The former Ogle Estate compound will soon house the Public Service Staff College, according to PresidentThe former GuySuCo Headquarters located at Ogle, East Coast DemeraraDavid Granger. The establishment of the institution is part of government’s efforts to rein in corruption and improve efficiency in the Public Sector.The proposed Public Service College will have four faculties that will produce graduates with university level qualifications.The faculties are: International Relations (Foreign Service), Defence, Public Administration, and Information Technology. Shortly after taking office in 2015, President Granger had announced that the Public Service College will be established.He made the announcement during a conference with various Permanent Secretaries and heads of state agencies at the Guyana International Conference Centre where he declared the entire public service was in dire need of reform.He noted that public servants must possess expert knowledge and high standards to improve the sector’s efficiency and increase the satisfaction of the people of Guyana.Therefore, the establishment of the Public Service College for those desirous of a career in the public service sector is deemed by the Granger Administration as “a step in the right direction”.Further, the President noted that the public service should be established firmly on the basis of an effective merit system and not on the basis of political partiality.As such, he anticipates the functioning of the college would assist in ensuring the merit system is reinforced.Earlier this year, the Head of State had toured the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo) Headquarters located at Ogle, East Coast Demerara, as a possible area for the college.During the visit, GuySuCo head Errol Hanoman had said the premises will be vacant as a result of plans to relocate the company’s restructuring.
A Stevedore Housing Scheme, Georgetown man was on Wednesday released on $350,000 bail after he was charged and appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for causing death by dangerous driving.Aaron Mahadeo, 33, denied the charge which stated that on November 21, 2018 at Aubrey Barker Road, Georgetown he drove motor car HC 7451 in a manner dangerous to the public thereby causing the death of Carlise Clementson.Reports are Clementson was attempting to cross the road when he was struck down. He was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was hospitalised. He succumbed to his injuries on December 3, 2018.In court on Wednesday, Police Prosecutor Bisram Ramjattan objected to bail based on the seriousness and prevalence of the offence. Clementson was released on $350,000 bail on the condition that he report to the East La Penitence Police Station every Friday until the matter is completed. The case will continue on March 5, 2019.
– says priorities are differentThe Berbice Bridge Company Incorporated (BBCI) has expressed its disappointment with Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson’s refusal to meet over a potential buyout of the bridge.Berbice River BridgeDuring an interview on the State-owned NCN last month, Minister Patterson had disclosed that his government has offered to purchase the ownership of the bridge from the BBCI.Days later, the Bridge Company denied that such a proposal was made but subsequently wrote the Minister for a meeting to discussion Government’s buyout offer.However, the Public Infrastructure Minister has since rejected the BBCI’s request to meet, opting instead to go ahead with ongoing court proceedings.In his response, Patterson said while Government “stands ready and willing to seek a resolution regarding matters of national importance”, including the issue of the Berbice River Bridge, Government “shall continue to make representation” in court.A move, which the BBCI says, is in incomprehensible.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson“The Berbice Bridge Company Inc, quite frankly, finds the Government’s approach to dealing with a Public Private Partnership incomprehensible, since, rather than exercise the much more preferable option of meeting and exploring a resolution of the issue, the Government has chosen to proceed in Court,” the Company said in a statement on Thursday.The BBCI went on to highlight that since the assumption of the coalition Government into office, it has consistently sought, though without success, to meet with the Public Infrastructure Minister to discuss a revision of its Concession Agreement.It is because of the Government’s persistent refusal to respect its contractual obligations under the Concession Agreement to come to the table and address the annual adjustments to the bridge toll that the BBCI said it was forced to resort to the Court.Last October, the BBCI had disclosed that the Company is facing bankruptcy and as such proposed to increase its tolls, as much 300 per cent in some cases, to keep the Berbice Bridge afloat.However, this was strongly opposed by Government, which called the toll hikes burdensome and draconian, and eventually, on November 5, 2018 took over operations of the facility to stop the BBCI’s increase from taking effect on November 12 of that year.The Berbice Bridge Company has since challenged this move by Government and the Court has ordered Minister Patterson to give reasons for the decision to take over operations of the bridge. The matter is scheduled to be heard again on October 18, 2019.Nevertheless, the BBCI said in its missive on Thursday that it is in the public interest and best business practice for parties delivering a public service, who are in dispute, to sit down together to seek an amicable resolution to their differences rather than proceed to litigation, where there can only be one winner and one loser.“The Berbice Bridge Company Inc is extremely disappointed in the Government’s refusal to now meet and present a fair and reasonable offer to purchase the ownership of the Bridge given the Minister’s previous public statement on the matter,” Thursday’s statement detailed.In a previous missive last month, the BBCI said it welcomed any “fair and reasonable” offer from Government to buy over the Berbice River Bridge.But in a post on his Facebook page on Thursday, Minister Patterson admitted that he declined to meet with the Company to possible sale, saying “our priorities are very different”.In fact, he contended that he is “willing to meet at any time to further discuss the maintenance and repairs of this bridge ONLY…”The issue of the buyout of the Berbice Bridge was raised last year, when outspoken political activist and former Presidential Advisor, Ramon Gaskin, suggested a total buyout of the Bridge Company by Government so as to resolve the issue of raising tolls.At the time, Guyana Times had reported that the BBCI, in which the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) has majority voting rights on the Board of Directors, was forced to push for the increase in tolls in order to protect its investment.To this end, Gaskin had suggested that an alternative can be for Government and the NIS to solely-own the bridge company, thus buying the shares from all the other shareholders.
