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first_imgLiberia Music Awards (LMA), Country representative, Joseph Junior Teah, has reacted sharply to the recent criticism by some musicians that the awards were offered based on partiality.According to him, if they start releasing the online and text message voting results from Liberia, it will shock fans to note that those who are making the noise are the ones who never voted and did little or no awareness.“It is time that Liberian musicians stop the blame game and awake to the realities of life. These artists should be happy and grateful that we have started something good that is recognizing their talents and giving them more exposure,” he said.“Artists cry for support but whenever there is an event that truly represents them, some don’t show up; others don’t support only because they were not nominated and were not performing.“Our artists need firstly to understand that music awards are for honoring achievements and supporting the industry growth, not to give cash prize,” he stressed. He further said some artists believe that they are better than other artists and so they demand that the awards contain cash in order to be of value to them. But if they don’t care about awards, let them stop crying for support.He described the LMA as an organization that honors artistic achievement, Disc Jockey (DJ) and general excellence in the industry, without regard to album sales or chart positions. “It saddens me to know that with all the efforts we have made in giving artists publicity and presenting the industry’s image to the world, still some artists remain ungrateful,” Mr. Teah lamented.Meanwhile, he calls on Liberians to support the bigger cause, which is, putting Liberian music on the map. With togetherness, greater success can be attained in the near future. “LMA’s focus right now is to see how best plans can be finalized to have next year’s edition [in Liberia] and this can only be done as soon as artists fully understand the importance of the awards,” he stressed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Guyana Police Force in collaboration with the Guyana Road Safety Council launched an inter-secondary school debating competition.Themed, “Stop accidents before it stops you, be alert, accident hurts” the completion saw 16 schools from Regions Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) vying for the top spots of best debater, best researcher and the best debating school.Superintendent Linden Isles standing with Guyana Road Safety Council co-coordinator Ramona Doorgen and participants of the debating competitionDelivering the feature address during the launching on Friday was Senior Superintendent Errol Watts, who indicated how important road safety is, especially among school children, who are of the most vulnerable group of road users (pedestrians).Further, he commended the traffic department and its stakeholders for this initiative which will bring about awareness on a wider scale and which will in turn, create a more positive approach by road users.The competition which will be done in four rounds; the semi-finals and finals will be concluded during the National Road Safety Week which is November 25 to December 1.The debatable for the competition will deal with traffic issues.The competition will be televised countrywide with the kind compliments of its sponsors; Hand-in-Hand Trust Corporation, Hack of People’s Beauty Product and James Samuels Jr.last_img read more

first_img…says 40-year contract period means no increasesWith just a week to go before toll increases are slated to go into effect, the Berbice Bridge Company Incorporated (BBCI) has made a major offer to the Government.The Company has offered Government a chance to extend the life of the contract to spare commuters toll increases.In correspondence to Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, BBCI Finance Controller Stephen Rambajan requested a meeting with the Minister on the Board’s behalf and in the public interest to discuss the terms of this offer.According to the offer, BBCI is seeking an agreement to extend the contract period to 40 years. This extension, according to Rambajan, will make it unnecessary to implement the toll increases the company announced on October 16, 2018.“We believe that such an extension, with full Government support, will provide BBCI the opportunity to approach its lenders to re-negotiate terms and conditions of the various debts. If these negotiations with the lenders are successful, it will provide much-needed relief to the cash requirement burden and, therefore, the need for toll increases at present and in the future.“We are convinced that this proposal will allow the tolls to remain as is and provides opportunities for toll reduction in the near future, removing the need for Government subsidy to the tolls and maintenance of pontoons,” Rambajan stated, adding that BBCI would withdraw the toll hikes once a mutual agreement is reached. The letter has a stipulation that the meeting take place before November 11. The increases are to take effect from November 12.Cabinet to consider offerSpeaking to Guyana Times on the particulars of the offer, BBCI Communications Consultant Kit Nascimento on Sunday revealed that after the correspondence was sent, he was informed the offer would be taken to Cabinet.“We’ve written to Minister Patterson … to find a solution to the issue of the tolls and we’re pleased that he has responded saying that he is forwarding it to Cabinet for consideration,” Nascimento revealed.Meanwhile, he also reiterated that the BBCI’s last meeting with Patterson in October did not address the tolls. According to Nascimento, the Minister was only prepared to address maintenance of the pontoons and not the tolls.Recently, the BBCI announced toll increases that would take effect from November 12, in a bid to raise money and avoid defaulting on loans. The increases were announced by BBCI Chairman, Dr Surendra Persaud, during a press conference.Persaud told the media that the Bridge Company was formally informed by Minister Patterson that Government would not agree to its previous requests for an increase.Patterson had called a hasty press conference right after the news of the increase broke. There, he had informed the press that all options, including the legal route, to stop the increases, will be considered.The Government has been resolute in saying it will not agree to toll increases and has instead pointed to its servicing of the Bridge’s pontoons as a way it is mitigating the crisis. BBCI has maintained that this arrangement is not sufficient for it to meet its financial obligations.Last week, BBCI Vice Chairman Paul Cheong came out swinging at the Government, noting that the Company was bound by its Concession Agreement under the Berbice River Bridge Act in implementing the tolls charged. The Company, he said, has no alternative but to honour the Toll Adjustment Formula prescribed in the agreement.According to the Vice Chairman, respective Governments (previous and present) have violated their contractual obligations to implement an annual toll adjustment, which would have resulted in small incremental adjustments instead of the current burdensome level.The current level of toll adjustment is entirely the fault of the Government not the Company, he noted, adding that prior to and since taking office, this Government has refused to meet with the BBCI in spite of three requests to do so. The power and the privilege to review or amend the Concession Agreement rest entirely with the Government.The Government has come in for its share of criticism of its handling of the matter.Outspoken political activist and former Presidential Advisor Ramon Gaskin, a trained economist, is suggesting a total buyout of the Bridge by Government so as to resolve the issue.Overseas-based economist, Professor Tarron Khemraj also believes that Government should buy over the Berbice Bridge in its entirety. He said the Bridge was now financially unsustainable, as compared to when the proposal for its construction was implemented.While several financial analysts have recommended the Government buy out shareholders, the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) had urged the Government to have a sit-down with the BBCI to find a solution for the toll increases.last_img read more

