Troy Doris made history for Guyana

first_imgDear Editor,It was the last man standing for Guyana that just became king at the Australian Commonwealth Games 2018, and here I make reference to Mr Troy Doris, Gold Medalist. I believe he also just made history for Guyana.On a forum with the GOA President, Mr Kalam. A. Juman-Yassin, via social media a few days ago, I penned a comment that I expected Troy Doris and Winston George to make the finals of their respective event, because they are way too experienced not to make it happen.Unfortunately, Winston George’s timings in the semifinals did not allow him to make the finals, so it was now left for the last man standing (Troy Doris) to live up to expectations. And lo and behold, he earned the gold medal in the triple jump, and that sealed it for me. He saved the day for the entire Team Guyana.Editor, all can attest to the fact that I have also penned commentaries in the respective dailies in the past, saying that Troy Doris is the only athlete currently on the international circuit who can actually make the podium anytime soon. I was not wrong, was I?Troy Doris, you have just broken the ice, and the one thing I would like to share with you is that you have to be mentally focused for the bigger games which await you, especially the 2020 Olympic Games.What to expect from Guyana as a rewarding gift to Troy Doris? Absolutely nothing to talk about. What did Guyana award Gold Medalist Aliann Pompey for her accomplishment with her win in the women’s 400m at the 2002 Commonwealth Games?Perhaps for their respect years of wins, the Government can consider two independent postage stamps with both Troy Doris and Aliann Pompey showcasing their gold medals.I would not mind the honour of taking the photos of them both free of charge.Loud applause go out to the other athletes of Team Guyana for their efforts. And I say: keeping pushing the button and, who knows, Guyana can shine brighter at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.Yours faithfully,T. Pembertonlast_img read more

LEC Increasing Power Generation to 18MW

first_imgThe Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) said it was increasing its power generation from 10 to 18 megawatts in an effort to connect more homes in Monrovia and its suburbs effective February 15.The disclosure was made by LEC Board Chair, Ian Yhap, following a recent high-level steering group (HLSG) inaugural meeting held at a resort in Monrovia as reported by ELBC. Mr. Yhap, according to ELBC, said the process is intended to strengthen the entity’s power and revenue generation across Monrovia.He noted that the Board, in collaboration with its partners, will ensure that it manages the millions of dollars being spent on the LEC through the production and distribution of high quality, stable and affordable electricity to the Liberian people. He disclosed that the role of the high-level steering group is to focus on building and delivering operational capacity at LEC, as well as implementing the agreed objectives stated in the institution’s management plan, which is to create a coordination and monitoring mechanism.He said the group is also charged with the responsibility of enhancing cross-project coordination and interfacing between donors and key ministries of government, including the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, to improve the LEC.The HLSG, according to the LEC Board Chair, is expected to identify and mitigate high risks that could affect delivery of electricity, as well as mitigate funding gaps that have the potential to negatively impact the operations of the LEC.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Businessman found guilty of stealing $10M mining equipment

first_imgA Station Street, Kitty, Georgetown businessman was on Friday fined $100,000 with an alternative of 18 months’ imprisonment after he was found guilty by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan for stealing a $10 million wash plant (equipment used for gold mining).Vickram Singh, 32, was found guilty of the charge after a lengthy trial in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.It was alleged that between February 1 and February 15, 2018, while in the vicinity of Republic Park, East Bank Demerara, he stole a wash plant valued $10 million, property of Mario Ferreira.According to the prosecution’s case, between February 1 and February 15, 2018, the businessman paid a truck driver to transport the said equipment, which was parked in an empty lot next to the Virtual Complainant’s home. The VC was out of town at the time when the equipment was moved, the Court was told.Upon returning home, Ferreira noticed that the equipment was missing and without hesitation, made reports to several Police Stations. Based on reports, Ferreira was able to make contact with the truck driver who was allegedly paid some $200,000 to remove the wash plant.The Court heard that the truck driver told the VC that he was contracted by Singh to transport the wash plant in his vehicle to the North West District (NWD), Region One (Barima-Waini).The businessman was subsequently arrested and charged.Singh was ordered to pay a $100,000 fine, or in default, 18 months in prison. He was also instructed to transport the equipment back to Georgetown and pay for any damage caused.last_img read more

