first_imgThe Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Milton A. Weeks, has assured the public of the bank’s continuous financial inclusion for sustainable development.Mr. Weeks, according to a CBL release, gave the assurance in Nadi, Fiji, while participating in the 8th Global Policy Forum (GPF) of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI). The forum is hosted under the theme, “Building the Pillars of Sustainable Inclusion.” This year’s GPF highlights the global efforts in promoting financial inclusion as a cardinal pillar of inclusive economic growth and development. The forum recognized the importance of financial inclusion as a key tool for sustainable development as enshrined in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development. Of the 17 goals, seven give specific recognition to financial inclusion as a powerful enabler of development progress. The 2016 GPF, the release said, was attended by over 540 delegates from 82 countries, including central bank governors and policymakers, international multilateral institutions, and the private sector. The ceremony was opened by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji, Rear Admiral (Retired) Josala Voreqe Bainimarama, and attended by senior officials of the Fijian Government, who reported on the full commitment of the Fijian government’s support to financial inclusion.On the sidelines of the GPF on Thursday, September 8, the Governor Weeks met with Alfred Hannig, the Executive Director of Alliance for Financial Inclusion, during which Governor Weeks highlighted financial inclusion as one of the key pillars of the new Strategic Plan of the CBL and assured AFI of the strong commitment of the CBL to the objective and goal of AFI. Mr. Hannig praised the active role that the CBL continues to play in AFI since it became a member of the Alliance in 2010. Both leaders therefore agreed to strengthen the partnership between the CBL and AFI, which will enable the CBL to benefit from the immense resources of AFI, including capacity building, knowledge-sharing and funding support for the financial inclusion program of the CBL. Meanwhile, Governor Weeks has assured Mr. Hannig of the continuous active role of the CBL in AFI and expressed the bank’s interest in taking membership in the Small and Medium Enterprise Finance Working Group (SMEFWG) of AFI.“While Liberia has made significant strides in promoting financial inclusion, there is need for further actions to build on the progress made so far at the national level. The Agenda for Transformation (AfT), the strategy for taking Liberia to a middle-income level economy by 2030,clearly articulates Financial Inclusion as one of the key policy goals,” Governor Weeks noted. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe team that got an overwhelming backing from their fans and officials from the County Government, who travelled all the way from West Pokot to Kakamega’s Bukhungu Stadium, started their convey at Kitale town shortly after 2pm.Kapenguria Heroes with trophies in Kapenguria town. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONLed by a County Government chase car, the convey that also comprised of Tartar Girls, who come from the region as well, had a stop over at Murkwijit, located at the border of Trans Nzoia and West Pokot where they were received by traditional dancers, had a jig with the teams before being congratulated by the County Sports minister Emily Chepoghisho.Now in their home county, the convey cheered on the road side by the residents, then snailed through Psigrio before passing the busy Makutano all the way to Kapenguria Town before heading to Governor John Lonyangapuo’s office where they met another set of traditional dancers who sung and dance for the heroes.West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo receiving the trohies. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONIn a rare occasion the residents coming from all ages were allowed to flock in the governor’s premises.A very cheerful Lonyangapuo, who had some time to dig at Gor Mahia, rewarded the team with goodies, giving both Kapenguria and Tartar who were runner-ups in the Boys category Sh100, 000 each and promised to organise a breakfast date with Deputy President, William Ruto and lunch with President Uhuru Kenyatta in April.“Gor Mahia gave birth to Gor Youth who they fainted on Sunday as we beat them, they got a shock so we want to show them that we also have talent in soccer,” Lonyangapuo said while receiving the team outside his office.“There are many people in Kenya including some here they are asking themselves can anything good come out of West Pokot? But the grace of God was upon us and we beat all the teams and reached the final. For that effort we are going to reward teams. Tomorrow (Tuesday) morning I am going to pay Sh200, 000 school fees for the 22 players from Tartar and have breakfast with them,” Lonyangapuo added.One of the traditional dancers welcoming Kapenguria Heroes. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONKapenguria Heroes despite not having a proper training facility, has produced top players thanks to the tournament that saw South Sudanese striker David Majak, Fredrick Krop and goalkeeper Brian Lumumba join Kenyan Premier League side Kakamega Homeboyz for a three-year contract.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kapenguria Heroes players having a jig with traditional dances during their home coming in West Pokot.Photo/GERALD ANDERSONWEST POKOT, Kenya, Mar 26 – After their triumphant Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom victory, Kapenguria Heroes were treated to a warm reception during their home-coming as the Kapenguria town came to a standstill to welcome the conquers on Monday.Living truly to their name, Kapenguria Heroes defied all the odds to stun Gor Mahia Youth 3-0 in post-match penalties to lift the inaugural tournament’s title and earn a life time trip to London for a week-long training in May and receive mentorship from Harambee Stars skipper and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama.last_img read more

