When our video creation company (https://inovitagency.com) first launched, explainer videos were a fairly new concept on the internet. We like to think of ourselves as pioneers of explainer videos – after all, as people tend to think of our company when they come up. We love making explainer videos just as much as our clients love our work.
As an aspect of our movement to establish stronger connections with clients, we spent the year 2019 focused on becoming a real video partner. A company that aids clients in achieving their goals by way of live-action and animated videos.
This is something we have done through multiple long-term project relationships. As of late, though, we have been fortunate enough to create a number of “video series.” We work on numerous videos that fit under that same visual style, goal, and title, warranting a grouped package. Some of them even have unique episode titles. This has been an exciting endeavor.
What makes commercial video series marketing’s next big trend?
Video continues to make waves throughout every aspect of the internet. You can see it on search engines, websites, and social media. A number of digital publications are also utilizing video lately, as well. Companies regularly seek out innovative approaches to engage with audiences over the long run, as videos can become outdated and ineffective with time.
Are you interested in releasing new videos online on a regular basis? Ensure you know what your target market’s expectations are before you do. Whether it entails informing customers about a different video to be released every week, or creating internal videos to keep staff updated at the end of each week, developing a timetable and sticking to it is crucial.
Whether people are followers of yours on Instagram, subscribe to a YouTube channel you have, or engage in an educational program online, consistently building a “fan base” has never been easier.
Making a series of commercial videos is easier said than done, though. It’s not the same thing as creating a single video. Several things need to be taken into consideration, such as scale, establishing when episodes will be rolled out, and a strategy to retain the interest of viewers.
We worked several video series in 2019, and have put together this list of best practices for the creation of a commercial video series.
Flexible and scalable video concepts
When developing a high-level idea or framework for a commercial video series, our company endeavors to factor in a couple of things. To begin with, ideas must be scalable enough to remain within budget. For instance, a series of stop-motion videos is possible, but the visual approach will be labor-intensive, creating potential roadblocks. This isn’t beneficial when you are trying to film one video after another as part of a series.
Another aspect to keep in mind is binge-watching. What if someone opts to watch the whole series – one video after another – instead of one at a time? Will each video look and feel exactly like the one before it? Will viewers remain engaged and entertained for more than a minute? What about after 90 seconds? Through the use of different intro devices, unique techniques for voiceovers, or simply listing episode titles upfront, you’re able to separate each episode from one another. Minor tweaks make a big difference.
Retain your sanity by staggering the production
Don’t try to get everything done at once. Create the storyboards for the initial episode, then begin writing the second. Stick to the staggered method for every subsequent episode.
This will be beneficial in keeping things organized and ensures that the project starts off well. Learn the best practices from your original videos before applying them to ones to be created. This will make latter production steps faster and smoother because everyone is of the same mind.
Weekly production status recap
This is integral for all videos produced. For the development of a series, though, a number of timelines and deliverables are to be factored in. A weekly email or phone call status recap allows everyone to get up to speed on each video’s status during production.
A recap each week can also maintain the schedule of production if adjustments are warranted. Maybe video #2 isn’t moving as fast as video #1 did, or maybe video #3 will wind up becoming video #2. You shouldn’t be shifting videos around regularly, but some freedom in your schedule can be quite fortuitous.
Early creation of schedules
With regards to schedules, you should hold out until videos are complete before creating a publishing timetable. Work in collaboration with the video producers to get one developed. When is the initial episode set to debut? Where will it be seen? How will you intend to have the rest of the series rolled out after episode #1 debuts?
As intimidating as this sounds, a publishing schedule can push the whole project forward. Each person will be contributing towards a mutual goal, bypassing potential confusion about deadlines.
When sharing the video series, you are encouraged to publish a couple of episodes at once for your big “premiere.” In doing so, audiences will understand that these videos are chapters, and that more videos can be expected moving forward.
Simplify the process of binge-watching and track your results
There are plenty of ways to make your videos binge-able. Auto-play is one of those options. Each episode can be embedded on a single website page. Hyperlinks can be inserted through annotations so that the episodes play sequentially.
