Clinton Foundation Report A Call to Action

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has described a recent report compiled by the Clinton Foundation as timely and impressive and a call for formidable action towards the achievement of gender equality, as well as the promotion of the well-being of women globally.According to a dispatch from New York, President Sirleaf made the remarks on Monday, March 9 when she served as Chief Launcher of the Clinton Foundation Report at the Best Buy Theatre in New York.The Report gave a vivid account of what has been achieved since the Beijing Conference 20 years ago, and provides an insight into the gaps, as well as measures the world can perform in achieving the lofty goals established in Beijing, China, she stated.The compiled report, titled: “Not There Yet,” is a Data-Driven Analysis of Gender Equality on a global scale and takes into consideration what has been achieved since the Beijing Conference on gender equality in 1995.That conference’s Platform for Action is an agenda for women’s empowerment and aims at accelerating the implementation of the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women and at removing obstacles to women’s active participation in all spheres of public and private life through the equal share in economic, social, cultural and political decision-making.This means that the principle of shared power and responsibility should be established between women and men at home, in the workplace and in the wider national and international communities.She pointed out that several reform processes have been carried out with laws instituted to give more economic power to women. As a result, more women in different parts of the world are now in Parliament; while others are competing vigorously in professional areas of science and business once dominated by men.“Despite these gains,” President Sirleaf said, “the gaps are clearer, and the global community must endeavor to eradicate social inequality and enhance women’s participation in development processes.”Sharing the platform with President Sirleaf, the President of Croatia, Madam Kolinda Grabar-Kifarac, said that the promotion of women’s rights and the creation of opportunities for the realization of their potential is vital to the advancement of every society.“As such,” she stressed, “no effort should be spared towards championing women’s empowerment.”The Bill, Hilary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation launched “No Ceiling: The Full Participation Project” in 2013 to advance and inspire the full participation of women and girls around the world.Meanwhile, the Clinton Foundation, through former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, joined by Melinda Gates, the co-host of the program, expressed thanks and appreciation to President Sirleaf for honoring their invitation to participate in the launch of their book, the dispatch said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Open Letter to the Following Diplomatic Missions Accredited near Monrovia

first_imgThe Embassy of the United States of AmericaThe EU Delegation to LiberiaThe Embassy of FranceThe Embassy of Great BritainThe Embassy of the People’s Republic of ChinaThe United Nations Mission in LiberiaThe ECOWAS CommissionThe African UnionThe Mano River UnionYour Excellencies:I have the honor most respectfully to convey my compliments and bring to your attention, unfavorable developments once again evolving in Liberia. It is fast becoming evident that the vices that once threatened the peace and stability of Liberia and eventually broke grounds for the devastating decade and half (1989-2003) civil war which led to the breakdown of law and order, loss of nearly 250,000 lives and destruction of the country are fast emerging once again. Although significant progress has been made towards Liberia’s post-war recovery and renewal efforts, but the country is yet to fully recuperate from the horrific experiences. The scars of the war are still very fresh and visible. Many Liberians are living with the trauma and excruciating pains they endured from rape, torture, miming, wanton destruction of their properties and loss of their children, spouses and other family members to years of brutal and indiscriminate killings. Your Excellencies, let’s not forget that the failure to institute justice in the form of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) framework in the aftermath of the protracted civil war is an incentive for the deep-rooted corruption, disregard for the rule of law and engrained impunity that the country is experiencing today. As a direct result of the melee, the economy is still in a bad shape and the people are persistently enduring hardship. The situation has even worsened as Liberians are hopeless than ever before. Today, even as we look back 15 years ago since the senseless war ended, many victims are languishing unattended while their perpetrators are living scot-free. Some of those perpetrators