‘God Is Not Punishing Liberia with Ebola’, Bethel Pastor Says, as Body of Christ…

first_imgBethel Cathedral senior pastor, Rev. Dr. M. Wolo Belleh, has differed with some views in the public that the outbreak of Ebola and its devastating  impact on Liberia is a punishment for sin that the country has committed.Addressing a press conference on yesterday, Rev. Dr. Belleh indicated that Liberia is not the only country with Ebola, and the virus being a virus could spread in any way not in conformity with precautionary measures people need to take.In response to the Ebola outbreak and its effects on the population, the Bethel Cathedral senior pastor, along with other Christians of different denominations, have come out with a three-day fast and prayer to be observed throughout country.He said during such a time of crisis as this is when people draw closer to God.  The  declared fast and prayer is  expected to be observed from October 29, 30 and 31.  It will draw God’s attention to the plight of Liberians and other affected countries in the Mano River Union Basin.A statement read on behalf of the Christian community indicates that the fast and prayer will be carried out in every county and will not at this time be a Monrovia based event.According to the statement, the Christian community has constituted a task force that will organize churches and craft a plans to memorialize  health workers and those who have lost their lives through  contracting Ebola.Regarding the frequent declaration of fast and prayer, the Bethel leader said one needs to continuously pray to ensure that God hears their plea until He acts.The group says it is a command of God for His people to obey, and frequent prayer being a command from Him, they have to obey in totality.The Christian community urges that just as the case was with Nineveh that the King and all other people in the land took days, fasted and prayed, so it is with Liberia that everyone in the land needs to take these three days to fast and pray from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.Though Liberia was said to have been built on “Christian principle,” citizens have over the time complained about many evils, including homosexual and ritualistic  killing that keeps happening in the society.Regarding the sin of the nation, the Christian group said the prayer will focus on repentance, worshipping, thanksgiving and asking God for His perfect Will to be done in Liberia.Cognizant of the fact that the virus is spread through body contact, the group says the prayer will be done outdoor where people will not have any cause to come into close contact.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_imgThe new Voodoo Venue due to open tomorrow the 15th of February Valentines weekend, will be delayed until Saturday the 22nd due to the adverse weather conditions. Voodoo had specially ordered carpets from Belgium and uniquely sourced furniture from various parts of Europe coming this week.However, due to disruptions in ferry sailing through out the week in the English channel it is impossible that they will be delivered on time. Owner Jason Black was absolutely devastated by the news.However he commented “I would like to apologize for any inconvenience to our loyal customers. We tried everything possible to get open this Saturday, however these unforeseen circumstances have won out.Anyone who knows me, knows I only do things 100%, I want to make sure that the new look Voodoo Venue is totally finished. I promise all our customers you will not be disappointed.“Life always throws up challenges like this, however I have overcome them before and will again. ” Voodoo lounge and Voodoo Gardens will continue as usual this weekend.Tabby from XFactor will be there and Live in the Greenroom is ‘In Their Thousands’.Voodoo wants to let customers know that tickets booked for this Saturday night will be honoured on Saturday the 15th of February. STORM CHAOS CAUSES DELAY OF OPENING OF NEW-LOOK VOODOO NIGHTCLUB was last modified: February 14th, 2014 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) Tags:Jason BlackpostponedstormVOODOOlast_img read more