Much like with web design, a viewer should be able to flow seamlessly through episodes in a single sitting. Strive to reduce any “stickiness” of the commercial video series. Netflix auto-plays episodes once credits start to roll for a reason.
If you are a marketing professional considering the development of a video series, or are dipping into multiple video production for the first time, we think that you’ll find use in our company’s best practices.
The fight, which everyone was looking forward to, unexpectedly ended without lasting even a minute. Conor McGregor defeated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone via a 40-second TKO in UFC 246’s main event Saturday in Las Vegas.
After the fight, Cerrone was taken to a local hospital.
Cerrone spoke with broadcaster Joe Rogan in the Octagon after the match and said he was “OK” despite suffering a “busted nose”.
Cerrone didn’t attend the post-fight press conference in order to receive medical treatment.
McGregor dominated the fight, with Bloody Elbow summarizing it.
McGregor out fast, fires an immediate left hand. Cerrone clinches up and backs off
Cerrone rocked by a head kick, clubbing left hands. Cerrone down. McGregor firing away on him. Cerrone covering up. Fight over.
McGregor landed 19 significant strikes in 40 seconds.
In the United States, there are nearly 30 million small businesses that hire 47.8% of the country’s workforce. These small companies are crucial in providing employment, especially in smaller communities where job opportunities are a lot more limited.
Anyone can start a business and all it takes is an idea, but the difficult part is to grow that business. There are a few easy ways to make that happen and trying to rush the growth of a company could only make it fail; however, you can do something to support the growth and give your company a better likelihood of being successful.
How to Hire New People
To grow your sales or the number of retail locations for your business, you’re probably going to need to hire some new people. When the business gets to a certain size you’re going to need a hierarchy and different departments so everything runs smoothly.
However, when doing this you shouldn’t just look for people who have the same skills as you do. If you are brilliant at making sales, you aren’t adding to the company by hiring someone who can also spin gold out of words on a page. What you should be doing is looking at your weaknesses and hire specialists for those areas. If your customer service skills are more likely to get someone to put the phone down on you than they are to get a good review, then that’s a big area that you should try to hire for.
If you’ve been working on your business idea for a long time then it won’t be easy to see these weaknesses and it’s why many business owners turn to hiring managers. Hiring managers can help you decide which skills you should be hiring for and what sort of questions to ask in the hiring process.
Use Insurance as a Safety Blanket
Having an idea of how to grow your business is one thing, but you also need to grow in the right way. If you focus on making the business bigger, you may miss some important issues that could potentially bring your small business down. That’s why it’s important for small businesses to put a safety blanket in place before they start to grow.
One safety net that small businesses will want to get is a business insurance policy to protect them against property damage, vehicle collisions, and damage done by faulty work. It only takes one claim to bring a business down but business insurance will support you if you have an upset customer or work hasn’t been done right. It also means that you can grow without having to fear an expensive lawsuit. Lawsuits cost small businesses $105 billion a year, says the United States Chamber of Commerce, and you don’t want to add to that number.
Others are to make sure that your workers are happy and not risk everything on the new product or service. If your workers are motivated then this will only benefit the company and they are more likely to contribute to improving the new idea, whereas, a workforce with low morale is likely to be apathetic at best. By not investing everything into your new idea, it also ensures that there are funds to pay your worker’s wages if the new product or service isn’t a success.
Create Customer Loyalty
When growing your small business, getting new customers can be incredibly expensive, whatever goods or services you offer. An article about finding new customers reveals that in the travel industry it can cost $7 to get a new customer, but in technology it can cost $395.
To save money, you can create customer loyalty so that they continue to return to your business, potentially in areas they didn’t come for initially. Are there any other things that they would like to buy from you? Can you add more features to what they pay for? Try putting these questions to your customers to see what they say, it could potentially save you thousands of dollars.
Growing a business is rarely easy and millions of people in the US will all be trying to make their companies bigger. Using these suggestions, you can be part of the group that does so successfully.
George Perles, who coached Michigan State to two Big Ten titles and a Rose Bowl victory in 1988 and was an assistant for the dominant Pittsburgh Steelers teams of the 1970s, died on Tuesday at his home in East Lansing, Mich. He was 85.
