AFC admits economy is unstable

first_imgTelecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes urges Guyanese citizens to “keep the faith” as the Government battles to stabilise Guyana’s economy.Speaking to the media at an Alliance For Change (AFC) press conference on Friday, Hughes said Guyanese are still experiencing an economy which has not yet been kicked into full gear.According the Minister, Guyanese need to be patient as the Government is currently getting its footing.“Guyanese are experiencing the effects of an economy which has not yet kicked into full gear.The party is cognisant that the country is poised at a point that in the next several months, with the unfolding of some major infrastructural projects and the intensification of the preparations for the oil and gas sector, that there will be an expected pickup in economic activities, which will benefit all Guyanese,” the Minister disclosed.Hughes appealed to the nation to exercise patience and to take this opportunity to prepare and participate in an economy which is showing, according to her “clear and definite signs of improvement.”Hughes admonished Guyanese to work with Government toward national development and food security.“We wish to encourage all Guyanese to contribute in every possible way towards national development and food security and to make a special effort to grow more, even if it’s at the level of a small kitchen garden, and to seek opportunities to target niche markets and to create new products and new service that will enhance the Guyanese experience,” she encouraged.Over the past months, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has been arguing that the business community in Guyana continues to face many challenges in light of the declining state of the economy with no long-term or short-term plan(s) being introduced by Government.last_img read more

Uncertain playing future faces Fort St. John product Scott Ford

first_imgFor the past six seasons Ford has spent the large majority of his career with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League. Despite that and being the team’s captain, he admits that where he’ll be playing for the 2014-2015 season is still up in the air.“I’m looking to get a contract right now. I don’t know if it’s going to be back in Milwaukee this year. With Nashville being our NHL affiliate and stuff like that it doesn’t look like it’s going to work out,” he said. “It’s one of those things where I’m in a pool of free agents looking for a contract. It’s a waiting game right now. Obviously there’s a bit of anxiety right now but also excitement as well maybe with a new chapter and transitioning to another organization and maybe get an opportunity there.”Ford is continuing to work hard as he waits for his next opportunity on the ice. He isn’t ready to hang up his skates yet and credits local trainer Phil Hiscock for keeping for keeping him in tip-top shape on the ice.- Advertisement -“If not it may be time to search elsewhere and do other things. I’ve been pretty privileged to have a career that’s lasted ten years. It’s been fantastic. I have a ton of friends, a ton of memories. I’m just mentally or physically ready to be done with it yet. I’m still working hard with a lot of the guys that come back to the community here,” he explained. “Phil Hiscock has been unbelievable for my career the last three years. I’ve been training with him and the stuff that he does with the youth in the city is just fantastic.”Taking part in the North Peace Alumni Hockey School is something that Ford values for a number of reasons such as reuniting with other Fort St. John hockey players while being able to give back to the grass roots level of the sport.last_img read more

Morrison qualifies for World Single Distance Championships

first_imgLast year in Kolomna, Russia, Canada won four medals. Ivanie Blondin became World Champion in mass start, Ted-Jan Bloemen won silver in the 10,000m, Alex Boisvert-Lacroix got a bronze medal in the 500m, and Bloemen, Belchos and Donnelly climbed on the third step of the podium in team pursuit. Since the first event in 1996, Canada has won 76 medals. CALGARY, A.B. – Denny Morrison will join 15 other fellow Canadian athletes headed to the 2017 ISU Long Track World Single Distance Championships, one year prior to the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics.The speed skating meet will take place February 9th – 12th on the official ice of the 2018 Olympic Games in Gangneung, South Korea, as a test event.The four-time Olympic medalist and native of Fort St. John was named to the Canadian team as a discretionary choice for the team pursuit event.- Advertisement -Morrison joins six men and four women that had already earned one or more available spots at the World Championships after being the top Canadians in various events. Jordan Belchos of Markham, Ontario, Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa, Calgary native Ted-Jan Bloemen,  Alex Boisvert-Lacroix of Sherbrooke, QC, Vincent De Haître of Cumberland, Ontario, Laurent Dubreuil of Lévis, QC, Marsha Hudey of White City, SK, Heather McLean of Winnipeg, MB, Alexandre St-Jean of Québec, QC, and Brianne Tutt of Airdrie, AB have all been Canada’s top contenders this season.Morrison’s qualification is a huge step for the speed skater, who is still on the mend following a motorcycle crash in May 2015, and a stroke in April 2016.At the World Single Distance Championships, champions are crowned in the 500m, 1000m, 1500m, 5000m, mass start and team pursuit races, as well as women’s 5000m and men’s 10,000m.Advertisementlast_img read more

