Multiple Liberian based artists nominated for 2014 Liberian Entertainment Awards

first_imgSong of the year:Eleh LehNumber 1Jue You BadShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Liberian artists, actors/actresses, filmmakers, producers and community crusaders will on February 22, 2014 be recognized and honored for their hard work and contributions to the Liberian entertainment industry at the prestigious Liberia Entertainment Awards.Several Liberia-based artists have been carefully selected as nominees for the LEA 2014.It is however rather surprising that headliners such as Scientific, Soul Fresh, DJ Blue, Co.Z and a few other well known artists are not among the nominees; at least not yet.Nevertheless, it’s still yet an exciting token of proof that the industry is blossoming, and that some of the collective societies will be awarded for a job well done this gone 2013.Make sure you cast in your vote for your favorite artist/category and let’s watch Liberia continue to make history, together.Below are nominees based in Liberia:Best artist:Takun JF.A Best actor:Joseph WeahBobby Valentino Zoe Best gospel artist:Bernice BlackieKanvee Gaines Adamscenter_img Best Music video:Promise (DSP)Jue You Bad (Queen V)Pot Not Boiling remixPochano Best new artist: SweetzDSPBest Hip-Co artist:Luckay BuckayTakun JSantoslast_img read more

Africa Poised to be Self-Reliant

first_imgIn an effort to make Africa self-reliant in terms of food and rid the continent of its endemic poverty, Heads of State and Government attending the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will today, Thursday, January 30, launch 2014 as the Year of Agriculture and Food Security.The AU leaders will launch the themed year in a bid to bring hope to poverty-stricken Africans who go to bed hungry every day; even though their continent is home to an abundance of wealth that— when properly managed by their leaders— could make them self-sufficient.The summit will run from January 30 to 31, 2014.The event will also mark the tenth year since the adoption of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program; a program that was adopted by African leaders and partners to liberate the continents inhabitants from Poverty and Hunger.To bring this dream to fruition African leaders agreed to allot at least ten percent of the national budget to the improvement of agriculture activities and food security in their respective countries, though this is yet to be adhered to by many.According to the Executive Mansion, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf departed the country on Tuesday for Addis-Ababa to take part in this historic event at the 22nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the AU.Items on the agenda for consideration include the report of activities of the AU Peace and Security Council and the state of peace and security in Africa, as well as the activities of the Panel of the Wise alongside the renewal of its membership.The AU leaders will also discuss the report on the assessment of the African Standby Force and the operationalization of the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises, as well as launch the final report of the High-Level Panel on Fragile States.Additionally, the Summit will consider the report of President Sirleaf, in her capacity as Chairperson of the High-Level Committee on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, on the proposed draft African Common Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Yet another report to be reviewed is the outcome document of the African regional consultative meeting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will serve as inputs to the African Common Position.“On the heels of the AU Summit, President Sirleaf will hold bilateral meetings with representatives of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the UN Environment Program and the European Union (EU), among others,” the Mansion said through a press release.Meanwhile, Africans have for far too long lived in abject poverty and been plagued with numerous diseases inspite of its abundance of natural resources. Among these resources are its large virgin rain forests and ideal varieties of soil capable of boosting agricultural activities on the continent.It is often said by political and economic pundits that the continents main problem has always been its lack of patriotic and visionary leaders who have failed and continue to fail millions of Africans by not properly managing the numerous natural resources the continent is endowed with.They say that for far too long the continent has been reliant on external support through aid and donations from donors as African leaders plunder its wealth.Bad governance and corruption are the chief causes of civil unrest on the continent and have become the order of the day. Statistics show that over 70 percent of Africans live on less than one United States dollar a day, a stark contrast to the lavish amounts many of the continents government officials are paid.The designation of this year as the Year of Agriculture and Food Security is a laudable one and if political will and support are injected, it may be the beginning of releasing Africans from the burden of poverty.While President Sirleaf is away from the country, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon. Morris Dukuly, will chair the Cabinet in consultation with Vice President, Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Local Lotion Producer Seeks Investors

