OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Said Ellington: “I don’t really play video games, so I don’t know exactly what that means. But I’m guessing it’s a big compliment, so I appreciate that.”Tyler Johnson added 17, Kelly Olynyk scored 15 and Dragic had 14 for the Heat, who had their biggest margin in a final quarter this season.Hassan Whiteside returned from an 11-game absence with a bone bruise in his left knee, adding seven points and eight rebounds in 18 minutes.“I don’t expect somebody to miss that many games and come right back in and everybody have terrific rhythm, including him,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “There’s going to be a little bit of a process.”Elfrid Payton scored 19 points for Orlando, which now has two separate nine-game losing streaks this season. The Magic started 8-4, and are 3-20 since.ADVERTISEMENT 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Josh Richardson scored 14 of his 20 points in the final quarter, Ellington made four 3-pointers in that game-deciding period and the Miami Heat finished with a flourish to beat struggling Orlando 107-89 on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) — beating the Magic for the first time in the teams’ last five meetings.“We needed that one,” Heat guard Goran Dragic said. “Huge win for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt was tied going into the fourth, and Miami — which trailed Orlando by 10 in the second half — outscored the Magic 39-21 in the final 12 minutes. All four of Ellington’s late 3s came in a span of 3 1/2 minutes.“He’s a cheat code,” Orlando’s Jonathan Issac said, using the term video-gamers know as something that gives them special powers while playing. Orlando Magic guard Mario Hezonja (8) defends against Miami Heat center Kelly Olynyk (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APMIAMI — Wayne Ellington doesn’t play video games, so he doesn’t know what a cheat code is.He gets the term now.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense “We played extremely hard,” Magic coach Frank Vogel said. “I was proud of how hard our guys played.”Evan Fournier and Mario Hezonja had 14 apiece for Orlando, which got 12 from Marreese Speights. After that 10-point lead, the Magic got outscored by 28 in the final 20 minutes.“We had a lot of turnovers so that led to easy buckets,” Fournier said. “They got it going and the momentum changed.”The Heat started 3 for 19 from 3-point range, then made eight of their final 14 from deep. Miami shot 56 percent in the final quarter, after shooting 41 percent through the first three, and outrebounded Orlando 19-6 in the fourth.“We were getting good looks all night,” Ellington said. “The first half they didn’t really fall for us, but we stayed patient.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Harris scores 30 as Pistons crush Pacers Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments
Dr. Somah Paygai, former chair of the National Investment Commission (NIC).By Dr. Q. Somah Paygai, Sr. Development thinking has moved a long way from the theory that broad economic development is good for all, but few today would argue that the “trickle down” theory works in practice. Pro-active approaches addressing poverty may focus on one or more aspects of the phenomenon, depending on the context and the theory of change. The analysis of these pro-poor measures may be addressed at different levels, from social protection measures at policy and legislative to micro-interventions.Addressing economic poverty: facilitating access to affordable credit (micro-credit, group banking, etc.) promoting income generation-generating opportunities (one specific approach being making markets work for the poor); supporting dignified employment (including equal pay for equal work); and the increasingly popular measure of cash transfers.Building human capacity: promoting access to education for all-often entailing targeted scholarship for girls or other disadvantaged children; vocational skills training, and a wide variety of other long or short term training schemes, possibly targeted to particularly disadvantaged groups.Addressing political aspects of poverty: informing disadvantaged people of their rights and providing access to legal support; facilitating collective action; and building public speaking and negotiation capacities.Addressing socio – culture aspects of poverty ( this can require particularly carefully tailored interventions); facilitating the full and equal representation of different groups of people in community decision- making progress; working with both men and women to combat gender- based violence and mutilation; and supporting discriminating groups and individuals to claim their human rights.Building protective capacities: these measures concern the ability of people to withstand domestic and external shocks such as a severe illness or accident of a family member, or the loss of possessions following a flood or war. Insecurity and vulnerability are crucial aspects of poverty and may be particularly relevant in humanitarian crises in which identifying the most vulnerable can be a matter of life or death.New Policy ObjectivesIn Liberia’s economic policies and programs for the Pro-poor Policy during the year 2018 and beyond. Two broad themes resonate through ones mind :Creating the enabling environment and providing the required incentives to invigorate and encourage the private sector to invest in the transformation of the natural resources of the country into finished products that satisfy both domestic and international market demands with respect to quality, price and availability; andAdopting bold new strategies that will support the creation and expansion of domestic capital and a competitive indigenous business sector, capable of providing the managerial and technological know-how that will place the direction of the nation’s economy in the hands of the citizens.A third emerging concern is to give special consideration and introduce efforts to promote gender equality in all economic, social and political programs.Economic PrinciplesThree key principles are considered: the familiar “free market:, “export-led” economic