first_imgMadam Jamilah Sedee, a Liberian woman who has accused her ex-husband, Mohammed Sedee Falee, of kidnapping her three children in Mauritania in 2011, last week testified at Criminal Court ‘A’ at the Temple of Justice.Defendant Falee is being tried on charges of kidnapping and if he is convicted he could spend almost the rest of his life in prison. Interestingly he is on a bail.He was arrested in early 2014 in Gbarpulo County after the head of Interpol in Sierra Leone requested the Liberian government to do so and turn him over to that country to stand trial there.The request was rejected by Charles B. Blake, Deputy Commissioner of the Liberia National Police (LNP) and head of Interpol in Liberia.It was Comm. Blake’s refusal to extradite Falee that led to his indictment by the Grand Jury of Montserrado County, where he is currently standing trial.But, Madam Sedee’s testimony detailed how one of her ex-husband’s sons took them from Sierra Leone, where her children were schooling, to Mauritania, before the children were taken away from her by Falee.In her testimony, she alleged that one day as her family was enjoying their stay in Sierra Leone, one of her ex-husband’s children, whose name she did not mention, told her that he wanted to take them to Mauritania for a visit.According to her, when she refused to follow him with her children, he left and later came back after a month with the same request. “I said no again.”“When he came back for the second time,” she said, “he continued to talk to me about travelling and I said no.”At that point, she alleged, her ex-husband’s son asked her why she didn’t want to go. “I answered him that it was because my children were in school.” “I said I didn’t know the place and it was far away from my country, Liberia and I didn’t know anybody there,” she added.Madam Sedee quoted Falee and his son saying, “we were not going to stay but to go and see the family.”“So they promised me that after seeing the family I was going to come back, but what I started seeing was different from what they had earlier told me. “Not knowing they were deceiving me, they started manhandling my children while we were there and I told them that I didn’t like that.”She told the court that while they were in Mauritania, she received a call from her family in Guinea about the death of her father.“When I received the news from my brothers in Liberia about the death of our father, I left my ex-husband and the children and went for the burial in Guinea. Unfortunately, when I came back to Mauritania I could not see my children and their father anymore,” Madam Sedee told the court.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_imgJames DeGale insists he will thrive under the pressure of knowing he cannot afford to lose his European title challenge against Piotr Wilczewski.The fight will be the Olympic gold medalist’s first since he lost his British title and unbeaten professional record against bitter rival and fellow west Londoner George Groves in May.Frank Warren, DeGale’s promoter, has described the Harlesden super-middleweight’s return as “a make or break fight” that he must win in order to keep alive his hopes of a world title shot.“I don’t fear pressure, I thrive on it, and in this fight I’m looking to go out there and prove that I’m good enough to fight for a world title,” DeGale told West London Sport.“For the majority of my fights, from the Olympic final all the way through my professional career – from the four and six-rounders to going into the lion’s den and fighting for the British title [against Paul Smith] – there’s been pressure.Warren has warned that DeGale simply must beat Wilczewski“Hopefully I’ll win this, will be European champion – champion of three quarters of the world – and then I’ll go and get that other quarter.”DeGale, 25, has been itching to get back into the ring since losing to Groves on a split-decision – a defeat he admits was tough to take.“It’s got better now but the first week or so afterwards did hurt. I had stitches and every time I looked in the mirror it reminded me of the fight,” he said.“I’m a proud boy and I don’t like losing – especially to my worst enemy. But now I’m over it and it’s great news I’ve got this shot at the European title.”Wilczewski, 32, is ranked two in the world by the WBO and has failed to win only one of his 30 fights.Warren and DeGale have both claimed that the Pole is a better fighter than Groves, who is also gunning for a world title after adding the British crown to his Commonwealth belt.“He’s definitely better than Groves. He’s been there and done it – look at his record. But the better opponent I box, the better I fight,” DeGale added.“Groves ran like a chicken and nicked the fight from me. Hopefully he’ll keep on winning and looking good and we can have that rematch.”last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentThe 56th annual Farm Science Review takes place Sept. 18-20 at the Ohio State University Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, and Ohio Farm Bureau is right in the middle of all the action at the corner of Beef Street and Friday Avenue.There are some exciting additions to the building this year, as well as members-only giveaways. The first 150 members to visit the Farm Bureau building each day at Farm Science Review and show their member ID card will receive a special Farm Bureau car magnet.In addition, anyone who renews or purchases a new membership at Farm Science Review will receive a custom, one-of-a-kind Ohio