BEIJING, China: Jamaican sprinting star Veronica Campbell-Brown took time out to encourage 2015 IAAF World Championships 200m silver medallist Elaine Thompson after yesterday’s final inside the Bird’s Nest. Campbell-Brown, who finished third in 21.97 behind Thompson, 21.66 and Dafne Schippers, 12.63, believes Thompson, a debutante at this level of competition, has a bright future in the sport. “The key for her is to be mentally tough, take care of her body, eat right, train tight, stay positive. Don’t worry don’t stress and continue to work hard because the sky is the limit,” said Campbell-Brown, who made her first senior team as an 18 year-old at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. “It’s all in the head because no matter how hard you train, if you’re not focused right you cannot execute what you put in training. Campbell-Brown added the importance of Thompson’s development noting that the country must continue to develop and expose its athletes so that the country’s tradition of success can continue. “I am so proud of her,” said. Campbell-Brown. “It’s good for Jamaica that you have youngsters coming up because we have to keep it going. We have a history of great sprinters so its important that we keep it going and I’m just happy for her.” – A.L.
A wonderful, long overdue process began in Careysburg last weekend. It was the dedication of the US$4 million Careysburg Slaughter House that envisions “a revamped meat industry by the highest safety quality standards and an enhanced value chain both upstream and downstream.”Agriculture Minister Dr. Moses Zinnah, who spoke at the slaughterhouse’s official dedication last Friday, pledged that the Liberian government would continue “to support a sector that will provide safe, hygiene quality meat products to the Liberian people.”The Minister expressed appreciation to Conex/MD Sow and Associates Enterprise, Incorporated, the private Liberian company that owns the slaughterhouse. Minister Zinnah also thanked Conex/MD Sow’s partners for their assistance in the establishment of the enterprise. The partners included the United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agriculture Service; Land O’Lakes International Development, a non-profit organization that is affiliated with one of the largest farmer-owned agricultural cooperatives in the USA; and the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agriculture Service.The Agriculture Minister sounded a hopeful note when he declared that it was his Ministry’s “responsibility to create an enabling environment to ensure that such an investment thrives, in order to develop the country’s economy.” And while we wait for the Agriculture Minister’s specifics about this important promise, we at the Daily Observer would like to suggest at least three areas that would ensure that the Ministry keeps this promise.First, the MOA should seriously engage the few Liberians who are pursing studies in Veterinary Medicine and agricultural sciences, so that they may return home as soon as possible to help in the development and expansion of Liberia’s livestock, poultry and egg industries. And let them not end up like the many from the National Oil Company ofLiberia (NOCAL), who were sent abroad for training in Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Economics and Accounting, Computer Technology and related fields. And when they returned fully qualified, there were no jobs as their positions had been filled by political appointees! This should NOT happen at Agriculture.Mr. Sam Thompson, one of the Careysburg Slaughter House partners, has already indicated that they have trained 35 veterinary assistants “to provide a pool of human resource talent” to man the slaughterhouse operations.But we think the Agriculture Ministry is the prime organization to take the initiative to ensure the agriculture sector, especially the livestock industry, has enough trained personnel to develop and expand the industry. Working in close collaboration with the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) in Suacoco, Bong County, as well as embassies near Monrovia and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Agriculture Ministry knows that it can rely on all of them to help provide fellowships to train our agricultural and veterinary personnel.The second initiative that we recommend the MOA to undertake is to help Conex/MD Sow to identify prime cattle breeding areas around Liberia where breeding and multiplication can take place, in order quickly to develop and expand Liberia’s livestock industry.Why have we allowed Guinea and Sierra Leone to surpass us in this? Sam Thompson, in his remarks last Friday, quoted the FAO in revealing that Liberia has “less than 1.0% of West Africa’s livestock population, with only 36,000 cattle, and 430,000 sheep and goats, compared to Guinea’s 1.7 million cattle and 2.2 million sheep and goats.”With Liberia’s vast land lying mostly in bush throughout the country, surely we have more than enough acreage to develop our livestock industry.This newspaper has for a long time striven to engage people from Maryland and Grand Kru counties, whose land is ideal for cattle raising, to invest in the livestock industry. These include John Hilary Tubman, former Senator Cletus Wotorson and former Senator Blamo Nelson. John Hilary hails from Harper, but the farm of his father, the latePresident W.V.S. Tubman, is in Boniken; while Cletus and Blamo hail from Grand Cess and Picnicess, respectively, where at one time there were more cattle