Mike Gundy Kind of Wants To Be Kansas State, Doesn’t He?

first_imgI talked with Carson Cunningham about this on our podcast (listen at 5:55 below) — I think of all the Big 12 teams Mike Gundy could choose to model his program after, Kansas State would be the one he would pick. Or the one he has picked.Think about it with me here.What does Mike Gundy preach over and over and over again in countless press conferences and radio hits and on-field interviews?Protect the ballHave sounds special teamsRun it over and over againThat sounds like a poster Bill Snyder has hanging in his office. Which are the top two teams in turnover margin in the Big 12? You guessed it.screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-3-19-10-pmWhat have been the biggest post-Dana, post-Monken complaints about Gundy?He’s gone too conservativeNo he’s REALLY too conservative against OUThere are innumerable rumors about Gundy’s relationships with various offensive coordinators over the last decade at Oklahoma State, but the prevailing narrative is how much he hates risk. I believe this, too. Think about it. Gundy is a CEO. What is a CEO’s job? Mitigate risk. Get everybody on the same page. Don’t take too many chances.Heck, he said this on Monday when talking about recruiting two-year (Juco) players.“We’ve not brought as many in as we had years ago,” said Gundy. “I think we’ve done a pretty good job of evaluating them, their character, and how they will fit into our program – whether they’ll make that adjustment with the structure we have.“It’s a little bit of a risky business just based on our system and how we are with accountability and our structure. We don’t vary much here.”There you go.Here’s more of Gundy going so conservative it makes Ted Cruz look like a raging liberal. This time he was talking about Kansas State coach Bill Snyder’s decision to not go for it on fourth down late in the game last week.“I do not have any grounds to doubt something that Coach [Bill] Snyder would do,” said Gundy. “I mean obviously he knows more about his team than I do. Traditionally, for years, he has played percentages. He is somewhat of a genius when it comes to that and I am guessing in his world that is what he thought was best.”A genius when it comes to percentages!Do you see what’s happening here. Gundy has brought in an offensive coordinator he has more control over, preaches ball security and tempo control and is uncomfortable with throwing the deep ball as often as OSU has in recent years (something he said a few weeks ago).Here’s the thing: All of this works.Usually.It works because when you have more talent than other teams and you protect the ball and don’t take chances, more often than not you’re going to win. You almost always beat the Iowa States and Kansas States and Texas Techs of the world. Or Gundy has anyway.He’s recruited at a top four level in the Big 12 and has been a top four Big 12 team traditionally. Where the model breaks down is against OU. Or against Baylor in recent years Against teams with far more talent. And Gundy seems to think that he can just maintain the status quo and do what he always does against those teams even though everyone can see that from a talent standpoint OSU is an extreme underdog.There is not much tweaking that needs to be done though. Do what you’ve been doing against the lesser teams and then flip it around and take a few chances against OU and Baylor. Run a fake punt (when is the last time OSU ran a fake punt?) Try something, anything.Yes, I believe Mike Gundy wants to be Kansas State, tucked in windbreakers and all, and that’s working out pretty splendidly.But get back to me on December 3. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

College Football Playoff Chairman Speaks on Oklahoma State-Central Michigan controversy

first_imgAmong the many controversial topics touched on during the ESPN telecast on Tuesday evening, college football playoff committee chairman Kirby Hocutt responded to a sore subject for OSU fans: The result of the Central Michigan game.“Oklahoma State’s record is 9-2, Hocutt said on Tuesday on the game. “However, the committee is aware of what transpired in the Central Michigan game. We’re aware.”That’s definitely good news for Oklahoma State. There has been a back-and-forth regarding the controversial ‘loss’ earlier in the season, and most recently, the committee showed a hard-line stance on the game that did not favor the surging Cowboys.“We’re viewing it as a loss,” Hocutt said on Nov. 8. “It’s not within our purview to determine wins and losses.”So while they clearly don’t view them as a 10-1 team at the moment, it seems that they’re at least taking that game into consideration. Which is a positive development.The Cowboys came in at No. 10 in the latest college football playoff rankings. But despite moving up just one spot from the last list released a week ago, Hocutt called the difference between the 6-10 teams “very close.”Oklahoma State has a bye this weekend, before going on the road to Norman to face the rival Sooners for the Big 12 title. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Falls in AP Top 25 After Bye Week

