The next round of SAFE SITTER classes is coming up in June at St. Vincent Evansville. SAFE SITTER is a medically accurate, hands-on class that teaches boys and girls ages 11 to 13 how to handle emergencies when caring for children. Young children cannot always communicate their needs or protect themselves. The babysitter must be able to handle whatever situation arises. SAFE SITTERS learn: what to do when a child chokes, CPR, how to call for emergency help, entertaining children and keeping them safe, babysitting business skills, and basic childcare skills like diapering and feeding.Class dates are:Wednesday, June 7Thursday, June 8Tuesday, June 13Wednesday, June 14Monday, June 26Safe Sitter classes are available through St. Vincent Outreach Services. A fee of $60 covers the one-day program, student manual, messenger bag and supplies. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with a short ceremony for students and parents starting at 3:15 p.m. Students need to bring a sack lunch.Class size is limited. Registration is required and may be done through St. Vincent Outreach Services at 812.485.5607FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Tourist destination – a destination today, operates on the principle of a reputable hotel, once..Arthur Hailey’s novel “Hotel” is one of the best readings that describes life, the “living being” of a reputable hotel that once boasted impeccable service in all segments. Those were the times when staying in such a hotel was a special experience. Each hotel in the 19th and 20th centuries had its clientele, its guests. Staying in a status hotel was not possible, it was not available to everyone. The hotel staff, on the other hand, had the mission of pleasing every guest, smoothing out any disagreement, defending the hotel and its guests from any inconvenience. The hotel was supposed to look neat, tidy, down to the last detail at all times. All services at the hotel had to be at the same level of excellence. In short, the hotel staff was part of a special experience. If you haven’t read this book yet, I highly recommend it.DestinationA tourist destination, a destination, was and remains a place of special value. This value is based on climatic benefits, natural beauty, historical, cultural attractions, urban life rhythms or relaxing rural “slow motion”… Destinations have also developed with the development of tourism. Services that once could only be found in a hotel or in a hotel district, are now offered at every turn. Restaurants, bars, cafes (cafes), pastry shops, hairdressers and massage parlors, pedicures, manicures… long ago “came out” of the hotel and occupied the squares and streets of the tourist place. 21st century destinations are increasingly copying each other, so the availability of colorful content is no longer limited to the most famous destinations.Role changeTourists’ habits are changing. They stay in one place shorter and shorter. The mobility of the modern traveler is his trademark today. Get to know the world, visit all continents, feel the rhythm of life of the domicile population, “merge” with the local lifestyle, taste authentic food, walk the streets, bike through nature, paddle lakes, sail the seas… new travelers increasingly difficult to “hold the place”. When traveling, modern tourists want to stay in accommodation for as short a time as possible, spending most of the day exploring the destination. The destination became a “hotel”.Hotel, Arthur Hailey / Source: Etsy.comDestination management organizationIf the destination is a “hotel”, then the functioning of the destination is adjusted to the hotel model. Thus, “hotel rooms” are scattered throughout the destination along the streets that have replaced the hotel corridors. The squares are new lobbies, new lobbies, the tourist board is the reception, the utility company is the technical service of the “hotel”, restaurants and bars are located in all parts of the “hotel” destination. Various service activities, beaches, beaches… everything works within this “hotel”. At the head of such a complex system is the most experienced and capable hotelier, hotel director, mayor. All members of the “management board” are subordinated to him – “hotel detective” (chief of police), “head of technical service” (director of the utility company), “head of food, beverages and services in tourism” (head of the administrative department for tourism), “chief sports and recreation “(director of the municipal company for management of beaches and sports facilities),” head of reception “(director of the tourist office of the Tourist Board),” head of entertainment “(director of the cultural center),” heads of households “(hosts of family accommodation, management agencies real estate, owners of accommodation facilities)… The “Director’s” day begins with a tour of all “hotel” sectors and a short conversation with the bosses. On Mondays, they hold a course where they discuss the announcements of upcoming events in the destination and check all the tasks and procedures related to it. It is really easy to understand the modern needs in destination management