than people on the ground. Blamo says he has significant heads of cattle (large number of cows and bulls). That is a good beginning that needs to be expanded. The MOA should take the initiative to engage more people to make use of this pristine (virgin) opportunity, not only in the southeast but also in Bong, Lofa, Gbarpolu, Nimba and other counties. But in order to do this, MOA has got to be focused and results-oriented, just as the US Department of Agriculture.The third initiative we believe Minister Zinnah should undertake is to work closely with the Careysburg Slaughter House so that it is so efficiently and profitably run that it will be unnecessary for any supermarket or meat shop to import processed meat. And working with the Commerce and Industry Ministry, the business of the Careysburg Slaughter House could so blossom that soon more slaughterhouses could be established around the country to keep pace with our expanding livestock industry. We commend the owners and partners of the Careysburg Slaughter House and wish them Godspeed and great success in the years ahead.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Wilson (4-1) was in control early, going ahead, 2-0, as Aaron Hicks doubled and scored on Elliot Glynn’s looping single in the first and Ryan Dent doubled and scored on Jesse Van Sickle’s high-bouncing grounder in the third. Glynn, who won one game and earned two saves as the Bruins marched to the final, was unhittable into the third, retiring the first seven batters he faced, three by strikeout. But Cypress (5-0) belted seven hits off him over the next 1 2/3 innings, scoring four runs in the third and four more in the fourth. Cypress took advantage of two Wilson errors to go ahead, 9-2, in the fifth, but the Bruins rallied with four runs in the sixth and put the tying run at the plate in the sixth and seventh. Dent had the big blow in the sixth for the Bruins, a sharp single that skipped past Cypress left fielder Matt Homstad, enabling Tyler Albright and Richard Hanson to race home and Homstad to reach third. Dent came home on a wild pitch by Cypress starter Jordan Whitman. “It sucks that we didn’t get the big prize at the end,” Hall said, “but, you know, this tournament we play because we want to get better. We play good teams. You don’t come to this tournament and expect to run away with the title. We had to battle for everything we got … (and) I think we’ve grown a lot in the last five games. “I think we’re going to get some dividends out of this tournament somewhere down the road.” ANAHEIM – Wilson High couldn’t silence Cypress’ bats for the duration in Saturday night’s baseball showdown at Glover Stadium, and the Bruins couldn’t rally all the way back from a seven-run deficit. But coach Andy Hall couldn’t have been much more pleased with his team’s showing in the prestigious season-opening Loara Tournament, no matter the 9-6 defeat in the championship game.
October 10, 2012Different Skies celebrates its tenth year at Arcosanti with all-star “Space Music” concert.For a decade now, the Different Skies Festival has been one of the highlights of the Arcosanti summer concert season.This unique event features the talents of electronic and experimental musicians from around the world composing never-before-heard music specifically for the Arcosanti audience. Musicians arrive one week before the concert and write and rehearse the entire show in the days leading up to the concert on Saturday.For this, the tenth anniversary of Different Skies, founder Mike Metlay returns after absenting himself from Different Skies 2011 to helm the festival once more, and will head up an 8-man ensemble of well-loved Different Skies veterans.For this year’s band, Mike has called upon local music luminaries John Krikawa of Parity Flux (Tucson) and Russell Foster of Una Voce (Phoenix), as well as Different Skies 2011 bandleader Allen Goodman of Desert Mystic (recently relocated to Denver from Phoenix), world-famous recording artists Giles Reaves (Salt Lake City), Tim Walters (San Francisco), Dave Fulton (Portland), and Otso Pakarinen of Ozone Player (Helsinki, Finland).[practice evening on Tuesday, October 9. 2012, photo by Donald Mahoney; text by Cosanti Foundation Public Relations]The result will be an amazing collection of electronic music ranging from the ethereal and meditative to the fiercely energetic, all delivered with the humor and joy that makes Different Skies stand out among the world’s experimental music events.Mike says, “This special anniversary concert is not to be missed, and we hope to see you there!”Come early Saturday, October 13, 2012, for a 5:00 pm complimentary Tour of Arcosanti, enjoy Dinner in the Café at Arcosanti at 6:00 pm and the Performance in the Colly Soleri Amphitheater at 7:30.Dinner and Concert: $40Concert only: $20 (Children/Students: $10)For dinner reservations and more information, please contact:Arcosanti Visitor’s Center tel: 928.632.6217, email: guests [at] arcosanti [dot] orgMENUMarinated Chili MushroomsPoached Salmon with Creamy Dill SaucePotato/Zucchini/Red Pepper CasseroleSpinach,Green Curly Leaf Lettuce and Avocado Salad with Warm Sesame Seed VinaigretteFruit Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream[Different Skies performance in 2010, photo by James Horecka, AIA; text by Cosanti Foundation Public Relations]