Farm Bureau hitch pin, while supplies last. Memberships must be renewed or purchased on site at the event, and there is a limit of one hitch pin per membership. “We are excited for a great event this year and are thrilled we can offer this unique item to members, as a thank you for investing in a membership with Farm Bureau,” said Paul Lyons, senior director of membership. Ohio Farm Bureau also will be giving away apples to visitors as well as showcasing our member benefit partners such as Ford, Caterpillar, Case IH, John Deere and Sherwin-Williams. Once again a boot giveaway from benefit partner Rocky Brands and Lehigh Outfitters will take place each day.Also at Farm Science Review, staff will be on hand to answer any questions about Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPlan/BizPlan, Health Benefits Plan or new Energy Program. Farm Bureau policy staff representatives will be available to discuss policy initiatives and law changes at the state and federal level with Farm Bureau members. The three-day agriculture trade and education show offers landowners, farmers and conservationists the opportunity to learn about the latest agriculture innovations and visit with over 600 exhibitors.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

first_imgLearn how to creatively flatten cinematic images for your next video production by using profile framing.Top image: Batman via WarnerIn the visual medium of filmmaking, it’s often too easy to accidentally flatten the imagery and perspectives. After all, the end result will be projected, or viewed, on a flat screen. For this reason, filmmakers and videographers often fight against flat imagery by invoking depth and perspective shots in their work. But flattening your images can be done simply and creatively. Let’s consider a couple of approaches.Suppressed IdentityWhen it comes to staging and framing the human subjects of your movie, it’s often preferable to set your camera at an angle to the subject’s position. This not only allows the viewer to see the subject’s face in its full expressive capacity, but it also creates a sense of dimension in the facial features.One of the flattest ways to frame your subject is from the side, with the individual in profile. Framed in this way, the subject is suddenly imbued with a visual tension that can connect directly to the content of your film. In the George Lucas film, THX 1138 (both images above via Warner), the main character, played by Robert Duvall, is actively fighting against the flattened identity preferred by the repressive future society in which he resides.Hidden IdentityIn Hitchcock’s Vertigo, the character of Madeleine (as played by Kim Novak) is first glimpsed by Scottie (James Stewart) in profile (see above image via Paramount), lending a mystery to her actual identity.In The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema, Slavoj Žižek identifies this perspective as Scottie’s fear of fully seeing Madeleine. This fear permits Scottie to fill in Madeleine’s partial identity with his own subjective fantasies. This partial identity enlists the audience into participating in the subjective character creation.Although this example from Hitchcock is clearly an example of Laura Mulvey’s concept of the male gaze in all three manifestations, the takeaway is how the profile shot can become a means for filmmakers and videographers to interrogate the identity of characters within the story world from both the perspective of the other characters and the eventual viewers of the finished film.Conjoined IdentitiesWhen another person is added to the profile shot, the effect becomes more complicated. A dual profile can be a way of joining characters together at their most flattened, as seen above in  Minority Report (via 20th Century Fox), whereas staging one character in profile and the second character facing forward can both join and disconnect characters, depending on the context. As seen below, Akira Kurosawa and Ingmar Bergman made great use of profile framing throughout their work.Red Beard via CriterionPersona via CriterionThe Silence via CriterionThe dual profile can be used to clearly signify conflict and battling perspectives especially when conjuring the art associated with comics and graphic novels. As in the 1989 Batman (top image), character motivations, when rendered in profile, can become clearly oppositional, more direct, and less emotive. The result is a more animalistic and brutal depiction of onscreen characters.ConclusionThe ambiguity that results from profile framing can be used to build up to a visual release in the emotional states of the onscreen characters by less two dimensional means. Hitchcock reverses the flattened perspective of the profile shots when he employs a circular dolly shot late in Vertigo (via Paramount).There are plenty of other ways to cinematically flatten your image. High key lighting is a very common technique that tends to reduce the dimensionality of shadows and smooths out the facial features of your subjects.Telephoto lenses flatten perspective and can be used to visually reduce the proximity between subjects in the shot. Telephoto lenses can also make it seem like your character is on a road to nowhere.But when it comes to simple, dramatic flattening, profile framing can be used to great effect to veil the identities and emotions of your onscreen subjects.What are your favorite examples of profile framing? Share them in the comments below!last_img read more