growth strategy and “lead-corporate enterprises”.Free Enterprise SystemThe view must be held that the operation of our economy by private sector remains the best way to achieve national economic and social advancement, promote and sustain democracy and assure perpetual peace and harmony. Liberia’s economic development philosophy must be based on free competition among private enterprises. Monopolies and exclusivity should not be encouraged. The role of government on the economy should be scaled back to primarily setting the rules, regulating business practices and providing the enabling environment for the private sector to function efficiently.Export-Led Economic StrategyA second principle is to pursue an export-led economic growth and development strategy. Our vast natural resource endowment provides the basis; the limited size of our domestic market gives wisdom, and our membership in regional and international economic blocks and trends in the global economy justify it.Lead-Corporate EnterprisesThe concept of lead enterprise should not be confused with monopoly rights and exclusively. It has to do with creating the conditions and making genuine strives to attract major investors who have the capital and/or the technology to invest in sectors that are strategic to achieving international competitiveness.Critical Factors Of SuccessSeveral factors may influence and impact the achievement of any new policy direction; but four are critical and will determine our success:National SecurityThe security of the state and its citizenry remains fundamental for investment, especially large scale with the returns spread out over long periods of time. The government reconciliation program must be at the foundation of the internal peace and security we enjoy today. And aggressive diplomatic and political drive are bound to improve and restore good neighborliness with our Mano River Member Countries and promote political stability and security in the entire West African region.Fiscal RegimeLiberia needs comprehensive and fundamental changes in its tax system and structure to favor the processing of local raw materials into finished products for exports. The global direction of the new structure of our taxes should be generally low tax on capital equipment and none on export of finished products.Economic Management:The structure and system of managing the economy must be overhauled to improve accountability, transparency and efficiency and make fiscal policies relevant and supportive of national economic and social development. In fact, there is need to consider recommendations by the Governance Commission on rationalizing and continued restructuring particularly the Executive Branch of GovernmentMonetary Policy and Financial Services:The entire world has become one big village where access to markets of different countries are enabled and expedited by improved technology in banking and financial services. We cannot achieve any appreciable level of economic progress with an outdated financial system.There is an urgent need to accelerate the pace of the monetary sector reform to liberalize and integrate our financial services into the international financial systems and capital market. To that end, the restructuring of the central monetary authority and using one currency.Legal and Regulatory FrameworkThe judiciary needs to be strengthened both logistically and with additional people of strong integrity should be enforced to provide for systematic, fair and expeditious disposal of cases.Fraud and CorruptionThe issue of fraud in Government and economic sabotage must be addressed as an integral part of the overall reforms in order to restore confidence in Government.Infasturcture DevelopmentCurrent conditions and inadequacies in the country’s infrastructure renders most of the facilities unusable for economic and business activities. The development and maintenance of the road networks, public utilities and sea and sir ports have been the preserve of Government. Most of these services and facilities were developed as natural monopolies since market conditions could not allow for acceptable financial returns on investments made in them.As improved technology and new ideas allow the participation of private investors, Government needs to adopt appropriate strategies to encourage private investment in infrastructure development.In addition to privatization to varying degrees of some of the state-owned enterprises, Government should consider allowing private firms to construct alternative roads and bridges charge “users fees”. Private power sources in strategic economic zones could also be explored.Investment Promotion StrategiesThe two principal strategies for investment promotion have been concession and varying degrees of fiscal exemptions. The tax framework within which they have been administered rendered them ineffective and susceptible to various kinds of abuse.Concession:Concession remains a relevant vehicle for enabling large investments, which may be non- Liberian owned in some cases, to access and develop land and natural resources. The ceding of rights whether taxes, land and/or natural resources to any entity will continue to need the approval of the National Legislature.Ratification by the Legislature is also perceived by investors as protecting them and their investments against arbitrary actions by government. Concession will continue to be of interest to investors making huge capital outlays with the returns spread over a long future.Our forest and wide life, the minerals, vast waters and fertile lands constitute the real sources of wealth in Liberia. The development of these resources are critical to meeting our national aspirations for improved standard of living. Participation in the development, exploitation and disposal of these strategic resources must be based on proven capacity to enhance their value, fulfill acceptable ecological, environment and conservation standards and requirements.Government should refrain from equity participation in concession as a means of getting compensated for the resources and lands ceded. Royalty, carrying interest, land rental and taxes should be the