Gov’t Announces Committee to Investigate Red Light Incident

first_imgThe Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Information has disclosed that a committee has been set up to investigate last Thursday’s incident at the Red Light and GSA Road junction.Speaking yesterday at the Ministry of Information in Monrovia, Minister Lewis Brown said the Ministry of Justice has constituted an independent investigative committee to comprehensively probe these unfortunate events with an urgent view to bring all violators to justice.The committee includes the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Independent National Human Rights Commission (INHRC), Inter-Religious Council, Paynesville City Cooperation and the Ministry of Justice and is expected to provide the outcome of the investigation within the shortest possible time.Minister Brown said Liberians were alarmed by the death in Zubah Town, Paynesville of Mr. Alfred Tarnue, Jr., a motorcycle rider which led to a rampage in the Paynesville area and its environs, culminating into the burning down of a police depot.He said five other depots were vandalized, records and equipment destroyed, law enforcement officers injured and subjected to various forms of indignities, and detainees forcibly released.He assured citizens and foreign residents that all such breakers of the law will answer to the law, adding that for the Liberian government and people, that remains the surest path to consolidating our democratic achievements and peace.He noted that, “Because we have continued along this path of deepening adherence to the rule of law, the United Nations Mission in Liberia is growing in confidence to draw down its military forces in the country.”Minister Brown said responsible drawdown of the UNMIL is not because the Liberian government has imported more tanks and armaments, but it is positioned to stop the commission of all crimes in the country.According to him, “The continuing drawdown is necessitated by overwhelming evidence of Liberia’s growing commitment to governing under the rule of law by which we remain resolute to punish all crimes justly and fairly, and by so doing, continue to strengthen the firmer foundations of our enduring peace.”He mentioned that the government has heard the concerns expressed that this incident suggests that Liberia is still not safe and that UNMIL should discontinue its drawdown. “To borrow a cliché, a safe country is never the absence of the will of a few to abuse the law,” he noted.“A safe country, which Liberia is and continues to be, is the omnipresent will to bring all abusers of the law to answer to the law. This is the enduring measure, and by this and other measures, including the measure of crime, Liberia boasts a stronger and safer society,” Minister Brown said.He further emphasized that, “We want to assure all of our citizens and foreign residents that the rule of law will be scrupulously observed and followed, and that all violators will answer to their transgressions.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sharks defenseman injured in Game 2 vs. Golden Knights

first_imgThoughts and prayers to #SJSharks forward, Logan Couture. 🤢 pic.twitter.com/OT3GlKGkkr— Vinnie Parise (@VinnieParise) April 13, 2019SAN JOSE — Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic and center Logan Couture were both injured in the second period of the Sharks’ game against the Golden Knights on Friday. Couture would return to the ice in the third period but Vlasic remained out of the game. The Sharks lost 5-3 to the Golden Knights at SAP Center in Game 2 of their opening round playoff …last_img

Celebrating the legacy of Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela-Mandela

first_imgJohannesburg, Tuesday 3 April 2018 – Brand South Africa mourns the passing of Mama Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela-Mandela, who succumbed to a long illness on Monday 2 April 2018, at the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.Born in Bizana in the Eastern Cape in 1936‚ Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela- Mandela, fondly known as Mama Winnie, was a South African anti-apartheid activist and politician. She moved to Johannesburg from the Eastern Cape in Bizana to study social work and in 1957 she met the lawyer and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela and they were married a year later.As a South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, she held several government positions, including Deputy Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology. A member of the African National Congress (ANC) political party, she served on the ANC’s National Executive Committee and headed its Women’s League.Madikizela-Mandela retained popular support within the ANC over the years and was known to her supporters as the “Mother of the Nation”.Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela expressed his sadness saying “It is truly with great sadness to have lost the Mother of the Nation. We are forever grateful for the role she played in securing our freedom. We indeed need to celebrate her legacy.”“Winnie Mandela was a target of massive disinformation by STRATCOM, an Apartheid smear campaign machinery, yet she remained true to the ethos of the liberation struggle. Long live the Republic”; further adds Dr Makhubela.Mandela family spokesman‚ Victor Dlamini said, “The Mandela family are deeply grateful for the gift of her life and even as our hearts break at her passing, we urge all those who loved her to celebrate this most remarkable woman”.“As the national government we have declared that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela will have a national funeral on 14 April,” said President Cyril Ramaphosa while addressing mourners outside Madikizela-Mandela’s home in Soweto.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Ntombi NtanziTel: +27 11 712 5071Mobile: +27 81 704 1488Email: ntombin@brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