Dialogue rides call-centre wave

first_img12 March 2007Call-centre outsourcing company Dialogue Group has reported a huge increase in profits on the back of a growing demand for outsourcing services in South Africa.Business day reported last week that Dialogue’s profits for the year to December 2006 had increased by 309% compared to 2005, to R15.6-million.The company, with listed on South Africa’s small-cap exchange AltX last September and currently has a market capitalisation of about R320-million, reported an increase in revenue of 55% or R121-million over the year.Dialogue chief executive Jason Drew told Business Day that the call-centre industry was starting to “boom in South Africa”.He attributed the company’s increase in earnings to the strong demand for call-centre services in South Africa, adding that the firm had also aggressively pursued new contracts and the expansion of existing contracts with both local and international clients.“We took a bet three years ago that South Africa would be the next international outsourcing destination,” Drew said.He pointed out that India, serving mainly the UK and European markets, and the Philippines, which mainly serves the US market, were moving towards full capacity, and that this presented an opportunity for South Africa.“SA serves both UK and US clients,” Drew told Business Day. “SA is great because there is cultural proximity to western markets – the time zone in SA helps a great deal with the UK, and South African accents are clearly understood by UK people.”Drew added that the demand for the company’s shares had been strong since listing, with the share price increasing between 40 and 50%, from a placement price of R1 a share to between R1.40 and R1.50, over the past six months.He said that company was confident of meeting its prospectus profit forecast of R19-million for 2007/08, adding that the firm was already building more capacity in Johannesburg to expand operations.“More and more international companies are seeing the benefits of doing business in South Africa,” Drew said.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

African consumers ‘optimistic, eager to spend’

first_img14 March 2014The number of Africans at all income levels who are able and willing to buy a range of products may be larger than many companies believe, according to a new report released by US-headquartered consultancy The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) on Thursday.Africa’s booming middle class, with its recently acquired purchasing power, has been linked to the strong economic performances of many African countries since the end of the 1990s, and is driving a new wave of foreign direct investment in the continent.BCG’s 2013 Africa Consumer Sentiment Survey, which polled 10 000 consumers across eight of the continent’s largest countries, bodes well for international retailers targeting African markets, BCG principal Lori Spivey said in a statement.“According to the survey, 60 to 90 percent of consumers in each of the eight African countries we visited expressed a strong desire to buy more things every year – higher than the averages in Brazil, China, and India, and twice the percentage of consumers in developed nations,” Spivey said.“Only 30 percent of African consumers say that they already have enough things – a much lower percentage than in other developed and developing nations. This suggests a pent-up demand for new products and services.“Overall, the market for new products and services in specific African nations appears especially attractive as new consumer classes emerge,” said Spivey, who co-authored the BCG report based on the survey, titled Understanding Consumers in the “Many Africas”.‘Not just one monolithic Africa’According to the report, the BCG survey supports the theory of not one but many consumer classes emerging across the continent, showing that while brands are powerful in Africa, favourite brands vary by country and age group.“Our research reinforced the fact that there is not just one monolithic Africa,” said BCG partner Stefano Niavas, also a coauthor of the report. “Rather, the continent is a collection of many different countries, markets, and consumers with sometimes similar aspirations but often different and specific needs.”Africans ‘knowledgeable, diligent’ consumersThe survey also found that African consumers are highly brand conscious compared with consumers in other countries around the world, reporting a strong and complex emotional connection with their favourite brands.Almost 70 percent of people survey said they feel that brands represent who they are, validate and communicate their personal values, and provide a sense of belonging, compared with only 40 percent of consumers in Brazil, 29 percent in China, and 24 percent in developed markets.One unexpected finding of the survey, according to BCG, is that brands remain important in Africa even as people’s income declines.“African consumers are both knowledgeable and diligent in their decision-making process: 70 percent said they knew a lot about the details of the products they buy. And almost 75 percent save and cut back on spending in other areas to pay more for products that are important to them.“As a rule, African consumers will trade up for quality and trade down to economize and stretch their budgets.”While these findings suggest that many well-known global brands already have a head start in Africa, they also indicate that, to succeed on the continent, global brands will have to create “an emotional connection with target consumers along specific dimensions, such as values, beliefs, and family – even more so than in other countries”.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Unique Showreel: Juan Salvo’s Inspiring Color Reel

first_imgThis impressive showreel by colorist Juan Salvo combines his professional work with a creative personal touch.We see a lot of demos and showreels – a lot – and every once in a while one sticks out from the crowd through an impressive body or work or uncommon presentation.The following reel by professional colorist Juan Salvo uses a unique approach for reels by employing his narration to connect with the viewer, a style more familiar to advertising than demo reels. The result works. We not only see Salvo’s body of professional work, but we also see him at work – sitting at the boards, drafting out his color plan and building color grades in post. It has a humanizing effect, showing the person behind the color grading work.It’s an interesting approach to creating a demo or showreel, and one that could potentially be used for all types of production and post production positions. Something to think about. Inspiring work, Juan!last_img read more