are living in luxury overseas from the spoils of the war while others are parading the corridors of power with deep insensitivity and sheer arrogance in their various capacities as authorities of the nation. This situation calls for immediate attention because the horrible experiences of the war are still fresh at memory due to the prolonged absence of a justice mechanism such as the implementation of the recommendations of the TRC. It is no doubt that the TRC mechanism is a right approach to ensuring genuine peace and reconciliation. Even former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf after 12 years as President, admitted to her government’s failure in doing much to reconcile Liberians in a way that could deal with the age-old problems of corruption and impunity. In her last state of the nation address, former President Sirleaf cited corruption and reconciliation as challenges that her government did not do much to tackle. Your Excellencies, as a Liberian, I am fully aware of the devastating impact of the war on my dear country. It was such horrific moment that I consider the darkest period in our history and it is incumbent upon me and all of my fellow compatriots to do everything possible not to walk down that road again. That is exactly why I remain grateful for the immeasurable contributions made by your respective countries and organizations to end the civil war and put my country back on the trajectory of sustainable peace and stability. However, in spite of such sacrifice and progress made over the years, it is very disheartening and unfortunate to inform you that just as previous governments, especially the recent past fell prey to the triggers of corruption and impunity; so is the Weah-led administration walking the same path. Just like his predecessor, former President Sirleaf, President Weah’s government has demonstrated complete lack of interest in the implementation of the recommendations of the TRC report. It is anyone’s guess that President Weah is keeping his promise of protecting former President Sirleaf in her post-presidency life from prosecution for corruption or war crimes she may have committed. Additionally, President Weah is closely teleguided by Madam Sirleaf and it would seem very difficult or impossible for him to undertake any initiative such as the WECC to prosecute her. Similarly, Sen. Prince Y. Johnson who is infamously known for committing some of the heinous crimes during the civil war including the brutal murder of former President Samuel K. Doe and so many other Liberians is enjoying pay-back for helping President Weah to get elected with significant number of votes from his vote-rich county of Nimba. Besides, Sen. Johnson and his likes who are in authority now feel very confident and comfortable of being protected by the Weah government. Sen. Johnson is on record for terming the call for the WECC as a “joke”. In essence, President Weah sees the prosecution of these people as betrayal of trust. Your Excellencies, I am sure you would like to see Liberia fully recovered as a decent and productive nation; one with a democracy guaranteed by the tenets of fair play, equality and justice. Thus, the TRC framework is by all means the right mechanism to achieve this milestone. As you’re aware, the TRC recommendations is very comprehensive and consists of five essential components; 1) Accountability: Prosecution Mechanism, 2) National ‘Palava Hut’ Forum, 3) Amnesty, 4) Persons Not Recommended for Prosecution, and 5) Reparations. As I’ve indicated inter-alia, I have no doubt that the full implementation of the TRC recommendations will effectively dispense justice, address the issue of reconciliation questions and set the stage for ending corruption and impunity in Liberia. Hence, the implementation of these recommendations is paramount to achieving genuine recovery and development in Liberia. As such, I would like to add my voice to those of my fellow compatriots in seeking your timely intervention for the establishment of a special tribunal or War and Economic Crimes Court (WECC) of competent jurisdiction for Liberia. The establishment of the WECC is consistent with the TRC framework which calls for the prosecution of individuals, armed groups and other entities that the TRC determined were responsible for ‘egregious’ domestic crimes, ‘gross’ violations of human rights and ‘serious’ humanitarian law violations.Your Excellencies, corruption is pervasive in Liberia and has been considered an all-time enemy of progress. Everyone abhors the scourge because it is a seed of discord and a catalyst that has ruined Liberia for decades thereby keeping the people in a state of abject poverty and degradation. Even though her government fell prey to corruption as well but Madam Sirleaf described the sleaze as ‘public enemy number one’ signifying the extent of its devastating effects on Liberia. In spite of this profound understanding of the dangers of this menace, in less than 10 months into his