The university announced his death. He had been treated for Parkinson’s disease since 2017.
Perles played football at Michigan State and was later an assistant coach before leaving to join the Steelers’ coaching staff in 1972. He returned to Michigan State a decade later as head coach and later became athletic director and a member of the school’s governing body.
Michigan State brought him back to revive its beleaguered football program, and he did just that, winning Big Ten titles in 1987 and 1990 and coaching the school in seven bowl games. He helped the Spartans beat Southern California, 20-16, on Jan. 1, 1988, for their first Rose Bowl win in more than three decades.
That game capped his best season with Michigan State, when the linebacker Percy Snow led the defense and the running back Lorenzo White and the receiver Andre Rison powered the offense as the Spartans captured sole possession of the 1987 Big Ten title with a record of 9-2-1. (They shared the title in 1990.) All three went on to play in the N.F.L.
The Steelers’ head coach, Chuck Noll, hired Perles away from the Spartans to oversee Pittsburgh’s vaunted “Steel Curtain” defensive line, led by the Hall of Fame tackle Joe Greene. Perles was later defensive coordinator and assistant head coach for the Steelers as they rolled to four N.F.L. championships in six years.
He returned to Michigan State, in East Lansing, in 1983. The Green Bay Packers tried to lure him back to the N.F.L. shortly after his Rose Bowl victory, and the New York Jets tried to do the same two years later. Both times Perles leveraged the opportunities to get what he wanted at Michigan State.
He signed a 10-year contract with the Spartans after passing on the chance to lead the Packers. On the eve of being introduced as the Jets’ head coach in 1990, he was named the university’s athletic director.
He was fired as coach late in the 1994 season, when Michigan State finished 5-6. After an N.C.A.A. investigation, the Spartans forfeited their games because of an academic scandal, but Perles himself was cleared.
“I would have taken the job with Green Bay (in 1988) or with the Jets (in 1990) if I had known what was coming,” he wrote in a 1995 memoir, “George Perles: The Ride of a Lifetime.”
He remained in Michigan for the rest of his life, helping to create the Motor City Bowl and serving on the Michigan State board of trustees from 2006 to 2018. His coaching record in 12 seasons at Michigan State was 73-62-4 overall and 58-37-2 in the Big Ten.
In 2018, a California woman accused Perles in a lawsuit of covering up a rape by Lawrence G. Nassar, the former doctor for Michigan State and the national gymnastics team. The woman said that Dr. Nassar had raped her and videotaped the assault while she was a member of the women’s field hockey team and that Perles, who was head football coach and athletic director at the time, had covered it up when told about it.
Nassar was later convicted of multiple counts of rape and sexual abuse. But a state investigator’s report found “no credible evidence” to support the claim against Perles, who was not listed as a defendant in the suit.
George Julius Perles was born on July 16, 1934, in Detroit and starred on the baseball and football teams at Western High School there, earning all-state honors in football. In 1954 he began a two-year stint in the Army before enrolling at Michigan State.
He was briefly a lineman for the Spartans until a knee injury ended his career. He then became a student assistant to the coach, Duffy Daugherty. He graduated in 1960.
After coaching high school ball and serving as an assistant at the University of Dayton, he returned to Michigan State as an assistant to Daugherty in 1967.
He is survived by his wife, Sally; their children, Kathy, Terry, John and Patrick; and six grandchildren.
The New York Times contributed reporting.
Drive-throughs are difficult, and tollbooths are worse. But for people who own right-hand-drive cars in the United States, the infrequent headaches are the price they pay for a unique kind of fun.
They might not have the wow factor of a Lamborghini, but right-hand-drive cars (besides the mail carrier’s) elicit double-takes on North American roads just the same.
Roughly a third of the world’s nations drive on the left side of the road, and cars from Australia, Britain and Japan with the driver’s cockpit on the “shotgun” side are particularly desirable. By law, cars imported into the United States must pass a raft of federal safety and emission standards; cars at least 25 years old are exempted.
