14 01 20

first_imgAfrican Media Initiative (AMI) and the Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI) have signed a memorandum of understanding in Nairobi to provide support for the development of high quality audiovisuals and films for the continent’s industries. According to a press release, the two institutions will create market opportunities for the production of compelling African stories that meet international film standards.The move is also aimed at scaling up the distribution of African films within the region and beyond.The release also said “The initiative will promote, and share research and market data on the state of the media and film markets, which will drive more commercialization and financial viability of African content production.”“Film is a significant industry in Africa, generating US$590 million in annual revenues in Nigeria, US$ 300 million in South Africa, US$ 70 million in Kenya, and US$ 25 million in Egypt,” the release said.“But the continent’s film industries continue to struggle with issues such as a deficient in funding, poor infrastructure, and distribution challenges,” the release added. Both organizations look forward in addressing these challenges by working with industry stakeholders and policymakers to find lasting, innovative and technology driven solutions.AMI is a pan-African organization that promotes the development of pluralistic media, democratic governance, as well as economic and human development in Africa. It realizes its goal through a set of strategic activities aimed at transforming the media and communications landscape on the continent. Since its founding in 1969, FEPACI has grown to become the continental voice of filmmakers from various regions of Africa and the Diaspora.It works with affiliate national bodies and development programs for the enhancement of an enabling environment and infrastructure for all dimensions of filmmaking and the audiovisual media in Africa by Africans.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

14 01 20

first_imgThe late Paul E. Mulbah, former LFA Chief of OperationsThe recent death of the Liberia Football Association’s (LFA) former Chief of Operations (in the 1980s) did not come as a surprise, for Paul E. Mulbah had been ill for a while.Mulbah worked at several places at certain times and served his country to the best of his ability; one area in which I remember his efficiency was after the 1980 coup d’état and President Samuel Kanyon Doe took over as the chairman of the LFA. Paul Mulbah was appointed as his Chief of Operations.He joined vice chairman Willis D. Knuckles and they were faced with the challenge of reforming Liberian football. Until President Doe took over the chairmanship of the LFA, the national soccer league was then poorly organized.Among other things, there were IE versus Barrolle encounters for charity organizations, and the two clubs never had the opportunity to contest in the CAF Competitions.It was Paul, Knuckles and President Doe, along with several other sports administrators, that accepted the mantle to change the misfortune of Liberian football. Knuckles, as it has been noted over and over, put his managerial skills together. Both Knuckles and Mulbah began to reform Liberian football, since President Doe was willing to honor their requests.Though Mulbah had once been president of Mighty Barrolle, his new role was to reform Liberian football and therefore he went to work. Knuckles was also said to identify with Barrolle but that did not matter.Even President Doe was a fan of Mighty Barrolle but that also did not matter. The three men worked together and made sure that a regular league season was organized, the first in many years. The re-organization of association football, when CAF and FIFA rules were respected, identified or rather gave opportunities to many players, which included the George Weah generation.Joining the reform was Sam N. Burnette, Jr., of blessed memory, for the man’s love for Invincible Eleven was beyond comparison. Burnette was always there for the Sunshine Yellow Boys, as Invincible Eleven’s players were and are known.This administration ensured that there was a positive environment for the development of talented players and the process continued until Knuckles decided to leave the vice chairmanship position. Leaving the position, Knuckles established the SPORTS WORLD newspaper, with support from Mulbah and Eddie Dunn.That newspaper and several others, including THE SPORTING LIFE and THE SPORTS CHRONICLE, took up the challenge to continue to provide information to the sports reading public about the activities of Liberian stars that had made it to Europe. The SPORTS WORLD provided employment for several young journalists, including the current minister of information, Eugene Nagbe.Paul E. Mulbah loved soccer, and he made his contribution to the development of the players of his time. During his time, among the players who enjoyed the support of Paul E. Mulbah’s LFA, included:James Salinsa Debbah, Zeogar Wilson, Momoh Blamoh, Pewou Bestman, Louis Crayton, Washington Blay, Solomon Joe, Mark Gibson, Friday Roberts, Frederick Cole, William Gray, Thomas Kojo, Waka Herron, Armah Baxter, Mass Sarr, Jr., Sarweh, Hallie Lahai, Benjamin Seydee (Roberto), Sam Yeboah, Tamba Barclay and Dominic Brapoh (Lucky Shango), among others.Most of these players went on to play professional football in Europe. Their successes came from the trail blazed by Paul E. Mulbah and others that provided the opportunities for their careers in Europe and other places.Of course, there had been many former sports promoters that history seems to have forgotten; but those who succeeded because of such promoters should not forget, because they too have the responsibility to lead the torch to help those coming up to follow.Other hats worn by Paul E. Mulbah included Director, Liberia National Police (LNP); Director General, General Services Agency (GSA); Chief of Protocol, Republic of Liberia; Deputy Commissioner – Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization; Assistant Minister for Youth, Ministry of Labor Youth and Sports; Managing Director, National Housing Authority (NHA); President, Mesurado Group of Companies; Regional Director, United States Peace Corps.Farewell PEM, you could not have done more than that and may the good Lord give you eternal rest till we meet again!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

