President WeahPresident George Weah yesterday sent a congratulatory message to the media on the observance of World Press Freedom Day.In a glossy greeting card bearing his portrait on the cover, the President reechoed the “tireless roles” the media have and continue to play in the country.The greeting card, produced by the office of the Press Secretary to the President, was apparently hand-delivered to media institutions across Monrovia and Paynesville, expressing the President’s desire to form a stronger partnership with the media as his government rolls out its pro-poor development initiatives.“My government recognizes the tireless roles you continue to play in the promotion of peace, security, and democracy,” the President said. “In this regard; it is my desire to form a stronger partnership with the media as we work towards strengthening our democracy and building a prosperous Liberia.”In his press freedom day message, he reaffirmed his government’s commitment to working with the media in creating a conducive environment for the press and freedom of expression.The World Press Freedom Day greeting card may well be the first of its kind for the Liberian media, though previous heads of state including former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf issued press releases and at times provided financial assistance for the Press Union to organize activities to observe the day.However subtle a step toward transforming the strained relations of late between the Weah administration and the local media, BBC and AP reporter Jonathan Paye-Layleh still remains uncertain about his safety since President Weah singled him out for being “one of those who were against me” when the former football star was advocating for peace during Liberia’s civil war. Earlier this week, Paye-Layleh wrote that, in as much as he would have loved to join fellow journalists at the World Press Freedom Day in Harper, Maryland County, he feared that his safety in such remote part of the country could not be guaranteed, in light of the President’s remarks as well as comments from former war-lords who scolded him because he asked the President about setting up a war crimes court for Liberia.Meanwhile, a local media executive (name withheld) commenting on the President’s gesture has described President Weah’s card gesture as more of a publicity gimmick rather than a genuine attempt to repair his rather frosty relationship with the media.According to him, the deference shown by the Police to the killer of journalist Tyrone Browne while being escorted to court, the rather slow pace at which his (the alleged killer) trial is proceeding and the rather snobbish attitude displayed by President Weah towards BBC and AP reporter Jonathan Paye Layeleh since his return to Liberia after initially fleeing the country out of fears for his safety, are, in the opinion of the media executive, subtle indications of what he described as President Weah’s feigned attempt at rapprochement with the media.However, given the backdrop of unrelenting critical media coverage on the direction in which President Weah appears to be taking the country in furtherance of his Pro Poor agenda, it remains to be seen whether President Weah’s reconciliation gesture will cut any ice with the Fourth Estate, whose celebration of World Press Freedom Day this week may have triggered the President’s reconciliation gesture.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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20th Biennial Congress– says party has performed wellLeader of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), President David Granger said his Administration is committed to the Cummingsburg Accord – the sweetheart deal it signed with the Alliance For Change (AFC) back in 2015 to form a coalition which got them into office.He was at the time addressing a packed gathering at the opening of the party’s 20th Biennial Delegates Congress on Friday at Congress Place, Sophia, Greater Georgetown. This year’s congress is being held under the theme: “Better togetherPNCR leader, President David Grangerfor a brighter tomorrow”.According to the PNCR Leader, the party has done more and gotten farther than any other party to create an inclusionary democracy by firstly establishing the five-party A Partnership for National Unit (APNU), which then in turn entered into a coalition with the AFC.Granger noted that the PNCR will continue to work with its political and civil partners in to uphold the Cummingsburg Accord and also to have constructive dialogue with the political parliamentary Opposition and with civil society to strengthen the practice of “inclusionary democracy.”He further asserted his party’s commitment to the ideals of coalition politics and to the broader aspiration of national unity as well as to perfecting the country’s incipient system of shared governance in the belief that the coalition parties are better together than apart.