A Look at The Unmatched Versatility of the Canon C700FF

first_imgThe Options The C700 FF Gives YouOne of the most attractive aspects of the C700 FF is the ability to change between sensor sizes in camera. Specifically, you can change between full-frame and super 35, and impressively, you can even change to super 16.Why is this helpful? Well, there are many reasons, but it gives you a ton of different options. Not all lenses are capable of covering a full-frame sensor image circle. Many modern lenses are meant for a super 35 sensor, as that has become the most common with digital cinema cameras. However, many vintage lenses and some of the newest ones are capable of using with a full-frame sensor. Being able to change between them gives you the option to basically use any lens you can think of.Adding the ability to shoot with Super 16 opens up a ton of possibilities with lenses as well (especially some really interesting vintage lenses).How It Affects The Way You ShootIf you’re not familiar, sensor size affects a lot of aspects of shooting. A larger sensor will yield a much shallower depth-of-field, it will have better low-light capabilities, and (among many other image characteristics) on a more practical level it will change the field of view for specific focal lengths vs. a different sensor size — i.e. crop factor.So, for instance, being able to switch between sensor sizes makes it much easier to quickly swap between different crop factors, yielding tighter/wider images based on your lens. If you’ve ever shot with the Sony a-series cameras, most of which have the ability to switch between full-frame or APS-C mode, you know how beneficial that can be when shooting. Your 50mm lens can quickly punch into a tight shot with the touch of a few buttons.In the ShareGrid video, the filmmakers switched between full-frame vintage canon K35 lenses to more modern zoom lenses by switching the sensor size.Sometimes, you want the most dreamy, shallow depth of field, and sometimes you want to sharpen things up a bit. The full-frame sensor will yield that shallow depth of field, but of course, switching over to S35 will change that up a bit if you want.I love this new trend of full-frame cinema cameras, and I also love when the camera manufacturer gives us all the options we might want.Looking for more industry information? Check out these articles.A Look at The Masterclass Sound Editing of “A Quiet Place”Breaking: Aputure Releases Their New Line of Light-Shaping AccessoriesNikon Releases Their First Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera to Take on SonyFour Reasons You Should Be Renting Your Gear Out on ShareGridLens Review: How To Shoot Anamorphic with The Atlas Orion Lenses Everybody wants full-frame, but maybe not all the time. The Canon C700 FF’s versatility in sensor size options gives you everything you’d want and more.These days, the sensor size of each camera system seems to be one of the more hotly debated aspects of each new spec sheet. The ability to shoot on a full-frame sensor is almost an instant sell for many shooters, due to the beautiful depth of field, low-light capabilities, and other desirable image characteristics.The full-frame sensor size hasn’t been available in digital cinema cameras for a while (outside of the DSLR world),but full frame is finally making its way into digital filmmaking in a big way. Canon recently announced its entry into the full-frame cinema camera game with the C700 FF. Likely an answer to the Sony Venice (not to mention more recent releases from RED, and the ARRI LF), the C700 FF can switch between sensor sizes in-camera.In this video from ShareGrid, Brent Barbano shows us how the versatility of this camera changes the game.As you can see, there are quite a few benefits to the Canon C700 FF. (Beyond the fact that it looks fantastic.) If you’re not initiated, here is the spec list for the camera:5.9K Full-Frame CMOS Sensor with DAF.EF-Cinema Lock Type Mount.Dual Pixel AF, Triple DIGIC DV 5.XF-AVC and ProRes Recording to CFast 2.0.Internal Full-Frame up to 60 fps.Internal 4K/Super35 Crop up to 72 fps.Internal 2K/Super16 Crop up to 168 fps.Selectable Gamma and Log Curves.ACES Support.External Raw Recording Option.last_img read more