Swansea City striker Borja Baston looks set for a transfer 1 Malaga have agreed to sign Swansea City striker Borja Baston on loan for the season, according to reports in Spain.The 24-year-old has endured a difficult time since arriving in Wales for a club record fee of £15.5m from Atletico Madrid last summer, scoring only once.The Spaniard almost left Swansea in January to join Villarreal on loan, but a deal collapsed during the final stages of talks.But now, according to COPE Malaga, Baston has agreed to join Malaga for the new season.The striker is now undergoing a medical in Spain, while he is also said to already be on the hunt for a new house.Baston’s move to Malaga will see him join on loan for the season, but there is also the option for him to join them permanently for £10.5m next summer.
Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.DENVER — The Giants don’t have any players with 15 home runs, any starting pitchers with a sub-3.50 ERA or any everyday starters who made the All-Star team.Despite all of their perceived shortcomings, the Giants are still in the playoff hunt.With 51 games remaining, manager Bruce Bochy’s club sits 2.5 games behind the Phillies and Nationals for the second National League Wild Card berth. After posting a …
29 August 2008Cape Town-based freediver Hanli Prinsloo excelled in the Nordic Deep Freediving Competion held recently off the west coast of Sweden, winning the competition and setting four new South African records in the process.Freediving is the sport of diving deep for as long, or as far, as possible on one single breath of air.Prinsloo first improved her mark in Free Immersion, which is a depth discipline where the diver pulls herself down and back up a rope.The previous record had been 42 metres, but she lowered the mark to 50 metres in the black and cold waters of the Gullmarsfjord.She began the pool disciplines with a Dynamic No Fins record in which the diver swims breaststroke under water.Prinsloo destroyed the previous record of 78 metres by swimming 126 metres underwater. That new record places her among the top five women in the world for the discipline.Her third record came a day after the first two when Prinsloo broke her own Static Apnea mark by floating face down while holding her breath for an outstanding five minutes and 39 seconds.On the final day of the competition, competing in the Dynamic with Fins event, she bettered her own record of a dive of 129 metres while swimming underwater with a monofin.By adding another 21 metres to the old mark, she improved the record to 150 metres. Prinsloo now holds four of the six South African freediving records.She has been a freediving instructor for the past 10 years and teaches in a wide variety of locations, including in Cape Town, Umkomaas, Mozambique, Egypt, and Sweden.Prinsloo focuses on wildlife freediving, scouring the oceans for big fish and mammals, and freediving with whales, dolphins, sharks, and many other fish.The Nordic Deep 2008 Freediving Competition was her first big competition since the 2006 World Championships.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Filmmaking is a puzzle. Let’s examine what a pre-production checklist might look like for a low-budget, narrative short film.Unless you’re Terrence Malick, the pre-production process will most likely play a very important role in your filmmaking endeavor. Without proper pre-production, you won’t be able to answer the myriad questions that come your way on shoot day. These will come from the DP, actors, and any other crew members that may become confused by a lack of planning. While it’s an important step, pre-production is naturally different for every film. Many factors help shape the stages of the process, including the type of project, the budget, the size of the crew, etc. For example, the pre-production steps on a film shot on location is going to look vastly different from a production shot primarily on a sound stage. For this reason, it’s important to create a checklist to make sure you’re not missing anything. You want to have answers ready when your crew asks where to stage equipment, where to park, or where they can go to the bathroom. While I’ve tried to put this checklist in chronological order, many of these steps are ongoing and will overlap. Some steps might not apply to your particular project, so customize according to your specific needs. Write the ScriptImage via Fabio Pagani.Naturally, a good place to start is with a script. If you didn’t already write one yourself, find someone who did and ask to collaborate. Or, you can go the Drake Doremus route and improvise your way through production with a loose outline. Just be ready to give your actors something to work with. Break Down the ScriptTo really understand the script, you’ll want to break it down into the various production elements. These include cast members, props, sound, and anything else you’ll need to think about before heading out to shoot. The script breakdown will guide the creation of a shot list and shooting schedule. Create a Look BookImage via Sauleshechka.As the name implies, the look book captures the overall tone and feel of your film. This can be very loose, with nothing more than a few pictures. Or, you can throw in everything you can think of, including a log line, synopsis, storyboards, camera preferences, and cast and crew bios. Raise MoneyThis particular step can start as soon as you have your script and look book prepared. Whether you’re crowdfunding or applying for grants, the more information you have to show, the better. Be aware that grants are available for all steps of the filmmaking process, so you might constantly find yourself in the