MCSSTA Wants Simeon Freeman to Apologize to Prez. Sirleaf

first_imgThe Monrovia Consolidated School System Teachers Association has respectfully called on the political leader of the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), Simeon Freeman, to apologize to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for what they termed as an “insult” to the Liberian leader.The group said the leader of MPC has failed to recognize Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as the sitting President of Liberia by making derogatory statements to the President.“We are calling on the political leader of the (MPC), Simeon Freeman to kindly apologize to our President for using the media to call the Liberian leader the most irresponsible leader Liberia has ever produced and the most corrupt leader in the history of the presidency of Liberia.”Speaking to the Daily Observer on Monday, February 10, the general secretary of the MCSSTA, Samuel M. Nyanuh, said the words of Simeon Freeman were a gross disrespect to the presidency and citizens of Liberia.Mr. Nyanuh wondered what precedent the MPC political leader was setting as a politician, describing the statement made by Simeon Freeman as unfortunate and not to be taken into consideration.According to him, this is not only an insult to the President, but the entire citizenry of Liberia because only irresponsible people can elect an irresponsible person as leader.Mr. Nyanuh said the political leader must have made an error and hopes that Simeon Freeman would eventually see reason and sincerely apologize to President Sirleaf.It may be recalled on Monday February 3, that the MPC’s political leader, Simeon Freeman, reacting to the president’s annual message, described the Liberian leader as the most irresponsible and corrupt leader Liberia had ever produced.Mr. Freeman said the Liberian leader made many unfulfilled promises to the citizens including electricity, the creation of 20,000 jobs, and many other plans he said had failed over the last eight years.He also use the medium to call on President Sirleaf to recommit herself to the Liberian people and reason to live by the promises she made.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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Parker’s Protesters Vanish

first_imgMore than one hundred vocal protesters, who for the past days have been chanting outside Criminal Court ‘C’ in favor of indicted and dismissed National Port Authority (NPA), Managing Director, Madam Matilda Parker, yesterday suddenly vanished, following a strongly worded statement by Chief Justice Francis Korkpor that the court house should never be used as a place for protest. “Nobody should be allowed to use the courtroom or outside of the court house to stage a protest as doing so could influence the outcome of a case,” Chief Justice Korkpor scolded when he spoke with a group of protesting women at the Temple of Justice.Based on the Chief Justice’s warning, defendant Parker’s supporters abandoned their protest and quietly took their places in the courtroom, while the jury selection process continued. During the hearing both Parker’s legal team and state lawyers were able to successfully complete the selection of a 15 member jury panel that is expected to decide the economic sabotage case brought against defendants Parker and her Comptroller Christiana Kpabar Paelay.The jurors were selected following two days of intense examination by Parker’s lawyers and state lawyers. After the selection Judge Blamo Dixon set the hearing of the case to Tuesday, December 15.The jury was then sequestered (quarantined) underground at the Temple of Justice, where they are expected stay until the final determination of the case.Defendants Parker and Paelay are accused of duping the NPA of US$837,957 while they were serving in their respective posts, a claim they have denied.They were also accused, along with businessman Deneah M. Flomo, owner of Demar Enterprise.The prosecution claimed that Flomo connived with Madam Parker and Paelay to make over US$800,000 in illegal payments to his Demar Enterprise Company. Flomo is reported to have confessed during interrogations at the office of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), that most of the money was deposited in his company’s account at Ecobank.The LACC reported that Flomo received more than US$10,000 from the deal.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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Govt continues to ignore advice on wasteful spending – former Minister

