‘Friends of Tabou’ Donates to Group of 77

first_imgIn line with the Friends of Tabou’s (FOT) recent decision to identify with institutions and individuals in need across the country, it donated seven 25kg bags of rice to the Group of 77 on Monday. The Group of 77 is an organization that caters to physically challenged persons in Liberia.Jarlawah A. Tonpo, president of the Friends of Tabou, said the donation was the organization’s way of reaching out to those in need, adding that Friends of Tabou will continue to identify with all through donations to meet their needs.Mr. Tonpo said, “Considering World Refugee Day on Monday, we decided to move around and make a small contribution, with the prayer that God will provide the bigger ones for us. All the members of this organization come from a refugee background, but we pray never to be refugees again.” “After the civil crisis in Liberia and our return from exile, we started Friends of Tabou to give a helping hand to some institutions and individuals in society, especially the physically challenged,” Mr. Tonpo said. While in exile, many of us were sponsored by other people, something which has motivated members of the organization to reach out to others in need, said Mr. Tonpo.“Many of us who were sponsored while in exile continue to be blessed through the Almighty God today. And so we think it’s also important as people who were opportune or blessed through education to share with others in our society,” he said.James Y. Sumo, Chairman of the Management Team of Group of 77, hailed the Friends of Tabou for reaching out to them, especially for providing food, stating, “We know that it was not easy living in different countries. We want to appreciate you in a special way and pray that you will continue to be blessed.”Also speaking, Constant T. Kennedy, Group of 77’s Program Officer, expressed gratitude to the Friends of Tabou for recognizing the need to identify with the Group of 77, saying she will continue to pray for the organization to do more and even bigger donations in the future.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police thwart gas station robbery

first_imgPolice in B Division (Berbice) have nabbed four men after they reportedly thwarted a planned robbery of a gas station in Port Mourant, Berbice.Reports are the four men, who are known to Police, were nabbed at Number One Village, East Berbice, Corentyne, following a car chase and shootout with law enforcement officers.Guyana Times understands the incident occurred at about 14:00h on Thursday. Speaking with the media, Divisional Commander Lyndon Alves said that Police received information that the men were hatching a robbery. He noted that ranksThe car in the Albion Police Station compoundset up a sting operation at the gas station the men were planning to rob.However, as the men approached the gas station in a white Toyota motorcar, they realised they were being followed and drove away. The Police gave chase and the driver of the car lost control of the vehicle, ending up in a ditch at Number One Village.This publication was told that three of the suspected bandits then exited, firing shots in the process and the Police returned fire. However, following a brief chase the men surrendered and were taken to the Albion Police Station The driver of the car, who was reportedly trapped in the car was nabbed.Police were however unable to locate the weapons the men were carrying. They have since combed the area but came up empty handed.An investigation has been launched.last_img read more

Finance Minister tours DDL operations

first_img– Holds wide-ranging discussions on initiatives to spur private sector manufacturingFinance Minister Winston Jordan and a team from his Ministry on Thursday toured the operations of Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) at Diamond, East Bank Demerara, during which he held wide-ranging discussions on initiatives to help spur local manufacturing, including expansion of the company’s manufacturing operations.To this end, Minister Jordan reiterated Government’s commitment to enhanced collaboration with the Private Sector to ensure an enabling environment that would facilitate the success, not only of DDL’s development programme, but of Private Sector manufacturing initiatives in general.Finance Minister Winston Jordan examines a bottle during his visit to the DDL bottling plantAccording to a report from the Department of Public Information (DPI), the Finance Minister pointed to the need for increased local manufacturing that utilises local produce and raw material so that small farmers and other suppliers who meet the required quality standards can be assured of guaranteed markets for their supplies.DDL’s Executive Chairman, Komal Samaroo, briefed the Minister on the company’s current and planned projects which include the expansion of the its packaging plant to facilitate the introduction of a variety of new products; the relocation of its Topco juice plant; the opening of its new 45,000 square foot warehouse in late October that will serve as the new headquarters of Distribution Services Limited (DSL); and the introduction of a solar farm to meet the energy needs of the company.Minister Jordan also had an on-the-spot look at the proposed new land use programme for the area which was approved by Cabinet last week following discussions between Public Infrastructure Ministry and DDL.During a working lunch at the company’s Heritage Centre, the teams discussed the current situation regarding the supply of molasses; the company’s ongoing efforts to increase exports of its premium branded rum on the international market; the intensification of its diversification programme; measures that would enhance the competitiveness of local products seeking export markets; and the training of required skills in science and technology to meet the future demands of the manufacturing sector.Minister Jordan also pointed to the need for DDL to widen the range of fruit juices it offers to include more locally grown fruits and even vegetables. As a result, it was agreed that one area of collaboration between the Government and DDL should be the mobilisation of farmers by the Agriculture Ministry to grow and supply fruits and vegetables which would meet the required standards for processing, packaging and sale on the local and international markets.Samaroo informed Minister Jordan that DDL last week held discussions with Agriculture Minister Noel Holder and a programme of action is to be developed to move this process forward. This included that DDL also meet with Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Professor Ivelaw Griffith to discuss DDL’s support for a food technology laboratory at the country’s leading tertiary learning facility.last_img read more

