Bob Dylan Allows Director To Use His 600+ Songs To Create Characters And Plots For New Show

first_imgWith over 600 songs to choose from, writer/director Josh Wakely has a lot of material to sort through. Bob Dylan has given Wakely a carte blanche of his repertoire, as the inspiration for an in-the-works series. So far, Lions Gate is on board to produce, and Amazon has expressed interest in the distribution.The show will take characters from the music and adapt them into a series, though Dylan himself isn’t involved creatively. The show is tentatively titled “Time Out Of Mind,” taken from Dylan’s Grammy-winning 1997 album of the same name. According to a report in the WSJ, the show will take place in the 60’s and 70’s, in Manhattan, with a main character’s backstory taken from “The Ballad Of Hollis Brown.”According to the report, two songs would be featured in each episode, helping to drive plot and character development while also providing a powerful soundtrack. Cover versions of Dylan’s songs may also be featured, depending on the scenario. Interestingly, however, the show may not actually be music based, just inspired by characters from the music.Wakely was also the creator of the Beat Bugs series that draws inspiration from The Beatles. That recently-announced cartoon series will premiere in August of 2016, and more information can be found here.We look forward to seeing what “Time Out Of Mind” can offer, as it is certainly an intriguing project.[Via WSJ]last_img read more

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Kumasi to host 2013 Unity Games:Otumfour Elated

first_imgThe Asantehene, Otumfour Osei Tutu II has commended the Ministry of Youth & Sports and the National Sports Authority (NSA) for choosing Kumasi as the venue for the UNITY GAMES 2013.He expressed his gratitude to the organisers, NSA, and further appealed to the Government to increase its budget allocation for sports development in the country.Otumfour made the observations when the Minister for Youth & Sports, Hon Ankrah paid a courtesy call on him at the Manhyia Palace, in Kumasi, ahead of this year’s National Sports Festival, dubbed Unity Games 2013.He finally appealed to corporate organisations, especially those within the Ashanti Region to get on board to support this worthy course.The Minister was accompanied by the Kumasi Mayor, Mr. Kojo Bonsu, the Acting Director General of NSA, Madam Alice Attipoe, the Public Affairs Manager, Hamah Hamid Issakah, among others.At the launch of the Games at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumais, Hon Afriyie Ankrah has reiterated the need to help build social, cultural and political bridges of unity and harmonious relationship in the country. Launching this year’s National Sports Festival dubbed ‘National Unity Games 2013’ at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi, the Minister said the games will also serve as a platform for the identification and discovery of budding talents.This year’s Games will be under the theme, ‘Sports For Unity, Peace and Development’ would be held from August 11-18, 2013, at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST) will be the Games Village, while the KNUST Swimming Pool will host the swimming championships.The Minister announced that the region will play host to over 4,000 Athletes, Coaches, Technical and Sports Administrators from across the country.He said the talents identified will be nurtured and trained so as to get a formidable contingent capable of winning laurels for Ghana at the Commonwealth Games 2014 slated for Glasgow, Scotland. The Minister assured the Regional Sports Directors of the National Sports Authority of the Ministry’s unflinching commitment to providing equal opportunities to all the sporting disciplines whilst working to provide the requisite infrastructure and facilities to enable national athletes compete to the desired international levels.last_img read more

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Rediscovering Liberian Natural Dyes