first_imgB.C. Hydro has released an update on the specific upgrades taking place at the W.A.C. Bennett Dam and adjoining Gordon M. Shrum Generating Station.Some of the upgrades which are expected to be completed over the next several years include the Spillway Slope Stabilization Project, to ensure worker safety, and the Embankment Dam technology Improvements. These dam technology improvements will ensure the dam will sustain its structural integrity over several years.Upgrades to the GMS will include the replacement of several turbines, as well as an increase in three unit’s capacity.- Advertisement -The GMS upgrades are expected to cost around $500 million. The upgrades are part of B.C. Hydro’s $6 billion capital investment being spent on 10 projects across the province over the next several years.last_img read more

first_imgModeled after a 9-year-old Oregon law, AB 374 would allow an adult diagnosed as terminally ill to get a lethal prescription if certain specific criteria were met. Tom McDonald, a 77-year-old Oroville man fighting cancer, choked up as he testified in support of the measure. “I value my personal liberty and right to make our own decisions about health and our demise,” he said. “I don’t want to spend my final months sick with chemotherapy. I don’t want to lose control of my dignity.” But Marilyn Golden, who uses a wheelchair and represents the Disability Rights, Education and Defense Fund, said AB 374 would be “bad public policy.” She also testified there would be too little distinction between chronically ill and terminally ill patients. sgeissinger@angnewspapers.com (916) 447-9302 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Backed by a powerful new ally, a bill allowing physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill Californians advanced easily Tuesday through its first hearing. Assembly Bill 374, co-sponsored by Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles, was approved 7-3 in a partisan vote by the Judiciary Committee. Similar legislation has been proposed in previous sessions, but has never made it to the governor’s desk. However, growing public support and backing by Nu ez make it increasingly likely that the Democratic-controlled Assembly will pass this bill. Senate leader Don Perata, D-Oakland, has indicated he also is open to AB 374 if it comes up for a Senate vote. It first would need approval by the Assembly Public Safety Committee and the full Assembly. Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has previously said he thinks voters should decide the issue, although he hasn’t ruled out letting it become law. After the hearing, Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, the Van Nuys Democrat who co-sponsored the bill, as well as the one proposed last year, said he believes the Assembly and Senate will approve the controversial measure. “We know that when terminally ill people are at the end of their lives, they don’t want to die but they also don’t want to have to suffer,” Levine said. “This bill provides a more humane way for people to make this very personal decision about how to end their lives. We look forward to continuing to move this legislation toward the governor’s desk.” During Tuesday’s debate, Levine and co-author Assemblywoman Patty Berg, D-Santa Rosa, said doctor-assisted suicide would allow Californians with terminal illnesses to avoid pain and die with dignity. But opponents, including groups representing senior citizens and the disabled, warned about the opportunity for abuse by relatives and HMOs. last_img read more

