‘Be Responsible Borrowers’

first_imgCentral Bank Governor Joseph Mills Jones has challenged members of the Village Savings and Loan Association (VISLA) and other borrowers to pay their debts to their creditors. According to Governor Jones, it is a responsibility of all borrowers to pay their debt in order to gain the respect of their creditors. “We must pay when we borrow so that we can prove to those who don’t trust us that we can pay our debt,” he said. The Central Bank Governor spoke in Kakata, Margibi County on June 21, 2014 where he delivered the keynote for the VSLA First National General Assembly which commenced on June 19.  A new leadership for the VISLA was elected at the Association’s Apex Assembly including the national leadership and county chapter leaders. The Chairlady of VSLA Mrs. Josephine Nagbe and her executives as well as county chapter heads were inducted on Saturday. Governor Jones thanked the VSLA women who converged in Kakata from all 15 counties of Liberia for uniting to help raise their country out of poverty.“I am convinced that something is happening somewhere in this country because Liberians are now getting to believe in themselves. It means that we can set our task to do something and it can be done,” he said. The Governor emphasized that the VISLA are the women of Liberia in the towns and villages, adding “you are saying that with small support you can help yourselves and that you want to be active participants in the Liberian economy.” The CBL has disbursed millions of Liberian dollars in credit to registered Village Savings and Loan Associations from all 15 counties. The Bank has repeatedly reported that the loan scheme with the VSLA is yielding positive results. “Those that borrowed under the VSLA program are paying back the money with good interest,” said the CBL in a recent statement. According to the Central Bank boss, the General Assembly of the VSLA in Kakata showed that Liberians are working together. “Let us work together to make the difference rather than work to pull each other down. We will remain poor if we continue to pull each other down, and so we must do better as Liberians because our country is not at satisfactory leveled yet,” Dr. Jones noted. He reiterated the Central Bank’s commitment to continuing its loan scheme with Liberian, insisting that the program is the best way to raise the Liberian people out of poverty. “The VISLA program is not the end of the road. It is just the beginning to get big. Liberians are not destined for poverty. I know that we always have people who don’t believe in what we do. But the cure for poverty is vision and so we must work together. We must care for and put Liberia first. Moreover, we must pay when we borrow,” he stressed. The Chairlady of the VSLA, Mrs. Josephine Nagbe in her inaugural address thanked Governor Jones and the CBL for the loan scheme for the women-dominated VSLA. Mrs. Nagbe assured delegates and members of the VSLA that the CBL will not abandon the Association. “I can assure that the Governor and his team at the CBL attaches importance to this VSLA program. All we need to do is, be responsible and pay back our debt,” she said. Madam Irene George of the Consortium of VSLA Professionals in Liberia, for her part, said her dream and aspiration for the Association has come true. Madam George recalled how the VSLA was founded in 2007 to enhance financial access to women in business across the country. “Bravo Governor Jones I can assure you that we are here to support your effort,” she said. Earlier, the Board Chair of the Liberia National Credit Union Mr. J. Saye Biye said he is happy that majority of Liberians have seen the need to play a major role in their economy. According to Mr. Biye, it is a pity that Liberia still lingers in economic slavery despite the fact that the country is the oldest country that attained political independence in Africa.He challenged VSLA leadership and its members to support the vision of the CBL Governor and be responsible borrowers.Governor Jones and delegation were met on arrival in Kakata by hundreds of people including marketers, Yana boys, unionists, traditional leaders and county officials.The ceremony took place at the Margibi County Town Hall. Our reporter said the Town Hall was jam packed to capacity with a few hundred more people waiting outside just to take a glance and greet Governor Jones and delegate who arrived in the county at about noon.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

