FIRE FEST for Sports Hall tarmac this Saturday

first_imgComing off of one of the biggest events in the dancehall arena on local shores, Empire Media Inc (EMI) is keen on building on the momentum of the resurgence of sound culture and the dancehall industry in Guyana.The recent Art of War DJ competition that was held in July was just a step in the direction that EMI intends to take the entertainment/dancehall industry.To this end, EMI will stage its third event called “Fire Fest” which is billed for October 29, at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall tarmac. Fire Fest is a dancehall event which will provide revellers with a fiery concept by encouraging and promoting the use of lighters and fire sprays.The event promises to create a unique picturesque setting throughout the night. Both local and international DJs and sound systems combine will ignite and blaze a musical fire like never witnessed before on local shores. It will be fire in the sky!Blazing the fire will be international DJs Nasheen Fire from Florida and Fire Fox featuring female DJ phenomenon MC Lady Love from New Jersey.They will share the stage with Guyana’s finest in the dancehall, which include Art of War champions Platinum and Skinny Hype, Selector Face and Seen Up, Killer Feelings and DJ Dellon and Selector Charlie. Early juggling will be provided by Determine Sound.Tickets for the event cost $1000 and will be available at Nigel’s Supermarket Depot, White Castle Fish shop, Gumdac Music House, Corner Kick Restaurant and Bar, Hot and Spicy Creole Corner and Rubis Gas Station (Mandela Avenue).For more information, like their Facebook page ‘Empire Media Inc’.last_img read more

What President Sirleaf May Tell the Legislature Today

first_imgThe President’s Annual Report on the State of the Nation will most likely be dominated by the GOL’s battle against the deadly Ebola virus disease that rocked the country in 2014.  She will tell the Representatives and Senators  assembled of the fierce battle against the virus which she and her team, led by the Ministry of Health, the Incident Management System,  thousands of Liberian health  workers, the Liberian people  and our international partners  have bravely fought.  Today, with confirmed cases definitely below 10 throughout the country, this battle is almost won.  By God’s grace, Liberia is poised to be declared Ebola-free!Ellen is expected to receive an outburst of applause, probably a standing ovation, for bravely and brilliantly leading this battle as Commander-in-Chief and winning it.  Our patriotic brother, Representative Saah Joseph, even crossed the border into neighboring Sierra Leone with ambulances and supplies to continue the fight there, too.Next, President Sirleaf will most likely lay out to the nation and the world, especially our international partners, her post-Ebola AGENDA.  She will start by recapping all the support we have received from our international partners and all their pledges in the post-Ebola period.She will begin with the offer by the Chinese government,  delivered through its Ambassador Zhang Yue, to help Liberia develop its post-Ebola healthcare and medical system.She restate the United States’ pledge to do all it can to help rebuild Liberia’s healthcare delivery system.The next most important thing the President may attempt is to lay out before the Legislators is her roadmap, to be embarked upon immediately, on how this is to be accomplished—what Liberia’s post-Ebola healthcare delivery system should look two years from now.  She will seek to establish health centers and hospitals in the remotest parts of Liberia, especially places in the southeast such as Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Grand Kru and River Cess counties that have not seen a modern hospital in generations.  She will tell the Legislators how she intends to intensify the training, in great numbers, of our health, medical and paramedical personnel as well as medical specialists of every kind, some of whom the John F. Kennedy Medical Center once boasted but not since the 1980 coup d’etat; and some of whom we have never had.The President will outline a sustainable plan for how these healthcare delivery workers will be paid, and how they will be encouraged to be willing to serve in remote parts of the country.Closely tied to this grand plan to fix Liberia’s healthcare and medical system is the nation’s   Education system which is in shambles and needs a dramatic turnaround—but how? Is the big question which she will have to answer in her Message.  The system is broken at all levels, from nursery through through tertiary, where even the state-run University of Liberia, after successive entrance examinations, administered to thousands of applicants, still can hardly find 300 really qualified ones to enter.This educational crisis also affects the vocational and technical institutions, some of which have been badly run and attempts to fix the system has met with stiff resistance by former and current employees.The President has recently spoken of grave concern with the thousands of young people on the streets and how she can bring them into the education system to assure them a brighter future.  Most likely she will state how she intends to address this serious challenge, where over 65% of the population is under 25.The Legislators themselves know of the many efforts the President has made in rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure—energy, roads, water, etc., and how much of this has been interrupted by Ebola that drove many expatriate personnel manning these projects out of the country.  With Ebola almost gone, these expatriates are  slowly returning to resume their work.There are two other critical areas that the President would need to tackle in her Message—how to fix Agriculture and assure the nation its food security; and how to empower Liberians in business.  This latter one is critical, for that is the only way Liberians will defeat poverty.  Keep foreigners dominating the Liberian economy and keep Liberians in perpetual poverty.The President has a tall but challenging order of business today.  We wish her well!  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NPA and APM Terminals Sign MOU

