“Ur Waist” Hit maker Iyanya Set to Rock LIB This Weekend

first_imgBefore Ebola came and held the Liberian citizens under hostage, there was the rich fun, entertaining beach concerts, parties and shows that had begun to rock the city: and our lives.From the Sound City Beach Jam, Timaya and Wizkid concert months afterwards and Sisqo, who came with his platinum hair and incredible dance steps, Liberia was once lively and filled with entertainment.Well, there’s more to come with the end of Ebola in Liberia, including the biggest international concert set for May 23, 2014, presenting “Flavour” hit maker Iyanya.Recording artist, singer and performer Iyanya, who was the 2008 MTN Project Fame West Africa winner and popular for hits like “Kukere”, Ur Waist”, Flavour”, Sexy mama”, and Jombolo”, will be live in Liberia to perform some of his greatest hits.Sources close to the star say Iyanya is not coming just to perform on stage and gather proceedings, but rather to see Liberia and all the great things it has to offer.“I had the chance of meeting Iyanya several times during my trips to Nigeria and he always said he would like to come to Liberia. When the opportunity came, Frankmay & Co and I reached out to him, and we made it happen. He’s a nice person and I think he’s super talented,” Marjean Sherman stated.Sherman, who’s an entertainment promoter and event planner and also the founder and CEO of Monrovia Fashion Week, an annual event which was founded in 2013, says this is not the first time she has brought a big name to Liberia.“My former partner and I brought J. Martins, R2Bees, Wiz Kid and Timaya last year for concerts. We also brought in Ghanaian actor John Dumelo for our annual Ciroc, All White party. After Iyanya, I have more plans to engage with other international stars,” she assured.According to Marjean, such international connections in showbiz could strengthen the Liberian industry in the long run.“I moved back home to Liberia about four and a half years ago and I saw a gap in the entertainment business in different sectors. I’m managing a few Liberian artists and striving for the Liberian entertainment industry to be on the same level as other countries in Africa and around the world. I think we have the talent, but maybe just not given the platforms to showcase those talents,” she added.Meanwhile, this concert is said to be a token of appreciation for the work well done by the Liberian community in eradicating Ebola out of Liberia.“ I’m proud to say we are now EBOLA FREE! This concert was organized to celebrate Liberians and our international partners for everyone coming together to achieve this goal,” she praised. In as much, Marjean also did her part during the outbreak and says she will continue to be active in the development of Liberia.“I was able to raise some money, equipment, medical supplies and was successful in distributing them to communities in Monrovia during the Ebola outbreak. We did our best to raise awareness in our communities and helped other organizations where we could. I was determined to stay in Liberia the entire time to see this through. I’m and proud to say we are Ebola free,” she exclaimed.Meanwhile, Marjean has made it clear that fans of Iyanya will have three opportunities to have fun with their favorite star.“Do not miss this concert. Everyone has the opportunity to see Iyanya in person at least three times at three different venues. I hope everyone enjoys,” she added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt nixes Opposition’s compromise for early elections