first_img Andre Schurrle and Lukas Podolski 1 Schalke’s director of sport Horst Heldt says his club are not interested in signing either Andre Schurrle or Lukas Podolski in the January transfer window.Both Germany internationals are being linked with returns to the Bundesliga as neither are regular starters for their clubs Chelsea and Arsenal respectively.Gelsenkirchen is not going to be a destination for either of them, though, with Heldt ruling his club out of the running.“We’re not considering Andre Schurrle at all,” he said in Sport Bild magazine. “And the same goes for Xherdan Shaqiri and Lukas Podolski.”Podolski has aired his frustration at not getting a regular game for Arsenal while on international duty for Germany, saying he will seek talks with the Gunners this winter.However, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out a sale of the Germany international in January.“It is not established at all that he will leave at Christmas,” Wenger told beIN Sports. “He is not for sale and there is no offer.”last_img read more

first_img1 Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards scored a stoppage-time winner to seal a dramatic 4-3 victory over Leeds and fire his side team into the Championship play-off places.In a thrilling seven-goal clash at Molineux, Charlie Taylor stunned the home crowd by handing Leeds an 11th minute lead.Wolves soon took charge, however, opening up a 3-1 lead thanks to Nouha Dicko’s brace, taking his tally for the season up to 13, and Benik Afobe’s strike moments into the second half, but the visitors then threatened to pull off a stunning comeback.A 65th minute own goal from Wolves captain Danny Batth gave Kenny Jackett’s side the jitters and Alex Mowatt cashed in on their nerves to fire Leeds level at 3-3 with a 25 yard belter.It looked good enough to earn Leeds a hard-earned point, only for substitute Edwards to flash home a header from McDonald’s left wing cross two minutes from time to spark mayhem in the stands and lift Wanderers into sixth place, dumping Brentford out of the play-offs in the process.The result completes a miserable Easter for Leeds head coach Neil Redfearn, whose future at Elland Road remains shrouded in doubt after his side crashed to a 3-0 home defeat to Blackburn on Good Friday. Wolves’ Benik Afobe celebrates scoring against Leeds last_img read more

first_imgThe same Donegal family may have won the lotto TWICE on the same day.National Lottery officials have confirmed that TWO Lotto Plus 2 winning tickets using the same number were bought in Letterkenny.Each ticket scooped €250,000 on Saturday night’s draw and both were bought on Saturday. Now locals in the town suspect the same family may have come into the massive double windfall by accident.The two tickets were bought within a few hundred yards of eachother in two different shops – Mac’s Mace on the High Road in Letterkenny and The Paper Post on the town’s Main Street.Paula McEvoy of the National Lottery told Donegal Daily it is most likely that the same family have used the same numbers and come up lucky twice!“They were two separate tickets. One was a €4 ticket and the other was a €12 ticket and both had the same numbers. “Neither were quick pix so it rules out the possibility that one might have just been a lucky dip. Both people used these numbers on purpose.“I think the chance of having the same numbers come up in the same town would be very high but you just never know.“Chances are it could be a husband and wife or a mother and daughter but we can’t say just yet,” she said.The lucky winner or winners have 90 days to claim their windfall but so far nobody has come forward to claim the cash, added Ms McEvoy.The lottery spokesperson revealed how another double winning lotto ticket used significant numbers in the life of Saint Padre Pio to scoop their windfall. Owner of The Paper Post, Noel Boyle, said the odds of two strangers from the same town using the same numbers must be huge.“We still don’t known who it is but isn’t it great for them? The chances of two completely different people doing the same numbers must be very slim,” he said.The winning numbers of the Lotto Plus 2, which automatically has a prize of €250,000 were 4, 12, 19, 21, 27 and 29.Eunan McIntyre, owner of the very busy Mac’s Mace, Shop and Delicatessen, said the winning ticket owner could be anyone but he was delighted for them. DID THE SAME PERSON WIN THE LOTTO TWICE IN DONEGAL? was last modified: August 13th, 2012 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)Tags:lottolast_img read more

first_imgTHE snow hasn’t arrived….yet.But overnight storms in Donegal has brought power cuts to homes in many areas.Winds gusting to 100km/hr are continuing this morning. Forecasters insist snow is on the way.Ulster will begin to see heavy snow at times mid-day intensifying this evening and overnight, some accumulations of 20-40 cm on higher terrain, 10-25 cm with some mixing on lower terrain … this snow could extend south during Saturday to cover parts of Leinster and inland Connacht but amounts there closer to 5-10 cm,” says Peter O’Donnell from Irish Weather Online.“Strong E-SE winds gusting to 80 km/hr in exposed locations now confined mostly to east and north Ulster will abate mid-day. We are giving an advanced alert for significant cold and isolated heavy snowfalls Sunday to mid-week.”Many homes in Gaoth Dobhair, Falcarragh, Creeslough and the Rosses are without power. There are also faults in Clonmany and in Ballyshannon and Bundoran. POWER CUTS AFTER STORMY NIGHT IN DONEGAL was last modified: March 22nd, 2013 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)last_img read more