first_img…makes calls to re-prioritise to include critical economic-driven projectsIn citing a recent International Monetary Fund (IMF) Report that has highlighted the need for Government to cut back on its wasteful spending, former People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Minister Irfaan Ali said the recommendations should be taken seriously.He was referring to the recently concluded 2018 staff report by the IMF on Guyana’s economy, where the international financial institution made two main policy recommendations, and where it underscored the importance of macroeconomic and financial stability.On the notion of preserving macroeconomic stability, a policy that prepares an economy for growth by safeguarding it against external shocks, the IMF hadOpposition MP and former Minister, Irfaan Alicautioned the Government of continued expansionary fiscal policy. This involves increased Government spending.According to the report, the IMF is extremely concerned how short-term fiscal deficit is being financed: primarily, by usurping domestic credit. Allocation of scarce resources to best meet the needs of the people through wealth generation and improved wellbeing is crucial.Ali told Guyana Times that from 2014 to 2018, the trajectory, however, has been one that represents reckless spending. Moreover, Government increased its dependence and reliance on domestic credit to fund short-term fiscal deficit. Statistics indicate that from 2014 to 2017, domestic borrowing increased by more than twofold, from $11.3 billion to $23 billion.In 2018, it is further estimated to increase by another $11 billion to $34 billion. Hence, this huge increase, indeed, would crowd out private investment. The crowding out effect is the increase in interest rates because of higher levels of Government borrowing. This, however, means the increase in Government borrowing leads to greater demand for loanable funds, increasing interest rates. When this happens, it’s more expensive for private companies to borrow and invest.Meanwhile, according to the latest Bank of Guyana (BoG) Statistical Abstract, for the month of June, loans and advances from commercial banks to individual customers contracted by more than 6.5 per cent or $2.4 billion, during the first six months of 2018. Central Government, on the other hand, recorded a huge increase in borrowing by more than 1600 per cent or $61.3 billion.Ali, who is the economic spokesman for the Opposition said it is interesting to note, that projected fiscal expenditure in 2018, when compared to 2015, is expected to increase by more than $75 billion or 39 percent, in tandem with anFinance Minister Winston Jordanincrease in fiscal deficit by more than $33.7 billion or 375 percent.“From 2017-2018, fiscal expenditure is anticipated to increase by $18 billion or 7.2 per cent, attracting a budget deficit of $9 billion. Of the two major components to fiscal expenditure, capital and recurrent, the latter, when compared to 2014, is projected to increase by $46 billion by the end 2018, in comparison to an increase of $8 billion by its counterpart, capital expenditure.”He said another important point to note is the increase in recurrent expenditure, which, among others, represents expenditure on goods and services; wages, salaries, and other charges such as travelling, dietary etc. This makes up 84 per cent of total increase in fiscal expenditure, an indication that clearly speaks to what was described as the “gross misappropriation of funds.”Ali said not only significant amount of resources being squandered on goods and services that yields no wealth generation or improve standard of living for the people, but expenditure on capital items (goods that make products, provide services) has grown by a mere 15 percent.“And if one is to adjust for inflation and VAT (Value Added Tax), this amount would become significantly less. In other words, of every dollar spent by this Administration, less than $0.10 is spent on wealth generation activities for the people,” he pointed out.Re-prioritiseThe former Minister said there is ample resources to accommodate all projects initiated by the previous Administration that sought to address core economic issues at the grass-root level.For example, Ali said by slashing all excess allocation from “dietary” and “national and other events” ($2 billion), to 2014 level, enough funds could be garnered to rehire and offer a 66 per cent increase in stipend to all 1972 dismissed CSO Amerindian Workers.He said it could lend to an increase in the National Toshoa Council subvention by 221 per cent to $50 million, and provide each Amerindian village, across the country, with a $3.5 million cash grant to fund developmental projects.Moreover, he said by removing all excess allocation from “security services” and “transport and travel” ($3 billion), the “Because We Care” cash grant programme not only could be fully re-instated, but each parent could now receive a 50 per cent increase in allocation to $15,000 for each child, attending primarily and nursery school.Ali noted that there will still be an untouched $17 billion in employment cost, and $24 billion in other charges; adequate funds to address payment of severance for sugar workers and increased salary for teachers.last_img read more

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Pardew Out! ‘Newcastle boss would make Messi look like Obertan’

first_img Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew St James’ Park isn’t a happy place right now after Newcastle somehow drew 3-3 with Crystal Palace despite taking the lead with only minutes left of the match.In a topsy-turvy game which, in truth, the Eagles deserved something from the Magpies looked on the verge of victory, but Wilfired Zaha was allowed to fire in an equaliser five minutes into injury time.After throwing away their lead Toon fans vented their fury on Twitter with the hashtag #PardewOut trending, and talkSPORT present the best (and cleanest) of the vitriolic comments…. 1last_img read more

