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Rawlo on LIB with Hot New Track, “LIB: Life is Beautiful”

first_imgWho would have imagined that Red Eyez entertainment’s producer, engineer, singer and songwriter Rawlo Vinobles, commonly known as Rawlo the 7 Star General, would be at the top as Liberia’s biggest musical promoter?This cool cat has been making a impact for the past three years while striving to do what he says he came here to do, and that’s promote a signature sound.“I came here based on a invitation for a particular purpose, to change the Liberian sound. Vicky Freeman from Fabric Radio and Studio 57 invited me and I came,” Rawlo stated.According to the corn-rowed musical wonder, things were shaky between him and his receiver due to what he described as a misunderstanding.“That was the first company that brought me here. We fell apart because they didn’t understand me, or where I wanted to take Liberian music. Now I’m living my dream without them,” he said.Now out with a banging party song called “LIB: Life is Beautiful,” Rawlo has contributed his vocals and instrumentals into another masterpiece.“Whenever I ask people for the meaning of LIB, they say (Life is beautiful). I decided to give the full meaning of LIB and that’s how I came up with the song,” he explained.According to Rawlo, anything that is as beautiful as the sound of music should be sexy and appealing to the ears.“I came up with the sexy tone, while the beat is laid back. When I created the beat for the song, the first person that came to my mind was Cypha D’ King. I really needed to get him on the track and actually he did,” he says.  “I want to thank him for turning up and not disappointing me, as well as Santos, who brought the reggae vibes.”Also, “LIB Life is Beautiful” has a collaborated mixture of different sounds from rap, hip-hop, RnB to reggae.At a time when Liberia finds itself barely bereft of happiness due to the Ebola outbreak, this track reminds us why life is so beautiful despite the chaos around us.Meanwhile, as the saying goes, “every good thing has to come to an end,” and this could be Rawlo’s last year in Liberia.“I came here for entertainment, but this will be my last year here, sorry. I came for a purpose, and my purpose can never be fulfilled without money. I’ve decided to complete my mission. The signature sound that is making noise in Liberia came from me with the help of Freeze. I thank God that today we’re making a lot of noise in the country, and I feel my work here is done,” he says.Furthermore, Rawlo says Red Eyez Entertainment has been of great help in his career, and says he couldn’t have done it without them. “The amazing thing about Red Eyez is, the CEO has allowed me to flow and do what I’ve wanted in the year I’ve been with them,” he says.Meanwhile, as Ebola continues to claim lives as fast as water fills a cup, Rawlo and a few other entertainers are doing their best to keep their fans away from it.“I’ve made a couple of tracks towards Ebola. There’s an all star Ebola track by T-Bund Studio getting ready to come out. Some producers and engineers like me have teamed up including King grind, Stone Gray, Luckshine and myself. I always talk about Ebola on social media and still preach awareness,” he noted.Rawlo will be missed but not forgotten if he decides to leave. While he’s still here though, he plans to continue his legacy until his signature of sound can be left behind.“Sincerely from my heart to the Liberian industry, this is the game: if you don’t invest money into it, nobody else will.  I urge all investors to come, and that artists start to travel out. To my fans, thanks for supporting me and not letting me down,” he says.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

 