Liverpool teenager scores amazing goal – should have kept him?

first_img Jordon Ibe (right) celebrates his goal for Derby against Watford 1 A lack of goals has hampered Liverpool this season as the players struggle to carve open defences the way they did last season.Shortly before the Reds’ loss to Crystal Palace, Jordon Ibe helped Derby beat Watford 2-1 to go clear at the top of the Championship table.Ibe joined the Rams from Liverpool in the summer in a season-long loan, with manager Steve McClaren saying at the time: “He is a direct player with plenty of ability and he will certainly strengthen the attacking options.”The 18-year-old’s goal was great, but it was outdone by Craig Bryson’s winner.last_img

Providing life’s tools may be best way to care for daughters

first_imgIt turns out that I’m not the only male who is maybe a little overprotective of his female offspring. Wrote new father Jeff Cordromp: “I enjoyed your article and can very much connect with what you’re saying. I am the father of a beautiful 1-year-old girl and I already think about the males that will one day cross her path. I’m always telling my wife that I’ll have to strategically clean a gun when I know a boy is to come to the house. “My brother-in-law (a policeman for Gardena) has a 2-year-old girl and unfortunately sees and deals with some of the worst male species around. So he and I joke around about our girls dating. But we know deep down that we can’t control them, only provide them with life’s tools to watch and care for themselves. I pray every day, but I know my prayers will likely increase in length and frequency as my daughter grows. “My wife loved the article, telling me I guess most fathers feel the same way. She also hopes that our girl meets a man like me. Truthfully, I hope she finds a better male, perhaps one she can walk around the block on a leash. That sounds like a guy I’d like.” That’s funny, Etienne. I’d let you do it all over again too, only with my children. On my 9-11 column, Arlene Zimmer of San Pedro wrote: “Thank you for so much common sense (one of the rarest commodities on the planet today) and the sorely needed words that expressed so much what the majority of us are feeling on a daily basis. The frustration that we deal with seems to engender four-letter words and unbearable hopelessness. Then comes your beautifully descriptive column and we feel that there is hope and a road to reason that we can travel.” On the subject of a certain U.S. senator, Marie “from the Sons of Italy Lodge” wrote: “Reading your column in bed last night, I got the silliest giggles going on two of your remarks. The first was, `What kind of police officer voluntarily trolls public toilets to entrap transient sex seekers?’ A very expensive restaurant’s bathroom would, of course, have been so much more classy! Actually, I don’t know what part of this action is illegal? Do you? And, two, I think Bill Clinton was a `bad boy’ for doing what he did during working hours.” Rollie from Torrance wrote: “There are all kinds of flamers in this world and you happen to be two of them, with the worst being how you are a liberal always out to get conservatives. What your man Bill did in office was far worse than what the senator did at the airport! Clinton brought disgrace on the office and on America and you would be better cleaning up your own party’s mess before attacking a decent American.” Maybe you misread. I was sympathizing with the senator for living for so long with such a terrible battle going on inside. That, to me, is much more of a tragedy than losing conservative support. Concerning my Friday piece on research that seems to indicate that our political leanings are hard-wired into us at birth, G. Black of Rolling Hills wrote, “Friday, Sept. 14. That was the most boring article you have ever written. Please do not do another.” And this from Al Sussmen, “I can’t figure out why you think conservatives are funny. I think that they are pathetic and dangerous to themselves and others. Look at Iraq and conservative Bush pretending that this war just happened like a hurricane and he is only trying to fix it. I have lost two friends in this war from my hometown in Michigan and am fed up with conservative murder.” Here’s my favorite unsigned e-mail of the week: “I’m glad when you aren’t there. I like reading those little old people they find. Where do they find them?” Beats me. I want to hear your comments, no matter how outrageous. Connect with me at or send a letter to John Bogert/Daily Breeze, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA. 90503-4077.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ed Hensley of Harbor City added: “I enjoyed your ramblings on your two daughters, John. We might as well ramble, cuz as men we just ain’t meant to understand them, from cute kids to grown-up beauties. However, we can still love them.” Arthur of Harbor City e-mailed: “I like some of your articles. But this one about women really p—– me off. You’re whipped. No two ways about it. Show women that you’re boss! That goes for your daughters. Show a firm hand. They’ll go along.” Art, thanks for the great advice! With any luck we’ll have adjoining cells. Etienne F. Molle of Wilmington wrote in part: “I made a point of meeting anyone that my daughters hung around with. Upon shaking their hands, I put the gorilla grip onto those young and impressionable boys. ? The wife would say, `He is not so bad.’ And I’d follow with, `I just want to know which boy likes my daughter and if she gets hurt then I know which boy to find and rip his lungs out.’ Having a few mounted ducks and quail on the wall also helped put the fear of the unknown into their minds. Growing up is fun, raising children is fantastic. I would do it all over again!” last_img


