IFC Supports Small &Medium Enterprises to Cope with Ebola

first_imgThe International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, yesterday delivered hygiene and educational materials to Access Bank Liberia as part of the partners’ wider efforts to help Liberian private sector combat the health and financial risks posed by the Ebola outbreak.The materials were made available through IFC’s Conflict Affected States in Africa Initiative (CASA) and consist of hundreds of Veronica Buckets, soap, boxes of bleach, medical thermometers, and educational posters, all to help control the spread of the Ebola, which has killed about 2,800 people in Liberia and taken a toll on its economy.Access Bank’s Acting Head of SME Banking, Horatio Weedor, said, “This contribution from IFC will help ensure that our clients’ business activities can carry on as safely and normally as possible. We support hundreds of smaller businesses across Liberia with loans and training and their continued operations are vital to the overall health of Liberia’s economy, especially in this challenging time.”IFC’s Resident Representative for Liberia, Frank Ajilore, said, “As a long-standing partner with Access Bank Liberia, IFC is committed to helping Liberia’s private sector thrive, even as Ebola slows business activity and trade. This contribution is a small part of a much wider effort involving many institutions designed to stop Ebola’s spread and allow normal social and business activity to resume in Liberia and the region as quickly as possible.”IFC is an Access Bank Liberia shareholder and has helped the institution increase its support for smaller businesses and expand financial services to underserved parts of Liberia.To help businesses in the wider region, IFC previously announced a support package consisting of at least US$450 million in commercial financing that will enable trade, investment, and employment in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.The private sector initiative will include US$250 million in rapid response projects, and at least US$200 million in investment projects planned to support post-Ebola epidemic economic recovery.The initiative also includes a US$75 million Ebola Emergency Liquidity Facility to fund critical imports for Ebola-affected countries.IFC’s CASA supports private sector development in nine countries recovering from conflict, helping them attract investment and building strong private sectors as a foundation for growth and stability. CASA is supported by donor partners Ireland, the Netherlands, and Norway, and additionally by Sweden in Liberia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Flyers to take on Hythe Mustangs

first_imgThe Flyers are back in action this weekend.On Saturday, Our Fort St. John Flyers will travel to Hythe, in an attempt to take down the mustangs in their barn.- Advertisement -Upon the last meeting between these two teams, the Flyers beat the Mustangs at our North Peace Arena, by a score of 7-5.The Flyers will be look to keep their feet on the offensive gas pedal, as they scored nine goals in their last game against the Dawson Creek Canucks. Those nine goals were scored despite the fact that only five spares were available for last Saturday’s game.Leading the way in last weeks victory was Matt Shuya, who scored a hat trick and Brent Loney, who scored twice and added two assists.Saturday night’s game will commence at 8:30.Advertisementlast_img read more

Everton 3-0 Newcastle: Aaron Lennon and Ross Barkley help Toffees to first Premier League win since December

first_imgEverton’s first home league win since November eased some of the scrutiny on manager Roberto Martinez in his 100th Premier League game in charge but only increased the pressure on Newcastle counterpart Steve McClaren.A first-half goal from Aaron Lennon, the first time since August 2009 he has scored in back-to-back games, and two late Ross Barkley penalties secured a 3-0 victory against a disparate visiting side who lacked cohesion or any semblance of a game plan and who defended haphazardly at best.Martinez has now won 40 times and drawn 31 in his opening century of games at Everton but after a Capital One Cup semi-final exit last week some fans were calling for his head.A victory – their first in the league since Boxing Day – and a much-needed home clean sheet, only the second of the season, will have eased that clamour.McClaren’s record is even worse, having taken just five points from eight matches since their last victory on the road at Tottenham in mid-December, and after spending £24million on Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend in the January window he needs to see a return on his investment pretty quickly with his side two points from safety.The match followed a familiar pattern for Everton – who were without the injured defender John Stones – at Goodison Park this season with the scoreline not really reflecting their domination of possession.Lennon took his goal well but could easily have had another two either side of the break.Tom Cleverley forced Rob Elliot into one early low save, Romelu Lukaku flicked a free-kick just past the post and Barkley, on his 100th Premier League appearance, lobbed wide of an open goal after Elliot had rushed out to head clear under pressure from Lukaku.The breakthrough came in the 23rd minute when Lennon was picked out by Cleverley and the winger’s shot on the turn beat Elliot.It looked like being the only thing which would do so all night as the Magpies goalkeeper produced a string of saves in the second half, which Everton played without leading goalscorer Lukaku who he was replaced by Arouna Kone after struggling with a back injury sustained in a challenge with Fabricio Coloccini.Barkley had two shots, one a free-kick deflected by Shelvey, tipped onto the crossbar by Elliot, who also saved from Lennon from which Kone fired the rebound wide.The post denied Cleverley from a set-piece as Everton continued to create but not take chances.It is one of the reasons Everton made a deadline-day move for Oumar Niasse, restricted to a watching brief in the stand still wearing the club shirt in which he was presented to the crowd in pre-match, who scored 13 goals in 23 appearances for Lokomotiv Moscow.Unfortunately for Newcastle Ivory Coast striker Seydou Doumbia, who received his visa earlier in the day after his loan move from Roma, was forced to do the same from the bench as bad luck with injuries saw the visitors make all three substitutions with just 55 minutes gone.Newcastle did give a debut to Townsend, named in the starting line-up, but after so long in the wilderness at Tottenham he was an anonymous figure.Moussa Sissoko finally forced Joel Robles, making his first league start for a year after injury to Tim Howard, into a save in the last 15 minutes but just seven goals in their last 18 league matches away from provides some explanation why they remain rooted in the bottom three.Barkley made the result safe with an 88th-minute penalty after substitute Rolando Aarons brought down Lennon, before a cheeky chip from the spot capped an impressive performance after Newcastle substitute Jamaal Lascelles was sent off for bringing him down. 1last_img read more

