Bassa Youth Congratulate Ambassador Weah

first_imgThe Gianda Youth Development Association (GIYODA) in Kpogbahn Statutory District No.4, Grand Bassa County has congratulated Ambassador George Manneh Weah for clinching  what they called ‘a volcanic victory’ over his contenders as senator-elect for Montserrado County with over 99,000 votes during the just ended Special Senatorial Elections in Monrovia.The president of GIYODA, William ‘Olu’ Diggs made the statement over the weekend, on behalf of his association in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer in the district.According to Mr. Diggs, his association applauds Amb. Weah’s victory because of his leadership ability, knowing that the soccer icon will help to adequately steer the affairs of the country toward a better future.He prayed that God will bless Mr. Weah to succeed and achieve his vision, dream and aspiration for the presidency in the 2017 general and presidential elections.Mr. Weah deserves to be congratulated because according to Diggs, he is a sound leader who can ably represent and deliver the political goods that will transform the living standard of the people of Montserrado County.He pointed out that his association pledges its fullest support to vote Mr. Weah to victory because of his national and international experience.Diggs is requesting Mr. Weah to visit their district at his convenience because the people of the district are eager to hold discussions with him about burning issues mainly to pre-petition Amb. Weah for the presidency come 2017 general and presidential elections.‘’We are aware that you contested for the presidency twice and did not succeed, but with our strong prayer and massive support you will surely become a victor in 2017’’, the GIYODA president assured Mr. Weah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Russian Ambassador to Guyana tours Banks DIH Limited

first_imgDuring a recent visit to the corporate head office of Banks DIH Limited, Russian Ambassador to Guyana, Alexander Kurmaz and the beverage company’s Chairman and Managing Director, Clifford Reis were engaged in fruitful discussions as they officially met for the first time.From right: Banks Chairman and Managing Director Clifford Reis in discussion with Ambassador Alexander Kurmaz in the Rotunda at Thirst Park as Mrs Kurmaz looks onThe Russian delegation comprised the Ambassador’s wife and third secretary of the Embassy of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Kornilov.Opportunities of mutual benefit were among some of the topics discussed, during a simple lunch attended by the company’s Operations Director Michael Pereira, Human Resources Director Andrew Carto and Engineering Services Director Shabir Hussain.Ambassador Kurmaz was also taken on a guided tour of the company’s rum factory and soft drink plant by the executives.last_img read more

Smith doctor under investigation

first_imgAmong other things, Cohen said, the board was looking into whether it is legal to prescribe drugs for someone using an alias. The California Health and Safety Code, which governs public health, includes several sections stating that no person who prescribes or dispenses a controlled substance may give a phony name or address or make any false statements in the prescription form. A Studio City doctor is under scrutiny by state medical authorities amid reports that he prescribed methadone to Anna Nicole Smith through a prescription that contained an alias. The Medical Board of California opened its inquiry of Dr. Sandeep Kapoor in recent days, board spokeswoman Candis Cohen said Thursday. “We’ve received some information alleging that Dr. Kapoor may have had some connection with Anna Nicole Smith, and we are looking into that as we would any allegation of physician misconduct,” Cohen told The Associated Press. The medical board’s physician information Web site lists Kapoor as a 1996 Boston University School of Medicine graduate who is currently licensed to practice in California. The public-disclosure section contained no postings in the areas for administrative disciplinary actions or citations. A woman who answered the telephone at Kapoor’s listing in Studio City hung up immediately when The Associated Press called to seek comment Thursday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Spain 2-0 England: Wonder strike in Alicante ends Roy Hodgson’s side’s unbeaten run

