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A Refined Image of Liberia

first_imgWhen asked to describe Liberia in one word, many people choose to portray Liberia as being “war torn”.But the war is over. Gone are the days where Liberia is seen as a broken structure that was once thrown off the face of the earth and has now been abruptly placed back.Liberia has been seen through the eyes of women, children, men and boys who know the days and nights of poverty, frustrating infrastructure, unseen development and is now seen through the eyes of those who want to make their country a better place.It is upon this vision that Kriterion Monrovia, a student-run project at the University of Liberia, coordinated a 3 day film festival and two day workshop from Feb 21-23, 2014 to some of the film creators in Liberia.Pandora Hodge, project coordinator for Kriterion Monrovia, described how hosting a film festival for 3 days helped encourage film students to come out and show Liberia’s real image through film.“What we are trying to do is show different sides of Liberia. Many times when people show movies and documentaries they mostly focus on the war. We are trying to leave from that part of it and show that the war has been over for almost 11 years now. We want to show the other side of Liberia and what the young people are doing to help make their environment and culture better and to create something more fun and relaxed,” she said.On the first day of the festival and film training workshop, 5 different workshops on culture identity, advanced editing, marketing of your movie and acting were held free of charge in different locations. Some big film related names such as videographer Derrick Snyder, choreographer Dr. Dawn Cooper Barnes, actor Omanza Shaw, iconic Liberian cultural figure Kona Khasu Sr. and Hollywood actor Jared Benjamin Lambert were amongst the trainers.“[What] Kriterion is trying to do is give people the feeling of an outhouse cinema, but in order to do that we want to make people aware of it first. We are also promoting a lot of filmmakers and are offering workshops. We want to improve the works of these local and international facilitators who have good knowledge in these areas as well.  We’ve partnered with the Accountability Lab who gives training to young Liberian film makers,” Pandora added.After the completion of the two days of workshops, Kriterion held screenings of Liberian feature films such as “Smell no taste”, “Cry of the pepper bird”, “A story of Liberia” and “The first grader”.  Students from the workshop were also able to showcase their work.“People are getting aware of Liberian films and putting them on the front page,” says Pandora. “We want people to present their movies not because we want to get money out of it (everything we are doing is free of charge) but we are creating an awareness that, today or tomorrow, people will know the producer and will want to buy your movie.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Armed men attack, shoot ECD shopkeeper

first_imgA Bachelor’s Adventure, East Coast Demerara (ECD) shopkeeper is now nursing a gunshot injury to his left arm after he was attacked and shot on Thursday evening by six armed men.Taffy Adams, 31, was shot to his left armed at about 20:00h.Based on reports received, Adams left his home on a pedal cycle and went to a shop at 17th Street Paradise Housing Scheme, ECD, and as he was returning home, he saw a silver grey 212 Toyota Carina motorcar with six occupants.As he continued along his journey, he heard a loud explosion and immediately felt a burning sensation to his left arm, causing him to lose balance and fall off the bicycle. The car reportedly sped away from the scene.The injured Adams was picked up and taken to the Enmore Police Outpost and subsequently to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was treated. His condition is listed as stable.The Police have since launched a manhunt for the car and its occupants.last_img read more

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Linden municipality seeks to partner with US Embassy in achieving SDGs