AS Roma go third as Inter sink again in Genoa

first_imgLuciano Spalletti’s side, who were top of Serie A two months ago and unbeaten until December 16, are now fourth and could fall to fifth if Lazio, who lost last weekend to Genoa, beat Verona on Monday.Cengiz Under and Diego Perotti scored in the second half in Udine as Roma, with 50 points from 25 games, jump two points ahead of Inter.Serie A leaders Napoli, who have 63 points, and champions Juventus, one point behind in second, are both in action on Sunday.Inter defender Andrea Ranocchia turned the ball into his own net for Genoa’s first goal on the stroke of half-time with former Inter forward Goran Pandev scoring the second.“When you go behind at the end of the first half with an episode like that it’s not easy, especially in this period, to regain confidence,” said Spalletti.“We are fragile right now and that makes it difficult for us to react to setbacks.“We have to believe our potential, believing can get us back on track and allow us to stay in the running for the top spots.”Inter were still without injured captain and top scorer Mauro Icardi with Yann Karamoh, who scored the winning goal against Bologna, starting alongside Eder.Macedonian Pandev threatened early as he pushed visiting goalkeeper Samir Handanovic into two early saves with Genoa counterpart Mattia Perin doing well to clear an Antonio Candreva volley.But Genoa grabbed the lead on the stroke of half-time when Ervin Zukanovic crossed to Milan Skriniar who slipped with his clearance bouncing off Ranocchia’s knee and into his own net.Pandev doubled Genoa’s advantage after 59 minutes, when Oscar Hiljemark’s corner was picked up by Diego Laxalt at the edge of the box setting up the former Inter player.“I always have to thank Inter because they brought me to Italy and I won everything with them, but it was crucial for us to win tonight on front of our fans,” said Pandev of Genoa who are in 12th position.– Under strikes again –Under pressure: Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti © AFP/File / MARCO BERTORELLOTurkish forward Under, 20, fired home his fourth goal in three games after 70 minutes, with Argentine Perotti tapping in a Radja Nainggolan cross in injury time for Roma.It was the third straight win for Eusebio Di Francesco’s side and a boost ahead of their Champions League clash at Shakhtar Donetsk next Wednesday.“The team have been improving for the last few games,” said Di Francesco who felt they were reaping the benefits of “a psychological as well as a tactical shift”.Perotti added: “It was important that we find our form before the Champions League resumed. Apart from Juventus and Napoli, everyone is dropping points, so we had to win this game before Shakhtar Donetsk.”In an intense first half, both sides had chances with in-form Under shooting just wide while Roma’s Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson kept out a Stipe Perica shot.Roma were denied a penalty when the video assistant referee (VAR) ruled that a handball from Iraqi left-back Ali Adnan, returning after two months out injured, was unintentional.Perotti came off the bench after 69 minutes with Under opening the scoring a minute later.And Perotti sealed the victory when converting Nainggolan’s cross a minute into time added on.Massimo Oddo’s Udinese stay tenth after back-to-back defeats, missing the chance to pull level with Torino, who host champions Juventus on Sunday.Chievo earned their first three points since November 25 with a 2-1 win over Cagliari.Substitute Emanuele Giaccherini had an immediate impact scoring on 74 minutes and setting up Roberto Inglese two minutes later.The side from Verona are 14th moving ahead of Cagliari who are just behind.Leaders Napoli host SPAL on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Time to celebrate: Genoa’s players after beating Inter Milan © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINAMILAN, Italy, Feb 18 – AS Roma confirmed their return to form with a 2-0 win at Udinese on Saturday to move third in Serie A as Inter Milan fell back into crisis with a 2-0 loss in Genoa.Inter had looked to have put their poor run going back two months behind them with a 2-1 success against Bologna but the revival was short lived as they suffered a fifth consecutive defeat in Genoa.last_img read more

