first_img-House Reviews InvestmentPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last Tuesday wrote the House of Representatives to approve a ‘special tax cut agreement’ in favor of a group of Liberian professionals and investors – the Musons Group, Inc. (MGI), which will last for 15 years.Mr. Joe Gene Mulbah is the President and CEO of Musons Group, Incorporated.The President’s letter to Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay said the law, titled, “The Investment Incentive Agreement between the Government of Liberia and Musons Group, Inc,” has an investment of over US$70 million.The President said the purpose of the Investment Incentive Agreement (IIA) is to actualize government’s initiative of attracting and encouraging investors to invest in the country.The agreement was signed by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and the National Investment Commission, and attested by the Ministry of Justice on behalf of the Executive Branch of Government.The investment contract is intended for the construction, development and maintenance of a 210-room state-of-the-art hotel and resort in Marshall, Margibi County and other recreational facilities.“These recreational facilities when completed will develop the tourism sector, will provide jobs, generate revenues, provide opportunities for Liberians to showcase their talents and improve the livelihood of the citizens,” the President wrote.“The aim and objective of this Investment Incentive Agreement is to develop and put Liberia’s hotel and tourism sectors on par with other developed nations, encourage the construction of facilities that will attract world leaders and other world dignitaries to consider hosting major conferences and other global activities in Liberia.“Mr. Speaker, this Investment Incentive Agreement that is in line with Liberia’s relevant laws and public policy appertaining thereto, compliments the development plan of the hotel and resort sector of Liberia thereby attracting tourists.“As government commits to creating jobs and a sustainable economic environment, the passage into Law of this Investment Incentive Agreement will demonstrate Liberia’s commitment and implementation in that endeavor.”Following the reading and acceptance of the instrument, plenary agreed to a motion proffered by Hon. Clearance Massaquoi to forward it to the Committees on Investment and Concession, Judiciary, Broadcasting and Tourism, and Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning to review and advise the body within two weeks.The MGI is comprised of Liberian professionals with a common objective of developing an organized, committed and focused institution, MUSONS GROUP, Incorporated, which was established on August 5, 1996. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img17 October 2013 South Africa and Zimbabwe are to increase cooperation in the development of small businesses in both countries through skills transfer, knowledge sharing and increased trade and investment missions, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said on Wednesday. This follows a meeting between South African Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Elizabeth Thabethe and Zimbabwe Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development Minister Sthembiso Nyoni in Harare on Tuesday. According to the DTI, the two ministers agreed to push ahead with implementing an agreement on small, medium and micro enterprise (SMME) development cooperation that was signed last year. As part the agreement, Thabethe said South Africa’s Small Enterprise Development Agency would help the Zimbabwean government develop a small business incubation strategy. Thabethe is currently leading a delegation of South African business people on a five-day trade and investment mission in Harare and Bulawayo. Speaking at a business seminar in Harare on Monday, Thabethe said that economic cooperation with Zimbabwe would contribute significantly to growth and development in the southern African region. South Africa’s trade and investment agenda was focused on supporting Africa’s economic integration, Thabethe said, adding that infrastructure development was key to achieving this objective. Zimbabwe’s Deputy Finance and Economic Development Minister Samuel Undeng, also speaking at Monday’s seminar, noted that South African and Zimbabwe had signed a bilateral investment promotion and protection agreement in 2009 that protected investors from either country from unilateral sequestration. According to the DTI, foreign direct investment (FDI) by South African companies in Zimbabwe amounted to approximately US$619-million between 2003 and 2012, while FDI from Zimbabwe to South Africa amounted to approximately $154-million. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgCan you develop skills shooting commercial work that’ll serve you well on feature films, or do you have to start from scratch?Feature films and network TV commercials are two of the highest-paying and most prestigious jobs a cinematographer can get. Many top DPs go from one kind of project to another, filling the downtime between long-form films with several smaller, one-day commercial shoots. Other DPs specialize in one medium or the other and become sought-after for those kinds of projects.I set out to explore how the two are different from one another — and which skills are transferable between commercial work and feature films, and which are not. Features vs. CommercialsOn the face of it, they are very different projects. A typical indie feature shoots for ten to twenty-eight days and has a budget of $50k to $1m. A network TV commercial has a similar budget range, but most shoot over a single day. Commercials can pull off complex shots that are out of reach of all but the biggest-budget features and TV shows.The DP of a TV commercial usually has a larger crew and more equipment at their disposal, even if the prep time and shoot time is less.Oren Soffer (via IMDb).I reached out to Oren Soffer, a commercial and feature DP based in LA, and