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Liverpool boost! Defender signs new long-term contract with club

first_img Mamadou Sakho 1 Liverpool have announced that defender Mamadou Sakho has signed a new long-term contract with the club.Sakho moved to Anfield from Paris St Germain in 2013 and wore the captain’s armband for the first time in Thursday’s UEFA Europa League draw in Bordeaux.The 25-year-old told Liverpool’s official website: “I am very happy to sign a long-term contract with Liverpool because, as I’ve always said, I am very happy here and my family are happy in Liverpool.“It is important for me because every day when I wake up, I am very happy to come into the training ground with all the players.”The news will be welcomed by under-pressure Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who said Sakho was in contention to start in Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Norwich.Speaking before the news was formally announced, Rodgers said: “He (Sakho) is really working hard on his fitness and his game and I think you have seen the benefits of that.“He was left out of the last France squad and you can go one of two ways – you can sulk, or you can put your head down and work even harder, and that is what he has done.“I think you can see that in his performance last night. I thought he was brilliant in the game and that is what we want, so he has certainly brought himself into contention for the weekend.”last_img read more

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The Barca XI to see off Arsenal threat in UCL? Decision at the back for Enrique

first_img 11 11 14. Javier Mascherano (central defence) 18. Jordi Alba (full back) 11. Neymar (forward) 8. Andres Iniesta (midfield) 11 10. Lionel Messi (forward) 6. Dani Alves (full back) 11 11 For a stream of Barcelona v Arsenal, listen to talkSPORT at 7.45pm (GMT) on Wednesday 16 March. Listen to it live here.Barcelona are without the suspended Gerard Pique against Arsenal at the Camp Nou, so who will manager Luis Enrique pick in defence as they defend their 2-0 lead?Jeremy Mathieu, Thomas Vermaelen and Marc Bartra are options, so have a look at talkSPORT’s possible line up and let us know if you would opt for a different look.Will Pique’s absence make a difference or will Barca still seal their place in the Champions League last eight?CLUBS WHO CAME CLOSEST TO DEFENDING THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUEVIDEO: 10 BEST PLAYERS TO PLAY FOR BARCELONA 9. Luis Suarez (forward) 11 11 4. Ivan Rakitic (midfield) 5. Sergio Busquets (midfield) 11 1. Marc-Andre ter Stegen (goalkeeper) – click the arrow above, right, to see the possible team v Arsenal in squad number order 11 11 11 24. Jeremy Mathieu (central defence)last_img read more

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Council falls silent in memory of the late Dessie Larkin

first_imgThe Donegal County Council chamber in Lifford fell silent this morning to honour the late Dessie Larkin, who passed away a week ago today.Tributes were paid to the former councillor, council staff member and proud Letterkenny man, before a minute’s silence was held in his memory.Councillors expressed their deepest sympathies to the family of Mr Larkin, who died suddenly on Monday 18th March at the age of 48. Mr Larkin served as a councillor from 1999 – 2014. Mr Larkin’s many years of service to the council and local authority were celebrated, while members shared fondly remembered stories about his work, character and iconic traits.Cathaoirleach Seamus Ó Domhnaill led the tributes and highlighted Mr Larkin’s dedication to council and local committees.“He left quite a legacy behind him and anybody who served with him knew the wide knowledge base Dessie had. He was a source of great knowledge to all members of all political persuasions,” Cllr Ó Domhnaill said.Cllr Ciaran Brogan, on behalf of the Fianna Fáil party, said that Mr Larkin would undoubtedly be remembered as a person who made an impact in his political life. “Unfortunately he was taken from us so suddenly, but there were many things the late Cllr Larkin has left his mark on,” Cllr Brogan said.“He made no apology that he was for Letterkenny and its people,” he added.Among the cross-party tributes was Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh, who recalled Mr Larkin’s many contributions to council proceedings and his admirable habit for standing up at meetings to make his point.Letterkenny Mayor Ian McGarvey added: “If it wasn’t for the efforts of people like Dessie Larkin over the years, Letterkenny wouldn’t be what it is today.”The council was adjourned for two hours as a mark of respect for the family of Mr Larkin and for Cllr Martin Harley on the passing of his mother in law. Council falls silent in memory of the late Dessie Larkin was last modified: March 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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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South Africa’s sugar tax: a bold move, and the right thing to do