first_imgEngland’s 15-game unbeaten run came to an end on Friday as Spain ran out 2-0 winners in an international friendly in Alicante.After a goalless first half, the hosts opened the scoring with less than 20 minutes remaining, a stunning overhead strike on the turn from Mario Gaspar beating Hart who had rarely been tested beforehand.Their lead was doubled 12 minutes later as Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla’s low well-crafted effort beat the Manchester City goalkeeper, after a poor clearance, to bring Roy Hodgson’s side back to earth after easing through qualifying for Euro 2016.Hodgson kept to his word and named an experimental England line-up for the glamour friendly against the European champions.With Wayne Rooney rested and in-form Jamie Vardy sidelined, Harry Kane led the line and was supported by Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling.Hart captained the side in Alicante, where Chelsea’s Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas started for the hosts.Unsurprisingly, the hosts dominated the early possession, and large amounts of the first half, but England looked defensively sturdy and dangerous on the break.Good moves saw the visitors twice go close – first Sterling blasted a shot over before Barkley dragged an effort wide.Hodgson’s side were often their worst enemy as they played their way into trouble with sloppy play.Sterling’s poor ball in the England half led to a Spanish break, with Phil Jones making a decisive block after striker Costa was found in space.The following corner saw Barcelona star Sergio Busquets volley wide, inches past the post.England’s left-hand side was a promising aspect of the match as Ryan Bertrand got forward well and linked up with Man City man Sterling.Southampton left-back Bertrand put a superb low cross along the six-yard box and Kane could not quite get to the ball to convert.Shortly after the half-hour mark, England passed a significant milestone as they went 400 minutes without conceding.Costa found space on the left-side of the 18-yard box before curling an effort past the post, but Hart had little to do in the first period.Barkley’s solo effort resulted in a good chance for the hosts before Fabian Delph strode into space ahead of the break before drilling a low 20-yard effort into the arms of Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas, making his 165th appearance for his country.The hosts took the lead to end England’s run of not conceding and what a deserving goal it was. With 72 minutes on the clock, a floated ball to the right-hand side found Mario, who on the spin, struck the ball on the overhead kick, across goal and into the top corner.Spurs duo Eric Dier and Kane combined well when the former’s ball over the top found the striker, who controlled brilliantly before losing his balance and striking wide.The win was confirmed when Cazorla stroked the ball past Hart from the edge of the box. The England goalkeeper was incensed, as he claimed offside, but the goal stood.Rooney struck the bar late on, but England were beaten by the European holders. 1 Mario Gaspar last_img read more

Music, minions and many surprises at the DYS Celebration Event

first_imgYoung people, parents, and youth club leaders gathered in An Grianán Theatre on Thursday, the 23rd of November for the Donegal Youth Service 2017 Celebration Event. Described once as a ‘mini Oscars’, the annual event is an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the diversity of the work which takes within Donegal Youth Service projects and youth clubs throughout the county, and to recognise the clubs and individuals making a wonderful impact in their communities.The evening was hosted by DJ Keith Fletcher who had the crowd entertained from start to finish. There were a number of awards given out on the evening, and attendees were also treated to performances from Club Óige Chríost Rí in Magheroarty, Kai McHugh from Donegal Youth Council and young people from Malin Head Youth Club. Malin Head PerformanceKai McHughDYS Chairperson Marina Carlin & Regional Director Lorraine Thompson were invited to the stage for a special interview with the guest EMCEE Mr. Keith ‘How the hell are ye’ Fletcher to talk about the work of the organisation over the last.The ‘Young Person of The Year Award’ is presented annually to recognise the young people who triumphed over adversity, dedicated themselves to participation, social enterprise, volunteering and altruism.  The recipient of this year’s award was Mairead Mc Elchar, from Planet Youth Ballybofey.Mairead Mc Elchar, Young Person of the YearYouth Club of The YearThe four current DYS EVS (European Voluntary Service) participants Elena and Claudia, both from Spain, Kemal from Turkey and Dima from the Ukraine were invited on stage for an interview to talk about their time with Donegal Youth Service so far and were presented with Donegal GAA jerseys by Board Member Mr. Frank Dooley.EVS Participants‘Youth Club Volunteer of The Year’ was presented to Sadie Mc Laughlin, of Malin Head Youth Club, with Anthony Caldwell receiving the ‘Youth Projects Volunteer of The Year’ award for his work volunteering in The Loft.  Throughout the night Batman, Spiderman, Mickey & Minnie Mouse, and a mischievous minion made a few surprise appearances. The ‘Orla O’Reilly Special Recognition Award’ was awarded to the Community Gardaí this year, as a thank you for their hard work, and support for Donegal Youth Service over the years. The ‘Youth Club of The Year’ award was presented to Malin Head Youth Club.  This award is presented to the club which participates in the most Donegal Youth Service activities, events and training.Sheena Boyle-Laverty who has recently moved on from her role as DYS Youth Outreach Worker after 10 years with the organisation, came back for a special interview and presentation about her time working with the service. Donegal Youth Service is a countywide youth organisation that responds to the needs of young people.  For more information about DYS you can contact (074) 91 29630, email admin@donegalyouthservice.ie, www.donegalyouthservice.ie, find them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, or pop in to 16-18 Port Road, Letterkenny.  Charity No. CHY 15027. Music, minions and many surprises at the DYS Celebration Event was last modified: November 27th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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