Gardai issue warning to businesses over money scam

first_imgGardai have warned business-owners to be careful exchanging large notes.It follows a number of attempts of deliberate confusion at in shops and restaurants.The latest attempted scam took place at a business in Donegal Town in recent days. It involved the changing of large notes into smaller denominations which also included possible forged notes.Similar attempts have taken place in Milford and Falcarragh.A Garda spokesman said similar scams have been tried across the county in recent months.Gardai issue warning to businesses over money scam was last modified: November 21st, 2016 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

Kurtenbach: The Raptors loss was ugly, but panic about the Warriors at your own peril

first_imgOAKLAND — The Raptors kicked the Warriors’ butts on Wednesday. Toronto’s victory — without Kawhi Leonard in their lineup and going up against the Warriors’ four healthy All-Stars — was comprehensive and nearly wire-to-wire; they led by as many as 26 points and chased the Warriors’ stars from the contest midway through the fourth quarter (which was, honestly, a half-quarter too late).Arguably the best team in the Eastern Conference ran the defending champions on their home floor. And noting …last_img read more

NBA 3-point contest: Stephen Curry finishes in second place

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery or video on your mobile device.CHARLOTTE, N.C. -– If only the third shot on the last rack did not rim in and out. Then, Stephen Curry could have the storybook-ending he craved.He could have won his second 3-point competition during All-Star Weekend. He could have done it in his hometown. He could have had bragging rights against his brother, Seth, who plays for the Portland Trail Blazers. “A 3-point competition with that kind of …last_img read more

Essence of the Growth Path

first_imgYou have come to South Africa some months after the FIFA World Cup. During the World Cup period we projected on the television screens across the world, a country with an enormous capacity to pull off, not only an event with technical excellence but with great spirit. We brought something unusual to the World Cup and we were confident from day one that we were going to be successful. Post the World Cup we’ve been completing the work that this administration has set itself.President Zuma took office in May last year just after our general election and we started to put together a plan to address the employment, social and economic challenges of the country. Within over this decade and a half we’ve been able to achieve a stable democracy. We’ve got a transparent system of governance, we’ve got a free and independent media, and we’ve got a tradition of South Africans engaging very deeply in matters that they feel passionate about. While we’ve achieved a lot for example, a sustained economic growth year after year since 1994. The longest stretch of unbroken growth in recent times in South African history. We have to recognise that there are major challenges.As you drive around our beautiful country you see both spectacular natural beauty, all the examples of a modern country with smart infrastructure but you will also see evidence of the social challenges that we face, of unemployment, poverty and inequality and so we are addressing ourselves with the same minded focus that we brought to the World Cup of addressing the challenges of unemployment. We have set ourselves some ambitious growth targets, that over the next ten years, we want to be able to increase employment by over five million jobs.We have identified a number of areas in the economy where there is significant potential to grow jobs. Some of those not surprisingly are linked to the construction sites that you may have seen all over. We are basically rebuilding our infrastructure, creating a modern advanced infrastructure to take us through the twenty first century. We are doubling our energy generating capacity from 45 000 (forty five thousand) megawatts to about 85 000 (eighty five thousand) megawatts in the next two decades. We’re developing a transport system that builds on what you saw during the World Cup but now seek to expand it across the country. We are investing heavily on rail and we are seeking to ensure that through this investment of energy and transport we create an opportunity not only in the short run through jobs being created but more fundamentally for a greater efficiency in the economy, for reduced costs of doing business and very very importantly for the means of linking up parts of the country that have not sufficiently been part of the economic main stream. This really represented a nation that is confident about its future that believes that it’s worth investing enormous sums of money in creating a physical infrastructure.The growth path goes beyond, it also identifies the opportunities that come from infrastructure investment. We seek to build a solid and competitive manufacturing pace to produce the components of the infrastructure build programme. We need to leverage a lot more financial resources both minerals as well as agriculture and aside from manufacturing the other big story for us is the Green Economy.South Africa is a carbon intensive economy. Our location predisposed us to that. We’ve got a significant coal base, we’ve got cutting edge technologies to convert coal to oil but the consequence of all of this is that we are very coal reliant. In the content of great awareness by all of us of the damage and reality of climate change, we’re now seeking to mitigate the extent of carbon emission in the economy by building a strong green economy.Finally I hope that you have enjoyed your stay in South Africa. We also wish to build on all of that with a significant expansion in tourism.last_img read more