principal source of Government’s share in concessions.The taxes that are waived to foreign concessions should be converted into shares (in such concession) to be sold be Government to Liberian citizens or transferred to the local authority of the relevant area for raising revenues for the area’s development.IncentivesThe investment incentive regime needs a fundamental redirection from general tax exemption and reduction, which create distortions in the market, to specifically targeted factors and technologies that promote the processing of local materials: such as allowing early recovery of investment through accelerated depreciation for duration commensurate with degree of processing and the extent of local value-added (proportion of local resources utilized).The extent of incentives granted should be determined by the level of local value added and location of the enterprise. Incentives should be granted for only capital equipment, construction materials and complementary raw materials; and for a period not to exceed two years.The AuthorDr. Paygai is the author of the Book, “Developing Institution: A guide for Sub-Sahara Africa”, Vice President for Administration at the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU).He was Chairman of the National Investment Commission of the Republic of Liberia (1998-2003). He served as member of the Economic Management Advisory Team for the Republic of Liberia, Associate Professor at the University of Liberia, College of Business and Public Administration, Vice Presidential Candidate during the 2005 Presidential and General Elections in the Republic of Liberia. Member of the Board of Directors (2002-2003) at the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation, Republic of Liberia, member of the Liberia Government Official Delegation to the Organization of African Unity (OAU) Transformation to the African Union (AU) in the Durban, South Africa (June 28, – July 10, 2002). Grand Commander for the Star of Africa from the Government of Liberia in 2003, in recognition of Meritorious Service to the republic of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
FONTANA – There is no real clear-cut favorite for tonight’s San Bernardino County 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at California Speedway. Indeed, fitting for the country’s largest county, the 100-lap race (6 p.m., Speed) is wide-open. In 10 previous CTS events at Fontana, there have been seven winners and half of those races have margins of victory less than a second. Five of those winners will be in the field for tonight’s race, which kicks off NASCAR’s weekend at California Speedway. Heading the list is Ted Musgrave – who won three straight races from 2001-03 – defending champion Mark Martin, Jack Sprague – who won last week at Daytona – Mike Bliss and Todd Bodine. Musgrave’s track record at Fontana is most impressive. In six starts, he has three wins and six top-five finishes. By virtue of his victory over Kvapil in the opener, Sprague leads the points for the first time since Nov. 2001. Martin also is part of a Nextel Cup invasion of sorts. Martin, who edged Bodine at the wire last year by 0.331 seconds, has jumped to a Ford F-150 owned by Wood Brothers/JTG Racing. Carl Edwards and Daytona 500 winner Kevin Harvick also are in the field and both racers will compete in all three Fontana events this weekend. A.J. Allmendinger, who has yet to qualify for a Cup race, will get some track time in a Red Bull Toyota. Harvick will make his first CTS start since the fall Richmond race in 2005, where he finished third. He’ll be racing a Chevrolet Silverado from his Kevin Harvick Inc. shop, which also will supply the Chevy for Hornaday. Chevy has not won at the track since 1999 with Sprague, his second straight win. In fact, after Martin’s Ford, the next five trucks were all Toyotas. In the season opener, four of the first five were Toyotas. Toyota drivers Sprague and Johnny Benson sneaked past Kvapil’s Ford in the last 200 yards for a 0.031 margin of victory. “That last little bit of the race, we gave it up,” Kvapil said afterward. “If I had to redo it, obviously if I knew what was going to come I would have blocked (Sprague) harder earlier. I didn’t react fast enough, and I didn’t anticipate him having that much of a run on me.” Perhaps no driver is hungrier at Fontana than Brandon Gaughan, the Las Vegas resident who considers California Speedway his home track. In five previous NCTS starts at Fontana, Gaughan has one pole and two top 10 finishes. Additionally, his team has one victory (Steve Park, 2005). That victory was an emotional one for Gaughan racing. “In 2005, when this team was probably at its lowest, Steve Park came through with a huge win for this program,” Gaughan said. “California Speedway has always been a really great race track for the South Point Racing team. It’s always been a great track for me – going back to my Winston West days when I won there. I’ve had that truck race won twice and twice we had it taken away from us last minute – we had a flat tire once and then finished third the other year. “This year, I want to close the deal.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! If that wasn’t enough, a record-matching seven former series champions – who have combined for 10 of 11 titles and 120 victories – also are in the 43-truck field. Todd Bodine won the title in 2006, while Musgrave won the year before. Sprague, a two-time Fontana winner, has three titles (1997, 99, 01), while Ontario native Mike Skinner (1995), former Palmdale resident Ron Hornaday Jr., Mike Bliss (2002) and Travis Kvapil all have a title under their belts. Skinner won the Nextel Cup Auto Club 500 pole in 2000, but has not finished better than fifth in four CTS starts. “I absolutely love going to California Speedway,” Skinner said. “Even though we have struggled there, I still think it is the best place in the world. “We are not going in thinking we must win, or any of the next few races for that matter. Last year we dug ourselves such a big hole in the beginning (17th at Fontana) that it took us a while to dig ourselves out of it. We are being a little more conservative than years past.”