Ban on public smoking takes full effect

first_imgGrace period expiresBy Jarryl BryanAmidst much contention, the coalition Government pushed through a Tobacco Control Bill in July of 2017. Now the grace period, which was supposed to be used by health officials to launch an aggressive awareness campaign to familiarise the general public with the new laws, has expired.An order was signed by Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence and dubbed the ‘Tobacco Control (Commencement) Order 2017’. It declares that the Tobacco Control Act will henceforth come into operation.The Tobacco Control (Commencement) Order 2017 is retroactive, thus it takes effect from a date prior to its operationalisation. In this case, the order was made retroactive by the Minister from December 11, 2017, making any public smoking after that date illegal.Government’s Tobacco Control Bill provides that public smoking of cigarettes and other tobacco products, such as cigars, will be prohibited by law. Moreover, no person shall be permitted to smoke in any waiting area or queue in a public place.Those public places include, but are not limited to, any public transport stop, bus stand, or bus park. Smoking would also be prohibited in any park, playground, or amusement park; any stadium, arena, or any kind of sport of performance place; or any space for commercial service of food or drinks.The Act says it shall also be illegal for persons to smoke in any area within five metres of a window, door, or ventilation inlet to any public place or indoor work place.Smoking shall also be prohibited anywhere on the premises of — or within five metres from the outside boundary of — any healthcare, educational or child care facility.Further, no person shall smoke in any part of any indoor working place; indoor public space in any public transport, whether or not the transport is carrying another member of the public; or in any vehicle which is carrying a minor.Part Five, section 16 (3) of the Act states “Any person who smokes in any place where smoking is prohibited commits an offence, and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $10,000 for the first offence, and $20,000 for any second or subsequent offence.”The bill provides for a number of other fines and penalties, ranging from $200,000 and six months’ imprisonment. Corporate bodies can also face fines of up to $9 million for infringing on the ban regarding advertising. The advertising ban includes promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products, even by electronic delivery systems.OppressiveWithin days of the bill’s passage, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) had come out urging the Government to consider the civil rights aspect of the bill. The commission had stressed that the bill be referred to the Special Select Committee.The Demerara Tobacco Company Limited (Demtoco) had also expressed concerns that the bill would negatively impact retailers of a legal product. They had argued that the Government can regulate the industry in a more reasonable manner.The company therefore echoed the calls of the private sector and other stakeholders that the bill be sent to a committee. In addition, it called on the President to intervene and have any excessive measures removed, as well as to have the bill sent to a committee.According to data released in recent years, although tobacco is acknowledged as a dangerous substance, at least 11 per cent of children in Guyana are regular smokers, and at least 20 per cent of them began smoking before they were 10 years old.The International Monetary Fund had also recently revealed that, out of a total of 163 countries, 66 middle or low income countries have neither legislation nor polices that regulate the sale, marketing, or use of tobacco.last_img read more