12 01 20

first_imgThe Rotary Club of New Amsterdam on Friday commissioned a pure water supply project at Sheet Anchor, Canje from which some 200 children from two schools would benefit.Over the past year, the Club has been able to ensure that students attending eight schools benefit from treated water through the installation of water filtration systems in those schools. The Number Two Nursery and Sheet Anchor Primary which are housed in the same compound are the beneficiaries of the new project, which cost in excess of $500,000.Club President Ramroop Rajnauth explained that both schools were now accessing clean water.“Before the water was of a high iron content. Right now, the water is filtered and clean because we installed systems that we secured in all of the water tanks in the school compound,” he explained.The project was a joint effort between the Club and Rotarian Jerry Outar. The pure water project commenced in March of last year at Fort Ordinance Primary, and to date, Cumberland Primary, Edinburgh Primary and Nursery, St Therese and Fort Ordinance Primary, Number Two Nursery, and Canje Secondary have all benefited.“GWI is now coming on board to install a water treatment plant in the Canje area, but we have already installed water filtering systems in most of the schools in that area. We are looking at other schools along the East Bank of Berbice and even on the Corentyne where the residents do not receive treated water. We feel that our children who are the leaders of tomorrow need clean water. Water is life and with clean, potable water it would eliminate chances of diseases and assist in producing healthy graduates for tomorrow’s world,” Rajnauth said.The Club has, over the years, been focusing on many areas to improve residents’ quality of life. In the area of education, the Club has built a nursery school at Manchester. In the area of health, it has worked on the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the New Amsterdam Hospital, providing the equipment for that facility among other areas.However, the pure water supply project is now the Club’s main area of focus.“We would have dug a well at Gangaram providing potable water for the residents of that area,” Rajnauth said. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

12 01 20

first_imgChildren of East Canje, Berbice whose parents were made redundant when the Rose Hall Sugar Estate closed on December 31, 2017 will as of today have a bus to take them to and from school.The decision to implement the school bus system was recently taken after acting Regional Chairman Dennis DeRoop had promised that if they could not get the Region to pay for a bus, one of the David G buses from the Corentyne would be moved to Canje.This was, however, rejected and as such, the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) agreed to take up an offer by a businessman for him to supply a bus for thatActing Regional Chairman Dennis DeRooppurpose with the RDC paying the driver and for the fuel.As a result of this offer, the RDC will be saving at least $30,000, since it will not have to pay for the rental of the 30-seater bus.“We finally have it implemented. It will be implemented as from Monday. Priority will be given to the children of the severed sugar workers, but they will pick up other students too as they are coming up,” DeRoop said.The bus is expected to pick up children from 07:30h from Gangaram Village and take them to the secondary schools in New Amsterdam.The implementation of the school bus service in East Canje could not have come at a better time taking into consideration the fact minibus fares are expected to increase.DeRoop explained that the bus would have a sign indicating that it was contracted by the RDC.Noting that the arrangement is a highly-subsidised venture, DeRoop said the owner of Lako Car and Bus Rental was giving back to his community.“On behalf of the Regional Administration, I want to thank Mr Lako for giving back to the community and joining the regional administration in this partnership to provide such a needed service to the children of the severed sugar workers,” the acting Chairman said.last_img read more

