Lollywood Female Star Lauds LIMU Leadership

first_imgA female Lollywood actress has lauded the leadership of the Liberian Movie Union (LIMU) for recognizing their hard work in the industry before announcing tough regulations to control substandard films on the market.Angelique Myer, one of the female artists who received an award during LIMU’s October 10 honoring program said the union’s leadership is doing just as it promised during the election and hope that it continues doing so.Myer said she appreciates the union’s leadership for keeping artists in mind, as demonstrated through the honoring program.“We believe that Martha E. Akorsah’s reign will bring huge transformations to the industry,” she added.The Blind Orphan cast member welcomed the union’s new policies and regulations – although they are yet to be implemented – and expressed hope that they will help improve the generation of income for actors, actresses and filmmakers.Hosted at Crown Hill cinema, the awards night was intended to honor movies makers for the positive contribution they make to the growth of the industry and inform them about a series of policies and regulations that the union is about to introduce in order to control the proliferation of movies on the market. “I’m looking forward for more robust programs that will improve the life of actors and actresses. Programs such as an annual movie festival will be great,” she said.The up and coming talent noted that the union leadership has been instrumental in taking the organization from nowhere to somewhere, showed concern for the wellbeing of its members and the growth of the industry.“Great things can begin from little starts before they expand to the highest levels. Bestowing these awards on us is the foundation of many great things to come,” said Myer.“This is the kind of concern that we waited on for many years from past leadership. Together success can be achieved.”The night’s other actors, producers and actresses who received certificates of appreciation included John and Paul Flomo, Samaguan, Jalloh, Killer Bean, Dugborma, among many more. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

David Granger is seen as untrustworthy, demonstrating poor leadership

first_imgDear Editor,Please allow me to respond to the letter of Mr Roger James of NICIL, who has publicly called on me to point out the mistakes caused by the proliferation of caretaker President David Granger’s style of unilateral decision making.Mr James spent an inordinate amount of time to state four points:1. Acquisition of GuySuCo’s assets did not need approval of the Board or Minister of Agriculture.2. The NICIL Special Projects Unit (SPU) was set up by Winston Jordan, and does not need the approval of Cabinet for its transactions.3. Borrowing at a high interest rate while investing capital at a much lower rate are unique transactions and are not related4. The $30 billion bond is not a costly mistake. Nothing is offered to back NICIL’s claims that these are good actions, save and except that “the establishment of the SPU has further enhanced the management and operation of NICIL”.Editor, my reply to vesting of GuySuCo’s assets is constrained by sub-judice rules. Suffice to say I have been advised by my lawyers that it is trite company law that shareholders cannot deal with the assets of an incorporated company being managed by a Board. This is one of the questions that would be answered soon enough by the courts in the matter of GBL Inc vs NICIL, of which I am the plaintiff.GuySuCo itself issued a statement (6.12.2019) saying “NICIL had even speciously appointed its own Board of Directors in March of 2018, with Mr Colvin Heath-London as its Chairman, this decision was quashed by the Government, however, NICIL has never abandoned the misconception that, GuySuCo, an independent corporate agency, by Law, according to the (Companies) Act, is neither a department, unit or owned by NICIL”I maintain that the removal of Cabinet approval from the use of state assets is contrary to good sense, never mind best practice. Borrowing at high interest while lending at low rates is a recipe for bankruptcy. The drastic reduction in Government reserves since 2015 is proof that the Jordan ‘mathematical formulas’ are not working in the best interest of the public.Granger’s administration inherited the following in 2015: Gross international reserve at BoG US$666.6 million. Non-Reimbursable and High Concessional Financing: EU budget grants totalling €25.9 million, of which €20.2 million relate to the sugar support programme, with all conditions associated with disbursement already being met. Climate payments totalling US$250 million under the Guyana/Norway Partnership, of which US$190 million was already earned, and only US$40 million disbursed. Concessional resources secured for developmental projects:·US$130 million from China’s Eximbank to construct a new international airport.·US$66.2 million from IADB to fund road network upgrade and expansion project.·US$64.6 million from IADB to fund power utility upgrade programme.·US$50 million from India Eximbank to fund East Coast to East Bank bypass road.·US$34.4 million from CDB to fund West Coast Demerara Highway Upgrade project.·US$31.7 million from the IADB and EU to fund a water and sanitation infrastructure improvement project.·US$15 million from IADB for new Citizen Security Project·US$12 million from World Bank for a flood risk management project·US$10 million from World Bank for secondary education improvement project.·US$10 million from World Bank for UG science and technology support project.·US$7.5 million from CDB to fund a sugar industry mechanisation project.With all of the above projects and financing in place upon assumption of Office, the Granger Administration still pursued the population for money: raising existing taxes, introducing new taxes, closing ‘loopholes’, all of which increased revenue collection by over $80billion per year.Churchill’s contention that: “For a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle” is lost on this administration.Amidst all this available finance left in place by the PPP for projects, NICIL approached the commercial banks for a loan of $30 billion to finance the conversion of the Skeldon estate compound to a resort, while the LBI estate lounge has been made into a ‘sports bar’ luxury hangout for the APNU elite.The retooling and restructuring of GuySuCo as outlined in the Government of Guyana (GoG) State Paper on the Future of the Sugar Industry has not been attempted, much less executed. GuySuCo has complained “that NICIL/SPU are mere custodians of the Skeldon, Rose Hall, Enmore and Wales assets of GuySuCo for the specific purpose of facilitating divestments as envisaged in the State Paper on the Future of the Sugar Industry, the proceeds of which must be remitted to GuySuCo in order to fund its Strategic Plan. NICIL/SPU ought not to be the beneficiaries of the proceeds, as currently obtains”.NICIL is selling GuySuCo’s assets and pocketing the proceeds, which should rightly be re-invested.The $30 billion bond is backed by a sovereign guarantee; which means that the taxpayers will pay this ‘loan’ back in full, complete with $8.4 billion in interest, after NICIL is done spending on frivolous projects.This is the legacy of David Granger, as he is being exposed as untrustworthy, lacking in management skills, demonstrating poor leadership, engaging in trivial pursuits, and single-handedly moving Guyana from a constitutional democracy to a dictatorship. Granger is now using his wife as the face of the pseudo-campaign. Entry into politics comes with intense scrutiny, given that Mrs Granger already compromised the Government and her Office of the First Lady with acceptance of an all-expenses-paid trip to Singapore, this may be an ill-advised stratagem in an arena where no sacred cows exist.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Wenger ‘panics’ about retirement