Russia creates ‘tourist police’ for World Cup

first_imgThe impending deluge of tourists for the World Cup is a mixed blessing for provincial host cities unused to visitors from abroad.Gleeful restaurant and hotel owners are rubbing their hands in anticipation of a once-in-a-lifetime business boom.But the security services are worried about fans from the 32 rival nations getting along and feeling safe during the June 14-July 15 football finals.This is an especially big problem in a country where basic knowledge of English is still spotty outside Moscow and Vladimir Putin’s native Saint Petersburg.“These units will be comprised of territorial interior ministry officers who know foreign languages,” police spokeswoman Irina Volk said on Monday.“If necessary, the personnel will undergo additional training.”It remains unclear how much of the existing police force across the 11 host cities has foreign language proficiency.Volk said the tourist police would be omnipresent around stadiums and fan zones in all 11 host cities by May 25.Russia’s regular armed police have long had an image problem with the locals.They have a reputation for conducting intimidating spot identity checks on the streets and using heavy handed tactics during peaceful protests.Now Russia is out to build a reputation as a welcoming place to visit despite a new spike in diplomatic tensions with the West.The charm offensive began with the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and continued during last year’s Confederations Cup.Moscow has had a tourist police force patrolling the most popular spots around the Kremlin for the past four years.First-time visitors to Russia had previously been startled to discover almost no English signage on the streets.But the Moscow metro — the bustling lifeline of one of Europe’s biggest cities — introduced English station names for last year’s Confederations Cup.It now intends to identify which ticket vendors speak English with colourful stickers on their booths.The subway system is also putting up directions pointing fans to stadiums and where to go once they get there.Other cities are slowly playing catchup by introducing English announcements on busses and trams.But nearly all street signs still only appear in Russian and there will be no time to change that for the World Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A tourist policewoman are on patrol in downtown Moscow, with two months to go to the World Cup, the Russian government is thinking creating units in other cities © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Apr 2 – Russia is looking for a few good men and women who can shoot a gun and speak a bit of English.Knowledge of French and Spanish or perhaps even Chinese would also be a plus for joining a new “tourist police” force, launched Monday by Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev.last_img read more

TV Guide sheds unviable firms

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. reported higher net income in the fourth quarter because of a one-time gain, but losses widened on an operating basis as the company sheds unprofitable businesses. The company, which publishes TV Guide magazine, reported net income of $12.7 million, or 3 cents per share in the quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with net income of $1.6 million, or break-even, in the same period in 2004. Revenue fell in the quarter to $129.4 million, compared with $164.8 million in the same period last year. Excluding one-time gains, including the sale of its SkyMall catalog business, the firm said its loss from continuing operations was $16.8 million, or 4 cents per share, compared with a loss of $3.8 million, or 1 cent per share in the same quarter last year. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial had been expecting a loss of 5 cents per share. The company is reorganizing its business. It shuttered the money-losing Inside TV magazine last year and relaunched its flagship TV Guide magazine in a larger format. The company is also investing in original programming for its TV Guide cable channel, which is seen alongside its scrolling program listings on cable and satellite TV platforms. Gemstar-TV Guide shares closed at $3.06, down 3 cents on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange Wednesday before the earnings were released. last_img read more