Jeff Zurschmeide of Portland, Ore., grew up in a family of automotive enthusiasts. His dad loved British sports cars and passed that appreciation onto him. So when he got the chance to own a right-hand-drive 1976 Austin Mini 1000, he jumped at the opportunity.
This British racer looks a little like a go-kart, and it’s crazy fun to drive, Mr. Zurschmeide said. “A friend owned this Mini, and she was moving away and couldn’t take it, so I bought it about eight years ago,” he said.
He made some performance enhancements, including better front brakes. (The originals could occasionally whiten a driver’s knuckles.) Mr. Zurschmeide, who is 6 feet tall, also replaced the original front seats with a more comfortable pair, from a Mazda Miata, that match the caramel-colored interior and rear bench seat.
Then it was time to trick out the interior. He put in a chunky, high-performance MOMO steering wheel and made a custom horn button from a coin commemorating Queen Elizabeth’s 50th year on the throne. The stick shift knob is a billiard ball.
“You might think that learning to shift with your left hand would be hard,” Mr. Zurschmeide said, “but it’s not. The hard thing to learn to do is to look up and left for the rearview mirror, instead of up and right.”
Phil Hansford’s right-hand-driving ways began in 2006. A teacher in Airdrie, Alberta, he spends as much time in nature as he can — mountain biking, camping, hiking — and a capable four-wheel-drive vehicle is essential to get him off the grid. He realized he could import vehicles he couldn’t get in North America — short-wheelbase diesel S.U.V.s, with manual transmissions, for example.
“I’ve lived in many parts of Canada, including Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, British Columbia and Alberta,” Mr. Hansford said. “All these places have great outdoor areas, but accessing them means you need the right vehicle.”
His first import from Japan (known as Japanese domestic market or J.D.M. vehicles) brought a realization: These well-maintained cars often had lower miles and weren’t exposed to the same hostile temperatures, terrain and speed extremes they would have seen here.
“Not to mention the engine combinations that we didn’t get here, along with extra options,” Mr. Hansford said.
In North America, “aside from a rare few, pretty much every S.U.V. is a V6,” he added. “Our choice in diesels is limited to full-size pickups. Manual trans? Almost extinct in every vehicular application. To be able to buy a Japanese-engineered, short-wheelbase, manual diesel? Pretty much unicorn status.”
After his first Japanese car, “it was difficult to go back to North American market vehicles again,” Mr. Hansford said.
He and his wife currently own four right-hand-drive S.U.V.s: two 1999 Toyota Land Cruisers (one a diesel with a manual transmission); a two-door Mitsubishi Pajero; and their crown jewel, a 1997 Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution. Mr. Hansford said that this was a special model made for rally racing and that Mitsubishi had sold only 2,500 in Japan. His is No. 581.
The prices for these cars vary widely. The cost to import will include shipping, and a good starting price is a few thousand dollars. It’s worth seeking out an importer who can help with all of the arrangements, including customs.
This right-hand-drive world isn’t limited to sports cars and S.U.V.s. A case in point: my husband’s 1989 Mitsubishi Delica Star Wagon. This oddball is powered by a turbo diesel engine, with a manual transmission, and can be used as a cargo van or a passenger van for up to seven people, or sleeping quarters for two when camping. It has toured all over western North America, taking on dirt, gravel, sand dunes and snow.
The Delica gently dings at speeds above 100 kilometers an hour (62 m.p.h.), Japan’s top speed limit. This xylophone-like dinging sometimes misses a beat, or dings incessantly, but even though it’s an annoyance, other Delica owners say my husband should be happy his works, as the van is hardly a speed demon.
Life on the right side of the car has some quirks. “Drive-throughs are best done when you have a passenger,” Mr. Hansford said. “Additionally, tollbooths can be an exercise in calisthenics.” Consider E-Z Pass.
The Japanese gauges show kilometers, so smartphone apps that convert kilometers to miles will help owners go with the flow. Additionally, fender-mounted mirrors on the Japanese vehicles (for curbside parking in Japan) seem to throw people off.
Parts can be hard to get. Most right-hand-drive vehicles were not sold in North America. Online forums, international parts websites and social media groups can be great assets.