A second large outage is also in the South Peace. Over 970 customers are without power in an outage that stretches along the Hart Highway West of Dawson Creek. Both outages should be restored by 10 a.m.In the Fort St. John region there are several small outages, but only one large one affecting just under 300 customers. That outage runs along the North on the Alaska Highway starting Charlie Lake. That outage should be restored by 12 p.m.For a full list of all the power outages in this region, visit www.bchydro.com/outages- Advertisement – It’s safe to say all the outages have been caused by strong winds that started overnight. The strong winds should die down by late Sunday morning.
THE great Ardara fiddler John Doherty is rightly lauded as one of the greatest players to have ever lived.From a famous clan of Travellers who worked as horse dealers and tinsmiths, John travelled the country playing impromptu performances. He died in 1980 aged 80. In this video – made in 1971 – John plays the Hare and the Hounds. Enjoy.DDTV: UNEARTHED…SUPERB ARCHIVE FILM OF GREAT DONEGAL FIDDLER JOHN DOHERTY was last modified: September 9th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:ArdaraJOHN DOHERTY FIDDLER
Former MEP Pat The Cope Gallagher has paid a glory tribute to the late TD Jim White who passed away on Tuesday evening.Pat the Cope GallagherThe former Fianna Fail politician said he has no doubt that the Ballyshannon-born businessman has what it took to be a Government Minister.This is his tribute to the late Mr White. “I have known Jim White since the 1970 By-Election and in particular since the 1981 General Election, when I was elected with both himself and Clement Coughlan. We worked as a team during that short government in the best interest of Donegal South West. I do know that he was disappointed at not being appointed Minister or Minister of State during that term.“He would have been an outstanding Minister, as he would have brought with him, the valuable experience gained from the private sector to a government department. He was one who could not accept bureaucracy or red tape as he was a pragmatic person who took instant decisions.“His decision not to contest the 1982 election was a great loss to the constituency however he continued to develop his business interests and created sustainable jobs in many parts of the country and in particular his native Donegal.“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam” FORMER MEP COPE SAYS JIM WHITE WOULD HAVE MADE A FINE MINISTER was last modified: September 4th, 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:donegalJm WhitePat The Cope Gallagher
Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Collaboration may be the hottest trend to hit the enterprise this year. But what makes it so hot? Why now?According to “Benchmarking Your Collaboration Strategy,”a new report from Forrester Research, two key trends make collaboration important to the enterprise right now:The amount of content that people produce is morphing, especially as the advent of social computing becomes more commonplace. Second, inefficiencies are swamping the enterprise with the need to create collaborative strategies that provide a more structured approach to how information is managed.Four Key FactorsInnovation: The poor economy is playing an important factor in how companies view the ways they develop products. Management is looking for more efficient and creative ways to innovate. And they are looking to Web 2.0 technologies for answers. According to Forrester, discussion forums and idea management tools are the top two Web 2.0 technologies being considered and piloted by IT decision-makers this year. Efficiency: Information workers are high-paid, valuable members of the enterprise. But they have a hard time finding information to get their job done, with 83% saying they waste time searching for information vital to their work projects. There is growing importance for tools that provide the ability to better find information and connect more easily with co-workers who can provide expertise to solve problems and drive efficiencies.Email Woes: A huge need is emerging for better ways to reuse information that normally would be lost in email communication. Email is used to share information but it only goes so far as the people in the email chain. Once in the chain, it’s locked away. Changing email behavior is no easy task but collaboration technologies hold promise for more information to be shared throughout the enterprise.Governance: Managing business information is becoming a legal necessity. Communication is becoming so widespread that it is becoming difficult to track. According to Forrester, only 20% of businesses report that they’re very confident that if challenged, they could demonstrate that their digital information is accurate, trustworthy and accessible.Benchmarking For SuccessForrester’s report is designed to provide a framework for building a collaborative practice in the enterprise. Senior level executives came to understand in 2009 the need for better collaboration. In 2010, we expect structured formats like what Forrester proposes will be increasingly important for successful implementation of collabortion technologies in the enterprise. alex williams Tags:#enterprise Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
