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Reiss Nelson drops a hint over Arsenal future

Reiss Nelson drops a hint over Arsenal future

first_imgArsenal loan star Reiss Nelson has stated that he aims to become a club legend as he dropped a hint of a possible return in JanuaryThe 18-year-old forward has already bagged six goals in seven appearances on loan at Hoffenheim this season.Following Danny Welbeck’s horrific injury last week, Nelson has been tipped to make an early return to the Emirates Stadium.Now the teenage star himself hinted that it could happen while discussing his plans to become an Arsenal legend.“Arsenal are my boyhood club,” Nelson told BBC.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I’ve been with them since I was eight, so that’s 10 years.“I just want to go back there stronger because at the time I was at Arsenal I was 16, 17 and I didn’t feel confident.“I didn’t think I was a man, but now I’m feeling stronger and I think a couple more months or even a year in Hoffenheim will make me strong and give me the belief and confidence to go back to Arsenal and do very good there.“I want to be an Arsenal legend. And, for England, it’s the best. You can’t beat playing for your country I don’t think.”Nelson made 15 appearances for Arsenal last season and signed a new long-term contract with the Gunners in the summer.last_img read more

Hanley Woods Goldstone You Have to Get Up and Say Today is

first_imgFOLIO: Shouldn’t it be “customer first,” and not “digital first?”PG: It’s always customer first. The wave of engagement in content consumption is happening in the most robust way in the form of digital platforms. It really comes down to this notion: You have to be constantly disrupting yourselves in order to serve your customers most effectively in every medium that they require. FOLIO: What is your current revenue structure and what do you want it to be?PG: We probably have 30 percent of overall revenue through digital platforms, which is pretty healthy. The goal is to get north of 50 percent over time in terms of digital revenue as a percent of the whole.FOLIO: Last year, Frank Anton said HW had shut down 14 magazines, and might have to shut down a lot more, leaving three core titles. Speak to that comment.PG: Every year we have to rationalize our portfolio, and place our bets on the brands that produce the most promise. Portfolio decisions are a day-by-day ongoing endeavor. FOLIO: What criteria do you use when you rationalize your portfolio?PG: It is incumbent on executives to be as close to the customer as possible, and listen and understand what the pain points are, and help them solve problems. And then you have to come back to the mothership and create the right products and services to solve their marketing needs. FOLIO: What do you see as your company’s big opportunities?PG: The opportunity is in creating a culture supporting and nurturing innovation and constant product development. You always have an opportunity to iterate and get things right as you go. You have to be willing to disrupt.FOLIO: One of the speakers here said b-to-b media companies today need to be two companies, one for today and one for tomorrow. Do you agree?PG: You don’t necessarily have be two companies, but you need to be one company always be prepared to reinvent itself. Frank always said, ‘If it’s good, make it better, if it’s better, make it the best, and if it’s the best, it’s time to reinvent it.’ At The Atlantic, they were always prepared to disrupt themselves. It’s really about running one company that has the commitment and is comfortable with innovation as a core cultural ethos.FOLIO: What are your immediate priorities?PG: To understand that the company’s been through a lot of challenges, but to get everyone to believe in a sense of optimism. These are premium brands that matter to the audience. That’s leveragable. Second is to push forward on this notion of digital-product development and digital innovation. It’s a golden age of media marketing. There are so many ways we can serve our markets and our marketing partners. We just have to make our bets in the right areas. And finally it comes down to talent. Do you have the right people in the right places to really push forward?And you’ve got to have fun. Everyone misses their numbers. You’re going to miss numbers. You’re not to going to succeed every time, but you have to get up and say, ‘Today is going to be fun, because we’re going to try X, Y, and Z. You do what’s right for the business and doing what’s right for the business can be really fun. FOLIO: The company’s performance has been, euphemistically, challenged. What’s the outlook?PG: There’s been solid growth in the last year. Trade shows are starting to recover. Some of the market sectors are starting to perform better than others. Commercial design is one. Two years ago, Frank and I were able to secure a deal to become the official magazine for the American Institute of Architects. We took over their show and re-launched the official magazine, Architect. That platform has been performing very well. The commercial sector wasn’t as battered as the residential sector, but our performance is attributable to the Architect launch and the relationship with the AIA. It was one of the biggest magazine launches of the last 10 years. FOLIO: What other sectors show promise?PG: The remodeling sector in residential is doing better than the new-construction sector. New construction is sort of bouncing along the bottom, although there are signs of recovery.Most importantly, we have a more advantageous capital structure. Restructuring of the company manifests itself in a more flexible debt structure, and the owners are supportive of making strategic investments in the company. These investments will be in the form of acquisitions and in technology and talent that we need to drive the digital-first strategy. It’s been a busy few months for Hanley Wood, the b-to-b media company that specializes in the residential housing market and has endured—because of the state of the housing market—one of the worst five-year runs of any media company ever. In January, the company recapitalized, reducing debt by $330 million to about $80 million, and receiving an influx of $35 million in new investment from three new private-equity owners, Oaktree Capital Management, Strategic Value Partners and Tennenbaum Capital Partners.While gaining some relief from crushing debt was good for the company (if not for the prior owners), the company still faces struggles, having lost about $100 million in revenue between 2007 and 2011, with projected revenue for 2012 of about $140 million. FOLIO: caught up with Goldstone at this week’s American Business Media Annual Conference in San Francisco. Following are excerpts from the conversation.FOLIO: First, congratulations on your new job. Tell us how you came to be back at Hanley Wood as CEO.Peter Goldstone [PG]: The company changed hands, and Frank Anton and the new owners had been discussing the transition of Frank to the chairman’s role. And the new owners decided to conduct a narrow search. They contacted me and asked me if I’d be interested in coming back. My answer was unequivocally yes. Then in April, the CEO, Frank Anton, long considered one of the industry’s best executives, transitioned to the role of chairman, and Peter Goldstone (pictured), who had been with the company for 11 years before moving to Atlantic Media in 2010, came back as CEO. last_img read more