A Practical Guide to Dutch Angles and Tilted Framing

first_imgDebubbleThe most common way is to debubble the camera. This involves unscrewing the ball head and tipping it over to the side. This allows you to continue to operate panning and tilting, as you normally would. The downside is that most ball heads only tilt a couple of degrees, usually not far enough to get extreme angles, or to accurately increase the amount of dutch in your shots.Another way (though many would advise against this) is to shorten one leg of the tripod so that it tips over to the side. This not only emits a sense of danger, it’s actually dangerous, especially for heavier cinema cameras. You need to keep a hand on the camera the whole time to keep it from crashing to the ground. On the positive side, you can slowly shorten the leg so the angle gets increasingly more extreme.Weigh It DownA wooden wedge is a good way to get a steady Dutch angle. Just be sure to secure the camera.A simple and cheap way to get a great Dutch angle is to place the camera on a flat service and put a wedge-like block, or sand bag, under one side of the camera plate. The camera is already on the ground or hard surface, so if it tips over, it doesn’t have far to fall. This is a quick, easy method; however, it doesn’t let you operate the camera while the shot is in motion because you need to remove it from the tripod head.If you’re working handheld, or from a shoulder mount, you can easily achieve a dutch angle by holding the camera more on the side. In fact, the challenge when working like this is to maintain a level horizon, and not to dutch the camera.The Dutch HeadThe Cam Tank is safe and professional way to pull off a Dutch angle.The last, most professional way to get a consistent, controllable Dutch angle is to use a specialized piece of camera equipment called a Dutch head — such as the Cam Tank from Matthews. You can use them right on the ground or install them between the tripod head and the camera. It has specific marks that let you dutch the head precisely, in case you want to slowly increase the amount of tilt from shot to shot, or to match the amount you previously used. You can even dutch in the middle of a pan — though more is often less.For instance, if you shoot wide or medium first, you could add four degrees of tilt. Then, when you push into the close-up, you can push that up to six for the over-the-shoulders, and eight or ten for singles. Using the Cam Tank, when you turn around to shoot the other side of the conversation, you can match this tilt exactly. But, Dutch heads aren’t cheap. The Cam Tank is $1,700, but you can rent one for much less.Regardless of which technique you use, remember to keep a light touch and know that Dutch angles have more of a psychological impact when they’re felt, rather than seen.Want more on filmmaking techniques? Check these out.Filmmaking Lessons from the Making of the Sci-Fi Horror Classic “Alien”Exploring the Emotion and Beauty Behind UplightingHarnessing the Power of Rehearsal for Your Film and Video ProjectsThe Noise Factor: When is Digital Noise Okay in a Shot?The Mood Board: Set the Tone for Your Next Short Film Dutch angles, if used discreetly, add an aura of dread, as well as a sense that the world has gone askew. Let’s take a look at how to pull this move off.Dutch angles are awesome. But anyone who’s ever actually tried to pull them off, convincingly, knows they’re deceptively tricky. Let’s take a look at how to make them work.last_img read more

Beef traders refuse to withdraw strike in Goa

first_imgBeef traders in Goa on Saturday declined to withdraw their indefinite strike and demanded that the State government should crack down on vigilante groups who “harass importers of beef from neighbouring States.”Manna Bepari, president of the Qureshi Meat Traders Association of Goa, said that an assurance has been given by the Chief Minister’s Office that the “issue would be resolved within two days.” “We will not sell beef until the government finds a solution to the problem. We went to meet Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, but he is not in Goa. The CMO has assured us that a meeting of all stakeholders will be called within two days and the issue will be resolved,” Mr. Bepari said and added, “beef will not be sold in Goa until this problem involving vigilante groups and clarity on beef-import modalities are not resolved.”Mr. Bepari said that the strike of beef-sellers on Saturday was complete success. With the beef sales completely off on Saturday, the prices of mutton and chicken surged in the range of ₹30-40 across the tourist State. According to official statistics from the State-owned Goa Meat Complex, the State’s only abattoir facility allowed to slaughter cattle and buffaloes, nearly 30 tonnes of fresh beef is consumed in Goa every day. And majority of the beef is imported from Karnataka by the meat traders in Goa to meet the demand for the red meat. The beef traders have been accusing anti-beef vigilante groups and so-called ‘gaurakshaks’ of harassing them. Mr. Bepari said that they were tired of the raids on beef transporters coming from neighbouring states.“They are not allowing our business to function. Every other day these groups target the beef consignments which we order from the open market from Karnataka and government officials also keep harassing us,” Mr. Bepari said on Friday referring to recent raids on beef transporting vehicles, which he alleged were inspired by vigilante groups.last_img read more

Paul George heading to Thunder, Griffin stays with Clippers – reports

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games What ‘missteps’? Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LATEST STORIES In other trade moves reported Friday, Los Angeles Clippers stalwart Blake Griffin is set to sign a new five-year deal that will see him remain in California.The Los Angeles Times and ESPN both reported that Griffin would sign a deal worth $173 million after scrapping scheduled meetings with Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets.It follows a tumultuous week for the Clippers, who on Wednesday saw Chris Paul depart for the Houston Rockets ahead of free agency starting on Saturday.READ: Clippers coach Rivers on Chris Paul trade: ‘I hate the way it ended’Paul joined the Rockets following a reported rift with coach Doc Rivers. Griffin, the top overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, last week opted out of his contract and became an unrestricted free agent.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Paul George and Russell Westbrook are set to become teammates in the Oklahoma City Thunder. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—Indiana Pacers star Paul George is set to join the Oklahoma City Thunder in a blockbuster deal that will see Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis head in the opposite direction, reports said Friday (Saturday, Manila).ESPN reported that four-time All-Star forward George heads to the Thunder despite pledging to remain with the Pacers for the 2017-2018 season.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Pacquiao, Horn make weight for fight LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments George, 27, had been widely linked to a 2018 move to the Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes a free agent next year.READ: Paul George informs Pacers he will leave in 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsInstead, the Pacers star is now poised to join Oklahoma City, where he will forge a partnership with NBA 2016-17 Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook.No further details of the proposed deal were immediately available, but the move would enable Indiana to obtain talent for losing George, something they wouldn’t get if he played out his contract next season. Paul and Griffin have been integral to the Clippers’ record of reaching the post-season in the last six seasons, although they have never made it further than the second round.Griffin has also endured recent seasons disrupted by injuries that have restricted him to just 83 regular season appearances in the past three seasons.Griffin averaged 21.6 points and 8.1 rebounds last season in 61 games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more