first_imgConstitutional crisis…PPP GECOM Commissioners vow not to be intimidatedWith less than two weeks remaining before the country heads into a constitutional crisis, the David Granger-led administration on Friday shot down a People’s Progressive Party (PPP) proposal to have elections held before the current voters’ list expires on April 30, 2019.The Head of State led the Government delegation, comprising of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Chief Whip Amna Ally, Minister of State Joseph Harmon, Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams, and Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, to meet with Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Justice James Patterson, and Commissioners Bibi Shadick, Sase Gunraj, Robeson Benn, Vincent Alexander, Charles Corbin and Desmond Trotman, as well Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield and Deputy CEO Roxanne Meyers.Opposition-nominated GECOM Commissioners speaking with reporters after Friday’s two-hour-long meetingDuring the high-level meeting, held at the Ministry of the Presidency, Shadick – an Opposition-nominated Commissioner – submitted a proposal outlining a work plan for the holding of elections at the earliest possible time; that is, April 29, 2019. This is one day before the voters’ list expires.However, despite making a commitment to have elections at the earliest time possible, the proposal was not accepted by Government.“I went trying to help the President to come to a decision, [so that] he could engage the Leader (of) the Opposition to go to Parliament… The President seemed willing to accept it, but Basil Williams intervened and said, ‘No, we cannot accept a document that didn’t come from the Commission; that came from (one side of the Commission)’,” Shadick explained.Drawing boardMeanwhile, President Granger has sent GECOM back to the drawing board, saying after the meeting that the elections body did not offer him proper guidance to announce a date for the polls.“We did not receive the sort of guidance that we need to enable me, as president, to make a proclamation to actually announce a date, but we have kept the door open, and we have asked the Guyana Elections Commission to go back to the drawing board to examine how quickly and how easily they could arrive at a consensual position — merge the various approaches; ensure that the preparations for elections which have already started continue, and that we could have an agreement as quickly as possible. So as far as the Government side is concerned, this has been productive, it has been edifying, and we feel we have the basis for moving quickly towards having elections in Guyana,” the President said.According to the Head of State, if the elections body is to resolve or reconcile the different points of view which exist in the Commission now, the body would be able to advise guidance to ultimately set elections at the earliest date possible.However, Shadick opined that the two-hour-long, high level meeting was no different from a GECOM statutory meeting, since “the song about house-to-house registration is being sung” and there was no room for a way forward that departs from house-to-house registration.In fact, she noted that one Government-nominated commissioner, Vincent Alexander, had indicated during the meeting that elections could be postponed until February next year.But while speaking with media operatives following the meeting, Commissioner Alexander posited that a condensed and contracted house-to-house registration process could see the exercise wrapped up by November this year.Not be bulliedOpposition-nominated commissioners, during a press conference on Friday, contended that they will not be bullied into accepting anything other than the constitutionally mandated elections.With the March 21, 2019 deadline less than two weeks away, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had indicated that his parliamentarians will vote for an extension of the constitutional deadline if Government commits to holding elections before April 30.But GECOM is pushing for house-to-house registration, and according to the PPP Commissioners, the Chief Elections Officer indicated during Friday’s meeting that he has no work plan as yet on the way forward.Nonetheless, Commissioner Robeson Benn noted that they will not be intimidated into changing their position; that is, elections should be held within the constitutionally mandated timeline.According to the PPP Commissioners, Friday’s high-level meeting was meant to pressure and intimidate them into going along with an orchestrated plan to delay the hosting of General and Regional Elections by conducting house-to-house registration.In fact, they asserted that the utterances of the ministers who were part of the Government’s delegation during the meeting cast them as being the “spoil sports” because they refused to support the majority decision of house-to-house registration.Commissioner Gunraj maintained that they will not be held hostage to toe the line, as he went on to reject accusations that by walking out the GECOM statutory meeting on two occasions, he and his two other PPP-nominated Commissioners are actually pushing towards the looming constitutional crisis.“At both of those meetings that we walked out of, it was quite obvious that there was no discussion planned or ongoing about the holding of elections, and I maintained that we have an obligation to hold elections, and we will not be held hostage in any meeting to discuss any matter that is not touching or concerning or directly related to the holding of elections,” Gunraj insisted.The commissioners further indicated that they refuse to be part of such meetings in the future.last_img read more