first_imgAfter a series of tough seasons following the club’s move to the Emirates, the 65-year-old has now built a squad many believe are capable of challenging for their first league title since 2004, and the Frenchman says he has no intention of following Sir Alex Ferguson out of the game.“Retirement? Yes, it crosses my mind but for not longer than five seconds because I panic a bit,” the former Monaco boss told the BBC.“When we played at United, Ferguson met me. I said: ‘Come on, you don’t miss it?’ He said: ‘No.’ He had enough. Ferguson goes to every game. But he has horses. I have no horses.“Enthusiasm? That is not a problem, honestly. I am more committed than ever for that. I just think the number of times you have done it doesn’t count. It is how much you love what you do that counts.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsene Wenger reacts after his Arsenal team concede a goal in a past match. PHOTO/FileLONDON, July 23- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he ‘panics’ at the thought of retirement as he prepares for a 20th season in charge of the Gunners.Wenger, who followed George Graham into the hot seat in 1996, has enjoyed massive successes with the North London club and secured a record 6th FA Cup last time out.last_img read more

Pescara chief confirms Leicester chasing star striker Gianluca Lapadula

first_imgPescara director general Giorgio Ripetto has revealed Gianluca Lapadula will leave the club this summer and that Leicester City are in the hunt to sign him.The striker has bagged over 20 goals in Serie B this season, sparking interest from several sides.Juventus tried to sign the 26-year-old in January but negotiations broke down after extended talks.Now the Italian champions are back in for him, but Ripetto admits they have been joined in their hunt by the likes of Leicester as Pescara prepare to sell Lapadula.“In the next transfer market he [Lapadula] will leave, regardless of whether the team managed to get to Serie A or not,” Ripetto told“Juventus already came forward with an offer in January to try and sign him in July along with [Gianluca] Caprari.“But the deal wasn’t completed also due to the interest of other teams like Napoli, Leicester and Genoa.“The Rossoblu, like the Bianconeri, asked for both players and could currently be considered the favourites.“But these negotiations are being brought forward directly by the president.” 1 Gianluca Lapadula last_img read more