After eight years, Mr. Zurschmeide, who owns both left- and right-hand-drive Minis, still sometimes walks up to the wrong side of the car when wants to drive. That’s a theme for people who own both left- and right-driving flavors.
Mr. Hansford recounted his early right-hand-drive hiccups: “trying to shift the door handle as I attempted to turn off the wipers and indicate correctly at the same time.” In J.D.M. vehicles, the turn signal and wiper stalks are often opposite their North American counterparts.
“The expletives that came out of the old tire shop guy’s mouth when he had to drive my truck into the shop,” Mr. Hansford said, “I still laugh just thinking about it.”
Mr. Zurschmeide has fun with his Mini. “I bought a full-size plastic skeleton and sometimes belt it into the left-hand seat,” he said. “People see the Mini and they look at it before they know it’s a right-hander. They see the skeleton in the ‘driver’s seat’ and do a double-take.”
Any time Mr. Zurschmeide drives either Mini, he’s grinning. “I love running club rallies or driving in the hills with other British sports car owners,” he said. “My club is the Original Minis Group, or O.M.G.”
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Facebook stands firm on political advertising
The tech giant just announced that it would not bow to pressure to tighten its rules on political advertising, Mike Isaac of the NYT reports.
The social network won’t take down ads with misleading information, like one from the Trump campaign in October that made false accusations against Joe and Hunter Biden, it said this morning. Nor will it end microtargeting for such advertising, a practice that lets campaigns home in on a sliver of users.
The company based its decision on “the principle that people should be able to hear from those who wish to lead them, warts and all, and that what they say should be scrutinized and debated in public,” Rob Leathern, a Facebook executive, wrote in a blog post.
Other tech companies have imposed limits on political ads. Twitter has banned all such advertising, while Google has adopted tighter rules. The decision by Facebook is likely to incense both liberal and conservative critics.
“Facebook executives are essentially saying they are doing the best they can without government guidance and see little benefit to the company or the public in changing,” Mr. Isaac writes.
More: The controversy over a Teen Vogue article about Facebook’s effort to combat political misinformation — and whether the company paid the magazine for the piece. (It did.)
Carlos Ghosn speaks (but not about his escape)
The former Renault and Nissan boss spoke publicly yesterday after sneaking out of Japan late last month. He used the opportunity to denounce the charges filed against him by Japanese prosecutors, Ben Dooley and Michael Corkery of the NYT write.
Mr. Ghosn spoke at a news conference, touting his management success and railing against what he said was a conspiracy to oust him from Nissan.
He criticized the Japanese legal system, which he accused of unfair prosecution and detention. “Every day, I didn’t know whether I would see the people I love again,” he said. “It was as if I’d died.”
He also expressed some regrets about how his time as an auto magnate ended. “Frankly, I should have retired,” he told the NYT.
But Mr. Ghosn was silent on how he escaped from Japan. An unnamed source told the NYT that at least 15 operatives were involved in the plan — though some had assumed that they were helping a kidnapped child.
His legal troubles aren’t over. Lebanese prosecutors said Mr. Ghosn had to answer questions about his flight from Japan.
It’s still unclear what caused the latest Boeing crash
Investigators are poring over the wreckage of Ukraine International Flight 752, which crashed in Tehran yesterday, killing all 176 people onboard. But they are far from reaching any solid conclusions about what made the Boeing 737-800 crash, write the NYT’s David Gelles, Anton Troianovski and Daniel Victor.
Investigators have recovered the plane’s “black boxes,” the flight recording devices that often hold clues to a crash’s causes. But an Iranian government official said that contrary to standard protocol, the boxes would not be sent to Boeing. Ukraine International said it would involve the plane maker in its inquiry.
Some experts suspect that an attack may have caused the crash, especially given the heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington. Hours earlier, Iran had fired missiles at two bases in Iraq that quarter U.S. troops.
“All possible versions of what occurred must be examined,” President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine wrote on Facebook yesterday, after the Ukrainian Embassy in Tehran initially suggested that technical reasons were the cause. But it later walked back that statement.
