Kings top Thunder in Westbrook’s season debut

first_imgSacramento led 68-56 at halftime behind 54.5 percent shooting. Westbrook had 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists at the break.The Kings pushed their lead to 17 in the third quarter, but the Thunder rallied. A driving dunk by rookie Hamidou Diallo cut Sacramento’s lead to 10 and helped bring the crowd back into the game. Oklahoma City closed the quarter strong, but Sacramento still led 97-90 entering the fourth.The Thunder cut the deficit to five in the fourth quarter, but Sacramento held on. Hield hit a 3-pointer with just over 2 minutes remaining to slow Oklahoma City’s momentum.TIP-INSKings: Shumpert scored 16 points in the first quarter and helped the Kings shoot 60 percent in the period. … Marvin Bagley III, a rookie from Duke, finished with 13 points and seven rebounds. He scored 19 points in his previous game against New Orleans.Thunder: Westbrook scored 11 points in the first quarter. … George, Adams and backup center Nerlens Noel each committed three fouls in the first half. George committed his fifth foul late in the third quarter. … The Thunder made just 19 of 30 free throws.HOME SWEET HOMEHield, who played his college ball at Oklahoma, got a warm ovation during pregame introductions.“It’s cool,” he said. “Like I said, it’s my second home. I was here for four years. Glad to be here. The fans always embrace me well.”SHOTS APLENTY Panthers’ Reid calls Jenkins ‘sellout’ in protest movement Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I thought Russell really played well,” Donovan said. “I give him a lot of credit. He worked really hard the last five to six weeks to try to get himself ready. For him to come back, being out as long as he was and play like he did — I thought we were faster, I thought we got downhill more, I thought the ball was moving.”De’Aaron Fox scored 22 points and Buddy Hield added 17 for the Kings. They shot 54.9 percent to earn their first win of the season.Sacramento coach Dave Joerger said it was a big win for his team, given the buildup for Oklahoma City.“They come back from the West Coast, they get their guy back and opening night, and a lot going on,” Joerger said. “I’ve got a lot of respect for them. We got the ball up and down the floor and we played fast.”Paul George scored 29 points and Steven Adams added 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Thunder.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sacramento Kings guard Iman Shumpert (9) goes to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook was in no mood to talk after his season debut.Iman Shumpert scored 26 points and the Sacramento Kings beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 131-120 on Sunday night to spoil Westbrook’s return.ADVERTISEMENT The Thunder took 104 shots, but made just 44.2 percent of them. Oklahoma City’s stars, Westbrook and George, made 23 of 41 shots. The rest of the Thunder made 23 of 63. The Thunder had 18 offensive rebounds, which helped them take 13 more shots than the Kings.STRUGGLING SCHRODERDennis Schroder, the new Thunder player who replaced Westbrook in the starting lineup the first two games, took his share of the blame for the rough start. He made just 5 of 16 shots against the Kings and has made 14 of 50 shots this season.“We’ve got to figure it out,” Schroder said. “I think the last couple of games, we didn’t do a good job of selecting the shots and I take that on me the first two games. I’ve got to be better and got to make my shots as well, but as a unit, we’ve got to be better and take better shots. We’ve just got to get used to it and figure each other out.”UP NEXTKings: At Denver on Tuesday night.Thunder: Host Boston on Thursday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Westbrook missed the preseason and the first two regular-season games after having a procedure to deal with inflammation in his right knee. He had 32 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in 35 minutes after averaging a triple-double the past two seasons.Westbrook sat at his locker for more than 20 minutes before getting in the shower and finally addressed the media about an hour after the game ended.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I was OK,” he said. “It wasn’t my best night, but I’ve got however many more games left to play, so I’m not worried. It was my first time. I just hate losing. Honestly, I don’t really care to talk about how I played.”Thunder coach Billy Donovan liked what he saw from Westbrook, who made 13 of 23 field goals and was his usual unstoppable self when attacking the rim. 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LACC’s Integrity, Fairness Questioned, Why Was Entire NOCAL Board, Legislature, which Received the ‘Bribes’…