first_imgThe official weigh-in of eleven of Europe’s Stongest Men will take place at Kelly’s Moutain Top, Letterkenny at 4.00pm today.All associate partners, sponsors and members of the public are invited to attend this important part of the weekend’s activities that will ‘weigh-up’ each strongman’s chances of lifting the title of Europe’s Strongest Man Under 90KG. The much anticipated Europe’s Strongest Man Under 90KG Finals have arrived and eleven of Europe’s strongest men have this morning descended upon Letterkenny.Mayor Dessie Larkin, warmly welcomed the Strongmen at the Town Council this morning saying, “This is a great event which adds to the calendar of events in Letterkenny. The Town Council has supported this event as we strive to put us on the national and international stage. I wish the athletes well in the European competition. We hope the event returns next week.”Co-organiser, Nigel Drein, Motiv8 Fitness says “without the support of businesses in town this event wouldn’t happen. Local businesses have been key in bringing this event to fruition.”Co-organiser, Dave Warner, Renegade Strongman, “I’m thrilled to be able to take this event to Letterkenny. We are going to have an unbelievable weekend, the athletes have trained really hard for this and the competition is fierce. We hope the people of Donegal come out and support them.” The first of the weekend’s competitions will get underway at the Clanree Hotel this evening with the introduction of Europe’s Strongest Man Under 90kg taking place at 7.00pm.The first event , The Dead-Lift, sponsored by Hyundai will take place at 7.30pm. The second event – Conan’s Circle sponsored by CBM Signs will take place at 8.00pm.Day two of events will kickoff at the Bernard McGlinchey Park tomorrow, Saturday 15th from 12pm – 5pm. Don’t miss out on an action packed, FREE family fun day for all to enjoy.Logon to for more EUROPE’S STRONGEST MEN HAVE ARRIVED IN DONEGAL was last modified: September 14th, 2012 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

Millwall’s Cowan-Hall set to return to training

first_imgParis Cowan-Hall is expected to return to training in the next week.The Millwall forward, from Hillingdon, has been struggling with a groin injury and has not featured for the Lions for almost a month.“Paris is recovering well from the injury to his groin and is on course to rejoin the training group within a week,” Millwall physiotherapist Bobby Bacic confirmed to the club’s website.Cowan-Hall, 25, has yet to start a match for Millwall since joining them from Wycombe in January.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

All systems go for South Africa’s 2014 elections

first_img6 May 2014South Africa’s 22 263 voting stations will open on schedule at 7am on Wednesday, ready to handle a potential 25.39-million voters who have registered to vote, says IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula.“You can now report to the people of South Africa and registered voters that we are ready to deliver yet another free and fair election, and we will do so efficiently,” Tlakula told reporters at the IEC’s Results Operations Centre in Pretoria on Monday.“It is now up to the voters to make their choice, and we are appeal to all voters to respect the rights of others to choose a political party of their choice … Our future as a country is in your hands, this is your country, this is your moment, vote and vote wisely.”Tlakula also appealed to the country’s political parties “to respect our process and to work with our officials and security to ensure peaceful and smooth elections”.She said a total of 20 736 voting stations were situated at permanent venues – including schools, place of worship, tribal authority sites, clinics and hospitals – while 1 495 voting stations were located at temporary venues.There are also 32 mobile voting stations, which are in far-flung voting districts, where a vehicle moves between pre-determined stopping points to meet voters.According to Tlakula, all voting materials have been distributed to the IEC’s local warehouses, including 62 892 200 ballot papers – 31 411 100 national and 31 491 100 provincial ballot papersShe said 211 032 temporary positions have been filled and training completed for voting station staff.“Additionally, some 4 563 area managers have been appointed to oversee voting activities within district areas. Along with permanent IEC staff, this brings to approximately 218 000 the staff working on the elections.”Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Mac App Store Tops 1 Million Downloads in Day One: Here’s What’s Hot