when compared to the functioning of a reputable hotel.Can a destination in Croatia be managed efficiently?Imagine a situation in a hotel when the head of the technical service does not carry out the orders of the head of the reception on troubleshooting, or that, say, the head of food, beverages and services in tourism does not have the ability to organize gastronomy according to guest requirements. What kind of hotel manager would he be when he couldn’t do anything about frequent complaints from guests about broken showers at the pool, dirty deck chairs on the beach and torn plants because the head of the technical service and horticulture “is not competent”, “there are no people or funds” “Fix it? Or that a hotel detective can’t stop the noise of alcoholic guests in the wee hours? Or let’s say the head of entertainment organizes a theatrical play by the pool while a pop music concert takes place on the terrace? A hotel cannot function in a way that “the left does not know what the right is doing”. The hotel manager cannot escape the problem, he is expected to solve every problem in the hotel. That’s why the hotel manager is in charge. Everyone listens to him. He is in charge of everyone, he signs everyone’s salary. He hires and fires people. He is the most responsible person in the hotel. Not every accommodation is a hotel, nor is every hotel respectable. Not every place, village, city, tourist destination. It can be a tourist place, a tourist city but not a reputable tourist destination. If there is no firm and efficient administration.The destination became a “hotel” – Nedo PinezicHow to achieve efficiency in destination management?When you decide to take over a hotel, you need to know how it must function in order to be successful. Of course, the “management of the company”, the state government, must be aware of the limitations in the efficient management of tourist destinations. If you want efficiency then you have to “lower” responsibility and authority to the level of the collective. The hotel cannot be managed efficiently “remotely”, the destination cannot be managed effectively without decentralization. The “director” of the “Destination Hotel” must have at his disposal the authority to manage services vital to the functioning of the destination and sufficient money to pay the costs. Decentralization of tax revenues (eg VAT, excise duties) and revenues from sojourn tax and tourist membership fees would certainly help to better manage all sectors of the “hotel”.We all live in a “hotel”Residents of the destination are well-trained employees of the “hotel” who in a period of low occupancy attend various specialist courses to improve their skills and acquire new knowledge. The management of the “hotel” stimulates us with various benefits to raise the level of its service, to offer something new, innovative. On the contrary, we get to know the structure of our guests, their habits and needs. The “reception” helps us with that, so we are ready to welcome guests who are pleasantly surprised by our approach. It’s nice to live in a “hotel”. It’s nice to hang out with people from all over the world. In this way, we experience something new, we enrich our lives with new knowledge, exchanges of experiences, new acquaintances and friendships. Thanks to efficient management, our “hotel”, although small, provides living comfort like big houses. We lack nothing. We have an enviable standard of living. We are happy that the “hotel” chose us as its associates and that the guests appreciate our hotel. It makes us all happy. In the “hotel” we are all like one family.Hotel 2Arthur Hailey is unfortunately no longer with us. Someone else will have to write a sequel to the novel “Hotel 2”. Perhaps the plot of this novel will take place in an emerging tourist destination that is gradually transforming from an inn into a reputable hotel. In fact, short stories on the subject are already being written. A serious novel requires character characters and a beginning that leads to a meaningful ending. For now, it’s hard to find an inspiring setting, but maybe someone is inspired by Hailey’s novel, maybe it’s some little-known place until yesterday that will shine with new splendor. Who knows ?Published by: Nedo Pinezić
Sevilla delivered a huge boost to their own hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League by beating Getafe for their first victory in six matches.A poor run of form had threatened to kill Sevilla’s chances of securing a place in Europe’s premier tournament but they dismantled usually solid Getafe with goals from Lucas Ocampos, Fernando Reges and Jules Kounde.Getafe might still have been feeling the effects of their superb 2-0 win over Ajax on Thursday in the Europa League as Jose Bordalas’ side lacked the defensive discipline that has thrust them into the mix again for a Champions League spot. Sevilla eased the pressure on their coach Julen Lopetegui by winning 3-0 away at Getafe. Kieran Trippier was also back after recovering from a groin injury and he was involved in Atletico’s second goal as Koke headed in.Angel Correa had earlier