first_imgA CROWD of 4,800 turned up to Sean MacCumhaill Park for this afternoon’s Donegal SFC final.Gaoth Dobhair and Naomh Conaill drew 0-8 apiece in a drab encounter.Naomh Conaill came from two points down late in the game to force a replay, having led at half-time. Both teams might feel as if it was one that got away but, on reflection, will be content to get another crack.As always, Evan Logan was on hand to capture the faces in the crowd …All set to cheer on Naomh Conaill were Clara, Senan, Brenda and Pauline.Gaoth Dobhair supporters Maria, Megan and Sinead.Gaoth Dobhair supporters Paul and Louise.Dara Gallagher’s parents James and Bridgeen ready to get behind Naomh Conaill.Kilcar supporters Justina, Artur, Damian, Fabian, Kuba and Simon.Gaoth Dobhair supporters Katelyn, Padraig and Robyn.Picture special: Were you at the Donegal SFC final in Ballybofey? was last modified: October 20th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 Donegal SFCGaoth DobhairNaomh Conailllast_img read more

first_imgAnthony Aebi lost his appetite for conventional construction in 2006. Working on his own house, he was discouraged by the quality of the construction details he saw. He says that he realized that, in the grand scheme of things, the house probably wasn’t going to last that long.“I realized the conventional way we build houses, they’re temporary,” the upstate New York builder said recently by telephone. “They don’t have life spans over 60 years, pretty much. As I was building I could already see decomposition occurring and I thought I was going to quit building, because I didn’t want to build crap any more, or look into other ways of doing things.”His solution was to start building with insulated concrete forms (ICFs), which combine expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam insulation with a core of reinforced concrete. His houses have triple-pane windows, spray polyurethane foam in the roof, ground-source heat pumps for heating and cooling, and rooftop photovoltaic arrays for power. They’re all designed for net-zero energy performance.Aebi’s construction company, Greenhill Contracting Inc., is working on or planning three net-zero subdivisions within a 20-mile radius of New Paltz, New York, some 80 miles north or New York City in the Hudson River Valley. Another two-house project in Esopus, New York, has been completed. When fully built out, the projects will have a total of 47 houses ranging in size from about 2,000 s.f. to 6,000 s.f. Bringing net-zero to production buildingThe largest of the company’s projects is Green Acres, a 25-unit subdivision where seven houses have been completed so far. The first was occupied in March 2009.Aebi’s current project is the nine-unit Mountain Vista subdivision, which he plans to complete before returning to Green Acres or the planned Scenic Meadows subdivision. All nine shells at Mountain Vista are up and windows installed.Mountain Vista is an attempt to lower the price of these net-zero houses by 20% to 30% when compared with a typical one-off custom house.“The idea is that we’re using production techniques to try to get the prices down,” he said. “By building nine at a time we’re getting the economies of scale. We’re sticking our necks out a little bit but the idea is what a production builder would typically do.”The houses average 2,400 s.f. in size and will sell in the “low to mid 400s,” according to Aebi. Once land, septic, infrastructure and other non-house expenses are backed out, he hopes to get construction costs down to $100 per s.f. or less. Hoping for a hand from WashingtonState and federal incentives help reduce the upfront cost of energy systems and heating and cooling in the houses that Aebi is building, but he also is banking on a new measure introduced in the U.S. Senate in June. The SAVE Act, introduced by Sen. Michael Bennett, a Colorado Democrat, would make it easier for borrowers to get credit for the energy-saving features built into the house. A lack of clear appraisal guidelines that allow realistic valuations for energy efficiency has been a frustration for many builders and homeowners.The measure has been referred to the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, but so far there’s been no further progress.How Greenhill’s projects ultimately do may depend on convincing buyers they’ll get a good deal even if the initial costs for net-zero construction are higher. And Aebi thinks the legislation is key. “If that bill passed it would make it completely foolhardy not to build or buy a non-zero energy house,” he said.center_img ICFs, from footings to roofAlthough the houses vary in size and architectural design, they do have one thing in common: the exterior walls, “from the footers to the roof, including the gables,” are made of ICFs manufactured by Fox Blocks.A 6-inch core of concrete is sandwiched between two 2 5/8-inch layers of EPS insulation, giving the wall a total R-value of about 22, Aebi says. There are between 3 1/2 inches and 4 1/2 inches of closed-cell sprayed polyurethane under the slab, and R-60 worth of sprayed foam in the roof.Although the R-values of the exterior walls aren’t that high when compared with many net-zero or Passivhaus designs, air infiltration rates are very low.Aebi said three houses in a subdivision called The Preserve at Mountain Vista were just blower-door tested with leakage measured at 0.29, 0.28 and 0.34 air changes per house at 50 pascals of pressure (ach50). That’s about half the air leakage of the Passivhaus standard, 0.6 ach50.Abe’s houses also have Lifebreath heat-recovery ventilators, triple-glazed windows with U-factors of roughly 0.20, and, most recently, ground-source heat pumps manufactured by Water Furnace. The homes’ PV arrays are rated at 7 kW to 15 kW, depending on the size of the house.In all, Aebi says he has completed nine houses, seven of which have measured net-zero performance for at least one year.last_img read more

