Managing businesses in the Ebola crisis, the USAID sponsored-Liberia Investing for Business Expansion Program (IBEX) on Friday, October 24, provided technical advice and business support to small-and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s) in the country.Addressing newsman in Monrovia at the end of the training, the Acting Chief of Party, Augustus J. Flomo, said the current business climate in Liberia, has posed a serious threat on small and medium-sized businesses and as such, “We need to provide them some technical [pieces of] advice and support that they will use to do their businesses in this Ebola crisis.”The workshop, according to Mr. Flomo was taken from a broader prospective looking at local businesses and the challenges and what IBEX can do to help them.As a matter of fact, he said IBEX is already working with SMEs providing them technical support in what they do.Importantly, Mr. Flomo said they have been a forecast on the Liberian economy during this Ebola crisis that “Liberia is going to have a down trodden trunk in the economy, instead of going up as a country because we are the hardest hit country from the virus.According to him, to turn that around is to make sure Liberian businesses have the right capacity and to ensure that they are functioning well in the economy.He disclosed that his institution is assisting international organizations seeking to use our extensive networks to identify local businesses that can supply sanitary materials and local construction companies that can build Ebola treatment centers.Beneficiaries of the workshop thanked IBEX for the training. They promised to use knowledge acquired for their businesses’ advantage in this health crisis.In separate remarks, the participants told journalists that the IBEX’s workshop had been of great eye opener for them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Liverpool haven’t been crowned champions of England since 1989/90 and finished 25 points behind City last season.But after reaching the Champions League final in May and spending more than anyone else in the Premier League in the off-season, there is palpable belief that wait will come to an end in May.“We know about our expectations and noticed the very positive atmosphere around us in the whole pre-season,” said Klopp.“It’s good people are positive, but the season again will be unbelievably hard.”Klopp has tried to keep a lid on expectations given the gap to City last season despite spending a reported £170 million.“We cannot be anything different than the challenger because we have not won anything since I’ve been in (charge), a long time. We have to invest more, fight more,” he added.“West Ham will play a good season but they are not the (Manchester) Uniteds or (Manchester) Citys. We have to be ready week in, week out for the different challenges.”– Salah starts over –Happy Mane: Senegal’s Sadio Mane scored twice against West Ham © AFP / Oli SCARFFThere was little tinkering for Klopp to do up front after Salah, Mane and Roberto Firmino combined for 91 goals last season, and they again provided the firepower to outclass a sorry West Ham despite their own near £100 million outlay on nine new players.Salah and Mane’s pain at international level was Liverpool’s gain as early exits at the World Cup with Egypt and Senegal meant they could join the club’s pre-season tour of the United States, unlike a host of Premier League stars who returned to training just last week after their exertions in Russia.A revelation in his first season at Anfield with 44 goals in all competitions, Salah is now a marked man.Yet, he was given the simplest of tasks to tap home the opener into an empty net on 19 minutes from Andy Robertson’s pinpoint cross after he was freed down the left by the impressive Keita.Salah should have had more as he was well picked out by a bursting run by Firmino only to place his shot too close to Lukasz Fabianski, who also made a brilliant save to turn Trent Alexander-Arnold’s free-kick behind.Fabianski was by far the busier ‘keeper with Alisson making just one comfortable save and impressing far more with his feet to launch a series of Liverpool attacks.The hosts finally doubled their lead to give the score the half-time reflection it deserved when another teasing Robertson cross was pulled across goal by James Milner and Mane left unmarked to side-foot home.Mane produced a fine finish for his second eight minutes after the break after good work by Firmino, but had the linesman to thank just as much for the assist as he somehow wasn’t flagged offside before firing past Fabianski.Former City and Real Madrid boss Manuel Pellegrini is used to competing at the top of the table.Yet, despite the vast investment in the East Londoners, on this evidence Pellegrini will do well to better West Ham’s 13th-placed finish last season as the visitors were happy to limit the damage after the break.“Every time that you bring so many players it is difficult. We are just starting the season, but we need to analyse this game,” said Pellegrini. “We are clear and sure that we need to improve.”Sturridge inflicted the final blow two minutes from time with his first touch after replacing Salah.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Up and running: Mohamed Salah celebrates his first goal of the season © AFP / Oli SCARFFLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Aug 12 – Jurgen Klopp warned much tougher challenges lie ahead of Liverpool’s quest to end a near three-decade wait to win the Premier League after brushing aside West Ham 4-0 at a jubilant Anfield on Sunday.Mohamed Salah opened his account for the season, Sadio Mane scored twice and Daniel Sturridge added a late fourth in an impressive display by Klopp’s men as £65 million ($83 million) goalkeeper Alisson Becker kept a clean sheet on debut.
