Ex-cop freed of Rio Night Club murder

first_imgLloyd Roberts, called “Robbie, the ex-Policeman who was charged for killing Ryan Sergeant — shot outside of the Rio Night Club in Queenstown, Georgetown in September of last year — has been freed of the charge.Ryan SergeantThe 36-year-old Roberts of North Ruimveldt, Georgetown was discharged on Friday by City Magistrate Judy Latchman.In delivering her decision, Magistrate Latchman told the Court that the evidence presented by the Prosecution, which included a video, did not implicate Roberts or in any way showed that he had shot and killed Sergeant.Nineteen-year-old Sergeant, of Festival City, North Ruimveldt, Georgetown, had been shot once to his head, and was reportedly picked up and dumped in front of the Woodlands Hospital, Georgetown. He was later pronounced dead.According to reports, Sergeant, Roberts and others were inside the night club when an argument erupted. They were all thrown out of the club by security, but the argument was taken to the road, where it escalated.The men started to fire shots at each other, and Sergeant, who was not involved in the argument, was shot while attempting to seek cover.The Police subsequently arrested Roberts and others after CCTV footage from the club showed him as one those involved in the argument. He was arrested in January of 2017 in a house at John Street, Campbellville Georgetown. An AK-47 rifle and a 9mm pistol, together with 80 live rounds of ammunition and several cellular phones, were found in the house.Roberts was, in 2010, freed of the murders of Romeo DeAgrella and his son Clint DeAgrella, who died from multiple gunshot wounds in an incident that occurred at Iron Punt, North West District.last_img read more

Huskies shut out at home

first_imgSaturday unfortunately produced the same results. Despite the Huskies outshooting the JDA Kings, Fort St. John suffered a disappointing 5-0 loss to conclude the season series with Grande Prairie. Grande Prairie did most of their damage in the first period, scoring three goals on 11 shots, the third goal ending the evening of starting goaltender Travis Mclean. – Advertisement -The JDA Kings, specifically the NWJHL’s leading scorer Nolan Trudeau, would increase that deficit, scoring single goals in the second and third periods, finishing the game with four points, a hat trick and a single assist. The Huskies will have to forget about this loss quickly, as they are right back on home ice Sunday afternoon to conclude their regular season against the Sexsmith Vipers, a team the Huskies have yet to lose to this season. Sunday afternoon’s game will be a post season appetizer, as win or lose, the Huskies will meet Sexsmith in the first round of the playoffs. The post season begins this Wednesday, Feb.15 at 8 p.m. at the North Peace Arena and Sunday afternoon’s game will begin at 2 p.m.  Advertisementlast_img read more

B.C. Finance Minister talks HST in Fort St. John

first_imgHe says if residents of the Northeast want to see less Alberta license plates, the Province needs to better enforce the laws that are already in place.[asset|aid=2654|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=7f2fe4df18fe461693c8c21972bd55a8-Bruce Lantz 1_8_Pub.mp3] Mayor Lantz adds he hopes the Province will make good on the promised rebates that are meant to offset HST costs.Meanwhile, experts are predicting that the loonie will be on par with the American dollar as soon as this summer.The recovering forest industry is expecting more headaches, as the loonie closes in on the U.S. dollar, but Hansen says the HST will help mitigate those impacts.Advertisement The B.C. Finance Minister faced tough questions, as he briefed Fort St. John’s business community about the looming Harmonized Sales Tax.Colin Hansen was the keynote speaker at Tuesday’s Chamber of Commerce Luncheon.While he didn’t indicate how the blended tax will prevent shoppers from migrating to Grande Prairie, he insists it will benefit local businesses by bringing down costs for local merchants. [asset|aid=2652|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=7f2fe4df18fe461693c8c21972bd55a8-Colin Hansen 1_2_Pub.mp3] Local business owner Bob Fedderly, who attended the meeting, couldn’t see how the HST would bring financial benefits to his company.Advertisement – Advertisement -By Christine Rumleskie [asset|aid=2655|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=dbb856bbd728b504c9b4b0acbda652e8-Colin Hansen 2_2_Pub.mp3] The new blended tax is set to be implemented on July 1st. Former Premier Bill Vander Zalm is spearheading a Province-wide petition, registered with Elections B.C., to stop the looming HST.Last year, an Ipsos Reid Poll concluded that 85% of B.C. residents were opposed to the Harmonized Sales Tax. Photo: Local business owner Bob Fedderly voices his concerns over the HST on Tuesday – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca He runs Fedderly Transportation, a company that does business in both British Columbia and Alberta.After addressing Hansen about his concerns on B.C.’s competitiveness once the HST is implemented, Fedderly says he still isn’t convinced the blended tax is right for the Province. [asset|aid=2653|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=7f2fe4df18fe461693c8c21972bd55a8-Bob Fedderly 1_2_Pub.mp3] Mayor Bruce Lantz says he thinks the Peace Region will see the benefits of the HST once it’s implemented.Advertisement Photo: B.C.’s Finance Minister Colin Hansen addresses some HST questions at the Pomeroy Hotel on Tuesday – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.calast_img read more