first_imgA Liberian industrial chemist and body lotion producer is seeking investors that will help expand the production of his body lotion to a capacity to meet public demand.Kokpor Daynuah, a graduate of St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, USA, started Panzsir Cosmetics, LLC, following a range of jobs at US-based labs including Paddock Laboratory, Corgill, Upsher Smith, and Medivators. Panzsir body lotion using organic ingredients found in Liberia.In a recent interview at his production site in Brewerville, Mr. Daynuah says market testing has proven positive signs of the Liberian-made product and demand is increasing.Nevertheless, challenges still remain, interms of inadequate supply of electricity and road network to increase production and meet the rising demand.He said they have electricity from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Brewerville, where they are located, and such limited time yields limited productivity. Furthermore, they cannot go to other counties because of bad road network.“We need equity investors who will go into agreement with us that after investing their money they will be able to receive dividends after two or three years. We need investors in the business because we are seeing positive market signs and we need to produce more to meet the current demand,” Mr. Daynuah said.Going further, Mr. Daynuah said “The money we make will not go out of this country, and our production is also helping to reduce poverty as our ingredients, such as coconut oil, palm oil and other materials, are acquired locally through vendors that harvest or produce them. We don’t want free money from investors of government because our business is profit-driven. All we want from government is to connect us to investors who will bring equity investment in the business to reap at a time we all will agree on.”Daynuah told this paper that he has come to Liberia after developing the vision to produce industrial materials including shampoo, body wash, body lotion and other kinds of soap because doing such in his own country would yield better recognition and benefit for his country rather than in the United States where companies that produce such goods are many.He said another challenge in making business here in Liberia is failure to have streamlining process that will get entrepreneurs have their documents on time.“Making business in Liberia is tough because there is no streamlining process that will allow people get their document on time after paying money that is requested, and we who are simple in appearance cannot be respected by government officials and those who have money,” he noted.For now Mr. Daynuah said he is the only person who performs the formulation and composition of the materials needed to produce the body lotion, and will want to train Science students enrolling at universities in Monrovia to develop the same idea.“For now I am the only person performing the formulation and composition of the production. It is my desire to train some Science students from the local universities to be able to produce not only the lotion but other chemical products,” he stressed.The young Liberian industrial chemist said he was motivated by an elderly man in North Dakota to strategize plan for Liberia in his career, “and this is what got me to ask my grandmother to teach me how to make soap. She showed me a tropical plant in our village her called ‘Panz’ in the Dan Language. The ‘Sir’ used at the end of the entire word represents the first name of my grandmother for her role played.”“Our grandparents as you may know used such plant long ago to produce country soap because the leaves foam when rubbed together, but I could not use it in the U.S. It is how I went into studying Chemistry and working in the laboratories and later decided to produce the lotion using local products from here,” he added.He worked at Paddock Laboratory as a Stability Analyst, at Corgill in Research and Development (R&D), Upsher Smith as Method Development Chemist, Medivators as R&D Chemist, and Tape Mark as R&D Chemist.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