Here are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…The father of Brazil star Neymar has revealed his son could leave Barcelona after an unnamed club offered £114.4million for the forward. Manchester United and Man City have been linked with brining him to the Premier League. (The Sun)Leicester City reportedly came close to selling Premier League top scorer Jamie Vardy to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday six months ago in a £5m deal. (Football Insider)The Foxes made an ambitious January transfer window bid to sign former Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldinho. The 35-year-old is a free agent since leaving Fluminense in September. (Mundo Deportivo)Liverpool target Alex Teixeira is set to leave Shakhtar Donetsk to join Chinese club Jiangsu Suning in a deal worth £37m. (Calciomercato)Turkish club Fenerbahce claim Liverpool will not sell 21-year-odl winger Lazar Markovic even if they offer the Reds £20m for the on-loan Serb. (Turkish newspaper Sabah)Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov is reconsidering a potential move to a Serie A club this summer because he wants to work with new manager Pep Guardiola. (Manchester Evening News)Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is prepared to leave the club in the summer becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of playing time at Stamford Bridge. (The Sun)Victor Wanyama is continuing to stall on a new deal at Southampton amid rumoured interest from Arsenal and Tottenham. (Daily Mirror)Aston Villa are looking at back-up plans in case boss Remi Garde decides to quit the club. The Frenchman repeatedly rejected opportunities to publicly commit his future to the club after Tuesday night’s defeat at West Ham. (Birmingham Mail)Former England defender Ashley Cole’s move to LA Galaxy will see the 35-year-old receive just £4,000-a-week in wages. (LA Times)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Manchester City will win Premier League ‘by five or six points’ this season, Dietmar Hamann tells talkSPORT Arsenal foe Fraser Forster has turned Southampton’s season around, says Matt Le Tissier‘Best defence, creative midfield and red-hot striker – It’s a great time to be a Tottenham fan’, admits Piers MorganPiers Morgan: ‘Arsene Wenger is NEVER going to change… he is not ruthless enough anymore’Piers Morgan: ‘If Giroud scores against Barcelona, I will do a naked conga around the Emirates!’Atletico Madrid want Diego Costa back after selling Jackson Martinez to Chinese club for £31m Manchester City report: Joe Hart’s future in doubt as Pep Guardiola plots deal for Barcelona goalkeeper Arsenal and Liverpool target Gonzalo Higuain says Maurizio Sarri was key in keeping him at NapoliArsenal’s Mathieu Debuchy on Bordeaux move: ‘I needed playing time for Euro 2016 – it’s my primary objective’Real Madrid move to tie down Borja Mayoral amid interest in starlet from Arsenal and Chelsea
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Sources close to the team said Monday that a parent came down from the stands and berated Carter assistants and Churchill. Churchill responded. An anonymous caller to The Sun, who said he was that parent, said he questioned the coach about his “strategy and treatment of players.” Jafri was not able to confirm specifics. “I’m not allowed to say,” she said when asked why Churchill was suspended. “It’s an ongoing investigation until we resolve the incident that took place.” Jafri said Churchill was suspended from coaching and not from teaching, because he was acting in his role as a coach and not as a teacher. Carter High School football coach Mike Churchill is not coaching this week, but is still teaching, said Syeda Jafri, public information officer for the Rialto Unified School District. “Mike is suspended, but it’s a personnel issue, and I can’t discuss it, because an investigation is still pending,” Jafri said on Tuesday. “He’s still teaching with us, and he’ll miss only one game. He is suspended for Friday night’s game against Arroyo Valley.” It was reported Tuesday morning that Churchill was suspended for one week from coaching, but mistakenly reported he was also suspended from teaching. It was also reported that the suspension stemmed from an argument between Churchill and a parent following Friday night’s upset loss to Pacific. She also said there is currently not a sanction against the parent. “The district may choose to ban a parent from athletic events, but we have to wait (to see) until the investigation is over.” Assistant coach Ray Kalinich is guiding the team this week. Kalinich is a Gardena Serra High School graduate who was the coach at Pacific High School from 1972-76. Last season he was an assistant at Sultana. “The ship is going to sail,” Kalinich said. “The