Governor’s race tight

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Both candidates planned to attend a Democratic unity conference on today, even if the outcome is still undetermined. The negative tone of the campaign led to an unusually high number of undecided voters and many said they didn’t make a decision until Election Day. “I changed my mind at the last minute,” said the Rev. Judith Morris, 59, of Sacramento. She supported Angelides despite her misgivings about his background as a developer, because U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer had endorsed him. “I trust her implicitly.” Kate Scott, a 29-year-old market researcher from San Francisco, decided late Monday to vote for Westly, mainly because two local newspapers – the San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News – endorsed him. “I just hope whoever it is can beat Schwarzenegger,” she said. The Republican governor ran with no serious opposition. The Democratic candidates and their supporters spent at least $65 million in a race that began with a boldpolicy proposal by Angelides to raise taxes on corporations and the wealthy to fund education. His advisers said it showed courage and leadership, although others saw it as political suicide. Westly sought to contrast himself as a moderate who would raise taxes as a last resort. Although he pledged to run a positive campaign, he was the first to go on the attack with an ad accusing Angelides of wanting to raise taxes on the middle class. The campaign quickly degenerated, with both sides resorting to character attacks, since there were few other substantive differences between the two candidates. Both support the death penalty and gay marriage and take positions that please environmental groups. Westly accused Angelides, a former developer, of destroying the environment. Angelides said Westly, who enthusiastically supported Schwarzenegger when he was still popular, also joined the governor in wanting to cut funding for education and health care. Although the accusations were distorted, the two sides spent millions of dollars publicizing them in television ads. Analysts said whichever candidate wins the primary will be damaged goods heading into the November contest with the governor. “They’ll have had a bunch of questions raised about their probity and ethics,” said Shaun Bowler, a political science professor at the University of California, Riverside. “Right now, the only person who’s going to win from this election is Arnold.” The governor on Tuesday asserted that California has come a long way in 2 years under his leadership and said he looked forward to campaigning against the eventual Democratic candidate. “To me it makes no difference who is going to win,” he said. The Democratic race was a toss-up until the end. The nonpartisan Field Poll had the candidates one percentage point apart – 35 percent Westly and 34 percent Angelides – a week before the election. The remaining voters were undecided, the highest proportion in six decades of polling. Although Angelides was the favorite of party insiders, Westly, a former eBay executive, took an early lead by pouring $35 million of his personal fortune into the race. Angelides caught up to him after winning the endorsement of the state Democratic Party and, perhaps more importantly, after an independent committee began airing commercials on his behalf. That committee was funded by his longtime patron, Sacramento developer Angelo Tsakopoulos, and his daughter. Their $8.7 million in contributions became a key issue in the race, as Westly sowed suspicion that Angelides was being bought. But perhaps the toughest hit was an ad by Westly accusing Angelides of despoiling Lake Tahoe, an unproven charge that Angelides denied. In the final weekend, Angelides’ Democratic supporters lashed out at Westly for stooping so low. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein called the ad “dastardly” and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez of Los Angeles chastised Westly with the words, “shame on you, my friend.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – State Treasurer Phil Angelides and Controller Steve Westly were locked in a close race to become the Democratic candidate who will face Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in the fall, with vote counting likely to continue through the night. With 13 percent of precincts reporting, Angelides had 47 percent of the vote while Westly had 44 percent. Acknowledging that the race might be too close to call, Westly’s campaign manager said the campaign has recruited volunteer lawyers in some counties in case of a recount. “It could be a long night,” Jude Barry said. last_img read more

See who got top awards for 2016 at the Letterkenny Gaels Presentation Night – Picture Special

first_imgLetterkenny Gaels GAA Club held their Annual Presentation Function in Arena 7 on Thursday night last. Club Chairman and MC on the night Charlie Cannon reflected on the past season at the Glebe which included the Club’s involvement in Scór and Sean Mc Donagh, who captained the Maynooth Freshers team and his fellow Gaels teammates Aidan Hanley, Cormac Cannon and Conor Coll.Charlie also acknowledged the young Gaels players who were involved with the various County Hurling and Football squads. Club sponsors were also thanked for their support to Letterkenny Gaels. Charlie also noted the competitive spirit of the Reserves and their Junior B County Final appearance. Presentations were made to the following players:• Senior Player of the Year: Sean McDonagh• Reserve Player of the Year: Charlie Creevy• Most Improved Player of the Year: Nicky McGarrigle• Ladies Player of the year: Denise Gallagher• Under 21 Player of the Year: Aaron Diver• Minor Player of the Year: Shay DohertyThe Club Person of the Year was awarded to Mark McFadden.Following the formalities, everybody partied and danced the night away with many and varied dancing styles on view!Club Members are invited to our forthcoming Club AGM in our Club Room on Sunday 8th January commencing at 2pm. All in the Gaels wish everybody a Happy and Healthy New Year. See who got top awards for 2016 at the Letterkenny Gaels Presentation Night – Picture Special was last modified: December 30th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:letterkenn gaelsPresentationlast_img read more

