaking defeat to Naomh Muire in last year’s decider.Sharpshooter Stephen Griffin is a lethal forward for St Naul’s and Naomh Colmcille will have to formulate a plan to stop him if they’re to have any chance of winning.Matthew Crossan has enjoyed a good season for Naomh Colmcille and is an expert from dead balls.However, with more experience and more strength and depth in their squad, plus home advantage it’s hard to see past St Naul’s.VERDICT – ST NAUL’S Carndonagh v Naomh Columba Naomh Columba hit the headlines earlier in the year for famously helping a Galway man turn turf while they were returning from a match at the All-Ireland Gaeltacht championships earlier this season.Their wonderful gesture received national coverage and attention from all over the country.However, on Sunday they’ll be hoping to make the headlines for footballing reasons. Carndonagh have home advantage and are a tough, well-organised outfit, but Naomh Columba have enjoyed a good league season so far this year, and have great pedigree when it comes to club championship football.Naomh Columba won a number of Donegal SFC titles in the late 80’s and 90’s, and they should have enough to get over the line.VERDICT – NAOMH COLUMBAMilford V Buncrana Junior Champions Milford make the step up to the Intermediate bracket following their stunning season last year, but face a tough test in the form of Buncrana.Buncrana competed in the Donegal SFC up until a few seasons back and have aspirations to return to top level football.County star Darrach ‘Jigger’ O’Connor will be a key man for Buncrana and Milford will need to devise a plan to cut out the supply to the tricky and skilful corner forward.Milford will be keen to make an impression and with home advantage will be a tricky proposition for Buncrana.However, Buncrana are an experienced side and should have enough quality to see them defeat the Milford men.VERDICT – BUNCRANAAodh Ruadh V Downings Aodh Ruadh host Downings at Father Tierney Park in the Intermediate championship on Saturday evening.Downings have struggled badly since making the step-up to Division Two and are low on confidence having suffered some heavy defeats.Aodh Ruadh on the other hand have enjoyed a good league campaign and are in contention for promotion.They were defeated at the semi-final stage last year and have aspirations of going all the way this year.With home advantage it’s hard to see past anything other than an Aodh Ruadh victory.VERDICT – AODH RUADHDONEGAL INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW was last modified: September 26th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Intermediate championshipGAANews Sportpreviewlast_img read more

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DONEGAL AIRPORT GIVEN QUALITY MANAGEMENT APPROVAL!

first_imgDonegal Airport has been Accredited ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Certification and has done so with flying colours.This International Quality Management Standard compliments the Airports International Aviation Standards already in place and confirms Donegal Airport’s drive for Excellence.The project was supported by B. Murray Consultancy Services. The Accreditation Agency was QAS delivered though Dublin based IMSM. Pictured Left to Right are Pauline Sweeney, Marketing Manager, Anne Bonner, Managing Director, Breandán Ó Baoill, Head Air Traffic Controller and ISO Management Representative Brian Murray,  Accreditation Consultant, Eilis Barrett, Operations ManagerDONEGAL AIRPORT GIVEN QUALITY MANAGEMENT APPROVAL! was last modified: June 8th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:carrickfinDonegal Airportlast_img read more

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HARPS HOPING TO ROLL OVER ROVERS AGAIN