captain’s not on it, but we’re going to try to keep it afloat and reach our goal of getting to the playoffs. “It’s going to be the same offense and defense. None of us are Mike Churchil,l and we don’t see the plays in the exact (clear) way that Mike does, but we will try to emulate him.” Carter will also be missing two players for disciplinary reasons. One of the players is wingback Brian Williams, who was ejected from the game late in the fourth quarter for arguing with an official. Ejections in prep ball result in an automatic one-game suspension, as per CIF-Southern Section rules. Kalinich said Tuesday night that another player, whom he would not identify, is being held out of the game by the Carter administration. “He got involved in a postgame thing that was unbecoming of a Carter athlete,” Kalinich said. Churchill is widely respected throughout the state. He has a 144-69-1 record during his 21 years of coaching. His 1983 and ’84 Riverside Poly teams won CIF-Southern Section titles. He is the area’s second prominent prep football coach within the space of two working days to be suspended. Bloomington football coach Don Markham on Friday was put on administrative leave indefinitely because of an altercation he had that day with a player at a pre-game walk-through. Churhill and Markham have won seven CIF titles between them. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
NASA throws money at origin-of-life (OOL) studies that are doomed to failure, and at education programs to tell students that futility is good science.NASA Funds Rutgers Scientists’ Pursuit of the Origins of Life (Astrobiology Magazine). Protein nanomachines are anything but simple. They were essential for the first living cells, but so was DNA. A cell could not survive without both, but NASA is giving money to Rutgers in a vain quest to find out if chance could construct proteins from the ground up. It’s an ENIGMA—the name of the project and an apt description of the quest.What are the origins of life on Earth and possibly elsewhere? Did “protein nanomachines” evolve here before life began to catalyze and support the development of living things? Could the same thing have happened on Mars, the moons of Jupiter and Neptune, and elsewhere in the universe?A Rutgers University-led team of scientists called ENIGMA, for “Evolution of Nanomachines in Geospheres and Microbial Ancestors,” will try to answer those questions over the next five years, thanks to an approximately $6 million NASA grant and membership in the NASA Astrobiology Institute.New cartoon by Brett Miller for CEH, published here for the first time with appreciation.It’s bad enough that these evolutionists are going to spend taxpayer money for five years to accomplish nothing, but they also want to indoctrinate the next generation of students into the cult of astrobiology (or, as we call it, bio-astrology).We want to develop an education and outreach program at Rutgers that leads to an astrobiology minor for undergraduate students and helps inform K-12 schoolchildren about the origins of life on Earth and what we know and don’t know about the potential for life on other planets. We also want to help make Rutgers a center of excellence in this field so future undergraduate and graduate students and faculty will gravitate towards this university to try to understand the evolution and origin of the molecules that derive energy for life.It may sound nice for them to teach “what we don’t know” about the origin of life. What this means in practice, though, is that instructors will tantalize them with visions of the “potential” for life, with the goal of attracting them to join the cult of bio-astrology. Initiates into the cult will then be tempted to go to the secular universities for further indoctrination. Learning facts about organic chemistry will be included, but that is only window dressing. It cannot address the core issue: can life arise by chance? Initiates will be carefully shielded from honest critiques of the bio-astrology cult, and will be led to believe that the Stuff Happens Law is scientific.Study reveals simple chemical process that may have led to the origin of life on Earth (Astrobiology Magazine). This article celebrates work in Tokyo that is also doomed to failure. Even if they get alpha-hydroxy acids to link up, chance would have neither the desire nor the power to make a wholesale change over to the amino acids which make up life, which degrade in water.While environments of early Earth might have had monomers that could give rise to life, it would have been difficult for polymers to arise from these without the help of enzymes. In this case, the team showed these polymers could have formed with alpha-hydroxy acids before the existence of enzymes on early Earth.This multi-national