‘Lofaians Must Help Gov’t Fix Bad Roads’

first_imgMomo Cyrus, CEO, SEGALThe Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Security Expert Guard Agency of Liberia (SEGAL), Momo T. Cyrus, has said that Lofians must take responsibility for the construction of Lofa’s roads, saying that it would encourage government to join and ensure that the county is liberated from bad roads.Cyrus spoke to the Daily Observer on December 27 at his hometown in David Selma Town, Lofa County, during a celebration with farmers for providing adequate support that led to the cultivation of over 150 acres of upland farm rice for the last two years.He said he is ready to provide his contribution to the construction of the road in order to alleviate bad road conditions in Lofa County. “We can’t wait for government to do everything for us so we private citizens must take initiative to have the roads fixed because the bad road condition is a nightmare and an impediment for all of us,” he said.Commenting on Agriculture, Cyrus attributed the lack of buyers of the farmers’ produce to the bad roads, which he said need the effort of every well-meaning citizen.“Today I was at a youth program and expected vice President Boakai to be there, but he was not there. I contributed US$5,000 and LD$35,000 and was waiting to pledge to the construction of the road,” he said.“If the road is paved, buyers will come for the farmers’ produce. This a serious challenge that farmers and buyers can’t solve. If we start, the government can come into the picture later and Lofa County can get a paved road.”Talking about the celebration with the farmers, Mr. Cyrus said based on the good news of harvesting the previous 150 acres of farmland, farmers were encouraged to support this year’s farming activities, which he believes merits celebration.“This group is here today because coming from nowhere, 21 towns in the Boni Clan participated in harvesting of rice this year. You need to imagine how people left their homes early in the morning to help harvest the rice,” he said.He said the message to the people, particularly the farmers during said gathering, is unity, for the fact that they can assemble together in one place.“So, during this Christmas season, we decided that people have done extremely well and we came to appreciate them. We decided that each of those towns will receive LD$10,000 as a way of appreciation as well as we killed a cow for them,” said Cyrus.He said in previous years, they concentrated in rice production, and said that cassava, coffee, eddo, palm, potato and vegetable farming activities will commence in the upcoming farming season.“We are now using the rice plots to plant other corps like cassava, palm and coffee. Lofa County was considered before as the breadbasket of Liberia and we have to go back and reclaim that history,” he said.Cyrus said he is in good working relationship with the youth, as their role in maintaining peace is cardinal and has always motivated them to remain focused and engaged in activities that would promote their activities in the county.The SEGAL boss said the residents of the county have the land space and the energy required for the county to be the breadbasket of the country, and that he is excited that the people are feeding themselves from their own production.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Video: England Euro 2016 squad as narrated by David Attenborough

first_imgEngland manager Roy Hodgson has revealed which players he thinks offer the best chance of winning Euro 2016.It is always a huge talking point and provides people with a chance to discuss and usually moan about the lack of players from their team.‘HODGSON’S A FOOL!’ – FANS REACT TO THE MANAGER’S PICKSHere, talkSPORT has a bit of fun at the players’ expense and for more great videos, you can check out the talkSPORT YouTube channel here.How far do you think this group of players team can take England at Euro 2016?last_img

Drake Athletics Announces Partnership Extension With adidas

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University and adidas today announced a five-year extension of their partnership, in which the Portland, Ore., based company will be the official athletic footwear, apparel accessory and equipment brand of the Bulldogs’ 18 men’s and women’s varsity athletic teams through the 2020-2021 season. “We are excited to continue our long standing partnership with adidas, a world leader in apparel, equipment and footwear, that will continue to benefit our student-athletes and coaches,” said Drake director of athletics Sandy Hatfield Clubb. “The extension with the global brand will continue to assist in our commitment to excellence and the pursuit of championships.” adidas is a global designer, developer and marketer of athletic footwear, apparel and accessories with the mission to make all athletes better. Adidas is the official uniform, footwear and apparel provider for more than 100 collegiate programs including Arizona State, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Texas A&M and UCLA. Adidas has marketing agreements with the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB) and Major League Soccer (MLS). Print Friendly Version “This partnership extension is a tremendous opportunity for adidas and Drake University to continue to build on the commitment to competitive athletic success and academic growth for their student-athletes,” said Jim Murphy, director of NCAA Sports Marketing at adidas America. “The Bulldogs sports programs will be outfitted in our best and most innovative uniforms, footwear and apparel, providing the Bulldogs with the opportunity to elevate their profile across the country and pursue championships in style.” Drake Athletics and adidas have a long-standing partnership, with adidas supplying the Bulldogs with footwear, apparel and equipment for training and game-day uniforms since 2003.last_img read more