Ray gives food for thought

first_imgCelebrity chef Rachael Ray says helping the hungry can be easy as pie. Ray is promoting the Great American Bake Sale, a national campaign in which participants hold bake sales this summer to raise money to feed hungry children. “Imagine what it’s really like to go hungry,” Ray said on ABC’s “This Week” broadcast on Sunday. “And then imagine what that must be like for a small child, how that must make them feel, completely lesser-than in every way; they’re not good enough to get food?” The Great American Bake Sale was created by the charity Share Our Strength in partnership with PARADE Magazine. This year it runs from May 19 to Aug. 31, and the partner is the Food Network. – Associated Press ‘Office’ stars tour Scranton Ain’t no party like a Scranton, Pa., party. That’s what “The Office” stars Brian Baumgartner and Angela Kinsey told a breakfast crowd as they visited the city where the NBC sitcom is set. The line was uttered this season by Steve Carell, who plays the buffoonish regional manager at Dunder Mifflin Paper Co. Baumgartner and Kinsey, who play accountants Kevin and Angela, arrived Friday and toured some of the city’s watering holes – including Poor Richards Pub at South Side Bowl, Coopers Seafood House, Farley’s and The Bog, most of which have been mentioned on the show. After the breakfast Saturday, they toured Penn Paper and Supply Co. and attended an autograph session and rooftop party. “We actually teared up a bit because of the reception you gave us. We’re just so proud to be here and meet you guys,” Kinsey said. Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty was equally complimentary. “We just want to thank you for everything `The Office’ has done for Scranton,” Doherty said. “You really have made a tremendous impact.” – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

WORKERS LEFT SHOCKED AS DONEGAL CALL-CENTRE CLOSES WITH LOSS OF 30 JOBS

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A Donegal call-centre has gone into administration with the loss of 30 jobs.Workers at the Buncrana-based Assetco Manage Services ROI were told the bad news this afternoon.The company, is part of a larger company, Assetco London Ltd, which works with London Fire Brigade. London Fire Brigade failed to renew a major contract for Assetco London Ltd leaving workers out in the cold.Shell-shocked workers at the company, based at the IDA Business Park in Lisfannon since 2006, were told the news today.Even worse is the fact that none of the workers will be paid redundancies.Ironically most of the London-based employees will be taken on by the company who won the new contract, Babcock. However, the Irish company have not been given part of that new contract and will lose their jobs.Members of KPMG, who are acting on behalf on London banks, turned up at the Buncrana company’s headquarters today to break the news.Angry workers say they are outraged at how they have been treated.A spokesman told Donegal Daily that they are considering their positions and are even thinking of staging sit-in at the plant.“We have been very loyal to Assetco London and this is how we have been rewarded. “We would like London Fire Brigade to know this and to know how we are being treated.“There are 30 families being thrown on the scrapheap just before Christmas it’s just not on,” said a spokesman.WORKERS LEFT SHOCKED AS DONEGAL CALL-CENTRE CLOSES WITH LOSS OF 30 JOBS was last modified: November 14th, 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)last_img read more

