ATHENS – Greek soccer players will go on an indefinite strike next week to protest the league’s failure to pay players let go by financially troubled teams.The came from the Greek Professional Soccer Players Association (PSAP) whose members are upset about the lack of payment promised two years ago.said that the country’s federation and top two leagues failed to keep to their agreement of two“The players have exceeded the limits of tolerance and patience and are tired of hearing promises,” a players’ statement said, according to Agence France Presse.The association said the strike action will begin with the third round of Greek Cup group matches of December 15-17 and continue with Super League and second division matches of December 19-21.“We have no other way to preserve our professional, economic, athletic and material existence. We ask nothing more than to activate the relief mechanism that was agreed upon. We do not want anything more than what we are entitled to,” added the players.Greek soccer is already in disarray with top power Panathinaikos facing stiff penalties for allowing fans to bring in flares and disrupt a game with rival Olympiacos, which had to be called off. The league also has been accused of rampant match-fixing and financial improprieties but successive governments have done almost nothing about it.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Olympiacos Piraeus showed its resilience to hold off Brose Bamberg for a hard-fought 83-77 victory at the Peace and Friendship Stadium. The Reds improved to 14-6 in the standings with their sixth consecutive home victory, while the gutsy visiting team dropped to 7-13. Athletic big man Khem Birch was the standout performer for Olympiacos with a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds. Veteran Vassilis Spanoulis led the offense with 15 points and 6 assists and Matt Lojeski and Kostas Papanikolaou added 13 and 12 points, respectively. Nicolo Melli paced the visitors with 14 points, Darius Miller and Nikos Zisis scored 13 each and Janis Strelnieks and Fabien Causeur had 12. Both teams saw players fouled out – Nikola Milutinov and Jerel McNeal – in a physical contest, which Bamberg kept close right until the end, partly thanks to converting 23 of 25 free throws.Olympiacos started strong behind an active Papanikolaou, who recorded 5 points, 2 steals and 2 assists by the midway point of the first quarter to establish an 11-3 lead. Eight first-quarter points from Spanoulis sent the advantage into double digits, but Bamberg finally found some offensive rhythm in the second quarter as Causeur and Leon Radosevic supplied a steady stream of points. Dominic Waters scored 6 from the bench for Olympiacos, which led 41-32 at the break. Lojeski netted a quick 7 points at the start of the second half to further extend the lead as the home team’s defense continued to hold Bamberg at bay. Having failed to score a single three-pointer in the first 29 minutes, the German champion then scored 4 triples in quick succession to make it 71-69 midway through the fourth, but Olympiacos pulled away again as Birch dominated inside. And although Bamberg continued to battle hard, there was no way back as Olympiacos finished strong.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Transfers Man Utd need to find a Kroos and Ferdinand – Giggs offers transfer advice to Mourinho Chris Burton 04:15 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Premier League The Red Devils legend has urged those at Old Trafford to use the summer transfer market to bring in a new creative midfielder and physical centre-half Manchester United need to bring in a Toni Kroos type midfielder and a Rio Ferdinand-esque defender this summer, claims club legend Ryan Giggs.The Red Devils are expected to be busy during the transfer window, with two deals already in place.Teenage full-back Diogo Dalot has signed from Porto, while a £52.5 million ($70m) fee has been agreed with Shakhtar Donetsk for Brazil international Fred. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Those additions will help to bolster the ranks at Old Trafford, but Giggs is hoping to see more funds invested in proven performers who can address obvious deficiencies in Jose Mourinho’s squad.The former United winger told the South China Morning Post: “I think up front we’re fine. With the firepower we’ve got [Romelu] Lukaku scores goals, [Alexis] Sanchez, [Marcus] Rashford, Jesse [Lingard]. You’ve got a lot of options up front.“In midfield I’d like to see, we’ve been saying it for a long time, we thought [Paul] Pogba would be that attacking midfielder I would like to see.“They don’t grow on trees unfortunately, a [Luka] Modric, a Kroos type who can keep the ball.“And also I think a centre-half we need.“All the successful United teams over the years – [Gary] Pallister, [Steve] Bruce, Jaap Stam, Ferdinand, [Nemanja] Vidic – they’ve always had top class centre halves.“Again, they don’t grow on trees. Who do we get? I don’t know, but I think a midfielder and centre half are vital.”Giggs believes there will be plenty of activity at Old Trafford over the coming weeks, both in and out, but acknowledges that a number of the club’s Premier League rivals will also be making market moves – including reigning champions Manchester City.The current Wales boss added: “I think United, there will be a lot of players going. There will be a lot of players coming in.“Whereas City will probably just tweak, which is always a good thing if you’ve got a settled side and then you can bring in two big hitters who can just make that difference and take you up to the next level.”