first_imgThe integrity and fairness of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) has been called into question by Mr. Clemenceau Urey, one of the former government officials who the corruption watchdog indicted last week for alleged corruption.During an Information Ministry press briefing last Thursday, the LACC Chairman, Counselor James Verdier, said the Commission had indicted Mr. Urey and Counselor Bill Dunbar on “bribery, misapplication of entrusted property, criminal facilitation, criminal conspiracy and economic sabotage for the amount of US$50,000.”  The two men have been forwarded to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution, Cllr. Verdier added.  Mr. Urey said he had been invited by the LACC to answer questions relating to “lobbying fees” which the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), during his tenure as Chairman of the Board, had paid to members of the National Legislature.Responding to the LACC’s allegations, Mr. Urey said the facts are “simple, clear and undisputed.”  The National Legislature, said Mr. Urey, “had demanded lobbying fees for the ratification of NOCAL’s contracts.  When we protested and advised that it was vital to the national interest to immediately jumpstart the oil sector, and that legislative ratification of the contracts was necessary to do so, we were informed that it was standard procedure for nominees and the Executive Branch to pay Lobbying Fees for the passage of Bills and confirmation.”Mr. Urey continued, “Since NOCAL was unaware of the ratification procedures which obtained at the Legislature, we consulted with the relevant Government officials at various levels of Government and we were advised to pay the fees the Legislature was demanding in order to ensure that the contracts be immediately ratified. “Based on this advice,” Mr. Urey continued, “NOCAL’s Board met and seven of NOCAL’s nine-member Board of Directors voted to approve the payment of the Lobbying Fees.  This included the Minister of Justice, the Government’s chief legal officer, who is also a statutory member of NOCAL’s Board of Directors.Since NOCAL did not have the funds, the Board instructed Dr. Fodee Kromah, NOCAL’s President, and Chief Executive Officer, to obtain a loan from LPRC to make the payment.”Mr. Urey told the Daily Observer yesterday that all of this had been done in the year 2006, the first year of the incumbency of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Mr. Urey then made a detailed listing of what he called “the following facts:The Chairman only votes in cases where there is a tie.  Since there was none in this case, I did not have to vote to approve the payment, even though I concurred with the Board’s action.  Attorney Verdier, I and the Liberian public are entitled to know the legal basis of your recommendation for me to be prosecuted for corruption.As Chairman of NOCAL’s Board of Directors, I did not participate in the day-to-day management or operation of NOCAL.  I did not sign any check or any disbursement of the payment to the Legislature.  Once again, Attorney Verdier, I and the Liberian public are entitled to know the legal basis of your recommendation for me to be prosecuted for corruption.Why have counselor Stephen B. Dunbar and I been singled out for prosecution?  Is this a witch hunt?  What about the other five Board members – including the Minister of Justice – who voted to approve the payment?  Attorney Verdier, why did you intentionally and deliberately refuse [to recommend also] the other five Board members – including the Minister of Justice – who voted to approve the payment?  Why only me and Counselor Dunbar?Since this LACC investigation began, I was able to obtain the list of all the members of the Legislature who received payments and the individual amount each received.  Attorney Verdier, why did you intentionally and deliberately refuse [also to recommend] ALL the members of the Legislature who solicited the payment as well as those who received the NOCAL payments?  Why this selective prosecution, Attorney Verdier?Since it is a recognized and undisputed principle of criminal law that the persons who demand and receive illegal payments are equally,  if not more guilty than the giver, why did the LACC recommendation for prosecution then not include all those who solicited, as well as those who received the NOCAL payments?  Had LACC done so, this would have set the proper example and sent a clear message that all who are connected with and [requested and received] illegal payments will be subject to criminal prosecution.“Given these facts, I fail to see how LACC can justify its decision to recommend me for prosecution and at the same time exclude the main persons who should be prosecuted.“LACC’s decision to recommend me for prosecution for corruption is clearly politically motivated because it obviously has no legal or factual bases and I can assure Mr. Verdier that I will not stand by and be used as a political scapegoat to further the political aims of others.“Let it be known that I am fed up with my name constantly appearing in the newspapers and on the airwaves about this allegation where individuals who do not know me personally, make loose and negative remarks about my character which I have [striven] to build over the years.  Please, therefore, proceed expeditiously with your prosecution so that I can be given the opportunity to clear my name.”Cllr. Verdier was not available over the weekend for comment, as his phone was turned off.  The LACC public relations officer, Ben Kolako, when contacted for an appointment to follow up with the LACC chairman regarding the indictments he made at the MICAT press conference last Thursday, October 23, told the Daily Observer that his boss was not ready to give interviews. At the press conference on Thursday, Cllr. Verdier admitted that the LACC had been “media shy… because this involves people’s characters and reputations.” With Urey’s response, more of those named are expected to issue responses to the LACC’s indictments in the coming days.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GWI auditors investigate ‘Boss’ over abuse of authority