first_imgAfter sitting out this week with a bye, Oklahoma State dropped one spot in the AP top 25 poll that was released on Sunday afternoon to No. 11, and stayed at No. 10 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.Three-loss USC, who beat a 4-win Notre Dame team Saturday, jumped the Cowboys into the 10th spot.Here’s a look at where the top 25 stands in the AP poll.screen-shot-2016-11-27-at-1-22-55-pm screen-shot-2016-11-27-at-1-23-17-pmThe Cowboys rank No. 10 in the college football playoff committe rankings that will be updated once again on Tuesday. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Mike Gundy on if Rob Glass Ever Leaves: ‘I’ll Have to Find Something Else to Do’

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State strength and conditioning guru Rob Glass sat down with Brett Ledbetter of What Drives Winning, a seminar/training course that’s hosted collaborative efforts from the likes of Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan to World Cup champion Abby Wambach.Mike Gundy has previously done two sit-downs with Ledbetter. OSU wrestling coach John Smith has done one, as well.Coach Gundy and Glass talked about the beginnings of their relationship (Glass was on staff at OSU when Gundy was a player) and Gundy talked about the importance of having someone you trust in that role.“If he decides to get out of it, I’ll have to find something else to do,” said Gundy.“Strength and conditioning is the most important aspect of developing college football players.” Gundy continued “Coach [Glass] gets them really eleven months out of the year, so the discipline, the structure, the toughness, the environment he creates and develops sets them up for us.”Glass, who makes just under $400,000 a year according to the Tulsa World’s database, talked about what the moniker #BodyByGlass entails.“We’re trying to, essentially, develop a swagger, a physical presence with our guys because that’s what it takes to be successful,” said Glass. “So we’re training that dominant, alpha-male type of mentality [that] is what we’re trying to create.”His track record of player transformation speaks for itself.Check out the full interview below.last_img read more

10 months agoWoodward steps up Man Utd director of football search after Mourinho dismissal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Woodward steps up Man Utd director of football search after Mourinho dismissalby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are determined to find a Director of Football.United recognise the method of having the manager controlling every aspect of the footballing structure is not sustainable.And they want to find someone who can act as a liaison between the boss and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.The Evening Standard suggests that after parting with Jose Mourinho, United will search for a caretaker boss and a Director of Football.Candidates include the likes of Andrea Berta and Paul Mitchell. last_img

10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino proud to reach another Cup semifinal

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino proud to reach another Cup semifinalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is proud to have led the club into another Cup semifinal.Spurs will meet Chelsea in the final four of the Carabao Cup after victory over Arsenal last night.Pochettino said, “It’s an important thing to be in the semi-final. It’s our fifth season and (we’ve been in) four semi-finals. “Remember, we played the final against Chelsea (League Cup, 2015), another semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley in the FA Cup (2017) and Manchester United in the FA Cup (2018). We are close. “The effort is massive and the most important thing is to be there, competing and trying and one day maybe we will get the reward we deserve.” last_img read more

10 months ago​Chelsea target Koulibaly close to signing Napoli contract

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Chelsea target Koulibaly close to signing Napoli contractby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli are close to securing their star centre-back to a new contract.Tuttomercatoweb reports that Kalidou Koulibaly will be signing a new deal that will give him a wage of €6 million per year.And the most important story is that his deal will not have a release clause.Koulibaly is wanted by both Manchester United and Chelsea.But his club are adamant he will stay, insisting they would even reject bids close to 100 million. last_img