Car dealer ordered to pay customer €17,500 for motor riddled with defects

first_imgA second hand car dealer has been ordered to pay €17,500 to a customer whose car was riddled with defects.Thomas Friel, trading as Modern Motors at Mountain Top in Letterkenny, didn’t defend the action when it came before Letterkenny Circuit Court.The court heard that John Patrick Gallagher, a pensioner from Dungloe, had spent €10,200 on the 2009 1.3L Vauxhall Astra in January 2012. However in March 2012 and again in May 2012 he returned the vehicle to the dealer for repairs under a seven-month warranty.Mr Gallagher told Judge John Hannan that despite water and oil leaks the problems weren’t fixed and Mr Friel had refused to give him his money back.He said gardaí told him in May 2012 that the car should be taken off the road.The following month – in June 2012 – Mr Gallagher commissioned an engineer’s report which found the Astra imported from the UK had a series of problems including: · warped front brake discs· it had been ‘clocked’ with the mileage put back 20,000 miles· it had been a company vehicle with visible signs of wear and tear· the car had suffered damage in a previou crash to the front of the vehicle· its bonnet repaired or replaced · a damaged cylinder head· damage to its pistons· battery was unsecured· the wiring harness was wrapped in insulating tape creating a fire hazard · the exhaust support bracket was missing· the centre pipe was the incorrect model· front tyres were prematurely worn due to poor alignment and steering.The engineer’s report valued the car at €500 for scrappage.Mr Gallagher told the court the car had been parked at his home for the past four years after Friel had refused to refund him his money.The pensioner said he was forced to buy another car for €1,800.Judge Hannan said most people would have considered the car ‘nearly new’ but it was clear it was not fit for purpose as advertised.He said that while the ‘buyer beware’ warning is valid, consumers shouldn’t expect this situation “if you are using a reputable dealer”.One the clocking of the car, the judge said: “We are unsure as to who is responsible for that but it is something the gardaí might want to investigate.”Judge Hannan said Mr Gallagher had been put through a great deal of stress and inconvenience and had been “put through the mill” with the added stress of seeing the car parked at his home for the past four and a half years.He ordered that Friel pay the pensioner €10,350 compensation and an additional sum of €7,150 for breach of contract, damages and inconvenience.He also ordered Modern Motors to pay costs in the case.The dealer was not in court for the case, a solicitor saying that he was ill and out of the country and not in a position to defend the case.Car dealer ordered to pay customer €17,500 for motor riddled with defects was last modified: October 6th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