first_imgFinn Harps will be looking to put to an end a winless run of five games when Shamrock Rovers ‘B’ visit Finn Park on Friday evening (kick-off 8pm).Harps haven’t won in any of their last five games, picking up just two home draws with Wexford Youths and Galway FC.Since beating the Hoops 3-0 at Tallaght earlier in the season, they have managed just one victory – that coming in the following game against Cobh Ramblers at Finn Park. The three away losses though came against the teams that many feel will be the top three at the end of the season – Shelbourne, Longford Town and Waterford United.Shamrock Rovers second string come to Ballybofey on Friday evening having won two of their last three games and sit level on points with Harps in the League table with just goal difference separating the clubs.“Shamrock Rovers have improved a lot since we played them last March, so Friday’s game will be very difficult,” said Harps boss Ollie Horgan ahead of this weekend’s game. “They have beaten both Longford and Cobh in last couple of weeks and will prove tough opposition for us.”Harps have lost their last two games – both on the road – and while Horgan felt they should have got something out of the Longford game a fortnight ago, he said they got exactly what the deserved last weekend in Waterford – nothing. “For the first 15 minutes in Waterford we were the better side but the first goal changed all that,” said Horgan. “From there on we didn’t deserve anything out of game even when they were reduced to ten men.“Our performances up to the Waterford game were hard working and honest. We were a little unlucky to lose in Longford and Shelbourne but we had no excuses on Friday in what was a disappointing display except for the start of the game,” continued Horgan as he reflected on the 2-0 defeat.“The Longford result was down to a poor penalty decision but Waterford game was down to too many players off form and a couple of individual errors thrown in on top of that. The work rate wasn’t anywhere near what it was in previous games. Having said that, Waterford have improved since we played them on the opening day of the season.”Tommy Bonner is available for selection again after missing last week’s trip to Waterford through suspension. Keith Cowan serves the third game of his four match ban while Kevin McHugh (hamstring) remains sidelined. Ruairi Keating picked up a knock in Waterford and will be assessed before Friday’s game.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TEAM NEWSSuspended: Keith Cowan.Doubtful: Ruairi Keating.Injured: Kevin McHugh (hamstring). Form Guide (last six league games)Finn Harps: W-D-L-D-L-L (5 pts)Shamrock Rovers ‘B’: D-D-L-W-L-W (8 pts)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Goalscorers 2014Pat McCann – 3Ruairi Keating – 3 (1 in League Cup)Keith Cowan – 1James Doherty – 1Michael Funston – 1Paul McVeigh – 1Carel Tiofack – 1Sean McCarron – 1 (in League Cup)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Results 2014 (Finn Harps scorers in brackets)25-Apr-2014 – Lg – Waterford United 2-0 Finn Harps19-Apr-2014 – Lg – Longford Town 1-0 Finn Harps11-Apr-2014 – Lg – Finn Harps 1-1 Wexford Youths (Keating)04-Apr-2014 – Lg – Shelbourne 2-0 Finn Harps29-Mar-2014 – Lg – Finn Harps 1-1 Galway FC (McVeigh)21-Mar-2014 – Lg – Finn Harps 5-0 Cobh Ramblers (Doherty, Tiofack, McCann 2, Keating)16-Mar-2014 – Lg – Shamrock Rovers B 0-3 Finn Harps (Cowan, Funston, McCann)10-Mar-2014 – LC – Finn Harps 3-2 Cockhill Celtic (McCarron, O’Donnell o.g., Keating)07-Mar-2014 – Lg – Finn Harps 0-0 Waterford UnitedHARPS HOPING TO ROLL OVER ROVERS AGAIN was last modified: April 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:finn harpsFinn ParkShamrock Rovers Blast_img read more

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SA vendors prepare for World Cup