Jamaica to Host ECPA Energy Summit in 2019

first_img Extending appreciation to President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet and the Minister of Energy, Hon. Andres Rebelledo and his team, in partnership with the OAS, for guiding ECPA over the past two years, she noted that Chile has handed Jamaica the baton with a running start. She expressed confidence that Jamaica will also provide strong leadership. Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Her Excellency Audrey Marks, made the announcement as she addressed the opening plenary of the 3rd Ministerial Meeting of ECPA, at Viña del Mar, just outside Santiago, Chile, on September 7. Jamaica is to host the 5th Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), scheduled to be held in 2019. Story Highlights Jamaica is to host the 5th Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), scheduled to be held in 2019.Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Her Excellency Audrey Marks, made the announcement as she addressed the opening plenary of the 3rd Ministerial Meeting of ECPA, at Viña del Mar, just outside Santiago, Chile, on September 7.The Ambassador spoke of the continued commitment of the Government towards energy diversification and access, and reduced cost to the population.She said Jamaica looks forward to the next two years of leading the work of the ECPA in partnership with the team at the Development Secretariat of the OAS.“The region is rich in natural resources and we will seek to optimize this potential through various activities that will make the Americas a leader in the new energy paradigm,” the Ambassador said.Extending appreciation to President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet and the Minister of Energy, Hon. Andres Rebelledo and his team, in partnership with the OAS, for guiding ECPA over the past two years, she noted that Chile has handed Jamaica the baton with a running start. She expressed confidence that Jamaica will also provide strong leadership.“I am very heartened by the expressions of support from the partners of this initiative at the United States Department of Energy and Department of State as well as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank delegations,” the Ambassador said.Also addressing the meeting were President Bachelet and the Secretary General of the OAS, Ambassador Luis Almagro.President Bachelet highlighted the necessity of energy access and her country’s commitment towards more sustainable energy, and supporting the guiding principles and Action Plan of the ECPA.During the opening ceremony, representatives from several countries made presentations in support of the seven pillars of the ECPA.The seven pillars include: promoting renewable energy; improving energy efficiency; making more efficient use of fossil fuels; creating energy infrastructure; reducing energy poverty; promoting regional energy integration; and developing energy research and innovation.Its Mission is to promote regional energy cooperation through different strategies and actions to achieve a cleaner, safer, efficient, modern and fair energy deployment, while the Vision is one of shared leadership in the implementation of energy initiatives and the exchange of experiences within the countries of the Americas, in support of energy development objectives.The ECPA is supported by a Technical Coordination Unit led by the Department of Sustainable Development of the OAS.last_img read more

George Clooney Donates 1 Million to Counter War Crimes and Corruption in

first_imgToday George Clooney, through the Clooney Foundation for Justice, gave a $1 million gift to The Sentry to kick off its “Making War Criminals Pay” fundraising campaign.With increased investigative capacity, The Sentry – an initiative of the Enough Project and Not On Our Watch – will dramatically increase its production of dossiers focused on war criminals and their financial networks. The Sentry’s dossiers are being turned over to banks and governments in order to lay the foundation for serious action by regulatory and law enforcement authorities around the world, aimed at prosecuting or seizing the assets of those who finance and benefit from genocide or other war crimes.In addition to George Clooney’s generous grant, The Sentry is pleased to announce leadership gifts from: Don Cheadle, Carl Allen, Ruben Vardanyan, the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, and three major donors who wish to remain anonymous. Including the Clooney Foundation grant, these gifts total $3.45 million. To reach their campaign goal of $6 million, The Sentry will seek to raise an additional $2.55 million.The Sentry is a team of policy analysts, regional experts, and financial forensic investigators that follows the money in order to create consequences for those funding and profiting from genocide or other mass atrocities in Africa, and to build leverage for peace.Announcing his gift, George Clooney, co-founder of The Sentry, said: “Our focus is to make sure that war crimes don’t pay. We want to make it more difficult for those willing to kill en masse to secure their political and economic objectives. When we’re able to go after the warlords’ wallets and bankrupt those who choose the bullet over the ballot, suddenly the incentives are for peace, not war; transparency, not corruption.”Sentry co-founder John Prendergast added: “The Sentry is pursuing a new strategy to counter mass atrocities that would utilize the tools of financial pressure normally reserved for countering terrorism, organized crime, and nuclear proliferation. We aim to undermine the pillars of the war economy and disrupt the financial flows that fuel conflict. Unless the links between conflict and corruption are confronted, peace will remain a distant dream.”With the Clooney Foundation gift and additional campaign donations, The Sentry will also be able to increase its capacity for public reporting based on material from these dossiers. Over the coming year, reports will be published focusing on state looting and illicit financial flows out of the war-torn countries of South Sudan, Sudan, Congo, Somalia, and the Central African Republic.As part of its efforts, The Sentry has also been an active partner in the #KeepThePromise (www.thepromisetoact.org) campaign aimed at countering genocide and educating the world about past atrocities such as the Armenian Genocide. The Sentry and its partners Enough and Not On Our Watch will expand its activities in that partnership over the coming year.last_img read more