Helping mentally ill in jail

first_imgDeputy Public Defender Jean Farley is in charge of the homeless court and cases involving the mentally ill for the Public Defender’s Office. “The Public Defender’s Office has been urging this,” she said. “We’re very happy about the $1 million grant, and we think this is really going to help us with the chronically mentally ill people in this revolving door.” “The jail is basically being used as an emergency room to get people stabilized, when what they really need is treatment and services to get them back in the mainstream. Jail is way too expensive to use like this. It’s inhumane.” For years, the Sheriff’s Department has been working to improve methods of dealing with the county’s mentally ill population, not only in the jails but on the streets where some live. From the time Camarillo State Hospital closed in 1997 to December 2001, there were 12 officer-involved fatal shootings in Ventura County of people considered mentally ill, officials said. In 2001, the Sheriff’s Department established the Law Enforcement Crisis Intervention Team program, which has been credited with limiting the number of officer-involved fatal shootings involving the mentally ill to five over the past five years. eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VENTURA – County law enforcement and mental health agencies established a Multi-Agency Referral and Recovery Team this month to deal with mentally ill drug abusers who wind up in county jail. The new effort funded with a $1 million state grant is aimed at encouraging those suffering from mental illness to seek treatment that will keep them out of the crowded jail system and help them recover, officials said. “We hope to lower the crime rate and lower the jail population,” said Ventura County sheriff’s Cmdr. Steve DeCesari. “For people who are in jail for minor crimes related to their drug use, this might help them be more productive to society, find employment and a place to live.” In November, the Sheriff’s Department, in collaboration with the Ventura County Behavioral Health Department, the District Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, Ventura County Superior Court and the National Alliance of Mentally Ill, applied for the $1 million Mentally Ill Offender Crime Reduction grant from the state. County officials got the grant in December, and started the program this month. It involves a new Mental Health Court each Thursday that started April 5, staffed by a judge, deputy district attorney, deputy public defender, probation officers and behavioral health officials, all working to see that mental health issues are recognized in the judicial process. A survey by the Sheriff’s Department between January and June last year found that 11 percent of the 9,813 male inmates and 20 percent of the 1,443 female inmates booked into jail were diagnosed with a mental illness. Another survey of local inmates found that about 25 percent of those considered mentally ill also had substance-abuse problems. “The county jail has become the largest facility in the county housing the mentally ill,” DeCesari said. last_img read more

Delta pilots poised to strike

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ATLANTA – Delta Air Lines Inc. pilots, angered by management’s effort to throw out their contract and impose deep pay cuts, voted by a wide margin to authorize a strike, union leaders said Tuesday. The 94.7 percent vote in favor of authorizing a strike gives union leaders the authority to set a strike date. They didn’t set a date immediately and gave no indication when they might act. The results were announced in a memo to pilots from the chairman of the union’s executive committee, Lee Moak, and first reported by The Associated Press. An arbitration panel must decide by April 15 whether to void the pilots’ contract. The union has said it will strike if its contract is rejected. The nation’s third largest carrier, which is operating under bankruptcy protection, has said a strike would put it out of business. Any strike would likely prompt a court challenge by the company, which would almost certainly seek a restraining order. Moak said in an interview the union will “do what is legal.” Moak said that, during a special meeting, he will ask union leaders to give him sole authority to set a strike date. He said the union is still open to negotiations, but he insisted the company hasn’t been willing to compromise. “It’s problematic when people want to call it negotiations and one side isn’t negotiating,” Moak told AP. Company spokesman Bruce Hicks said the vote made public Tuesday will not affect Delta service. “Together with our pilots and all of our employees we remain focused on our No. 1 priority, which is taking good care of our customers,” Hicks said. He added that the company is committed to seeking a consensual deal with its pilots. “The panel asked us to work privately and quietly and we’re doing everything we can to honor their requests,” Hicks said. Atlanta-based Delta sought approval to reject its contract with its 5,930 pilots so it can impose up to $325 million in long-term pay and benefit cuts, which would include a wage reduction of at least 18 percent. Delta’s pilots previously agreed to $1 billion in annual concessions, including a 32.5 percent wage cut, in a five-year deal in 2004. But Delta, which has imposed pay cuts on other employees, said it needs more from its pilots after filing for bankruptcy protection in September. So far, there has been little movement toward a long-term deal to replace an interim deal reached in December, though both sides have met at least a handful of times since arbitration hearings in Washington ended March 23, Moak said. The company has offered to reduce its concessions request to $305 million a year if the pilots reach a consensual deal, while the pilots say they have offered $140 million. Moak said Tuesday that each sides’ table positions have not changed. He told pilots in his memo that the union isn’t using its strike threat as a bargaining tactic. “All too often over the past months, management has attempted to mischaracterize the defense of our contract as posturing, gamesmanship and, most recently, saber-rattling. They are wrong,” Moak wrote. Of the 5,590 pilots who voted on the strike authorization ballot, 5,295 voted in favor, according to the union. The company says the average earnings of pilots last year who worked the full year was more than $157,000. The union says line pilots made on average $151,000 last year. Both the union figure and company figure exclude management pilots, though the union figure also excludes instructor pilots and certain other pilots.last_img read more