cancelled out Paco Alcacer’s strike for Villarreal.Atletico’s inconsistency this season means they are out of the title race, 12 points adrift of leaders Barcelona, who thrashed Eibar 5-0 on Saturday.But momentum would be timely as Atleti bid to consolidate their place in the top four and capitalise on their 1-0 advantage against Liverpool next month in the Champions League last 16.Diego Simeone’s side move up to third in La Liga, level on points with Sevilla, who earlier struck a superb 3-0 win away at fellow top-four rivals Getafe.Liverpool are expected to overturn Atletico’s lead at Anfield but it looks like Simeone will be able to field a bolstered side for the second leg.Diego Costa came off the bench on Tuesday, although he was not involved against Villarreal, while Felix, Trippier and Morata are all fit again and available.Felix’s recovery will be particularly welcome. The Portugese, who signed for 120 million euros from Benfica last summer, has struggled to live up to expectations but perhaps some time away will have done him good.He looked revitalised after coming on as a substitute and could prove a valuable addition during the run-in.Alcacer, who joined Villarreal from Borussia Dortmund last month, gave the away side the lead with a brilliant shot from the edge of the box in the 16th minute but Correa levelled before half-time, flicking in after a mistake by Raul Albiol.Koke completed the turnaround in the 64th minute, heading in Correa’s chip after Trippier had cut it back to the Argentinian from the right. Felix then added a third with a driven shot, which squirmed through Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo. Felix came off the bench at the Wanda Metropolitano after almost a month out with an ankle problem and the 20-year-old looked refreshed as he drove in Atletico’s third in an impressive 3-1 victory. Loading… Promoted ContentPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At LongerTop 10 Female Stars Everyone Had A Crush On In The 90sTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time Read Also: La Liga: Sevilla thrash Etebo’s Getafe to boost top four hopesSevilla, meanwhile, were arguably the favourites to finish fourth at the start of the season and former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui will have been relieved to return to winning ways, just as the pressure on him was beginning to mount.Ocampos scored Sevilla’s opener two minutes before half-time, teed up by Sergio Reguilon after Getafe’s Djene Dakonam slipped.Getafe pushed for an equaliser but were undone by two goals in eight minutes shortly after the hour as Fernando Reges bundled in Luuk de Jong’s smart header to the back post before David Soria failed to prevent Jules Kounde’s shot creeping inside the far post.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Atletico Madrid followed up their surprise win over Liverpool by beating Villarreal in La Liga on Sunday as Joao Felix marked his return from injury with a first league goal since September.Advertisement
Share Scottish football club Glasgow Rangers FC has confirmed that it has extended its shirt sponsorship deal with UK online casino and betting operator 32Red.32Red has acted as Rangers lead shirt sponsor since season 2014/15. The online gambling company will extend the sponsorship for a further two seasons, as Rangers FC challenges for Scottish Premier League glory.Rangers management detailed that the football club had been offered a number of lucrative shirt sponsorship options, but decided to remain with 32Red maintaining the position. Rangers Managing Director, Stewart Robertson commented: “We are delighted to announce an extended shirt sponsorship deal with 32Red”Updating the media, 32Red’s Matt Booth Chief Commercial Officer detailed that the company was already working with Rangers on new social and fan initiatives for season 2017/18, as 32Red seeks to boost its brand coverage and visibility.“We have enjoyed three fantastic years as the official club sponsor of Rangers FC and we are thrilled to confirm a further two year agreement that will see the 32Red brand feature on the front of the players’ shirts.“Everybody at 32Red would like to thank the staff at Rangers for all their help leveraging the 32Red brand over the past few years and we are excited about the journey ahead.” Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Wayne Rooney speaks from experience to support 32Red’s ‘Know Your Limits’ campaign April 8, 2020 Submit Rangers FC and Ladbrokes end betting partnership April 14, 2020 32Red brands reports of educational data breach as “untrue and unfounded” January 20, 2020
