This has been a constant theme in the Daily Observer newspaper—that all of the people, citizens and residents alike, should practice good hygiene.This should be done first by keeping ourselves clean, followed by our homes, dwelling and work places, our marketplaces, neighborhoods and our entire environment—the alleys, streets and highways.Why do we revisit this urgent theme? It is a follow up to our back page story last Friday, “Liberia Still at Risk,” in which we quoted a man who should know all about the critical importance of good hygiene practices—Francis Fordia, Chief Administrator of the Foya-Borma Hospital. Remember, Foya was the first Liberian town hit by Ebola in March last year. A Liberian woman who had been visiting Guinea, where the most recent Ebola outbreak first started, crossed the Guinea-Liberia border near Foya, instantly transmitting the deadly virus. She traveled on to Firestone and soon, the virus was spread all over Liberia, which quickly became the epicenter, surpassing infections in Guinea and Sierra Leone.Mr. Fordia did something all good citizens of any country should do. He recently attended a medical conference in Sweden and Denmark, two Scandinavian countries—the other being Norway—which are all highly developed. Upon his return he decided to share with the public what he considered the most striking part of his experiences. That is what good people do—when they travel, they observe some positive things they saw and upon return, share them with their compatriots.He prefaced his remarks by this warning: “Until Liberians can begin to keep their surroundings clean, the risk of the rapid spread of infectious outbreak is high.” He cited malaria which still kills thousands of our people. “This is all because we don’t want to clean our environment. A lot of dirty water sits around where we live, with mosquitoes breeding in front and behind the houses.”He further observed that people in Liberia go out all day, return home and without washing their hands, they sit down to eat. “Do you know how terribly you are risking your life?” he asked. Mr. Fordia also referred to Monrovia, the capital city’s “endemic drainage problem,” that contributes to massive flooding . . .”Now here is what Hospital Administrator Fordia shared from his Scandinavian experience: “While I was in Sweden I did not see one piece of paper thrown on the street. In every corner of the country I traveled, even on the highways, there are standard garbage cans because you are not allowed to throw trash from your car.”“If we live in clean environments,” he admonished, “this will help us to live longer as the Swedes are doing.” He then asked this rhetorical (symbolic) question: “What’s so extra about them? They are human beings like us, but the difference is just our mindset, which we need to change.”We call on everyone to emulate Mr. Fordia’s example. Whenever one travels and sees something good there, he or she should return and share it with us. Not all, but someone will take heed and be positively impacted—his family and neighbors, too.The bottom line is, let us keep our homes, neighborhoods, workplaces and general environment clean. How so often we see some of our most affluent people, riding these expensive, stained glassed SUVs, winding them down to throw plastic bags and other garbage on the highway. That is aside from what taxi riders commonly do.We call on all parents, school, office and business authorities to set aside a special time to instruct their workers on the need to practice good hygiene.We call on all County Superintendents and all City Mayors, Paramount and Clan Chiefs, and all Tribal Governors in cities and towns around the country to launch regular clean-up campaigns in their various localities. The aim is to instill the habit of good hygiene and cleanliness in our people’s minds and habits, so that these become their daily routine.Finally, we call on our new Health Minister, Dr. Bernice Dahn, when she is finally commissioned, to make good hygiene and sanitation one of the centerpieces of her national health policies.We close with the ancient and well known dictum: “Prevention is better than cure.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– “I listen to people, now look what i go and do,” – suspectA mother of two was stabbed several times by her mentally unstable boyfriend and left to die in a muddy drain at Crane Street Queenstown, Corriverton, Berbice.The dead woman has been identified as Iransa Frank, 38, a waitress at the Crimson Light Bar located on the Corentyne. She formerly lived at South Ruimveldt, Georgetown.Based on reports received, the woman recently moved in with the suspect at his Lot 110 Crane Street, Queenstown, Corriverton home, after they had been seeing each other for just over a month. The suspect was reportedly deported from the United States of America about ten years ago.At about 8:00h on Sunday, the now dead woman had headed home from work, but shortly after, she visited a nearby shop. Moments later, the woman was seen running up the street with the suspect in hot pursuit. He eventually caught up withDead: Iransa Frankthe woman.The woman tried to fight him off, but her throat was reportedly slit in the process. The woman fell into a nearby drain, and was further stabbed four times to her neck.