first_imgAuthorities of the National Port Authority (NPA) and APM Terminals yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to commence the process of purchasing and installing Aids to Navigation that will light the Freeport of Monrovia on a 24/7 basis.The exercise, according to the terms of the MOU, will begin in October this year and continue through April next year following which the Freeport of Monrovia will have Aids to Navigation installed ready for 24/7 operations.The APM Terminals will purchase the Aids to Navigation on behalf of NPA based on the entity’s technical specifications in line with International Association of Lighthouse Authority (IALA) standards and have them installed at interest-free cost. And APM Terminals will recover the cost of purchasing and installing the Aids to Navigation through deductions from the NPA/ Government of Liberia (GOL) royalty.On October 24, the NPA, satisfied with the modifications in the technical specifications and installation of Aids to Navigation, and after taking a night time tour of the navigation, approved and authorized 24 hours operations in the port of Buchanan.“We are pleased to say that for the first time in 25 years, the Port of Buchanan in Grand Bassa County sailed M/V CSL Atlas at 7 p.m. and berthed another vessel M/V Bulk Peru one hour later,” the NPA management said, following the signing ceremony. For his part, APM Terminals Managing Director, George G. Adjei expressed satisfaction over the development.“We have been operating in the Freeport of Monrovia for five years, and it is part of the concession agreement to refurbish the 600 meter key. Now with the deployment of the Navigational Aid, vessels will be able to berth and de-berth during the night hours,” he said.He said the exercise is part of APM Terminals process which serves as “game changers” in operating the organization, which the management is excited about.The Government of Liberia stands to benefit immensely from the latest development, “because revenue and royalty will be generated on a 24 hour basis,” Mr. Adjei also said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Welbeck to continue good form against Man City?

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral PR spokesperson looks ahead to Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Manchester City on Saturday, and tells the boys that Danny Welbeck is 33/1 to score a hat-trick on his Gunners debut.The former Manchester United striker scored a brace for England as they picked up a 2-0 victory over Switzerland in the Three Lions’ opening EURO 2016 qualifying clash in Basel.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

‘Arsenal need to sort out the injury list and sign a striker, not a defender!’