Wilmingtons Carpenters Local 339 Donates 500 To Helmets To Hardhats Veteran Group

Wilmingtons Carpenters Local 339 Donates 500 To Helmets To Hardhats Veteran Group

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — In recognition of Veteran’s Day, Massachusetts building trades unions, including Wilmington-based Carpenters Local 339, honored local veterans this week and raised more than $50,000 for life-changing career pathways program, Helmets to Hardhats.Helmets to Hardhats is a national nonprofit that connects National Guard, reserve and transitioning active-duty military members with meaningful, family-sustaining careers in the union building trades. Carpenters Local 339 donated $500 to the group.The Massachusetts Building Trades Council is a longtime supporter of the program, which has placed more than 575 military veterans in union construction jobs statewide.“We are so proud to support Helmets to Hardhats in providing career opportunities for our valued veterans. With these donations, we want to thank these courageous men and women for their service and send a clear message that there is a place for them with our unions,” said Frank Callahan, president of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council.The Massachusetts building trades unions represent the largest workforce in the state, and they’re focused on creating middle-class employment opportunities for families across the commonwealth, including for returning veterans. 75,000 men and women have great jobs and benefits with the union building trades, and nearly a quarter of a million children, spouses, and workers are covered by their high-quality union health plans. And through Build a Life and Building Pathways, the unions are creating new avenues of economic opportunity for women and people of color so that everyone can benefit from well-paying careers in the union construction trades.Helmets to Hardhats Executive Director Darrell Roberts recognized the generosity of the building trades unions and union contractors.“Thanks to the generous contributions of the Massachusetts building trades unions and union contractors, we’re able to ensure that our returning veterans have meaningful, well-paying careers in the union building trades. Their support has allowed us to do even more to support the commonwealth’s bravest,” said Roberts.Organizers attributed much of the partnership’s success to its focus on creating new employment opportunities, and ongoing career advancement, through extensive training. The Massachusetts building trades unions spent $48 million last year alone to ensure workers at every phase of their career had free hands-on training.(NOTE: The above press release via Carpenters Local 339.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Meagan Pennie Receives Scholarship From Sheet Metal Workers Local 17In “Education”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Senator Markey Says FCC Vote Imperils Community TelevisionIn “Government”Wilmington’s iPods For Wounded Veterans Travel To Arizona, Partner With Teamsters To Give Gifts To VeteransIn “Community”last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Reading Cooperative Banks Julieann Thurlow Elected Chair Of Cooperative Central Bank