Donegal Gaelic Masters delighted as Warehouse Bar + Kitchen renew sponsorship

first_imgWarehouse Bar + Kitchen are excited to announce that they are renewing sponsorship of the Donegal Gaelic Masters Team for a second season.The team formed last year and competed in the 2016 All-Ireland Masters Championship which ended with Donegal winning the Shield competition which was a great achievement for the team in their first year back on the Championship. The Masters All Ireland Championships are affiliated to the Gaelic Masters Association of Ireland, which is geared towards promoting Gaelic games for players over 40 years who are still active within their respected counties promoting active aging and mental health as their ethos.Paul Gallagher, Chairperson of the Donegal Masters said, “From very small beginnings we gathered momentum bringing together a great squad of players and our management team which has been well supported by the Warehouse Bar & Kitchen.“Without their kind sponsorship we would not have been able to get this team off the ground and gain initial success. We aim to push on this year and achieve even more success going forward.” The Donegal Team has over 50 registered players and training for all games is held at Colaiste Ailigh in Letterkenny. The team have had a great start to the 2017 season so far with three wins from three with upcoming fixtures against Sligo, Cavan and Antrim in the Championship.All post-match events and celebrations will be held at Warehouse Bar + Kitchen who are open daily for lunch and dinner.Donegal Gaelic Masters delighted as Warehouse Bar + Kitchen renew sponsorship was last modified: September 1st, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Gaelic MasterssponsorshipWarehouse Bar and Kitchenlast_img read more

Candidate hopes to serve in Iraq

first_imgMONTEBELLO – What does a City Council candidate do after he lost an election and is waiting for his next chance to run? If he’s Montebello resident Johnny Verdugo, he volunteers for a tour of duty in Iraq. As the longshot in the Nov. 8 election, Verdugo surprised everyone by earning 10 percent of the vote, beating out three of the more heavily favored contestants. Now Verdugo is trying to land a job as an investigator with the U.S. Army as close to the front lines as he can get, he said. His explanation for wanting to place himself in such danger is an intense drive to “serve his country and community.” “I’ve got to do something while I wait for the elections,” Verdugo said. “But I only want to go \ if I can work in intelligence behind enemy lines. I want to have the same risk as everyone else does, but I want it to mean something to me.” At 37, Verdugo is not exactly a typical recruit. Sporting a sleek black Mercedes convertible, flashy suits and an expansive tattoo across his abdomen, Verdugo has worked as a California state peace officer since he was 21. He also owns a security company called Executive Private Security International, as well as various rental properties. Verdugo’s youth growing up in East Los Angeles would have suggested a different future had it not been for several key mentors and what he says is an innate sense of destiny. “I always knew I’d be that guy who came from nowhere to succeed,” Verdugo said. “But I failed a lot. My success is attributed to the numerous failures I’ve had.” Raised by his grandmother and mother after his parents divorced, Verdugo lived in a small roach-infested apartment with no central heating or air conditioning, he said. His mother worked cleaning houses and selling items at swap meets. By the age of 12, Verdugo inevitably began hanging around with gang members, although he is still hesitant to identify them as such. “Let’s just say I participated at a young age in rites of passage that entailed three other individuals fighting me at the same time – aka, `jumping me in,”‘ Verdugo said. But he said he was never around when the “bad stuff happened.” “Obviously I was in the middle of it, it was all around me,” Verdugo said. “But I was on the periphery. I’d see something coming down and I’d make myself scarce,” he said. After moving to Montebello, Verdugo flunked 10th grade at Montebello High School. He graduated at 18 after transferring to Vail High School, a continuation school. Soon after, he was taking computer classes at East Los Angeles College. Verdugo often speaks with childlike awe about finding himself as a candidate for political office. “Who would have thought a guy like me would be here, a city council candidate?” Sgt. 1st Class Steffen Maron, Verdugo’s recruiter at the Army Recruiting Office in Whittier, said officials at first were not sure what to make of Verdugo when he showed up to volunteer. They soon learned he was serious, however. “He wants to get involved in what’s going on in Iraq and Afghanistan … not for a political move. He’s a very down-to-earth guy,” Maron said. He said there presently are no jobs in the Army of the type Verdugo is seeking. But a spot could open up. Verdugo was 33 when both his parents and his grandmother died within 30 days of each other. His father had been ill, but his mother died of a heart attack, he said. “Before \ died, we talked,” he said. “She told me, `Run for office, Johnny.’ I said, `No, I’m not perfect.’ She said, `Who do you think you are? Great people were persecuted who did good. You can’t be exempt from pain and suffering.’ She wanted me to help people and make a difference in their lives. “I still haven’t put a gravestone on her grave yet because I’ll do it when I’m elected. `From your son, an elected official,’ it will say.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 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!last_img