team showed that hydroxy acids polymerize more easily than amino acids, and that they could have provided the necessary toolkit to kick-start the formation of more complex molecules for the origin of life on Earth.Toolkits are used by toolmakers and builders who use intelligent design. Enzymes and proteins simply will not arise by chance; the sequence space is far too fast compared to the functional space, and further, nature has no way to select one-handed amino acids required for proteins. Biblical miracles require far less faith than thinking that proteins will arise by chance (see “The Amoeba’s Journey” from the Illustra film, Origin). The perhapsimaybecouldness index of this article is nearly as astronomical.We’ve got to stop the storytellers before they indoctrinate another generation into their cult. And how do you stop a cult? YOU TELL STUDENTS THE TRUTH. Cultist storytellers don’t want students to hear the truth. They want to corner the market and forbid alternatives. We are not the ones trying to silence academic freedom. We want academic freedom! The totalitarian dogmatists are the bio-astrologists and Darwinians. Their cult can only succeed if they are the only ones at the microphone. Their faith CANNOT STAND UP to the truth. Will you let another generation be sold this hopelessly anti-scientific, anti-rational bill of goods? The cult leaders will win by default, and you will have another generation rise up believing that Stuff Happens, and that is how we got here. Get angry enough to do something, or else the flag of science will continue to look like this new cartoon by Brett Miller (below). (Visited 480 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Nothing drips with atmosphere quite like film noir. Learn how to create a stark low-key film noir look in this helpful video tutorial.Identified by high contrast and emotional dialogue, film noir is an iconic style that can be used to add a level of retro-drama to your project. However, the style is very different from what one might call modern three-point film lighting.Instead of soft lighting, Film Noir is characterized by very direct harsh lighting. In the following tutorial, filmmaker Tom Antos will show us how to create a film noir effect using a single light source. The tutorial covers:One-Point LightingCreating CookiesFlagging LightsDesaturating Footage in PostSelective Color EffectsIn this filmmaking tutorial, Mr. Antos uses Premiere Pro to achieve his film noir style effect. However, you can use any popular NLE to get a similar look.This video was first shared by Tom Antos. Thanks for sharing, Tom!Want to learn more about lighting your film? Check out a few of the following posts:Add Drama to Your Lighting Setup with Negative FillSofter than Softboxes: How to Create Book LightingLighting Tips for Film NoirHave any tips for creating a moody film noir style effect? Share in the comments below.
Striker Sergio Aguero has completed a full training session with Manchester City and could be available for Saturday’s Premier League game against Stoke City, two weeks after sustaining a broken rib in a road accident.The 29-year-old was injured in a car crash in Amsterdam last month and missed City’s 1-0 win over champions Chelsea and both of Argentina’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers but returned to light training for the league leaders earlier this week.”Back to training. I am ready!” Aguero said on his verified Twitter account, alongside pictures of him and his team mates in action during Thursday’s session.Vuelta a los entrenamientos y preparado???!! Back to training. I am ready??! pic.twitter.com/ThauwGxq7f- Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) October 12, 2017Aguero is City’s top-scorer with six goals in as many Premier League appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side, who lead the standings on 19 points after seven fixtures.?? Take a peek through CityTV’s lens at Thursday’s session…WATCH: https://t.co/eKltuQqNBc #cityvstoke #mancity pic.twitter.com/2dQqS3iezp- Manchester City (@ManCity) October 12, 2017