Nagamootoo’s office ‘misused’ Contingency Fund

first_imgAG 2015 Report… used advances for tax-free bonusAuditor General Deodat Sharma in his 2015 Report has cited the Office of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo for misuse of the Contingencies Fund and diverting monies drawn down from the Contingencies Fund for purposes it was not intended for.Sharma in his Report stated that Nagamootoo’s Office in December 2015, requested an advance of $11 million from the Contingencies Fund and stated the reason for the advance was for the Government Information Agency (GINA) to offset a part of its debt to the Guyana National Newspapers Limited (GNNL), publisher of the Guyana Chronicle newspaper. However a portion of that sum was used for another purpose, which constitutes a breach of the financial regulations.This is based on the fact that the payment of GINA’s debt to GNNL does not constitute an emergency but rather a routine expenditure and therefore, the Contingencies Fund should not have been used. This expense should have been budgeted for in the annual budget.The use of the Contingencies Fund for the routine expenditure is a breach of the financial principles.The Prime Minister, who always portrays himself as a bastion of accountability, was found wanting with the report revealing that his Office did not just misuse the Contingencies Fund, it went a step further to use the advance for purposes it was not intended.According to Sharma’s Report, an examination of the requisite payment vouchers and other supporting documents revealed GINA paid GNNL the sum of $9.450 million, whilst the remaining $1.550 million was used to pay employees of GINA non-taxable bonus for 2015.This constitutes a further breach of principles governing the use of public funds.It is important to note that while in opposition, Nagamootoo was at the forefront of a campaign against the GINA, including the reduction of that entity’s annual budget to $1 in 2013 and 2014.Sharma’s Report stated that during 2015, the APNU/AFC Government abused the Contingencies Fund through a total of 11 advances for which the requisite laws did not cater for.He said that the advances abused the Contingencies Fund by an amount in excess of $600 million with the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) being the biggest recipient of almost $300 million.Other breachesSharma’s Report also highlighted other breaches by Nagamootoo’s Office which include flouting of the Stores Regulation.Sharma observed that the Office’s inventory was not being kept up-to-date and as such it was difficult for the auditors to verify the accuracy of stock on hand.Sharma urged that the Office ensure that it adheres to the Stores Regulation.Meanwhile the PM’s Office was also cited for a breach of a purchase agreement involving vehicles.The AG Report stated that under the Office’s Capital Expenditure, a sum of $19.405 million was used to purchase a $5.3 million Toyota Corolla car, a motorcycle at a cost of $203,000 and a Toyota Land Cruiser valued at $13.8 million.Sharma said while the Office would have received the car and motorcycle, the issue was with the Land Cruiser.He explained in his Report that the procurement of the new Toyota Land Cruiser was awarded to the lone bidder and according to the quotation, 50 per cent of the cost must be paid on “Firm Order”, while the remaining 50 per cent is to be paid on delivery.“However, the full amount was paid to the supplier on 4 January 2016 via cheques numbered 05-612925 and 05-612926. Notwithstanding this, the vehicle was delivered in September 2016,” Sharma observed in his Report.He has since recommended that the Office ensure there is “full compliance” with purchase agreements.Similar instances are replicated across ministries of the government during 2015.The Auditor General complained in his Report that despite his recommendations for measures to be implemented to tackle issues of this nature, there continues to be very little action by officials.“The Audit Office continues to view the lack of action towards the implementation of prior recommendations with serious concerns and suggest stringent action be taken to address these findings, especially those related to overpayments on construction works, lack of weak internal controls, including poor record keeping and breaches of relevant Legislation,” he stated.last_img read more

 

Armed bandits rob gas station at Vreed-en-Hoop

first_imgPolice are investigating the robbery of G Sridat Service Station at Lot 1 New Road, Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara (WCD), which left staff members traumatised but thankful for their lives.According to information, around 18:15h on Saturday, two men, one armed with a gun, placed the night shift pump attendant and two security guards to lie face down and took their cell phones along with approximately ,000 in cash before making good their escape.The G Sridat Service Station at Vreed-en-HoopThe pump attendant, Raja (only name given) told Guyana Times that he was at the other end of the gas station selling diesel when one of the men entered the premises, while the other was on the road, and began enquiring about the price of lubricants. He added that the man first approached the security guards who told him to wait, since they were unaware of the prices.“He wait till me come here to ask me, but me tell he to wait that me have two cars to sell and when me done sell the two cars, the other man on the road come in and he take out the gun and put the two watchman to lie down on the bench. Then the other one come and grab me hand and take me on the bench too and them clean me (money from pocket) out,” he related.“The man them take about $40-$45,000 from me and them take one cell phone from the watchman and some money. It had a customer there that them man take $5000 from and he cell phone then them run out,” Raja added.The man further stated that he has been working at the gas station for approximately five years and this was the first time that the facility has been robbed. He added that the entire ordeal lasted a mere five minutes.He told this publication that the men were of African descent and medium build, while one was tall and the other short. Additionally, he said that it was the first time he saw the men, but he could identify them if they crossed paths again.The Police also came in for some criticism since they demanded that the gas station be closed and the attendant venture to the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station to make a report before the commencement of their investigation. The pump attendant related that he denied the request and the Police arrived on the scene approximately 30 minutes after the ordeal.The Police say that their investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

 

Women’s top 25: Vols hang on for road win

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Charleston 48 Ivory Latta had 14 points in 16 minutes to lead the Tar Heels (13-0 in the rout. North Carolina made 9 of 20 3-pointers and won its 26th straight in Chapel Hill. at 8 UConn 85, Army 46 Ann Strother scored 21 points and Barbara Turner had 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Huskies (11-1). Strother had five of UConn’s season-high 12 3-pointers. Alexis Hornbuckle had 15 points and eight rebounds and the Volunteers (12-0) held off late rally. Megan Duffy led the Irish (9-2) with 19 points, including eight in the last 4 minutes. at 5 N.C. 101, 1 Tennessee 62, at 12 Notre Dame 51 center_img at 11 Ariz. St. 72, Wash. St. 47 Briann January scored 12 points in a reserve role to lead the Sun Devils (12-1, 3-0 Pac-10) to their ninth straight win, their longest streak in 10 years under coach Charlie Turner Thorne. at 24 BC 73, Colgate 54 Brooke Queenan had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Kindyll Dorsey scored 10 of her 16 points in a 15-2 game-opening run to lead the Eagles (12-2), who gave coach Cathy Inglese her 350th career win. 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