23 persons benefit from successful life-saving surgery at GPHC

first_imgThe International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF) has performed another 23 surgeries on infants and adults during its latest visit to Guyana.The ICHF, locally referred to as the Baby Heart Foundation (BHF), has to date performed 100 procedures during 11 trips over the past three years.During the month of July, a team of cardiac specialists, both from the ICHF and the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), performed life-saving heart surgeries on both babies and adults over a period of two weeks.This is ICHF’s first trip to Guyana for 2018 and speaking with the Department of Public Information (DPI), ICHF Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Rodrigo Soto detailed the work done in Guyana during this first trip.Dr Soto, who is also a paediatric cardiac surgeon, said, “We were able to performDr Rodrigo Soto12 surgeries; of those 12 surgeries, eight or you can say over 50 per cent were complex cases that we were able to deal with. Also, we did another 11 procedures with the cath lab [Catheterisation Laboratory], so in total it was 23 patients in these two weeks having been served by GPHC and Baby Heart.”The mission of ICHF is to bring the skills, technology, and knowledge to cure and care for children with congenital heart disease to developing nations. That aspect is in the pipeline as ICHF and the GPHC continue to engage the Public Health Ministry on expanding the service and equipping Guyanese to perform the service independently.According to Dr Soto, approximately 1 in every 100 children will be born with a heart defect that is life-threatening and would require immediate surgical interventions.When asked about the complex cases seen by doctors, he added, “We have a large number of patients with what we call single ventricle, normally the heart has two ventricles, the right and the left, working together and some patients are born with only one of them and we would have to do some palliative procedures in order for this patient to be able to survive, become adults and actually be useful to society.”In most cases, children with single-ventricle heart defects require intensive medical intervention soon after birth. Symptoms vary depending on the severity and type of defect. They include blue or purple tint to the lips, skin and nails (cyanosis); difficulty breathing; difficulty feeding and lethargy (sleepy or unresponsive).Dr Soto indicated that on this trip there were six such cases; however, there was now a difference after surgery. They remain under medical supervision until clearance is given by doctors for them to be discharged.The ICHF is expected to return to Guyana October 6-20, 2018. Parents with babies with congenital heart diseases and suspected heart complications are encouraged to visit the GPHC’s Echocardiogram laboratory for screening and to be placed on a waiting list for ICHF’s next visit.last_img read more