The Ministry of Education is moving to implement a policy, to make it mandatory for schools to allow school-aged mothers to resume their education after childbirth.This was disclosed by Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, at the weekly Jamaica House press briefing, held at the Office of the Prime Minister, on June 6.Miss Falconer informed that Cabinet has approved the policy for mandatory re-integration of all teenaged mothers into the formal school system, following the completion of an intermediary education programme.She said the policy is intended to allow the girls to continue their education after the birth of a child and not be barred from the school system.“The schools will now be advised that places temporarily vacated by a student during a period of pregnancy should be retained for the student’s return to school, following the completion of an approved transitional programme,” she informed.The education regulations provide that a girl who becomes pregnant shall leave the formal school system during the period of her pregnancy.Under those stipulations, the Minister of Education has the discretion to facilitate the re-entry of such girls into educational institutions.Senator Falconer noted that no policy framework existed before the exercise of this discretion.“Instead, schools have, at times, misinterpreted the provision to treat the girls as absent from the school permanently,” she said.The Minister said the new policy will provide the same flexibility to students wishing to attend a different school after they have had a child.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker
Assessments were started on what needs to be done to lift force majeure and restart exports from oil crescent ports in Libya as soon as possible, according to Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC).“We welcome statements from the Libyan National Army allied with House of Representatives and the president of the HoR, Aguila Saleh, that the ports should be placed under NOC’s control,” said NOC chairman Mustafa Sanalla.He added that the production could be increased to 600,000 b/d within four weeks and to 950,000 b/d by the end of the year from the current production capacity of around 290,000 b/d.However, this is dependent on receiving essential funds from the budget and on the oil crescent ports and the closed pipelines in the southwest being opened and kept open, Sanalla said.According to Daily Mail, the country’s fourth oil port of Brega was seized by forces opposed to Libya’s unity government on Tuesday, after they took control of oil terminals at Ras Lanuf, Es Sidra and Zueitina a few days earlier.Although political space has opened in Libya and there is progress in the fight against terrorism, the political divisions underpinning the North African country’s conflict are deepening, a United Nations envoy warned.Drawing attention to the challenging security situation, further illustrated by the most recent violence in the country’s Oil Crescent area, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya, Martin Kobler, called for an immediate cessation of hostilities to prevent any damage to the country’s oil industry, its only source of income.“Libyan natural resources belong to all Libyans,” he said, adding that they “must be protected and exported legally under the authority of the Presidency Council (PC).”In August, NOC called on rival armed groups to avoid destroying the oil port of Zueitina and secure safe passage of vessels to the terminal.Under an agreement signed in July 2016, the Petroleum Facilities Guards (PFG) and the Government of National Accord (GNA) agreed to reopen the country’s three oil ports, Ras Lanuf, Zueitina, and Es Sidra, that PFG has been blockading due to a pay dispute.World Maritime News Staff