first_imgSouth Africa is implementing a sugar tax in April this year. Government and health authorities hope it will curb non-communicable diseases and obesity. Researchers from the University of Pretoria investigate how effective the tax will be.The sugar tax, effective 1 April 2017, can contribute to curbing diseases such as diabetes and reduce obesity. Researchers say non-communicable diseases have a significant impact on economic development. (The Conversation)Hettie Carina Schönfeldt, Beulah Pretorius and Nicolette HallSouth Africa’s planned sugar tax has come under severe scrutiny from its parliamentarians. The questions they’re grappling with are whether the country needs a tax and how effective it will be.The tax is planned to take effect on 1 April 2017. It’s designed to reduce sugar intake from sugar-sweetened beverages by upping the price with a 20% fiscal tax.The South African health authorities’ plan to issue a sugar tax must not be seen in isolation. It is part of the South African National Department of Health’s strategic plans to prevent and control non-communicable disease, and obesity.These strategies have set the ambitious target of reducing obesity by 10% by 2020. And they include salt reduction legislation, trans-fat regulations, and stricter label and advertising regulations.The reality is that the move to introduce the sugar tax is necessary because of the scourge of non-communicable diseases and obesity in the country.The rise of non-communicable diseases It is not unusual for populations that modernise as a result of socioeconomic development to have changes in their dietary patterns.But the move from traditional foods to more processed and convenience foods is linked to weight gain and an increased risk of developing diet-related non-communicable diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.Non-communicable diseases have become the leading causes of death in low- and middle-income countries. South Africa is no exception. It has the highest rates of overweight and obese adults in Africa. Nearly one in every seven South African women is affected. And 40% of deaths from non-communicable conditions among men occur before they turn 60.In its second National Burden of Disease Study South Africa’s Medical Research Council tracked mortality levels and trends for non-communicable diseases between 1997 and 2012. It found that by 2010 non-communicable diseases had become one of the top causes of death in the country. They accounted for 39% of all fatalities putting them on par with the number of people dying from HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis combined.The World Health Organisation predicts that by 2020 these diseases will account for 80% of the global burden of disease. They will be responsible for seven of every 10 deaths in developing countries.Currently, a third of these premature deaths in lower income countries occur in people under the age of 60. In high income countries the proportion is only 13%.The impact of non-communicable diseases has a significant impact on economic development. The accumulated loss to South Africa’s gross domestic product between 2006 and 2015 from diabetes, stroke and heart disease was estimated at US$1.88 billion. The World Economic Forum has estimated that other industrialised countries such as Brazil, China, India and the Russia lose more than 20 million productive life years annually to non-communicable diseases.An obese nationIn addition to sharp increase in non-communicable diseases, obesity has also risen at an exponential rate. The number of overweight and obese children in South Africa has increased from 1.4% in 1994 to more than 15% in 2004.And the obesity phenomenon has come about before South Africa has been able to win the battle against under-nutrition. While there has been a rise in the number of overweight and obese people, many are still undernourished because their food choices deprive their bodies of essential nutrients (energy, vitamins and minerals).The changes in South Africans’ dietary patterns over time have included: more foods rich in total and saturated fats, less legumes and vegetables, and more energy-dense, micronutrient-poor snack foods, convenience foods, vegetable oils, and more sweetened products and beverages.Adding salt, sugar, fats and oils during food preparation has also increased. Although studies show that people are eating more fruit and meat than 10 years ago, people are still not consuming enough variety of foods to meet all the recommended macro- and micro-nutrients for optimal health and wellbeing.Global commitmentsAs the world continues to win battles against HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases, the national burden of disease attributed to non-communicable diseases is expected to intensify.In the next 10 years it is estimated that the global non-communicable disease burden will increase by 17%. In Africa, this figure will be closer to 27%.Globally governments are being forced to pay more attention and intensify their actions against these diet-related diseases. As a member state to the United Nations, South Africa has signed various global resolutions and commitments on food and nutrition. By implementing the sugar tax, South Africa is simply heeding to its international commitments.Associate professor Hettie Carina Schönfeldt, Beulah Pretorius and Nicolette Hall are researchers in human nutrition and food composition at the University of Pretoria. The article was originally published in The Conversation. Read the original article.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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To Improve Wind and Solar Power, Bring Them Together