leadership, President Weah has given a blank check to corruption. The President is on record for surrendering to corruption. According to him, everyone in the country is related. Thus, it will be difficult for him to fight corruption. Your Excellencies, the President’s concession has serious implications for the fight against corruption. It has seriously discouraged the already suffering and wearied Liberians and further made them hopeless of attaining any structural and systemic change capable of dealing with the economic hardship that would improve their lives in keeping with his promise. Quite frankly, the assertion by the President is inconceivable and one that creates a floodgate for a ‘corruption bonanza’ in Liberia. Thus, submitting to corruption to the extent that President Weah has demonstrated is a clear manifestation that his government is disinterested in fighting the plague by any measure. Your Excellencies, President Weah’s concession to corruption is further reflective of what has now become the biggest scandal in the history of Liberia, the reported disappearance of 16 billion Liberian Dollars or its equivalence of 104 million United States Dollars. The money in question is said to have been printed by the Sirleaf government and brought into the country via the Roberts International Airport and the Freeport of Monrovia, respectively. The RIA is the country’s main airport and the Freeport is the gateway to the country’s economy; suggesting that no activities such as the shipment of the legacy banknotes consignments go on at these key agencies without being sanctioned and tracked by government. The missing L$16 billion represents 5% of Liberia’s GDP and 18% of the country’s current budget which, when applied appropriately by the government, can meaningfully address some of the pressing basic social issues such as health care, education and roads. It has been more than six months since the money in question was said to have disappeared with no word from the then Sirleaf government in which President Weah, his Vice President and the current Speaker and Deputy Speaker served in key positions. Similarly, there has been no word from the Weah government about circumstances surrounding delivery of the billions with respect to clearance of the consignment of printed legacy banknotes from the two ports of entry (RIA and Freeport) and custody. The scandal which is being treated as a mystery by the government is shameful and embarrassing. It is a scandalous account that portrays a dark image of Liberia and has the propensity of blacklisting the country as a non-investment friendly country. In the end it is the impoverished citizens who will suffer the consequences.Your Excellencies, the government’s approach to dealing with a scandal of this magnitude is dishonest and eventually unacceptable. The government has contradicted itself several times with certain agencies claiming that the money is missing while others are refuting such claims of their colleagues and averring that the money did not get missing. Specifically, the President, Ministers of Justice and Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism have confirmed in separate claims, the printing of the legacy banknotes and shipment, and subsequently disclosed the constitution of an investigation committee to probe the disappearance of the money. Conversely, the Minister of Finance and development Planning who works at the will and pleasure of the President, refuted the claims of his boss (The President) and his two colleagues of the Justice and Information Ministries and encouraging the citizenry to believe him that no money got missing. Your Excellencies, this incoherence and inconsistency demonstrated by the government is reflective of dishonesty and lack of credibility. The approach of the government has caused more confusion than providing answers. Currently, there’s growing anxiety and apprehension in the country, especially where expectations are very high due to the rapid deterioration of the economy since Mr. Weah took over as President. This resentment is evidenced by the peaceful protest on September 24, 2018 of hundreds of citizens demanding that the Weah government accounts for the missing billions which could have significantly address some of the pressing issues currently affecting the country. In the main time, President Weah has called on Liberians to exercise patience for the second time since he took over as President in the wake of growing resentment. According to him, the scandal is being investigated and his government is promising logical conclusion. But here is the thing. The 53rd Legislature of which President Weah, his Vice President, current Speaker and Deputy were all members of, the 54th Legislature, Ministry of Justice, Liberia National Police, Freeport of Monrovia, Central Bank of Liberia and the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning are all culpable. All of these institutions of government played different roles