T&T’s “Play the Devil” set to be screened at Spectrum 14 next week

first_imgGuyana’s Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD Guayna) 2018 film festival, “Painting the Spectrum 14,” continues with two screenings that explore LGBT love, break-ups, challenges and sexual exploration.On Tuesday, September 11, Spectrum 14 presents “Play the Devil” – a gay-themed film produced and set in Trinidad and Tobago, aiming to show the diversity of love stories and sexualities in the Caribbean.“Play the Devil” is set against the backdrop of Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival, a gifted and struggling young man becomes the object of intrigue for an older, well-meaning businessman until their worlds collide. The film is the winner of the Jury Award at the KASHISH Mumbai Queer Film Festival, winner of the Best Female Director award at the Woodstock film festival and the winner of the Special Jury Prize for Best Screenplay at the Nashville Film Festival.On Thursday, September 13, the festival continues with a screening of 11 shorts on themes such as an amusing discussion about sex between a mother and a gay son; the separation of a lesbian couple from South Africa; the religious opposition that gay parents face; spontaneous encounters between future (or past) lovers. The films come from all over the world – Thailand, Russia, Poland, Iran, Canada, showing the many ways in which LGBTQ+ people can express their love and their desires.“Painting the Spectrum” will continue every Tuesday and Thursday of September. The screenings take place at SASOD’s office, 203 Duncan Street, Lamaha Gardens (between Durbana Square and Eastern Highway) at 18:00h hours each evening. For more information on the screenings, visit the festival’s website: https://spectrumguyana.wordpress.com/.Admission to the film festival is free. The films are intended for mature audiences. SASOD reserves the right to refuse admission to minors who are not accompanied by a parent or guardian or persons who do not have identification to prove that they are not minors.The film festival aims to both offer a safe space for the LGBTQ+ Guyanese to interact and communicate, and to educate the general public by presenting queer-themed films, which are almost never screened in mainstream cinemas in Guyana.SASOD is an international and local award-winning, 15-year-old human rights movement and organisation, leading change, educating and serving communities, to end discrimination based on sexuality and gender in Guyana.last_img read more

LIMU to Honor Comedians

first_imgSamguan, Paul and John Flomo to join other popular comedians to receive certificates of appreciation from the Liberia Movie Union (LIMU) for the roles they play in producing well-liked films for the Liberian market.The comedians will be so honored at an event scheduled for October 10 at Crown Hill Cinemas in Monrovia, where they will join guest artists, including Takun J and Soul Fresh, in entertaining the audience. Speaking to Martha Akorsah in an interview, the LIMU president said that it is better to give a man his honor while he is still alive, adding that comedians play a central role in the reawakening of the love for local movies in Liberians.“We are hosting this award to inform them that the union is about to introduce a series of policies and regulations to control the proliferation of movies on the market,” she said. “Liberia has a vibrant growing film industry, but its reputation is now at stake from the (large number) of substandard movies.”She disclosed that some of the of the regulations that will take immediate effect after the event would be the screening and reviewing of films by the Movie Control and Critique Committee before they can be made available to the general public.“Only those films that are registered with the union will be screened for marketing purposes. Films that do not meet this requirement will not be placed on the market,” she said, adding that serious remedial actions, including fines, suspensions and probations will be imposed on movie houses caught bypassing the channels on releasing films to the market.“Few films will be released on a monthly basis to make way for (a level playing) field, distribution and launching so as to enable production companies (to) generate more income, thus given time to the Movie Control and Critique Committee to reviews more films,” she said. “While it true that producers and directors are doing all they can to improve the standard of Liberian pictures, the leadership cannot continue to allow low quality and substandard films to dominate the market.” The union president said that LIMU sees the film industry as a sector with excellent potentials for growth, and this can only be accomplished when more measures to scrutinize locally produced films are put in place to raise them to international standards.The benefit of this new policy and regulation, she said, is to ensure that the public has available to it quality films that would inspire and encourage people, attract large budget films and make the collection of royalties from television stations, hotels, entertainment centers and many more a reality for those in the film industry. “When this policy is implemented, Liberian films will be able to compete with other African films on the international market,” she emphasized. Entrance fee to the October 10 event at Crown Hill Cinema is L$100. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NAREI extends condolences