12 01 20

first_imgBetter Hope robbery-murder…as Police continues probeA part of the gathering of mourners at the family’s homeFamily members and friends saying their final goodbyes to Aaron Latchman and his daughter AriannaArianna Latchman Aaron LatchmanHundreds of family members and friends on Wednesday crowded the home of Aaron Latchman as they paid their respects to the businessman and his daughter, Arianna Latchman, who were both killed on June 4 at their Better Hope, East Coast Demerara home.Latchman, a money changer, had dropped off his younger daughter to her lessons and upon his return home, he was confronted by the two gunmen. He was held at gunpoint and escorted to the upper flat of his home with his 18-year-old daughter.Reports are that the teen was attacked and shot to her chest when the bandits entered the house through the back door and began demanding cash.They then escorted Latchman into the yard where they shot him multiple times before escaping with a bag of cash.On Wednesday, relatives were still trying to come to grips with what occurred on that faithful day. They remembered the two as loving and caring and always fun to be around.One relative, while sharing a brief tribute at the home, said, “I know Terry (Aaron) from a child growing up and I can tell you today this is indeed sad. I want to let the rest of our family know that in this hour, God is still our source”.Another grieving relative who took the microphone at the brief ceremony said he just thought the family should know that they are being prayed for and all justice will prevail.Latchman’s wife was inconsolable and Guyana Times was told that she has been having a difficult time accepting the passing of both her husband and daughter.Following the tributes at the family’s home, where hundreds of persons gathered to bid farewell to Latchman and his daughter, their bodies were taken to a nearby church for the final rites to be conducted before being transported to the burial ground.InvestigationMeanwhile, Police have arrested four persons, who have since allegedly confessed their involvement in the murders but not before implicating a friend of the now dead man.Based on information received, one of the gunmen was arrested at Front Road, La Penitence, Georgetown, after Police swooped down on a house there.After his arrest, he took the Police to Dennis Street, Sophia, Greater Georgetown, and Parika, East Bank Essequibo, where the others were arrested.Additionally, a motorcar used by the bandits that belonged to the dead businessman was found at Front Road, La Penitence. During a search of the vehicle, an illegal firearm and several rounds of ammunition were found.The firearm has been sent for ballistic testing to ascertain whether it was the same firearm that was used to kill the America Street, Georgetown, moneychanger and his daughter.After intense interrogation, the four men have confessed to the heinous crime while implicating an East Coast Demerara businessman.They claimed that they were paid a handsome amount of money to kill the businessman and make it look like a robbery.As such, the Police have since launched a manhunt for the man, who might have had an issue with the now dead businessman over a money deal that went wrong.All the men who were arrested are well known to the Police since they were all previously charged for armed robbery.last_img read more

11 01 20

first_imgJulian Wright and Mario Chalmers each scored 18 points, and No. 3 Kansas bounced back after blowing a 17-point lead to beat host Oklahoma 67-65 Monday night. The Jayhawks (26-4, 12-2 Big 12) committed 12 second-half turnovers against Oklahoma’s pressing defense, but rebounded with a late 11-4 run to win their seventh straight game. Kansas had won its past six games by an average margin of 28.8 points and appeared headed for another easy victory when the Sooners (15-13, 6-9) deployed a trapping pressure in the second half to close a 17-point gap. At Syracuse 72, No. 9 Georgetown 58 Demetris Nichols and Andy Rautins each hit a pair 3-pointers to key a 14-0 second-half spurt for Syracuse. The victory snapped the Hoyas’ 11-game winning streak and gave the Orange (21-8, 10-5 Big East) a strong claim for the postseason. Georgetown (22-6, 12-3) had won 11 straight conference games for the first time in school history. center_img 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

10 01 20

first_img0Shares0000Dani Alves (second from right) in good spirits with his PSG teammates in training on Monday ahead of the Real Madrid second leg © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Mar 5 – Paris Saint-Germain will attempt to overturn a 3-1 deficit when they host Real Madrid in their heavyweight Champions League last-16 second leg on Tuesday (1945 GMT), but do so without the injured Neymar.The world’s most expensive player is recovering from a foot operation in Brazil, yet the French club remain hopeful they can overcome the defending European champions and advance to April’s quarter-finals. “I speak with him practically every day, so yes we have agreed between us that we would see each other again later on in this competition,” said Paris defender Dani Alves when asked if he had been in touch with his fellow Brazil international.“For sure, we will feel his absence. But between sitting down and crying and getting up and getting on with it, I always opt for the second option.”Angel Di Maria, a Champions League winner with Madrid in 2014, is set to replace Neymar in the home line-up before a sell-out crowd of around 47,000 at the Parc des Princes.“He is a spectacular player, who made history with Real Madrid. He can play in any position across the middle, he moves well, has a good shot, and is quick,” said Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane of Di Maria.PSG took the lead in the first leg in Spain last month through Adrien Rabiot only for Real to hit back with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice to break through the 100-goal barrier for the club in the Champions League.Marcelo also scored for Real, who are aiming to become the first club since Bayern Munich in 1976 to win a third consecutive European Cup.Madrid have not been eliminated from the Champions League this early since Lyon beat them in 2010. However, PSG are relying on their formidable record at home, where they are unbeaten in over 50 games going back two years.They have also overturned a 3-1 first-leg deficit against Real before, winning 4-1 in their UEFA Cup quarter-final return in 1993.George Weah scored for PSG that night. Now the president of Liberia, his son Timothy made his professional debut for the Ligue 1 leaders at the weekend.– No margin for error –A repeat of that famous comeback would be the biggest result for PSG since the Qatari takeover of the club in 2011, after four straight quarter-final eliminations and then a humiliating loss in Barcelona in the last 16 a year ago.“I think that we need games like this and to beat these teams to take a step forward and so that our opponents really take notice of PSG, and don’t just think we have loads of money,” said Alves, who played in two Champions League final victories for Barcelona.“PSG have had their limits in this competition in the past and now we need to go beyond them to keep on progressing as a club.”Zinedine Zidane speaks to the media at the Parc des Princes ahead of Tuesday’s game against PSG © AFP / FRANCK FIFEAn elimination would surely spell the end for coach Unai Emery, who is out of contract in June.Similarly, an exit would be disastrous for Zidane, with Real currently 15 points behind leaders Barcelona in La Liga and already out of the Copa del Rey.“After the game, it’s going to be difficult for one of the two teams, but that is football,” said Zidane.Given their domestic difficulties, Real are throwing everything into their quest to win a record 13th European Cup.“That can mean added pressure or added motivation,” said captain Sergio Ramos. “The margin for error is minimal.”Toni Kroos (knee) and Luka Modric (thigh) could return for Real after spells on the sidelines. Javier Pastore was named in PSG’s squad despite a calf concern, meaning Neymar is their only notable absentee.There will be a minute’s silence before kick-off of at this and all the midweek European games in honour of Fiorentina and Italy defender Davide Astori, who died suddenly at the weekend aged 31.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