“We could not go and help because he standing up right there with the knife in he hand, and he is a ‘mad man’,” one eye witness told this publication.Police arrived on the scene and arrested the suspect, as well as take the alleged murder weapon as evidence. Upon his arrest, he reportedly screamed that he should not have listened to anyone.Reports are that Frank was supposed to leave for Georgetown today (Monday), and had already removed some of her clothing. It is believed that the woman had gone to collect the remainder of her clothing when she met her demise.Reports are that the suspect had been a patient at the National Psychiatric Hospital on three occasions. The last time he was reportedly admitted was earlierThe area where the woman was brutally killedin this year, when he spent three months.His neighbours claim he had threatened to kill them whenever he “trips”. Another neighbour recalled him threatening to kill her, her daughter and the dog.“When he run off, he does start pelting up the place and behaving bad,” one resident explained.Frank, who lost both of her parents while she was still a young girl, had lived with a relative while in Georgetown, by stayed at the Crimson Light Bar whenever she was in Berbice. The woman leaves to mourn her two children (ages 21 and 16). Her body was taken to the Skeldon Hospital Mortuary to await a post mortem.The suspect is expected to be charged shortly.
VANDERHOOF, B.C. – Four teams from the Fort St. John Minor Lacrosse Association were in Vanderhoof over the weekend in their fourth weekend of interleague action.The Fort St. John Novice Thunder played a pair of games, losing their first game vs. the combined Vanderhoof/Mackenzie team 15-4 before bouncing back against Quesnel on Sunday, winning 18-8.The Pee Wee squad also went 1-and-1 on the weekend, dropping their first game on Saturday against Prince George 22-2, then rallying for a win over the Van/Mac Pee Wee team 10-2.- Advertisement -The combined Fort St. John/Mackenzie Bantam team went 0-for-2 this weekend, getting doubled in Saturday’s game against Prince George 6-3, and also scoring 3 goals on Sunday in a 7-3 loss to Vanderhoof.Sunday was also the day for the Midget squad who lost their first game of the weekend on Saturday to Van/Mac 6-2, before coming back out on Sunday to win a thrilling game against PG with the final score of 7-5.The teams are next in action this coming weekend, when they head to the Kin Centre in Prince George.Advertisement The Fort St. John Minor Lacrosse in action in Vanderhoof over the last weekend in May. Photo credit: Annika Hedican. The Fort St. John Minor Lacrosse in action in Vanderhoof over the last weekend in May. Photo credit: Annika Hedican.
MISSING JACK RUSSELL SPARKIE – CAN YOU HELP FIND HIM?A LETTERKENNY family has renewed its appealed to members of the public to be on the look-out for their missing pet dog Sparkie.The Jack Russell is missing from the Boyle family home in Fairgreen Park since the weekend and there have been several possible sightings since donegaldaily.com issued the appeal three days ago.But Sparkie is still missing. Said Pamela Boyle: “He is a very loved family pet and we would like to see him home safe.“He’s 18 months old. He is white and brown with black spots on his back. He’s my daughter Amy’s little dog and she’s really missing him. We’d be so grateful if anyone can help us find him again.”Anyone who finds Sparkie or who thinks they have seen him should call Pamela on 086 2124161. FAMILY RENEW APPEAL OVER MISSING PET DOG SPARKIE was last modified: July 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:APPEAL: FAMILY DISTRAUGHT OVER MISSING PET DOG SPARKIEletterkenny news
Yesterday’s parkrun in Letterkenny marked a big milestone for one of the event’s youngest participants!Little Reuben O’Domhnail completed his tenth parkrun, clocking up 50 kilometres around the park over the last few months.The first to cross the finish line was Garreth McCullagh, followed closely by Martin Mooney and Mark Connolly. Every Saturday morning at 9:30am, walkers, joggers, fun runners, and elite runners alike come together to take part in this free 5k.The emphasis is on having fun and enjoying yourself – why not join in next week?Photography by Mary Conway.Picture Special: Little Reuben completes tenth Letterkenny Parkrun! was last modified: December 3rd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:letterkenny parkrunpicture special