including authorization of printing the banknotes, shipping, delivery, clearance from the ports, and taking custody. There is no way that any of these institutions can be involved with the investigation of the scandal. None is credible because they are all institutions of interest to the investigation. Therefore, the ongoing investigation sanctioned by President Weah has no credibility and the outcome will eventually be unacceptable. Your Excellencies, I have no doubt that investigating this scandal is of great interest to you. The reason is simple. Liberia is one of the biggest recipients of taxpayers’ money from your respective countries for key recovery and development purposes. As such, it is just fair enough for you to equally ensure that there’s due diligence to engender accountability and transparency in the application of such resources from your fellow compatriots through your governments. Similarly, there are those of us Liberians who are interested in ensuring that your gestures or contributions to our country are effectively accounted for. That’s why we should demonstrate a collective interest in constructively engaging with the Weah administration to effectively account for the missing billions in question. I am not sure anyone, not even your governments and organizations would want to see this scandal treated as’ business as usual’.Your Excellencies, it is against this backdrop that I would like to seize the opportunity to kindly request that you add your voices to those of the many suffering Liberians by calling on the government to establish an independent investigation panel completely exclusive of the government to investigate the scandal. In my opinion, this proposal is in everyone’s interest as it will help to address the trust and confidence questions currently beseeching the government; that is if it proves its innocent or get the government to account if the charge of the disappearance of the L$ 16 billion banknotes is proven. As I mentioned earlier, this will be in your interest as well because the outcome will redefine the extent of your future support or contribution to the country. Your Excellencies, the advancement of the two proposals (Establishment of War and Economic Crimes Court and Independent Investigation Panel) in this letter is in line with my civic duty as a citizen of Liberia to contribute to the recovery and development of my country. As such, it is my ardent hope that my proposals will be granted as part of your immeasurable contributions to Liberia’s ongoing recovery and development process. Kind regards.Sincerely,Josiah F. Joekai, Jr.Email: josiahfjoekaijr@gmail.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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African players in Europe: Mahrez punishes former team

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez (C) celebrates scoring in the win against LeicesterPARIS, France, Dec 23 – Riyad Mahrez at Manchester City and Mbaye Niang at Rennes scored key goals for their high-flying teams while Seko Fofana at Udinese and Watford’s Ismaila Sarr gave their struggling sides hope.Meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who reportedly wants to leave Arsenal, had a lacklustre day as Achraf Hakimi had another assist for Dortmund but could not stop his side suffering a costly late meltdown. ENGLANDRIYAD MAHREZ (Manchester City)‘Beware the return of the ex’ runs an old football saying and it proved correct when the Algerian scored City’s equaliser in an eventual 3-1 win over former club Leicester.Jamie Vardy put the Foxes ahead in the 22nd minute at the Etihad Stadium but he lead lasted just eight minutes before Mahrez, a persistent thorn in Leicester’s side, levelled when his shot deflected off Caglar Soyunu and beat Kasper Schmeichel.ISMAILA SARR (Watford)Ismaila Sarr held off Manchester United’s Fred and helped Watford to a crucial victoryThe Senegal winger, who only joined the Hornets in pre-season, had a starring role in a 2-0 win at home to Manchester United that gave the bottom-of-the-table side hope of beating the drop.He opened the scoring when his tame shot early in the second half somehow found its way through the hands of United goalkeeper David De Gea and then, four minutes later he won a penalty that saw Troy Deeney double the lead after being brought down by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (Arsenal)The Gabon striker was far from alone in being well below his best during a dire goalless draw at Everton, although he did have the clearest chance of the match when his goalbound shot was well parried by Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.A scuffed effort and a first-time shot over the bar followed before he was replaced by Alexandre Lacazette.There are reports Aubameyang wants to leave Arsenal and it remains to be seen whether he will, or indeed wants, to impress new manager Mikel Arteta.GERMANYACHRAF HAKIMI (Borussia Dortmund)The Morocco dynamo conjured his sixth