Fair Play rule sends Senegal out of World Cup

first_imgThe South Americans, looking to reach the latter stages after reaching the quarter-finals in Brazil, risked going out of the tournament at the first hurdle.But after seeing the video assistant referee come to their rescue in a disappointing first half, Colombia were handed a last-16 lifeline 13 minutes from the end when Mina rose to meet a corner from the right and direct a header into the roof of Khadim Ndiaye’s net.Poland’s 1-0 consolation win over Japan meant the Asians finished level with Senegal, who were agonisingly eliminated because they were issued six yellow cards in the competition, two more than Japan.In Samara, Colombia coach Jose Pekerman kept faith with the attacking front line that thumped Poland 3-0, with midfielders Juan Quintero, James Rodriguez and Juan Cuadrado providing the support for striker Radamel Falcao up front.But by the end of an entertaining first half, Pekerman was forced to tinker when Rodriguez was forced off with an injury problem and replaced by Luis Muriel.Before then, Senegal had shown attacking potency but, all too often, failed to threaten David Ospina’s goal.Colombia’s best first-half chance came from a free-kick that saw Ndiaye dive to parry Juan Quintero’s powerful effort after Falcao had been sandwiched in mid-air.Yerry Mina scored for a second consecutive game© AFP Manan VATSYAYANAYet Colombia lacked pace and punch, and the trickery of Juan Cuadrado, so effective against Poland, failed to impress Senegal as they caught the Juventus man out more than once.When Cuadrado lost possession cheaply at the halfway line, Keita Balde sent Sadio Mane on his way towards goal before the Liverpool man fell under a challenge from defender Davinson Sanchez.Serbian referee Milorad Mazic pointed to the spot but amid Colombian protests he was called to consult the VAR, which showed Sanchez’s boot had made contact with the ball first.From another free kick Falcao was flagged offside when he headed Quintero’s floated delivery high and wide.Senegal responded, but Keita shot straight at Ospina after the ‘keeper had spilled a powerful drive by Mane.There was excitement among the Colombian fans when they learned Poland had scored against Japan, but Los Cafeteros struggled to do their bit.Hopes were raised when Quintero’s powerful free kick from the right was blocked in the area and fell to Muriel, whose shot was deflected out. From the corner, Falcao’s header was bundled wide.Penalty claims were waved away when Muriel fell dramatically under a challenge by Ndiaye as the ‘keeper rushed out to close him down.But the Samara stadium erupted as Colombia finally broke the deadlock.Cuadrado’s attempt to dribble into the area earned a corner, and Barcelona defender Mina rose highest to flash a header downwards that bounced up into the top of Ndiaye’s net on 77 minutes.Senegal rallied in the closing minutes and it took a series of great saves by Arsenal shot-stopped Ospina to keep Colombia in the tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly (right) rises highest to beat Radamel Falcao to a header during a tight first half in Russia. Photo/COURTSYSAMARA, Russia, June 28 – A powerful header from Barcelona’s Yerry Mina fired Colombia into the last 16 of the World Cup with a 1-0 win over Group H rivals Senegal, who crashed out due to a poorer disciplinary record than Japan.Colombia and Japan will play either England or Belgium, who were playing later Thursday.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgWHITTIER – Police blocked parts of Greenleaf Avenue and Walnut Street for about 30 minutes Thursday after discovering a suspicious package that bomb squad members later determined to be harmless. The incident began about 9 a.m., when police received a call about a suspicious package left at an upholstery shop in the 7700 of Greenleaf, police spokesman Jason Zuhlke said. Police blocked off streets, but about 30 minutes later, they learned that the package had been incorrectly sent to the business and was harmless, said Zuhlke. Streets were then reopened. VFW to host fundraiser dinner AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2LA MIRADA – VFW Post 9148, 13932 Valley View Ave., is holding a shrimp dinner to raise funds for area veterans, beginning at 6 p.m. tonight. A donation of $7 per plate is suggested. For more information, all (562) 941-2782. Man faces charges in 1983 slaying WHITTIER – A defendant in a more than 20-year-old murder case was ordered Thursday to return to court June 30 to receive a date for his preliminary hearing. John Alcantara, 50, is charged with murder in the death of his former boss, Robert Bennett. On Feb. 16, 1983, Bennett disappeared from a Whittier Narrows sanitation plant in Whittier after an argument with Alcantara, detectives have said. Alcantara is being held in Men’s Central Jail on $1 million bail. Neighbors to paint north end murals NORTH WHITTIER – North Whittier Neighborhood Watch members will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday to paint vine murals on walls in the area. Organizers say the vine murals not only beautify the neighborhood but reduce and cover over graffiti. Everyone is welcome to help in the effort. The group will meet in the parking lot of the Ralph’s shopping center at Workman Mill Road and Don Julian Road. For more information, call Ruben Hernandez at (213) 388-8352. Amigo Park summer festival slated WEST WHITTIER – The public is invited to Amigo County Park’s Welcome Summer Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 10 at 5700 S. Juarez Ave. Register your kids for summer camp or shop at a community yard sale. There also will be face painting and crafts. For more information, call (562) 908-4702. Car wash raises funds for funeral WHITTIER – Friends of Joe Pacillas Jr., who died in a motorcycle accident on May 27, will hold a car wash to help his family pay for funeral expenses, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Food-4-Less, 11133 Washington Blvd. The event will feature music, tacos for sale and raffles of merchandise donated by Kragen Auto Parts. For more information, call (562) 307-4616. Adoption agency seeks families SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Children’s Bureau, a private foster and adoption agency, is seeking individuals and families willing to bring a child into their homes. An information meeting will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon June 24 at the agency’s Santa Fe Springs office, 12070 Telegraph Road, Suite 203. For more information, call (562) 946-2881. Cooking class set at Activity Center LA MIRADA – An easy cooking class takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. every Tuesday at the La Mirada Activity Center. An instructor from Cerritos College brings recipes for desserts, main dishes and holiday fare, For more information, call (562) 902-3160, or visit www.cityoflamirada.org. – From staff reports160Want 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

Akkad, producer of ‘Halloween’ films, 75

first_imgSyrian-born film producer Moustapha Akkad, whose three decades of work in Hollywood ranged from the “Halloween” slasher films to more serious movies with Muslim themes, died Friday from wounds suffered in the bombing of a Jordan hotel. He was 75. The Los Angeles resident died in a Jordanian hospital. Bombs exploded almost simultaneously Wednesday at three Amman hotels, including the Radisson SAS, where Akkad had been greeting his daughter, Rima Akkad Monla, in the lobby. The attacks killed 57 people, including Monla, 34, who was buried in Lebanon. She and her father had been in Amman for a wedding. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Akkad produced all eight “Halloween” movies. He also directed and produced two religious-themed films, “The Message” and “Lion of the Desert,” both starring Anthony Quinn. Akkad worked closely with Hollywood executive Bob Weinstein on a number of movies. “Everyone at The Weinstein Co. is deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague, Moustapha Akkad,” Weinstein said. “Our thoughts are with his family during this very difficult time.” Akkad, the eldest of eight siblings, was born in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo in 1930. He came to California in 1950 to study filmmaking, according to his sister, Leila Akkad. He earned a degree in theater arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, then went to work as a production assistant for renowned director Sam Peckinpah on the Western “Ride the High Country” in 1962. Akkad’s most serious efforts could be seen in his two dramas about the history of Islam. “The Message,” a 1976 film about the Prophet Muhammad, was widely acclaimed in the Middle East. But a group of American Muslims declared “The Message” to be sacrilege and took hostages at three locations when the film opened in Washington, demanding that it not be shown in the United States. Akkad was baffled by the reaction to the film, which he said cost $17 million to make and was nominated for an Academy Award for best original score. “I made the film to bring the story of Islam, the story of 700 million people, to the West,” Akkad told The Associated Press in 1977. “Lion of the Desert,” a 1981 film, told the story of a Muslim rebel who fought against Italy’s World War II conquest of Libya. Akkad and director John Carpenter began the hugely popular “Halloween” franchise in 1978. The first movie featuring the masked killer Michael Myers inspired a cult following and seven sequels, and launched the careers of Carpenter and actress Jamie Lee Curtis. Akkad was a constant presence in the franchise. The Weinstein Co. described him in a prepared statement as “the man who’s taken charge of Michael Myers and has stood behind him on each film.” Carpenter recalled Akkad as a “very, very nice man” who gave him creative control of the first “Halloween” movie. “‘Halloween’ put me on the map, and I’m very sad to hear of his death,” Carpenter said. Akkad said he turned to horror films because he found it hard to raise money for religious-themed movies, according to a 1998 New York Times report. 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