first_img– ‘unjustly’ hires consultant at .1M monthlyThe Internal Audit Department of the Guyana Water Incorporated Inc has launched an investigation into an abuse of authority by the entity’s Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charles.The auditors have since recommended that many of the changes instituted by Dr Van West-Charles be reversed.The investigation was launched into the actions of Dr Van West-Charles after a litany of complaints and allegations had been lodged and these range through questionable employment practices, the suppression of internal audits, and retribution against senior employees, among a host of other infractions.Dr Richard Van West-CharlesWith regards the employment practices of the managing director, the entity’s Internal Audit Department (IAD) found that in instances there were no justification for consultants hired and that a position had in fact been created to facilitate the employment of an ‘unqualified’ Lear Goring.Goring – since fired – was employed as a Debt Recovery Manager but did not have the minimum qualifications for the post and was being paid monthly $263,000 in addition to a $20,000 allowance.Staged datesAnother of the hired consultants that attracted the attention of GWI’s IAD was a Billing Consultant employed by Dr Van West-Charles, on a temporary contract with a monthly starting salary of $525,000.Investigations by the Internal Auditors found that both the Billing Consultant and Goring reside at the same Stevedore Scheme, Georgetown, address, in addition to the fact that there was no justification for the employment of neither of the men.With regards Goring the Auditors found that a correspondence addressed to the Chief Executive, dated October 15, 2015 sent by the Director of Human Resources is seen as justification for the approval of employing Goring; however, IAD believed this to be staged since the dates did not fall in ascending orders.According to the internal audit, Goring’s application was dated on October 8, 2015; the interview was done on October 9, 2015; the contract of employment was dated October 10, 2015; and he signed as accepted on October 12, 2015.It was found too that not only did Goring not possess any working experience as it related to Debt Recovery, but GWI’s organisational structure did not provide for a Debt Recovery Department nor support staff.The position was effectively created by the GWI Managing Director Dr Van West-Charles for Goring.$1.1M consultantWith regards Billing Consultant’s employment by Dr Van West-Charles, his contract was further extended to June 30, 2016 for which no justification was given except for the mention of “Mr (name withheld) services are still required.”The position of Billing Consultant was found also not to be on the current organisational structure and was from the inception meant to be a temporary position since it was contracted.He was originally employed in October 2015, days after GWI purportedly accepted Goring’s employment.The Auditors had found too that there was no activity/consultancy report present in Billing Consultant’s file in order to determine if the objective and duties as outlined in the terms of reference were met.The Billing Consultant was also employed by GWI under a separate contract to be paid $604,000 per month in addition to a cumulative $60,000 monthly allowance as, “Head, Strategic Planning, Evaluation and Monitoring Unit.”This essentially means that Billing Consultant is in receipt of monthly remunerations of in excess of $1.1 million.Another consultant contract was handed to another person at a salary of $512,000 despite the fact that the GWI’s Internal Auditors could find no records of certification to back up any qualifications claimed.Another consultancy that gained the attention of GWI’s IAD was that of a security consultant whose position, earning him in excess of $700,000 monthly but was never advertised internally or externally.Another ‘Security Officer’ – was also employed on contract by the managing director and earning in excess of $520,000 but the Auditors found that this position was not advertised, either internally or externally.A number of other consultancies triggered by the actions of Dr Van West-Charles were also probed by the IAD which have since led in part to retribution being meted out to the department by the managing director.Relocate auditorsAccording to internal communications seen by Guyana Times, Dr Van West-Charles in fact relocated the IAD to a DaSilva Street, Georgetown, location in order to make room for the ‘Debt Recovery Department.’On February 1 last the employees of the Internal Audit Department were instructed to vacate their office space in two days.The building was found to be unsuitable and the internal auditors have since been forced to use the canteen area at Shelterbelt and documents were exposed to the open after which “access to records and persons became very difficult.”The internal auditors were also reportedly subjected to constant abuse by Dr Van West-Charles leading to an adverse effect on staff morale.The verbal confrontations reportedly stemmed from queries and findings they would have raised relating to Debt Recovery, Commercial Services areas and Human Resources audit checks.With regards interference of Dr Van West-Charles into the operations of the Internal Audit Department, this publication has seen internal correspondences which point to allegations that on various occasions, Dr Van West-Charles had stated that he was very uncomfortable about the reporting lines and authority of the Audit Manager and staff.The managing director reportedly instituted a system for the Internal Auditors where, “we started to experience lengthy delays to get records timely, limited access to people and information from auditors.”All requests were made to be channelled through Dr Van West-Charles, who also “requested that he be kept informed on every stage of an audit and would like to screen the Auditees responses before same was disclosed to the IA staff.”Suppress AuditsAccording to the correspondences seen, “The environment became similar to the one created by the previous Chief Executive (CE)…Found to be very hostile most of the times but we tried as much as possible to suppress and work around it.”The IAD has since recommended an urgent review of GWI’s policies and procedures at all operational areas to reflect modern practices and the structural changes recently made.last_img read more