YOUR GUIDE TO SOME SPOOKY HALLOWE’EN FUN IN DONEGAL

first_imgLetterkenny CDP Monster Bash is today from 4pm until 7pm. Go along for some scary fun.Letterkenny C.D.P. would like you to join them at their annual Halloween Monster Bash in Letterkenny Community Centre, Pearse Road Letterkenny.It will be a “Scary” fun-filled night for all the family. KillybegsIn Killybegs we are having a Halloween Parade on Sun 26th, starting at 7pm.The Sligo based arts group ‘Artastic’ are facilitating a number of workshops in the local schools to create Halloween Costumes & Puppets. We will also have our very own Ghostly Boat with pyra technics. We want to encourage anyone in the area to come along dress up & join the parade.Lifford At Lifford Courthouse the dungeons have been transformed for family Halloween shows today – for the kids. Night Terrors are on the 29th & 30th and are suitable for adults (sounds frightening). Go to www.liffordoldcourthouse.com. Don’t forget that Booking is essential! – Call 074 91 41733.GartanGartan OETC are running Halloween camps from Tuesday 28th till Friday 31st October.DowningsJunior Halloween Golf Camp Rosapenna Driving RangeThurs 30th & Fri 31st OctoberLetterkennyTropical Spooks at Alcorns, Letterkenny. Open from Monday 27th October to Sunday 2nd November @ 4.00PM – 8.00PM. Booking is essential. CastlefinnCastlefinn Dance GroupCastlefinn Dance Group are holding a Halloween Dance in McBrides on Tuesday 28th October from 9pm to 11.30pm. Music by O.B. Sound. Fancy Dress optional. RossnakillA Halloween themed fundraiser in Rossnakill Community Centre for Little Rascals Playgroup continues today. The community centre is turned into a huge haunted maze with themed rooms and scare zones, provide Halloween games, bouncy castle etc… – we have 30 local volunteers who dress up and scare the visitors.RaphoeHogwarts Express at Oakfield Park, Raphoe, takes place next Friday, October 31 and Saturday November 1 – 4pm til late. Promises to be the ghost train from hell. Bring plenty of nerves.Glenveagh National ParkOíche Shamhna ag Ghleann Bheatha – Halloween at Glenveagh National ParkToday – Sunday the 26th & Monday the 27th OctoberTraditional Music Session at the CastleChildren’s Colouring Competition at the Visitor Centre ( prize a Family Heritage card)Craft Stalls at the Visitor CentreFind the Pumpkin Competition at the CastleAutumn Nature Activities at the Bridge House Education Centre 12 noon – 4pmWalkers Bus to the Head of the Glen, leaving the Visitor Centre at 10amMonday 27th OctoberBirds of Prey at the Castle ( 1pm – 4pm )FalcarraghSaturday, November 1. Spooky stories at An tSean Bheairic from 2pm – followed by spooky treasure hunt through the town. €500 in prizes.YOUR GUIDE TO SOME SPOOKY HALLOWE’EN FUN IN DONEGAL was last modified: October 26th, 2014 by John2Share 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:2014HalloweenWhat’s on?last_img read more

Police may have killed 20 in attack on protesters

first_imgDONGZHOU, China – China on Saturday blamed a deadly confrontation between authorities and demonstrators in a village near Hong Kong on “a few instigators” who organized an attack on a wind-power plant, prompting police to open fire. China said in its first official comments on Tuesday’s confrontation that three villagers were killed. Residents, however, said as many as 20 people were killed. The state-run Xinhua News Agency said police opened fire on villagers in Dongzhou, a village in Guangdong province, after a mob formed a blockade on the road and began throwing explosives at officers. Three villagers were killed and eight were wounded, Xinhua said, quoting the Information Office of the neighboring city of Shanwei. However, residents told The Associated Press that as many as 20 people were killed when police opened fire on a crowd of thousands protesting against inadequate compensation offered by the government for land to be used for the new power plant. Villagers said dozens of people were missing. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals On Sunday, the village was under heavy guard by at least 100 riot police, some with shields and helmets. No weapons were visible. There was no violence, but villagers could be seen arguing angrily with police. Hundreds of police were stopping vehicles at roadblocks, checking for local men. Government banners hung at the village entrance said, “Following the law is the responsibility and obligation of the people” and “Don’t listen to rumors, don’t let yourself be used.” Another tried to placate local anger, promising, “The people’s government will always support the people of Dongzhou.” Residents said earlier that families were pleading with police to return the bodies of slain loved ones. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Women’s Basketball Hosts UNI Friday Night