fundraising stage. Make a Distribution PlanIf you plan on applying for grants or asking for money from investors, many of these folks will want to know your distribution plans. Will it be as simple as a film festival run? Do you have money in the budget to distribute it digitally? It’s good to ask yourself these questions early on. Research Your Dream CrewImage via gnepphoto.Watch demo reels, check out headshots, and ask for résumés. From the cinematographer to the actors, assemble a list of local cast and crew with which you’d like to work. If you’re feeling lucky, put together a dream-team list where budget isn’t a factor. Create a Preliminary BudgetTo create a preliminary budget, you can simply reach out to prospective crew members and inquire about their rates. With the script and look book complete, this is a good opportunity to see if you can set up a meeting to actually pitch your idea, which will help get people on board.Attach Key Crew MembersAgain, creating a preliminary budget can work in parallel with attaching key crew members. Simply bring your script and look book, and pitch away. Be transparent about the funding of your project and how they’ll be paid. In a perfect world, you can scoop up several key team members (like a producer) that will help get some momentum behind your project. Scout the LocationsImage via zlikovec.When scouting locations, bring as many department heads/crew members as you can. The cinematographer will want to know where the sunlight is coming from, your producer will want to know where cast and crew will park and use the bathroom, and your sound engineer will want to listen for trains, planes, automobiles, and construction sites. Snap some pictures and put them in your look book.Write a Storyboard/Shot ListWith a cinematographer on board, you can now tackle storyboarding and shot listing. Use the script, look book, and your team’s expertise to map out the visual language of your film. Remember that you can rewrite your film several times throughout the process, including on-set with cinematography and in-post via editing. Cast the FilmImage via wavebreakmedia.If you can afford a casting director, get one. A casting director might be able to land you a well-known actor, which can bring so much extra to your film — including a possible audience. And as you know, actors like to work with other good actors. If you can nab just one known actor, you never know how far the project will go. RehearseWith the cast in place, gather everyone together for a table read. Make sure you schedule time for rehearsal on the day of the shoot, or maybe even the day prior. You can always film the rehearsal, as many actors will bust out their best material on the first go. Or, if you have Robert Pattinson on set, you might skip the rehearsals all together in favor of spontaneity. Schedule Your ShootImage via nampix.You’re almost there. With the cast and crew ready to go, and all of the script elements in place, it’s time to schedule the shoot days. If you did a good job breaking down the script, this step should be relatively straightforward. You’ll be able to see which actors you need on any particular day, and you can group scenes by location to streamline the shoot. Permits and InsuranceNow that you have the shoot dates in place, it’s time to apply for the proper permits. This step should go hand-in-hand with scheduling the shoot dates. Check out the steps to secure a permit, which will generally require insurance. If you have a small enough crew, you might be able to get away with shooting for free. If you’ve completed all of the steps above — and you’re not totally exhausted and/or broke — then you just might be ready to get out there and shoot something. Good luck!Looking or more tips and tricks for your production? Check these out.Follow Fill: The Simple Solution to Lighting a Difficult Scene10 Lessons I Learned From My First Feature Documentary7 DIY Filmmaking Projects You Can Complete in a Weekend3 Cheap, Underappreciated Cameras Filmmakers Should ConsiderWhy Filmmakers and Photographers Prefer to Use Soft Light
Sharing his views with regards to the investment, Sharing his views with regards to the investment, Mr. Anand Ramachandran, CEO and Co-Founder, Fantain Sports said, “We are delighted that BookMyShow has seen value in the capabilities of Fantains FRM platform and believe that this strategic investment will help BookMyShow to connect and engage with fans like never before. We are also excited to explore new avenues, both across new businesses and new capabilities that widen the base of fan engagement. We look forward to start catering to millions of fans on BookMyShow.” About BookMyShow: BookMyShow, the flagship brand of Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., is Indias largest online entertainment ticketing platform that allows users to book tickets for movies, plays, sports and live events through its website, mobile app and mobile site. Founded in Mumbai (India) in 2007 by three long-time friends, Ashish Hemrajani, Parikshit Dar and Rajesh Balpande, BookMyShow is now present in over 350 towns and cities across India, currently meeting the entertainment demands of over 14 million customers. With support and encouragement from its investors Network 18, Accel Partners and SAIF Partners, BookMyShow continues to innovate in the e-commerce ecosystem of India. For more information, please visit http://www.bookmyshow.com. About Fantain: Fantain offers fan engagement through insights, activation and monetisation to its customers. Fantain believes that professional sports should be conducted like any other well-run business, with a strong focus on building long standing and mutually rewarding relationship with the most vital stakeholder, the fan. It was founded by three seasoned IT professionals, Anand Ramachandran, Vivek Venugopalan and Aravind Ramachandran and has been working with some of the leading sports teams in India. Fantain counts Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad amongst its customers. For more information visit http://www.fantain.com. Media Contact: Arushi Maheshwari firstname.lastname@example.org +91-8802999023 Kapil Daryani email@example.com +91-9987210099 Source: Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. PRNewswire GSVadvertisement