Investors worry about possible consequences for Boeing. If technical problems are found to be the issue, the results could be “devastating” for Boeing, the NYT writes. The company’s shares fell as much as 2.3 percent yesterday, knocking $4 billion off the its market value.
More: U.S. airlines are rushing to get their hands on 737 Max flight simulators, of which there are just 34, after Boeing said that pilots needed more training.
Big names back a Los Angeles news start-up
Exclusive: Dot.LA, a news media outlet dedicated to covering Los Angeles’s tech and start-up scene, will announce today that it is beginning operations with a $4 million round of seed financing. Its list of backers reads like a who’s who of the California investment community.
• Its co-founder and executive chairman is Spencer Rascoff, a founder of the real estate data website Zillow. Its editor in chief is Joe Bel Bruno, a former reporter and editor for the WSJ and the LA Times.
• Venture-capital backers include Upfront Ventures, Thrive Capital and Comcast Ventures.
• Financial executives who have invested in dot.LA include David Bonderman of TPG; Brad Gerstner of Altimeter; Navid Mahmoodzadegan of Moelis & Company; and Brendan Wallace of Fifth Wall.
The big question is whether dot.LA can be editorially independent, given its backers. Mr. Rascoff says yes, telling Andrew: “When we were raising money, we had all investors sign an agreement acknowledging the independence of the newsroom.”
Tesla sets a new market value high
The electric carmaker’s stock has surged in the early days of 2020. The end result: Its market capitalization of roughly $85 billion is now the highest ever for an American auto company.
That’s above the previous peak of $80.8 billion set by Ford in 1999. Ford’s market value as of yesterday was $36.7 billion, while G.M.’s was $49.5 billion.
It’s a partial vindication for Tesla after a challenging few years that included questions about its ability to deliver cars and a legal battle between the S.E.C. and Elon Musk, the company’s C.E.O.
But there are plenty of caveats. Adjusting for inflation, Ford’s market value peak would be about $122 billion in today’s dollars. And overseas carmakers like Toyota are still bigger by any measure.
Tesla also faces many challenges. It has never turned an annual profit, and it is highly dependent on sales in overseas markets, particularly China.
What you missed on Day 2 of CES
The second day of the huge electronics expo in Las Vegas was a mix of product announcements and weightier discussions of public policy. Here’s what happened:
• Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the Trump administration’s latest guidelines for autonomous vehicles, which call for voluntary standards. (The National Transportation Safety Board has sought federal safety standards instead.)
• Quibi, the short-form video service co-founded by Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg, announced $400 million in new funding and a partnership with T-Mobile USA.
• The online media personality Casey Neistat is having fun trying to stoke fake M.&A. rumors.
• Just look at this robotic Labrador puppy!
The speed read
• The food-delivery company Grubhub has reportedly hired financial advisers to study options including a potential sale. (WSJ)
• Coupang, a South Korean e-commerce giant, is said to be considering going public as soon as next year. (Bloomberg)
• Buyout firms like Blackstone and Carlyle are reportedly circling Thyssenkrupp’s elevator unit, which may be put up for sale for as much as $20 billion. (FT)
• IAC plans to sell its College Humor division to the unit’s chief creative officer, which would mean layoffs for most of its employees. (Bloomberg)
Politics and policy
• Beijing said that China’s vice premier, Liu He, would travel to Washington next week to sign a phase-one trade deal with President Trump. (Bloomberg)
• Mike Bloomberg released a job-creation plan that focuses on regional economic disparity rather than along class lines. (NYT)
• The European Commission’s president, Ursula von der Leyen, said that Britain’s aim of securing a full trade deal with the E.U. by the end of the year was “impossible.” (Bloomberg)
• Uber revised how it calculates some fares in California to give drivers an opportunity to earn more, in response to a new state law tightening rules for contract workers. (WSJ)
• Amazon’s Ring security-video division told senators that it had fired four employees over the past four years for improperly looking at users’ video data. (Verge)
• David Zaslav, the C.E.O. of Discovery Communications, predicted that only two or three companies would survive the video-streaming wars. (Hollywood Reporter)
Best of the rest
• The U.S. economy is doing well, but economists foresee gloom ahead. (NYT)
• More than 1,600 C.E.O.s left their jobs in 2019, the most departures in a year since at least 2002. (CNBC)
• Critics say Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation is promoting misinformation about Australia’s wildfires. (NYT)
• The business case for letting Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, step back from their royal duties. (Bloomberg Opinion)
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Latest news: All 176 passengers killed as Boeing 737 crashes near Tehran Iran brands Britain America’s ‘partner in crime’ over Soleimani death US says attack planned by Soleimani was ‘days’ from happening More than 60 people die after stampede at general’s funeral US bans airlines from flying over Iraq and Iran Two rockets hit Iraqi capital’s Green Zone Subscribe to The Telegraph, free for 30 days A senior Iraqi cleric has urged supporters not to attack the United States, shortly after Donald Trump said Iran appeared to be backing down from its bellicose threats.