Filmmaking Trends: Don’t Be Afraid to Sing and Dance

first_img2. Royal Wedding (1951)Perhaps one of the most iconic dance scenes of all time (and arguably an inspiration for Christopher Nolan’s Inception scenes) is Fred Astaire’s “You’re All the World to Me” number in Royal Wedding in which he famously dances up the walls and on the ceiling.Filmed in the early 1950s, the sequence was quite a feat to capture, as it required an entire set to be built in a rolling barrel with camera attachment. Here’s what the scene looks like when it follows the true motion. What’s your favorite dance scene in film history? Ever thought of including musical numbers in your own work? Let us know in the comments. 3. Hair (1979)Originally performed on the stage, Hair was a self-proclaimed “American Tribal Love-Rock Musical” which focused on the growing hippie counterculture exploding in the ’60s and ’70s.The film version by Miloš Forman put the musical’s sometimes abrasive messages of drug use and sexual promiscuity onto big screens and televisions across the world with powerful numbers like “I Got a Life” and “Aquarius.”4. Dirty Dancing (1987)As far as musical dance numbers go, the finale to Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey’s romance film Dirty Dancing is one of the most renowned and decorated, having won a Golden Globe, Grammy, and Oscar for best original song. The film’s legacy as one of the best dance films of all time is cemented thanks to the choreography of Broadway legend Kenny Ortega. From La La Land to The OA, film and television are turning back the clock to honor the golden age of song and dance. Let’s look behind the scenes at some of the best song and dance numbers in film history.Top image via Black Label MediaInteresting fact: Some of Hollywood’s earliest films where produced as supplemental entertainment to big-number stage shows. If you look through the halls of film history, you’ll find a heavy number of musicals and dance films from Singing in the Rain to The Wizard of Oz to Saturday Night Fever.So, if you’re itching to stretch your legs like Billy Elliot and looking to put dance and music into your next project, here are seven classic dance scenes you need to study.1. Swing Time (1939)Resting squarely in the golden age of Hollywood, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’s RKO-produced musical comedy is widely considered one of the era’s best and serves as a highlight of both performers’ illustrious film dance careers.Cinema was much more spectacle based in their era, with elaborate sets and musical numbers being performed in wide, long shots to give scale and add magnitude to their productions (as you can see in some of TCM’s behind-the-scenes photos, every shot was an enormous undertaking). 7. La La Land (2016)Damien Chazelle’s follow up to Whiplash has enjoyed a great run as a musical homage to classic Hollywood song and dance. Starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, the film features several musical dance numbers recorded and filmed in the style of famous musicals like The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and It’s Always Fair Weather. According to Chazelle, the dance scenes were “to be filmed head to toe, using fifties-style, wide-screen CinemaScope, and performed in a single take, like Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire used to.” 5. Billy Elliot (2000)Set against the backdrop of a 1980’s coal mining strike in north-eastern England, the story of Billy Elliot’s journey from a small blue-collar town to London’s West End is a visual masterpiece for how it illustrates Billy’s development through dance.The making-of featurette below features some behind-the-scenes glimpses into the production of the film, the actors’ insights, and a look at how they filmed the famous tap dancing scene featured above. 6. Pina (2011)If you’re not familiar with the work of the German modern dance choreographer Pina Bausch, Wim Wenders’s film on the famous artist is an awe-inspiring introduction. Tragically, Bausch passed away during the filming of the documentary. However, Wenders was encouraged by the dancers who knew Bausch to continue the film in memoriam. The film highlights the most noted dance pieces from Bausch’s career with interviews from those who worked with the choreographer.last_img read more