FORMER TOP DONEGAL GARDA WINS LIBEL CASE AGAINST IRISH MAIL ON SUNDAY

first_imgFORMER Garda Superintendent Kevin Lennon has won a substantial libel settlement with a newspaper company.The former Donegal Garda won an apology from Ireland on Sunday – now known as the Irish Mail on Sunday – over an article published in 2003.An apology on behalf of Associated Newspapers was read out to Carrick on Shannon court which said: “On March 9th 2003 Ireland on Sunday reported on civil proceedings against the State in which a claim was made that Superintendent Kevin Lennon had an affair with Josephine Jackson.” Mr Lennon had at all times denied the allegation and the publication said in court “We accept this.”The apology went on: “We did not intend to suggest that Mr Lennon had such an affair. We unreservedly withdraw any such suggestion. We wish to apologise to Mr Lennon and regret the distress the article caused to him and his family.” In a statement Mr Lennon, who was an inspector in Letterkenny at the time of the article, said: “The offending article as published was not alone an attack on me personally, but also on my wife and children and our extended family.“No words can express the sheer devastation that this false circulation had upon my wife and children.“The newspaper Ireland on Sunday were made well aware that the story had no truth prior to its publication. Nevertheless, they proceeded with their publication and have sought over nine years to defend it.”Mr Lennon said Ireland on Sunday used “gutter” journalism and attacked him and his family.He went on: “I am happy to have had the opportunity despite the delay involved to have corrected this untruth published about me. However, I have never had an opportunity to, in any meaningful way, defend or vindicate the very serious allegations and findings against me as a former member of An Garda Siochana.“There are very fundamental and serious issues which have never been investigated and which should be properly and fully investigated in the public interest involving still serving members of An Garda Siochana.“The public have been conditioned by events and I have been scapegoated in a very deliberate fashion.“I will continue to fight as best I can to vindicate and correct incorrect findings made against me.”He paid tribute to his family for “their unbending loyalty and support.”He also thanked his legal team John McNulty and Barrister Keith O’Grady of Kevin P. Kilrane & Co.FORMER TOP DONEGAL GARDA WINS LIBEL CASE AGAINST IRISH MAIL ON SUNDAY was last modified: December 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FORMER TOP DONEGAL GARDA WINS LIBEL CASE AGAINST IRISH MAIL ON SUNDAYlast_img read more

Which Warriors executive are Pelicans interested to interview?

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!MINNEAPOLIS — Plenty of NBA teams want to emulate the Warriors. And why not? They have won three NBA championships in the past four seasons. They might win another one in three months.Hence, it is not surprising the New Orleans Pelicans would like to interview a Warriors executive that the front office holds in high regard. The Warriors granted the Pelicans …last_img read more

Yield Potential May Change As Season Wraps Up

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After the Ohio Crop Tour last week, scouts came pretty close to agreeing with what USDA says Ohio has for what would be a record corn and soybean crop. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Field Agronomist Troy Putnam says there is still enough time left in the growing season for crops to put a little more on or take a little off of what is currently out there. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more.last_img