asked him about his experience:Many young DPs rush to shoot their first feature, but don’t realize if the acting, the locations, and the script are all sub-par, it’s all but impossible to reach your creative potential and shoot something you’re proud of. Great cinematography can’t happen in a vacuum . . . Working in commercials can allow you to earn a living as a DP, which, in turn, means you only have to take on the feature films that appeal to you, and are a good fit for the stories you want to be a part of. Even if they don’t put money in, the DP is always a investor on low-budget feature films, because of how much they bring to the table.Noah M. Rosenthal (via IMDb).I also spoke to Noah M. Rosenthal, DP of the Bryan Cranston thriller Cold Comes the Night and the indie hit Band of Robbers:You can’t buy your way out of problems on a feature film in the same way you can on a commercial, because you don’t have the budget. You have to out-create your obstacles. Through communication with the director and producer, you can explain why something is going to be an issue and change the script (or your approach) to get the most out of the resources you have.Because of the many layers of approval that a commercial goes through, it’s hard (if not impossible) to make changes on set. These adaptations to the reality on shoot day hold some of the greatest creative potential. Rosenthal continues:You need to plan the work and work that plan, but also have the ability to call an audible — to change things up at the last minute to fit the situation as you find it. Understanding what the director is going for and offering a solution to achieve within our means is a big advantage of feature film work, even if you don’t have all the toys.Both commercials and feature films offer challenges to improve your cinematography and advance your career, but DPs should be aware that the ability to excel in one field won’t always translate into the other. The cinematographers I spoke to all advised asking as many questions as possible and establishing open communication with your collaborators before signing on to a new project.Cover image via Her (Annapurna Pictures).Looking for more articles on the film and video industry? Check these out.What Is Panavision’s Liquid Crystal Neutral Density (LCND) Filter?What the Marvel Cinematic Universe Means for the Future of FilmIndustry Insights: Filming Documentary Subjects in Conflict Zones10k Vs 100k Vs 500k: Feature Film Budgets ComparedThe History and Power of Sound Design in the Film Industrylast_img read more

first_imgThe proposed merger between the two federations running the national game has been put on hold with the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) asking for more time before it can respond to the sports ministry’s proposals.The government had mooted a formula whereby the strength of Hockey India’s executive board was to be raised from 17 to 33 to accommodate IHF members, with the working committee also expanded to comprise five individuals.However, IHF president RK Shetty said his federation needed more time to discuss it among the members and has asked for eight more days to reply to the sports ministry’s proposals.”This issue has been hanging fire for three years and one cannot expect it to be resolved in a couple of days,” Shetty told MAIL TODAY on Tuesday.”Therefore, we have written back to the ministry and asked for seven more days to think about the matter.””We will only be able to make a detailed response to your proposal after we analyse the impact of each point and study the pros and cons of it. We anticipate that a diligent and responsible process will take a week and we accordingly request you to grant us time till June 21 to revert to you,” read Shetty’s letter to sports minister Ajay Maken.Hockey India does not have too many objections to the government proposals, and secretary general Narinder Batra has sent a point-by-point response to the 10 clauses.”I would not want to divulge too much about our response, but we have sent our reply within the stipulated time,” Batra told MAIL TODAY. Maken termed the development as positive and said that the acceptance of the ministry’s proposal by Hockey India and the positive tone and tenor of IHF gave him hope that the two bodies will come together at the earliest in the interest of the game.advertisementShetty said he will have to take all the other IHF office-bearers, including former president KPS Gill, on board before submitting an official response.Even if there is a merger between the two bodies at the national level, the bigger concern about the state units remains.”What happens if there are problems at the state level? There are so many court cases pending throughout the country,” the IHF president said.Talks between the two rival federations are also essential before they join hands.”We had a few discussions with Hockey India earlier also, but they never advanced past the initial stages.” Gill, who is now an advisor in the IHF, is proposed to be made the life patron, according to the ministry’s plan.”He has kept IHF alive for the last three years and spent his own time and money in court battles. I have discussed the proposals with him and he agrees with my views,” Shetty added.last_img read more