All-Santa Clarita Valley: Girls’ volleyball

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake With Robertson orchestrating the offense, Valencia grew accustomed to success, winning league titles each of her four seasons. The Vikings this year went undefeated in Foothill play for the second year in a row, then matched the program’s deepest postseason run by advancing to the Div. I-AA quarterfinals. – Heather Gripp DAILY NEWS ALL-SANTA CLARITA VALLEY Kassie Faulkner, Sr., OH, Canyon Asha Kakonde, Sr., MB, Valencia Jannalee Mays, Sr., S, Canyon Brittney McDiffett, Jr., S/OH, Santa Clarita Christian Stephanie Shardlow, Jr., S, Saugus Megan Thorpe, Jr., OH, Saugus Lauren Wells, Sr., OH, Valencia 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PLAYER OF THE YEAR Taryn Robertson, Sr., Valencia Although bothered by a wrist injury much of the season, Robertson remained one of the area’s most well-rounded and dominant girls’ volleyball players. The four-year varsity player, a setter, was the Foothill League Player of the Year for the third time. She also was the league’s only representative on the All-Southern Section Div. I team. Other honors included a spot on the all-tournament team at the Redondo tournament. She signed with UC Irvine. last_img read more

Kids swap suburbs for township

first_imgBoys taking part in the exchange programme get a chance to attend a school that is very different to their own.“I went from a 10-roomed house in Rondebosch to a three-roomed house in Khayelitsha,” said Jem Wilson, one of a group of children from an elite Cape Town primary school who took part in a unique life-skills initiative.The Luleka Exchange Programme, set up over eight years ago, gives boys from Rondebosch Preparatory School in the upmarket Cape Town suburb of Rondebosch and boys from the no-fees state-run Luleka Primary School in Khayelitsha township a chance to spend a day in each others shoes.“Going to Luleka has really opened my eyes to seeing how differently people live,” Jem said.Rondebosch and Khayelitsha are very different places. The former is a residential suburb in the south of Cape Town city centre, nestling below Devil’s Peak and near the main campus of the University of Cape Town. Khayelitsha, on the other hand, is a sprawling semi-informal settlement on the wide plains of the Cape Flats, far from the affluence of the city.In past years the programme only saw boys from Luleka going to spend a day and night in Rondebosch. This year there was a proper exchange, with boys from Khayelitsha going to Rondebosch and Rondebosch boys going to Khayelitsha.The exchange, held in mid-September, kicked off with children and teachers from both schools having an evening get-together at Rondebosch Prep to break the ice. That night each of the Rondebosch kids hosted one of the Khayelitsha boys at their home. The next day the boys from Luleka Primary spent the day at Rondebosch Prep, after which they all left for Khayelitsha.The process was then repeated, with each Khayelitsha boy hosting one Rondebosch boy at their home for the night. The following day the Rondebosch pupils attended Luleka Primary School.Jordan Corfe from Rondebosch Prep was anxious about spending the night in Khayelitsha.“We hear all these horror stories about Khayelitsha, but when I started talking and walking around I soon got the feel of the place,” he said.His schoolmates also quickly learned that the township was not as bad as they had believed. “I didn’t expect that my perception of Khayelitsha was so wrong,” said Daniel Jollivet de Oliviera. “I thought that the crime would be worse than where I live, but our hosts have never been robbed before and they keep their doors open with confidence.“I was surprised at how [many] people my host knew. It seemed as if the whole family lived there, including aunties, cousins and grandparents. It is very community-based.“The Luleka exchange was an awesome experience.”Chris Verster, a teacher at Rondebosch Prep, said the programme is an extension of existing exchange initiatives at the school. “Our aim was for our boys to experience and understand a little bit of another culture,” he said. “We do a lot of interaction with other ‘of our own’ schools as well as two exchanges abroad, in England and Wales.“We hope for our boys to realise that there are other diverse cultures on our doorstep, that contribute to all of us being South African.”Thandi Matrose, a Luleka Primary School teacher, agrees that the programme helps expose children to other cultures.