 

Remember to respect the sea on the hottest day of the year

first_imgThe school holidays are upon us, and with temperatures expected to reach the high twenties today, a lot of us will make our way to one of our fantastic beaches to enjoy the sunshine.EPA Bathing Water would like to remind people to be careful when venturing near the water and be aware of the rip currents, as often they can catch people unawares. #HotWeatherWarning Irish Water Safety advises to swim at Lifeguarded Beaches as Rip Currents more prevalent due to full moon today @IWSie— EPA Bathing Water (@EPABathingWater) July 19, 2016You can find a list of lifeguarded beaches in Donegal on www.iws.ieAlso make sure to drink plenty of water and keep the suncream well stocked up to get the most out of the fantastic weather!  Remember to respect the sea on the hottest day of the year was last modified: July 20th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:beachdonegalhottest day of the yearlifeguarded beachesrespect the waterlast_img read more

 

Stam says he will be at Reading next season whatever happens in play-off final

first_imgJaap Stam insists he will remain Reading manager next season, regardless of the result of Monday’s Championship play-off final.The Dutchman could be a target for a host of Premier League clubs after guiding the unfancied Royals to Wembley, where they face Huddersfield for a place in the top flight.Stam, a treble winner as a defender with Manchester United, admits his ambitions may one day lie higher than at the Madejski Stadium.But he maintains that, win or lose on Monday, he will still be at the club next term.“We need to prepare for both scenarios – after the game we can think about what it means for the club,” he said.“The result won’t have an impact on my future here. I enjoy working here.“I want to go to the top, I played at the top as a player and I want to as a manager. But hopefully I can do that at Reading.”Stam admits he was as surprised as anyone after guiding Reading to a third-placed finish in his first season as a manager.With new Chinese owners Dai Yongge and Dai Xiu Li at the club, and the prize money for promotion to the Premier League now estimated at an eye-watering £170million, these are exciting times in Berkshire.“For the players it would be a great achievement,” added Stam.“Everyone wants to play at the highest level. It’s great for the money involved too, to get to the Premier League.“The attraction is getting bigger for the crowd as well and it means more fans in the stadium.“I’m pleasantly surprised at how we’ve done this season. There was a lot more in the players than I first thought.“But there is still a long way to go and we need to focus. Finals are there to be won and we need to give it our best shot.” 1 Jaap Stam last_img read more

 

FC Rostov release bizarre ‘lucky carpet’ fourth kit

first_imgThe man reportedly had no space for the carpet in his home and so took it with him to the game, which Rostov won 4-0.It has now become a lucky omen for the club, hence the new shirt design. Rostov’s new carpet kit silverware Russian Premier League side FC Rostov have released a bizarre fourth kit for the 2018/19 season.The unusual strip is based on a ‘lucky carpet’ that a fan brought to their match against Yenisey Krasnoyarsk. RANKED One man and his carpet The jersey costs 2,500 rubles (£30) and has seen impressive levels of demand in its early stages on sale.Rostov have won three of their first four matches of the 2018/19 season and, if their good form continues, they might just wear their carpet kit for a match at some point. Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more NEW ERA How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? highlights Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes possible standings Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures center_img MONEY smart causal Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Latest Football News impact gameday ALTERED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 2 2last_img read more

 

Preparing for the next tsunami

first_img – Encourage communities to develop tsunami response plans, and to build and plan better in ways that can reduce the impact of a future tsunami. In the past year, scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have led efforts to expand the U.S. tsunami detection network. NOAA Administrator Conrad Lautenbacher has pushed to grow the network from six to now 10 tsunami buoys. Located off the Aleutian Islands, the Washington and Oregon coasts and South America, the buoys send warning signals if they sense a change in sea level. That network was first developed more than a half-century ago. In 1946, a tsunami starting in the Aleutian Islands struck Hawaii, killing more than 150 people. In response came Hawaii’s warning system and, in 1949, its Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. More recently, NOAA has designated 24 U.S. coastal communities in Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington as “Tsunami Ready.” Those places have voluntarily developed emergency plans, with evacuation routes to a shelter outside the hazard zone. NOAA also spent $4.6 million to improve warnings against tsunami and other hazards for India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand and the Maldives. The U.S. Agency for International Development spent $656 million in humanitarian aid such as food and medical supplies, transportation and refugee assistance in the Indian Ocean region.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Hoping to protect U.S. shores from being hammered by a tsunami, the White House issued a national plan Friday for increased earthquake and volcano monitoring systems, deep ocean buoys and other high-tech means of alerting oceanside communities. President George W. Bush and Congress requested the tsunami plan after an earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004, caused a massive tsunami in the Indian Ocean. It killed or left missing more than 220,000 people in 11 Indian Ocean countries, and “demonstrated international vulnerability,” said John Marburger, Bush’s top science adviser. “Tsunamis are low probability but high impact events,” he said. The tsunami rose a massive 30 feet. Sumatra was the hardest hit, losing some 128,000 people. But the great wave also traveled around the world, and was recorded as far away as Peru and northeastern Canada. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Marburger, who directs the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, said U.S.-led improvements in tsunami detection and warning since a year ago have made people safer at home and work, and the new plan will continue to reduce risks to life and property. Specifically, the plan written by the president’s National Science and Technology Council aims to: – Develop risk assessments of the potential tsunami hazards for all U.S. coastal regions. – Increase the number of tsunami buoys, tide gauge and seismic sensors feeding real-time data into computer models to improve tsunami forecasting and warning systems along Pacific, Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico coastlines. – Give technical help to improve warning systems for tsunamis and other hazards in the Indian Ocean.last_img read more