Womens boxing match is fundraiser

first_imgLeal, 18, first started going to the gym about 21/2 years ago with a cousin who was also a boxer. “It’s a good experience. It makes you feel good … The adrenalin is so high. It’s just cool,” said Leal, who is a student at Mt. San Antonio College for law enforcement. Gutierrez, 17, became involved in boxing after seeing her siblings excel at a sport. She heard about the gym and begged her mother to take her. One day the two went to the gym and at 14, Gutierrez found her own sport. “It’s just something so different. Nobody could see me doing something like this,” said Gutierrez, who hopes to attend Cal Poly Pomona to major in business administration. m_rodriguez@dailybulletin.com (909) 483-9336160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POMONA – It’s not quite the “The Rumble in the Jungle” or “The Thrilla in Manila” but Sunday’s boxing match between Dianna Gutierrez and Crystal Leal is drawing plenty of attention. “I guess it’s because it’s two females fighting representing two different cities,” said Gutierrez. “That’s what makes people more excited about it – and crazy about it.” Leal thinks the fact both she and her opponent went to Garey High School may have something to do with the interest. Gutierrez is a senior at Garey while Leal graduated from there last year. The two young women will make up the featured bout in Sunday’s 15-fight card, which begins at 1 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of Pomona Valley. The event is a fundraiser for Fist of Gold, a youth boxing program which has its gym on the second floor of the YMCA of Pomona Valley, said Jorge Castaneda, head coach at the club. “Honestly I think it’s going to be the best match on the card,” said Ray Morales, Leal’s trainer at the Chino Youth Boxing Club. “This is going to attract more of the females. It’ll prove this is not just a sport for males but for females” also, Castaneda said. Both young women have been successful in the ring, having won titles and other awards. For Leal, the fight will prepare her for an upcoming regional tournament in San Diego. For Gutierrez, this is the first fight since October 2005 following a year-long break from the sport. last_img read more

Anthony Martial came close to Everton move, confirms Roberto Martinez

first_imgManchester United sensation Anthony Martial could have been wearing the blue of Everton, Roberto Martinez has confirmed to talkSPORT.The Frenchman became the world’s most expensive teenager when he moved to Old Trafford from Monaco in the summer for a fee which could rise to £58m.He has been a revelation for United, scoring three goals in his first four Premier League outings, and will look to continue his impressive form against Everton on Saturday.But he could have become a Goodison hero had Martinez had his way, with the Toffees boss revealing on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “We followed Martial when he moved to Monaco and at that time he couldn’t get any playing time. We saw him play with the Under-21s for France.“I must admit we never had that profile of a number nine. He was always a wide player and that was the player we were trying to get on loan.“We had a little bit of an opportunity but it never materialised.”last_img read more


first_imgTV giants Sky Sports have taken a fair bit of flak since brokering a deal with the GAA to screen both hurling and football matches live on their global platform. GAA executives said it was a progressive step forward for the sport and that Sky’s influence would help promote our national games all over the world. The decision to sell TV rights to Sky Sports has angered many supporters and traditionalists all over the country.Donegal supporters unable to attend the match will not be able to view the All-Ireland quarter-final unless they have Sky Sports.It was the same for the Galway game last Saturday and for the Ulster SFC semi-final clash against Derry.There have been many who have praised the extensive analysis carried out by the Sky Sports punditry team which includes former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness. However, the jury remains out on the deal and making a boo-boo like Sky Sports did in their promotion of this weekend’s double-header only angers supporters even more.In the promo of the game it says, ‘Mayo take on Donegal in the quarter-finals of the 2015 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships.COME ON Sky Sports sort it out! SKY SPORTS MAKE HUGE MISTAKE IN PROMOTING DONEGAL V MAYO CLASH was last modified: August 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSportlast_img read more


first_imgSIMON Cox scored a wonderful equaliser to level Ireland’s game with the Czech Republic at the Aviva Stadium tonight.Cox struck four minutes from time – and just a few minutes after Derry man James McClean made his proud debut for Ireland.Former Liverpool player Milan Baros had given the visitors the lead in the 5oth minute with Donegal keeper Shay Given given no chance. Ireland: Shay Given; Sean St.Ledger, Stephen Ward, John O’Shea, Darren O’Dea; Glenn Whelan [Paul Green ‘63], Aiden McGeady [James McClean ‘78], Keith Andrews, Damien Duff [Stephen Hunt ‘63]; Robbie Keane (c) [Simon Cox ‘71], Shane Long [Jonathan Walters ‘71].SUBS NOT USED: David Forde, Shane Duffy, Seamus Coleman, Kevin Foley, James McCarthy, Stephen Henderson. Czech Republic: Petr Cech (c); Theodor Gebreselassie [Frantisek Rajtoral ‘67], Michal Kadlec, David Limbersky, Tomas Sivok; Milan Petrzela [Vaclav Pilar ‘67], Jan Rezek [Tomas Pekhart ‘87], Jaroslav Plasil, Petr Jiracek [Tomas Hubschmann HT]; Jiri Stajner [David Lafata ‘59]; Milan Baros [Daniel Kolar ‘59]. SUBS NOT USED: Jaroslav Drobny, Jan Rajnoch, Daniel Pudil. Referee: Manuel Jorge Neves Moreira de Sousa (Portugal) Attendance: 37,741 FINAL SCORE: IRELAND 1 – 1 CZECH REPUBLIC: McCLEAN MAKES DEBUT was last modified: February 29th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:FINAL SCORE: IRELAND 1 – 1 CZECH REPUBLIC: McCLEAN MAKES DEBUTlast_img read more