3 01 20

first_imgParis Saint-Germain came from behind to beat bitter rivals Marseille 3-2 on Sunday.Trailing 2-1 at half-time, the French champions struck twice inside three minutes after the break to turn the game around.The victory moved PSG to the top of Ligue 1, a point above Lyon, with seven games left to play.Check out all the goals from the five-goal thriller with Marseille above.last_img

30 12 19

first_imgFormer Real Madrid coach Paul Clement has told talkSPORT his former boss Carlo Ancelotti will soon be ‘itching’ to get back into management, and hopes the Italian will return to the Premier League.Clement worked as assistant coach at Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid during Ancelotti’s spells in charge, and – following their departure from the Bernabeu last season – was appointment manager of Derby County in the summer.Ancelotti, meanwhile, is yet to return to the hotseat after enjoying a sabbatical in Canada, but it has not stopped reports linking the 56-year-old to a number of top clubs throughout Europe.His name was mentioned as a possible replacement for under-fire Jose Mourinho at former club Chelsea, while it emerged he was targetted by Liverpool before the Reds eventually appointed German coach Jurgen Klopp.And Clement believes it will only be a matter of time before Ancelotti decides to return to the dugout.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breafast, the Derby boss said: “We’re in regular contact and I think he’s enjoying some time out at the moment.“But knowing him and his enthusiasm for the game it won’t be long before he’s itching to get back involved again.“With his quality and experience he can afford to wait for the right club, a big club, one where he’s going to have the chance to be successful and win titles.“I’m really hoping it’s going to be back in England, he does love English football, though I’m not saying it will be.“There are a lot of other big clubs in other good leagues in Europe, but I’m personally hoping he does come back here. To have someone of his quality in our country is a big plus.”last_img read more

29 12 19

first_imgBUSINESS: Clarins Cosmetics – 0ne of the most famous and popular suppliers of beauty products in the world – are giving FREE make-up tutorials at McFadden’s Pharmacy, Letterkenny Shopping Centre.There will be amazing Clarins Cosmetics offers on ALL weekend at McFadden’s Pharmacy – and it all kicks-off today. There will be 25% of ALL Clarins Cosmetics this weekend at McFadden’s Pharmacy.Also, anyone who likes the McFadden’s Pharmacy Facebook page – has a chance of winning a fabulous FREE Clarins Cosmetics hamper.Throughout the weekend the experts at Clarins Cosmetics will be offering FREE mini make-ups.They’re also introducing THREE new Clarins products which are outlined below. Super Restorative Remodelling SerumSuper Restorative Neck Concentrate.Super Restorative Hand CreamIt’s all happening at McFadden’s Pharmacy and the amazing deals, offers and tutorials will last from today until Sunday.So make sure and get along to McFadden’s Pharmacy, Letterkenny Shopping Centre this weekend.25% OFF ALL CLARINS COSMETICS AT MCFADDEN’S PHARMACY THIS WEEKEND was last modified: January 29th, 2016 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:BusinessClarins CosmeticsMcFADDENS PHARMACYnewslast_img read more