first_imgIt’s that time of the summer again when Arsenal’s transfer business is over-scrutinised and over-thought.The Gunners have landed Borussia Moenchengladbach’s ball-shuttling Switzerland star Granit Xhaka to shore up things deep in midfield. And, although his success is not a foregone conclusion, a promising full debut against Leicester would lead you to think only his discipline could let him down.Meanwhile, the north Londoners also snapped up highly-rated Bolton Wanderers defender Rob Holding and Takuma Asano.Given Arsenal finished second in the Premier League last season and were one of only two teams to defeat eventual champions Leicester City, to an outsider it seems like an entirely sensible transfer window so far.Evolution not revolution is surely the order of the day. No madness, no panic, just one more top quality signing up front, surely.Not quite.Two games into the new campaign, there appears to be panic and dismay as a deal for Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi looks on the verge of collapse.Why? Their defence, although beset with injury issues, isn’t the biggest issue at hand. They have five centre-backs currently, a more than adequate amount. Even if a long-term replacement for Per Mertesacker should be in their thoughts over the next year.Last season, rivals Tottenham saw their miserly defence praised, while the title-winning Foxes’ compact and resolute backline drew praise and admiration as ex-Nottingham Forest star Wes Morgan and Robert Huth blunted even the sharpest attacks.These two title rivals both conceded just the 35 goals; Arsenal, meanwhile, with injuries, suspension and rotation disrupting their centre-back partnerships, let in just one more, with Petr Cech and David Ospina allowing 36 across the campaign, while the former kept the most clean sheets in the division.When you look at Arsenal’s stumbles last season, it becomes even more obvious a move for Mustafi isn’t worthy of such a chase.Two red cards against Chelsea in September saw them go down to a 2-0 defeat, Mertesacker’s sending off after 18 minutes in the return game saw a 1-0 loss inflicted, and a Francis Coquelin’s foolish red card against Spurs let their rivals back into the game, which eventually ended 2-2.Wenger’s men have never been the most disciplined of sides and these infractions are always going to be costly in the English top flight, a rectification is vital, but seems unlikely given Coquelin’s tightrope against Leicester City last weekend.Oh, and Mustafi received 14 yellow cards in LaLiga last year, which wouldn’t exactly improve the Gunners’ disciplinary record.This is, of course, forgetting that injuries also blighted them in their attempts to win the Premier League trophy for the first time since 2004.Already this season, the Gunners are credited with six injuries as first-team regulars Mertesacker, Gabriel, Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck, and Alex Iwobi all sit on the sidelines, along with Carl Jenkinson.In July, preceding the announcement of absences for Ramsey, Gabriel and Iwobi, Dutch fitness coach Raymond Verheijen laid bare what is truly afflicting the club.Although Arsenal’s issues with injuries are widely known, there appears to be no progress to alter it.Verheijen told our Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show: “Last year there was a big investigation and all the stats were checked and for the last 13 seasons Arsenal have an injury, on average, once every five games and that’s unprecedented.“It’s probably the worst injury record in the whole of Europe. So, one way or another, there is a structural problem within Arsenal, in terms of injuries.”Instead of pumping £24million into signing a new defender, how about using some of these precious reserves to improve the club’s facilities and get to the root of their curse?Between July 2015 and July 2016, Arsenal players suffered 45 injuries, long-term or short, – it’s no wonder a title charge was derailed.Even with a moderate amount of injuries, Arsenal’s five centre-backs, should be able to hold it out. If Tottenham can manage for 15 games with Austrian defender Kevin Wimmer in place of Jan Vertonghen and carry on their quest for glory, then the Gunners should be able to cope.If one more signing is to be made, it isn’t in defence – that can wait – but up front. Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez his 16 and 13 goals respectively in the Premier League last year, Mesut Ozil, usually the creative man, got six, while Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey followed with five each.Over the summer, rivals Spurs swiftly moved to sign target Vincent Janssen to offer more goals and also some rest for last year’s Golden Boot winner Harry Kane. Leicester City moved to bring in pacy star Ahmed Musa to muck in with Jamie Vardy, Manchester United grabbed a freebie with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Chelsea snapped up Michy Batshuayi, Man City moved for Gabriel Jesus, while even Swansea City have splurged decent sums on Fernando Llorente and Borja Baston.Arsenal though risk being left behind as, despite chasing Alexandre Lacazette, they seem too focused on defence when last season they scored the same amount of goals as West Ham – the joint fourth best in the English top-flight.Another striker, with different attributes to Giroud, is the signing which could realistically see them improve the most. Instead of persisting with Walcott as an inadequate forward, bringing in a natural striker could propel them into a real battle for silverware.The midfield is creative enough, the defence solid enough – even with the aforementioned injuries and suspensions – it is a second forward where Wenger must spend his money.If not, Arsenal risk being outgunned again and left in the chasing pack for another season. 1last_img read more