first_imgThe management and staff of the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) wish to express condolences to the husband, children, relatives and friends of the late Abiola Gomes.“NAREI is saddened by her passing, which has left a hole in the hearts of colleagues, farmers and other stakeholders in the agriculture sector,” a release from the Institute stated.Gomes joined the Ministry of Agriculture on February 2, 1998, as a Crop Reporter and was absorbed by NAREI on August 2, 2011. She was appointed as a Crop Extension Assistant in 2011.She effectively and efficiently serviced farmers operating on the Soesdyke-Linden Highway.“Gomes was a reliable staff, good organiser, and very conversant with the farmers…She contributed significantly to the development of agriculture on the Highway…She will be sadly missed,” Dr Oudho Homenauth said.NAREI will be covering the wake and funeral expenses for the late Abiola Gomes.last_img read more

Pro softball games will feature elite players

first_imgElite-level professional softball arrives today in the Antelope Valley. The Pro Fastpitch X-Treme Tour features six former Team USA Olympic gold medalists and amateur divisions who’ll participate in the three-day event at Palmdale’s Marie Kerr Park and Lancaster City Park. The PFX’s most high-profile stars include three-time gold medalist pitcher Lisa Fernandez and second baseman Dot Richardson, a two-time gold medalist. Outfielders Laura Berg and Jessica Mendoza, catcher Stacey Nuveman, second baseman Lovie Jung and utility player Tairia Flowers are former Olympic gold medalists too. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleThe professional teams’ first game is scheduled for today at 7:30 p.m. at Marie Kerr Park, following a 6:30 opening ceremony. The park is on Rancho Vista Boulevard at 30th Street West. An autograph session will immediately follow Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. game at Marie Kerr Park. The event will feature an instructional clinic today at 4 p.m., and a talent showcase college coaches will attend on Saturday at 8 a.m. Both the clinic and the college showcase will be at Marie Kerr Park). The amateur players will compete in three-day age-specific divisional tournaments starting today at Lancaster City Park’s Big 8 softball complex. “What I really like about (the PFX) is that anybody can come out and watch,” Mendoza said. “The Team USA and Olympic games are really structured, and this is so much more interactive. Someone can come out and see Lisa Fernandez and watch her pitch and then get her autograph.” Registration for clinics and amateur tournament participation is closed, but tickets are available for both professional games. Admission is $5 per entry, with ticket packages available. For more information, contact the PFX at (352) 516-4254, or log on to its Web site: www.pfxtour.com. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Tax windfall to aid Kern campuses

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible“They have to do two lunch shifts. Still, it’s very crowded,” said Charlene Melchers, the district’s chief business officer. When the bond was passed, the district had planned to stretch bond sales over a period of 10 years, with the last bond sale scheduled for 2012. “Because assessed valuation has gone up, it allows us to sell the last series of bonds this fall,” Melchers said. “People who are paying tax assessments, they are not paying any more than what we had guaranteed in the bond measure. It allows the district to sell bonds earlier at a better interest rate for homeowners and allows the district to follow through with obligations that we made to property owners when they passed the bond.” The 29 percent increase in assessed valuation is the latest in a string of increases over the last two years, officials said. From June 2004 to June 2005, the amount increased 8.3 percent; from June 2005 to December 2005, it went up another 12.3 percent, Melchers said. “It’s basically housing construction. There’s quite a bit. We have several tracts that are now open and homes are for sale,” Melchers said. Kern County building officials said Rosamond is experiencing its own building boom after lagging behind the boom that started several years ago in Lancaster and Palmdale, where land costs and government fees are higher and where officials have seen signs of a home-construction slowdown in recent months. “With the four tracts they have going on right now, it’s obvious there’s a huge boom in Rosamond,” said Robert Sawyer, Kern County’s principal building inspector. “Four developers have tracts recorded and developing at the same time.” Rosamond Community Services District officials expect 700 homes to be built in the area this fiscal year, based on permits issued for water connections. Prior to 2003, the number of homes and businesses connected to the district’s water system grew about 4 percent a year. Then in 2004, it went to 7 percent. This year, it’s 12 percent, said Bob Neufeld, services district interim general manager. “Next fiscal year, we are expecting a similar increase.” Southern Kern voters approved a $12 million bond measure in November 2002 to help pay for the building of Westpark Elementary School, pay off debt incurred to build and improve schools to meet demands of a booming enrollment in the early 1990s, expand Rosamond High’s cafeteria, and install Internet lines and upgrade computers at schools. More homes and higher values helped Southern Kern to build another wing of classrooms at Westpark Elementary School earlier than scheduled. The $11.3 million campus opened this year and was Rosamond’s first new school in more than 40 years. The eight-classroom wing was omitted when school construction started in 2003 because there was not enough tax revenue to pay for it, but higher assessments led to the selling of additional construction bonds earlier than expected. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROSAMOND – A home construction boom fueled a 29 percent jump in assessed property values in less than a year in the Southern Kern Unified School District, making money available sooner than expected to expand Rosamond High School’s cafeteria and pay off debt. Assessed value of properties within the district values jumped from $775 million last December to more than $1 billion for the 2006-07 tax year, allowing Southern Kern to sell $3.8 million in additional construction bonds six years ahead of schedule. “The time frame is to get the (property tax) money toward the end of October,” trustee Olaf Landsgaard said. “We can pay off a lot of debt. Another thing is to get some more improvements to the high school cafeteria.” Rosamond High School was built in 1965 and its cafeteria was built to hold a maximum of 125 students. The school’s current enrollment stands at 900. last_img read more

