Nimba County Cultural Extravaganza Ends in Ganta

first_img– Advertisement – Mz Menneh performing at the show On Saturday, April 15, 2017 residents from across Nimba County witnessed one of the greatest cultural extravaganzas in the commercial city of Ganta.US-based Liberian artist Mz Menneh stormed the Peace Empire Theater with her latest hit “Ya goe Nimba Yaa seay,” translated to mean, “When it comes from Nimba, it can’t spoil,” and Nimba’s own legendary Prof. Jones Dopoe.The thrilling show also featured Nimba County’s top cultural troupe, Lesticc, Co – Z, among others.Other Liberian artists like PCK& L’Frankie of “Tell Your Ma Say Ah Here” fame, Nyan Dogba of Nimba Jazz, local masked dancers, including long devil and other cultural performers, were among some of the exciting performers of the night who kept the audience on their feet the whole night.However, the first ever cultural extravaganza to be held in Nimba County in a while was not adequately patronized, to the chagrin of the organizer, the Destiny Enterprise. Many blamed the poor turnout on poor advertising or awareness, and the high admission fee.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rookie Paschall is feeling at home with Warriors: ‘I thought this was Villanova again’

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Eric Paschall knows things are different. He’s no longer a student-athlete — he can drop the former title and embrace the latter. He’s now paid to play basketball full-time. He’s moved from the East Coast to the West Coast.The list of changes Paschall will have to embrace is about as long as his wingspan.Paschall understands that nearly everything about the pros, basketball and non-basketball alike, will be different from college. So far, however, Paschall’s time with Golden …last_img read more

Infrastructure needs investors: Zuma

first_img19 October 2012 The government will require the support of investors to realise the speedy implementation of South Africa’s proposed mega infrastructure programme, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday. Zuma was speaking at the Presidential Infrastructure Investment Conference in Johannesburg, where a memorandum of understanding to take the infrastructure roll-out plan forward was signed between different ministers and potential investors. Zuma told the gathering that infrastructure development was a catalyst to sustainable economic development, job creation and poverty alleviation. The infrastructure plan, announced by the government in February, is expected to guide the construction of new infrastructure while speeding up current projects that support economic growth.18 strategic integrated projects It proposes 18 strategic integrated projects (SIPs) covering more than 150 specific infrastructure interventions, ranging across rail, road, ports, dams, irrigation systems, sanitation and energy. Some of the projects are already commissioned. They include the Dube Trade Port in Durban as well as the expansion of the Port of Ngqura in the Eastern Cape. Zuma said the summit was about the crucial role of partnerships on infrastructure development in the present and future South Africa. He urged investors to take advantage of and support the plan. The costs of the 18 strategic projects are estimated at about R4-trillion over the next 15 years. The government is expected to contribute R844-billion of the R1.3-trillion needed for the projects over the next three yearsPrivate sector support needed Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, also addressing the conference, said the government, with the support of the private sector, wanted to make the plans a reality. “We need their support for the projects included in the plan to be a success. The projects cannot be financed solely through domestic savings … we need the support of other development institutions, banks as well as other partners,” Motlanthe said. Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel told reporters on Friday that the government was committed to mobilising public funds to speed up the progamme, but pointed out that the private sector would have to play its role. “Construction needs money, it needs minds … so there has to be co-investment; we have to ensure there is coordination between private sector investment and public sector investment.” Patel said the infrastructure programme would provide long-term opportunities for both the state and the private sector. “Investors clearly do want to be part of these opportunities, and so if you look at the long-term demand, including commodity demand over the next 15 to 20 years … what government is doing now in the short term will help create a conducive environment for investment in the long term.”Crucial jobs driver The country’s New Growth Path sets a target of five-million new jobs by 2020, and the government believes that infrastructure development will be a crucial jobs driver. Zuma said the parties had been identified to be part of the conference because they were “crucial stakeholders with whom government can forge a partnership to enhance the implementation of the country’s long-term infrastructure plan”. Zuma said the government had paid special attention to the lessons learnt from building infrastructure for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. That experience should be used to build new infrastructure crucial to the economic development of the country. “We all have proud recollections of how we managed to build stadiums, roads and refurbished airports ahead of the World Cup. We must use that project management experience to change our country’s landscape and improve living conditions while growing the economy.” This would include prioritising skills development, public and private investment as well as creating the right environment for economic growth. Source: read more