Coca-Cola’s Afghan opening an economic test

first_imgKABUL, Afghanistan – A sniper on the gleaming Coca-Cola factory’s roof peers through his gun sight over Kabul’s bullet-pocked suburbs, searching for any hint of a terrorist threat. In a parking lot festooned with red Coke flags, an American dog handler barks commands at journalists being frisked by Afghan security agents. In strife-ridden Afghanistan, this is how even the most positive of events – such as Sunday’s opening of a new $25 million Coca-Cola production plant – are handled. Even more so when pro-U.S. Afghan President Hamid Karzai attends. But according to Karzai, more business openings and investments of this kind will lead to a downturn in Afghanistan’s violence, which has reached its deadliest proportions since U.S.-led forces toppled the Taliban in 2001 for harboring Osama bin Laden. Karzai praised the new plant’s Afghan owner, wealthy Dubai-based businessman Habibullah Gulzar, for building the state-of-the-art factory, which can produce 15 million 24-bottle cases of the soft drink annually. The Afghan president said he hoped the new Coke plant would serve as a catalyst for further private investment to boost his country’s ailing economy, which is heavily reliant on foreign aid. Gulzar had for years a distribution deal with Coca-Cola to be the sole importer of its soft drinks into Afghanistan. But he decided last year to invest in a plant and make the product in his native country. He acknowledged Afghanistan’s dangers, borne out by the car bombing that killed 16 people, including two U.S. soldiers, in the capital Friday. On Saturday, U.S. officials warned that a suicide bombing cell in Kabul was targeting foreign forces. “There is a security problem, I cannot hide that, but the future is bright,” Gulzar told The Associated Press. “My first priority is how we can build up the skill of the people, because once the employment comes to the country and there is economic growth, peace and security will follow.” Coca-Cola thought long and hard about returning to Afghanistan, particularly as the brand could be seen as a symbolic American target for terrorists, said Selcuk Erden, the company’s Turkey-based regional manager. “Knowing the image worldwide of Coca-Cola as an American icon, we told our local partner that you may be noticed more now than before, but they were very confident,” Erden said. Richard Norland, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul’s deputy chief of mission, said the Coke factory opening was a positive step that would create more jobs and prove that big multinationals could do business in Afghanistan.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“This is another step forward for economic growth, self-sufficiency and better living standards for Afghanistan,” Karzai said in a speech inside the plant, where 350 people had new jobs. Across town, Jomaa Gul saw things differently. The unemployed 34-year-old lives in the ruins of what was once the administration block of Coca Cola’s previous production plant in Kabul. Gul’s father worked at the 40-year-old plant before it was ravaged by artillery fire in the 1992-1996 civil war, which killed more than 50,000 people and installed the Taliban. The younger Gul’s family and four others moved into the bombed-out building because they had no other place to go. Afghanistan needs new hospitals and an end to violence, not investment for soft drinks, Gul said. “But now we have no running water, no electricity and no sanitation,” Gul said as he kicked a dust-covered glass Coca-Cola bottle through a patch of weeds in the loading bay where trucks once took the soft drink away. “Hospitals and security are more worthy investments for $25 million than a soft drink plant.” last_img read more

David Moyes hails West Ham spirit after win over Chelsea

first_img1 David Moyes David Moyes admitted his relief at getting his first win as West Ham boss.The Hammers, who impressed in defeat at Manchester City last week, beat Chelsea 1-0 at the London Stadium thanks to Marko Arnautovic’s early goal.“The win was the biggest thing, to get a win in the Premier League is really hard especially against the champions,” the Scot said to Sky Sports.“The spirit of the team, how they stuck together pleased me. The basics were in the main done well.“I got a big boost from the performance at Manchester City, we didn’t take any points from it, but there was something to talk positive about.“We look harder to beat at the moment, we have people who can create and score goals so if we can get the back end sorted we might give ourselves a chance of earning some points.”Hammers skipper Mark Noble praised the effect Moyes has had since he arrived at the club.“We have got a great bunch of players who work hard for each other,” he said.“We didn’t have the rub of the green in the first part of the season, but I think the manager has come in and solely concentrated on the team shape and not conceding goals and I think that showed today.“I watched the boys fight and play well against Manchester City and to play the way we did and then come home and play Chelsea, a fantastic team, to get a 1-0 win and defend for our lives at times but that’s what we have to do, it was a massive, massive victory.”Arnautovic has received criticism for his displays since a big-money move from Stoke, but was delighted to get his first goal for the club.“We had to work hard, as strikers we had to do many other jobs,” he said. “I can describe my feelings, it was just amazing and all the players were just amazing and I think we deserved three points.“I wanted to do it from my first day when I started at West Ham but it was a difficult time.“I don’t want this to be my last goal, I want to make the club’s fans happy.”last_img read more

Manchester City star Raheem Sterling reveals where his running style came from

first_imgHear from @sterling7 on @talkSPORTDrive from 6pm.He’ll discuss his unique running style, and plenty more! 📻 https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD pic.twitter.com/c7LCPDDYHt— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) February 2, 2018 Listen back to talkSPORT’s interview with Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling.The England international joined Drivetime host Adrian Durham on Friday to chat about dangerous tackles, dealing with criticism from opposition fans, and England’s chances of making an impact at this summer’s World Cup.Sterling also revealed where his unique running style originated from and the potential of winning an unprecedented quadruple under Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium.last_img