Former Asante Kotoko German coach Hans Dieter Schmidt has hit out at Black Stars team doctor Adam Baba over the explanation for young striker Richmond Boakye-Yiadom’s inability to feature for the Black Stars at the 2013 Cup of Nations.Speaking at GFA press conference last Friday, Adamu Baba revealed the loaned-out Juventus striker’s involvement in a table tennis match that lasted for two hours at the team hotel during the AFCON 2013 seriously curtailed his recovery from an injury sustained at the Stars’ pre-AFCON training camp in Abu Dhabi hence his lack of game time at the tournament.“Richmond sustained an injury during our last training session in Abu Dhabi on the 15th of January, 2013. On our arrival in South Africa, we had an MRI scan run on him and it revealed that an old injury had been worsened so we asked him to rest so that he could begin light training and obliged. I had declared him fit for the quarter final but I warned him not to bear any weight on the injured ankle. However, the night before the game, he played table tennis all night and got the ankle swollen and that brought us to square one,” Dr. Baba said.Schmidt, who guided Asante Kotoko to the 2004 Caf Confederation Cup finals loss to rivals Hearts of Oak in Kumasi is riled by the Black Stars team doctor’s explanations and has questioned Dr. Baba’s credibility. The coach believes the doctor went overboard and suggests his action could affect the relationship with the player.“It is not a problem to play table tennis in the resting time. It is active resting. I don’t trust this doctor. How can the player trust him in the future? He is only a spice and talking too much,” the German trainer shortly commented on a facebook thread.A further inquiry about what the term ‘active rest’ means as used by coach Dieter Schmidt says: “The term “active rest” or “active recovery” applies to training schedules used by athletes. In the recent past, athletes were encouraged to rest completely after a competition or on a day off. But newer research shows that engaging in low-intensity exercise during “rest” is better for maintaining fitness levels. Low-intensity exercise flushes out lactic acid and delivers healing oxygen to the muscles. Any activity that keeps the target heart rate in the 60 – 65% range is low-intensity exercise. Active rest activities are easy recreational movements like going for a bike ride or a hike, a casual game of tennis, swimming etc.FootyGhana understands Dr. Baba’s disclosure to the media was not pleasantly received by members of the top hierarchy of the Ghana Football Association present at the media briefing last Friday.
Newcastle look set to sign Kenedy on loan from Chelsea.Magpies manager Rafael Benitez has spoken to Chelsea, where the Spaniard previously had a spell as interim boss, and a deal appears to be close.Kenedy, 21, is not in Blues boss Antonio Conte’s plans for the coming season.Last term the Brazilian had an injury-affected loan spell at Watford, making just one first-team appearance, as a substitute.He was sent home from Chelsea’s pre-season tour of the Far East this summer after an offensive post about China on social media.QPR set to bring back LuaLuaEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR are set to re-sign Kazenga LuaLua on a six-month loan from Brighton, West London Sport revealed on Thursday.The 26-year-old winger joined the R’s on loan in January and made 11 appearances last season, nine of them as a substitute.His time at Loftus Road was interrupted by an ankle injury which sidelined him for almost two months.He is not in Brighton manager Chris Hughton’s first-team plans and the newly promoted club have agreed he can return to west London.The deal is expected to go through in time for LuaLua to be available for QPR’s game at Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.Caulker feels ‘set free’Steven Caulker has told QPR’s website he sees his return to action as a new chapter in his career.Caulker played the full 90 minutes of this week’s cup win against Northampton Town – his first competitive game since October last year.The defender, who has been troubled by a persistent hip problem, recently returned to training after speaking about his mental health issues and addictions to gambling and alcohol.“I feel better that I’ve opened up. It’s set me free a bit. I’m walking the truth now. My recovery, touch wood, is going well and long may it continue,” Caulker said.“I’ve still got a long way to go to fulfil my potential. I almost feel like I’m starting again, which is quite exciting.“I’ve played a lot of of games but I’ve played a lot of them in heavy depression and not where I want to be. For me Tuesday was the start of something new in my career.“It’s been really tough. There’s been times I didn’t picture myself being out on the pitch again, especially for QPR.”Bees and QPR to meet in cupQPR and Brentford have been drawn to face other in the second round of the Carabao Cup.The west London neighbours will battle it out at Loftus Road for a place in the round three, while Fulham have been drawn at home to League One side Bristol Rovers.The ties will be played in the week commencing 21 August.McDonald fitness boostEmbed from Getty ImagesKevin McDonald is back in training and could be available for Fulham’s game at Reading on Saturday.The Whites midfielder missed Saturday’s opening-day draw against Norwich because of a slight calf problem.New contract for RobshawEmbed from Getty ImagesChris Robshaw has signed a new three-year contract at Harlequins.The former England captain, 31, has made more than 200 appearances for Quins since making his debut for the club in 2005.