NBA launches official online store in PH

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR NBAStore.com.ph went live last May 19.This comes nearly 3 years after the first NBA store in the Philippines, the largest outside the United States, opened.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“NBAStore.com.ph gives us an exciting new platform to engage our fans and provides them with another touchpoint to our players and teams,” said NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson. Adjusting to the Filipinos’ purchasing habits, NBAStore.com.ph offers cash-on-delivery on top of the credit card, online banking and over-the-counter bank deposit options. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games This venture is the league’s 14th international online store with a third of the league’s merchandise sales coming from outside the US. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Authentic NBA gear is now just a click away for Filipino fans.The league has launched its first official online NBA store in the country where items ranging from jerseys and shirts to collectibles from all 30 teams are available for shipping right at one’s doorstep.ADVERTISEMENT Rhodes lifts San Miguel to top 2 seed Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds View commentslast_img read more

Ohio State QB’s J.T. Barrett And Stephen Collier Got Some Extra Throwing In Today With Buckeye WRs

first_imgJ.T. Barrett celebrating during Ohio State's game against Michigan.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Quarterback J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after rushing for a fourth quarter touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Just because it looks like Braxton Miller won’t be playing quarterback this season for the Buckeyes, doesn’t mean Ohio State’s other QB’s can take things easy. There’s still a quarterback competition to win and a national championship to defend, and sophomore J.T. Barrett, the primary starter last season, certainly knows that. That’s probably why Barrett and fellow quarterback Stephen Collier spent some free time today throwing with wide receivers Johnnie Dixon, Parris Campbell and Noah Brown. That Ohio State offense will be scary this season, no matter who is at the controls.last_img read more

Kicking positions still up for grabs

Saturday’s annual spring kick scrimmage at Ohio Stadium is supposed to be the time when Buckeye special team players can earn a starting position for next year. After a full morning of kicking and punting, there are still plenty of question marks regarding who will start for Ohio State. The field goal kicking competition featured senior Devin Barclay, sophomore Ben Buchanan and freshman Drew Basil. Barclay and Buchanan demonstrated almost identical skills, with Barclay hitting eight of 15 field goal attempts and Buchanan succeeding on eight of 14 attempts. Basil only hit one of his four attempts. The Gray team, which included Buchanan, defeated the Scarlet team in the scrimmage 27-24. Buchanan’s last field goal proved to be the game-winner, as his 39-yard effort sailed through the uprights. Basil had a chance to tie the game, but missed wide left from the same distance. “Spring ball is the time we work on these [close game] situations, so when you’re in front of 105,000 people, we know we have done this before,” Buchanan said. The irony of this statement hits home for the Buckeyes because the kick scrimmage shared an eerie resemblance to the last Big Ten game of the season against Iowa. Ohio State won 27-24 in overtime on a 39-yard field goal by Barclay. Barclay, who received most of the kicking duties when Aaron Pettrey went down with an injury last season, was the front-runner coming into 2010. But, his performance on Saturday did not leave him satisfied. “Up until this day I have only missed two kicks in spring ball,” Barclay said. “So today was frustrating.” Barclay and Buchanan both struggled from beyond 40 yards as they hit one of seven field goals and two of six field goals respectively. Barclay’s advantage in securing the starting job seems to be his in-game experience. Though Barclay’s number has been called in the past, he understands Buchanan is not to be overlooked.  “I like the competition,” Barclay said. “You don’t want to be complacent because you want someone to push you, but you also want to know that everything you have done in the past is appreciated and valued.” Though Buchanan believes he has put himself in contention for the starting kicker position, it seems he will edge out sophomore Derek Erwin as the likely replacement for last year’s punter, Jon Thoma. After hitting only a 34-yard and 35-yard punt early in the scrimmage, he was able to bounce back and hit two punts of 55 yards or longer from his own end zone. “I have to be honest, my nerves were getting to me a bit in the beginning, but I think that’s what comes with being a kicker,” Buchanan said. “Kicking is all about being cool under pressure and I was glad I was able to come back.” Basil, who enrolled at Ohio State this Spring quarter, was the only player to kick off. He proved to have the most powerful leg of all of the special team players. His role for the Buckeyes next season is still uncertain. Many spots on this Ohio State team are still up for grabs. Players are constantly competing to move up the depth chart. They will have a chance to prove themselves on a bigger stage for the Ohio State spring game on April 24. read more