Hurry up and film like a crazy person, or take your time? In this article, we examine both approaches to no-budget short film production.No-budget short films shoots are full of challenges. With a diminished crew (if any), and no financial backing, it can often feel like you’re walking into the wind. As such, it raises the question: should you sprint or take your time?What do I mean by that? Well, let’s use running as an analogy for filmmaking. When you’re sprinting, you’re moving as fast as you can to reach the finish line. But this is only a short dash, not a marathon. From a filmmaking perspective, you’re theoretically likely to run into fewer issues during a shorter shoot than you would a drawn-out project. You can give it your all without exhausting yourself.Conversely, if you take your time when making a no-budget short, you can create a longer film. And when you do run into issues, you’ll have time to stop fully address the concern. But the more time you take, the more issues you’ll run into.Recently, I released a web series that was a labor of love for the last few years. To be frank, I abandoned the initial concept quite a while ago. I envisioned it as a thirty-five to forty-minute sci-fi short film, and in the end, it was a fifteen-minute web series of three- to four-minute vignettes. I realized that a thirty-five- to forty-minute no-budget sci-fi epic, by a solo filmmaker, might have been overly ambitious.I definitely took my sweet time on this project, and it killed it.Out the gate, everything went fine. The lead actor had set aside a few days to film, all of our props and costumes were in fully working condition (they decline rapidly over the course of a no-budget short), and we even had a day of shooting at a location with a rusted-out helicopter and an equally eroded army jeep. For a no-budget apocalyptic short, that location felt like we had gone to the next level.At this point, we were sprinting — filming every day, long hours, getting great results. As soon as we started to slow down at the end of the first week, the setbacks began to mount. Ultimately, I didn’t even wrap filming until two years later.Instead of working on an overly ambitious project set in several different locations — involving a plethora of complexities — if we had worked on a short film that we could have actually completed in a week, while it would have been different, we would have finished it much sooner and moved on to a new project.The longer a no-budget project drags on, the more apparent it becomes that it has no budget. And, of course, the one thing that filmmakers want when making a no-budget short is for it to look like it had one. In the end, because we didn’t get the results we wanted from that initial week, we decided to cull most of what we shot and, instead, produced a series of vignettes with a very spare story.Aesop’s fable “The Tortoise and the Hare” says we don’t need to run to win the race. But when it comes to a no-budget short, I think the faster you work, the better the results.Cover image via G-Stock Studio.Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check out these articles.PG vs. R Ratings: What’s the Difference for Summer Action Films?4 Quick, Helpful Fixes for Stimulating a Compelling InterviewTips for Avoiding Stress as A Solo FilmmakerWhat to Charge for Videography Projects: A Handy GuideFrom Jason Bourne to Indiana Jones, This Is the Secret to Better Action Scenes
Assam Social Welfare Minister Pramila Rani Brahma on Friday said the number of fake children listed in the State’s anganwadi centres could be anywhere between six and nine lakh, and not 14 lakh as stated by the Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi.Ms. Brahma blamed the “exaggerated” figure on the State’s former social welfare director S.S. Meenakshi Sundaram, who had submitted a report to the Centre without their knowledge two days before his transfer to another department.Citing Assam’s ‘fake children’ on Thursday, Ms. Gandhi said that the Centre has asked all States to remove the names of non-existing beneficiaries. “…In a survey last year, three lakh fake children were found to be listed in the anganwadis of Assam. Another survey in June this year revealed the existence of 14 lakh fake children. The beneficiary lists were inflated by ground level workers and this led to pilferage and leakage of funds,” Ms. Gandhi said.Ms. Brahma said, “A chunk of genuine beneficiaries may have missed out on counting because women in rural areas cannot take their children regularly to the anganwadi centres due to domestic and farm engagements.” There are about 44 lakh beneficiaries in Assam’s 62,000 anganwadi centres. The actual figure was found to be 35 lakh during a headcount, and this was in a report by Mr. Sundaram earlier. So the ghost beneficiaries tuned out to be nine lakh,” she said.But on August 10 Mr. Sundaram submitted another report to the Centre citing the 14 lakh. “I was not aware of this report, nor other officers of the department. At this point of time, I cannot say where he got the number from,” she said.The Minister also found fault with Mr. Sundaram’s assertion in the report to the Centre that he saved ₹1.10 crore per day after the detection of the ghost beneficiaries.“Our annual budget is ₹300 crore. His figure implies that there are no children in Assam’s anganwadi centres,” she said, adding that the department has been asked to find out how Mr. Sundaram arrived at the figure.