“Our commitment to the practice of an inclusionary democracy has been vindicated, confirming the efficacy and necessity of the unique coalition that we created and which the electorate accepted,” he posited.The President’s remarks come on the heels of the AFC announcing nearly two weeks ago that it will be contesting the upcoming Local Government ElectionsA section of the gathering at the opening of the congress(LGE) in November separate from the APNU. The minority party in the coalition Government has been on the receiving end of heavy criticisms for the submissive role it has been playing since joining forces with the APNU. In fact, the top leadership of the AFC had decided back mid-November to revise the governing agreement with its majority coalition partner.Moreover, regarding the APNU – which is comprised of the PNCR, Working People’s Alliance (WPA), Justice For All Party (JFAP), Guyana Action Party (GAP) and the National Front Alliance (NFA) – the WPA over the past year has been complaining bitterly about being sidelined. In fact, the party executives had even hinted that consideration is being given as to whether the WPA should remain within the APNU alliance given the treatment it is being dealt with.However, President Granger during his address to the congress pointed out that as a coalition, they were able to achieve much in the past three years, bringing unquestionable benefits to the Guyanese people in every field.“It has allowed for the deployment of broad expertise to the task of nation-building. It has reignited hope and galvanised goodwill to confront the challenges which we inherited in 2015. The coalition governs for the common good,” he stated.The PNCR Leader said the coalition Government responded to a deluge of demands from the ordinary people, who needed change and wanted to see immediate improvements in their lives.“The PNCR, in Government, has been a force of good in improving people’s quality of life… The PNCR has performed well. It is the natural, national leader. It is the party of and for the future,” he posited, while adding that the coalition’s achievements has brought about measurable and substantive change.Following in the same trend, PNCR Chairman Basil Williams, in his remarks draw from the theme of this year’s congress, telling party members that having grown after experiencing its fair share of triumphs and trails, the PNCR is in the best position to take Guyana to higher heights but this can only be achieved if everyoneMembers of the diplomatic community among those at the opening ceremonywork together.To this end, he spoke of the need to return to the grass root level to further strength the party.Moreover, Williams, who is also the Legal Affairs Minister as well as the Attorney General, managed to push in some last-minute campaigning before Sunday’s voting which will see him going up against two other party Executives – Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Public Health Minister Volda Lawerence – for the chairmanship position.The incumbent Chairman told party members that in order to ensure that the PNCR-dominated coalition remains in Government to “care and control” the proceeds from the abundant oil and gas resources, then they should elect their “most tested, tried and proven” comrade so that the party gain the confidence of the electorate to win the 2020 elections.
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Whittier Christian High School girls basketball coach Bill Crammer admits there was doubt at the start of the season about how far his team could go. “But in the back of my mind, I always believed we had the potential to be here,” Crammer said. “Here” is the CIF-Southern Section Division V-AA championship game. Nearly five months later, the Heralds are here. They will face fellow Alpha League foe Village Christian for the title this morning at The Pyramid at Long Beach State. Game time is scheduled for 9:30. “I knew we had the talent,” Crammer said. “The biggest issue was that we’re so young and whether we could accomplish enough in one year to get here.” With a front line averaging 6-foot, the Heralds posted a 23-6 record that earned them the division’s No. 1 seed. They’ve scored playoff victories over Mojave (54-31), Lancaster Desert Christian (56-37) and Maranatha (51-41). The front line of 5-10 Whitley Brown (12.1 ppg, 9.4 rpg), 6-2 Jacko Joseph (7.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and 6-0 Kristen Schaefer (5.7 rpg) gives the Heralds a distinct advantage inside over the Crusaders (24-6), whose tallest players are 5-9 guard Alex Dill (11.7 ppg, 8.5 rpg) and 5-8 center Becky Quintana (8 ppg, 6.2 rpg). The Crusaders rely more on an aggressive, pressure defense to create turnovers and start their transition game, but they get most of their scoring from perimeter shooting, led by guard Jesse Allen (9.5 ppg), who has 37 3-point baskets, and Dill, who has 18. “They don’t match up with us inside,” Crammer said, “but the key for us will be in handling their press. We can’t afford turnovers that feed their transition game.” Another key for the Heralds might be Amy Woodward off the bench. “She shoots very well, and if they pack it in with a tight zone defense, she’ll come in for us quickly,” Crammer said. Whittier Christian won both of the league games between the two teams, defeating the host Crusaders 46-44 and then breezing to a 46-28 decision at home. Village Christian finished second (8-2) in league. The Crusaders are the No. 2 seed. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A taxi-driver has gone on trial charged with sexually-assaulting a 20 year old woman in his cab in Letterkenny.Jacob Okornoe, of 57 The Elms, Letterkenny has pleaded not guilty to the charge that he sexually assaulted the young woman on November 28th, 2010.The father of three appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today. The court was told that Okornoe, 35, put his hand on the young woman’s leg and made suggestive advances towards her.The woman, who cannot be named, told the court that she had been out at her Christmas party with colleagues and got a taxi home.Another man in the taxi got out and she headed home in the front passenger seat.She claimed just five minutes into the journey, the driver starting talking suggestively to her. “He said I was making him hard and that I was a good looking girl. He put his left hand on my right leg and started rubbing it. I pushed him off and told him to stop – he did it again and I was really frightened.“I understood that hard meant is that I was making his penis hard,” she said.The young woman asked to get out of the taxi but the driver locked the doors and didn’t speak for the rest of the journey.“I was really scared” said the woman.She eventually arrived at a friend of her sister’s house and told them what had happened. Later that day she made a complaint to Gardai.The trial continues before Judge John O’Hagan.TAXI-DRIVER CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ASSAULTING WOMAN IN CAB was last modified: January 31st, 2013 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)Tags:Jacob OkornoeletterkennyLetterkenny Circuit Courtsexual assaulttaxi-driverTHE ELMS
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Expand your filmmaking skill set in only a weekend with these DIY tutorials for fun, creative, and relatively simple filmmaking projects.For many filmmakers and videographers just starting out, the allure of investing in and buying tons of new gear is hard to resist. You need your camera, your lenses, your tripods, your monopods, your sliders, your 3-point lighting kit, your audio recorders, your 200-foot dolly tracks, etc.But truth be told, you really don’t need that much — even if you’re beyond just starting off and have been in the game for years. Yes, there is always something else you may want, but if you focus on creative visual storytelling, you can pull off just about any shot or look without spending tons of money on fancy new gear.An alternative is to skip the expensive retailers and simply make the gear yourself. There’s a wealth of resources for DIY filmmakers available online. All it takes is a free weekend, a trip to the hardware store, and a little time watching a tutorial.So, if you have a free weekend, save one (or two or three) of these DIY tutorials, and give your inner craftsman a little TLC by building out one of these projects on your own.1. DIY Balloon LightIn this video from Shutterstock Tutorials, we get a step-by-step breakdown of the materials, the process, and the use of a DIY balloon light — one of the biggest, brightest, softest (yet surprisingly cheapest) lights you could possibly make.Here’s the full write-up on how to get started.2. DIY Light Stand (Under $10)One of the classic DIY projects is the $10 DIY light stand (outlined by the team at Film Riot), which helps you create a pretty-simple-yet-surprisingly-sturdy-and-helpful light stand. All you need is a drill and a quick trip to the hardware store for some PVC pipe to begin lighting your projects first thing Monday morning.3. DIY Sidecar MountWhile most of these projects are useful for a variety of shots, this is one of the more specific and complex projects, so it may be a little trickier to tackle. That being said, you can use this to create some absolutely amazing car chases and action shots! And the best part is you don’t need to break the bank purchasing a highly expensive Russian Arm system. All you need is $50 in supplies. You can read the full article on the project here.Also, check out this similar $30 DIY Car Mount project tutorial, with subsequent write-up here.4. DIY Fig RigAnother classic DIY weekend project involves following the advice of Indy Mogul and creating your very own DIY fig rig. A “fig rig” is basically another word for a camera gimbal. In this case, one shaped into a makeshift circle, which you hold like a steering wheel for run-and-gun filmmaking — and it’s much smoother and more controlled than typical handheld movement. The entire process will cost you less than $30 (which is a fraction of what a name-brand fig rig or gimbal would cost). 5. DIY Lighting PlatesWhile this is technically more of a DIY technique than a single rig or project, it is actually a really cool project that you can use to create some truly impressive results. Plus, it’s just funny to watch Robbie run around being chased by a serial killer, silhouetted in a scene, that only uses one light! The technique is called “lighting in plates,” and it’s actually a “form of compositing that weaves several shots together to provide ample lighting coverage for the entire shot.”You can read more on the process and how to pull it off here.6. DIY Film Rain Machine (for under $15)Here’s a fun one for those who don’t mind getting a little cold and wet. A DIY rain machine can be a simple-yet-effective tool, and it can you save thousands of dollars. In this demo by Tom Antos, we get a more sophisticated and reliable machine that works better than making a PA hold a water hose slightly out of frame.Antos shares his DIY process, which should cost anywhere between $15 and $70, depending on the supplies you have available.7. DIY Product Shot SetupsThis DIY tutorial on shooting “cheap and easy” product shots is a fun weekend project that can add a whole commercial filmmaking skill set to your reel — as well as teach you how to use inexpensive lighting for expensive-looking styles. Looking at product materials, working with surfaces and sets, and creating interesting compositions are all part of the process outlined in this step-by-step article.Take it a step further and dive into the lighting and production of product shots in this tutorial.If none of these DIY projects pique your interest, here are some more DIY filmmaking resources to check out.DIY Filmmaking: How to Build Your Own Dolly for $507 DIY Filmmaking Hacks: Creating New Lights to Building Your Own Hi-Hat5 DIY Tutorials and Gear Hacks for FilmmakersDIY Filmmaking Tips: Building a Heavily Diffused $50 LightVideo Tutorial: Create a DIY Wireless China Ball Light