Mental health crisis down to govt neglect, Donegal TD says

first_imgThe government has been accused of failing people with mental health issues following a report released by the Mental Health Commission today. The Mental Health Commission has offered a damning indictment of mental healthcare services in Ireland in a report published on Thursday morning.The report, titled Rehabilitation And Recovery Mental Health Services In Ireland, notes that provision of mental healthcare for those in recovery falls well short of the recommendations laid out in the Vision For Change strategy document published by the HSE in 2006. Donegal TD, Pat the Cope Gallagher said the report showed a gross lack of funding and neglect by the current government.He said: “This follows on from the last four years when the mental health budget was either left unspent or funds transferred from it to other budget headings.“It is plain and simple this Government is not giving the appropriate level of support to mental health services,” added Pat the Cope.“People with severe and enduring mental illness are some of the most vulnerable in our community. Rehabilitation provides them with an opportunity to recover and regain a quality of life. “The Mental Health Commission’s report makes it clear that this opportunity is being lost and that the state is guilty of long-term neglect of people in need of services.“When the failure to provide basic services as highlighted in this report is matched with the withholding of €25 million in mental health funding it paints a picture of fundamental delinquency in our health services, it also shows clearly that the government are giving the adequate support levels to mental health in this country.“There is a clear failure of political will to ensure policy implementation and oversight,” stated Pat the Cope.“The HSE is accountable to the Minister for Health – he needs to instruct the HSE to put in place an action plan to implement mental health policy.“The current situation is completely unacceptable, and the Minister must take responsibility. “But, more importantly mental health service needs to get the attention and support they deserve and urgently need,” concluded Pat the Cope.Mental health crisis down to govt neglect, Donegal TD says was last modified: October 10th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Deputy Pat the Cope Gallaghermental healthMinister for HealthSimon HarrisWorld Mental Health Daylast_img read more

Photo library: Tourism and leisure 2

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Tourism & Leisure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Beachfront hotels. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Harbour scene. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The Royal Yacht Club. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Harbour scene. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Couple at the Royal Yacht Club. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The Royal Yacht Club. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The Royal Yacht Club. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Sewa bird, Wilson’s wharf. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The Durban International Convention Centre Arena. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageTOURISM AND LEISURE 2:{loadposition tourism}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Directing Challenges: How to Communicate Effectively with Actors