first_imgThe Municipality of the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) is seeking to partner with the United States Embassy in achieving its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Last Thursday, newly appointed US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch paid a courtesy call to the office of Linden Mayor Waneka Arrindell, during which this among other initiatives was discussed.US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch meets Linden Mayor Waneka ArrindellThe SDGs are a combination of 17 global goals set out by the United Nations General Assembly to be achieved by 2030. It includes, among other goals, the movement towards zero hunger, no poverty and gender equality, however, Arrindell said the Linden municipality will be working towards the goals of quality education, clean water and sanitation as well as sustainable communities and cities. This, she noted, was advanced during the meet with the Ambassador.“We spoke about the Sustainable Development Goals that we want to start teaching to the community of Linden so as to change the perspectives of how we live… it talks about sustainable development, water and sanitation. And so we do want to embark on training within the schools in terms of disposal and separation of garbage within the school system, and of course, we want to look at branding in front of the market; that gives education to the people of Linden on what these Sustainable Development Goals are because, of course, Guyana has a target to meet by 2030 [which includes a] majority of these goals,” the Mayor said.She added that the municipality will be looking at how Linden can play a major role, in terms of what can be changed within the community in order to have these targeted goals become a reality. Arrindell said since the Embassy has a strong focus on education, it is her hope that it continues to assist within the Linden school system in terms of the sanitation and waste management initiatives.She noted that the two sides also engaged in talks about some of the projects which the Embassy is presently working along with the community on and continued collaboration.“We spoke about how can we continue to collaborate. And so the Ambassador would have pledged her continued support. Since we got in here, the American Government has been working closely with Linden Mayor and Town Council. I’ve been able to receive a five weeks training on Local Government Management through the American Embassy. So there has been continued collaboration and I’m happy to know that that collaboration would continue throughout our stint as we work together with the Ambassador and with the Government of the United States of America”, Arrindell noted.In outlining ongoing collaborations which fall under the US Embassy’s umbrella, the Mayor pointed to annual medical outreaches through the Humanitarian Assistance Programme (HAP). She said the team has also been assisting with sports development in terms of the distribution of sports equipment to various schools and community centres.“…and I know that they’re continuing with some health work in Linden. They’re consistent, every six months there’s a new batch that comes in and every six months they work with us on some sort of project. This year, I think they have one more health programme to complete before they leave”, she noted.Arrindell also alluded to the ongoing New Horizons projects in the community which will see the construction of a Women’s Home in Linden and two community centre grounds which have since commenced. She added that the Peace Corps has been re-introduced into the community after being absent for some time. This, she noted, consists of two teachers who are presently working within the school system.“The Americans have been on the ground for a while now, in terms of giving and they’re supporting the Linden community, and of course, we must say how grateful we are for that,” Arrindell said. (Utamu Belle)last_img read more

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Former Montebello Mayor Bruce Odou dies

first_imgMONTEBELLO – Former Montebello Mayor Dr. Bruce Odou died Monday after a three-year battle with colon cancer, his family has announced. Odou was elected to the City Council in 1963 and served as mayor in 1965-66. He served one term. Odou, who was elected to the Montebello High School Hall of Fame last year, also had served the public as a doctor for more than 45 years. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Judge isn’t impressed by Numero Uno case

first_imgFederal prosecutors in the racketeering case linked to Numero Uno markets – including one in San Pedro – got an earful Tuesday from the presiding judge, who indicated their case is in serious trouble. The owner of the Los Angeles-based chain, George Torres- Ramos, 50, along with his 53-year-old brother, Manuel, and others, are charged in a 59-count indictment with murder, solicitation of murder, bribery of a public official, harboring illegal aliens, tax violations and other offenses. But U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson said were the government’s investigation completed Tuesday, he would “seriously consider” a motion for a judgment of acquittal. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“This is one of the more disappointing prosecutions I’ve encountered in my experience,” Wilson said at Tuesday morning’s hearing. “This is amazing to me. What’s going on here?” Wilson’s outburst came shortly after Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Searight argued that George Torres-Ramos’ son and co-defendant, Steven, tried to join his father’s criminal enterprise when he assaulted a store employee over a debt and hunted down a man who carjacked him. “So far, you’re shooting with blanks,” he told Searight. Searight replied that wiretaps and witnesses would prove the allegations, but the government has not finished its investigation. “I’ve never seen a prosecutor head south so quickly,” Wilson said. “Please be seated.” Tuesday’s hearing is not the first time Wilson has openly criticized the government’s case. On Nov. 5, he said it was “on very thin ice.” Attorneys for the Torres- Ramos brothers filed motions requesting that Wilson dismiss the racketeering charges against the two. Wilson has not yet ruled on their motions. Wilson also postponed ruling on motions to dismiss charges against other defendants charged in the case, including George Luk, 58, a city commissioner. 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

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Chelsea fans are still bitter over two of Jose Mourinho’s transfer decisions

first_img1 Some break ups take a long time to get over…It seems that’s exactly the case for some Chelsea fans who are still struggling to come to terms with the departure of Belgium stars Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne.The Red Devils confidently beat Republic of Ireland 3-0 on Saturday afternoon, with Lukaku and De Bruyne the stars of the show.The former scored twice, while the latter grabbed an assist.Jose Mourinho sold the pair during his time at Stamford Bridge – both in 2014 – and the bitterness is still there.Have a read of what some Chelsea fans had to say after the duo’s performance for Belgium earlier this afternoon… Romelu Lukaku celebrates the first of his two goals at the Stade de Bordeaux last_img read more