assist of the season when he set up Mario Goetze in Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 defeat at Hoffenheim.When Thorgan Hazard’s pass played Hakimi into the area, the right winger quickly fed a pass into Goetze who fired home in a superb piece of place from the visitors.However, they then conceded late goals by Sargis Adamyan and Andrej Kramaric as Hoffenheim took the three points at home to leave Hakimi’s Dortmund fourth in the table.FRANCEMbaye Niang scored the winner for Rennes © AFP / JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIERMBAYE NIANG (Rennes)The Senegal attacker sent his side to third in the table with a late winner at home to Bordeaux. The 25-year-old’s fourth goal in as many league games came after 82 minutes as he side-footed home smoothly on a rain-sodden surface in Brittany.HABIB MAIGA (Metz)The three-time Ivory Coast international lifted Metz out of the relegation zone with an injury-time equaliser against 16th-placed Dijon. Maiga, 23, has missed just one league game for the strugglers this season who he joined from Saint-Etienne on a permanent deal in July.HICHAM BOUDAOUI (Nice)The Algeria African Cup of Nations winner, 20, was one of three goalscorers as Nice hammered bottom-side Toulouse. The midfielder’s first goal of the season came on just his second start of the camapaign for Patrick Vieira’s outfit.ITALYSEKO FOFANA (Udinese)The Ivory Coast international scored Udinese’s winner in a 2-1 home victory over Cagliari to help ease his team’s relegation fears. The 24-year-old, who spent part of his youth career at Manchester City, opened his account for the season when he was on hand to tuck away a close-range effort after the ball had come back off Fabio Pisacane five minutes from time.SPAINYOUSSEF EN-NESYRI (Leganes)The Morocco forward grabbed his fourth goal of the season as Leganes won for just the third time in La Liga this season. En-Nesyri, 22, slammed home a cut-back from Kevin Rodrigues on 54 minutes for the second goal in a 2-0 victory over bottom side Espanyol.0Shares0000(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Environmental advocate wins national award

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE In its annual search for heroes who are courageous, dedicated and committed to helping others, Swedish carmaker Volvo has named as one a second-generation environmental activist who works to protect communities from industrial pollutants. Jane Williams, 46, of Palmdale was one of three winners in the fourth annual Volvo for Life Awards and was feted at a ceremony last week at the Rainbow Room in New York City. “It’s great to be honored for the work that you’ve done. I’m grateful for the award and grateful for the recognition,” said Williams, daughter of the late Rosamond environmental activist Stormy Williams, who for years prodded regulatory agencies to clean up toxic waste in Rosamond and Mojave and lobbied against hazardous waste incinerators. Williams was picked as the winner in the environment category. There were two other categories for safety and quality of life. Winners receive $50,000 to give to a charity of their choice, a trip to the New York awards ceremony for themselves and a guest, and a role in a Volvo heroes documentary. The grand prize of a new Volvo car every three years for the rest of one’s life was awarded to one of the other recipients. Williams was nominated for the award by Robina Suwol, executive director of California Safe Schools, with whom Williams worked on passing legislation to ban the use of experimental pesticides in schools. The law, which was sponsored by Suwol’s organization, took effect this year. “I know of no one more deserving for the work that she has done for so many people for so many years,” Suwol said. “I’m very grateful for her help, especially on environmental justice issues. She’s been really incredible.” Volvo spokesman Soren Johansson said Williams is worthy of the award. “Jane has over a long period of time contributed substantially to cleaning up the environment in California,” Johansson said. “She has put in a lot of dedication and hard work.” Williams serves as executive director of California Communities Against Toxics, a network of local environmental justice groups in California. Volvo officials noted that Williams is carrying on in the tradition of her mother, who launched a campaign that sought to identify toxins causing a brain cancer cluster among children in Rosamond. Jane Williams has organized dozens of communities to successfully fight the building of facilities that would pollute their environment, such as incinerators, landfills, nuclear waste dumps and industrial plants, Volvo officials said. Additionally, she has served on a number of federal and state advisory committees that study the effects of toxic chemicals on children and public health. She recently helped establish a new organization, the National Disease Cluster Alliance, which seeks to help communities investigate cancer clusters among children, as well as other grave health problems caused by environmental pollutants. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744last_img read more