SAINT-BERNARD-DE-LACOLLE, Que. – Teams of Canadian soldiers stretched canvas across the metal frames of tents at a camp site near the Quebec-U.S. border Wednesday as they helped fellow authorities cope with the crush of asylum seekers crossing into Canada.The site, located on a flat stretch of grass behind the building where asylum claimants are bused in from the border, was expected to accommodate up to 500 people.“We have about 100 personnel here on the ground who will set up 25 tents in order to house approximately 500 people,” Maj. Yves Desbiens said in an interview in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle.“We’re going to set up lighting as well, and heating and we’re going to have flooring installed.”The soldiers will have no role in security matters and will not participate in law-enforcement tasks. All but a few will return to their home base once the site is completed.Canada Border Services Agency spokeswoman Judith Gadbois-St-Cyr said the camp was being set up because too many people were crossing the border for them to be processed immediately.In a phone interview, she said it can currently take two or three days to process a refugee claim and most people would not stay in the camp longer than that.She said border services would be responsible for providing food, water, beds and blankets.By 5:30 p.m., the tents had been erected and strung with hanging lights as soldiers continued to lay down wooden flooring.Gadbois-St-Cyr said the camp would be ready to accept people “in a short time” but could not say exactly when that would be.Earlier in the day, in nearby Hemmingford, some 40 asylum seekers sat under white tents at an impromptu reception centre that has sprung up on the Canadian side of a popular illegal border crossing.The atmosphere appeared relaxed as border crossers lined up for lunch boxes handed out by RCMP personnel and waited to be shepherded onto buses for the 10-minute drive to the Lacolle processing station.“I’ll be your tour guide,” one RCMP officer inside the bus could be heard joking.“There’s the United States; this is Canada.”Many of the hundreds of people who are crossing the Canada-United States border into Quebec to seek asylum are of Haitian descent.Robert Duteau, the mayor of Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, told The Canadian Press he is not worried about overcrowding.“There is space to receive them (the soldiers),” he said. “I know there’s a lot of action in that area, but, all things considered, it doesn’t upset me.”In the United States, the Trump administration is considering ending a program that granted Haitians so-called “temporary protected status” following the massive earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010.Many of the arrivals are being housed in Montreal at the Olympic Stadium.The City of Montreal said recently between 250 and 300 people were crossing the Canada-United States border to seek asylum every day, up from 50 per day in the first half of July.On Wednesday, the Quebec government announced the opening of another facility, this one at the former Royal Victoria Hospital with a capacity of between 300 and 320 places.Another shelter was opened earlier this week at a former convent that is owned by the city.Francine Dupuis, who oversees a Quebec government-funded program that helps asylum seekers, said 2,620 people are currently being housed in temporary accommodation in Montreal.“As soon as people arrive (in Montreal), not only do we find them a place to stay but we make sure it’s safe, that they have the meals they need and that it’s hygienic,” Dupuis said.“We try to keep families together.”— With files from Jean Philippe Angers in Montreal
APTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzieIncidence of HIV/AIDS are rising across the country.In commemoration of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week we put HIV InFocus.Our guests discuss why the overarching aim of HIV/AIDS education, prevention and treatment should be Indigenous led, non-judgemental and culturally sensitive.
Srinagar: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah Thursday said BJP’s attempt to “polarise” the electorate in West Bengal will come to nothing as the Trinamool Congress will sweep the Lok Sabha polls in the state. “The BJP can team up with the EC in West Bengal, they can have a tailor-made campaign designed to fragment & polarise the electorate, they can have all their model code violations overlooked. None of it will matter because on the 23rd @MamataOfficial didi will sweep West Bengal,” Abdullah said in a tweet, tagging West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister was apparently referring to the violence in Kolkata during BJP president Amit Shah’s visit the other day. He was alluding May 23 when the results of Lok Sabha polls would be declared. Other opposition leaders and parties have also supported Banerjee as she protested against the Election Commission’s decision to cut short the duration of poll campaign in the state in the wake of the violence.