first_img Drake Game Notes Drake (11-7, 6-0 MVC) and UNI (8-9, 4-2 MVC) resume their rivalry that has seen the teams split the past six games in the series. Last season’s three games featured a total of three overtimes as the Bulldogs won all three contests, including a thrilling 74-69 overtime victory in the MVC title game in Moline, Ill. This year in conference play, Drake is the top scoring team at 84.2 points per game while UNI is the league-leader in scoring defense, holding opponents to 54.2 points per game. Junior guard Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.), a preseason All-MVC selection, has helped share the basketball all season and fill out the scoresheet. Bachrodt ranks second in the MVC in assists per game at 4.1 and leads the league in assists/turnover ratio at 2.5. She nearly recorded a triple-double in the win over Indiana State on Jan. 12 finishing with nine points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Bachrodt is also among the Valley leaders in steals (1.9, 3rd), three-pointers per game (1.8, 6th), field goal percentage (44.3, 7th), scoring (10.9, 13th), three-point percentage (34.7, 13th) and is just outside the leaders in rebounding at 4.2 boards per game. UNI Game Notes Several exciting activities are scheduled for Friday night, including “Stripe the Knapp”. Fans can show their Bulldog spirit and wear either BLUE or WHITE depending on where your seats are located in the lower bowl of the Knapp Center. Check out this map for the blue/white seating section assignments. Several ticket specials are available, including the Hy-Vee Fuel Saver 2-for-1, where you show your Hy-Vee Fuel Saver card on game day and receive two tickets for the price of one in the Hy-Vee HotZone (Sections R-T). Visit https://www.draketix.com/promotions for a complete list of specials. Be sure to stay in your seats at halftime for a performance by QuickChange. QuickChange is the No. 1 halftime performance act in the NBA, and they present one of the most astonishing magical acts ever seen on stage. Live Audio Buy Tickets Drake is coming off a 107-66 win over Evansville. The 107 points were the most points scored against an MVC opponent since the 1996-97 Drake team dropped 106 on Creighton on Jan. 27, 1997. The 107 points scored were the most by a Valley team since 1992 and is tied for the fourth highest single-game total in league history. Story Linkscenter_img DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team closes its three-game homestand Friday night at the Knapp Center when the Bulldogs host UNI. Tipoff against the Panthers is scheduled for 7 p.m. and is the Missouri Valley Conference’s game of the week on ESPN3. ESPN3 Redshirt senior Kennedy Kirkpatrick leads the Panthers in scoring at 11.1 points per game. Sophomore Megan Maahs is the only player in the MVC averaging a double-double at 10.0 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. Drake and UNI played two of the toughest non-conference schedules in the nation with the Bulldogs’ at No. 19 and the Panthers’ at No. 30. Stripe the Knapp Seating Map Over the past four seasons, Drake has ranked in the top 10 every season in the NCAA in assists per game. The Bulldogs are once again sharing the basketball as they entered the week No. 2 in the country averaging 22.8 assists per game narrowly behind No. 1 ranked, UConn (22.9), while leading the nation in total assists with 410. Drake handed out 58 assists on 72 field goals in its last two games. The Bulldogs have five players in the top 15 in the MVC in assists per game while no other team has more than two.  Live Stats Following Friday’s game, Drake heads to Illinois State Friday, Jan. 26 for a 7 p.m. contest at Redbird Arena.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Fernandes encouraged by QPR display

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesTony Fernandes once again took to Twitter after QPR picked up an away point.Idrissa Sylla’s equaliser at Bolton secured Rangers’ second successive 1-1 draw on the road.They are without a win in seven matches and have not won away so far this season.But co-chairman Fernandes believes fans should be encouraged by the team’s efforts.Not a great first half but yet again showed great character . In awful weather. Well done boys.— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) October 21, 2017Collecting points away from home is a good feeling. Just what the doctor ordered.— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) October 21, 2017 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

George airport goes solar

first_img2 March 2016George Airport is only the second in the world that uses solar energy, following Cochin International Airport in India.The first phase of the George solar project, officially opened by the Department of Transport and the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), is part of a R16-million plant that converts solar energy into direct current electricity using solar panels. The operation produces 680 kilowatts a day and powers 41% of the airport, with the aim to convert to 100% function by the end of the year.Acsa describes the new project as the best way to reduce energy demand from the national grid and harness solar power to power smaller airports around the country. The initiative is part of the company’s Vision 2030. It plans to open two more solar plants to serve Kimberley and Upington over the next two years.Acsa launches R16m solar power plant at George Airport https://t.co/lOHa1tWmM1 News via @EngNewsZA pic.twitter.com/dpkNgzj4Di— African Construction (@AfriConstruct) February 29, 2016The project falls under Acsa’s strategic environmental objectives which, in addition to reducing energy consumption, include minimising water consumption, increasing waste recycling, eradicating noise pollution and using energy efficient materials in all airports.“Sustainability, in terms of our environment, means that we need to over time be very careful about how we use any form of energy and then also other natural resources, like water,” says Acsa group executive, Andre Vermeulen. “As a company, we have got a plan in terms of our footprint, in terms of how we are going to consume electricity and water – especially electricity. It is about reducing our carbon footprint and becoming a carbon neutral company.”George Airport manager Brenda Vorster welcomed the project, which currently powers the airport’s car rental area, cargo warehousing, flight schools and airline offices, adding that “our second phase will be starting within the next year”.Transport Minister opens George Airport Solar Plant https://t.co/NU4cyI5WWx @DipuoPeters @WCGovTPW @Airports_ZA pic.twitter.com/lhttcDtMOv— Arrive Alive (@_ArriveAlive) February 26, 2016Minister Peters calls the project an enhancement for not only the airport industry, but also for the people of the area. “This is a way of contributing jobs. There were people who worked here during construction and we now know there are about 16 permanent jobs that have been created by this plant at the airport. We are also happy to indicate that the other regional airports will also be looking at how they’ll be able to introduce renewable energy.”Energy and transport were two crucial government portfolios in fulfilling the goals of the National Development Plan’s own Vision 2030 for the development of the country as a whole, she added.Source: News24last_img read more