first_imgBy BEN JERVEYWhat’s keeping solar and wind power from fully taking over the electric grid? For starters, the sun only shines during the day. Wind blows intermittently, is seasonally variable, and is not always blowing when the energy is needed. But what if solar and wind work together?“Wind resource tends to complement solar resource,” says Sarah Kurtz of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. “Here in Colorado, for instance, the windiest time is during the winter and spring months. In winter, we don’t have as much sunshine, but we tend to get more wind and stronger wind.”A handful of enterprising renewable energy developers are now exploring how solar and wind might better work together, developing hybrid solar–wind projects to take advantage of the power-generating strengths of each — with the two technologies in tandem serving as a better replacement for climate-warming fossil fuels than either could be alone. Ben Jervey is a writer and editor covering climate, energy and the environment. This post originally appeared at the website Ensia. RELATED ARTICLES Tacking on solarOn the rolling plains just west of Australia’s Great Dividing Range, construction is expected to begin on a 10-megawatt solar farm adjacent to 73 wind turbines that are already online. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency — ARENA, a governmental agency tasked with increasing deployment of renewable energy — has invested A$9.9 million in the project, located a few hours southwest of Sydney. Combining solar and wind provides more continuous energy generation than having either technology working alone.But that’s not the only benefit. Co-locating wind and solar plants can save money on grid connections, site development and approvals, says ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht. By building the Gullen Solar Farm adjacent to the existing wind project, Frischknecht estimates savings as high as A$6 million — reducing the cost of the project by a full 20%.Frischknecht hopes that the Gullen Range project will serve as a model for how tacking solar onto existing wind farms can boost its application. “Scale isn’t as important for competitiveness when plants are co-located, meaning the approach could also unlock new markets for medium-scale solar PV projects,” he says. And just how big could these new markets be? Frischknecht points to an ARENA-funded study that found an estimated 1,000 MW of solar generating potential at existing wind farms in Australia — enough, ARENA calculates, to power 700,000 homes.“The lessons learned at Gullen Range will be invaluable, as this is the first project of its type in Australia,” Frischknecht says. “It has the potential to cement industry confidence in the approach and provide a blueprint for similar projects to follow.” Renewable Portfolio Standards Produce Big SavingsNew York Utility Finds Big Payoff in New IdeasWhy a Vermont Utility Welcomes Solar A California Utility Looks for New Answers in Solar Integration PuzzleDoes Cheaper Solar Mean We Can Forget Efficiency?Solar Energy Can Make the Grid More Resilient Battery boostersExpanding power production and saving money on installation aren’t the only benefits that can come from combining wind and solar. When applied to microgrid systems — local energy grids that can disconnect from the traditional grid and operate autonomously — combined solar and wind can help cut battery costs as well, says NREL’s Kurtz.According to Kurtz, microgrids are finding application in places like Hawaii and India where utility prices are exorbitantly high or where communities are too remote to be tied into the macrogrid.Microgrids powered by photovoltaics require battery storage, since people need power when the sun isn’t shining. The problem is, batteries are still quite expensive. Adding wind can help cut the battery costs, since the wind can (and often does) blow when the sun doesn’t shine.“If you’re in a location where the wind does blow, and especially where the wind complements solar, until the batteries get cheaper than the wind power itself, you’re going to be better off adding wind [than batteries],” Kurtz says.The microgrid will still need some form of storage, “because there will always be a night when the wind isn’t blowing,” she adds. But the solar and wind combination “can make battery demand much smaller.”As these types of hybrid systems are just now coming online — ARENA hopes that the Gullen Solar Farm will start producing power in July 2017 — there isn’t yet a lot of empirical data about how well they actually perform. But solar developers have been wary that the shadows cast by wind turbines could potentially stunt the production of solar power.Research, however, is allaying some of those fears. Simulations conducted in 2013 by the Reiner Lemoine Institut and Solarpraxis AG, both in Germany, showed that shading losses would be as low as 1% to 2% on average. They also suggested that combining photovoltaics and wind turbines at the same location can actually yield up to twice the amount of electricity as having either system working alone in the same land area. The Gullen Range project, for its part, avoids shading losses altogether by locating the photovoltaics on a northern facing slope beyond the range of any turbines’ shadows. Virtual hybridsIn Texas, the Defense Logistics Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense is getting around any potential downsides of co-locating the two technologies another way — by taking a more “virtual” approach to hybrid wind and solar. The agency is working with developer Apex Clean Energy to meet 100% of Fort Hood’s electricity needs with onsite solar PV panels that are complemented by additional energy wired in from a wind farm in Floyd County, more than 300 miles northwest of the facility.Apex put the solar onsite because the Army wanted the grid security provided by local generation that isn’t vulnerable to power outages and other transmission constraints, Apex director of public affairs Dahvi Wilson explains. But Apex and the Army chose to site the turbines where the wind resource was the strongest. The setup illustrates the point that “[a] hybrid project does not necessary have to be co-located,” Wilson says.Wilson is enthusiastic about how the projects helps make these renewables make sense from an economic as well as environmental standpoint.“Wind energy offers the cheapest option for new energy construction currently available in the U.S., while solar energy can be more expensive to develop and install,” Wilson explains. “By combining the costs into one product, the blended cost is competitive with other new sources of energy.”last_img read more