Support builds for high-speed rail line

first_img“The entire huge cost of building the system would be paid for by the taxpayers of California. That’s true of no other large-scale infrastructure. If we build another north-south highway it would be paid for by gas tax and tolls … It makes no sense to me whatsoever from the taxpayer or traveler standpoint.”Poole believes the Rail Authority is being overly optimistic in projecting ridership of 100 million by 2030 and operating revenue of $1 billion a year.Meanwhile, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed slashing the Rail Authority’s budget next year to $1.2 million – down more than $13 million from the level.Kicked off the ballot in 2004 because of the state’s shaky economy, funding for the train was bumped off again in 2006 when lawmakers instead pushed for billions of dollars in bonds to fund freeway improvements.Now Schwarzenegger wants to postpone the ballot measure for a third time, instead proposing more borrowing for prisons, schools, courts and natural resources.The current route plan would zip passengers between San Diego and Sacramento at speeds up to 220 mph, with stops and extensions throughout the Inland Empire, Orange County, Los Angeles County, Central California and the Bay Area.A trip from Union Station to San Francisco is estimated to cost about $70, roughly 70 percent of the air fare, said Mehdi Morshed, executive director of the rail agency.Unlike conventional trains that run on diesel, high-speed trains run on electricity that’s continuously fed through overhead electrical lines and on specially built tracks.Critics contend the project is not a good investment for the state.Norm King, director of the Leonard Transportation Center at Cal State San Bernardino, said there is no assurance the system would draw private investors, averting the need for taxpayer subsidies.King said money would be better invested in highway projects because roads would create more congestion relief to residents than a high-speed rail could ever provide.Kopp said it’s a misconception to think that a high-speed rail would need subsidies. He said private money will come after investors see the reality of the project, which will arrive when voters approve a bond. He cited successful high-speed rails in Japan and France.harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com(916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I think people are sick and tired of long commutes, tired of not knowing whether their plane is going to come in on time, tired of the high cost of gas and airline tickets,” Ma said in a phone interview, shortly after riding on the record-breaking French train.The California High-Speed Rail Authority is set to hold public meetings in Los Angeles this month on a proposed Southern California route that promises 27-minute rides between Union Station and Palmdale.And California voters next year could be asked to vote on a bond measure that would provide about $10 billion to build a statewide high-speed rail system.Still, the plan faces significant challenges.“I think it’s a ridiculous boondoggle,” said Robert Poole, director of transportation studies at the Reason Foundation in Los Angeles. SACRAMENTO – Supporters of a $40 billion high-speed rail line in California are revitalizing their decadelong battle for a 700-mile route that could help relieve the state’s jammed freeways. The plan for the transit corridor has languished for years, unable to overcome weak political support and strong criticism of its hefty price tag.But last week’s record-breaking run by a French TGV train that hit 357 mph has revived interest in the route that could whisk passengers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in under three hours.“I think this is the future for California,” said Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, one of several state lawmakers who traveled to France to witness the speed record.last_img read more