first_imgHere are a few different techniques you can try out to get the best performances possible from the actors on your project.Directing is all about collaboration. Yes, you’re there to fulfill your vision, but you must also work with your cast and crew and bring disparate ideas together in a cohesive whole. You need to be able to develop a creative and working relationship with your department heads and — perhaps, most importantly — your actors.So how do you go about that?Who You’re Working WithImage via Sicario (Lionsgate).Acting is a unique job. An actor must be able to draw on his or her own experiences to relate to a fictional character and then, in a sense, bring that character to life. Every actor has his or her own process for doing this (research, rehearsal, costume — maybe even method acting), but it is still a process. Authenticity does not come from a step-by-step blueprint but rather an emotional and physical journey. This is critical for a director to understand if he or she is to work with an actor.Directors have to stop asking actors to give a certain result . . . If the director can think about igniting the character and what the character is trying to do in the situation than the director will get a more authentic performance. —Mark W TravisA common mistake among directors is simply telling their actors things like “Give me more anger this time!” These directors seem to think that by asking for an immediate result, they’re going to get something natural. But remember that acting is a process, and you are the director. Speak with your actor. Join them for a moment on their journey. Your title is Director, not Demander, so work with them and their ideas and emotions and direct them toward a desired goal. Help construct the scene and break it down with them. Analyze the situation from the viewpoint of the character.This is why actors will often ask “What’s my motivation?” instead of “Tell me which emotion you want to see.” You need to study your script and really understand your characters and be able to verbalize, clearly and concisely, what any character’s motivation is at any given moment. Do not demand an immediate result; instead, motivate and direct your actors toward a goal.The actor’s job is to be selfish of their character. They’re the experts in who they are and what they’re trying to do. My job, my expertise is in how it fits into the whole. And if you start to mutate what they’re bringing to it so it only serves the narrative than you’re bereft of characterization. —David FincherInterview: Directing Projects with Powerful Emotional ThemesJonah Hill on Writing and Directing Mid 90s and Tips He Learned from the Greats5 Filmmaking Tips for Acting and Directing (At the Same Time) Cover Image via There Will Be Blood (Miramax).Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Production Tips: The Four Secrets of a Successful DocumentaryVideo Tutorial: Determining The Best Lens for Your ProjectThe Best Quotes from Directors, Editors, and Everything in BetweenTutorial: Removing Audio Pops and Recording Audio DifferentlyHow to Change the Color of Exterior Lights in After Effects Work with Them, Not for ThemImage via Hell or High Water CBS Films.If you find yourself in a challenging situation, don’t sacrifice the hierarchy. You are the director, not some problematic actor. But calm down and take a step back. As Clint Eastwood said in the video above, sometimes “You need to be an amateur psychologist.” Work with them, and try to figure out what is putting them on edge — and what satisfies them.Overall, remember that acting is a process, and you need to be flexible and guide your actors to your goal, not make demands of them.How This Oscar Nom Edited Downsizing While Directing His First FeatureDirecting Fight Cinematography: The Right Way and the Wrong WayInterview: Writing and Directing Multi-Protagonist Screenplayscenter_img Keep an Open MindImage via The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu).When it comes to directing actors, you have to be flexible. It’s rare for an actor to give you the exact performance you envisioned. But acting is a living process, not something you can carbon-copy. Your actor will have his or her own ideas about how to play the character. Work with them; compare ideas and approaches. See which of their ideas works for your vision, which ideas you both can mold to work with the film as a whole, and so on.Don’t hold your actors to an impossible standard. Work with them to bring your characters to life.Every actor is different. You have to be a different director, I think, with different actors. I do, anyway. I don’t demand that they conform to how I direct. —Steven SpielbergLike I said, be flexible. Not every director likes to do rehearsals, but personally I feel it really helps — if, for no other reason, then to get to know your actors and learn how best to communicate with them.Rehearsals or not, keep in mind that your direction affects your actor. Did you get the desired result or not? If not, change up your approach. This is another reason that being clear and concise is important — because it not only keeps your actor from feeling overwhelmed (or even potentially pulling them out of an emotional moment), it also allows you to better assess your approach as you go.Someday you may run into a difficult actor. Perhaps they’ll feel their approach is superior to yours. Or maybe they have too many demands for their food and trailer and compensations, etc. However, the last thing you want to do is butt heads with a difficult actor. Swallow your pride and work with them.3 Boring Cliches to Avoid When Directing a Music VideoThe Best Quotes from Directors, Editors, and Everything in BetweenYour Crash Course in Assistant Directinglast_img read more

170 rescued from flooded Surya Hospital in Pune

first_imgAround 170 people, including 50 patients and 120 staff members, were evacuated from Surya Hospital in Pune’s Wakad on Sunday after continuous discharge from the nearby Mulshi dam flooded its basement.“After the water reached the hospital basement, a call was taken to move the patients and the staff to safer areas. All 170 people were safely evacuated to other hospitals and medical establishments in a two-hour joint operation carried out by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the disaster management cell of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and the Fire Department,” NDRF spokesperson Sachidanand Gawade said.The patients were moved to nearby hospitals like the Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital in Pimpri-Chinchwad. Mr. Gawade said NDRF teams, during reconnaissance, noted that the hospital was next to Mula river and that water levels were rising owing to discharge from the dam. “In the morning, not much water had entered the hospital premises. But around 1.30 p.m. we got a call from the PMC and the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation requesting immediate evacuation.” “A few patients, who required immediate care, were shifted out to other hospitals before the rescue teams reached the spot. We assisted in the evacuation of the staff and the remaining patients through ambulances and other vehicles,” Mr. Gawade said.last_img read more