Standing 6 feet 9 inches tall, Vikas Gowda is heading to London not just to make the numbers but with a goal to end independent India’s long wait for an Olympic medal in track and field.Gowda stands the best chance among Indians athletes to finish on the podium, and the discus thrower is ready to spring a surprise once he enters the Olympic Stadium on August 6.Gowda’s form can be assessed by the fact that the US-based Indian recorded his personal best throw of 66.28m in April this year.”He is focused for the Olympics and has been training really well for the past several months. We expect him to throw anywhere between 67-68m and hopefully, that would be good enough to win a medal,” Gowda’s father Shive, who is also his coach and will accompany him for the London Olympics, told Mail Today from Washington DC on Friday.Gowda is currently training in Arizona under the watchful eye of John Godina, a three-time world champion in shot put.There will be a lot of expectations from the burly discus thrower from Mysore. However, not looking too far ahead, Gowda’s first challenge is to qualify for the finals.Despite a busy training schedule in the last one year, Gowda doesn’t miss a chance to visit home for his mother’s homecooked food and without fail, is at home in Maryland to celebrate all the major festivals with his family.The journey to the London Olympics hasn’t been a smooth one for Gowda, who has often been vocal about the lack of financial support for his training.advertisement”There have been various financial problems that we faced all these years in order to realise his dream. Despite all these problems, nothing deterred him,” says Gowda senior who took a loan of $90,000 to support his son’s dream.Gowda graduated from the University of North Carolina and until recently, used to give mathematics tuitions in order to make ends meet. The estimated expenditure on his training between January 2012 and the Olympics is $150,000 but the sports ministry provided just 20 per cent of that amount.”In India, Vikas is rated as one of the best athletes but it’s a shame that he still doesn’t have a sponsor after so many years.All these things do bother him but at this stage, he can’t afford to think much about all these things,” added Shive.Independent India has not seen an Olympic medal in athletics although Milkha Singh came close to winning a bronze at the Rome Olympics in 1960.Gowda, however, could well end that long drought. Last month, he won bronze at the Diamond League in New York and the level of competition in that event is always high.”He has made a few changes in his technique with scientific help, dieticians and power training among others things. He has the highest range and arm length amongst all the throwers in the world.”He has been working with John Godina to improve his release velocity and with all that in perfect shape, Vikas is capable of beating anyone in the world,” says his father.With the organisers making all out efforts to nail drug cheats, Gowda senior doesn’t expect the throws to be very high. Besides, the wet weather in London could make the surface slippery which could be another decisive factor.Gowda has a tough job at hand but the tall discus thrower is well aware of the level of competition at the Olympics, and the results of all his efforts will be known within next 20 days.