World tea prices are continuing to rise because of a tight global supply worsened by a projected 10 per cent decrease in production in Kenya, which has been rocked by civil unrest in recent months, a new report from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) says.For many years, there was an oversupply of tea, but the FAO report says that prices increased by 11.6 per cent in 2006 and are expected to reflect a further 6.5 per cent rise in 2007.World tea production grew by more than 3 per cent to reach an estimated 3.6 million tons in 2006, according to the latest available figures cited by the report. Increases in China, India and Viet Nam should offset declines in major producing countries, according to the report.The expansion was due to another record crop in China with 1.05 million tons and a record 28 per cent increase in output in Viet Nam, which pulled its production up to 133,000 tons.An increase was also recorded in India, the second larger producer, where harvests were 3 per cent higher, totalling 945,000 tons for 2006. Consumers are also drinking more tea, with consumption up by 1 per cent in 2006, reaching 3.64 million tons. Green tea appears to be gaining popularity; black tea production is projected to grow at 1.9 per cent annually while green tea production is expected to grow at a rate of 4.5 per cent.FAO tea expert Kaison Chang called for strategies to improve demand. “Opportunities for an expansion in consumption and improvement in prices exist in producing countries themselves as per capita consumption levels are relatively low.” The report was prepared for the Global Dubai Tea Forum 2008, which opens next week with a focus on sharing industry-specific knowledge and best practices for improving tea production and marketing worldwide. 14 February 2008World tea prices are continuing to rise because of a tight global supply worsened by a projected 10 per cent decrease in production in Kenya, which has been rocked by civil unrest in recent months, a new report from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) says.
President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country last week amid the growing protests and violence by protesters reportedly angered by rising prices of essential commodities, lack of employment opportunities, alleged corruption and limitations on fundamental rights and freedoms. “The Secretary-General appeals for broad-based consultations in Tunisia to establish an inclusive interim government leading to the holding of timely and credible elections through which the citizens of Tunisia can freely choose their leadership,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in statement, adding that, “the United Nations stands ready to provide assistance to the Tunisian people.”It was the second time in as many days that Mr. Ban has called for dialogue among all sides to resolve differences peacefully and to restore stability to the country.Yesterday in Abu Dhabi, where he was attending a global energy forum, the Secretary-General told reporters the international community should support efforts to restore genuine democracy in the country. 18 January 2011Voicing renewed concern at the growing violence in Tunisia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged that all efforts be taken to restore peace and stability in the north African country, according to his spokesperson.
Of the 187 States Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), 137 of them participated in the work of the Preparatory Committee for the 2005 Review Conference. The Committee is responsible for assessing the implementation of the Treaty, facilitating discussion between States prior to the start of the Conference, and addressing procedural issues related to the organization of the 2005 meeting as well as future preparatory sessions. During the past two weeks, the Committee, under the chairmanship of Henrik Salander of Sweden, discussed nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, nuclear-weapon-free zones, safeguards and the peaceful use of nuclear energy. Time was also allocated for consideration of specific issues such as nuclear disarmament, regional issues, including the resolution on the Middle East adopted by the 1995 Review Conference, as well as the safety and security of peaceful nuclear programmes. The Preparatory Committee’s second session is scheduled for the spring of 2003 in Geneva. It will be held under the chairmanship of a representative of the Group of Eastern European States.
Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 18, 2013 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (13,334.73 up 154.57 points):Sirocco Mining Inc. (TSX:SIM). Miner. Up two cents, or 5.26 per cent, at 40 cents on 23.02 million shares. The metals and mining sector was up 1.33 per cent at 267.27 points.Santonia Energy Inc. (TSX:STE). Oil and gas. Unchanged at $1.20 on 10.81 million shares.PMI Gold Corp. (TSX:PMV). Miner. Down 3.5 cents, or 8.64 per cent, at 37 cents on 8.32 million shares. The stock gave back some of its big gains a day after Asanko Gold Inc. TSX:AKG) announced Tuesday that it planned to buy PMI in a stock-swap deal that values the exploration and development company’s shares at just over 44 cents apiece, a 79 per cent premium to their 20-day volume-weighted average. Asanko stock fell 20 cents, or 9.8 per cent, to $1.84.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurance. Up 50 cents, or 2.53 per cent, at $20.23 on 5.53 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down five cents, or 2.23 per cent, at $2.19 on 5.26 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (890.71 up 4.63 points):Sirocco Mining Inc. (TSXV:SIM). Miner. Up two cents, or 5.26 per cent, at 40 cents on 23.02 million shares.Santonia Energy Inc. (TSXV:STE). Oil and gas. Unchanged at $1.20 on 10.81 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Imperial Oil Ltd. (TSX:IMO). Oil and gas. Up $1.06, or 2.34 per cent, at $6.43 on 611,368 shares. Imperial has applied for regulatory approval to build a new $7-billion Aspen oilsands project northeast of Fort McMurray, Alta.TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP). Up 99 cents, or 2.12 per cent, at $47.66 on 1.44 million shares. CEO Russ Girling says the company is looking at opening an oil pipeline in Mexico as the country ends its government monopoly on energy development.