“We are not that different, even though we eat different food and do different things,” she said.She hopes the exchange will help break what she calls, “the cycle of inferiority, and the race barrier”. She believes that despite 15 years of democracy many black people, especially children in townships, still live with the misconception that white people are better and smarter. The exchange showed that that the children from Khayelitsha never expected to have so much in common with kids from a privileged neighborhood.“It was good to see that he showed respect to my parents,” said Luleka pupil Pabotse Lefatsa of his guest from Rondebosch. “You don’t always expect that from a white person.”Although the boys from both schools discovered they had much more in common than they expected, their experience of education was something else.“The boys from Khayelitsha were amazed by the technology at the school, especially the overhead projectors, and also by the sizes of the classrooms,” said Rondebosch pupil Michael Palframan.Describing Luleka Primary, Jett Rogerson from Rondebosch Prep said: “Their school was very different to ours. The teachers did not seem to care what the pupils did. We could walk around outside, you could throw things, and nothing happened. There was little discipline.”Andile Mamfengu from Khayelitsha said of Rondebosch Prep said: “The school was great, they have good discipline and the classes are also smaller. We have 40 kids in a class, they have only 20.”Verster said the two schools cannot really be compared. “We depend nearly entirely on parents’ school fees. Luleka is a no-fees school. The education department supply schools for basic education; we strive to maintain a school of excellence.”Nonetheless, both groups of boys agreed that the experience had taught them that their differences were mainly on the surface. Behind the privilege and the poverty they are much the same – for the most part, overcoming language and cultural barriers was as easy as grabbing a football.More than that, it broadened their view of human experience. As Rondebosch Prep pupil Michael Palframan said, “I thought this was Cape Town, but it is not. There is a whole other world out there.”last_img read more

Where is fiber fermented in the pig digestive tract?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Fiber is increasingly being added to pig diets, but digestion of fiber in pigs is inefficient and poorly understood. In a new study from the University of Illinois, scientists pinpoint the locations within the digestive tract where fiber is fermented.“We’re trying to figure out the specifics of fiber fermentation in pigs and what can we potentially do to increase it,” said Hans Stein, professor in the Department of Animal Sciences and the Division of Nutritional Sciences at U of I.Stein’s research group formulated four experimental diets, including a standard corn-soybean meal diet as a control. Different fiber sources replaced 30% of the control diet in the remaining three diets: distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS), wheat middlings, and soybean hulls.The researchers placed two cannulas in each of eight barrows, which allowed them to collect digesta from the end of the small intestine and from the colon, just after the cecum. Fecal samples were also collected from each pig. Values were calculated for apparent ileal digestibility (AID), apparent cecal digestibility (ACD), and apparent total tract digestibility (ATTD).“This allowed us to quantify disappearance of nutrients and energy through fermentation at every point along the digestive tract. We know there’s fermentation in the cecum, but we didn’t know how much there was. And we also were able to quantify what happens in the colon,” Stein said.The insoluble fiber in wheat middlings was fermented more readily than in soybean hulls or DDGS, suggesting it may be the best fiber source of the three. For the soluble fiber fraction, there were no differences among the diets.The site of fermentation for soluble fiber was either in the small intestine or in the cecum, whereas for insoluble fiber, fermentation occurred in the colon.“This is the first study to determine the different places in the pig digestive tract where fiber is fermented. We will use this information to conduct more research and determine if we can solubilize more fiber and therefore get more energy out of it early in the digestive tract,” Stein said. “We can potentially target enzymes or other additives to help microbes ferment more fiber.”The article, “Disappearance of nutrients and energy in the stomach, and small intestine, cecum, and colon of pigs fed corn-soybean meal diets containing distillers dried grains with solubles, wheat middlings, or soybean hulls,” is published in the Journal of Animal Science. Former Ph.D. student Neil Jaworski and Stein co-authored the article. Financial support was provided by the National Pork Board.last_img read more