first_imgThe ailing Goa Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar, reached Goa on Sunday afternoon by an air ambulance after his discharge from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, where he had been under treatment for nearly a month.He was taken to his private residence near here in an ambulance from the Dabolim airport. An ambulance and a medical crew have been kept ready at his residence. He was admitted to the AIIMS on September 15. He has been in and out of hospitals for more than seven months.On Friday, Mr. Parrikar held a meeting of his Ministers and State BJP leaders at the AIIMS. Thereafter, his condition was said to have deteriorated.Also Read Parrikar to stay as Goa Chief Minister: Amit Shah  Cong. seeks resignationThe Opposition Congress has been demanding his resignation because of his prolonged illness and absence from office.However, Union Minister Shripad Naik dismissed any possibility of dissolution of the Goa Assembly and expressed confidence that the government would complete its term.Mr. Naik said there was an improvement in Mr. Parrikar’s health but he needed to take rest.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

first_imgEvery 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “I think offensively, we were blessed to have contributions coming from almost everybody,” rookie coach Nash Racela said after getting four players in twin digits. “That doesn’t normally happen.”The Bolts got dumped into a huge hole early, scoring just eight points in the first 11 minutes before catching some fire in the third to make a game out of it somehow.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Defensively, we were decent today,” Racela added. “We made it hard for Meralco to make their shots. But we’re expecting them to make a lot of adjustments [for the second game].”Star also took a 1-0 lead in its quarterfinal series by crushing hapless defending champion Rain or Shine, 118-82, later in the night. Mo Tautuaa of TNT charges into Cliff Hodge of Meralco during Monday night’s quarterfinal duel between both squads. —AUGUST DELA CRUZWith a more involved offense and decent defensive, TNT KaTropa displayed why it is the favorite in its quarterfinal duel with Meralco in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Starving their foes nearly harmless outputs in the first two periods, the Texters scooted away early, staved off a mild uprising by the Bolts and then pulled away for a 102-84 victory Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum to move within a win of booking a semifinal berth.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Top-ranked Andy Murray eases into French Open quarterfinals Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession cloudscenter_img LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast The Texters built so much momentum early that they didn’t have much difficulty rediscovering their rhythm in the fourth as they opened up leads of as big as 24 on the way to a series opening win.“No one wins a best-of-three series by winning Game 1,” Racela said. “But of course, it’s good to get that [first win] out of the way and take a winning feeling going into Game 2.”Jason Castro scored 25 points and Joshua Smith scattered 19 despite coming off the bench and playing limited minutes because of a bum stomach. He could have easily excused himself from the game, but opted not to.“I wasn’t a hundred percent today, but I wasn’t going to let my teammates go out there by themselves,” Smith, a replacement for Donte Greene, said. “I just wanted to help them out.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Subplots galore in NBA All-Star Game Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “By the first week of October, we will have a six-lane access road from the nearest link in SCTEx,” said Perez, also the mayor of the Athletes Village and head of security service.The colorful opening and closing ceremonies, highlights of regional multievents, will be held at the new facility.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesFree bus rides from the neighboring towns of Bamban and Capas in Tarlac, and Angeles in Pampanga will also be provided.Organizers are expecting more than 10,000 athletes to see action in the Games, most of them will be in New Clark City, which will stage 20 events, including main attractions track and field and swimming. Coaches, officials and spectators are expected to number thrice as much when the Games are held from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.Infrastructure developer MTD Philippines’ project director Rear Adm. Miguel Rodriguez said the construction of the facilities is “53 percent complete.”That includes the 20,000-seater Athletics Stadium and the 2,000-seater Aquatics Center, as well as the Athletes Village, River Park and bikeways and jogging paths.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The agency in charge of building the main hub of competition for the Southeast Asian Games in New Clark City later this year assured on Tuesday that ample access to the venue would be available for the influx of athletes, officials and spectators.Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) deputy director general Arrey Perez said that among the measures they are taking is the construction of a 12-kilometer access road from Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) straight to New Clark City.ADVERTISEMENT World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warlast_img read more