BOSTON — Kyrie Irving scored 29 points in the first three quarters and the Boston Celtics topped their season scoring high for the second straight game, routing the Cleveland Cavaliers 128-95 on Friday night.Marcus Morris added 15 points, Jayson Tatum had 13, and Aron Baynes finished with 10 points and nine rebounds. Boston took over in the third quarter, making 6 of 8 3-pointers and outscoring Cleveland 39-20.Tristan Thompson had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Cleveland.76ERS 123, WIZARDS 98PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid had 16 points and 15 rebounds, Ben Simmons added 13 points and 10 assists and both Philadelphia stars sat for the final quarter and a half.T.J. McConnell scored 15 points to help the 76ers win their third in a row and seventh in the last eight. They improved to 12-1 at home. Bradley Beal had 19 points for short-handed Washinton.PISTONS 107, BULLS 88DETROIT (AP) — Andre Drummond had 19 points and 19 rebounds and Blake Griffin added 20 points and 10 rebounds to help Detroit rout Chicago for its fourth straight victory.Reggie Jackson added 20 points for the Pistons. Wendall Carter scored a career-high 28 points for the Bulls. They have lost five in a row.JAZZ 119, HORNETS 111CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points, Robert Gobert had 20 points and 17 rebounds and the Utah Jazz scored 54 points off 3-pointers to hold off Charlotte.Kyle Korver made four 3-pointers and scored 14 points in his first game in his second stint with the Jazz. He was acquired from Cleveland on Thursday. Jae Crowder, Korver’s former teammate in Cleveland, added 24 points off the bench for Utah. Jeremy Lamb had 24 points for the Hornets.___More AP NBA:https://apnews.com/tag/NBA andhttps://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
We often hear announcers and commentators say a baseball team is “on pace” to win and lose a certain number of games, by simply applying a team’s current winning percentage over 162 games. Those statements may technically be true, but in a randomness-filled reality, they’re meaningless.Sabermetrics constantly struggles with randomness, an unavoidable fact of sporting life and the reason there’s almost always a difference between a team’s observed performance and its actual talent level. Moreover, the smaller the sample of games, the less confident we can be that what we’re seeing is skill and not luck. We’re fewer than 10 games into Major League Baseball’s season.This is why it’s necessary to regress observed statistics to the mean. Things — including baseball stats — tend to average out. But how much do we need to regress? And which mean should we regress to?The most naïve prior to use would be the league average (in the case of regressing team records, a .500 winning percentage). And the question of how much we need to regress depends on what the preferred ratio is of skill to luck. Sabermetricians typically set a regression to match the number of games it takes for half the variance in team records to be due to talent and half to chance.In that case, we need to add about 67 games of .500 baseball (33½ wins, 33½ losses) to a team’s record, based on seasonal data since the MLB last expanded in 1998. (Here are a couple of mathematical proofs explaining this method as it relates to Bayes’ theorem.)So while the Washington Nationals’ and Milwaukee Brewers’ current MLB co-leading 6-2 records come with a .750 winning percentage, we’d really only expect each of them to have .527 winning percentages from now on, based on the information we have relative to our prior (the population of MLB teams from which the Brewers and Nationals are selected).We can do this for all MLB clubs:Regression to the mean lets us get a better sense of a team’s pace by giving us a realistic estimate of its future winning percentage. That’s why a 1-0 team isn’t on pace to win 162 games; in the absence of other information about the quality of the team, it’s really only on pace to win 82.7 games.Another great thing about this procedure is that the “add 67 games of .500 ball” trick works no matter how far into the season a team is. It’s just as valid now as it will be in late July. The difference between now and then will be the amount of weight that a team’s observed results take in the formula. In April, the .500 prior dominates any team’s projection. By the time 67 games roll around, precisely half of a team’s regressed record will be made up of its observed results, and the other half will be the prior.Of course, we don’t have to limit ourselves to a prior winning percentage of .500 for every team, either. We know that sources such as Las Vegas over/unders and computer projections do a better job of setting preseason expectations than simply expecting every team to finish 81-81. If we plug in an aggregation of Vegas and computer models from before the season as priors (using a standard deviation of nine wins for those predictions), we come to the following regressed-to-the-mean records:Whichever method we use, it’s important to note how long it takes for observed records from the current season to start to have an impact on an assessment of a team’s ability level. At this stage of the season, the only conclusions we can draw should be extremely small relative to the expectations we had for each team a few weeks ago.Correction (April 12, 11:25 p.m.): The second table in an earlier version of this article miscalculated the true win and true loss paces. The correct table appears above.
