…as Jagdeo blasts Granger calling of “mother of all inquires”Government on Friday ‘hijacked’ the business of the political opposition when it opted to instead move a motion to debate the contents of the speech given by Head of State, David Granger when he addressed the House on October 13 last. This was instead systematically assailed by the opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThe session of the House was slated to begin at 14:00hrs on Friday to deal with three motions tabled by the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) in relation to the Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the Public Service and the Parking Meter and Durban Park Projects but this did not obtain since Speaker, Dr Barton Scotland, agreed to allow Government to move its motion.TravestyWhen the session did eventually begin a half hour after its scheduled start time, PPP Chief Whip Gail Teixeira immediately sought to complain that despite there being a compromise to have the Government’s motion take precedence, when the opposition tabled its business on November 1, 2016, there was no hint of Government’s business for the House.She called the move on Friday ‘a travesty,’ which did little to deny the Leader of the Government Business in the House to move the motion to debate and subsequently approve the contents of the President’s address the National Assembly –the sixth such to the House in 17 Months.An animated Opposition Leader however wasted no time during hour’s long presentation to systematically rubbish the President’s assertions as misinformation and excuses for an inept, comatose administration for its underperformance.Jagdeo, himself a former Executive President was quick to lash out at the praises aimed at Granger over the number of times he has addressed the House saying this was no barometer of a functioning democracy.“How many times you address the National Assembly does not really matter, the content is what matters….I see it as an imposition on the National Assembly that in such a short period this is a routine….There must be some weight behind the address of a Head of State to National Assembly,” according to Jagdeo.He was also quick to lambaste the manner with which the motion was taken to the House for a debate saying the Opposition Members of Parliament had in fact prepared for the motions that they had presented for consideration.PPP vindicatedSeeking to rubbish President Granger’s claim that at the time the coalition took office the economy had been in a parlous state, Jagdeo pointed to the Public Debt Report which had only minutes earlier been tabled in the House—and said this in fact vindicated the PPP.Calling on the government to be truthful in its revision of and presentation of history, Jagdeo, said the Government’s own report dispels the notion attributed to the President.“They say they inherited a mountain of debt,” according to Jagdeo, who further said he was all too happy that the document was prepared since it reflected the debt situation and its evolution.According to Jagdeo “we have heard the President said they inherited a parlous economic situation but this is far from the truth.”Guyana, he insist, has over the past ten years achieved consistent economic growth—the fast such growth experienced in the Caribbean.Jagdeo was adamant that not only had the current Government inherited a growing economy, it had also benefited from numerous large scale investments that had been brought into the country by the then PPP Government.The country, he said was booming with investment possibilities and pointed to entities such as the two large gold mines, which according to Jagdeo is currently buoying the economy.Jagdeo said, what government has instead been seeking to do is to take previous policies crafted by the PPP and present ‘unabashedly’ as their own new thinking.According to the Former president, there is nothing wrong with continuity and that the PPP was willing to give the current government the positive legacy “but at least attribute where they came from.”Mother of all inquiresOn the matter of the sentiments that had been raised with regards Guyana’s recently exited status from the Financial Action Taskforce (FATF), Jagdeo was of the view that what the government failed to also recalled was that it was it, while in opposition which had in fact voted down the amendments in the laws that caused Guyana to be blacklisted in the first place.Responding to President Granger’s lamentations during his speech of a dark and troubling period in Guyana where hundreds of persons were slaughtered including a sitting Government Minister, Jagdeo responded saying this is one view but there are others.To this end, Jagdeo said the PPP welcomes the ‘mother of all inquires’ into that period in Guyana’s history given the Government’s proclivity towards the setting up of Commissions of Inquiries.He used the occasion to also point to a book written by prominent Working Peoples’ Alliance Member Eusi Kwayana which had accused former President Desmond Hoyte and the Peoples National Congress of being in cohorts with the supposed ‘Freedom Fighters’ that had besieged the East Coast Demerara Village of Buxton.Summing up his presentation to the House in response to the President’s October 13 Speech, Jagdeo said “The story is not black and white, this narrative dominated by binary thinking, situation is more complex than just approaching it in that manner.”Disrespectful OppositionAnother of the keynote speakers to the motion included Social Cohesion Minister Amna Ally, who in her presentation accused the opposition of being disrespectful to the President since they had walked out of the House during his speech.She insisted that as a young government they have in fact done well, given what they had inherited.“We are building public trust…We are on the road to good governance,” according to the Minister as she sought to point to some of the coalition’s achievement’s thus far but did concede existing gaps along social economic and political lines.