Deal means Biel shows up for meal

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles Boy George done with sentence Sporting a sunburn and blisters on his fingers, Boy George wrapped up his court-ordered community service for a drug charge – sweeping the streets for the sanitation department. And while the experience got off to a bumpy start – he yelled at the media hounding him on his first day on the job Monday – the former Culture Club frontman, 45, had only good things to say about his bosses when he finished his five-day stint Friday. “They treated us with kindness, and they treated us with respect,” he said. Boy George may return the favor: He said he’s considering a concert to benefit the city’s street cleaners. A man who bid $30,000 to have lunch with Jessica Biel, Esquire magazine’s “Sexiest Woman Alive,” sealed the deal. The man, identified only as John, was dressed in a white suit with a blue shirt and striped tie when he had lunch with the actress at Denver’s Palm restaurant on Friday, said Jeanne Lee, a Denver-based publicist. Biel, a star on television’s “7th Heaven,” and the film “Elizabethtown,” agreed to have lunch with the highest bidder as part of a fundraiser for Molly Bloom, an 18-year-old woman who lost a leg in a May 13 accident. – Associated Press – Associated Press ‘Gov. Kinky’ eyes Willie for office Independent gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman has reiterated his top pick to lead Texas’ energy policy: Willie Nelson. The country singer/songwriter and benefactor of biodiesel is a natural choice to lead a state energy department or commission, which he wants to create, Friedman said Friday. – Associated Press160Want 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

David de Gea’s coach Emilio Alvarez leaves Man United

first_img latest appointed Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman De Gea has credited Alvarez with helping him to become one of the world’s best goalkeepers.It is understood that the recruitment of Alvarez was influential in keeping De Gea happy at Old Trafford amid interest from Real Madrid.However, De Gea’s sudden dip in form last season prompted questions about Alvarez’s methods and his relationship with United’s other goalkeepers is understood to have become strained.United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought back former academy coach Richard Hartis as the club’s senior coach in June. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Alvarez and De Gea are also understood to have drifted apart in recent weeks – their working relationship being described as ‘more perfunctory’.De Gea agreed a new contract with United earlier this month worth £375,000-a-week and is expected to work with Hartis more intensely.Alvarez said his goodbyes on Friday and United said in a statement: “Manchester United confirms that Emilio Alvarez is leaving the club.“Emilio joined as Goalkeeper coach in 2016 and has been instrumental in developing and coaching the first team goalkeepers during his time in Manchester.” David de Gea’s coach has left Manchester United.Emilio Alvarez, 47, joined United in 2016 to work closely with the Spaniard, having previously mentored De Gea while he was at Atletico Madrid. stalemate Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Alvarez (left) is no longer part of United’s coaching staff statement on target Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more 2 Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship 2 Solskjaer added: “I would like to thank Emilio for all his help and hard work since my return to the club.“We all wish him well for the future.”Meanwhile, Alvarez said: “I will always be proud of belonging to this club. Wishing you every success in your endeavours.”Former Watford coach Martin Perch has been added to Solskjaer’s backroom staff. Perch is primarily a fitness coach. targets getty LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS getty Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti rookie error De Gea and Alvarez formed a close bond but are thought to have grown apart recently last_img read more