Pakistan cricket team players are sporting black armbands in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match against Australia on Wednesday in honour of former cricketer Akhtar Sarfaraz and umpire Riazuddin, both of whom died recently.Pakistan won the toss and opted to field against Australia on a gloomy day in Taunton. Speaking at the toss, Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed confirmed the team will be wearing black armbands.”One of our Test umpires (Riazuddin) has passed away, and in honour of him, we’re all going to wear black bands today,” Sarfaraz Ahmed said.Pakistan vs Australia, World Cup 2019: Live Cricket ScoreRiazuddin, former Test umpire from Pakistan, died of cardiac arrest on Tuesday in Karachi. Riazuddin, who was 60, officiated in 12 Tests and as many ODIs and was part of the ICC panel.Meanwhile, Akhtar Sarfaraz, who died aged 43 on June 10, played international cricket for Pakistan between 1997 and 1998. He had played 4 ODIs and was a prolific run-getter at the domestic level.PCB shocked at the news of Akhtar Sarfaraz’s passinghttps://t.co/mPDWjJtnsW pic.twitter.com/2TB81C8D9oPakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) June 10, 2019Pakistan will be hoping to continue their winning momentum as they had headed into Wednesday’s game in Taunton on the back of an upset win over hosts and favourites England last week. Pakistan’s previous game against Sri Lanka on June 7 was abandoned without a ball being bowled.On the other hand, Australia will be looking to return to winning ways after their 10-match winning streak was snapped by Virat Kohli-led Team India on Sunday.advertisementAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan tweets lines from Rahat Indori’s poem after thumb injuryAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni changes wicketkeeping gloves, no army crestAlso See:
Sourav Ganguly 1st India cricketer in 65 years to become BCCI presidentSourav Ganguly is all set to be elected unopposed as BCCI presdident. The former India captain filed his nomination in Mumbai on Sunday. advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiOctober 14, 2019UPDATED: October 14, 2019 16:55 IST Sourav Ganguly set to be elected unopposed as new BCCI president (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSourav Ganguly 2nd India cricketer to become BCCI presidentSunil Gavaskar and Shivlal Yadav served as interim president in 2014Ganguly piped Brijesh Patel to become frontrunner for the post of BCCI presidentBatting great Sourav Ganguly is in line to become only the 2nd India cricketer after Maharaja of Vizianagaram to serve as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).Sourav Ganguly is all set to be elected unopposed as the new BCCI president. The former India captain filed his nomination for the coveted post on Monday at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai. He was accompanied by former BCCI bosses Niranjan Shah and N Srinivasan as he became the only candidate to file the nomination.Only once before had an India cricketer achieved the rare double. Maharaja of Vizianagaram, who led India in a Test tour to England in 1936. Despite playing only 3 Test matches for India, the Maharaja of Vizianagaram a.k.a Vizzy served as BCCI president between 1954 and 1956.Notably, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar and Shivlal Yadav have also served as interim BCCI presidents in 2014.The BCCI elections were scheduled to be held on October 23 but with Sourav Ganguly being the only candidate to file his nomination for the top post of Indian cricket, he is set to be elected unopposed.A consensus between the state units of BCCI was built during an unofficial meeting last week. Ganguly was unanimously accepted as the presidential candidate by the representatives of the state units.Shedding light on the dramatic turn of events in which he piped Brijesh Patel to become the frontrunner for BCCI president post, Ganguly said: “I didn’t know I would be the President when I came down. You (the reporter) asked me and I told you it’s Brijesh and when I went up and I came to know it has changed. I have never been in a BCCI election and I never knew it worked like this.”advertisementSourav Ganguly, however, will be able to serve as BCCI president only until September 2020 due to the cooling off period. He has been holding posts in Cricket Association of Bengal for the past five years where he currently serves as president and an administrator can only serve six years on the trot.Ganguly said he was looking forward to taking over the top job and “do something” to correct the hampered image of BCCI.”I am happy with the appointment because this is the time when BCCI’s image has got hampered and it’s a great opportunity for me to do something,” Ganguly told India Today on Sunday.Also Read | Matter of great pride that Sourav Ganguly is set to lead BCCI: Interim chief CK KhannaAlso Read | Nothing beats being India captain, says BCCI presidential candidate Sourav GangulyAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sourav GangulyFollow BCCI PresidentFollow Maharaja of VizianagaramFollow Sunil GavaskarFollow Shivlal Yadav Next