Adopted from an all-time best seller, Pride & Prejudice is recognized as the stepping stone to modern romantic comedy and the catapult to Jane Austen’s career.Below is a quick description of the story provided by Stage North:Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters and the clock is ticking. When the wealthy bachelor Mr. Bingley arrives in town, Mrs. Bennet sees a perfect match for her beautiful daughter Jane.- Advertisement -Mr. Bingley is not alone, however, and the combustible chemistry between the brooding stranger Mr. Darcy and the strong-willed Elizabeth Bennet will soon rock the family’s very foundations and change all of their destinies.The play is being performed at the North Peace Cultural Centre on February 13, 14, 19 and 21, commencing at 7:00 p.m.Tickets for the play run $25.00 for adults, $20.00 for youth and seniors, and $15.00 for children.Advertisement
INDEPENDENT TD Thomas Pringle has been involved in talks to set up a new left wing political party, made up of former Labour Party members.Deputy Pringle, a former member of Sinn Fein, has had discussions with former junior health minister Roisin Shortall.A number of other former senior Labour party members have been involved. The Killybegs man, who last week attended the opening of an office by Gaoth Dobhair local election candidate Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig, is understood to be involved in early discussions on the issue.The former county councillor will face an uphill battle to retain his seat at the next election as Donegal is put into one constituency and the number of TDs reduced from six to five.The possible new grouping could include other TDs from the Technical Group in the Dail. TD PRINGLE IN TALKS TO SET UP NEW POLITICAL PARTY was last modified: November 28th, 2013 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:new political partyTD PRINGLE IN TALKS TO SET UP NEW POLITICAL PARTYThomas Pringle
A number of young men were spoken to by Gardai following anti-social behaviour in the Letterkenny area.The incident happened in a house at Solomon’s Court on Wednesday night/Thursday morning.It is understood neighbours called Gardai when people attending a house party began to engage in unsocial behaviour in the vicinity of the house. Gardai were called and spoke to a number of young men who had come from outside the area to attend the house party.Neighbours complained that the men had banged on their doors and urinated in their gardens at 3am on Friday morning.One resident told us “It was disgraceful what these young men were up to. At this age people should know better.“This is a residential area and to go on like this at three o’clock in the morning is just not on.” Despite a number of incidents, no arrests are made.RESIDENTS’ ANGER AT ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR ON LETTERKENNY ESTATE was last modified: April 11th, 2015 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)
Tony Fernandes paid tribute to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink after QPR’s dramatic 2-1 victory at Fulham.Rangers’ win at Craven Cottage was their first since 1980 and came days after allegations that manager Hasselbaink sought £55,000 to work for a company looking to sell players to the club.Rangers say they are holding an internal investigation into the allegations. Fernandes also praised Rangers fans in a post on Instagram after the match.Meanwhile, jubilant Rangers players posted on Twitter after their victory.What a win!!! @MassLuongo 🍒#FULQPR pic.twitter.com/v2FAJBPoKp— Tjaronn Chery (@tjaronnchery) October 1, 2016What a game! 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼 West London derby winners! Great team performance today! 🔵⚪ #FULQPR #COYRS #QPR @QPRFC pic.twitter.com/XTmu8Dp0GR— Sebastian Polter (@polti1991) October 1, 2016The most important in West London derby is?? The Victory @QPRFC #FULQPR #COYRS #assist @tjaronnchery ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/40z4hEEJXu— Idrissa Sylla (@IdrissaSylla40) October 1, 2016 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Africans are old hands at growingsorghum. Apart from using it for beer, it’soften a staple in many households, whereit is used for porridge, baking bread, andon farms for animal fodder.Tamara O’ReillyA five-year project by two European brewing giants to help farmers in Africa to grow and harvest sorghum in quantities needed to produce beer commercially has proven to be more successful than anticipated.Dutch brewer Heineken and British drinks group Diaego, who make beer and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the continent, teamed up with the Brussels-based European Cooperative for Rural Development (Eucord) in 2006 to empower farmers in Sierra Leone and Ghana to produce high-quality sorghum for use in their and other breweries.According to their website, Eucord is a Brussels based non-profit organisation whose mission is to improve the livelihood of poor people in developing countries by linking them to the market place for ideas, information, technology, goods and services.Before the project began the breweries would import barley (the grain traditionally and widely used to make beer) to their plants in Africa to make beer, but rising transport costs demanded they find cheaper alternatives that would also be readily available. Although barley is one of the world’s most common grains, it is not widely grown in Africa, growing best in countries