A picture is worth a thousand words. This adage fits perfectly for Alia Bhatt latest Instagram post. It is no secret that Ranbir Kapoor and Alia are in a relationship. While the Rockstar actor has often spoken about his ‘sacred’ relationship with girlfriend Alia, the Raazi actress has stayed away from making any official announcement.However, she made an exception recently when she posted a picture of herself wearing a jersey with boyfriend Ranbir’s lucky number and wrote, “To infinity and beyond”.Ranbir is known to be a soccer player, who sports a number 8 jersey. This is the closest Alia has come to accepting her relationship with Ranbir. Ranbir, in a recent interview to a leading daily, opened up on his relationship with Alia. He said, “It is something beautiful, sacred and really important to you, so you want to deal with it in a nice manner.””I am older now and wiser, too. I realise the value of human relationships, and I am not just talking about a partner, parents, friends or directors, but whoever is in your orbit [at that particular point]. I also realise the value of heartbreak as well as the hurt. I am not saying that I have reached a point where I know everything. It’s a constant struggle and you have to keep evolving as a person to be better, and that’s what I want to be. I want to be a good person, I’d like to do good work, get married, have children and die happy,” he added.advertisementIt was on the sets of Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra that love blossomed between Alia and Ranbir, and as they say, the rest is history.ALSO READ | Ranbir Kapoor on marriage with Alia Bhatt: I haven’t decided yetALSO READ | Ranbir Kapoor on relationship with Alia Bhatt: Don’t want to turn this into a circusALSO WATCH | Alia Bhatt opens up about her link-up rumours with Ranbir Kapoor
Rajasthan Royals lived to fight another day in the Indian Premier League and they once again had Jofra Archer to thank for the win as the all-rounder made a superb 27 off 12 balls to help his team beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 3 wickets in a close match at the Eden Gardens stadium on Thursday.The Royals rode on Riyan Parag’s 47 and significant contributions from Anjinkya Rahane (34), Sanju Samson (22) and Shreyas Gopal (18) to get close to the target but it was Jofra Archer’s knock (27 not out) which took the team over the line as he finished the match with a four and a six in the last over.This was Archer’s final match for the Royals in this season as the Jamaica-born English bowler will return home to join the national team for the upcoming series against Pakistan.Archer thanked the Royals team management and the franchise owners for keeping their faith in him and drafting him into the side despite him not having any international experience so far. Ben Stokes will also head back on the same flight with Archer to join the England limited-overs team.Jofra finishes it off in style. Great victory for the @rajasthanroyals pic.twitter.com/0Oc9S2aEQ8IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 25, 2019″I feel really excited. The tournament didn’t go as well as we liked, but moments like these really make me cherish playing for Rajasthan.”Anyone that comes in to replace me and Stokesy will do a great job, I’m sure of that. I’m grateful for Rajasthan to take a chance on me, having not played any international cricket,” Archer said after the match.advertisementArcher will return home from his second IPL season with 11 wickets from 11 matches at an average of 26.45. He also managed 67 runs with the bat and top-scored with 27 not out against KKR.”I am really gutted that I have to leave the boys. I hope that we qualify for playoffs,” Archer said.A 6 that will stay with us for a lifetime! @craig_arch finished the match off for us in style. #HallaBol #RR #KKRvRR pic.twitter.com/FgKntFt5ZWRajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) April 25, 2019Incidentally, the Knight Riders had won their last game against Rajasthan Royals (in Jaipur) on April 7 before their six-match losing streak began with a defeat to defending champions Chennai Super Kings at the Chepauk in Chennai on April 7.Rajasthan Royals on the other hand, registered only their second win at the Eden Gardens in IPL history.Also Read | 17-year-old Riyan Parag wins thriller for RR, KKR lose 6 in a rowAlso Read | 2000 up! Steve Smith enters Indian Premier League listAlso Read | India’s star Ajinkya Rahane becomes 1st overseas cricketer to join HampshireAlso Read | KKR vs RR Highlights, IPL 2019: Rajasthan beat Kolkata by 3 wickets at Eden Gardens
James Franklin BunnyEaster Sunday is tomorrow, and Penn State head football coach James Franklin is hosting an event for children at his house. It features candy, possibly an egg hunt…and Franklin dressed up as the Easter Bunny.Yup, that’s correct. Franklin dressed up as the Easter Bunny and took down the pinata containing candy for all the party-goers. Instead of using a bat, he laid out and tackled the pinata. A 6’2″ and extremely competitive Easter bunny at @coachjfranklin‘s house? Yup, that checks out. pic.twitter.com/ISCItB4qgG— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) March 26, 2016Father, Coach, Friend, Loving Husband…Easter Bunny? @coachjfranklin #PSUnrivaled Happy Easter from Happy Valley pic.twitter.com/3iv9Y6Z02R— PJ Mullen (@psuPJ) March 26, 2016That’s an incredible sight. Not every day you see a Big Ten head coach in a furry costume tackling a pinata. [ Dr. Saturday ]