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JUDGE ADJOURNS HIGHLAND BINGO BID TO SEEK CLARIFICATION OF COSTS

first_imgA JUDGE has adjourned a bid by Highland Radio for a new bingo license which will see the station end its partnership with the charity Rehab.Letterkenny District Court heard the station wants to form a new partnership which would see some of the money from a new on-air game go to the Donegal Hospice instead.Highland Radio would earn €52,000 per year from the joint venture, Judge Paul Kelly was told by Hazel Russell from the station. Ms Russell told the court that the station would charge €25 every time bingo numbers were read out, and this happened eight times per day. This would amount to €1,000 per week as bingo was played five times per week.She said that due to the recession current bingo book sales have been “diminishing” and she felt that partnership with a local charity may increase this again.Ms Russell told Judge Kelly that a new company would be established to run the bingo game. This would have charitable status.The current bingo license, she said, was owned by Rehab, and the new company wanted to take it over from April.Judge Kelly said however that he needed a reassurance that no more than 40% of the money raised from the bingo could be spent on administration.“I need some more clarity to see how this is going to work,” said the judge.He adjourned the application, asking Highland Radio to provide a breakdown on how much money would actually go to the Donegal Hospice after the costs of reading out the bingo numbers and printing and distributing bingo books were added up.JUDGE ADJOURNS HIGHLAND BINGO BID TO SEEK CLARIFICATION OF COSTS was last modified: February 10th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegal hospiceHighland Radioradio licenselast_img read more

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Sod only thing to beat Trojans lately

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Carroll’s only consolation was that USC plays on FieldTurf against Washington on Saturday. “This fits that we’re out here,’ he said. “In the long run it’s better, but I would have preferred to have taken (the team) to the grass.’ Freshman linebacker Brian Cushing is finally expected to return from a dislocated shoulder, although he tweaked it during drills Wednesday. “I’m real excited to play football. It’s been a disappointment to me and I’ve been a disappointment to others,’ Cushing said. After making the trip to Notre Dame, where he expected to commit before Tyrone Willingham was fired, Cushing said the Irish are a different program now. LOS ANGELES — USC coach Pete Carroll might make more than $2 million per season, but even he couldn’t get the Trojans on to their practice field Wednesday as ground crews struggled to fix new turf problems. A supervisor said the field still might not be ready today. But Carroll vowed to return the Trojans to Howard Jones Field today no matter what condition it’s in. USC practiced on Cromwell Field the past three days. Cromwell Field has FieldTurf instead of grass and doesn’t even have a 100-yard field. “We’ll force our way out there (to Howard Jones Field),’ Carroll said. Three different-sized bulldozers unsuccessfully tried to level the new sod and a huge amount of sand was poured on the field to soak up water from the recent rains. But Wednesday night, the field was still uneven. Carroll ordered equipment moved to Howard Jones Field anyway. center_img “That might be the Notre Dame of old,’ Cushing said. Would he have gone to Notre Dame if he were a high-school senior this year? “I might have,’ Cushing said. Willingham is now the coach at Washington and Cushing hopes to see Husky linebackers coach Bob Simmons, who recruited him at Notre Dame. “Coach Simmons was over at my house all the time,’ he said. “I still talk to him once in awhile.’ Freshman linebacker Rey Maualuga along with cornerbacks Josh Pinkard and Will Harris appear to be the favorites to be placed on the punt team as gunners, the players that line up wide and race down the field when the ball is snapped. Harris is also an addition to the kickoff team, replacing the injured Desmond Reed. “He looks like he’s flying around here,’ Carroll said of Harris. An estimated 30 million watched USC defeat Notre Dame, making it the most-watched college football game in nine years. A Florida-Florida State game on ABC in 1996 attracted 32 million viewers. This was the highest-rated Notre Dame game since 1996 and fourth- highest since NBC started televising Irish games 15 years ago. Defensive back William Buchanon (hip flexor) will miss the game. Tight end Dale Thompson continues to wear a cast on his broken hand but is cleared to play. Defensive lineman Lawrence Miles underwent X-rays on his sore shoulder but is expected to be OK. Carroll’s done a lot of TV interviews this week following the highly publicized victory over the Irish. “I’m starting to get sick of hearing myself talk,’ he said. Scott Wolf can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Track & Field To Host The 41st Annual Jim Duncan Invitational