KRC Genk vs Liverpool commentary: Live Champions League action, confirmed teams

first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:30Loaded: 11.02%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:30 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Simon Jordan shares his view on Jurgen KloppGenk vs Liverpool: Head-to-head recordThis will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides.Liverpool are a point behind group leaders Napoli having lost to the Italians in Matchday 1 before beating Red Bull Salzburg in their last game.Genk, who are bottom, were smashed by Salzburg in their opening tie but recovered to claim a fine draw with Napoli earlier this month.The Reds will welcome Genk to Anfield in Matchday 4 on November 5. Genk vs Liverpool: How to listenThe Group E clash will get under way at 8pm on Wednesday, October 23.Hugh Woozencroft will bring you all the build-up from the Luminus Arena before handing over to Jim Proudfoot and Ray Houghton for the commentary.To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here. 2 LATEST CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NEWS Atletico handed huge boost for Liverpool tie with Diego Costa returning from injury Liverpool set for Champions League boost as Takumi Minamino will be available Getty Images – Getty ready? Fresh from facing Manchester United, Jurgen Klopp’s men take on Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester City and Napoli in various competitions in the coming weeks.They face the Belgian champions tonight in their third match of the Champions League group stages.talkSPORT will have all the action live and here’s how you can tune in. European champions Liverpool continue the defence of their title with a trip to Genk in Belgium tonight.The Reds have been flying high this season and are top of the Premier League but are in the middle of a tricky run of fixtures. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman center_img 2 Liverpool won the Champions League last season Genk vs Liverpool: Team newsGenk: Coucke, Maehle, Cuesta, Lucumi, Uronen, Bongonda, Heynen, Berge, Ito, Samatta, OnuachuSubs: De Norre, Dewaest, Odey, Hrosovsky, Hagi, Vandevoordt, NdongalaLiverpool: Alisson, Milner, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keita, Salah, Mane, FirminoSubs: Adrian, Gomez, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Lallana, Brewster, Origi Ancelotti tells fans he has Champions League dream for Everton 💫 TEAM NEWS 💫How we line-up tonight 👊 #GENLIV— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 23, 2019 BOOST Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool take on Genk in the Champions League Getty Images – Getty Aiming high on target last_img read more

Dundee United complete double swoop for Lyng and Mason

first_imgDundee United have completed loan deals for Danish forward Emil Lyng and Watford defender Brandon Mason.The duo arrive a day after a similar move for Colchester’s Craig Slater, while defender Paul Quinn has also put pen to paper on a new deal.Former Danish youth international Lyng, 28, joins from Icelandic outfit Knattspyrnufélag Akureyra (KA) having scored nine goals in 20 games.Watford left back Mason, 20, made his first team debut against Spurs on New Year’s Day last year and has gone on to experience three further outings for the Hornets. In a further boost to manager Csaba Laszlo’s promotion prospects, ex-Motherwell, Aberdeen and Ross County defender Quinn has agreed terms until the end of the season having impressed since arriving on a short-term deal.last_img read more