with cooler climates such as Russia and Canada.Since sorghum is the most common substitute ingredient to barley, Africa’s warm climate is conducive to growing the grain and breweries say clients can’t tell the difference between the two finished products, the parties involved combined social investment with business savvy and began this project.According to an article published in Business Day on 27 February, Heineken and Diaego were apprehensive at first about relying on local farmers for a constant supply of the grain but with the right implements and training provided to them, the farmers have proven to be reliable suppliers. Eucord trained the farmers in cultivation methods that helped to yield large crops of good quality sorghum and arranged access to finance so that farmers could buy seeds and the fertilisers that are needed.In just over a year, the 1 000 Ghanaian farmers involved exceeded the expected output by 100 tons – producing 800 tons of usable grain, while Sierra Leone who produced just 40 tons despite double the number of farmers also pleasantly surprised the projects mangers. Next year Sierra Leone is expected to triple that amount.According to Eucord, the total cost of this project is estimated at US$2.9-million, half of which is granted by the Common Fund for Commodity, a branch of the United Nations.Africans are old hands at growing the grain. Apart from using it for beer, it’s often a staple in many poor households where it is used for porridge and baking bread, and on farms for animal fodder.Sorghum-brewed beer is becoming popular in other parts of the world. Last year American brewery Anheuser-Busch began widely selling this type of beer there, and for some smaller beer makers like Lakefront Brewery also in the US, their sorghum beer is their bestselling product.Useful linksEucordUnited NationsHeineken South African Breweries
Bill Harrop’s balloon safari company in the Magaliesberg area is well-establishedand reputable. The exit from the Old Fort, with the inscription “Eendracht maakt macht”or “Unity is strength”.The visitors’ centre at Maropeng, in theCardle of Humankind, is shaped like a tumulus or burial mound.The Gauteng Tourism Authority makesits mark on the central courtyard of theNanhua Buddhist temple. (Images: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Rami NhlapoJT Communications+27 11 788 7631/2 RELATED ARTICLES • Tourism to cash in on 2010 boom • Tourism Month kicks off in SA • Rocking in the Cradle • SA unearths new human ancestor• SA tops for business travelJanine ErasmusBuilding on the momentum of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the Gauteng Tourism Authority launched a new campaign in late September to promote domestic tourism in the province.The event coincided with the country’s Tourism Month, which this year focused on a variety of local destinations – one of which is Limpopo province, with its wealth of cultural and natural attractions, including the world-famous Kruger National Park.“The platform is there,” said Gauteng MEC for Economic Development Firoz Cachalia at the campaign’s launch. “Tourism shouldn’t be completely dependent on international tourism, so we want to encourage our residents to enjoy their amazing place.”Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane agreed, saying that many Gautengers have a limited knowledge of their own province. “We may not have access to a beach, but everything else is here in Gauteng. However, thus far we haven’t been able to sell this jewel to the locals.”Mokonyane added that tourism should also teach people about their heritage. “It’s all here in Gauteng – we have lions, Mrs Ples, Constitution Hill, Maropeng, Soweto. But to fully take advantage of these treasures we must integrate public transport.”The provincial government is currently revamping the public transport system, with a new bus rapid transit system and high speed rail service under construction – but for carless people to be able to reach these scenic spots, more must be done.Another important aspect of a heightened tourism industry is job creation, while entrepreneurs such as B&B owners will also benefit. The provincial government has plans to construct an extensive database of tourism operators and B&B owners, and link these to established facilities, so that visitors can put together a package to suit their pocket.“People can grow their businesses by targeting local tourists,” said Cachalia. “You don’t have to depend on international visitors. With better domestic tourism, people will develop better products for the local market, and by extension, the international market.”A more lively domestic tourism sector will lead to sustainable international tourism, said Mokonyane. “A country that doesn’t promote domestic tourism can’t expect other tourists to come, because the locals won’t know where to take them.”The Gauteng Tourism Authority has a training programme for tourist guides, said chairperson Khehla Mthembu, and also registers them on the website as qualified and approved by the organisation.The new campaign, called The Amazing Place, is not only aimed at Gauteng residents – it will run nationally as well.Domestic investmentAccording to the Department of Tourism, some R70-million (US$10-million) was spent since 2004 to promote South Africa’s diversity of destinations. This sum encompasses a range of media genres, including outdoor, TV, print and radio advertising, as well as specific events.According to figures