Why You Must Stay Alive in Your Dream Client’s Mind

first_imgThere’s a certain power in persistence. Persistence means you continue to take action until you get the result you are pursuing. It requires that one be determined, that one has the intestinal fortitude, the ability that is part grit and part pigheadedness. Especially as it pertains to prospecting, persistence is one of the keys to success.If you call your dream client once a quarter, you are not being persistent. You are also not really resting for 89 days before your next call. You are making a halfhearted attempt to reach your dream client, and that is why this strategy is ineffective.The challenge is to communicate at such a frequency that your prospective client becomes aware of who you are, what you believe, and how you might potentially create value for them. It is difficult to become known, and it’s even more difficult to be known as a value creator (someone with the ideas and experience that can help other people produce better results). It’s the persistence over time that keeps you alive in your dream client’s mind. You start to become known as someone who is attempting to contact your dream client. Then you become known as someone who works in a certain industry or business. Later, after you’ve communicated for a while, you become known as a person who has certain ideas and beliefs about the right decisions to make to produce better results (this only works if in fact, you have the advice, the views, in the values that help people understand what it is that you believe).When something happens, and something always happens given enough time, your persistence has kept you top of mind. But not only has it kept the top of mind, it’s kept you at the top of the list of potential partners to consider when your dream client needs to make a change. If you make a halfhearted attempt to reach your dream client and go away, you are not going to be known as someone who may potentially help produce a better result-and replace your dream client’s current provider.You may think of prospecting as an activity that generates an appointment. You would be better to think of prospecting as a campaign that not only generates an appointment, but that also allows you to become known as a value creator, a potential partner, and someone who has persisted long enough to earn a shot. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Ahead of polls, Rahul Gandhi asks Haryana Congress to be united

first_imgCongress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday met with leaders from Haryana where Assembly elections are scheduled around October this year.Neither the Congress leaders who met Mr. Gandhi spoke to the media nor did the party issue a press statement.Mr. Gandhi, however, is learnt to have told them that he is no longer the Congress president and would not make major decisions like changing the State leadership in poll-bound Haryana.But he is said to have spoken his mind on the results. When All India Congress Committee (AICC) in- charge for Haryana, Ghulam Nabi Azad, submitted a report on the Lok Sabha polls, Mr. Gandhi expressed his visible dissapointment. But district level and booth level changes are expected soon.Among those who attended the meeting included former Chief Minister Bhupender Singh Hooda, Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar, senior leaders Kumari Selja, Capt Ajay Yadav, Congress Treasurer Ahmed Patel and general secretary K.C. Venugopal.Prominent leaders who were not in attendance included Randeep Surjewala, Kiran Chaudhary and Kuldeep Bishnoi.Supporters of former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupender Singh Hooda want the Congress to make the chief of Haryana Congress and blame the current Haryana chief, Ashok Tanwar, for debacle.The State where the Congress got wiped out, losing all the 10 Lok Sabha seats is witnessing an intense factional fight between these two factions. At a recent meeting, chaired by Mr. Azad, leaders of the rival factions nearly came to blows.But with Mr. Gandhi insisting on stepping down as the Congress chief, the party may not go for any drastic changes at the top ahead of elections. A source told The Hindu that Mr Gandhi directed the State leadership to work unitedly and strengthen its presence at the booth level.Mr. Gandhi was also scheduled to meet leaders from Maharashtra as well but has now postponed until Saturday. He will also be meeting Delhi leaders on Friday to assess the political situation as Assembly elections are likely by next February.last_img read more