Period pieces are usually out of reach for low-budget filmmakers, but these five tips will open up the possibility of setting your story in a different era.It’s tempting for many filmmakers to write scripts that take place in a completely different time period. After all, period pieces open up so many possibilities for telling new stories that just wouldn’t be relevant or possible when set in modern times. Unfortunately, many of these same filmmakers are hit with a big wake-up call when it comes time to actually produce their film, as they realize just how expensive it’s going to be.When you’re crafting a period piece, everything is more expensive. Not only do your hard costs skyrocket (wardrobe, locations, set dec, etc.), but a lot more time and effort is needed in other areas of the production as well. During pre-production for example, you (and probably your art director/production designer) will need to thoroughly research the time period in which your film is set in so that you can portray it accurately.Even in post-production, things can get tricky. Depending on how good or bad your locations were, you may need to do set extensions, or other VFX work to help sell the setting that you’re trying to emulate. Not to mention, more extensive and specific color correction is often required to really help craft the feel of your world.With all that said, there are ways to make great period pieces even when dealing with limited budgets. Your options certainly won’t be as extensive as they would be if you were working with Hollywood-level funds, but that doesn’t mean it’s not doable. If you’re willing to take into account the five tips outlined below, you might just be on your way to making your next period piece. 1. Choose Simple LocationsThe look of your film will ultimately be determined by the locations that you choose. If you choose the right locations, your work is going to be a lot easier both on set and off. However, if you make less than desirable choices, you might not be able to pull off the look you’re going for and the entire project could fall short.My rule of thumb with locations on low-budget period pieces is to always go simple. If you’re shooting an exterior shot at the beach, on a farm, or in the forest, chances are there isn’t a whole lot of set dec that will need to be done. The same can be said about a vintage home or train station (that hasn’t been restored). These are just a few examples of course, but the point is that you need to look for locations that work for you ‘as is’. Chances are you don’t have the budget (or research) behind your project to create something from scratch, so look for locations with no discernible giveaways of modern times, and you’re off to a good start. 2. Get Your Wardrobe SponsoredWardrobe is one of the best ways to add production value and realism to your period piece. At the same time it can be very costly. Vintage wardrobe items can be really rare and hard to find, and naturally the price can be prohibitive for many filmmakers. That said, if you’re willing to knock on some doors, you might just get it for free.If you team up with the right stylist, they may just be able to work some miracles for you. Typically stylists have relationships with brands and can pull some really amazing options for you, usually at no cost (since the items are loaned). Rather than spending your wardrobe budget on actual items, invest in a good stylist and it can pay off big time. Here’s a quick video that features Paco Delgado (the costume designer from 2012’s Les Misérables) discussing period piece costuming. 3. Props Are EverythingWithout some key props, you won’t be able to create a realistic world to set your film in. The good news is that you don’t necessarily need a lot of props, but just a few key props that can become focal points. For example, if you have the budget to rent a vintage car for a couple of days and can use it to capture all of your driving scenes, your production value just went up immensely. Much like the wardrobe solution above, you don’t always need to spend an arm and a leg for props. The car example might be somewhat costly, but many other vintage props can be bought or rented for very little if you’re willing to do some digging around.4. The Right Music is CriticalYour locations, wardrobe, and props will get you most of the way there when it comes to production, but post is really where it all comes together. One of the easiest, most effective, and inexpensive ways to add to the realism of your period piece is through the use of great, authentic music. By licensing some period specific music (not just for the score, but also for background music, radios in the scene, etc.) you can really help to shape the tone of your film and compliment all of the visuals. 5. Learn How to Color GradeColor grading can be a very expensive part of your process, and in many cases should be left to a professional. With that said, if you have a knack for color and are willing to do some of the legwork yourself, you can make a huge impact of the visual feel of your film with color alone. In the same way music will add a layer of period-specific polish to your film, so will the color. Whether you’re doing something obvious (like black and white) or more specific (like a 60’s technicolor look), the color grade will truly bring all of the elements of your period piece together and will inevitably make it feel far more authentic.Before you shoot your low-budget period piece, check out these other helpful articles for filmmakers working with limited resources:How to Capture High Quality Audio for Low Budget Films5 Ways To Give Your Low Budget Film More Production ValueHow to Create a Low-Budget Film That Feels Like a BlockbusterGot any tips for capturing historical atmosphere without breaking the bank? Let us know in the comments below!