Tune in to the live feed. — The Chicken Channel (GC5FN87) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgWhat the geocache owner, dragon flyer, has to say:“I first heard about these chickens when someone mentioned that a walk down the lane to visit them was my little granddaughter’s first outing after her heart surgery. I was pleased there were chickens for a city kid to experience, and then last Fall my grandson commented in passing that ‘now they have The Chicken Channel’. His description piqued my interest enough that I had to go around to check it out. I thought it was hilarious and still find myself grinning every time I think about it, and my immediate impulse was to want other people to enjoy it too!Since the Chicken Channel owners’ whole goal was to have people see the installation, and I had a way of bringing people there, it seemed like a total win-win. I didn’t work directly with the owners much, but I’ve made sure to keep them in the loop. I asked if it would be OK to place a cache there, and they knew what a geocache is. After the cache was published, I left a copy of the details page with my name and email address so they could let me know if there were any problems, but I haven’t heard of any. In January I had a brief conversation with one of the owners and left copies of all the logs, to share with them how much cachers were enjoying the Channel, and I plan to continue doing that.I think of my sense of humour as being a bit odd, so I was initially surprised at how positive the responses to the cache were. When I began hearing reports of cachers who already had smileys returning with others in tow, I knew we had a good thing going here. One or two cachers have even been so intrigued by the performance they forgot to find the cache and had to come back for it!I mostly cache for the places it takes me I probably wouldn’t find otherwise, so I like caches that are there for a reason other than that there isn’t another one within 161 metres. Every time there’s a log from someone who enjoyed this cache, I get to enjoy it vicariously all over again, and the shared positive response to the cache makes me feel a sense of community. I feel lucky that I came upon such a good reason for placing it!”Photos:This TV channel is always so fowl.A group of cachers meeting some feathered friends. Photo by geocacher iamnotanumberTurn the knob for live feed. Photo by geocacher geokwan Tune into the Chicken Channel!Geocache Name:The Chicken Channel (GC5FN87)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:1/1Why this is the Geocache of the Week:When asking “Why do you like geocaching?” one of the top responses is always along the lines of, “it shows me places I never would’ve known existed.” The Chicken Channel is a perfect example of that. This geocache leads geocachers to a local art installation created by homeowners that raise chickens. Originally, when the dial on the “TV” was turned, feed was released, which attracted the chickens to the screen. This gave local residents an opportunity to meet their neighbors. Now, neighbors and geocachers alike come to this location to meet the local winged TV stars. SharePrint RelatedWhat the CLUCK? – GC3K9TV – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – September 3, 2012September 3, 2012In “Geocache of the Week”Nananananananana BATMAN! — Batman’s Batcave (GC8413) — Geocache of the WeekDecember 11, 2013In “Community”It’s Time to Kick It Up a Notch — Apollos pool with the million dollar view (GC13VNK) —Geocache of the WeekSeptember 25, 2013In “Geocaching with Kids” What has been the most memorable wildlife experience you’ve had while geocaching? Tell us and post photos in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More What geocachers are saying:“Found during an afternoon of cachin’ for strays with mcwilli and the hounds. This has to be one of the funniest caches I’ve found….GOOD STUFF dragon flyer!” – RumRunner1“I have a fondness for chickens – so this one immediately got my notice when it came out. Talked GeoBjorn into heading out to it today. Perfectly awesome spot. The actors on chicken tv were disappointed today and may go on strike since they were not paid for their appearance.. surely the owners will remedy that. TFTC dragon flyer.” – geokwan“Found with hollyburn as I was taking her home after a fun day. This was so awesome, I am bringing Jr Fish back here tomorrow. What a fabulous invention and so entertaining too. Favourite for the location. Thank you so much for bringing me here!” – Cuddlefishlast_img read more

Son seeks release of father for grandma’s last rites

first_imgDhiraj Prajapati wants his father Dinesh Prajapati to perform the last rites of his grandmother Chhotki Devi who died 25 minutes past the midnight of August 15.But that depends on the court granting bail to his father, in a detention camp for foreigners after being marked a doubtful or D-voter three months ago.Dhiraj, 17, is scheduled to appear in the Gauhati High Court on Monday. “I know the judges go by the book. But I hope they are humane enough to let my father out to perform the shraddh of our grandmother, who died at 70 because she stopped eating after my parents were taken to detention camps,” he said.Court hearingThe eldest of five siblings, Dhiraj and a cousin left their village – No. 6 Pakhorijan in eastern Assam’s Tinsukia district – by train on Sunday to be in time for the hearing in his father’s case.A Foreigners’ Tribunal (FT) in Tinsukia town had declared Dinesh, 42, and his wife Sarita D-voters earlier this year. While Dinesh was lodged in the Dibrugarh detention camp, his wife was taken to the Jorhat detention camp for women.Assam has six such detention camps.“We are a joint family of 17 members. Because my uncle and aunt were marked D-voters, we were excluded from the NRC (National Register of Citizens). This is ridiculous since we have lived here for three generations,” Jeot Prajapati, Dinesh’s nephew, said.last_img read more