A FORMER AIDE to British Prime Minister David Cameron has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for phone hacking.Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson had been found guilty of phone hacking last week.A judge at the Old Bailey court in London sentenced Coulson after he was found guilty of conspiracy to intercept voicemails on 24 June, following a marathon eight-month trial.He had faced up to two years in prison.His colleague Greg Miskiw, who was the paper’s news editor, has been sentenced to six months, as has former chief reported Neville Thurlbeck.Private investigator Glenn Mulcaire has been given a six-month suspended sentence.Read: Andy Coulson found guilty but Rebekah Brooks cleared at phone hacking trialRead: Phone hacking jury dismissed after failing to reach a verdict on extra charges
According to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the rise of tablets like the iPad means that we’re living in a post-PC era.It looks like consumers agree. According to recent numbers released by analyst firm Gartner, worldwide PC shipments totaled just 84.3 million units in the first quarter of 2011. That’s a 1.1 percent decline from the first quarter of 2010, and the first year-over-year decline in the PC market in six quarters.AdChoices广告According to Gartner’s principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa, weak demand for consumer PCs was ultimately the biggest obstacle in their growth this quarter. Although low prices have historically been enough to stimulate growth, that doesn’t attract buyers anymore as consumers now turn their attention to “media tablets” like the iPad 2.Gartner’s not spelling this out explicitly, so we will: they’re saying the iPad is killing the PC. Sure, they claim that consumers are more and more frequently turning to “media tablets” instead of laptops and PCs, but the only “media tablet” shipping and selling in bulk right now is the iPad. It owns well over 90% of the tablet market, in fact. You can’t get any more clear… tablets are muting demand for the PC.It gets worse. Even though decline in the global PC market was just 1.1%, Gartner says it would have been far, far worse if not for steady growth in the professional PC sector. Would even this demand lose its urgency if there was a more serious enterprise alternative (or deployment) of the iPad?Of course, at the end of the day, the iPad isn’t really killing the PC, but it is showing that most people don’t need a PC for most things. That’s something Apple’s got to be pleased with, even as PC manufacturers panic.Read more at Cult of Mac
Stay on target Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ August 16th sees the premiere of The Amazing Johnathan Documentary, a feature film by Ben Berman that follows a Vegas stage magician in decline during the last years of his life. The film’s subject, Johnathan Szeles, is notorious in magic circles for his stunts that push the envelope when it comes to blood and gore.Szeles was diagnosed with a serious cardiomyopathy in 2007 and retired from the stage in 2014. With just a year to live, he teamed with Berman to make a movie, but things go wildly out of control as nobody can be 100 percent sure about how truthful Johnathan is ever being about anything.Documentaries that twist the truth are nothing new, though — whether it be unscrupulous filmmakers or lying subjects, the boundary between real and fiction sometimes gets hard to distinguish.In prep for The Amazing Johnathan Documentary, here are 11 other docs that didn’t stick too closely to the facts.Nanook of the NorthOne of the earliest documentary films ever produced, Robert Flaherty’s 1922 Nanook of the North was an enormous success. The film depicted an Inuit man and his family as they struggled for survival in the Canadian Arctic, but time revealed that much of Flaherty’s footage was staged to one degree or another. First and foremost, his protagonist wasn’t named Nanook — an Inuit word for polar bear — but rather Allakariallak. Flaherty also set up scenes to make his subjects seem more primitive than they were, asking them to hunt without the guns they were accustomed to and to fake surprise at the playing of a phonograph record. This was the very beginning of nonfiction film, so modern ethical standards hadn’t been figured out, but it’s still a little frustrating.Stream it on AmazonExit Through the Gift ShopMaverick street artist Banksy prides himself on blurring the lines of truth and