first_imgLiberia is making the big push for development. In most of our minds, development means looking at what the western world has done to become developed and copying its example. Some Liberian artists have another idea; they recognize that our needs are unique, that we have been blessed with an abundance of raw materials to fill these needs and the creativity of its people to use these raw materials. Since antiquity, our artistic ancestors dyed thread, cloth, raffia, markers and even body parts using safe and natural substances such as bark, seeds, leaves and mud, providing for Liberians centuries of traditional techniques to tap into. In the textile industry, development generally led to the use of synthetic dyes. Industrialization with its emphasis on speed of production and flashy, non-fading colors became the standard. Only later did we learn the many dangers of using synthetic dyes. Most synthetic dyes contain carcinogenic (cancer-causing) chemicals. They emit toxic fumes, and they often cause allergic reactions. These are only a few of the many harmful effects associated with using synthetics. So it is important now that we look beyond what has been done to what health conscious and sustainability conscious people all over the world are realizing: our natural resources are rich in plants and minerals that produce safe and beautiful natural dyes.At the forefront of this movement in Liberia is Dolly Barnes. She began, long ago, experimenting with natural dyes in her own art work using not only cloth, but beads made from organic materials and grasses.  A 2009 UNESCO research project to assess the viability of Liberian textile techniques for modern day uses confirmed a niche market for such textiles in eco-friendly environments, its economic benefits for dyers, an abundance of raw materials in the backyards of rural Liberians and a revitalization of a traditional technique for dyeing that would become extinct if not passed down to younger generations of dyers.One of the artists Inspired by Dolly Barnes’ enthusiasm for natural dyes is Mohamed S. Bah (see photo above). Mohamed is a Monrovia textile artist who first met Ms. Barnes when they worked together on the UNESCO research project. Together, with much trial and error, they have exposed, refined and continued to promote fabrics dyed with natural materials. As a result of the Inspired Energy Mohamed put into his craft, he now produces beautiful cloths colored with natural dyes.Earlier this year Mohamed trained 25 women in natural dyeing within the Vocational Skills Development Program of the Grand Cavalla Integrated Development Project of W.V.S. Tubman University in Maryland County. This project is part of the university’s community outreach program, and was financially supported by Measuagoon, a non-profit organization founded by Pres. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. When you purchase these goods made from natural ingredients, you make it possible for our artists to continue safeguarding their health and ours and Liberia’s traditional way of coloring and designing fabrics.As Mohamed Bah says, “I would like people to be encouraged to use the natural elements all around them. I hope some people reading this will be Inspired and get their own ideas to use the blessings we have in Nature.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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BERTIE AHERN’S INFAMOUS BUNDORAN SPEECH COMES BACK TO HAUNT HIM

first_imgA NOTORIOUS  speech delivered in Co Donegal in 2007 by then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has come back to haunt him.An independent report has revealed that his Government IGNORED all the warnings about the possibility of the bubble bursting the Celtic Tiger economy.And now a speech made by Ahern in Bundoran in July 2007 – which was branded crass at the time – is even more disturbing in light of the report, In July 2007 in Bundoran, Co. Donegal, told a meeting of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions: “Sitting on the sidelines, cribbing and moaning is a lost opportunity. I don’t know how people who engage in that don’t commit suicide because frankly the only thing that motivates me is being able to actively change something.”He was later forced to apologise to families of the victims of suicide for his choice of words.However it is the fact that international experts have found the former Taoiseach and his cabinet colleagues – including Mary Coughlan – ignored warnings about the economic model of Ireland that is now at the centre of controversy.The independent review of the performance of the Department of Finance over the past decade has found that the Department did warn the Government about the dangers of the economic policy it was following, but that its advice was overruled by the Cabinet. The review by independent experts from Canada and Holland looked at the advice the Department provided to Cabinet over the past decade.Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan welcomed publication of the report, saying: ‘It provides a very fair and thoughtful assessment of the Department’s performance over the past ten years.’The report found the Department of Finance was aware of the dangers of the Government’s pro-cyclical economic policy of increasing spending and cutting taxes – and of the overheating of the property and construction sectors, and of the vulnerability of the tax system to a downturn.The report says the Department did provide clear warnings on the risks of the Government’s policy, and that its advice was more direct and comprehensive than concerns expressed by others in Ireland or abroad.But it found that in every year except 2003 the Cabinet increased spending above the levels advised by the Department. It calls for big changes to the way budget information is prepared, published and independently assessed.endsBERTIE AHERN’S INFAMOUS BUNDORAN SPEECH COMES BACK TO HAUNT HIM was last modified: March 2nd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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FOOTBALL: BRAVE BONAGEE UNITED U14’S BOW OUT OF FAI CUP IN CORK