SA film industry adds R3.5bn to GDP

first_img14 May 2013 The South African film industry contributes R3.5-billion annually to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), while providing employment for more than 25 000 people, according to a new impact study on the industry. Releasing study in Pretoria on Friday, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile said the government would use the study to strengthen the work being done to provide increased and sustained support for the industry. The minister said the government was in the process of converting the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) into a full-fledged National Film Commission and establishing a National Film Fund. He said the impact study would help the government to create a sustainable funding model for the industry, build partnerships with the private sector, facilitate skills development, and expand access to new markets for South African film makers. “It will also strengthen our ability to advocate for more favourable incentives for the sector so as to attract investment,” Mashatile said. South African films and actors continue to receive acclaim across the globe. Florence Masebe recently won the award for best actress in a lead role for the film Elelwani during the 2013 African Movie Academy Awards. The film also won the best production design award, while a number of other South African productions were nominated and received awards at the event. Earlier this year, the film Layla Fourie received a jury special mention award at the Berlinale International Film Festival, while local comedy Fanie Fourie’s Lobola won the audience choice award for best comedy at the 19th Sedona International Film Festival in Arizona, US in March. In the same month, South African film Otelo Burning added to a long list of accolades, picking up a hat-trick of awards – for best film, best dramatic feature and best surf film – at Australia’s Byron Bay International Film Festival The film gained international recognition and a slew of awards following its release in 2012, including official selection at London’s BFI Film Festival, France’s Lille Film Festival, India’s Chennai Film Festival and the Seattle Film Festival, as well as a nomination for the Golden Needle Award at the Seattle Film Festival. It also won best cinematography and best child actor at the 2012 African Movie Academy Awards. Mashatile said these successes showed that the world wanted to hear the South African story – a story of the triumph of the human spirit. “I wish to assure all those involved in the local film sector that your good work has not gone unnoticed. You have the full support of this government.” “We are emboldened by the fact that the study vindicates the view we have always held, that the local film industry, as part of the broader creative industries, is a major driver of economic growth, job creation and the building of sustainable livelihoods.” SAnews.gov.za, with additional reporting by SAinfolast_img read more

As 1099 Deadline Looms, Entrepreneurs Get Tax Filing Service, Bookkeeper Directory

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The site will also be rolling out a social directory to help connect entrepreneurs and startups with Outright’s expanding community of bookkeepers. O’Brien says that there are a few thousand bookkeeping professionals using Outright, and this new directory will help them find businesses who need help around tax season.Outright claims it is tracking over $1.2 billion worth of self employed and startup business, an increase of 21% from just three months ago when it announced tracking $1 billion. Self-employed individuals make up 75% of Outright’s users, and the majority of the remainder employ fewer than 10 people. Tags:#start#startups Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Just in time for tax season, online bookkeeping service Outright.com will begin providing a 1099 tax filing service for entrepreneurs and sole proprietors on top of its current W-9 service. The site is also launching what they say is the first community for the self-employed where startups and entrepreneurs can find bookkeepers.For most of us, tax day is April 15, but for entrepreneurs required to meet the February 1 deadline for providing 1099 forms to contracted employees, the madness starts now.“Startups working with contractors should have collected form W-9 by now,” Outright’s Paul O’Brien told ReadWriteWeb. Using those W-9 forms from users and their contractors, the site does the rest – automatically filling out 1099’s, e-filing them with the IRS and sending copies directly to the contractors. center_img chris cameron Starting tomorrow, the new 1099 service will cost users $5 per filing, though for each contractor that joins Outright after their 1099 is filed, the site will refund their $5 fee. The fee for the 1099 can be deducted as a business expense on the user’s personal tax return. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