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Jesters upended by Mater Dei

first_imgSt. Joseph High girls soccer coach Eddie Perez knew this early-season stretch would be tough. Every year, Santa Margarita and Mater Dei are the top teams in the Serra League, and performing well against them is paramount to the Jesters’ playoff chances. And with home games against each to start the league slate, the Jesters had an early opportunity to make a move. After last week’s home loss to Santa Margarita, St. Joseph scored quickly to lead visiting Mater Dei during Tuesday’s game. But after playing to a 1-1 halftime tie, the Monarchs ambushed the Jesters, scoring three goals in a seven-minute span to eventually win 4-2. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “St. Joe’s, we always know it’s a great challenge,” Mater Dei coach Matt West said. “We just needed to raise our level and we needed to find the back of the net, and then not stop. When (we) focus, this year we have scored goals in bunches, and we did just that today.” — Matt Zimmerman BOYS BASKETBALL L.A. Baptist 43, Valley Christian 41 Kurtis Korver and Alex Lopez each scored 10 points but it wasn’t enough as the Crusaders (4-13, 0-1) lost their Alpha League opener to the host Knights (9-3, 1-0). L.A. Adventist 95, Summit View 30 Kenneth Woods scored a season-high 32 points to lead the Eagles (11-2, 4-0) to a Mulholland League win on the road. GIRLS BASKETBALL Valley Christian 43, Downey Calvary Chapel 37 Kristel Eddington dominated with 19 points and 24 rebounds as the Crusaders (7-9, 1-0) won the Olympic League game against the visiting Grizzlies (8-9, 0-1). Sherrie Session had 12 points, seven rebounds and seven steals for valley Christian. St. Bernard 59, St. Anthony 39 Karina Valiente had 10 points and seven rebounds, but the Saints (1-16, 0-1) cooled off after leading entering the second quarter and fell in a Camino Real League game at St. Bernard (2-12, 0-1). L.A. Adventist 53, Summit View 18 Chlanee Johnson had 22 points, 14 rebounds and 10 steals to help the Eagles (5-4, 3-0) win a Mulholland League game on the road. BOYS SOCCER Valley Christian 3, Marshall 2 The Crusaders led 2-0 on goals from Macaine Piercy and Grant Caluza, and after Marshall tied it, Piercy scored the game-winner in an Olympic League match at Valley Christian. Downey Calvary Chapel 1, Whittier Christian 1 Benny Hernandez’s goal gave the Grizzlies (7-4-2, 0-0-1) the lead, but Juan Estrada tied it for Whittier Christian (5-6-2, 0-0-1) in the 75th minute of a Delphic League game. GIRLS SOCCER Wilson 9, Compton 0 Natalie Moreno and Samantha Baker each scored twice as the Bruins (10-5-3, 3-0-1) routed the Tarbabes in Moore League play. Lakewood 4, Cabrillo 0 Allison Masumiya scored twice and goalie Tiffany Hollis made four saves for the host Lancers (2-0-1) in a Moore League game. Millikan 9, Jordan 0 Anna Rea made one save to record her fifth shutout of the season as the Rams (7-7-1, 1-1) had no problems beating the visiting Panthers (0-3 league) in a Moore League game. Paramount 2, Downey 1 Yvette Sierra scored twice, including the game-winner on an assist from Daisy Guillen, and senior goalie Yesenia Gonzalez made eight saves as the host Pirates (6-7-3, 2-1) upset the Vikings (2-1) in San Gabriel Valley League play. Brittany Vance scored for Downey. Dominguez 2, Lynwood 1 Trailing 1-0, the Dons (9-4, 2-1) received goals from Martha Covarrubbias and Evelyn Flores to win the San Gabriel Valley League match at home. Valley Christian 4, L.A. Baptist 1 Tiana Torp scored in the 1st and the 2nd minute to help the Crusaders (9-6-1, 1-1) beat the host Knights in an Olympic League game. Kara Zondervan and Ashley Haagsma also tallied goals for Valley Christian. GIRLS WATER POLO Downey 10, Santa Monica 1 Stephanie Rosero had five goals as the Vikings (17-1) won a nonleague match at home. Wilson 7, Esperanza 6 Kendall Wootten and Cassie Schroeder each scored a pair a goals to lead the Bruins (5-6) to the nonleague win against the visiting Aztecs (5-8). Ayala 10, Gahr 4 Senior goalie Suzanna Guadarrama made 11 saves for the Gladiators (12-2) in a nonleague loss. WRESTLING La Mirada 60, Bellflower 16 Steve Hernandez defeated his opponent in the 189-pound class to lead the Matadores (10-1, 2-0) to the Suburban League win at Bellflower (1-9, 0-2). Troy Goodban won in the 160-pound class for Bellflower. Glenn 47, Mayfair 24 Juan Enriques pinned his heavyweight opponent in 2:19 to help the Eagles beat the Monsoons in a Suburban League match. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “We have to pick it up, especially in this league,” Perez said. “If you don’t get any points after the third game, it’s a tough league, you’re not going to make it to CIF.” Caitlin Luna scored both of the Jesters’ goals, including one just minutes from the final whistle to provide the final margin. Next, St. Joseph (7-5-3, 0-2) faces Bishop Montgomery Thursday on the road, with the rematch against the Monarchs (13-2-2, 1-0) scheduled for January 26 at Mater Dei. last_img read more