New Delhi: 28 Aug, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATIONAL New Delhi: Ahmed Patel takes the oath of office as RS MP (A) New Delhi: Chief Justice of India, Justice Dipak Misra oath ceremony (A+B) Rohtak: Security at Rohak (A+B) Rohtak: Navdeep Singh Virk, I .G. Rohtak Range talks to media (A) Mumbai: Ganpati festival celebrations (A+B) Kolkata: Railway workers inspect a train car to restore overhead Railway wires (B) Patna: Pappu Yadav addressing a press conference (B) Kolkata: Goat market in Kolkata (B) Naranag (J & K ): Gangabal Yatra (A+B) New Delhi: New Biking Queens calling on Prime Minister Modi (B) Sirsa: Rams followers returning to theirhomes / tight security (A+B) Moradabad: Passing-out parade of Sub-inspectors (B+A) Bengaluru: Yeduyurappa having food with Dalit (B) New Delhi: Airtel Symantec partnership (B) New Delhi: UNGA president-elect calling on PM Modi (B) Hubbali: Nomadic people migrate (A) INTERNATIOAL Friendswood/ Sugar Land : Texas residents stranded by flooding (B) SPORTS Dhaka: Bangladesh vs Australian cricket test match (B) Kuala Lumpur: 29th South East Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur (B) New Delhi: Launch of National Sports Talent Search Portal(B+A) PTI PHOTO VNA DL DL
\R Ho Chi Minh City, Jun 23 (AFP) Football scarves, shirts and… eggshell art? World Cup swag has taken a quirky turn in Vietnam where a retired schoolteacher is making mascot memorabilia from hollowed-out eggs, meticulously crafted by hand. Nguyen Thanh Tam, 67, spends hours every day making the models, driven by his football fanaticism — a passion shared by millions across Vietnam glued to the World Cup since the tournament kicked off in Russia earlier this month. Most of his tiny statues are of tournament mascot Zabivaka, a wolf in sports goggles kicking a football, and he has models of football heroes Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the works. “Over the past few years, I have been spending my time making football mascots with eggshells as a way for me to show my love for football,” Tam told AFP, speaking before a basket of eggs in his Ho Chi Minh City home. Though not widespread in Vietnam, using eggshells in art is not unheard of: traditional lacquer works often feature inlaid eggshell in lieu of white paint.Tam says working with the fragile shells requires sharp focus. “I love this work because it requires me to be creative, observant, meticulous and relaxed,” Tam added. He first developed the unique hobby around Christmas in 2002, when he was looking for the right material to make a Santa statue with his 13-year-old students. Tam decided that an eggshell perfectly captured Saint Nick’s rotund belly.He eventually married his passion for crafts and football and started making World Cup mascots during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.advertisement Now he has about 1,000 of the small figurines scattered throughout his apartment, some commemorating the 2016 Rio Olympics and Euro 2016 in France. Others are of celebrities — Charlie Chaplin, Barack Obama, and Gangnam Style’s PSY all feature in his collection — or birds and animals, like his porcine series to mark the Year of the Pig in 2019. Tam says the biggest challenge is finding the right egg shape to fit the creation, so he has expanded beyond chicken eggs to include ostrich and quail.He has also widened his repertoire of egg recipes to use up all the yolks and whites he discards to make his art. Tam doesn’t sell the delicate dolls, preferring instead to keep them on display to wow his visitors. “I make eggshell art to satisfy my passion, not for commercial purposes,” he said. He has already received a nod from Vietnam’s record centre for the most eggshell art created — believed to be a niche category — though he has global ambitions. “I hope one day my eggshell art will be recognised as a world record,” he said with a smile. (AFP) ATKATK