BUSINESS BRIEF Reading Cooperative Banks Julieann Thurlow Elected Chair Of Cooperative Central Bank

first_imgREADING, MA — Reading Cooperative Bank (RCB) is proud to announce that Julieann Thurlow, RCB President & CEO, has been elected as chair of The Co-operative Central Bank, which is a Share Insurance Fund (SIF) made up of many co-operative banks across Massachusetts and is responsible for insuring all deposits of cooperative bank customers above FDIC limits.The Co-operative Central Bank is a private special act corporation. It was established in 1932 to provide a source of cash reserves for all co-operative banks in Massachusetts. The Share Insurance Fund was established by the Legislature in 1934 to provide protection for deposits in Massachusetts chartered co-operative banks. The SIF is a private fund owned by the member co-operative banks, which insures all deposits at co-operative banks in Massachusetts above Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) limits. Not one dollar has been lost in a cooperative bank in Massachusetts since its inception.The unique, combined insurance coverage afforded by the FDIC and the SIF provides the best deposit insurance available, whether deposit balances are held in passbook, statement or certificate type accounts, or in any combination of these accounts. Since its inception, the SIF has preserved the enviable claim of member co-operative banks that “no depositor has ever lost a dollar in any Massachusetts co-operative bank.”“It’s truly an honor and a privilege to serve as Chairman of an organization that’s looking out for community banks in our State,” Thurlow said. “I look forward to doing my part in upholding the promise that the fund has made to its member institutions for generations.”To contact The Co-operative Central Bank, please visit: http://www.coopcentralbank.com/contact.html.About Reading Cooperative BankReading Cooperative Bank is a depositor owned co-operative founded in 1886. This community-centric North Shore financial service provider has branches in Reading, Wilmington, North Reading, Andover, and Burlington. They also operate teaching branches at Northeast Metro Tech in Wakefield (open to the public) and at Reading Memorial High School (students and staff only), as well as an online branch at http://www.readingcoop.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Reading Cooperative Bank.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Reading Cooperative Bank Supports Mystic Valley Elder Services’ Elder Independence FundIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Reading Cooperative Bank Is A Founding Member Of Alloy LabsIn “Business”Reading Cooperative Bank’s Julieann Thurlow Ranks in the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses, AgainIn “Business”last_img read more