John Hughes: Seventh spot is key to keeping Inverness CT players

first_imgDiscussions over finances has dominated the end to Inverness’ season with statements from Hughes and the board over the level of backing available.“As a manager I think I have a right to fight my corner and make sure we can bring the best players to the club.“I’m honest enough to say, over the last two years we have lost too many good players and I don’t think we have really replaced them with the quality the supporters deserve.”Scottish Cup winner David Raven’s future remains in doubt while Jordan Roberts and Andrea Mbuyi Mutombo are unsure if they will stay at the Caledonian Stadium next term.“We probably have to win on Saturday to make sure that the coffers are up before we start looking at these guys,” Hughes said. “If not, we are down looking about to see what’s going about.“If the budget’s tight you have to wheel and deal and I have no doubt one or two fans’ favourites might have to leave,” Hughes said. “But they have to trust our expertise. That’s football, everything comes to an end. “If I use the example of John Terry, Steven Gerrard, you have to move on. And if that frees up money to get a quality player, that’s what you have to do.” “The ones we are looking at, although Tansey still has one year to go, he’s our playmaker, he gets on the ball and makes things happen. He trains every day, no baggage whatsoever.“I’d like to get him tied up for two or three years. Get Tansey tied up before we lose him.“And the next one is Miles Storey, because you know what you’re getting. At the start of the season we were a little short of pace over the top to stretch games and he came in and did really well. So let’s get him tied up before we lose him.“When you have got them on your own doorstep and you have got their time, that’s the time to twist their arm.” John Hughes has called on his Inverness CT players to secure seventh spot in order to help him keep his squad together.The Highlanders are one point ahead of Saturday’s opponents Dundee going into the final game of the season with the difference between 7th and 8th standing at £52,750.Iain Vigurs, Danny Devine, Lewis Horner, Aaron Doran and Owain Fon Williams have been offered new deals while Liam Polworth recently signed a fresh three-year contract earlier this month.The futures of Greg Tansey and Miles Storey remain priorities for Hughes, who said: “Money is very, very tight so it all depends on Saturday’s result. If we can get that result hopefully it will boost the coffers and we can get down to work.last_img read more

‘Make 2010 an African brand’

first_img16 August 2006South Africa should place the message used during the 2010 World Cup bid – “Africa’s time has come” – at the heart of its communications in the run-up to the event, says Government Communications CEO Themba Maseko. Speaking at the first 2010 National Communication Partnership Conference in Johannesburg on Tuesday, Maseko emphasised the need to have a core brand for the first African World Cup through which both the country and the continent as a whole could be promoted.He said research indicated that at least 80% of South Africans thought it proper to project the 2010 World Cup as an African World Cup. South Africa therefore needed to start building links with communicators from other countries on the continent. All resources from the conference are available on the International Marketing Council website Maseko’s comments were echoed by Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad, who told delegates that discussions on how the continent should work together for 2010 would be high on the agenda at the African Union’s next meeting in January 2007.SA’s communicators, Pahad said, had an important role to play in ensuring that the soccer tournament would be remembered for decades to come “as an event that left our country and the continent more united and confident.“We need to convey the message that South Africa is alive with possibilities and the continent with great opportunities.”Countering negative perceptionsNegative international media reports about South Africa were also of concern, Maseko said.“In 2009, on the eve of the tournament, we will be holding general elections … We will have to create an environment where political parties do not send out negative impressions during their campaigns, because it will influence international perceptions.“The gap between foreign perceptions about South Africa and the real strengths of the country is narrowing – but it is still too wide. 2010 must be used as an opportunity to close this gap further.”Maseko said that operational and resource plans for all aspects of the World Cup were in place, and that the government was working with all stakeholders to ensure that citizens owned the event.The 2010 National Communication Partnership Task Team would hold workshops around the country to inform communities about opportunities available during the World Cup, Maseko said.With only one-third of the three million 2010 match tickets available for South African soccer fans, South Africa needed to think beyond stadiums, as most fans would be watching the matches from “fan parks”.While Fifa would exercise tight sponsorship control over the tournament, there would be “huge” advertising and branding opportunities at these fan parks, Maseko said.Tuesday’s conference was the first in a series of 2010 National Communication Partnership Conferences, to be held annually over the next four years in order to help the country’s communicators build and implement a shared strategy for the World Cup.It was hosted by the International Marketing Council of South Africa on behalf of the 2010 National Communication Partnership Task Team, which includes representatives from the government, business and the 2010 Local Organising Committee.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more