Bill to repeal pit bull ban passes second reading

first_imgA private member’s bill by Chatham-Kent––Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls to repeal Ontario’s pit bull ban has passed second reading, but there’s still a long way to go before it becomes law.Nicholls, knowing this is an emotional issue for many people, noted there’s strong support on both sides of the debate.In fact, all 12 votes against the bill, which passed second reading on Thursday at Queen’s Park, were cast by his own Progressive Conservative caucus members.“I had no problem with some of my colleagues voting against my bill,” said Nicholls, adding it was free vote.However, he said many humane societies support the bill, as well as the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association.But the bill is not law yet. Nicholls said the legilsation still has to go through committee, which includes input from the public.“We might even have to travel around …  to get input. Can we make this bill stronger?” he added. “I’m open to hear suggestions from people.”He said the bill has been assigned to general government committee, so anticipates there will be revisions made to make the legislation more robust.“The purpose of this bill is to emphasize breed-neutral legislation,” he said. “You cannot put breed-specific legislation on every breed of dog.”Nicholls said there are a lot of misconceptions about pit bulls, noting data collected from public boards of health across Ontario for 2018 showed”out of 1,429 reported dog bites, 13 were from pit bulls.”He added there are studies that show viciousness is not in the DNA of pit bulls.“I don’t believe it’s in any dog’s DNA,” said Nicholls, instead pointing the finger at how many of the animals are trained.“Pit bulls seemed to be aligned with illegal activity,” he said, citing dog-fighting rings or gangs that train the dogs to attack as examples.He understands how traumatic it is to be bitten by a dog.“But there’s a lot of misinformation out there,” Nicholls said.If there is a vicious attack by a dog that results in serious injury or death to a person, Nicholl’s legislation allows the courts to have that dog destroyed while the owner faces a steep fine and even imprisonment.His private member’s bill targets the Dog Owners Liability Act brought in by the Liberal government in March 2005 after a number of high-profile attacks by pit bulls.“Don’t blame the dog, blame the owner. I say the legislation went after the wrong end of the leash,” said Nicholls, calling the Liberal pit bull ban a knee-jerk reaction.eshreve@postmedia.comlast_img read more

Universal Orlando News — Week of March 9, 2019

first_imgWe know what we’ll be doing on March 12. Please forward our mail and calls.#WizardingWorldOrlando— Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) March 8, 2019If there’s anything that can match the hype of Star Wars at Disney, it’s announcements for Harry Potter fans over at Universal. Any ideas what details will be revealed? Add your best guesses in the comments.Weekly Crowd LevelsDetailed crowd level information can be found here.Weather Report Share This!We find out what lies in the Forbidden Forest on March 12. Here’s this week’s Universal Orlando preview. Winter weather patterns routinely come as far south as Orlando, so pack for the weather. Volcano Bay could have a delayed opening or closure when highs are in the 60s and lows in the 40s. Refer to Universal Orlando’s Twitter account for the latest operating information.Operating Hours & Early Park AdmissionCityWalk is open until 2:00 a.m. daily, with free self parking starting after 6:00 p.m.AdmissionTwo-day, two-park tickets are $274.99 per adult and $264.99 per child (plus tax).Volcano Bay tickets are at Anytime pricing at $80 per adult and $75 per child (plus tax).Showtimes and RefurbishmentsUniversal’s Cinematic Celebration ShowtimesMarch 9 – 10: No ShowMarch 11 – March 15: 9:15 p.m.Universal’s Superstar ParadeMarch 9 – March 15: 2:00 p.m.The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts CastleMarch 9 – March 15: Ongoing from dusk till park closeComplete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.RefurbishmentsPopeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges and Me Ship The Olive: February 25 – March 15Royal Pacific Resort Lobby Enhancements: March 1 – October 31 (phased)EventsFeet don’t fail me now! Celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida February 9 – April 4. Enjoy authentic Cajun cuisine, music straight from Louisiana, and a daily family-friendly Mardi Gras parade. On select nights major musical acts rock the Music Plaza Stage after sundown. All entertainment is included with your admission to Universal Studios Florida.See you next week, and make sure to leave a question below for the Mail Bag!last_img read more