“I am extremely proud to have re-signed with the club who gave me my first chance as a player and I’ve cheered for since I was a child,” he said.Middlesex winEmbed from Getty ImagesStevie Eskinazi’s maiden T20 half-century set up an incredible Middlesex victory as they maintained their faint hopes of qualification with a two-run win over Sussex.Eskinazi struck 57 not out from 44 balls at Lord’s – but the home side appeared to be well short of a competitive total as they posted 147-6.Sussex’s success seemed inevitable as opener Chris Nash top scored with 69 – yet they were denied by tight bowling at the death from Nathan Sowter, Tim Southee and Tom Helm. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Last weekend’s storms brought a little more rain than expected, with enough falling to keep the majority of the coastal rivers high and off color leading into the final week of steelhead season. As of Wednesday, only the Smith, Chetco, and the very upper reaches of the South Fork Eel were green. And it looks like those are the only rivers that will fish prior to the season closing after Saturday. The South Fork Eel could fish down to the Miranda area on Saturday if it drops as predicted.As we …
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… “As President, I have no greater responsibility than ensuring the safety and security of the United States and the American people. Meeting this responsibility requires the closest possible cooperation among our intelligence, military, diplomatic, homeland security, law enforcement, and public health communities, as well as with our partners at the state and local level and in the private sector. This cooperation, in turn, demands the timely and effective sharing of intelligence and information about threats to our nation with those who need it, from the President to the police officer on the street.”President Barack Obama, writing in The National Strategy For Information Sharing And Safeguarding.On Wednesday the President issued a 16-page game plan aimed at strengthening the process and protection of online sharing to fight cyber attacks. It’s called the the National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding. The NSISS is a guideline aimed at creating a “balance between sharing information with those who need it to keep our country safe and safeguarding it from those who would do us harm,” the President wrote. “Sharing and safeguarding are often seen as mutually exclusive, in reality they are mutually reinforcing. This Strategy, therefore, emphasizes how strengthening the protection of classified and sensitive information can help to build confidence and trust so that such information can be shared with authorized users.”In short, it’s a directive on how to share data, and improve data flow, informing U.S. citizens that they are now partners in this battle, and thereby required to share their data in the name of national security, all the while promising to protect civil rights and privacy. Less an executive order than a vision, “the strategy does not define particular categories or types of information that must be shared.” Instead, it focuses on a sharing policy with three main principles:Designating information as a national asset.Shared risk management and safeguarding,Informed decision making. 1. Information As A National AssetMaking information a national asset is basically a step to streamlining the flow of data between governmental agencies. The push to cut across siloed Federal branches and bureaus and integrate information is extremely important for both national and regional security. What’s likely going to happen is interconnected federal networks and new databases. The strategy lists five goals:Driving collective action through collaboration and accountability.Improving data flow and discovery.Improving effectiveness by sharing services.Defining new policies and processes and reform to protect data.Protecting user privacy and civil rights.Number five “protecting privacy and rights” is tricky. The document cleverly words that data management extends to U.S. citizens, stating that these “stakeholders” also have a responsibility and are an integral part in the success of this plan. “Information collected, analyzed, and disseminated by every stakeholder must be discoverable and retrievable, consistent with necessary legal restrictions, and guided by government-wide policies, standards, and management frameworks.” In other words, while supposedly toe-ing the civil rights line, the government is saying if they need your data, it’s your job to give it to them. Just how jurisdiction is enforced will no doubt be a contentious issue. The document states that privacy will be leveraged by “governance bodies and existing procedures, to continually refine and establish necessary guidelines for appropriate protections of shared information.” But the how and why of collecting citizen’s data will likely unfold on a case-by-case basis, most likely with howls of protest from civil rights groups like the ACLU. 2. Information Sharing And Safeguarding Requires Shared Risk ManagementThis step is basically a relationship builder, calling for trust between the private and public sectors. It’s the government’s pitch that more sharing and safeguarding improves both policy development and tackling security problems.