available from South African Tourism, South Africans made some 30.3-millon domestic trips during 2009, whether for holiday, business, medical, religious, or other purposes.Overall, most travellers came from Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, with 29% and 25% of the total number of trips respectively. KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape were the most popular destinations. Of the holiday travellers, most came from Gauteng and were headed for the Western Cape.The local travellers spent a total of R22.4-billion ($3.2-billion) on their trips, with an average of 4.2 nights per trip.The figures also show that of all the provinces, Gauteng residents are the ones who most prefer to travel to other provinces – just 32% of them travel intra-provincially. This means that the Amazing Place campaign has come at the right time.Race around the provinceAn important element of the Amazing Place campaign is an exciting TV show, based on the popular Amazing Race programme which keeps millions of viewers around the world glued to their screens.The Gauteng Tourism Authority was supported in this initiative by local radio station Kaya FM and Chevrolet, who supplied the cars.“After the World Cup we are stepping up the action with this unique race that highlights Gauteng’s tourism routes both to outsiders and residents within the province,” said Mokonyane.Filming took place at the end of September and saw eight plucky contestants in four teams making a 48-hour dash around the province, chasing clues and hoping to be the first across the finish line. Along the way they experienced some unusual sights and sounds, and were treated to the best the province has to offer, as well as the diversity of its culture.The series, which will comprise at least four episodes, is scheduled to air at the beginning of November on DStv bouquet channels and the SABC. It will be presented by Kaya FM’s Bob Mabena.Teams were made up of local celebrities. They were Department of Economic Development communications manager Uyanda Mbuli with singer, songwriter and record label owner Phinda Matlala; recording artist Selaelo Selota with model Cwaita Mtose; house music vocalist Lelethu Nkulu with Kaya FM afternoon show host George Monetsi; and Jam Alley host Thato Mahlatsi with up-and-coming musician Malik.The race started in the now-defunct women’s prison in the Old Fort at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. First a fort and then a notorious prison, the site has undergone a remarkable reversal of purpose and is now the seat of the highest court in the land. The women’s prison was added 15 years after the original fort was built in 1892.On the first day the contestants visited the 94ha Rondebult Bird Sanctuary in Ekurhuleni east of Johannesburg, the Vaalnest Boutique Hotel on the banks of the Vaal Dam in the tiny town of Vaal Marina in south Gauteng, and the ever-popular Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind, which was also the pit stop for the day’s proceedings.On day two they set off for the nearby Magaliesberg Mountains and a lofty appointment with Bill Harrop, who runs a popular hot-air balloon safari company, before heading north for Freedom Park in Pretoria and a glimpse of the country’s heritage. The park is a monument to democracy and features a Wall of Remembrance, inscribed with the names of those who fell during the struggle for freedom.The race ended at the magnificent Nanhua Buddhist temple, the largest Buddhist seminary and temple in Africa. This breathtaking facility is situated in Bronkhorstspruit, about 90km from Johannesburg’s city centre.It is hoped that the concept will be rolled out to other provinces and cities around the country.
There are several stylistic and technological approaches to communicate information at a distance. We look at two: the zoom and the punch In.The ZoomThe zoom, of course, requires a telescopic lens to magnify the image. The camera is static so there won’t be any perspective changes. You can move the camera while zooming, a notable effect being the Hitchcock shot (a.k.a. the dolly zoom), but let’s focus on a static camera for this article.At its most basic, a zoom allows us to redirect and focus our audience’s attention within a single shot. A great example is the crash-zoom, often used in Hong Kong action cinema, and films harkening back to it. It emphasizes an action, introduces an imposing character, or adds weight to a character’s mood or emotion. Note its use in introducing Calvin Candy in Django Unchained.Here, we finally meet the man of much discussion — the slave master of Django’s wife. Once we see his face, it’s like nothing else in the world matters — all our attention is focused on him.In Clinton Jones’s short action film “Sleeping Dogs,” we see an excellent use of a crash-zoom-out. After our main character rolls back over the table, he steps up onto the counter, then turns and kicks an attacker in the face. The camera crash zooms out, whipping our view back to a wide angle, to see the kick to the face and the thwarted attacker’s painful reaction.Here, the crash-zoom whiplashes the audience, just as our hero’s kick whiplashes his foe. But the crash-zoom is a fairly unique type of zoom. What happens when we take our time and zoom in slowly?Now, zooming in and out can create very different emotions. Let’s zoom in first. As I said earlier, this redirects and focuses our audience’s attention, but when the focus of the