The first American to take charge at a top division club in Europe, newly-appointed Swansea City manager Bob Bradley insists that he can handle the pressure of the English Premier League (EPL).New Jersey-born Bradley’s first game is expected to be a tough one as Swansea will travel to Arsenal for an EPL clash on October 15.”One thing you learn in management is they can get rid of you any time. The first time I was USA manager I was the interim coach. But we’re all interim managers in football,” Bradley said. (Angry Klopp sparks Liverpool revival at Swansea)”Whether I am judged after one, two, three or five games, it’s no problem. I can take it. But one thing you can’t be is fazed by it when you stand in front of the players. The second they sense you are worried about your job you are finished,” he added.”I’ve been fired five times before. So I get the pressure in football — but I am not fazed by it.”The fact that Bradley has no previous experience of the high pressure atmosphere of the EPL may not go down well with the club’s supporters, specially since the Swansea Supporters’ Trust, which owns 21 percent share in the club and has a place on the board, was not even consulted when he was drafted in from French Ligue 2 outfit Le Havre.Bradley, however, is confident that he will win over the sceptics. (EPL: Aguero leads Man City past Swansea, Liverpool crush Hull)advertisement”The fans are the lifeblood of every team. I remind players every day that when you step on the pitch that you must always understand all of the people who love the club and come rain or shine stand behind the colours.”For me, the number one responsibility you have as a manager and as players is to make the fans feel proud,” Bradley was quoted as saying by the Daily Express on Sunday.”The connection between the club and community, and the passion with the supporters is so important. (Premier League: Controversial Costa scores twice as Chelsea hold Swansea)”I will work hard every single day to make sure we step onto the pitch and remember how much our team means to our supporters,” he added.
Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Gelson Fernandes has revealed that it was his preference to stay in the Premier League in 2009 but Manchester City refused to sell him to a domestic competitor.Fernandes, who scored three goals in 43 appearances for City, looks back fondly on his time with the current champions, but rues the fact that he didn’t get to spend more time in England.With the Etihad side having been bought over by the Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008, City suddenly had copious amounts of cash to spent on new players – and they did with immediate effect. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Fernandes suffered as a consequence, with no less then three players brought in for the same position in midfield.“I will never forget my time there,” the 32-year-old told Goal. “I didn’t want to leave the Premier League, but with Nigel de Jong, Patrick Vieira and Yaya Toure, Manchester City signed three new players for my position.“There was no room for me there and a transfer within England wasn’t an option because City didn’t want to give me to a competitor. That’s how I ended up in Ligue 1 with Saint-Etienne.”Nevertheless, Fernandes has good memories of that part of his career, reserving special praise for fellow midfield anchor Dietmar Hamann.“I got to know many great personalities and top athletes during my time at Man City,” he said. “Didi Hamann influenced me a lot.“He was an incredibly clever player, had personality, charisma and was a real leader. He was also very important to me personally because he gave me a lot of tips that helped me a lot in the course of my career.”Having been at Eintracht since 2017, Fernandes was part of Niko Kovac’s squad that won the DFB Pokal last season. Kovac was then poached to coach Bayern Munich in the summer, but things haven’t been smooth for the 47-year-old.A decent start to the 2018-19 Bundesliga campaign hit the breaks late September with a 1-1 draw at home to Augsburg, followed by two defeats plus another draw in the Champions League. Talk of a crisis at the Allianz followed, although a recent 3-1 win at Wolfsburg and a 2-0 win over AEK Athens has gone some way to relieving some pressure.Kovac still has his doubters, but Fernandes believes his old boss is the right man to get the Bavarians back on track.“A few weeks ago he was still being praised because he had started the season so well,” Fernandes said.“Then he didn’t win four games in a row and already there was a big crisis. I can imagine that the team were at a low point because the preparation was tough.“Nevertheless, I’m sure that they will find their way to their old strength. Kovac knows what he wants and can show the team the right path.“Of course, you don’t get much time at Bayern [if there are bad results], but I’m convinced he can lead the club out of the crisis.”Eintracht host Apollon in the Europa League on Thursday evening, looking to add to their perfect start with two wins from two in Group H.