This year for the first time, children aged 12-15 who watch both television and YouTube clips stated a preference for YouTube, according to new research by Ofcom.The UK broadcast regulator’s ‘Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report’ found that 29% of children in this age group who watch both types of content said they prefer YouTube, compared to 25% who opted for television – 45% said they liked them both the same, while the remainder said they didn’t know.The results mark a shift from 2014, when 30% of the 12-15 year-olds said they preferred TV versus 25% who liked watching YouTube more, with Ofcom noting that YouTube in particular is becoming “an increasingly important alternative to traditional TV”.“The content children are consuming is increasingly curated by digital intermediaries, including providers like YouTube and Google,” said Ofcom in its summary of the key themes of the report.“As well as attractive sources of content, rivalling traditional broadcasters, they are also seen by some children as legitimating brands, helping to vouchsafe the veracity or trustworthiness of content accessed through their sites,”Ofcom found that while the BBC remains the preferred source of “true and accurate information about things that are going on in the world” among 12-15 year-olds (52%), there has been an increase in the numbers of children this age saying they would turn to YouTube for this information – 8% compared to 3% in 2014.Some 52% of those who watched YouTube knew that it is funded by paid advertising from companies, a proportion that is unchanged compared to 2014. Meanwhile, 47% of 12-15 year-olds who go online were aware that vloggers might be being paid by the company to say favourable things.Overall, Ofcom found that in 2015, 69% of 8-11 year-olds and 86% of 12-15 year-olds who watch television also watch YouTube.
Bob BakishNew Viacom CEO, Bob Bakish, has fleshed out his turnaround plan for the media giant and pledged to bring its TV brands to film and vice versa.Announcing a slate of Nickelodeon movies for the Paramount studio, Bakish said the core Viacom channels will each contribute cobranded movies to the slate of Viacom movie studio Paramount.In TV the company has is launching a new Paramount net in the US, replacing the Spike channel, and has included it in its portfolio of six core brands.“We will bring a set of our TV brands to film and our film brand to TV in a major way,” Bakish told analysts in the wake of Viacom’s latest results and the unveiling of his five-point turnaround plan.“We plan for each of our flagship brands to contribute one to two cobranded films to the Paramount slate each year with the brand and the studio working collaboratively to source and develop projects for the studio to ultimately green light.”The TV-film cooperation will apply across the core nets that Bakish said yesterday Viacom would be the focus of attention: BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Paramount. This big six was talked about as an ‘entertainment pack’, which Viacom hopes will see distribution for all of its key channels as operators increasingly talk about trimming their channel line-ups and skinny bundles.In terms of programming at the ‘big six’, Bakish said there will increased focus on originals and working up new formats, with the international business, previously run by Bakish, playing a part in this respect.“We want to share ideas more aggressively across borders for our flagship brands,” the Viacom boss said. “Nickelodeon is already very established in this model, and MTV is moving quickly with MTV US now developing several MTV UK formats.”He also spoke about the new short-form programming unit that Viacom has created: “We will aggressively grow short-form output at our flagship brands for distribution by both our owned and operated, as well as third party platforms,” Bakish said. “This will allow Viacom to better serve increasing demand from our advertisers for this kind of inventory and better support our brands.”Viacom has launched Paramount in a handful of international markets. Internationally, it is a movie channel. The US Paramount Network will launch in 2018 as a broader general entertainment offering with movies and drama series, which will make up a significant chunk of the schedule. “It will benefit from a concentration of some of the scripted stuff we’ve been doing on across the house,” Bakish said.Scripted will, meanwhile, become less of a focus for MTV US under the leadership of new boss Chris McCarthy, with the pendulum swinging back to reality and music programming.Ultimately, the scripted strategy for MTV on a large scale basis didn’t really work,” Bakish said. “There is no question that Chris McCarthy’s is bringing back a better balance to MTV including a real push on reality, which is very attractive to the audience, has very compelling economics for us and is really right from a brand filter perspective too.”Viacom also talked up the opportunity for streaming services, operated both on conjunction with pay TV operators and as standalones.“There is a very compelling [OTT] market opportunity in the development of an entertainment pack,” Bakish said. “And if you look at the flagship six, it is essentially the strongest entertainment pack you could get in the market, because you have preschool, kids, young adults, you have comedy, you’ve got African-Americans and you’re going to have a general marquee general entertainment network.”Analysts quizzed Bakish and CFO Wade Davis on when the financial benefits of the turnaround plan will be felt. Davis said there will be strong growth in the second half of the year. Bakish said a “a steady march towards a revitalized Viacom” had begun.