The Science of Saving Energy

first_imgI’m fresh off of the road attending the US Department of Energy’s National Weatherization Training Conference in Indianapolis last week. This was my first trip to the Circle City, and I was pleasantly surprised. Clean, great architecture, nice bars, including an authentic 1897 German Rathskeller beer hall (I went there twice in three days).I was also surprised by the information presented at one of the conference sessions. Michael Blasnik of Blasnik & Associates in Boston facilitated a session called “How Not to Save Energy.” I was excited about the session because I had heard lots of colleagues talk about Blasnik’s research.Blasnik first explained his basic approach to energy efficiency data analysis: It’s easy to lie with statistics, but it’s a lot easier without statistics. So he reviews raw data, and lots of it. He analyzes information from as many homes as possible to get a realistic representation of performance without skews for occupant behavior. In the weatherization business, the savings-to-investment ratio (SIR) is a hugely important bit of datum. This is an indicator without units: the savings generated divided by the retrofit investment. If the SIR of an improvement is 1 or greater based on a 10-year payback period, it’s good. If the SIR is less than 1, then in some states weatherization assistance funds can be used for the percentage of the investment equivalent to the SIR ratio. For example, if a particular upgrade has a SIR of 2, then for every dollar invested in the upgrade, $2 is saved. If an upgrade has a SIR of .6, then DOE weatherization funds can pay for 60% of the strategy as long as the remainder of the funds are coming from somewhere else.Blasnik discussed a few trends in residential energy efficiency that make sense. Homes that use a lot of energy have the potential for the most savings. Big energy users equals big energy savers. Low energy users equals low energy savers. This relationship follows around a 15% trendline. To put it another way, average homeowners can save around 15% on energy bills with some simple weatherization techniques, no matter the size of the home and the energy usage. This goes for natural gas and electric baseloads.There are inaccuracies in what really saves energy and why homes that are weatherized aren’t saving as much as anticipated. Many times, occupant behavior gets the blame when it’s really that the wrong measures were taken to upfit the home. The data that Blasnik has seen over the years does not indicate that occupants altering thermostats is a significant reason behind lower-than-expected savings. The blame game also points the finger at people removing CFLs and low-flow showerheads, but Blasnik’s data shows that this only happens 25% of the time. Some folks blame lower savings on poor workmanship, but Blasnik again shows this to be false. Studies indicate that weatherization crews actually do a pretty good job with upgrades such as insulation installation.So what is the real culprit? According to Blasnik, the reasons are twofold: The algorithms that are used to calculate the savings are just bad, and this leads to some of the wrong strategies being employed to save energy. The algorithms, Blasnik argues, are outdated and underrepresent equipment efficiencies. He says that these calculations ignore basic physics, assume a high heating balance point, and underestimate heat regain from basements and attics.Bottom line, the algorithms used to calculate savings only measure the easily measured and implies that more sophisticated analysis is necessary to get to the root of the issue: What does/does not save real energy and real money?last_img read more

Speed Ramp with Premiere Pro Instead of After Effects

first_imgDiscover a quick technique for giving your video footage a speed ramp in Adobe Premiere Pro.For the uninitiated, let’s get the basics out of the way first: speed ramping is the process of progressively speeding up or slowing down the frame rate in your video footage.  This process can also sometimes just be called ‘ramping’. More often than not video editors will usually drop the footage in After Effects and complete the ramping process there. However Tunnelvizion has provided us with a great video tutorial on how to effectively create a speed ramp in Adobe Premiere Pro. Check it out:Now, lets explore some speed ramping examples from feature films. First up is The Matrix, one of the most famous speed ramping scenes in film history:In 2006, the film 300 took speed ramping to a whole new level. Here is the incredible slo-motion battle sequence:In 2011 we watched as Robert Downey Jr. fought Professor Moriarty in his mind. The use of speed ramping in this scene is well suited to the story: Speed ramping is now used in a slew of film projects, but unfortunately it’s often without motivation. If you use this technique in your own video projects be sure that it adds to the narrative of the story and is not used only as a gimmicky effect!last_img read more