OPEC News IranSaudi Arabia differences fuel price drop

first_imgIt used to be said of OPEC that it was like a teabag – it only worked in hot water. If that is so, conditions on world oil markets could hardly be more difficult as prices languish at almost seven-year lows near $40 a barrel.Yet, rather than closing ranks, OPEC is finding that an intensifying battle for market share, worsened by deep regional differences between Saudi Arabia and Iran, is driving it further apart.Halfway through last Friday’s six-hour meeting, an unexpected dispute erupted over the defining feature of the cartel. In a move sources say was masterminded by Saudi Arabia, ministers finally agreed for the first time in decades to drop any reference to the 13-member group’s output ceiling.The pivot, which surprised not only markets but also some OPEC officials, appeared to be a direct response to Saudi Arabia’s arch-rival Iran, which has made clear it intends to make a rapid return to global oil markets next year as nuclear-related sanctions are lifted.With Tehran looking to pump as much as 1 million barrels per day (bpd) more crude into a market already saturated with excess supply, an increase of about 1% in world supply, maintaining or legitimizing any pretence of OPEC limits – no matter how notional – was not an option for Riyadh.”The ceiling issue was very controversial and they could not decide on it,” said an OPEC source briefed on the discussion inside the room. “Nobody was happy.”Earlier, another source said there was a “huge disagreement among members, even bigger now, as oversupply is no longer mainly coming from Gulf delegates, but from Iran.”In the near-term, the outcome of Friday’s meeting probably makes little difference in global markets. Ever since last year, most members have been pumping flat-out to defend their market from fast-growing upstart rivals like US shale drillers.And anyway the group’s 30 million bpd ceiling has largely been symbolic and, in practical terms, ignored.Yet abandoning the pretence of production restraint threatens to intensify price wars between OPEC members, leaving them even less likely to agree on any market measures down the road, analysts said, and piling more pressure on prices.In a note following the meeting, Goldman Sachs said it saw a rising probability that the markets may need to adjust through “operational stress” when the world runs out of storage capacity, reiterating its “lower for even longer” thesis.OPEC’S PURPOSESince OPEC, which produces a third of global oil, was set up 55 years ago, the purpose of its existence was to set production targets to try to influence global prices.It has weathered internal strife and conflict before, including wars between its own members — Iran and Iraq in the 1980s, and Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in the 1990s.But the present Sunni-Shia conflicts setting Saudi Arabia and Iran at each other’s throats, particularly in Syria and Yemen, make the relationship between the two OPEC powers even more fraught.”The fact that Iranian-backed Houthi militants are squaring off against Saudi-led troops in Yemen is not helpful, as increased Iranian oil revenues are likely to find their way to Iranian military interests in Yemen, Iraq and Syria,” said Aberdeen Asset Management’s investment strategist Robert Minter.Hence OPEC is setting up for a showdown at the corral, he added, as Iran wants its pre-sanction market share back, and the Gulf states are not inclined to cede volume when they are already feeling the budgetary pain of reduced prices.CONFUSION EMERGESUnlike OPEC’s previous meeting six months ago, when oil prices showed signs of stabilizing near a tolerable $65 a barrel, last week’s meeting was bound to be more tense as an unexpectedly deep and prolonged slump has sapped their economies.All the same, on Friday morning, most delegates and experts anticipated a relatively straightforward meeting that would bless the free-market policy and rubber-stamp a production ceiling. The only likely change, so it seemed, might be raising the figure to 31.5 million bpd to reflect current output rates, rather than the long-exceeded 30 million bpd last reset four years ago.After all, despite the price pain, there were signs that the dramatic strategy masterminded a year ago by Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi was working, albeit more slowly than hoped. Booming US oil production has shifted into reverse, while the world’s demand for oil has revved into a higher gear.The first sign of confusion emerged more than 3 hours into the meeting as ministers broke for lunch.Word leaked that the group had indeed agreed to raise its ceiling to 31.5 million bpd – but it was unclear whether the figure included Indonesia, which was rejoining the group after a hiatus, leaving a 0.9 million bpd margin of error.Although the ceiling increase would have no material effect on actual production, the news sent oil prices tumbling by as much as $1 a barrel, pushing US crude back below $40 a barrel, a response that was unlikely to have heartened ministers.ABOUT FACEWhat fully transpired during that afternoon remains unclear. But several OPEC sources said ultimately a decision was reached that having no ceiling at all would be less negative for oil prices than having a higher ceiling.There appears to have been little if any debate about Iran’s production, although it has been clear for months that it will likely be the biggest challenge they face in 2016.”We spent two minutes on that issue. You can’t stop a sovereign country from coming back to the market. So, debating it is irrelevant,” said Nigerian oil minister Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu. “As a matter of fact, our position is that Iran would displace somebody who is not an OPEC member.””From Saudi prospective, they have no allies. So staying the course makes sense for the Saudis,” said veteran OPEC watcher Gary Ross, Founder of Pira Energy thinktank.Ministers later sought to play down any conflict. Most said they saw no problem in having no targets for a few months and agree on new ones when Iran returns to the market, hoping by then for a deeper decline in US oil production.Some said they spent far more time discussing the succession of Secretary General Abdullah al-Badri, whose term is expiring.One thing is clear though – Friday’s decision will in no way help persuade non-OPEC rivals to curtail their output.”I find it very strange when proposals are being made to cut output when OPEC itself is increasing production,” the head of the Kremlin oil major Rosneft Igor Sechin told Reuters last week ahead of the OPEC meeting.last_img read more