Track and field Buckeyes bring momentum back to Columbus for Jesse Owens

Ohio State freshman Andre Jeff crosses the finish line in 4×400-meter relay to seal the 2018 men’s track and field Big Ten championship in Geneva, Ohio on Feb. 24. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern reporterOhio State will switch roles from guest to host at the Jesse Owens Classic this weekend in Columbus. The meet made is up of Division I, Division II and Division III programs, along with some professional athletes. It also is Ohio State’s only outdoor home meet.“I think it’s going to be a really fun meet, it’s my last time competing in front of the home crowd,” senior Chantel Ray said. “I’m just going to go out and have fun,”Ohio State is coming off its toughest meet of the season, the Tennessee Relays. The Buckeyes did make a lasting impression, especially with their younger talent. A pair of freshmen stood out in last week’s highly competitive meet: Eric Harrison Jr. and Andre Jeff.Harrison, who has the fastest 100-meter time on the team at 10.28 seconds and is currently qualified for the NCAA Regional meet, finished second in the 200-meter dash and was on the 4×100-meter relay team that placed second.Jeff, who has the fastest 400-meter time on the team and also is currently qualified for the NCAA Regional meet, placed second in the 400-meter dash and was on the winning sprint-medley team. “The future looks bright,” coach Joel Brown said. Men’s previewSaturday, in particular, looks bright for both Harrison and Jeff because they held their weight in last week’s meet that included  track-and-field stars Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman. This week’s meet does not have nearly have the same strength of competition. In the 100-meter dash this weekend, Harrison will have his fastest competition coming from other Buckeyes. Ohio State’s 4×100-meter relay members are all in the first heat, the fastest heat.  This week’s 4×100-meter relay team contains senior Duan Asemota, junior Nick Gray, senior Zack Bazile and Harrison. This specific lineup has set the fifth-fastest time in the country. “It will be a pretty stout team,” Brown said. Gray is set to run in the 4×100-meter relay, 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. However, that may change depending on his health. In the 110-meter hurdles, junior Dauan Seward is set to go up against an All-American, Youngstown State’s Chad Zallow. Seward also is set to compete in triple-jump, and he will enter with the best performance in the field by 0.6 meters.Women’s previewRay last week had the toughest completion out of all of the athletes. She ran against Kendra Harrison, the world-record holder in the 100-meter hurdles. This week, she will be the favorite. She will be going up against Wright State’s Cassandra Lloyd, who has a faster personal record, but hasn’t competed since June. No matter who has been on the starting blocks next to her, Ray has the mindset to stay in her lane. “I don’t worry about my time or anybody else’s time. I just run my race,” Ray said. Ray also is set to compete in the 4×100-meter relay, a challenge Brown wants Ray to face. “You have to sprint. You can’t just do hurdles,” Brown said. Throughout the season they have worked on her technical efficiency in the hurdles along with her sprint speed. This week she has been focused on minor improvements on her form in getting over the hurdles and her speed between hurdles.“Usually I back off and people start pulling away from me,” Ray said. Ohio State’s shot put will be going up against a very familiar face in junior Sade Olatoye, a Buckeye who will throw unattached. Olatoye was the Big Ten Indoor Champion for Ohio State in shot put this past indoor season. Other notesThe seniors won’t be honored at the meet, but were honored at a private banquet Thursday night.This season Ohio State has traveled more than 5,000 miles for meets. This home meet gives Ohio State a rest from travel, and it allows the Buckeyes to stay in Columbus the weekend before finals. read more