How to Direct Scenes Containing Minimal Dialogue

first_imgMaster one of a film director’s most important skills: Directing scenes that contain minimal dialogue.Top image from Warner Bros.It may sound like a cliche, but the old adage of “Show, Don’t Tell” is as relevant today as ever. As filmmakers, most of us understand the notion that film is a visual medium and therefore the best stories are often told by tapping into powerful visuals. However, many filmmakers fail to actually put this ideology into practice and their films run the risk of lacking depth.There are countless incredible films that have an abundance of dialogue, and the style or genre that you like to work in may call for more heavy dialogue scenes. Regardless, knowing how to direct scenes with minimal dialogue will inevitably improve your results not only in the more textural moments in your film, but also in the verbal moments too. When visual cues, metaphors, and powerful imagery couple together – the end product can really shine. For example, here are a few notable (and wildly dissimilar) light-on-dialogue scenes from classic films:From Terrence Malick’s Days of HeavenFrom Big Night, directed by Campbell Scott and Stanley TucciFrom Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space OdysseySo whether you are someone that likes to direct content with less dialogue, or simply want to improve your understanding of the visual storytelling as a whole, read on. These tips will help you get great results when transitioning into this type of storytelling.1. Imagine your scenes as dialogue.Image from Film DistrictA huge challenge for many filmmakers is conceptualizing and writing material without a lot of dialogue. More often than not, the dialogue-free scenes in films end up being nothing more than transitional moments with very little inherent value unto themselves, with the exception of helping to glue together other pieces in the film. The mistake that many filmmakers are prone to making is not conceptualizing their dialogue-free scene in the same way they would a verbally driven scene.What I often recommend to filmmakers is that they imagine there is dialogue in a scene that doesn’t have any. I will ask – What do you want to tell the audience? How does this move the story forward? What new character info do we get from this? The same kinds of questions you would consider when writing a dialogue scene… Once these questions have been answered, coming up with concepts for visuals that can illustrate them becomes much easier. You’re no longer just thinking about arbitrary images, but rather meaningful information in a visual format.2. Don’t overdo coverage.Image from Film FocusIn film, a lot of the time less is more. This notion applies very obviously to shooting films without a lot of dialogue, yet this is one area where many filmmakers go very wrong. Inexperienced directors will often feel like they need to build up a certain moment, and overcompensate for the fact that it has no dialogue by over-covering the scene. They will get a dozen angles that they don’t really need and actually prevent the viewer from focusing on some of the important visual cues in the scene.3. Find symbolism.Image from Warner Bros.Every shot that you show in your film needs to be important and relevant to your story or characters or both. While it may be relatively simple and straightforward to direct a dialogue-free scene that’s simply progressing the story, it’s more difficult to execute well on the character level. In order to really tap into something emotionally powerful, your visuals need to have symbolic and metaphorical meanings that ideally are subtle enough to hit the viewer on a subtextual level. It’s amazing how powerful subtext is to the average viewer, and many dialogue-free scenes that make use of symbolic or metaphorical imagery are able to convey far more to the audience than any amount of dialogue would be able to. Always look for ways to add meaning to your scenes through the use of objects, colors, wardrobe, props, or any other vehicle that may allow you to do so.4. Break up important moments.Image from IMDbAnother big trap that filmmakers tend to fall into is trying to cram too much information into a single non-verbal moment. So for example, the filmmaker might want to convey a detail about one of their characters (let’s say that the character is a recovering alcoholic that relapses). That same filmmaker might decide to create one long visual scene that somehow shows the character being tempted by alcohol and then giving in… But placing too much information in one scene like this can feel very cheesy and soap-opera like in many ways. The better option is to break up the moment and tell it in two or three pieces.By planting seeds for the audience and leaving bread crumbs, so to speak, your viewers will be led to their own conclusions about your story and characters — and that will give your film a deeper meaning to them. In the example above, if you were to show a few moments leading up to the character starting to drink again (let’s say, having wine spilled on them, watching their boss drink in front of them, etc.), you are able to nudge the audience to the conclusion you want them to draw without being too forceful.5. Show more characterImage from PixarWhen in doubt, always focus on your character development when working with non-verbal material. The most interesting and dynamic character information can be portrayed best in scenes without dialogue, so always take advantage of this fact. Ask yourself what you can show your audience in this dialogue-free scene, moment, or film that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to in a scene with other characters. Maybe you choose to show your main character alone, and give insight into who they are behind closed doors… Whatever choice you make will work as long as it is centered around conveying character detail in an interesting and visually motivated way.If you’re looking for insight into the world of directing, check out these articles from the PremiumBeat blog:Honing Your Craft: Find Your Voice as a DirectorFilmmaking Tips: Becoming a More Versatile ArtistFeature Filmmaking: Creative Problem SolvingWhat are some of your favorite dialogue-free scenes? How do you approach this style of filmmaking? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Students to learn Michif at one Saskatchewan school

first_img[email protected] Priscilla WolfAPTN NewsMichif will now be part of the curriculum for one Saskatoon elementary school.The traditional language of the Métis is a combination of Cree and French.But it’s in danger of dying unless more speakers are trained.So one school is stepping up.last_img