Domestic car sales rose 5 in February Sensex sheds 100 points after

first_imgVehicles move past the India Gate war memorial in New Delhi, India, October 1, 2016 (representational image).Reuters file11.38 AM IST: The Sensex and Nifty pared gains after a bullish opening driven by investors cheering results of exit polls that gave the BJP a clear edge over rivals in the key state of Uttar Pradesh. The Sensex was up 24 points at 28,854. Domestic car sales rose 4.9 percent in February to 1,72,623 units while overall passenger sales increased 9 percent to 2,55,359 units, the PTI reported, citing data released by automobile industry body Siam.However, two-wheeler sales remained almost flat at 13.62 lakh units.The Auto index on the BSE was up 0.17 percent. 9.15 AM IST: Stock markets open with a bang, on expected lines in response to the exit poll predictions. The BSE Sensex gained 124 points to reach 29,053 while the NSE Nifty was trading 37 points higher at 8,964. Top Sensex gainers were Hero Motocorp, Adani Ports, GAIL (India) and TCS.Wipro was trading 0.94 percent higher at Rs 488, GAIL was down 0.29 percent at Rs 378 after going ex-bonus on Thursday (ratio was 1:3), Dr Reddy’s Labs was trading 0.29 percent higher at Rs 2,716 despite receiving more than 10 observations after inspection by the US FDA of its manufacturing unit at Duwada, Visakhapatnam.Exit polls by various agencies give close to 180 seats to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the recently-concluded Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. This could trigger a rally on Indian stock markets. The actual results will be declared on Saturday (March 11), but the party seen as falling short of a clear majority could dampen sentiments for investors.The best possible outcome for the BJP is 251-279 seats predicted by the India Today-Axis My India Poll, placing the saffron party far ahead of the Samajwadi Party-Congress coalition’s 88-112 seats.The Times Now-VMR Exit Poll says the BJP could win 190-210 seats, while the Samajwadi Party-Congress is likely to bag 110-130 seats. The BSP may finish with 57-74, in the 403-member Assembly. Another exit poll, by NewsX-MRC, predicted the BJP to win 185 seats with the Samajwadi Party-Congress finishing second at 120 and the BSP at 90 seats. ABP-Lokniti exit poll gave 164-176 seats to the BJP and 156-169 to the Samajwadi Party-Congress.India TV-C Voter said the BJP will get 155-167 seats while the Samajwadi Party-Congress coalition would finish with 135-147 seats. The poll of polls gave the BJP 179 seats, SP-Congress 136 and the BSP 77 seats.On Thursday, the BSE Sensex closed 27 points higher at 28,929 while the NSE Nifty gained 3 points to end at 8,927. Top gainers on the BSE included Unichem Labs, Inox Wind, Balrampur Chini Mills, SpiceJet and Dish TV.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs/FPIs) scaled down their purchases after spell of huge purchases in the past few days and were net buyers of Indian equities worth Rs 488 crore, according to provisional data published by the National Stock Exchange (NSE). “There was a positive sentiment in the market as continued FIIs buying and hope of GST implementation. Global markets were not encouraging on expectation of US Fed rate hike in 15th March policy meeting. Both Hong Kong and China Index declined 1% each on account of China reporting poor CPI numbers,” brokerage Motilal Oswal Securities said in a note on Thursday.Another analyst advised caution ahead of results. “Tomorrow being the last day before the actual outcome, we would expect some volatility in the market. Hence, it’s advisable to avoid the momentum trading as the market may give few whipsaws.,” Sameet Chavan, Chief Analyst, Technical & Derivatives, Angel Broking.On Wednesday, FIIs were net buyers of stocks worth Rs 3,573 crore, preceded by Rs 920 crore on Tuesday and Rs 564 crore on Monday.The rupee closed at 66.71 to the US dollar on Thursday, unchanged from its previous close. Gold prices closed Rs 250 lower at Rs 29,250 per 10 gm.last_img read more