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5 Important Tools Every Screenwriter Should Have

first_img4. Online ResourcesImage via Shutterstock.Once you fully dive into the screenwriting world, one of the best ways to stay engaged and continue to grow is to constantly read about the art form. Luckily, there are some really great resources for screenwriters online. Here is a great mega-list, and below are some select few to dive into from award-winning screenwriters who provide great tips, tricks, and conversations.The Script LabScreenwriting from IowaJohn AugustJen GrisantiThe Bitter Script Reader/r/screenwriting Before you sit down to write your next script, be sure to get these five essential tools ready to help you with the task.Cover image via Thrillist.It’s been said by thousands since, but I believe it was Alfred Hitchcock who first once said, “To make a great film you need three things — the script, the script and the script.” And in today’s wild age of film and video content run amuck across an ever-growing range of film festivals and digital platforms, it rings absolutely true today.At the heart of every good film is a good script, and at the heart of a good script is a great story. To truly master the art of scripting, a screenwriter needs to harness every tool at his or her disposal to create scripts that can resonate with audiences and pop off the page to bring your story to life.So, if you’re looking to be the next Paddy Chayefsky, Aaron Sorkin or Diablo Cody — or are looking to put your story down in proper script form for the first time — here are five things you need to succeed.1. The Hero with a Thousand Faces (and Subsequent Readings)Image via Tally Pendragon.Let’s start with the most fundamental of the fundamental. If you are unfamiliar with the works of Joseph Campbell and his Hero’s Journey, you need to start reading up now. Campbell’s famous book contains the most important formula not only for screenplays but for stories of all kinds. However, while the book itself can be a little dense, there are also plenty of great writing resources (and blogging online) to help you learn how to master the art of the Hero’s Journey for your own work.2. Script Writing SoftwareImage via Shutterstock.Only once you’ve done your formative work should you even consider writing your script. It’s also worth noting that before diving into the actual script, it would certainly make sense to work your story out as a concept first. But for the sake of this article, specifically on screenwriting, let’s assume you have and we’re diving into the actual scripting. Unless you want to do your writing on a word processor long-form, you’re going to need software that helps with things like formatting and hotkeys to streamline your writing process.I’ll always suggest Final Draft as the industry standard, but there are several great options available (many of which are free!) that will work as well.3. Formatting GuideImage via Shutterstock.One of the biggest reasons for using script writing software is formatting. A good software will help you work with different things like action, dialogue, and blocking directions. However, to truly grow as a script writer, you’ll need to understand how scripts are formatted (and why). The following are some good resources.How to Format a ScreenplayScript Writing Example & Screenwriting TipsScreenplay Format GuideWhat is standard screenplay format? 5. Script Review ServicesImage via Shutterstock.Additionally, if you’re looking for feedback on your scripts, there are plenty of resources for reviewing scripts and getting advice on everything from character, to plot, to dialogue — and support for getting your scripts Hollywood-ready. However, these services are not free (or even cheap), but they can be helpful for beginning screenwriters desperate for real feedback on their projects.Script PipelineScript Reader ProScript ShadowScreenplay ReadersStory Sensecenter_img If you’re still hungry for more screenwriting resources, here are some other great articles to check out.8 Questions to Ask Yourself When Deciding on a ScriptWriting The Hollywood Blockbuster – Screenwriting MasterclassScreenwriting Tips for the Emerging Writer9 Sites for Free Movie ScriptsPremiumbeat Screenwriting Archiveslast_img read more

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