first_imgIn the Mac App Store’s free chart, the newly launched official Twitter application now stands at number one. The app, which notably ditches some of Apple’s recommended design considerations (its close, minimize and zoom buttons, for example, are black not red, yellow and green), has led to a love it or hate it experience among Apple fans. (John Gruber has a good essay on the pros and cons).Clearly, the majority of the end users love it – well, they love it enough to install it and give it a shot, that is. Again, watching the charts over the coming weeks will tell us more about the app’s long-term position.The top 12 free apps, as of this morning, are:TwitterSolitaire Greatest HitsEvernoteSketchBook ExpressCaffeineswackettMindNode for MacSoundCloudTextWranglerStuffit Expander AlfredVirusBarrier Express?We would imagine that many of the downloads from the Mac App Store come from new Mac users who have moved from the Windows world to OS X and are unfamiliar with the offerings available to them in the Mac universe of applications. For those folks, having a curated collections of organized apps will help them get up to speed and be productive on the new platform.Does this Prove the App Store Model for Desktops?Whether or not this same App Store model will work back in the Windows world, is still unknown. Intel launched its AppUp Center, an app store mostly designed with netbook users in mind, but a startup called AllMyApps, wants to more broadly address the app needs of the Windows market.Silicon Valley tech pundit Roberrt Scoble recently admitted that he was not excited about the initiative and “was a jerk” to the founder at the LeWeb conference in December, but AllMyApps CEO Thibauld Favre, stood up for himself and his vision, even thanking Scoble for being challenged. Favre countered Scoble’s claim that Windows users don’t “load new apps” by saying the reason for that is “not because they are Windows users but because without a real application store, they just cannot do it.”An app store, he said, “provides…a great integrated user experience, which makes discovering and managing apps fun,” and for developers, “makes distribution more effective.” That may be true, but Apple users are an entirely different beast than Windows users. Will they want or need a collection of browsable apps? Or will they think, hmm, I need some apps – I’ll just search the Web…?Disclosure: Intel AppUp is a ReadWriteWeb sponsor, on ReadWriteHack. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… sarah perez In case there was any doubt whether or not the iTunes model for application sales could work on the desktop, today’s news from Apple should dispel those concerns. The company has announced this morning that the number of downloads from its newly launched Mac App Store surpassed 1 million within the first 24 hours.The store, which launched yesterday morning to bring a centralized repository of OS X compatible applications to Mac users, now includes over 1,000 free and paid software programs. And as with iTunes, the apps are organized by category, are ranked by top paid, free and top grossing, and are rated and reviewed by customers.According to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the company is “amazed at the incredible response” the store is getting. Given that there are 50 million Mac users in use worldwide, it’s not really all that surprising to us, however. But it’s a great start, nonetheless.Top Paid AppsAs of this morning, the top paid charts featured a collection of Apple software programs like iPhoto, iMovie and Pages as well as games, including the ever-ubiquitious Angry Birds, which soared in to the number one spot. It’s unclear if Angry Birds’ rise was at all affected by the recent reports of Mac App Store piracy.To catch you up: apparently, Rovio, the creators of Angry Birds, in addition to many other Mac App Store developers, neglected to follow Apple’s guidelines on validating App Store receipts for purchases. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img What this means is that, for some applications, you could copy the receipt from any other Mac App Store download (even free apps) into a copy of the paid app you want to use and it will run.The procedure for doing so is a bit more hacker-y than some news reports have implied, though. You have to delve into the Package Contents of the app’s dmg file, navigate to a particular folder and delete specific files. You then copy and paste those same files from the free app’s folder to the paid one. In other words, you would need to know these specific instructions before doing this – it’s not a matter of simply copying-and-pasting a receipt number, like you would have on some brick-and-mortar retail store’s receipt, into a field or pop-up notification within the paid app.For average to fairly technical users, the hack is a piece of cake. But for the millions who chose Mac because “it just works” and who were stymied by the complexities of Windows systems, even a simple hack like this is likely over their heads.That being said, it will be interesting to watch the ratings to see if anything changes with regards to Angry Birds’ standings after Rovio closes – as they surely will – this security hole.The full top 12, as of this morning, is as follows:Angry Birds Chopper 2 iPhoto (Apple)iRingtones AperturePinball HDFlight Control HD iMovie (Apple)iHomeworkThe IncidentPixelmatorPagesFree Apps Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Apple#news#NYT#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