first_imgInformal traders such as these are gearing up to take advantage of the business opportunities offered by the 2010 Fifa World Cup. (Image: Jeffrey Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library.)Informal traders are learning foreign languages in preparation for the thousands of visitors from all over the world expected during this year’s Fifa spectacular.Thulani Mabhena arrives early to secure his spot and start laying out his merchandise outside the Hector Peterson Museum, in Orlando West, Soweto South Africa’s biggest township. “Bonjour ma soeur [Hello my sister],” he says to a lady passing by rushing to catch a taxi to work. “Bonjour Thulas [Hello Thulas],” said the woman. “Comment allez-vous ma soeur? [How are you my sister?],” replies Mabena with a bright smile.Mabhena, or Thulas as he is affectionately known, has been practising French for the past four weeks. “I’m getting really good at the language now. By the time the foreign visitors arrive here for the World Cup in June I’ll be brilliant. This will make them feel welcome, and hopefully they will purchase a few items amidst all the excitement,” he said.Thulas uses a French book he got from a friend to learn French. He focuses on learning basic phrases, such as greetings, and simple terms to explain and negotiate prices and make sales. “I mainly started learning French because I realise how popular Soweto is, particularly this historical area. Many tourists come here all year round. I suspect during the World Cup there will be even more tours to this area.”The museum is on Khumalo Street and is a commemoration of the 16 June 1976 Soweto Uprising. Thousands of students took to the streets to protest against being taught in Afrikaans at schools, as dictated by the Afrikaans medium decree. Hector Peterson was one of the hundreds of children who were killed when police responded to the protestors with teargas and live bullets.The historic museum is a short distance from where police opened fire on students. It takes visitors on a journey through the build-up to the youth rebellion, the events of the day and its tragic end result.Tourists visit Soweto all year round, taking tours to historic sites such as the Hector Peterson Museum. This makes it a hot spot for vendors selling South African arts and crafts, and other memorabilia.Thulas sells handmade, beaded leather shoes, shirts, hats, wooden bangles, wooden wine glasses, handmade painted tablecloths, calabashes, small sculptures of elephants and rhinos, key holders, and other craft painted with South African flag colours.“I’m not the only person selling here as you can see. I want to put myself a step ahead of the pack. The other vendors here can’t speak French. Who do you think the tourist will want to buy from – the guy speaking a language they can’t understand, or the one that speaks their language?”Serving SA on a hot plateAbout 10 Kilometres east of the museum lies Soccer City the largest stadium in Africa and the flagship venue for the Soccer World Cup 2010. The stadium can seat 80 000 people and will be hosting both the opening match and the final.Ntabiseng Molefe is cooking up a storm with her friend Lufuno Mgomane. They dance and sing along to traditional Mozambican music coming from a small CD player. “Bom dia Senhor [Good morning Sir],” they say in unison as a gentlemen approaches them to enquire about the price for one plate of food. The gentlemen speaks to them in Portuguese and they reply in Portuguese, checking their notebooks every now and then to make sure they get each phrase right.They make a successful sale and break into uncontrollable laughter from excitement as the man walks off with his plate of steamy tripe and pap (Afrikaans for stiff porridge) singing and bopping his head to the sounds of the Mozambican music in the background. “We did it amigo [friend],” said Molefe.Mgomane and Molefe have been learning Portuguese from their neighbours and construction workers working in the area who come from Mozambique. “We sell food here which is just a few kilometres from the stadium. Tourists will pass us here on the way to the stadium. They will smell our lovely South African food and want to taste it. Then we will charm them with our Portuguese. We’ll be selling endless plates.”The two ladies say they chose Portuguese because they believe it’s more universal in ‘football world.’ “The Brazilians are the most popular team and the Spanish team and they can both speak and understand it. Many African countries speak it too. In football world I think most people can speak or understand some Portuguese,” said Mgomane.Molefe says they are keen to be part of the big event and want to interact with the tourists, football fans and players. By learning the language, they believe they are giving themselves a good chance in business and in enjoying this once in a lifetime experience. “I’m sure the players will also drive past here touring or on the way to the stadium for games. They will hear the music and us speaking their language. I’m sure they will give us their autographs and say hello,” she said.“Tourists might also get lost on the way to the stadium and they always ask the people on the streets for directions. Imagine how welcome and safe they will feel when we respond to them in their own language. The music helps to create a vibe too and draw people’s attention. It will make tourists stop and dance for a while, the smell will catch them, and we will make big sales. ”Mgomane agrees. “We are determined to sell this country of ours. With every sale we make we will serve South Africa to the tourists. They will remember the warmth of the pap, and the people of this country.”Vendors key to tourism attractionThe Durban police station has set up classrooms where vendors can learn French. A young woman who recently finished her French degree has been giving classes to vendors who work along the beachfront where most of the city’s top hotels are located.The classes have been going on for the past two months, and take place three times a week.Durban will host seven World Cup matches and expects 100 000 visitors during the tournament. The city wants to ensure that vendors benefit from the influx of visitors.The vendors will not be allowed in areas managed by Fifa, including the stadiums, where only official World Cup partners such as Coca-cola and Budweiser are allowed to sell their products.To insure the traders are still able to benefit from the event, three new markets are being built to house 500 stalls along the beachfront.“Informal traders are a key tourism attraction,” said Vumi Mchunu, the city’s coastal areas manager“It is important for them to know other languages in order to interact with their customers clearly during the World Cup,” she said.Though many vendors in South Africa have little education, some battling to speak English one of the country’s official languages. They are enthusiastic about learning a new language, hoping it can boost their growth and their small business.last_img read more

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Gaining Perspective to Understand Change