New fox species found at Malapa

first_imgThe specimen found at Malapa consisted of what looked like a piece of jawbone and parts of the skeleton. The researchers had to analyse the fox closely to distinguish it from any living or extinct form of fox, based on the proportions of its teeth and other aspects of its anatomy. (Image: Wits University) The Malapa cave is one of the richest archaeological sites on the continent, and is best known as the resting place of skeletons of a new species of human ancestor known as Australopithecus sediba, found here in 2008 by Prof Lee Berger. (Image: Institute for Human Evolution) MEDIA CONTACTS • Institute for Human Evolution   Wits University  +27 11 717 6695 RELATED ARTICLES • No bedbugs for early humans • Fossils tell the mammal story • A fun approach to science teaching • Maropeng top evotourism destinationWilma den HartighSouth Africa’s renowned Malapa cave at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site in Gauteng has yielded yet another discovery – a two-million-year old previously unknown fossil fox.The Malapa cave is one of the richest archaeological sites on the continent, and is best known as the resting place of skeletons of a new species of human ancestor known as Australopithecus sediba, found here in 2008.The Malapa fox is the second new species, after sediba, to be described from this site.Prof Lee Berger, a palaeoanthropologist from the Institute for Human Evolution (IHE) and School of GeoSciences at Wits University, says the discovery is important for South Africa, and the world.“Malapa continues to reveal this extraordinary record of past life,” Berger says.“Often everyone pays attention to the major hominin discoveries we make, but the discovery of a new species is a very rare thing,” says Berger, who made the discovery of A. sediba.“We find fossils all the time, many of animals that are extinct now but did live at one time. Prior to this discovery, the world didn’t know that this fox existed.”Researchers from Wits and Johannesburg universities and international scientists published the findings in an article in the Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa on 16 January 2013.The cool factorBerger says when the fossil was discovered, carnivore specialists realised it was something that they had never seen before in science.The specimen they found at Malapa consisted of what looked like a piece of jawbone and parts of the skeleton – but the only way to prove it is an entirely new fox was through intensive research.The researchers had to analyse the fox closely to distinguish it from any living or extinct form of fox, based on the proportions of its teeth and other aspects of its anatomy.They named the previously unknown species Vulpes skinneri, in honour of the late world renowned South African mammalogist and ecologist, Prof John Skinner of the University of Pretoria.Berger says the discovery can help scientists answer important evolutionary questions about modern African mammals, but it also reveals more unanswered questions about the origins of small carnivores such as foxes.“It can tell us more about the evolution of modern foxes and gives us insight into the ecology and world of our ancestors,” he says.“Now there is a whole new lineage of foxes out there that scientists can research,” he says.Small carnivores often had much smaller and more localised habitats than larger mammals, and this is very useful to scientists. Berger says it could potentially help researchers learn more about the environment at the time.Mystery surrounds the ancestry of foxesThe IHE’s Dr Brian Kuhn, head of carnivore studies at Malapa, says very little is known about the ancestry of foxes in comparison with other African carnivores such as larger dogs of the Canis group.“It’s wonderful to see a potential ancestral form of living foxes,” Kuhn says.Berger explains that so little is known about foxes because specialists studying small carnivores are very rare. “It is not a field of study often taken up by scientists,” he says.Researchers also tend to focus on the study of “prestige animals” such as large mammals.He says smaller animals are also poorly represented in fossil records because often predators consume them entirely, leaving very little to study.And this is why the world’s newest fox is such an extraordinary discovery – it will inspire scientists to work on lesser known species and discover similar animals.Berger expects that many scientists are going to re-examine their existing fossil collections. If they take a closer look at what they have, they could perhaps uncover another new animal species.“I think we are going to see an explosion of interest in these small and very important mammals,” he says.“Who knows what we will find next?”last_img read more

Report: Samsung’s Bada To Offer In-App Advertising Capabilities

first_imgBada, Samsung’s own mobile operating system, on track to power around 5 million phones by year-end, has just updated its software development kit (SDK) to version 1.2.1. The update reportedly includes an important new feature: in-app advertising capabilities. The feature, which will allow bada developers to monetize their apps, will go live beginning January 1st, 2011. At least, that’s the news coming out of Samsung Hub, an unofficial source that typically publishes reliable content and scoops.This news has not been officially published anywhere as far as we can tell, not on Samsung’s blogs, Twitter accounts, Facebook pages or in its news rooms. But the updated SDK is available for download now. Samsung Hub, as noted above, is an unofficial, but often accurate, source for Samsung-related information, so we’re betting on this news being credible while awaiting official confirmation.According to the blog post, developers implementing in-app advertising capabilities into their apps will retain all the revenue generated – they will not have to split that revenue with Samsung.In looking through the release notes for the Samsung bada 1.2.1 SDK, we don’t see any mention of “advertising,” “ads,” “revenue,” or anything else that hints at this new feature, though. (Let us know if you spot it, maybe we just missed it.) Tags:#marketing#mobile#news Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces It makes sense that Samsung would launch this capability, though – bada-powered phones are selling well…very well, in fact. Considering that the first bada phone, the Samsung Wave, didn’t ship until June, and the Wave was the only bada phone available until October, the platform is off to a decent start. Samsung has also noted that it has seen over 50 million downloads of apps from its own app store, too, mostly thanks to bada’s popularity.In addition, with the upcoming bada 2.0 OS, Samsung will add more features to the platform, including a better user interface, Near Field Communication (NFC), a smarter homescreen, SDK support for Linux and Mac, SNS integration and more.Although bada’s numbers are promising, analysts recommend developers consider their options carefully before jumping on board this train. Samsung has not fully committed to the OS, Strategy Analytics analyst Alex Spektor reminded us recently – it also supports Android and Windows Phone 7, for example. However, Samsung is ending support for Symbian as of January 1st, it should be noted, giving the company more time to focus on bada going forward into the new year. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