Indigenous group says Trans Mountain bid could be ready next week

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – An Indigenous-led group says it will soon be ready to make a bid for majority ownership of the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline currently owned by the federal government.The group, called Project Reconciliation, says it will be prepared as early as next week to talk with Ottawa about its proposal for a 51 percent stake in the pipeline.Project Reconciliation says the bid will be underwritten by contracts with pipeline customers and not rely on taxpayers.- Advertisement -The group says almost 340 Indigenous communities across B.C., Alberta, and Saskatchewan could choose to share ownership of the pipeline, which is designed to ship crude oil from the oilsands to the West Coast.Ottawa reapproved the pipeline last month after its initial go-ahead was quashed by the Federal Court of Appeal over incomplete Indigenous consultations and a faulty environmental review.The pipeline has support from some Indigenous groups along the route, but faces intense opposition from others, especially on the coast.Advertisementlast_img read more

Chelsea League Cup final warning! ‘Unplayable’ Tottenham striker can lead Tottenham to glory

first_imgHarry Kane’s sensational goalscoring form can guide Tottenham to victory in the League Cup final, according to club legend Micky Hazard.The Spurs striker has scored 24 goals this season, two in the League Cup, and was the Lilywhites’ key man in the 5-3 Premier League victory over the Blues in January, scoring two.The England Under 21 star will be the Blues’ biggest worry and Hazard believes, if he is in the same mood as their last meeting, Kane will be unplayable.“Tottenham now know they are capable of beating Chelsea and I honestly think Tottenham can win,” the Spurs hero told the Sports Bar.“If Harry Kane is on fire as he was at White Hart Lane on the first day of the year, he is unplayable when he is like that.”Hazard also believes that if full-back Kyle Walker can keep Blues star Eden Hazard quiet, then Spurs will have one hand on the trophy.“Eden Hazard up against Kyle Walker is the biggest match up of the final,” he added.“Hazard is a great player but Kyle Walker has a massive role in stopping the Belgian and if he does that, I feel Tottenham have got one hand on the cup.“Kyle got forward in the game at White Hart Lane which made Hazard play deeper, and the deeper he is, well that’s where you want him as you don’t want him in and around your box.”last_img read more

‘I CONSIDERED KILLING MYSELF’ – HOW THE RECESSION IS HITTING DONEGAL

first_imgTHE recession is hitting many people hard, particularly those self-employed people who always managed to get through – until now.An extensive investigation by donegaldaily.com has found shocking evidence of how the banks are ‘turning the screw’ on ordinary people who have seen their lives turned upside down by the economic downturn.This in turn has led to an increase in the number of people suffering acute depression. We have spoken to people from all walks of life and yesterday published an interview with a Co Donegal farmer.Today we publish the second of three interviews. This is the view of a Co Donegal builder:“I’ve never seen it so bad; I was a sub-contractor and had two dozen working with me at one stage, but there’s no-one left now.“The bailiffs have taken it all. At one time we couldn’t work fast enough because there was so much work. Those were the days. I remember Bertie Ahern saying it (the boom) would last another 20 years, but it barely lasted 20 months after he said that. “I’ve lost everything now. I hate the way people blame the builders. All we did was meet demand. The real culprits were the banks because they were the ones who threw money at everyone. It was so easy.“When I was growing up you got a new sofa when you had the money to buy one. Then the banks said you could have a house, all the furnishings and anything else.“We worked hard. I’ve worked all over the UK in the 80s and 90s and it was great to be able to work here at home. The more work came along, the more I invested in it.“I took out big loans for vans, tools and machinery. But I also signed personal guarantees with the bank. When the boom ended, I lost everything. The house is next go go, I know that.“It all became too much for me and I did consider killing myself. Thankfully someone got to me before I went that far. I spoke to a priest and I’ve changed my outlook. “I will lose everything I worked so hard for. I don’t think some people realise how much this recession is hurting ordinary people. People begrudge you when you do well; it seems to be how people think.“You are not allowed to get ahead in this country, otherwise people despite success. I employed a lot of people, paid good wages, my taxes and helped out where I could.“Now I’m the one looking for help. I’d like to keep the house, for the sake of my wife and children. But I’ve spoken to them now and explained that we will have to move sooner rather than later. There’s no point in fighting them (the banks). They’re holding all the cards.“I would just tell anyone in the same boat that life is worth living. Leave the past behind and move on. That’s what I will have to do.” To read the first article in the series click below:www.donegaldaily.com/2011/07/03/bailiffs-the-banks-drive-businesses-and-farmers-to-despair/‘I CONSIDERED KILLING MYSELF’ – HOW THE RECESSION IS HITTING DONEGAL was last modified: July 4th, 2011 by gregShare 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:builderdonegalrecessionlast_img read more