first_imgChandigarh, May 3 (PTI) In an effort to involve youth to check gender-based violence, the Haryana Police today launched an online drive called Youth Against Sexual Harassment here.Speaking at a programme here, Haryana DGP BS Sandhu called upon the states youth to join YASH, an anti-sexual harassment online community shepherded by police and with a strong ground presence.Spelling out what he called a “broad-spectrum” strategy, the DGP said that the police across the state is working on a comprehensive plan to make home, street and workplace safer for women.”The aim is to secure eve-teasing prone hotspots through warning and helpline signage, CCTV, plainclothes traps and uniformed patrolling, seek involvement of all, particularly youth, to bring about a change in mindset and behavioural transformation through awareness campaigns and programmes,” he said.He said that YASH is second arm of polices anti-eve teasing programme.”Police will act tough against maniac, psychopaths and incorrigible. But for the ones getting carried by cinema, popular literature and false notions and confusing victimisation for courtship, we are giving a platform to come together to have a debate, to take a clear stand against gender-based violence, including eve teasing.”The idea is to help our youth to know where the line is and give them an opportunity to be part of the solution,” he said.Earlier, briefing the DGP about the status of crime against women in the first quarter (Jan-March) of 2017, Additional Director General of Police, OP Singh said that across the state, 118 cases of molestation, 148 cases of sexual harassment, 52 cases of disrobing, 3 cases of voyeurism, 51 cases of stalking and 26 cases of eve teasing have been reported and police was taking action against the offenders.advertisement”The actual situation may be worse, given the deep-rooted cultural inhibition about reporting sexual violence,” OP Singh said.YASH, he said, will help in removing the stigma and exposing these as plain gender-based crime calling for prompt reporting and swift action.About enrolment, he said that all women police stations will work as the nodal offices for the online membership drive starting today.The district police will reach out to schools, colleges, Nehru Yuva Kendra, National Service Scheme Volunteers, National Youth Corps, National Cadet Corps, Haryana Cadet Corps, Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, Sports, Youth & Cultural clubs, journalists, NGOs, among others.This will be done to encourage those with an aptitude for volunteering and mentoring to register for the programme by logging on the website and filling up the membership form.”The membership will be open till May 15 and will be limited to 5000 enthusiastic volunteers in every district. Care will be taken to ensure that it is representative in character and takes onboard all sections of youth.”Once the membership drive is over, a workshop will be organised in every district to train them for different activities aimed at building public opinion against eve teasing. All members will be encouraged to be creative and work as per their convenience and skill set,” Singh said.”It is a unique opportunity for the youth in the state”, Singh said, adding, “to develop leadership qualities, be socially responsible and, above all, be part of a 110,000- strong online community connected through the programs Facebook and Twitter page.”While the cops in Haryana are looking towards involving youth to curb eve teasing, in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, the police have set up anti-Romeo squads to eradicate the problem of eve teasing and ensure that women in the state are safe. PTI SUN ARKlast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery: Very young Guendouzi offers many thingsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery is delighted with the impact of Matteo Guendouzi.Guendouzi was booked for the fourth time this season in the feisty 3-1 win over Burnley.That was the 19-year-old’s 15th Premier League appearance of a season which began with him excelling even in defeat to Manchester City and has seen him establish himself as the latest youngster to take Arsenal by storm.“I am very happy with Matteo, he’s improving a lot and helping us,” said Emery. “He gives us a lot of moments in the team with combination and quality, with the possibility to play with our style.“He needs to improve more, to continue his progress with us. He’s very young.” last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Valencia, Atletico Madrid battle for Man Utd striker Alexisby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexis Sanchez is wanted in Spain.The Chilean winger, who has struggled to make any impact at Manchester United, could have a route out of the club.Sanchez is wanted by Valencia and Atletico Madrid.And Spanish publication El Gol Digital suggests he is determined to leave United on a permanent deal.One stumbling block would be the player’s wages, which are reportedly £350,000-per-week before bonuses.Sanchez may also want to prove himself under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before deciding on his future in the summer. last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say PSG target Doucoure hails Mbappe: I played with his brotherby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure has hailed the quality of PSG striker Kylian Mbappe.Doucoure is under consideration at PSG as a replacement for wantaway midfielder Adrien Rabiot.He told RMC: “The PSG player who impresses me the most? I think it’s Kylian Mbappé, he’s really a phenomenon, a crack. “I know very well his big brother Jirès (Kembo), with whom I played with in Rennes, and he was already talking about him. “But it’s true that I’m really impressed by what he’s doing. He is the player who impresses me the most yes.” last_img read more

first_imgSMITHS FALLS, Ont. – Canopy Growth Corp. says its shareholders have approved a $5-billion investment in the cannabis company by Constellation Brands Inc.The Smiths Falls, Ont.-based company says more than 95 per cent of the votes at its annual meeting supported the private placement of 104.5 million shares and 139.7 million warrants to Constellation subsidiary CBG Holdings LLC.The alcohol giant announced in August that it would invest in the marijuana producer, giving it a 38 per cent stake in the company.The transaction is expected to be completed by Oct. 31, after regulatory approval is received under the Investment Canada Act.Canopy chairman and co-CEO Bruce Linton thanked shareholders for approving what he called “a landmark investment in our business.”The Constellation deal comes as other alcohol companies have also started homing in on the cannabis industry.Companies in this story: (TSX:WEED)last_img read more