fiction, with some of his most notable works involving deception and lies. So when it was announced that he would be directing a documentary, nobody quite knew what to expect. Exit Through the Gift Shop starts out as a profile of French immigrant Thierry Guetta, who is obsessed with street art to the point that he takes up a spray can himself and finds fantastic success as “Mr. Brainwash.” But we never see Guetta actually make any of his own work, and the prevailing theory is that his exhibitions feature work by Banksy and fellow street artist Shepard Fairey. If that’s the case, it’s a hoax that has continued for a decade and ensnared celebrity patrons like Madonna.Stream it on AmazonMermaids: The Body FoundWhen you tune into Animal Planet or the Discovery Channel you’re typically expecting non-fiction programming. But both networks ran into a lot of pushback in 2012 with the airing of Mermaids: The Body Found, a pseudo-documentary hoax examining footage that purportedly shows a half-human, half-fish being in the ocean. That footage was digitally rendered, and all of the scientists and other experts in the film are portrayed by actors, but enough people believed it anyways that the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was forced to put out a statement denying the movie’s claims. Some conspiracy theorists still believe it was real to this day.Stream it on Animal PlanetI’m Still HereHollywood actors having dramatic flameouts is something that happens just about every day, so few people questioned the premise of Casey Affleck’s 2010 I’m Still Here. The movie followed Joaquin Phoenix, who had seen massive success with Gladiator and Walk The Line, as he announced his retirement from acting to pursue a new career as a rapper. The entire enterprise was scripted, but Phoenix stayed in “character” throughout the production and promotion process, leading many to believe that it was all real. After its release, it would be another two years before the actor would return for Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, and of course it’s only fitting that the prankster would play the lead role in the upcoming The Joker.Stream it on AmazonGhostwatchOne of the most famous hoaxes of all time is Orson Welles’ legendary War of the Worlds radio broadcast, where his compelling audio verite take on alien invasion in New Jersey had people all over the East Coast flipping their lids. Along similar lines came 1992’s Ghostwatch, which had been promoted for weeks as a real investigation into a house in northwestern London. The concept came from horror writer Stephen Volk, who intended it as a six-part miniseries until the BBC convinced him to condense it into 90 minutes. The absolute deadpan nature of the presentation, coupled with trusted host Michael Parkinson introducing it, made it terrifying to viewers, over 20,000 of which called the network to complain.Stream it on ShudderIncident at Loch NessWerner Herzog is one of cinema’s greatest mavericks, and both his fiction films and his documentaries make the viewer question what they’ve just watched. One of the most absurd examples is a Chinese box of interlocking films released in 2004 as Incident at Loch Ness. The film follows Herzog as he films a documentary about the legendary lake monster, only to be irritated by a Hollywood producer who is trying to make the film more commercial by hiring attractive actors to play roles. But the producer is actually actor-director Zak Penn, who is producing the whole movie as a hoax. Part fact, part fiction, Incident never comes clean to the viewer about its intentions, making it a hell of a watch.Stream it on YouTubeFraudDirector Dean Fleischer-Camp didn’t make Fraud with the intent to trick anybody, exactly. But his take on the documentary format is uniquely manipulative and dishonest. In the film, he doesn’t film a single frame. Instead, every piece of footage comes from a family’s YouTube page, which Fleischer-Camp and an editor trawled for pieces they could use to build a narrative. With that in fand, they crafted a dizzying tale of a father who brings his family into massive amounts of credit card debt before burning his house down for the insurance money and fleeing to Canada. Only one problem: that’s not what they did. The whole project was an attempt to see if he could tell a completely fictional story using documentary footage, with the subjects’ permission.Stream it on AmazonRolling Thunder RevueMartin Scorsese isn’t the kind