first_imgFOOTBALL: Bonagee United have bravely bowed out of the SFAI Cup at the hands of Corinthians FC in their quarter-final clash earlier this afternoon. Bonagee had a long way to travel and stayed overnight in Cork on Friday evening. They arrived at the ground confident and knew they had to play well to beat a very good Corinthians side.The game started with Bonagee on the back foot, with Corinthians starting brightly with everything positive about their play being dictated through their No.9 and star player.He was a constant threat but David Smith was superb in the Bonagee defence. A couple of early chances materialised for the Cork side, but they never threatened the Bonagee rear-guard.But soon it would change, a good cross was met with a good strong header, and forced Bonagee keeper Adrian McLaughlin to scramble across his line to make an outstanding save. Not his only big save, he was forced into action shortly after and then made another save and then saved the follow up with his feet to put it past his post.In reality Bonagee could have been 2 or 3 down.After a slow start Bonagee got going and started moving the ball quicker, it gave them a opportunity in this game, but never created a big chance to score. They created a couple of half chances but nothing that troubled the Cork keeper.Bonagee them worked hard around the middle and with Dylan Woods, Ronan McKinley in the middle along with Jack Murphy pulling the strings, trying to get the likes of Finian O’Donnell, Keelan Collier and Adam Murphy into the game.Bonagee went in at half time and had their defence and keeper McLaughlin to thank.Bonagee had a big loss at half time losing full back Cian McMonagle and he was replaced  by Ben Gallagher. The team was re-jagged which saw Kieran Tobin move to midfield and McKinley to right-back.Bonagee now started to work and play without creating any clear cut chances, they still looked good.Then once again, the outstanding Adrian McLaughlin pulled off a superb save knocking it over the bar.When Jack Murphy latched on to a pass to find Finian O’Donnell whose effort looked to have chipped the keeper, somehow he managed to palm it over his bar. The game went on with no real chances and a lot of the ball around the middle.Then with 10 mins left to go the turning point occurred – captain Ronan McKinley was dismissed.After the ball being played through the Bonagee keeper rushed on to it and collected but was then taking out by the Corinthians striker.The Bonagee players were not to pleased, and then McKinley was accused of aggressive language and was shown a straight red, the Corinthians striker only picked up a yellow card which left Bonagee furious.The game went on and as soon as the sending of Corinthians capitalized and then with their left winger who looked like a threat all day had a couple off half chances in a row saved by Bonagee net minder and but then dunked it over to score the all important goal.This was a real killer for Bonagee and then started to lose their discipline with 5 mins left on the clock Bonagee could have snatched something but couldn’t manage it and at the end a small fight between the sides ensued.This didn’t reflect on the game and Bonagee feel they let themselves down.On another day Bonagee could have got a better result but a lack of disapline cost them near the end.They can keep their heads up and what a great achievement it was to get to an All-Ireland quarter-final.In what’s a long run home for the boys, they still have league, cup and champions league to look forward to.Bonagee team managed by Brendan Carolan, Ray Murphy and Nigel Woods can be proud of their boys and they would like to wish Corinthians all the best of luck in the next round.Bonagee; Adrian McLaughlin, Cian mcMonagile, David smith, Kieran Tobin, josh mc cullagh, Dylan woods, Ronan mc kinely (c), Jack Murphy, Adam Murphy, keelan collier, finanan o Donnell. SUBS; Ben Gallagher for mcMonagile (half time) Shaun tinney for collier ( 56 mins). Also injured ; Ciaran Gallagher and Eoin Dowling.FOOTBALL: BRAVE BONAGEE UNITED U14’S BOW OUT OF FAI CUP IN CORK was last modified: April 10th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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