 

CECAFA Women’s Championship semis: Uganda out to defy odds against favourites Tanzania

first_imgThe Crested Cranes finished second in Group B with six points. (PHOTO/File)CECAFA Women’s ChampionshipTanzania vs Uganda Chamazi Stadium, Dar es Salaam Saturday, 23-11-2019 @4pmThe Uganda women national football team-Crested Cranes will be hoping to pull off a major upset when they take on Tanzania in the semi-finals of the CECAFA Women’s Championship on Saturday.Faridah Bulega’s side reached this stage after finishing second in group B of the competition.Having won their first two games against Djibouti and Ethiopia, the Crested Cranes lost 3-0 to Kenya in the last game, a result that threw them in the face of Tanzania.Tanzania who are the host, defending champions and favorites for the title will be a tough prospect for Bulega’s side, one she appreciates too.“We respect Tanzania because they are the defending champions and have a good team. But I think we equally have a good team, noted Bulega.“The loss against Kenya is behind us now, we have tried to rectify the mistakes we made and all our focus is on how we can win against the hosts.‘It is a tough challenge for us and we will need to be on top of our game. We shall need full commitment from everyone to make sure we get the result we want.”It is indeed a tough challenge for Uganda especially after the fact that they have lost 4-1 to Tanzania in both of their last two meetings.The Cranes will look to the trio of Hassifah Nassuna, Fazila Ikwaput and Juliet Nalukenge for inspiration. However, the trio played a missing-in-action role against Kenya and will have to lift themselves too if they are to have a good game against Tanzania.Tanzania who have won the last two editions qualified for the semis in impressive fashion, winning all their group A games en route to finishing top.In the other semi-final, Kenya will take on Burundi at the same venue at 1:30pm.The Crested Cranes team in TanzaniaRuth Aturo, Viola Namuddu, Grace Aluka, Bridget Nabisaalu, Shadia Nankya, Reticia Nabossa, Asia Nakibuuka, Hasifa Nassuna, Juliet Nalukenge, Fazila Ikwaput, Fauzia Najjemba, Joan Namusisi, Daizy Nakaziro, Eunice Ariokot, Shamira Nalugya, Harriet Nakkuba, Zaina Namuleme, Aisha Namukisa, Amina Nababi, Margaret KunihiraComments Tags: CECAFA Women’s Championship 2019crested cranesfaridah bulegaFazila IkwaputHassifah NassunaJuliet Nalukengelast_img read more

 

20 Years of Freedom exhibition opens in Pretoria

first_img30 January 2014South Africa’s 20 Years of Freedom celebrations get under way in Gauteng province on Thursday when the live, interactive Building the Legacy: 20 Years of Freedom exhibition opens at the Tshwane Events Centre in Pretoria.One of the biggest exhibitions of its kind undertaken in the country, the exhibition is unique in that it offers the public an interactive view of the last 100 years of South African history since the 1913 Natives’ Land Act was passed.In addition to the 12 truckfuls of artefacts, expo material and props that make up the exhibition, the public will be informed and educated by a team of professional actors and performers who bring the past alive – complete with anecdotes of forced removals and other injustices under apartheid – while highlighting the progress the country has made since 1994.The exhibition builds on the Reversing the Legacy exhibition created last year by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform to mark the centenary of the 1913 Natives’ Land Act.Chief Land Claims Commissioner Nomfundo Gobodo, speaking to SAnews last week, said the exhibition would give people an opportunity “to walk through the history of South Africa and actually feel like you were there … to experience life [as it was] before colonialisation, during the apartheid era and through the dawn of democracy to where we are currently celebrating Nelson Mandela’s legacy.”“Through this exhibition … we will be showcasing what we’ve achieved since the dawn of democracy in 1994,” Gobodo said. “We know that we still have a lot of work to do ahead of us, but for now we are celebrating our 20th anniversary.”The exhibition runs in Pretoria until 9 February, after which it will travel to other provinces. It runs from 9am to 5pm daily and is free to the public.SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more