Light up Your Action Scenes with These Explosive Shoot-Out Tips

first_imgGive the action sequences in your next film or video project a flashy bang with these tips and tricks for a compelling shoot-out.Cover image via The Film Look.If John Wick has taught us anything, it’s that audiences will still flock to action movies. In today’s digital filmmaking age, working on action projects has never been easier — thanks in part to some great digital tips, tricks, and assets.Such is the case with the team at The Film Look, who recently put together an flashy shoot-out for their last short film project. So, when you’re firing up your next explosive gun fight sequence, follow their advice (and use these awesome resources) to give your project that actiony kick.Safety FirstBefore we dive in, we have to reiterate that the number one rule for any action film, scene, or sequence is safety first. This is especially true when explosions, stunts, or firearms (even prop ones) are involved. Safety should be your number one priority — not just for your actors but also for your entire crew and the environment around you.The Action Elements PackOnce you’ve covered safety, you can address the other fundamental principle of action filmmaking — the VFX elements. Yes, using practical effects can be very authentic and a lot of fun, but the majority of action sequences — specifically those featuring gun blasts — are easier, cheaper, and safer in post-production.In the short film by The Film Look, you can see that some of the elements are from the Ricochet action element pack from RocketStock. (It features over 450 elements authentically captured with real weapons and 19 types of guns and caliber variations.) As a bonus, you can also get started with this FREE ACTION PACK, which has everything from muzzle flashes to smoke, fire, and explosions — plus some helpful tutorials on how to use them.Get the Right SoundThe first part of an action shoot-out The Film Look examines is how to get the right sound effects synced correctly. If you’re just starting out, it may be helpful to work with one gun on-screen, shooting fewer times to determine the best spots to line up your sound effect with the action. Once you get the hang of it, you can try some different audio effects and work with multiple gun shootouts when you’re ready.(Also from The Film Look, here’s a quick tutorial on working with your gunshot audio bites.)Adding Light Flash in PostOnce you have your sound effects lined up, you need to create all the elements of the muzzle flash. As you can see in The Film Look’s first example, when working in a daylight setup, they were able to digitally create a flash effect on the subject’s face to correspond with the elements around the gun’s barrel. This is a pretty straightforward process in Adobe After Effects that involves some simple masking and keyframing.Light Flashes On SetWhile the above technique will work in the majority of your shoot-out setups, as The Film Look found out in their film, it gets a little tricker for in dark scenes and settings. Like the filmmakers before them who have worked through similar problems, the Film Look filmmakers had to try out several different methods, working with everything from photography flashes to flashlights to intercutting LED lights. While the final method by The Film Look worked for their project, it’s an open-ended problem, and different filmmakers will need to find their best solutions based on their own experiences.BONUS: A Look Behind the Scenes!While The Film Look is hard at work on their short shoot-out film, they’ve had to creatively work through some other production elements and setups. Stay tuned to their YouTube channel and website for more filmmaking tips and tricks as they continue to create action-packed online content.For more production and editing advice, check out these articles.ESCAPE ROOM (Short Film) — How To Composite Your Own StuntsInterview: 7 Filmmaking Tips for Creating Retro ’80s ActionHow To Create Action Titles With Glitch Effects + Free Glitch ElementsUse Film Grain Overlays to Add a Cinematic Look to Your Footage7 Explosive Action Video Tutorialslast_img read more