first_imgHighlighting scripts is the first step in the long haul of turning the written word into a motion picture.A screenplay informs each department of its artistic, technical and logistical responsibilities. We start the process of wrapping our arms around a film by highlighting the script. I like highlighting because it calls for a fun trip to Staples, where I’ll stock up on new pens and all the other supplies needed during prep.Honestly, I only need one highlighter for the story points regarding the photography of the project. But, other colors do come in handy to cue visual effects, special camera movement, flashbacks, day or night, etc. I restrain myself from over-highlighting for the obvious reason that as I study the screenplay, I learn it and soon, highlighting ceases to become necessary.However — for the first two weeks of prep, I refer to my highlights constantly and from these, I build my list of questions and ideas for all of the meetings to come. Prep is for asking questions, resulting in answers, that will help you implement your highlighted issues.Let’s look at the opening scene of Ghostbusters II and then explore how various departments approached highlighting the script.Ghostbusters II is set in New York City. What we know at this point is that the exteriors will be shot on location and on back lots in Los Angeles. All options are open until the studio weighs in on the budget. Shooting in New York is crazy expensive, so the producers are trying to shunt as much of it as they can back to L.A. But at this point, let’s assume that the plan is to shoot New York for New York until told otherwise.Let’s start with the Location Manager. (We’ll use this script example again later for the DP, though for different reasons.)The Location Manager’s initial thoughts might be — “Hmm, East 77th Street, Upper East Side, notorious for their antipathy towards film shoots. We probably won’t be shooting there.”Ok, maybe, maybe not — but a location must be found with the well-heeled feel of Dana Barrett’s movie neighborhood. Can it be found elsewhere in New York? Sure. With snazzy set dressing, nicer cars and well-dressed extras, this illusion is easy to pull off and we do it every day. Because it’s the opening of the picture, the Location Manager will come up with lots of options in New York, but knowing full well that this scene could be picked up easily in Los Angeles.This next bit of business falls within the Transportation department’s domain and will generate lots of questions.“Does the hoisting occur on camera?” “Should we use a real tow truck company?” If so, “Are they teamsters?” “Do we repaint the vehicle with a fictitious name?” “What make of car is being hooked up and can it actually be lifted safely with a hook?” “How many other cars are on the street parked or moving?” “Limos, city buses?” And on and on…In the next example, casting concerns are highlighted in yellow, and prop concerns in orange.This is a fairly straightforward scene for the Prop Master. There are only a couple different kinds of baby buggies seen in New York and the most popular model, that big old-fashioned rig pushed by nannies in Central Park, will definitely be part of the showing. Grocery bags and keys are easy. In fact, the most time and resource consuming aspect of this scene will be propping up all of the extras on the sidewalk with umbrellas, briefcases, backpacks, newspapers, etc. No problems here.I was the ILM Director of Effects Photography on this project and, sadly, this scene offered nothing for me to highlight. The great Michael Chapman, ASC was the cinematographer on Ghostbusters II and I don’t know what he highlighted. But if I had been the DP, here’s what I would have highlighted — though not necessarily in this pink color:As the cinematographer, I would kindly ask for the set to be on the south or shady side of the street. This keeps hard light off of our leading lady and negates the need for big silks and solids. We can easily introduce light to add interest to the set or create back light for the actors.Because it is the opening of the movie, I would propose that we pick a location that allows us to start on a frame that says, “NEW YORK CITY” and boom down to reveal Dana in front of her apartment. Assuming the director agrees to the shot, a light study will be needed to determine what time of day would be best to shoot this “big” shot. I’ll get the Key Grip to put a crane on hold for this day. If we shoot this scene in LA, we’ll add the skyline in post.All the other departments not mentioned here will highlight this scene for their own good reasons. What would an Assistant Director highlight? Costumes, Grip and Electric, Catering? What would you do if you were in their place?last_img read more

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