3 Tips You Must Know Before Shooting a Multicam Production

first_imgMulticam productions have become more popular than ever, thanks to the extremely low cost of camera gear and easy intergration into video editing apps. Even still, many producers attempting multicam for the first time aren’t able to get it right.While the thought of setting up a multicam shoot can be daunting to producers/directors who have never done it before, knowing how to do it right has some massive benefits. Not only do multicam setups help keep time on-set to a minimum (and therefore also keep the budget down too), but they can also provide creative freedoms that aren’t otherwise offered by single camera environments. For instance, if you are directing a comedy and want to allow your actors to improvise, a multicam setup would be ideal so that you can catch all of the spontaneity, while also having enough coverage to cut together the scene cohesively in post.Whether you’re interested in shooting multicam as a means to keep your budget down, to give you actors more freedom, or you simply have no other choice – this article will go over a few considerations for getting started with multicam shooting.Camera PlacementThe very first thing you need to address with your multicam set up is the placement of your cameras themselves. I have seen some huge mistakes made with regards to camera placement in low-budget multicam situations, and the end result always ends up looking sub par.If you want to achieve professional level results with your shoot, you need to make sure that you are optimizing your coverage. In other words, if you are shooting a scene with two actors and you have 3 cameras on them – you probably want a close up on each actor, and then a wide/medium master shot. This may sound obvious, but you probably wouldn’t believe some of the poorly executed camera placements that I’ve seen over the years. For instance, in a situation like the example above, I have seen setups where the director wanted all three cameras roaming (as opposed to locked off on each of the different actors) and ultimately it defeated the purpose of shooting with a 3 camera setup. As you might imagine, when it got time to edit the scene it was extremely difficult for the filmmakers to cut together all three angles as they often were too similar looking to intercut. This doesn’t mean you can’t get creative with your multicam setups, but rather that you make sure you are never doubling up on coverage, regardless of the creative choices that are made.LightingThe manner in which you and/or your DP approach your lighting setup also needs to change drastically from what you may be used to in single camera situations. When shooting with one camera, your setup naturally only matters for the particular angle and take that you are executing, and when you go in for coverage you can make small adjustments to your lights (such as walking in a key or fill) as needed. With multi-camera lighting though, everything changes.The easiest way to get the look that you’re after while maintaining visual consistency is by setting up your lights much in the same way that a stage play or a sitcom is set up. To clarify – I’m not suggesting that you make creative choices that will make your final product look like a play or sitcom, but rather that you make rigging and logistical choices in that same way. For example, lighting from above (by rigging lights to a ceiling or grid) would be hugely preferable over lighting using traditional stands. The reason of course being that when rigged to the ceiling, the lights are completely out of the way and you can shoot in nearly any direction that you want. Lighting your set this way will inevitably take more time up front – so be prepared for some extra time pre-lighting, but in the end it will completely balance out as you will save loads of time once you start rolling.Matching The CamerasAmongst the most common and problematic issue that arises on multicam setups (particularly on low budget indie films) are mismatched cameras. In many instances, small productions don’t want to rent two or three identical cameras, so they mix and match various cameras that they have access to in order to supplement their multicamera setup. While this can be done and in some circumstances you can get away with it, I would highly advise against mixing cameras whenever possible. In an ideal world, you want every camera to be the exact make and model, or at the very least the same brand. For example a Canon 5D MK II and a Canon 7D will match a lot better than a 7D and a Lumix GH4 since Canon and Lumix use completely different firmware and color science.Even if you are shooting on identical cameras, you still need to be extremely diligent when it comes to your settings (camera profiles, shutter angle, white balance, etc.) as any slight difference in your camera settings can cause some big headaches in post. And unless you are a professional colorist, or have it in your budget to hire one, you’ll want to avoid making any mistakes in post that can cost you some serious time and money down the road.Multicam in Popular Video Editing AppsPremiumBeat friend Chris Fenwick goes over the basics of multicam in Final Cut Pro X in this video tutorial:Infinite Skills provides a similar explanation for multicam in Adobe Premiere Pro:Sony Vegas user? Michael Hurwicz demonstrates a multicam workflow for Sony Vegas over at Creative Cow:Finally, our own Ashley Kennedy gives a 2 step tutorial on multicam in Avid Media Composer on the PremiumBeat blog: Part 1 and Part 2Final ThoughtsShooting multicam isn’t right for every project, but when time is of the essence and budgets are low, it can be a fantastic way to save money and allow you to move quickly without sacrificing quality. In order to do it right, you need to place your cameras strategically, have a rock solid lighting setup, and make sure that you are using cameras that match as closely as possible. Also, be prepared to spend some extra time up front on rigging/pre-lighting days, and know that investing your time in prep will help you immensely once principal photography commences.last_img read more