zoom is a character, we create a new feeling — that our character’s point of view is becoming hyper-focused. Maybe the character is putting two and two together and their mind is coming closer to a solution or revelation. Or perhaps they’ve become focused on a goal, like Jack Torrance losing his mind and thinking he needs to kill his family to “correct them.”Zooming out creates isolation. The slower we zoom, the more we become aware just how far we are away from our target — both physically and situationally. It emphasizes the distance between us and them — between them and the world. If our character is in a crowd, we convey several things, either that they’re not unique, they’re one of many, or that no amount of people in the world can rid them of their isolation.The Punch InThe punch in is one of those frustrating “same but different” techniques, in relation to the zoom. Yes, they both accomplish the same objective of moving our audience closer to, or further from, a new focus. But the method is different and the resulting emotion can be, as well. The punch in is more direct. It literally cuts straight to the chase.Whereas the zoom accomplishes its goal in a single shot, the punch in requires (at minimum) two shots edited together. Check out this scene in Casino Royale where James Bond realizes that the fuel tanker is where his objective is.You could use a crash-zoom, but it might whiplash the audience, creating a more shocking feeling. A slow zoom would help convey that he has discovered the truth of the situation. But, we need something fast to keep the pace of the chase scene going — we need something punchier. We just need to quickly convey what James Bond has discovered and that it’s of critical importance. We don’t need to whiplash our audience, but we do want to surprise them, thus heightening the intensity of the scene.The punch in can also frighten us. With each cut, we draw closer and closer toward doom. A slow zoom can create dread, but a punch in can shock us, causing us to get closer to a state of panic.As we cut closer to the paranormal twins, we feel Danny’s impending doom.ExperimentationThe zoom and punch in have similar qualities. Like most things in art, a tool’s effectiveness relies on the artist. Experiment with each technique. Try shooting the same scene several different ways. Find a scene with a shocking revelation or dialogue, and use various versions of the zoom and the punch in. Does the crash zoom add weight to it or make it feel kind of hokey? Is the slow zoom too dramatic? Does the punch in ruin the pacing of the overall scene or shake it up in a necessary way? A dangerous approach can be having the technique you want in mind before even writing the scene. Experiment and see which technique fits the scene best, instead of trying to shoehorn the scene into the effect.Cover image via The Shining (Warner Bros)Looking for more cinematography tips and tricks? 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Situated about 10 kilometres from the main market in Kairana, village Kaserwa Kalaan is Jat-dominated. Villagers put the population of Jats – a dominant caste in western Uttar Pradesh – in the village at about 50%.As one walks around the narrow lanes, with large houses on either side, one sees the title Chaudhari – typical of Jats in the region – prefixed to nameplates in many houses.It is this powerful, agrarian caste that may in some ways hold the key to the May 28 Lok Sabha bypoll in which the BJP locks horns with a combined opposition that has backed the candidature of Tabassum Begum, now with the Rashtriya Lok Dal, a party traditionally associated with Jats in western U.P.Kaserwa Kalaan seems to be veering around to the RLD this time, with Jat villagers strongly backing the RLD.If Jats vote for the RLD in large numbers, the combined strength of Muslims, a numerically powerful community here, Jats and Dalits can make the contest a tough one for the BJP.Playing cards with his friends just outside his house, Bhopal Masterji, an ageing teacher belonging to the Jat caste, says the village is heavily tilted towards the RLD this time.He faults the BJP for the recent Karnataka crisis, and points to rising fuel prices to claim that the party has been unable to fulfil its promises.Communal overtones to the election apart, caste alignments are key to the poll outcome here, with the opposition combine banking on Jats deserting the BJP to vote for the RLD candidate.This is what seems to be happening, if Kaserwa Kalaan is any indicator.However, community stereotypes regarding Muslims remain, despite the shift.Asked if Jats would vote for a Muslim candidate of the RLD – given that Muzaffarnagar had seen Jat-Muslim riots in 2013 – Sanjeev Singh, a resident of the village, says that Jats would vote for any RLD candidate this time.“But if the RLD were to field a Jat candidate, not one Muslim would vote for him,” he adds with a wry smile.‘Muslim votes crucial’“Muslims are large in number here, and their votes are going to be crucial. Add Jats, and the RLD is on a strong wicket,” he says. “The day Muslims cross the 50% population mark in western U.P., only candidates they prefer will be elected.”The BJP also has a caste card in Kairana. They are banking on the Gujjars, with their candidate Mriganka Singh being late Gujjar leader Hukum Singh’s daughter.Apart from Gujjars – an influential caste here – the BJP is counting on upper caste Hindus, particularly Baniyas, to see it through.