first_img Jim Duncan Invitational The invitational resumes Saturday morning with boys’ and girls’ field events at 8:30 a.m., while running events being at 9 a.m. The Drake University men’s and women’s track teams are set to host the 41st annual Jim Duncan Invitational this weekend, April 14-15, at Drake Stadium on the newly renovated Jim Duncan Track. In their first competition on the new Blue Oval the Bulldogs will face competitors from 21 different schools including Missouri Valley Conference rival, UNI. The competition will also feature athletes from central Iowa high schools Live Results Story Links The Jim Duncan Invitational will also be the competitive debut for the new Jim Duncan Track. During the summer, the iconic Blue Oval received a new Mondo Super X surface, guaranteeing that the Jim Duncan Track remains a world-class competitive venue for years to come. The new track, which bears the familiar blue hue of its predecessor, is the same surface that the 2012 London Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics were contested on. The prefabricated synthetic rubber surface is composed of two layers vulcanized together to produce a seamless surface.  Designed to produce superior athletic performance, the Mondo track surface provides the optimum blend of energy return and comfort for both sprint and distance events and guarantees an ideal combination of shock absorption and elasticity for jumpers.center_img The Bulldogs return to competition following a week off after a strong start to the outdoor season with meets at Arkansas, Texas, Texas State as well as competitions in California and Iowa. To date the season, the Bulldogs have recorded 22 performances this season that rank in the top-10 in the Missouri Valley Conference and five that rank in the top 50 in the NCAA West Region. The Jim Duncan Invitational starts Friday evening with field events beginning at 3:30 p.m., followed by collegiate distance races starting at 5 p.m. Heat Sheets Schedule Following this weekend’s Jim Duncan Invitational, the Bulldogs will compete at Iowa MUSCO Twilight next weekend in their final tune-up prior to hosting the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee April 26-29. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Cutting on the Blink: Editing Tips From Walter Murch

first_imgWalter Murch’s work as a film editor and sound designer is vital to the history of cinema and he has some serious wisdom to impart to any film and video maker.Top Image: Walter Murch on Apocalypse Now via TransomWalter Murch is a master film editor and sound designer with many famous film credits to his name, including Apocalypse Now, The English Patient, and Jarhead. He’s even directed a movie, Return to Oz. In his highly regarded book, In the Blink of an Eye, Murch offers film and video makers a wonderfully succinct guide to approaching the craft and philosophy of editing. Rule of SixMurch’s “Rule of Six” is a nice hierarchical breakdown to keep in mind when deciding upon where to make a cut, and lists the decision-making factors in this order:Emotion (51%)Story (23%)Rhythm (10%)Eye-Trace (7%)Two-Dimensional Plane of Screen (5%)Three Dimensional Space of Action (4%)Nikole Hidalgo has made a video to illustrate Murch’s rule:Murch admits that the percentage assigned to each item on the list is not the thing to fixate upon, even though it does indicate a significant value difference between the two extremes of emotion and screen space. Rather, the order of the items is the key here and the resulting guide is a good editing checklist when in doubt about a crucial edit on your next movie.Return to Oz via DisneyThe BlinkPerhaps more interestingly, Murch has proposed a theory about how the rate, or speed, in which we blink our eyes may actually be suggestive of our mental state and the way in which we are processing information.According to Murch, to refrain from blinking suggests intense concentration whereas rapid blinking suggests agitation and distraction. There is a middle ground between these two extremes where our blinking coincides with a rhythmic digestion of thoughts and ideas. In other words, the visible evidence of our brain chewing information is through our eyes. This blinking principle can apply to life and it can also apply to filmmaking. It has seemingly guided Murch’s editing razor over the course of his career as he has searched for rhythm and cinematic truth in countless movie scenes. The Conversation via ParamountMurch believes that good actors blink in a way that seems natural to the flow of information within a narrative and the editor can structure cuts and scene rhythms around the way actors blink their eyes. With this