DMG Motors line up new sales team to tackle the new 2017 season!

first_imgDMG Motors is one of the leading car dealerships in Donegal and the North-West.And to sell some of the best-known cars on the market, you need a top sales team.DMG say they believe their staff are their strongest asset and they are what helps the company to deliver a first class service to customers old and new. Take a look at some of the old and new faces who make up the DMG sales team.Rory McGinty – Dealer PrincipalEmail Rory:rory.mcginty@dmgmotors.ie Involved in the family business since leaving school Rory knowledge and experience has grown with the business. Since its inception in 1999 Skoda has grown from strength to strength and coupled now with the other brands DMG has now become one of the most favoured outlets in the county today.Stephen McCaul – ManagerEmail Stephen:stephen.mccaul@dmgmotors.ieSkoda continues to grow and become a very firm choice within the county. We have just had the arrival of the SEAT Ateca SUV to be followed by a new Ibiza, facelift Leon and an ASUV, the Arona. The next 12 months also promises to be exciting for Skoda with the arrival of the New Kodiaq SUV, facelift Octavia & later in 2017 the New Yeti.We have seen the Mitsubishi ASX & Outlander receive facelift’s this year leaving the Mitsubishi brand in a very strong position. The first complete year of the New L200 is also nearing completion and has proven very successful.Paddy McMenamin – Sales Email Paddy:paddy.mcmenamin@dmgmotors.iePaddy comes from Ballybofey and is very well known in the area. He has a over 20 years of retail experience. We wish him well and he looks forward to meeting customers old and new very shortly.SHAUN BURKE – SalesEmail:shaun.burke@dmgmotors.ie The youngest member of our team Shaun joins us with a fresh hunger for all things motor related. With his induction period over now Shaun has settled in very well and is a great asset to the team. Shaun is from MountCharles outside Donegal town and looks forward to meeting with customers old and new.WILL PATTERSON – SalesEmail:will.patterson@dmgmotors.ieWill has recently joined the team and comes to DMG with a wealth of knowledge having been in the Motor Trade for over 20 years. He is looking forward to working with 3 new and exciting brands to him. An SUV lover by nature he is overjoyed with the arrival of the All New SEAT Ateca.MICHAEL O’SHAUGHNESSY – SalesEmail:michael.oshaughnessy@dmgmotors.ieMichael is from Kilmacrennan and is very well known in the area. He has experience in the agri field and more recently on the commercial side of the business with an extensive knowledge of VW Group products. Relishing in the challenge of the new challenge he looks forward to meeting with you all soon.DMG Motors line up new sales team to tackle the new 2017 season! was last modified: November 22nd, 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

President Zuma discharged from hospital

first_img9 June 2014 President Jacob Zuma was discharged from a hospital in Pretoria on Sunday evening after being booked in on Friday to allow for a thorough check-up following a particularly demanding period in office, the Presidency said on Monday. “The President will continue to rest for a few days and will work mainly from home during the rest period,” Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said in a statement, adding: “We thank the public for the messages of support and good wishes that have been received since the news of the hospitalisation of the President was made public.” On Thursday, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) also ordered Zuma to rest after his intense election programme. Radebe said that Zuma regularly underwent two major medical examinations each year, the first one in January and the second one in June. “This time round, the doctors felt he needed to be hospitalised for a thorough check-up following a demanding schedule. The doctors are happy with the results.” Radebe added that media reports claiming that Zuma had made “unscheduled visits” to hospitals in Durban earlier this year were incorrect. “All visits are booked in advance, and those mentioned [in the media reports] were part of the annual first-semester check-ups.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Guns, Guts, and Gin: Creating Props for Gangster Movies