first_imgThe 24-year-old, who has scored 12 goals in 23 international appearances, was first handed the armband for the qualifier against Scotland last June and has skippered the side on three further occasions.Southgate, who announced his decision during a team meeting at England’s training base on Monday, said: “Harry has some outstanding personal qualities. He is a meticulous professional and one of the most important things for a captain is that they set the standard every day.“He has belief and high standards and it is a great message for the team to have a captain who has shown that it is possible to be one of the best in the world over a consistent period of time.”Southgate and Kane, who burst onto the senior international scene with a goal 79 seconds into his 2015 debut against Lithuania, appeared in a live video posted on England’s Twitter account soon after the official announcement.“It’s an amazing honour,” said Kane. “Obviously you always dream of playing for England, growing up. To be the captain is that little bit more.“So excited, obviously excited for the World Cup. I just can’t wait to be there and experience it. To be leading the lads out is going to be special. But for me nothing changes — I’m the same person, the same player, and it’s just about the team. We’ve just got to do what we can and go as far as we can.”Kane’s Spurs team-mate Eric Dier and Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson were seen as the other likeliest candidates for the role.The standout star in England’s inexperienced squad, Kane will travel to his first World Cup full of confidence after another outstanding season in which he passed the 30-goal mark for club and country for the fourth season in a row.Kane has netted 45 goals in 52 appearances for Spurs and England in 2017/18, missing out on a third consecutive Premier League Golden Boot title to Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.His goals fired Spurs to third place in the Premier League, meaning they qualified for the Champions League for the third season in a row.The retired Wayne Rooney, the dropped Joe Hart and Gary Cahill, who is heading to Russia after a last-minute reprieve, have also captained England under Southgate.“Of course, Harry will need the support of the other good leaders that we have got around him,” said Southgate.“You don’t become a top team by just having a good captain with good values because that has got to spread right throughout the group but I think he is the one who is ready to take that challenge on.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harry Kane will captain England at the 2018 World Cup © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, May 22 – Tottenham striker Harry Kane will be England’s captain at the World Cup in Russia, the Football Association announced on Tuesday.Manager Gareth Southgate has shared the leadership role around since taking over as manager in 2016 but has now settled on Kane for the tournament, which begins next month.last_img read more

first_imgThere will be replicas available for fans with the details set to be rolled out to the public in the next few days.According to Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa, the consignment of the replicas has already been provided for by Macron and should be touching down in Nairobi on Monday.Stars entered a non-exclusive three-year deal with Macron to dress the senior national teamHere are some of the images of the kit as modeled by skipper Victor Wanyama, keepers Patrick Matasi and Faruk Shikhalo as well as striker Michael Olunga.Ayb Timbe models the green neutral jersey. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAyb Timbe models the green neutral jersey. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAyb Timbe models the green neutral jersey. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSkipper Victor Wanyama models the red home jersey. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSkipper Victor Wanyama models the red home jersey. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSkipper Victor Wanyama models the red home jersey. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluGoalkeeper Patrick Matasi models the keeper’s jersey. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluGoalkeeper Patrick Matasi models the keeper’s jersey. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluGoalkeeper Faruk Shikalo models the second keeper’s jersey. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMichael Olunga models the white away jersey PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMichael Olunga models the white away jersey PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluVictor Wanyama, Patrick Matasi, Ayub Timbe, Faruk Shikhalo and Michael Olunga model the new Macron Harambee Stars jerseys. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu 0Shares0000Harambee Stars players (left to right) Patrick Matasi, Michael Olunga, Ayub Timbe and Faruk Shikalo model the new Harambee Stars kit at their training base in Marcoussis, Paris on June 14, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluPARIS, France, Jun 14 – The Macron kits that national football team Harambee Stars will use at next week’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has arrived at their training base in Marcoussis, France ahead of the team’s travel to Cairo next week.Stars will use Macron kits for the tournament, doing away with their previous Uhlsport brand. The team used the kit for the first time during last Friday’s friendly match against Madagascar, but they have also been using Macron branded training gear. 0Shares0000(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgA site which originally had a price tag of more than half a million euro has been put back on the market for just €25,000 in Letterkenny.The .6 acre site on the corner of Glencar Road and College Farm Road is due for auction in the coming weeks.The site was originally bought during the property boom for more than half a million euro with a view to putting townhouses on the site. The development never emerged and the property bubble began to burst.Now the site has been put on the market by auctioneers Sherry Fitzgerald Rainey and is set to attract huge interest.The site is a rare chance for housebuilders to acquire a rare site in the heart of Letterkenny in one of the town’s most sought-after and mature areas.The sale of the site is subject to planning permission. The auction will take place on November 10th on site. HALF MILLION LETTERKENNY SITE GOES ON MARKET FOR JUST €25K was last modified: October 15th, 2012 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:auctionCOLLEGE FARM ROADGlencar Roadletterkennypropertysitelast_img read more