Video Tutorial: Using Audio to Drive Your Motion Graphics

first_imgWhy keyframe your animations manually when your audio can do it for you? In this tutorial, learn how to create motion graphics that react to your music.Let’s say that I want to create motion graphics that will react to the beat of a song. There are a number of ways to do this. The first idea that comes to mind is opening up the waveform and animating using the peaks and valleys of the song as a visual reference. Another method would be to listen to the song and add markers on the fly, animating attributes at the marker points. Both of these techniques have something in common — I’m spending a lot of time manually adding keyframes.This tutorial will show you a more automated method that still offers a lot of versatility. I’m going to use a music clip to drive the animation of a basic graphic. With this particular technique, you’ll find yourself focusing more on fine-tuning the animation than creating it from scratch.Let’s get started. Step 1 — Convert Audio to KeyframesFirst, I’m going to select my music layer and go to Animation > Keyframe Assistant > Convert Audio to Keyframes. Once you’ve selected this, After Effects will create a new Audio Amplitude layer with all of the converted audio keyframes applied. It includes keyframes for right, left, and both channels. To keep this animation simple, I’ll delete the right and left channels and only use the Both Channels attribute.Step 2 — Link to AttributesThe key to making this method work is using expressions. But don’t let this scare you off — we’ll create the expressions via property pick whips. If you’re using the latest version of After Effects, then you’ll have the added benefit of property pick whips. For older versions of AE, you’ll need to Alt+Click the stopwatch of your property to access the pick whip.For this animation, I have an eighth-note graphic that will scale, rotate, and change opacity to the beat of the music. To make this happen, I’ll open up the transform properties of the graphic in the timeline, as well as the converted audio keyframes of the Audio Amplitude layer. I’ll rename the Both Channels attribute to “Scale.” Next, I’ll duplicate Scale twice and rename the duplicates “Opacity” and “Rotation.” Now I can connect the attributes of the eighth-note graphic to the Audio Amplitude layer via the property pick whips.Step 3 — Adjust the ValuesThe properties are now linked, but the animation is not doing what I want. To further refine the keyframes, I’ll open up the Graph Editor. This gives me a visual reference to the values of my animations with time mapped horizontally and values (or speed) mapped vertically. Using the Graph Editor I can quickly adjust the scale, opacity, and rotation values.First, I’ll click the Graph Editor button in the Timeline panel. I’ll set the view options to Show Selected Properties and the graph type to Edit Value Graph. Next, I’ll turn on the Show Transform Box when multiple keyframes are selected. The Transform Box provides me with a good method to quickly select multiple keyframes and change them together.For example, I can click and drag to select just the peaks of my scale attribute of the Audio Amplitude layer and then drag them up to increase the value. I can also grab all of the keyframes around the bottom and quickly move them to a specific value. It’s very easy to work with a large number of keyframes via the Transform Box. Once I have my scale keyframes where I want them, I can repeat the process for opacity and rotation.Endless PossibilitiesDon’t limit your options to music when using this technique — it works great with narration and sound effects, too. When you use this technique in conjunction with expression controls, you can get some very interesting results. For example, you could use SFX elements to trigger a RGB glitch. Or you could have an effect ramp up during an audio swell transition. Another great use of this could be to visualize a voice in a documentary.Using audio to drive animations helps you work smart, not hard.Interested in the tracks we used to make this video?“Spanish Rumble Part 1” by Senbei“Street Signs” by Sound Force“Error Message” by Jack Chown“Creativity and Innovation” by Ulas PakkanLooking for more video tutorials? Check these out.How to Create a Scribble Animation in After EffectsAfter Effects: Create a Modern Slideshow AnimationVideo Tutorial: How to Loop an Animation in Adobe After EffectsHow to Apply Animation Presets in Adobe After EffectsUse the Puppet Tool in After Effects to Add Life to Animationlast_img read more

No threat of any major flood in Odisha

first_imgThe possibility of a major flood has been ruled out in Odisha following average rainfall recorded during the last 24 hours ending on Thursday morning.According to the control room of the Special Relief Commissioner, the average rainfall in the State recorded on Thursday for the last 24 hours was 2.7 mm while 28 districts received sporadic rainfall, the highest being 18.8 mm in Kalahandi district.“There was no rainfall during the past 24 hours in the remaining two districts of Bhadrak and Deogarh,” it said. Thursday also remained largely dry throughout the State.Flood control cell of the State Water Resource department said 6.43 lakh cusecs of water had flown through the Mundali barrage by 6 p.m. and the flow of water would gradually come down. As there was drop in the intensity of rainfall in the upper catchment of the Mahanadi, managers of Hirakud Dam Project at Burla closed five sluice gates. However, 20 gates still remianed opened. Heavy precipitation recorded from Monday to Wednesday had inundated about 30 villages under the Harabhanga block of Boudh. There was report of flooding in low-lying areas of Subarnapur, Angul and Cuttack districts.“We had received information about a road getting cut off in Boudh district. It was immediately restored. We do not expect any major flood in the coastal belt,” said Bishnupada Sethi, Managing Director of Odisha State Disaster Management Authority and Special Relief Commissioner.last_img read more