“I call on the Iraqi factions to be deliberate, patient, and not to start military actions, and to shut down the extremist voices of some rogue elements until all political, parliamentary and international methods have been exhausted,” said influential Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.
It came after Donald Trump urged Britain and others to “recognise reality” and withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal in response to an Iranian missile strike on US forces in Iraq earlier on Wednesday.
The US president said Iran appeared to be backing down after it fired the 22 missiles, but announced fresh sanctions on Iran and he singled out the United Kingdom as one of the members of the ailing nuclear deal, urging Boris Johnson to follow America’s lead and withdraw from the pact. Mr Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal in 2018.
“The very defective JCPOA expires shortly anyway and gives Iran a clear and quick path to nuclear breakout,” he told a press conference at the White House.
“Iran must abandon its nuclear ambitions and end its support for terrorism…the time has come for the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia and China to recognise this reality.”
He added: “They must now break away from the remnants of the Iran deal – or JCPOA – and we must all work together towards making a deal with Iran that makes the world a safer and more peaceful place.”
It came as US officials speculated that Iran ‘aimed to miss’ when it fired missiles at US forces, it emerged there were no casualties in the rocket barrage.
The country lanes around Charlton, Oxfordshire, used to roar with the sound of Harry Dunn’s motorbike. Children waved as the 19-year-old shot past on his Kawasaki in a flash of kevlar and lime green. At Christmas, there would always be red, too, from the Santa’s hat he wore over his helmet.
Since August 27, when Harry was killed riding his bike near RAF Croughton, lime green has still been a fixture on the nearby roads – but now as ribbons tied to road signs, shaking in the breeze. Family and friends wear plastic wristbands of the same colour, which read, “Justice 4 Harry”.
“They makes us feel like he’s with us,” says Charlotte Charles, Harry’s mother. “On days when we’re really struggling, you can feel him around even more so.”
It was a balmy evening when Harry went out on his bike for the last time, giving his mum what would be a final nod and stopping off to see his twin brother, Niall. He collided head-on with Anne Sacoolas’ Volvo XC90, which she was allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road. His body crumpled across her windscreen and his bike burst into flames. The tarmac at the spot where it happened remains scarred by a sprawling scorch mark.
Harry was pronounced dead at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital that night, before his family had a chance to say goodbye.
This year’s Oscars will again be without a host, the Academy has said.
The news was confirmed on Twitter by the Academy, the body which oversees the Oscars.
Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment, the network which broadcasts the Oscars in the US, said they would be sticking with what worked last year.
The 2019 Academy Awards were without a host for the first time since 1989 after comedian Kevin Hart stepped down when years-old homophobic tweets resurfaced.
In his place a string of famous faces stepped in to shepherd the night’s events along.
A medley of Queen songs opened the ceremony – in honour of nominated film Bohemian Rhapsody – before comedians Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph took over.
On a memorable night, A Star Is Born co-stars Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga delivered one of the all-time Oscars moments with a steamy performance of hit song Shallow while best actress winner Olivia Colman’s endearing acceptance speech was another highlight.
Awards show hosts have been in the news this week following Ricky Gervais’s much anticipated return to the Golden Globes.
The controversial British comic lived up to his reputation, with jokes on Prince Andrew and paedophilia.