Working in the Visual Effects Industry

first_imgCan I change careers into Visual Effects?What animation software do you use or recommend?“Pixar uses its own proprietary software built and maintained in-house. In general, we look for broad artistic and technical skills, rather than the ability to run one package over another. We concentrate on finding people with breadth, depth, communication skills, and the ability to collaborate. If you have those attributes, we can teach you the specific tools.”If you check out the first video above you’ll quickly gather that many people working in the VFX industry didn’t originally train to do it (at least not at degree level). And if you look on the Pixar careers FAQ you’ll see that they are looking for a broader range of skills and abilities than just simply “being a ______ ninja.” This should be an encouragement to anyone with a serious passion to apply their knowledge of particle physics, computer coding, lighting, fashion etc to the visual effects industry – that’s it is not just about being a geek, but being an artist first and foremost.One person who switched careers to get started in the visual effects industry is Chris Chadwick who moved from being a graphic designer, took a six week course at Escape Studios in Autodesk Maya and then landed a job at Prime Focus doing match move work for the film Total Recall. Starting as a match mover is the first step on the ladder, but at least you are on the ladder. Double Negative’s 3D Artist Manager Dara McGarry shares how artists often develop in their careers at Double Negative. If you head over to this page, you’ll also find a ton of useful information about building a career in VFX too.“The most common entry point to begin a career in 3D is to start in the matchmove department, where they will be responsible for camera, object and body tracking. A very good understanding of Maya is helpful as well as knowing tracking software, even though we use some proprietary tools. Most people spend 12-18 months in tracking and will have the opportunity to pick up TD tasks along the way. This could include anything from running a pre-existing lighting set up on a new shot to creating small props or buildings. This experience gives our junior artists a complete understanding of the pipeline and the tools we use here at DNeg.”It’s Not Just About Digital SkillsStan Winston’s School of Character Arts is a great place to start if you’re interested in a career in the physical side of the visual effects industry. Their YouTube channel has over 200 videos on it, and you can purchase tutorials and webinars from top visual effects professionals on the techniques they use to create everything from the initial sculptures to final painted models.Legacy Effects (with founders from Stan Winston Studios) share how new technologies like 3D printing are transforming their practical visual effects workflow. It’s just another example of how understanding new technologies and material’s sciences can land you a job in the visual effects industry.Life After Pi – The Economics of VFXLastly, it would feel a little remiss to be talking about working in the visual effects industry without highlighting some of the financial and economic realities that go with the industry. Life After Pi, the half hour documentary, examining the demise of  Rhythm & Hues, the VFX company that created some of the miraculous visual delights of Life of Pi – and won an Oscar for it, while simultaneously going bankrupt. It is an eye-opening look into the current state of much of the big budget feature film visual effects industry.Previous Posts on Visual EffectsIf all of this isn’t enough to satisfy your hunger for information on the world of visual effects then check out these two previous posts right here on Premiumbeat. If you’ve ever wondered what a visual effects editor does, or what it’s like to be an assistant in the visual effects department the this previous post will illuminate both those worlds. You might also want to check out this previous post showcasing a 2 hour masterclass with visual effects legend Douglas Trumbull. If you are considering a career in the visual effects industry, here are a few things to know.If you’re interested in building a career in the visual effects industry, hearing how others who have gone before you have worked their way up the ladder is a great way to pick up some tips on how to do it for yourself. Studio Daily recently posted a great interview with Industrial Light and Magic VFX Supervisor Russell Earl – whose most recent film is Captain America: Winter Soldier. It seems like having the guts to wing it, and the work ethic to pull it off, is a helpful combination.“Because Earl had run the laser camera, the producer’s assistant believed he could do digital compositing. “He said, ‘Hey, you know Unix, don’t you?’” Earl says. “I said I did, which I didn’t. He said, ‘Can you start today? At 7?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I can do that. I thought I could figure it out. I packed my car, went to the bookstore, bought a book on Unix, hid it in my bag, and drove up there. I had these little Post-Its. When they would ask me to do something, I would write it down on my Post-It, go back to my desk, and look in the book.”Starting a Career in Visual EffectsSo what does it take to build a career in the visual effects industry, especially if you’re considering going to a university to acquire the skills you need? Interestingly The Mill‘s co-founder and chief creative officer Pat Joseph, believes that UK higher-education in general is failing to equip students with the skills or awareness of the VFX industry to create the supply of talent, needed to match the demand.“I think that for a long time VFX had been seen as “trying to run a hobby as a business”. My concern is that the British education system still isn’t really laying out visual effects as a career option and so in turn, students aren’t graduating with the right skills. Demand continues to grow, but universities that do train to industry standard, such as Bournemouth University, are struggling to meet it.”Things are probably quite different in the US with dedicated creative arts universities like the University of Southern California Film School and New York Film Academy. If you want a full list of film schools the Hollywood Reporter put together a list of the ‘25 best film schools‘ last year. But what if you don’t want to spend $100k getting trained? UK based Escape Studios offers intensive training courses as well as plenty of free training courses and advice to help get your career in visual effects off to a flying start.The UK ambassadors for up-skilling people is Skillset. In this series of videos partnering with the The Mill, Double Negative and others, they offer plenty of good advice to anyone looking to build a career in VFX. Get some great tips on improving your vfx showreel, shaping your CV and what essential skills employers are looking for.last_img read more