of fly-by-night filmmaker that you’d expect to pull a hustle like this, but people are full of surprises. When he took on Bob Dylan’s 1975 tour with a number of his previous collaborators including Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, he had access to a bunch of archived film from the time. He supplemented that with interview footage from musicians, critics and other prominent figures. Some of the most interesting footage is an interview with filmmaker Stefan Van Dorp, who was originally hired to make a film around the tour before being fired. Only one problem: Van Dorp is a fictional character, played by actor Martin Von Haselberg. Why? Lord only knows, as it doesn’t make for a significantly better film. Scorsese blurs the lines in other places as well, including a fraudulent story of a teenage Sharon Stone traveling with the tour.Stream it on NetflixForgotten SilverBefore Peter Jackson brought The Lord of the Rings to the big screen, he made bizarre and uncommercial films in his native New Zealand like X-rated puppet comedy Meet the Feebles and ultra-bloody sci-fi splatter flick Bad Taste. One of his most controversial efforts didn’t seem outrageous on the surface, but managed to upset people anyways. In 1995, New Zealand channel TV ONE aired Forgotten Silver, a documentary about a pioneering early moviemaker named Colin McKenzie who invented many of the techniques of modern cinema well before history recorded them. Of course, McKenzie never existed and all of his works were expert forgeries by Jackson.Stream it on VimeoWinged MigrationProducing nature documentaries is an expensive and time-consuming task, often requiring crews to set up in inhospitable conditions for weeks at a time just to get a single scene. In that light, Winged Migration, directed by Jacques Cluzaud, Michel Debats and Jacques Perrin, seems to be even more spectacular an accomplishment as it tracks groups of birds as they navigate the entire globe. Unfortunately, much of what the viewer sees in the movie was set up in one way or another, as the birds you see were raised from birth by the film crew and trained to follow them. Other scenes, including an unforgettable one where a baby chick is attacked and eaten by crabs, were also fabricated and edited in deceptive ways for heightened drama.Stream it on AmazonFirst on the MoonThe Russian space program is one of that country’s proudest achievements, beating the United States to a number of milestones. But this wildly successful 2005 film poses a hypothesis that Russia actually landed men on the moon in 1938 as part of a bizarre secret experiment. The premise is absurd, but during production the filmmakers led many newspapers into believing that their story was completely true, tying it in with a reported meteorite impact in Chile. The movie took three years to make and was filmed in many of the same locations that the original cosmonauts trained, lending it even more hoax power, and in 2005 it won the Venice Horizons Documentary Award at the Venice Film Festival.Stream it on Советские MoviesMore on Geek.com:Best Space Documentaries to Stream to Celebrate the Apollo 11 Anniversary11 ‘Fast & Furious’ Characters That Deserve That Own Movies11 ’80s Horror Franchises That Are Due for a Comeback
Uli Hoeness admitted that Niko Kovac wasn’t the first choice as the future coach of his club – but after Jupp Heynckes decided to end his career for good and Thomas Tuchel declined the offer, he became the top candidate.At first, the club tried to persuade the current coach to prolong his career a bit and stay at the club for a longer period of time – after that, Thomas Tuchel became the main target but he had been already decided for another club.The Bayern Munich boss spoke about the choice of the new coach as he said, according to Daily Mail:“It was portrayed as having a desperate search. Both of us and Hasan [Salihamidzic] have tried for a very, very long time to persuade Jupp.”Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“When we realised in a final, final conversation that he was not doing it, we were talking to the coach, who was free, Thomas Tuchel.”“He told us that he had already decided. That was a shame, but not a shock to us. He also had no contract offer, but it was the offer of a mutual conversation with us both, with Hasan he had met before.”“Then a few days later we met again internally and decided that our preferred candidate is now Niko Kovac. And that’s how it happened.”