first_imgChristopher Plein, Ph.D. West Virginia University and MLFN Caregiving Team MemberMost of us know the old saying that you can’t understand someone’s perspective until you have “walked a mile in their shoes.” It’s an adage that resonates today as we consider mindfulness and the need for empathy.  Of course this is more simply said than done. However, such perspective allows us to have understanding and empathy for others – as well as an appreciation for our own biases and vulnerabilities.Drawing from the likes of John Rawls, I teach my students about the importance of thought exercises or tools that help us understand the situations of others – especially those who may have less resources, those facing pressures and stress in life, and those who may have less power or standing in a situation, or be more vulnerable. Conversely, these exercises help us to understand that when we are in positions of power and authority we may have privilege that goes unacknowledged.   These tools allow us to gauge circumstances where inequality may exist. They allow us to consider how our own biases, prejudices, and preferences shape our perspectives and worldviews.  While we know that we cannot completely separate ourselves from who we are, such efforts in appreciative inquiry can make us better and help build empathy across our differences.Dionardo PizañaRecently, the MFLN’s Virtual Conference provided an opportunity to acquire another tool to aid in our understanding.  It is one that I will share with my students in the future and one that I would like to share with you now.  The Virtual Conference centered on the topic of change, be it in our professions, our personal lives, the organizations that we belong to, or among those we serve. Dionardo Pizaña, an extension specialist with Michigan State University, gave a presentation on “Leveraging Connections” examining organizational change through the prism of individual perspectives and attitudes.  Pizaña stresses the need for “equitable and inclusive change” as both an ethical and practical imperative.Achieving such change requires a level of “emotional intelligence” that can be learned and refined through self-reflection and reinforcement by others in a trusting organizational or community setting.  One of the most important elements of this is to allow a sense of vulnerability in admitting to others that you may not have all the answers, that you appreciate the needs of others but cannot have full understanding, and that you are subject to human frailties and shortcomings.  In short, Pizaña is encouraging us to have “trust” in others to allow better communication and understanding.As Pizaña notes, “We live in a society that drives us towards sameness and the rejection of differences.”  While we can and must find common ground and connection, we should also acknowledge that the manner in which we encounter and manage change can be affected by who and what we are.  As Pizaña notes these may include, 1) race/ethnicity, 2) gender, 3) sexual orientation or gender expression, 4) disabilities, and 5) other differences.  Striving toward sameness has profound effect on self-identity and community and undermines opportunities for organizational and personal growth.Recognizing difference is one part the equation. But we must also acknowledge the power dynamics and structures embedded in social and organizational settings that can be taken for granted – especially by those in positions of power.  Here Pizaña reminds us that to achieve both equitable and inclusive change requires questioning these foundations. With this we can take proactive steps, both as individuals and with others, to enable and empower multiple voices that can contribute and share in positive change and development.I will leave you with one last thought drawn from Pizaña’s presentation and this deals with the importance of curiosity.  Curiosity or inquisitiveness is a “gift” that sometimes is lost or misplaced as we grow older, as we get caught up in role or status, or as we lose trust in ourselves and others.  What a shame it would be to lose this gift, for this is also the gift of teaching and learning. As Dionardo Pizaña notes, the best way to preserve this gift and to find it after it has been lost is to do so in collaboration with others. This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on October 27, 2017.last_img read more

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IIM Ahmedabad to have a case study on blockbuster film ‘Baahubali’

first_imgThe Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) is working on a case study on blockbuster “Baahubali” to highlight how art, business and technology combined to deliver a hugely successful film franchise.Being authored by IIMA alumnus and visiting faculty Bharathan Kandaswamy, the case study is part of an elective course on movie business offered to the second year students of the institute’s flagship programme in management.“Baahubali is a path-breaking Indian movie that combines art, business, and technology in a brilliant way. Most of the time, films are creative and artistic but are not able to do good business. Sometimes the technology is not used effectively enough,” Kandaswamy said.“At times the story is great but is not executed well. And then, sometimes, we have mediocre stories that get a decent opening due to good marketing, but the movie does not sustain due to the weak story,” he added.“In the case of Baahubali, the three elements of art, technology and business have come together and that is the reason why the movie and its sequel have been successful,” he said.He said his case study would focus on “Baahubali- The Beginning” and its sequel, “Baahubali- The Conclusion”, and would attempt to unravel its “success mantra.”Both the films were directed by SS Rajamouli and earned over ₹1,000 crore at the domestic and international box office.Kandaswamy, who is associated with a south Indian production house, Kavithalayaa Productions, which made films like Mani Ratnam’s “Roja” and Kamal Haasan starrer “Ek Duje Ke Liye”, is the brain behind an elective course called ’Contemporary Film Industry-Business Perspective,’ which was launched at the IIMA in 2008-09.The case study, to be completed in another four months, is part of a course that focusses on the business of the Indian film industry, starting from selection of scripts to the films hitting the screens, Kandaswamy said.“The course covers all aspects of a movie, from selection of good script to its post production. Film financing, how to raise funds, how to deal with movies, are covered. There are also sessions on marketing, distribution, and promotion of films,” he said.Last year, a chapter was added on how entities like Amazon, Netflix and Hotstar were causing digital disruption in the film industry, he said.The course has produced three case studies so far related to the film industry including one on the film “Roja” and another on the success of Rajinikanth-starrer “Muthu” in overseas markets like Japan.last_img read more

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Civilian killed in cross border firing in Kashmir’s Rajouri

first_imgA civilian was killed due to the firing of Pakistani Army on the Line of Control (LoC) in the Pir Panjal valley’s Rajouri district on Wednesday afternoon.The incident took place at 12 p.m. “The Pakistan Army initiated an unprovoked firing in Nowshera Sector and resulted in death of a civilian,” said Army spokesman Lt. Col. Devender Anand.The civilian was identified as Bodhraj, 55, a resident of Deeing in Nowshera. “The Indian Army immediately evacuated the injured for medical aid. However, the individual succumbed to his injuries,” said the Army. He said Indian Army replied to the Pakistan’s “belligerence in a befitting manner”. “The Army authorities have promised all possible assistance and help to the family of the deceased,” said the Army.last_img read more

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