EVF UsabilityEVFs are most useful on bright, sunny days when glare makes monitors hard to see, or when the position of the camera makes it hard to see. If you’re shooting in a constrained environment — like the back of a car — a EVF pressed against your eye will take up a lot less room than a five-inch monitor on an arm.An EVF also adds more stability to a handheld shot because the rubber pressed against your eye adds a point of contact, making the camera less “tippy.”A final advantage of an EVF is when shooting intimate drama scenes. Because one eye is pressed to the EVF and the other closed, it’s less distracting for an actor than the operator/DP watching a small monitor just off their eye-line. Less light will escape compared to a backlit monitor, allowing the actor to focus on their scene partner.An EVF totally eliminates your peripheral vision. You’ll be dependent on other members of the crew to keep you from colliding with things. It’s never a good idea to do walking or moving shots with an EVF, unless someone you trust is spotting you, making sure you don’t get taken out by a car or walk into a low-hanging sign. In this article, we’ll examine the EVF, its usability pros and cons, and the best options for an indie filmmaking budget.Back in the glory days of film, the only way to see what the camera was seeing was by placing your eye to the eyepiece and framing up the shot. This meant that the cinematographer or operator was the only one seeing what they were capturing, giving them tremendous power on a film set.Once digital came along, with its SDI/HDMI-out cameras, the whole set could see the image in glorious high definition, color-graded, and ready for the big screen. If the PA didn’t think your ratios were right, they could point it out to the whole set, and the producer could agree with them.Cinematographers who worked in the days of celluloid love the EVF (Electronic Viewfinder), which is a tiny display inside an eyecup that only allows the person next to the camera to see what’s going on. Besides offering a one-person view of the camera’s sensor, the EVF has some key advantages and disadvantages worth noting.Camera Native vs. Third PartyEVFs on the market today break down into two camps: camera native and third party. The camera native ones, like the ARRI EVF-2 and the Canon EVF-V70, cost upwards of $6000 and have custom camera controls, as well as high-quality displays. They are, however, out of reach for most indie filmmakers. The Canon costs more than the Canon c200 Digital Cinema Camera.The third party ones, like the Zacuto Gratical and the PortKeys OEYE-3G, come in between $1000 and $2000, and connect to the camera via HMDI or SDI. They don’t add extra menu buttons or camera controls, but they give a great image and most have advanced features, like false color and peaking. The FutureEVFs definitely have their place on set, and as miniature high-resolution LED screens become cheaper — thanks in part to their use in cell phones — there’ll be more and more full-featured offerings for filmmakers of all budgets.Cover image via PortKeys.Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check these out.Bring Your Next Film to Life with The Art of the Pitch DeckWhat to Put in Your Short Film’s Mood BoardHarnessing the Power of Rehearsal for Your Films and Video ProjectsGold Mount vs. V-Mount: Which Is Your Best Choice?Tips for Getting the Smoothest, Most Reliable Handheld Footage
When luxuries become necessities people become soft.Leads that are generated by marketing are a luxury. Countless B2B businesses exist–and grow–without marketing generated leads. If marketing generated leads are a necessity, you have a serious challenge as a sales organization. It’s not that marketing shouldn’t generate leads. It’s that you should rely on your marketing department to open opportunities within your dream client accounts for you.A product or service that is already so compelling that your prospective buyers are lined up in front of your building waiting to buy is an extreme luxury. That luxury may belong exclusively to Apple, for now. If it is necessary for you to have a product that sells itself, then you’re not a salesperson. You are an order taker. A compelling product or service is a luxury, and a lot of sales organizations sell things that are necessary and not very sexy.Luxuries cannot become necessities without causing damage. If something that is “nice to have” becomes something you “need to have,” then you are dependent on something that you don’t really need, and you will be at a competitive disadvantage when competing against those who see your necessity as an extravagance.