Green Files For Mayor; Deadline For City Candidates Feb 8

first_imgLess than a week into the filing season for the upcoming City of Salem Primary Election, and there are six filings to seek their party nomination for a City of Salem office. Filing began on January 9 and continues through Noon on February 8. The May 7 Primary will allow the public to nominate their party candidates for the November general election. Voters will turn out in Salem’s four city districts.  Justin Green has filed to run for Mayor on the Republican ticket. Green is currently an at-large member of the Salem City Council and a local business owner. City Clerk/Treasurer Sally Hattabaugh (R) has filed to run for re-election. Incumbent Danny Libka (R) has filed to seek re-election. Rick Stewart has filed to run against incumbent Warren “Truck” Jones – both Democrats – for the City Council, District 2 seat. Democrat Wally Terkhorn seeks re-election for the City Council, District 4 seat. There have been no filings for City Council, District 3 and the At-Large seat as of Monday morning. Those interested in running for their party nominations should file with the Washington County Clerk’s office before Feb 8th at noon.According to Stephanie Rockey, Voter Deputy Clerk, to run for City Council you must be a residing registered voter in the district you are seeking, except the At-large seat.“To run for Clerk Treasurer and Mayor, you must be a registered residing voter for the city, Salem 1-4,” said Rockey.last_img read more

World Cup’s transport legacy

first_imgJohannesburg’s Rea Vaya has been runningfor a year. (Image: City of Johannesburg) Although the 2010 Fifa World Cup may almost be forgotten by some, its legacy will ensure that most urban South Africans have easy access to efficient public transport by 2020.This was the message from President Jacob Zuma during a recent parliamentary session on the success of the tournament.“The World Cup legacy will ensure that by 2020 more than 85% of any city’s population will live within a kilometre or closer to an Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network feeder or corridor,” Zuma said on 18 August.South Africa’s public transport infrastructure was beefed up for the football spectacle, which was won by Spain. Improvements included new bus and rail options, as well as the upgrade of national roads.“Public transport formed the backbone of our transport plans for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and one of the greatest successes of the tournament,” said Zuma.The government spent about R33-billion (US$4.5-billion) on transport infrastructure, telecommunications and stadiums for the Fifa tournament.Speedy bus serviceIn Johannesburg and Cape Town a Rapid Bus Transit (BRT) system was set up to provide a link between various part of the cities.Johannesburg’s BRT system is called Rea Vaya, which is local slang for “we are going”, and has been running for a year now.The service between Soweto and Johannesburg’s central suburbs has been operating at full steam, while routes and more buses to other parts of the city will be introduced in late 2010.Cape Town’s rapid bus system is currently running between the city’s civic centre and the airport. Another route linking Cape Town Stadium and the city centre, initially just for the duration of the World Cup, will resume in September, according to the city’s BRT consultant Martin Slabbert.A third route connecting the city centre and the West Coast will be introduced in February 2011.Cape Town’s system is a long-term project that will eventually link the city and most surrounding towns.“It’s an enormous project. We are talking about four phases that will be introduced between now and the next 15 years,” said Slabbert.Construction of a BRT system has also begun in Pretoria, said the City of Tshwane spokesperson Dikeledi Phiri.High-speed trainThe 160km/h Gautrain was introduced just before the World Cup to provide a shuttle service between Sandton in Johannesburg and the OR Tambo International Airport. Other lines, including one from Johannesburg to Pretoria, will start operating in the near future.“Our integrated transport infrastructure and networks will improve the lives of South Africans for many years to come,” Zuma said.Attracting investmentAfter successfully introducing user-friendly transport for the World Cup, South Africa has shown it’s capable of reaching world-class standards. “We have earned the reputation of a country that can deliver on its undertakings,” Zuma said.The infrastructure set up will also help South Africa attract more economic investment, the president added.“With regards to the economic impact, South Africa has demonstrated that it has the infrastructure and the capability to warrant serious investment consideration.“The World Cup now opens the country to further investment, growth in trade and economic opportunities,” Zuma said, adding that the country must now build on what has been established.“We view the tournament not as an end in itself, but as a catalyst for development, whose benefits will be felt long after that final whistle.”last_img read more