Second FIR filed in Apple employee death case

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh police on Monday registered a second FIR in the murder of Apple sales manager Vivek Tiwari after questions were raised over the initial FIR.The witness to the murder of Apple sales executive Vivek Tiwari has alleged that the police forced her to give a statement under pressure and made her first sign a blank document.The initial FIR was filed on the basis of that complaint.Tiwari’s friend, Sana Khan,who was with him in the car when the incident took place, also alleged that even after he was shot and heavily bleeding, the police did not allow her to make or receive any phone calls.The charges are part of a fresh FIR filed in the case by the victim’s wife Kalpana Tiwari. While the initial FIR was filed by Ms. Khan, in the second FIR, filed late on Sunday, Ms. Tiwari quotes charges made by Ms. Khan. She also hints that immediately after the incident, the police also questioned her character.”Because I was scared, I wrote down just like they dictated. They were also saying a lot of ‘ulta-seedha’ (objectionable) things about me and Sir (Mr. Tiwari)which I cannot speak of here,” said Ms. Khan in the second FIR.The fresh FIR also names the two accused constables, Prashant Chaudhary and Sandeep Kumar, and explicitly states that Mr. Chaudhary fired the bullet. The initial FIR did not name the accused and also kept the sequence of events and culpability vague, following which the victim’s family had alleged a cover up.In the new FIR, Ms. Khan said the police constable came towards Tiwari and fired with the intent to kill him. She recognised the accused constables from their name plates, Ms. Khan said.The U.P. Police have already assured the family that the new FIR will be the basis of the probe by the Special Investigation Team.Ms. Tiwari on Monday after meeting Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed confidence that she had received all the necessary assurances for support from him.”I have said earlier too that I have faith in the state government. Today that faith has been strengthened,” said Ms. Tiwari after the meeting.The government has already announced ₹25 lakh compensation to the family. Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma, who accompanied Ms. Tiwari and her two daughters to the CM’s residence, said the widow would also get a government job.Caste angleMeanwhile, the Opposition continued to accuse the BJP over the incident, with BSP chief Mayawati saying that along with Dalits, OBCs and Muslims, the Brahmin community was also facing high levels of “injustice and oppression” under the BJP in UP.Ms. Mayawati also deputed her Brahmin-aide Satish Chandra Mishra to visit the family and assure them of all support in seeking justice.Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav also met the family and demanded that they get ₹5 crore as compensation.This came a day after a state Minister Brajesh Pathak accused senior police officers and administrative officials of trying to cover up the issue. He said even their role would be a part of the probe.last_img read more