first_img5. BloodTechnique By: Neural CultureYou can go out and purchase a gallon of fake blood for about $20 — or, as seen in the following video, you can create your own blood at home for less than $5. All you need is some corn syrup and food coloring. This fake blood isn’t just convincing, it’s also edible! The actors in your zombie movie can eat as much fake blood as their undead hearts desire. 6. GutsTechnique By: SplatterFactoryTVLet’s get gross. You need some loose guts in your video? One option would be going to the butcher and picking up some pig livers. A less stinky alternative would be this technique created by SplatterFactoryTV. All you need is some styrofoam and a batch of your delicious fake blood! 3. How to Fake AlcoholWant to create some fake booze? Just use these non-alcoholic alternatives.Apple Juice = WhiskyApple juice is a perfect stand-in for whiskey. Just give it a minute and let the bubbles die down.Water = Vodka and GinFaking clear liquors is no problem, thanks to good ol’ H2O.O’Douls = BeerNeed to have your actor drink a fake beer? Well, give them a fake beer! An O’Doul’s is a great non-alcoholic alternative. 4. Fake KnivesTechnique By: Film RiotWhen it’s time to get stabby, use tin foil to craft a convincing blade. When you stab your subject, the blade will simply bend — but your audience won’t know that. This epic tutorial from Film Riot demonstrates the technique. Authenticity is key when your film is set in the seedy underbelly of the criminal world. Here are a few ways to create realistic props for gangster movies.Images via ShutterstockCrime movies like The Godfather, The Departed, and Scarface are heavy on edgy vibe. Tough guys like to smoke and drink — and occasionally murder and maim. Obviously, live firearms and high-powered whiskey can lead to real trouble on a film set, so how can you maintain an air of criminal authenticity? Here are a few prop and art direction ideas to help keep your actors and crew safe and sober. Well, at least until the wrap party.1. CigarettesTechnique By: Doorway FilmsSometimes it won’t be that big of a deal for your actor to smoke a real cigarette on set, but oaccasionally — whether it’s because your actor isn’t old enough or simply doesn’t want to smoke a real one — you’ll need to create a fake cigarette. In this tutorial, we’ll take a look at how to create fake cigarettes using parsley. Yeah, you read that right. If you want to give your fake cigarette realistic smoke, simply fill an empty cigarette with dried parsley and compact it. 9. SquibsTechnique By: chinfatWhile After Effects can generate some cool-looking blood explosions and splatters, they aren’t always the most believable. In this tutorial from chinfat, we see how to create a Hollywood-style squib using a fertilizer compressor (surely you’ve got one or two sitting around, right?) and a sponge.Got any footage of some fake props you’ve made? We’d love to see the video in the comments below! 7. WoundsTechnique By: BBC BlastThere are people who have built entire careers on creating fake blood and wound effects, but you don’t have to be a pro to pull off some gruesome punctures, pierces, and missing pieces. All you need is some molding wax (about $8 online) and another batch of fake blood. The tutorial below focuses on a slice, but you can create any wound your twisted brain can imagine. 2. MoneyTechnique By: The Prop Master’s Handbook(Disclaimer: This technique should only be used to create prop money for a film or video. Creating counterfeit money is highly illegal!)If you need to create fake money for a film set, the process is actually fairly straightforward. Simply print out a two-sided picture of fake money and crumple it up. Some prop masters take it one step further and apply lemon juice to the surface in order to give the money a brownish tint. But for most shooting situations, crumpled paper will look convincing enough. Just be careful — trying to spend counterfeit money is a felony. Make sure your prop isn’t an exact replica or you might end up in jail. 8. GunsTechnique By: Tom AntosCreating a fake gun is super simple — just go to the dollar store and buy a toy gun and some spray paint. You should be able to create a convincing gun with this technique. However, if you want to take it one step further, use metallic spray paint and a rag to lightly brush the gun to create believable wear and tear. Here’s how it’s done.last_img read more