Do the Math: Planning Your Green Screen Shoot

first_imgAccurately plan your next green screen shoot with this technique.Top image via Shutterstock.Every so often, I have to shoot a group of people against a green screen to later composite with a background element. I want to share an easy way to “spec” out the screen size and stage space required to film this foreground element.It’s simple, easy, accurate, and fun. In fact, this is how production designers used to lay out “stage plans” long before computer CAD programs were available.The process relies primarily on the field of view of the lens used to shoot the background element. It’s essential that you shoot both the foreground and background with the same focal length lens. I always try to use the very same lens for each element. Sometimes this isn’t possible, particularly if the background was shot by a crew in a different country or if it’s stock footage you licensed. This happens more often than not, so you pray that their notes are accurate.Our example today will be a VFX day exterior shot of seven people standing side by side — to be composited onto a background “plate” of a city street in Beijing. This article will only address the logistical and physical needs of the shoot, not the lighting or post-production processes.The MethodImage via Panasonic.The notes for the Beijing background element look good. They shot with a Lumix GH-4 camera in the 16×9 aspect ratio. The selected take was filmed with a 20mm lens. A reference shot was made with seven stand-ins composed to approximate the storyboard. This shot will be very useful for lighting and scale references. Here are the key measurements they recorded on location:Lens: 20mmDistance to Subject/Focus: 19’Camera Height: 54”Tilt: 0 degreesWe now have enough information to plan our shoot. The first thing I want to find out is how wide the green screen needs to be. The 3-foot tall platform for the actors will be 19 feet from the camera. The green screen will be set up 12 feet behind the center point of the platform19 + 12 = 31. We now know that the screen will be 31 feet from the camera.At that distance, how wide does the green screen need to be to fully cover all of the actors?Calculating the Screen WidthFirst, we need to find out what the field of view of a 20mm lens on a GH-4 is — in degrees. I will get that information from the fabulous P-Cam app for IOS devices. This is an indispensable tool for all cinematographers, as it has technical data for every format of photography in use worldwide today. It’s been in my kit for years.Step One — Field of ViewIt took me less than five minutes to find the horizontal field of view — in degrees — for a 20mm lens. That number was 46.78 degrees, which I rounded up to 47.Step Two — Doing the MathNow you’ll need a large sheet of graph paper, a protractor, ruler, X-ACTO knife, and a pencil. With the protractor, draw a 47-degree slice and carefully cut it out with the X-ACTO knife.On the graph paper, make an x for the camera and then draw a 16-foot wide platform for the actors to stand on, 19 feet from the camera. Put a dot on the graph paper 31 feet from the camera to hold a place for the green screen. Then take the 47-degree slice and place the tip on the camera and align it vertically to the lines on the graph paper.Trace the outline of the 47-degree slice. Then connect the view points at 31 feet from the camera. That equates to a 28-foot wide green screen.Step Three — Lighting AllowanceNext, add whatever distance around the shooting zone you’ll need for lighting. That additional square footage will give you the minimum size shooting stage you’ll need to pull off this shot.That’s all there is to it! Remember, this entire process depends on accurate notes and usable reference footage. I can’t overemphasize the importance of precise measuring because you might be shooting the background element for some other crew, so consider their needs for a successful outcome.Do you know other ways to plan green screen shoots? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

With Kasauli killing accused behind bars, mother picks up pieces of her life from debris

first_imgNarayani Devi, whose son, Vijay Singh Thakur, is accused of killing assistant town planner Shail Bala Sharma leading a demolition drive against illegal construction, began her day early on Friday, digging deep into the rubble of the guesthouse named after her to try and salvage what she could. The slender elderly woman, dressed in a salwar kameez and wearing slippers, rifled through the debris of plywood, brick and mortar, picking up pieces of her life as it were, stopping occasionally to tell those engaged in bringing down the floors to be careful. Narayani Devi had earlier said her son had lost his mental balance as he couldn’t see their guesthouse being demolished.“He had spent a lot of money on the guest house. He borrowed money to expand it. He was spending money on lawyers’ fees… He was mentally upset for past 2-3 months and was on medication for this,” Ms. Devi said.When her son was brought to the site under heavy police escort late afternoon, her eyes turned moist. “I still don’t think that he could have shot anyone,” she kept saying.The accused’s children and wife restricted themselves inside a portion of the guest house where they live as demolition continued on Friday. Ms. Devi said that Thakur’s children were under acute stress and did not attend school for few days.last_img read more