WATCH Democrat Jones Officially Declared Winner Over Roy Moore

WATCH Democrat Jones Officially Declared Winner Over Roy Moore

first_imgDemocrat Doug Jones’ historic victory over Republican Roy Moore was declared official Thursday as Alabama election officials certified him the winner of the special Senate election earlier this month, despite claims of voter irregularities from his opponent.Jones defeated Moore on Dec. 12 by about 22,000 votes in a stunning victory in a deeply red state. It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama. Moore was dogged by accusations of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls that occurred decades ago.The state’s former chief justice refused to concede and even filed a last-ditch lawsuit hours before the certification, but a judge rejected his claims. Alabama election officials also found no evidence of voting irregularities.Photo via Twitter @EduSamaniA spokesman for Jones earlier called Moore’s lawsuit a “desperate attempt … to subvert the will of the people.”“The election is over. It’s time to move on,” Sam Coleman wrote in an email.Jones will be sworn in on Jan. 3, narrowing the GOP’s advantage in the U.S. Senate to 51-49. He takes over the seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The term expires in January 2021.Jones is a former U.S. attorney best known for prosecuting two Ku Klux Klansmen responsible for Birmingham’s infamous 1963 church bombing.Moore’s campaign was deeply wounded by the sexual misconduct accusations. Moore denied the accusations and said in the lawsuit that he had passed a polygraph test to prove they are false.Moore’s attorney wrote in the wide-ranging complaint that he believed there were irregularities during the election, including that voters may have been brought in from other states. He attached a statement from a poll worker that she had noticed licenses from Georgia and North Carolina as people signed in to vote.The complaint also noted the higher-than-expected turnout in the race, particularly in Jefferson County, and said Moore’s numbers were suspiciously lower than straight-ticket Republican voting in about 20 Jefferson County precincts. The complaint asked for a fraud investigation and eventually a new election.“This is not a Republican or Democrat issue as election integrity should matter to everyone,” Moore said in a statement Wednesday.Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said he had not found any evidence of voter fraud, but that his office will investigate any complaint Moore submits.Rick Hasen, an election law expert and professor at the University of California, Irvine, said Moore’s complaint did not raise the sort of issues that lead courts to overturn an election. He said Moore’s complaint might just be a way for him to fundraise and throw “red meat to his loyal supporters.”Moore has sent several fundraising emails to supporters asking for donations to investigate claims of voter fraud. Sharelast_img read more

Delhi gets an Aussie dose

Delhi gets an Aussie dose

first_imgThe nation is acquiring interest in documentary films, especially since the BBC’s documentary on Nirbhaya rape case created quite a stir in the International platform. Australian documentary films are nonetheless awe-inspiring as they also deal with interesting issues and are creatively presented to the audience. The national Capital also witnessed some of the Australian Documentaries as India International Centre hosted a film festival where award-winning documentaries were shown from July 23-25.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Two documentarians Martin Butler and Pat Fiske, who happened to be in the city for their documentary films, talked about film-making, Australian historical heritage and much more.When asked whether getting into film-making was harder than continuing in the industry, Martin Butler said, “Both are extremely hard but getting started is harder because one does not have the funds or contacts that would facilitate in becoming a documentary film-maker. Money is invested in your work once you gain experience in film-making. Experience makes it easier to get noticed.” Pat Fiske added, “During our time in the 70’s we had access to government funds which was provided to promote film-making and we could explore the art of film-making and learn on the job. At that time the government was putting in a lot of money so we learned by participating but nowadays film schools have come up which did not exist in our time (to Butler) wouldn’t you agree? To which Butler replied “Yes. It is indeed tough to become a documentarian and I suspect one has to be lucky.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTalking about the industry, Butler added, “The Australian film industry is quite big compared to the size of the country and they make quite a number of feature films each year. It is nothing like the size of India obviously, but I think that Australia is stronger in documentary film-making. There are a number of complicated reasons for that but Australian films are bold and they take on interesting, confronting topics and subjects and use them in an innovative way. Indian audience should be advised to watch Australian films, especially, the documentaries. There are a lot of interesting subjects covered, I’d be surprised if they’re already covered in India.” Martin Butler talked about his documentary First Footprints, where he described Australia’s ancient history. He explained how it covers the history of fifty thousand years before the arrival of White Australians. He said, “It is generally assumed that the Aboriginal Australians were too primitive though the research has found out that they were technologically advanced. They were pioneers in sea faring being the first people in the world to cross the ocean. They had explored the ocean when nobody else did. They were also the first ones to make pictures and sculptures. If one would visit the remote areas of Australia, one would find such sculptures and paintings.” He added that Australia is also rich in cultural heritage like India.Pat Fiske, described her two documentary films Scarlet Rose and Love Marriage in Kabul that were shown in the festival.Scarlet Rose follows the extraordinary life of an Australian sex worker, Rachel Wotton. Impassioned about freedom of sexual expression and the rights of sex workers, she specializes in a long over-looked clientele —people with disability.In the documentary Love Marriage in Kabul, Mahboba Rawi is a strong-willed Afghan-Australian woman who has dedicated her life in helping orphans in Afghanistan. She is the founder of Mahboba’s Promise and a mother figure for thousands of orphans and widows currently supported by her programs. The story revolves around one of the girls from her orphanage who falls in love with a boy-next-door and all the problems that she faces in getting them married.last_img read more