advice, it’s seems advisable to schedule a screen test into your casting process whenever possible. The way an actor blinks may be the window into their ability to be natural and believably emotive in your movie. Sven Pape has put Murch’s blink technique into direct action in his own editing work, and has even made a video about editing the film Flesh and Blood:About a decade ago, Transom ran a great article by Walter Murch about his perceptions on sound design. There are some cool examples from his work on Apocalypse Now and THX 1138.If you’d prefer to hear from the man himself, have a look at this video presentation, where Murch talks about making the right editing choices when putting a film together. Murch’s wisdom is undeniable, and his thoughtful approach to cinematic endeavors sets an important precedent for film and video makers. One should aspire to Murch’s contemplation of the medium.Have you employed any of Murch’s suggested techniques in your own work? Has cutting on the blink helped you work your way through a film scene? Please share below.last_img read more

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Gudjohnsen: Mourinho isn’t defensive

first_imgManchester United ‘Mourinho always plays to win’ – Gudjohnsen refutes claims Man Utd boss is defensive Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 03:39 11/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jose Mourinho Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United José Mourinho Chelsea v Manchester United Chelsea Premier League The former Chelsea striker has worked with the Portuguese in the past and insists that it is never his intention to simply play for a point Jose Mourinho is a winner and talk of defensive methods and parking the bus at Manchester United have left Eidur Gudjohnsen bemused.Mou’s Reds 21/10 to beat ChelseaDespite leading the Red Devils to three trophies in his first season at the helm and forcing them into Premier League title contention this term, the Portuguese continues to face criticism. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He has been accused of being too conservative in big games, with a 0-0 draw at Liverpool in October held up as a perfect example of that mindset. Some narrow victories since then have done little to change the opinion of some.Gudjohnsen, though, insists that a manager he enjoyed considerable success with at Chelsea always sets out to win and merely favours the best tactics to get over the line.The 39-year-old forward, who announced his retirement from football in September, told the Daily Mail on Mourinho’s approach to heavyweight encounters: “When we worked together there was no difference whatsoever.“We always set up the same way, we always played the same way.“He is not the type that goes out not to lose, he always goes out to win.Eidur Gudjohnsen Jose Mourinho methods“Sometimes the games just pan out that way. One team is putting pressure on the other and when you are under pressure, you have to defend. It is part of football.“Manchester United have looked far more exciting than they did last year. Losing Paul Pogba was a blow for them but I think they look more like a Mourinho side this season.”It remains to be seen what approach Mourinho will adopt in United’s next outing, as he prepares to head back to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.United know that victory over Chelsea will keep them hot on the heels of Manchester City, while defeat will drop them off the pace.The Red Devils suffered a 4-0 defeat in west London last season, but Antonio Conte’s defending champions have not looked as strong of late and suffered a 3-0 Champions League humbling at Roma in their last fixture.Gudjohnsen does not believe that result will influence Mourinho, even if the Blues’ defensive display in Italy suggested that United should look to attack from the off.He added: “Chelsea’s situation doesn’t have anything to do with Mourinho’s thoughts.“He will analyse the game and set out in the best way he thinks they can win.”last_img read more

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a month agoWoodward: Man Utd committed to youth policy

first_imgWoodward: Man Utd committed to youth policyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward insists they’re committed to providing the right investment for the first team.United announced a record revenue of £627.1million on Tuesday, with the release of their annual financial figures.“We remain focused on our plan of rebuilding the team and continuing to strengthen our youth system, in line with the philosophy of the club and the manager,” said Woodward.”This is reflected in the recent addition of three exciting first team players, key player contract extensions and the talent we have coming through our Academy.”Everyone at Manchester United is committed to delivering on our primary objective of winning trophies.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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