first_img Roy Oswalt got his 20th win to lead the Astros over the Chicago Cubs, 6-4, on Sunday, clinching the NL wild-card berth and capping a historic comeback. Houston started the season 15-30 and became the first team to make the postseason after falling 15 games under .500 since the 1914 Boston Braves. Once again, the Houston Astros waited to the final day. And once again, they’re going to the playoffs. “That’s the Astros’ way,” Craig Biggio said, “The only way we know how to get it done.” Philadelphia did all it could to prolong its season, but it wasn’t quite enough. Jimmy Rollins stretched his hitting streak to 36 games, Kenny Lofton hit a two-run double and Philadelphia completed a three-game sweep of Washington but still fell a game short of Houston in the wild-card race. “That’s the way it goes. Coming in here, we were in a tough situation, and we did what we had to do, the only the thing we could do, and won,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “Just came up short.” The Phillies finished second in the NL East. They needed an Astros loss to the Cubs to have a chance to force a one-game tiebreaker for the wild card. Marlins 7, Braves 6 (10 ) Florida rookie Jeremy Hermida hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth off Kyle Davies to force extra innings. Rookie Josh Wilson led off the 10th with a double off Davies (7-6), and Juan Pierre came through with his fifth hit, a two-out RBI single off first baseman Adam LaRoche’s glove. Cardinals 7, Reds 5 Reggie Sanders warmed up for the postseason with a home run and a double, and St. Louis posted its 100th victory in the final regular-season game at Busch Stadium. Giants 3, Diamondbacks 1 Brett Tomko (8-15) pitched a six-hitter, Moises Alou homered and San Francisco snapped a five-game skid. Rockies 11, Mets 3 Mike Piazza was hitless in what likely was his final home game at Shea Stadium. Clint Barmes homered and drove in three runs, and Todd Helton added a two-run shot for Colorado. Pirates 3, Brewers 1 Rookie Zach Duke (8-2) won again, pitching Pittsburgh past Milwaukee and leaving the Brewers with an 81-81 record. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “This one has to rank up there as maybe the best, coming from a long way back,” said Biggio, part of five of the Astros’ eight previous playoff teams. “That just tells a lot about the guys in this clubhouse.” Just like last season, when manager Phil Garner replaced Jimy Williams at the All-Star break, the Astros waited until the last day of the regular season to clinch. Oswalt became the first pitcher since 2001-02 with consecutive 20-win seasons, throwing six innings and driving in a run for the Astros (89-73). “When I thought we were going to take off, we didn’t. When I thought we were going to crater, we didn’t,” said Garner, who preferred to sip the champagne rather than be doused by it. “We came down to the last game, and we did what we had to do.” Phillies 9, Nationals 3 last_img read more

first_img Tags: Kyetume FCproline fcUganda Premier League Proline are bottom of the table with no points. (PHOTO/File)Uganda Premier League Kyetume Vs ProlineMandela National Stadium @4:30pmIt’s a battle between new league entrants as Kyetume FC host Proline FC in the Uganda Premier League at Namboole. This will be the first-ever league meeting between the two sides but they did clash in the Stanbic Uganda Cup last season with Proline winning a penalty shootout at LugogoThe visitors have lost three league games in a row and are rooted at the log with zero points after they were docked six points for dishonoring their game against SC Villa.Kyetume will be looking forward to build on their last 1-0 win against Bright Stars at Wankulukuku which placed them in 10th position on the log with as many points from seven games.Team news Proline are expected to bank on Edirisa Lubega for goals with reports that striker Ivan Bogere has gone AWOL at the club.Coach George William Best Nsimbe will rely on the experience of team captain Vincent Kayizzi, on form Isejja Deo and Saaka Sharif.Match FactsKyetume has lost thrice this season, against Maroons, Police and Express FC and drew against URA. Kyetume will be looking for their fourth win of the season after beating Villa, Tooro United and Bright Stars.Proline have only managed to register two wins against Onduparaka and Express which points were used to clear the fine.This is going to be the first game between these two clubs in the super league. Comments last_img read more