The Warriors Defense Might Send Them Back To The NBA Finals

Best team performances of the 2016 NBA playoffs 4San Antonio Spurs6-4+0.9+4.9+5.8 16Memphis Grizzlies0-4-12.9-5.2-18.1 3Oklahoma City Thunder9-4+6.1+1.6+7.7 TEAMRECORDOFFENSEDEFENSETOTAL 7Miami Heat7-7-2.2+2.7+0.5 13Houston Rockets1-4-12.5+0.7-11.8 2Golden State Warriors9-3+5.5+4.8+10.3 9Atlanta Hawks4-6-1.3-0.0-1.3 8Toronto Raptors8-7+0.9-0.7+0.2 1Cleveland Cavaliers9-0+18.4+2.7+21.1 14Dallas Mavericks1-4-5.6-10.0-15.7 10Los Angeles Clippers2-4-3.2+1.2-2.1 6Indiana Pacers3-4-2.3+4.1+1.8 12Detroit Pistons0-4+2.3-10.8-8.4 15Charlotte Hornets3-4-11.5-4.5-16.0 11Boston Celtics2-4-10.4+2.1-8.3 One thing that’s often lost amid the spectacle of the Golden State Warriors’ record-setting regular season is that this squad’s style is quite different from the one that went on a dominant championship run a year ago. The 2014-15 Warriors were astonishingly balanced; they had the NBA’s second-best offense and led the league in defensive efficiency. This season’s version, however, was first in offensive rating by a healthy margin but sixth-best on defense — good, but not great. The resulting team was ever-so-slightly better, but less symmetrical.In the playoffs, though, the Warriors’ defense has helped the team battle through Stephen Curry’s absence and reclaim the mantle of NBA title favorite. Here’s the offensive and defensive efficiency of this season’s playoff teams relative to average, accounting for the regular-season performance of a team’s opponents:1These numbers also factor in home-court advantage (roughly 2.8 points per 100 possessions) and the championship leverage of every game. 5Portland Trail Blazers5-6+3.9-1.7+2.2 Team efficiencies adjusted for strength of schedule using opponents‘ regular-season stats.Source: Basketball-Reference.com The Cavs have blown away their playoff peers so far, but Golden State deserves credit as well for posting the best defensive performance of any remaining team. Indeed, the Warriors’ ratings look a lot like the balanced attack that drove their championship last season — even though Curry has suited up for just six of the team’s 12 games.When the Warriors require outbursts of unadulterated offensive brilliance — like, say, 12 points in 82 seconds or 17 points in an overtime period — Curry has been happy to oblige. But Golden State has also held the mighty Oklahoma City Thunder offense to an efficiency rate 10 points per 100 possessions below their regular-season standard through two games of the Western Conference finals. Even on nights when the Warrior offense isn’t operating at peak productivity, such as Game 1 against OKC, the defense can keep the game competitive into its final minutes.With Draymond Green leading the way, Golden State’s D in this series has already forced the Thunder into two of their 19 worst games of the season according to quantified shot quality, a player tracking-based measure that accounts for the location and conditions under which every shot is taken. In games 1 and 2, Kevin Durant’s shot quality has been his sixth- and 21st-worst of the year, and Russell Westbrook has been limited to his 31st and 24th-worst games. If it’s seemed like Russ and KD have been swimming upstream for long stretches in the series so far, this is why. The duo’s effective field goal percentage in the series is just 43 percent, far below their combined regular-season mark of 53 percent.There’s still plenty of time for the Thunder to wrest control of the series back from Golden State. But to do it, Oklahoma City will have to go through the Warrior defense, a unit that’s back to being as sturdy as it was during the team’s title run last season.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Ohio State looking to hold off Michigan in Big Ten Championship finale

The Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion played host to the men’s swimming and diving Big Ten Championships and OSU swimmers gave the home crowd something to cheer about on Friday.“I’ve never experienced a night like this as a coach,” coach Bill Wadley said. To find a better night in Ohio State swimming history, one would have to go back at least 50 years, Wadley said.Coming into Friday night, the Buckeyes were tied with Michigan, but by the end of the night things changed. The Buckeyes started the night off with a bang, and kept it going, wrapping up Friday’s action in first place.In the 200-yard freestyle relay, OSU was able to bring home the gold and take sole possession of the lead. The relay was made up of Joel Elber, Andrew Olson, Lincoln Fahrbach and Tim Phillips.“It’s a really good momentum builder,” Olson said.The Buckeyes lost their lead for a moment, but the Buckeyes stayed positive.In the next event, sophomore Austin Mudd placed fifth in the 400-yard individual medley while teammate Justin Farra took place sixth in the same event. Both swimmers were able to improve from their morning swim.The next event was a battle of OSU against Michigan. Both teams had three swimmers in the 100-yard butterfly. OSU performed well, but Michigan was able to outscore the Buckeyes.Even though the Buckeyes were outscored, the team was happy about the finishes by all three swimmers. Phillips finished second, Quincy Lee finished fifth and Fahrbach finished in seventh.In the 100-yard breaststroke, the Buckeyes came close to a sweep. OSU was able to finish in first, second and fourth place. Junior Elliott Keefer was able to bring home the gold for OSU while senior Sam Pelkey brought home the silver. Senior Dani Malnik was just one tenth of a second from tying for third. She placed fourth.In that same event, Michigan had only one person in the top eight.OSU finished the night off with a bang. Sophomore Andrew Elliott placed first in the 100-yard backstroke.By the end of the swimming portion of the meet on Friday, the Buckeyes had 592.5 points to take over first place. Michigan checked in second with 512.5 points.The Buckeyes may have the lead but a Big Ten Championship is not in the bag.The Buckeyes will be in the pool Saturday to try to fend off Michigan and bring home a Big Ten Championship. read more

Micciche Introduces Bill To Close Schneider Loopholes

first_imgClassify unwanted contact with semen as a sexual crime, which means perpetrators can be required to register as sex offenders for this crime;Require that strangulation to the point of unconsciousness is defined as assault in the first degree, which carries a sentence of 5 to 20 years; andEliminate credit toward time served for electronic monitoring for sexual assault convictions. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen) filed a bill to eliminate the “Schneider Loopholes” in Alaska’s criminal code in sexual assault cases. Micciche says SB 12 will improve our sexual assault laws in three important ways: Sen. Micciche: “In recent years, one outrageous story after another about criminals getting a slap on the wrist has dominated our headlines. The case of Justin Schneider, however, forced us to confront just how badly our criminal justice system has been failing victims and survivors of sexual assault. SB 12 represents an urgently needed fix to a glaring loophole, but it is only the beginning.”center_img Senate Bill 12 was introduced by Senator Micciche after Justin Schneider, a case that gained national attention, after he served no prison time for strangling a woman to the point of unconsciousness and then ejaculating on her. According to Senator Micciche this exposed some serious, long-standing shortcomings in laws dealing with sexual assault in Alaska: “Serious crimes were ignored and an inappropriate plea deal allowed the perpetrator to serve a portion of the sentence of the single conviction at home with his family. In a state number one in the U.S. for sexual assault, we are making the statement that there will be ‘no more free passes’ for perpetrators of such crimes.”last_img read more