Sarah Penna: The Most Influential New Media Entrepreneur You’ve Never Heard Of

first_imgfruzsina eordogh A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#web#YouTube Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Explaining the digital content industry to brands has been a challenge, she says, “because I look really young and I am a woman.”  This difficulty was one of the reasons why she invited Steve Raymond to be CEO of Big Frame. “Having an older man in the room was helpful to push through some of these deals,” Penna said.  “Brands want to be in this space, they want to understand it,” she added.   Penna’s primary role at Big Frame is head of talent, the guiding hand behind Web celebrities like sassy goofball and aspiring comedian What’s Up Elle and rapper (and former ghostwriter for Bad Boy Records) DeStorm. She believes Big Frame stands apart from similar companies like Maker Studios, Revision3 and Full Screen for its “hands-on” time. “We also have much more of a family feel to the network. People stay at my house, they collaborate together and some talent even works at the office from time to time,” she said. “I feel like I have 65 kids already!”Penna is practically YouTube royalty in this YouTube family. She’s married to Joe Penna, aka Mystery Guitar Man, the long-standing musical Web celeb, though Penna admits she is more an off-camera personality and “loves being behind the scenes.” She isn’t shy about her strategic marriage and admits it is beneficial to the business.“Being married to Joe and being part of the YouTube community allows me to really understand where the talent is coming from in everything they do. Since I am in the trenches with my talent, I am able to have a view into what’s going on in the community and I can act rather than react.”And Penna has been in the trenches for a long time. One of her first YouTube projects was creating Philip DeFranco’s “Like Totally Awesome” (LTA), which to date has collected 51 million views. Besides running the channel, Penna also cast it. The star of LTA, Toby “Tobuscus,” has since gone on to become a major YouTube celebrity in his own right.And she’s the driving force behind the DigiTour, the multicity musical tour that started in 2011 featuring YouTube-centric acts like the Gregory Brothers (of “AutoTune the News” fame) and Dave Days. This year’s tour took flak from the community for controversies over brand deals and being “terribly produced,” but Penna’s publicist was quick to point out Penna was in no way affiliated with the 2012 tour. Another Penna project worth mentioning is Bammo, a special-effects channel made “by YouTubers for YouTubers.” Bammo is one of the premium content channels in Google’s multi-million-dollar investment in original Web programming. The channel has collected five million total views since launching in March.     As for the future of YouTube and Web content, Penna was quick on the draw: “I think YouTube is not the future, but the present. People are making a living at it and we are getting more traditional writers, directors, actors, etc. wanting to work in the YouTube space. Of course, TV and film still hold prestige, and many online personalities want to go there. But we believe that, especially once the in-home entertainment technology catches up with the content, we are going to see online video very much reflecting that of cable TV.”  Bonus QuestionReadWriteWeb: If you were stranded on a deserted island, which three YouTubers would you want with you and why?Sarah Penna: MysteryGuitarMan because he’s my husband and would make music out of the coconuts, Richard Ryan because he’s a master of survival techniques and would get us off the island, and Sonia’s Travels because she would unlock the secret code of the island.Top image courtesy of Big Frame. Having made the transition from cable TV to YouTube, 28-year-old Sarah Penna is shaking up the Web video landscape with fresh ideas and digital attitude. Penna cut her teeth as a producer of reality television for cable channels like Discovery, HBO, Oxygen and Bravo. Rather than continue in her comfort zone, though, she left TV for a digital journey with Big Frame, a 15-employee company specializing in YouTube talent. Founded a year ago amid Los Angeles’ budding tech scene, Big Frame made headlines last month for raising three million in venture capital. “I make up the rules as I go along,” she laughed in a phone interview. In addition to working within the growing YouTube industrial complex – which includes production, special effects and talent management companies – Big Frame has been tapped by more than 100 brands for various Web projects. The client list includes 20th Century Fox, Home Depot, Levi’s, Sony, THQ and Virgin Mobile. The company recently handled online video promotion of the Hollywood surprise hit film “Chronicle.”Penna’s traditional TV experience shaded naturally into her work on the Internet. “It wasn’t really a culture shock switching from producing reality shows with cable networks to producing for YouTube, because I also worked at Current TV and then a scripted Web series studio, so I had a gradual transition,” she said.   Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more