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GAA: Nótaí CLG Gaoth Dobhair

first_imgBhí bua an mhaith ag an fhoireann sinsear sa chéad chluiche do Craobh na Contae. Bhí siad ag imirt in éadan an Tearmann sa bhaile, sé an scór deirneach a bhí ann nó Gaoth Dobhair 1-12 An Tearmann 0-05.Chríochnaigh an cluiche idir na foirne tacaíochta ar chomh scór, Gaoth Dobhair 1-09 An Tearmann3-03. Ní raibh cluichí ar bith socraithe agus seo a chur i gcló.Uimhreacha Lotto; 2, 7, 11, 20. Bhí buaiteoir amháin le trí uimhir, Matt Clancy, Strath na Corcra.Níor imigh an pota óir atá anois ag €1550.GAA: Nótaí CLG Gaoth Dobhair was last modified: May 24th, 2011 by gregShare 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

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Stage set for annual Secondary Schools Drama Festival

first_imgSOME of the best young actors in Donegal will take to the stage of the Balor Theatre, Ballybofey, on Thursday night for the annual Secondary Schools Drama Festival.Organised by Teresa McGowan and the award-winning Butt Drama Circle, the prestigious competition has been running for more than forty years, giving the youth of the county the opportunity to perform in front of an audience in a professional theatre.Although it’s a schools festival, members of the public are welcome to come along for what promises to be a great night’s theatre. The festival will be adjudicated by Maura Logue who will award certificates of merit to the participants, including plaques for ‘Outstanding Performances.’ The adjudicator said she feels very fortunate to have been invited to this year’s schools festival. Every year, she delivers some wise words of wisdom for the young actors and those in the audience.In honour of the late Ben Duffy, founding member of the drama circle and who arranged the purchase of trophies for each year’s festivals, the club has commissioned the Ben Duffy Perpetual Cup in his memory.Errigal College, Letterkenny, will be first on stage with their production of ‘Speak My Child’. This will be followed by two productions from Coláiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon, who won a number of awards last year, with ‘Check Please’ and ‘Bog of Cats.’Curtain opens at 8 pm and entry is just €5 or a concession rate of €3.Stage set for annual Secondary Schools Drama Festival was last modified: November 16th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Friends of Michael McGrath to host fundraising table quiz

first_imgA table quiz will be held in Letterkenny on Thursday 14th December in aid of local father Michael McGrath’s cancer treatment.Emmet and Maria Rushe (Rushe Fitness and The S-Mum) are inviting all to join the fun event in Arena7 Letterkenny and support the fund. Michael McGrath travelled to Austria this week after a fast-paced community fundraising campaign raised over €120,000 for Immunotherapy Treatment to help him beat stage four bowel cancer.Michael needs €150,000 for the specialist treatment and various events are being held all over Donegal to ensure he can make the total. A steady stream of donations have been coming into his online campaign this past fortnight:  https://www.gofundme.com/a-future-for-michaelMichael told Donegal Daily today how he has been overwhelmed by the love and support he has received from all back home.  This Table Quiz is one such event that is hoped will drive up more donations.The Table Quiz begins at 8.30pm on Thursday 14th December in Arena 7. Donal Kavanagh will be Quizmaster, and there is a maximum of 6 per team. Cost: €5 per person. Every penny goes towards the fund. For more updates, follow the Facebook event here: www.facebook.com/events/203094210258555/Friends of Michael McGrath to host fundraising table quiz was last modified: December 13th, 2017 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:Arena7michael mcgrathTable quizlast_img read more

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