Bengali talent set to take London by storm

first_imgFilm lovers in London are in for a treat this summer as Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival returns for its 6th year from 16 – 23 July. The festival is pleased to announce that the Bagri Foundation, a charity whose aims include the advancement of literacy, education and the arts, with an emphasis on those of India, and the appreciation and understanding of Asian cultures, is on board as the Title Sponsor. With some of the most prestigious and thought-provoking new independent films from the Indian sub-continent, the festival is now in its 6th edition and firmly established as Europe’s largest showcase for South Asian cinema.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Considering the growing popularity of Indian cinema this year, the dynamic festival is also expanding to UK’s second largest city Birmingham. From hard hitting documentaries to gritty Slumdog like dramas, the festival showcases a plethora of talent. This year’s festival will also feature some of West Bengal’s most extraordinary talent. The prestigious British Film Institute who are one of the sponsors of the festival will play host to premiere two of the festival’s finest films – Konkona Sen Sharma starring Gour Hari Dastaan and Churni Ganguly’s directorial debut Nirbashito. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn attendance at the festival will be the versatile actress Konkona Sen Sharma who will present two of her films – Sari Raat, based on renowned playwright Badal Sarkar’s eponymous work directed by acclaimed film maker Aparna Sen. In her debut Hindi film Aparna Sen adeptly uses light, shadow and sound to create a mysterious world in which Konkona plays yet another interesting character, supported by Anjan Dutta and Ritwik Chakraborty. Konkona will also be seen in Anant Mahadevan’s Gour Hari Dastaan, a true life drama about one of the last remaining Gandhian freedom fighters. There are some sparkling performances by an ensemble cast including Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shorey and Tannishtha Chatterjee. The festival will also be the UK Premiere of Bengali actor/director Churni Ganguly’s debut film Nirbashito, a powerful story exploring a writer’s forced exile from Bengal. The film also features Saswata Chatterjee and actress Raima Sen in a guest appearance. Churni, whose directorial debut won the Best Bengali film award at the 62nd National Film Awards will be present in London during the festival to talk about the film. The festival is also proud to include Bengali director Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s debut feature film Asha Jaoar Majhe (Labour of Love), recipient of Best Debut Director 2014 at the 71st Venice International Film Festival. The film starring Ritwick Chakraborty and Basabdatta Chatterjee is a cinematically sublime, must-see debut that evokes the legacies of Bengali masters like Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak. Umrika, directed by Prashant Nair and winner of the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, starring Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) and Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), will be the opening night gala of The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival (July 16-23). Cricket lovers in India will be thrilled to know, the festival will close with a hard hitting cricket documentary Death of a Gentleman, featuring Ravi Shastri, Kevin Pieterson, Lalit Modi, N Srinivasan and Giles Clarke. Director Sam Collins said: “Death of a Gentleman has been four years in the making, and we are hugely excited to be chosen as the closing film at the 2015 LIFF. This is a very human story about passion, money and power, and we hope to make a persuasive case to cricket fans and non cricket fans alike that the greatest game in the world needs to change its ways.”Other programme highlights include: a rare Screen Talk by one of India’s most acclaimed mainstream film makers Tamilian giant Mani Ratnam, Berlinale winner Dhanak directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, Venice winner Court, Toronto doc. Monsoon. UK premieres continue with Slumdog-like The Crows Egg and the much awaited 31st October starring Soha Ali Khan. Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala will also be in attendance to support a charity event for the Nepal Earthquake. The festival also includes the coveted Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition & Award, supported by the Bagri Foundation.last_img read more

Asia Pacific pay TV providers from the market top

first_imgAsia Pacific pay TV providers from the market top 65 companies will collectively see subscriptions to their services grown by nearly 100 million by 2021, according to new research.Digital TV Research predicts the total number of subs among them will have risen from 438 million in 2015 to 536 million six years later.The 65 top companies, which accounted for 81% Asia Pacific pay TV subs in 2015, while have an 83% share by 2021, the the Asia Pacific Pay TV Operator Forecasts report claims.Furthermore, he top ten operators in 2015 (see graph for top five) will account for two-thirds of subscribers over the next five years, with two more operators joining the ten that already have more than ten million subs.Regional giant China Radio & TV will have a quarter of a billion subs by 2021, up from the 239 million in 2015. Both figures are well ahead of the next largest, China Telecom, though this will see more growth in the six-year period – up from 22.95 million to 39.22 million.Financially, the top 65 operators will see their collective revenues grow from nearly US$6 billion in 2015 to US$31 billion by 2021. They will account for more than three-quarters of revenues for the next five years, but the proportion among the top ten will fall below half as emerging services proliferate.While China and India dominate the stats in terms of subs, they do not when counted in revenue terms (subs and pay-per-view only), the report notes. Two Chinese firms will add more than US$500 million in revenues, while Australia’s Foxtel will see the biggest fall among 16 operators set to lose revenues, dipping US$147 million.last_img read more