“Policies, practices, and methods for information sharing and safeguarding can enable appropriate confidentiality while increasing transparency,” Obama writes. “To realize the benefits of sharing information, stakeholders mitigate and manage risk by taking appropriate measures to build trust in the processes that safeguard information from compromise.”Part of the sharing process will also include heavy data tagging to improve discovery and new authorization and authentication controls to likely bolster security and accountability. 3. Information Informs DecisionmakingThis third directive ties together the first two steps. It states that the ability to discover and retrieve accurate data “depends upon an ability to make information easily accessible to federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, private sector, and foreign partners.”In other words, here’s your “we’re all in this together” notice from Uncle Sam. You do your part, we do our part, and this ship should sail. “The above principles and below goals will help us achieve an environment wherein decisions are driven by information that reflects our best assessments at every level — from frontline personnel to agency heads,” Obama writes. Is This Plan… A Good Thing?In the wake of the failed SOPA and PIPA regulation bills, there’s been a lot of public mistrust when it comes to the government keeping tabs on the Internet. But could this be a positive step? At least one major security pundit thinks so. “Government needs to be part of that system,” wrote Dan Kaminsky in a recent op-ed in Politico along with Stewart Baker, a former general counsel at the National Security Agency and assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security.“I’m encouraged to see Obama creating a framework,” said Kaminsky, one of seven Recovery Key Shareholders for the Domain Name System, and chief scientist at security firm DKH. He says sharing data is a key to making the Internet safer. Trust Is The Key QuestionIn an interview with ReadWrite, however, Kaminsky said the public culture of fear and mistrust may make his support of the President’s move less than popular. Still, he says we know dangerously little about the details of cyber attacks on the whole – and sharing data could help lower the risk. “You can’t solve a problem without data.”“If our goal is to have a foundation for commerce, information, freedom, privacy, we need better data on what bad guys are dong and what stops them,” he added. “The hard truth is that American information assets are under attack. Public, private, and personal resources are being extracted wholesale.”These acts of espionage are “tremendous, and the ability to respond is insignificant,” Kaminsky said. “It’s not like bad guys just attack military targets,” Kaminsky explained. “Everyone’s under attack.”According to Kaminsky, the government has a strong interest in avoiding a situation where “in order to run a business you have to field an army. That would destroy small business and any compeitive environment. At the end of the day, can every business large and small deal with activity of foreign nation state attackers? Honestly, no.”In order for the effort to succeed, Kaminsky said, information must flow in both directions between the private and public sectors. But he warned that “We have a lot of work to do in figuring out what works and what doesn’t. Step one is collecting information. The challenge is – who watches the watchers – and how do you make sure that aggregating force that makes the ground rules doesn’t turn on everyone?”Going After Bad Guys… Or 9-Year-Olds?That’s a key issue. With SOPA and PIPA fresh in their minds, many worry that the feds will use the shield of national security to go after regular people. It’s “ridiculous,” Kaminsky said, but the issue is “our ability to arrest 9 year-olds. The average kid is not breaking into Honeywell and stealing nuclear secrets to cause terror. The average kid is listening to Justin Bieber. There’s some definite fear in our effort to protect the rest of the economy that we’ll see the same techniques used to deal with nation-state hackers used on our kids.”If the feds pursue matters not linked to national security, Kaminsky warned, it’s going to threaten the credibility of the entire effort. Still, he’s optimistic that the NSISS is a much-needed good-faith step in the right direction. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts Tags:#privacy#security adam popescu Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Here are a few helpful questions and tips for conducting interesting, orderly documentary interviews that develop naturally.There is an odd mix of both excitement and terror that comes with starting a documentary project. Whether it’s a short, one-day project or the beginning of a multi-year endeavor, documentaries (by nature) are unpredictable and often tricky. Shooting interviews, in particular, can be difficult.Ideally, a good documentary interview shoot should be a nice balance between pointed, on-topic discussions and open-ended prompts for exploring new themes and questions that pop up. This gets tricky for the shooter, director, or producer who’s asking the questions, as you need to be prepared to keep things on track but also be receptive to new information and directions.For those looking for advice for tackling documentary interviews, and for those who need a starting point for their interviews, we have some advice on finding the right balance for your documentary interview shoots.Basic Documentary Interview QuestionsImage by Haider Y. Abdulla.So, before we give you a list, we need to preface this article by saying that every documentary project is going to be different — sometimes vastly different. In my own experience, I’ve interviewed cowboys, CEOs, Elvis impersonators, and world-famous athletes. And, while there might be a few crossover examples, they’ve all ended up being completely different interviews.The best way to plan is to focus on those opening questions. You can write these out and even rehearse them. These simple, boilerplate questions will not only get you off on the right foot, but they can also help both you and your interviewee get comfortable and settled before you dive into more open-ended questions and conversations.Can you state your name and occupation for the camera?How do you spell your name (and occupation if it’s tricky)?Can you introduce yourself, as if we’ve never met before?Why are you here today?These are basically the first three or four questions I’ve asked at the beginning of every documentary shoot. The first ones are to make sure you have their information correct. You can always review this later to make sure you have all the correct spellings and their exact titles.Basic Information — Who/What/When/Where/WhyImage by Quality Stock Arts.I’ve also found it very helpful to have footage of interviewees introducing themselves to you — or directly to the camera. You can quickly learn about how they view themselves. The “Why are you here today?” question can be another great trick for getting them to talk about some themes they might be interested in exploring during your conversation.Overall, I’ve often tried to start off with a variation of this question (or questions) — “Who are you, what’s going on, and why does that matter?” — as a means to getting the who/what/when/where/why out of the way, early. The more basic information you can get from a documentary interviewee early on the better, as you’ll often need much of this background information when cutting your documentary together.Here are some additional guides for conducting documentary interviews:Interview Tips Every Documentary Filmmaker Should Know7 Reasons Why You Need a Producer for Your DocumentaryInterview: Tips for Blending Documentary and Narrative in “The Drug Runner” Discussion vs. QuestionsImage by Valmedia.Once you’ve gotten your basic information out of the way — and as much expository material as you can get — your real goal is to focus on discussion rather than just asking questions. Avoid “yes” or “no” questions at all costs! Instead, I’ve often found it best to view yourself more as a conversation moderator.In many ways, the idea of “scripting your documentary” becomes more important than the questions. Write out ideas, concepts, events, or themes that you’d like to have your documentary subject touch on, then lead them to those points.At the end of the day, conducting a good documentary interview comes down to just how prepared and knowledgeable you are — as well as how confident you are in the interview. Be an active listener, take good notes, and ask open questions that encourage active responses.Cover image by Valmedia.For more documentary filmmaking advice, as well as practical filmmaking tips and tricks, check out these articles:A Complete Guide to Documentary FilmmakingHow to Shoot Gorgeous Documentary InterviewsDocumentary Editing Tips for Working with Lots of FootageSundance 2019: Tips for Shooting Verité Documentary FootageThe 5 Tenets of Capturing Good B-Roll for Your Documentary
The 50th International Film Festival of India will be held from November 20-28 in Goa with over 200 films from various countries to be screened at the premier movie extravaganza. Russia will be the partner country at the film festival this year, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar announced on Sunday. About 26 feature films and 15 non-feature films in various Indian regional languages will be screened at the film festival, he said. As many as 12 films made in different languages about 50 years ago will also be screened at the 50th edition of IFFI. Several film stars and about 10,000 movie lovers will participate in the film festival, Mr. Javadekar said.With veteran Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan getting the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, his 7-8 films will be screened at IFFI, Mr. Javadekar told reporters.