How have the floods affected Mount Abu?

first_imgMount Abu, the lone hill station in the desert State of Rajasthan, made headlines this week when it recorded the highest-ever rainfall on a single day. Torrential rain has been wreaking havoc in south-western parts of the State, leading to floods and devastation. The popular hill spot was cut off, and about 1,500 tourists, mostly from Gujarat, were stranded for several days.What happened?Mount Abu is situated at an elevation of 4,000 feet above sea level on a rocky plateau of the Aravalli Hills, in Sirohi district, bordering Gujarat. Often referred to as an ‘oasis in the desert,’ the route to Mount Abu passes through the Abu Road town on the plains, from where the hill station is 28 km away. After continuous rain for several days, the hill town received an unprecedented 770 mm of rain on July 24, inundating low-level areas between the hills and creating panic among locals. Streams of water flowed with a ferocity not seen before, as roads were submerged and people were forced to remain indoors.Does it get heavy rainfall?During five days since Sunday, Mount Abu received a whopping 2,116 mm rainfall, breaking all previous records. According to the meteorological department’s data for 1901-2000, the average annual rainfall at the hill station is 1,554.2 mm. The average rain during the monsoon months of July and August every year has been registered at 573.2 mm and 600.3 mm, respectively. Amid the heavy rain, life was thrown out of gear and the supply of essential items was hit because of floods at adjoining places such as Pali, Jalore and other parts of Sirohi district. Telephone, cellular phone and Internet services went down, while the prices of commodities of daily use shot up.How did it impact the town?Two anicuts on the outskirts of Mount Abu and the famous Nakki Lake situated at the centre of the town were overflowing with rainwater. While markets and offices remained shut for most part of the week, all schools and colleges were closed as a precautionary measure. Medical staff at the local government hospital were asked to cancel leave, as there was a fear of outbreak of diseases after the water receded.  Heavy rain sent boulders hurtling down on the Abu Road-Mount Abu road, 6 km from the entry toll booth. As a result, Mount Abu’s contact with the rest of the district was cut off. The road was cleared on Thursday with the help of excavators and stone crackers. Over the weekend, vehicles were moving at a snail’s pace at the site of the landslide. Heavy vehicles were asked to stay away as a major crack had developed on the road. The administration has asked travellers to exercise caution in view of the possibility of rocks falling from a height.Why does it need protection?Mount Abu is a popular destination, especially among tourists from Gujarat. More than 30 lakh domestic and international tourists visit the hill station every year. The highest peak is Guru Shikhar, situated 5,650 feet above the sea level. The oldest mountain ranges of Aravalli are home to rivers, lakes, waterfalls and evergreen forests. The forests of Mount Abu were declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1980, covering 290 sq. km of the mountain. It has rich flora and fauna.It has sub-tropical thorn forests in the foothills and sub-tropical evergreen forests along the water courses and valleys at higher altitudes. A variety of rare and endangered species of animals are found here, and the leopard is the apex predator. As environmentalists describe the unusually high rainfall in Mount Abu as a fallout of global warming, the popular hill station will need to protect its rich vegetation of coniferous trees and flowering shrubs in order to maintain its cool climate.last_img read more

New Maharashtra Governor will purse land for resort in J&K

first_imgThe State government will request the new Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to talk to his counterpart in Jammu & Kashmir for revenue land to construct two state-of-the-art tourism resorts in that State. Senior officials said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis held a meeting to review the proposal for setting up tourism resorts in J&K and Ladakh this week. As per protocol only a Governor can request for facilitating joint agreements or collaboration on projects with another State being ruled by a Governor. Mr. Fadnavis has asked the State Tourism Department to send a team to survey land in J&K and simultaneously urge the Governor to forward the proposal to Satya Pal Malik, his J&K counterpart, according to senior officials. Mr. Koshyari recently replaced Ch. Vidyasagar Rao as Governor. “The Chief Minister has asked us to put together the final blueprint and forward it to Governor House. A letter will be drafted to the honourable Governor requesting him to facilitate the land deal. Since there is no democratic government in J&K, we (State government) cannot directly deal with the Governor,” said a senior official of the Maharashtra Tourism Department.Maharashtra and Karnataka have become the first States, following the abrogation of Article 370, to stake claim over land for development purposes in J&K. Maharashtra Cabinet cleared a proposal for the setting up of a tourism resort last week. Tourism Minister Jaykumar Rawal had recently said the government was keen on catering to mountaineering tourists and those on pilgrimage as part of the plan. But senior officials said so far no final proposal has been put together, and a team will visit J&K to first survey the land. Last month, Mr. Rawal met Union Minister for Tourism and Culture Prahlad Singh Patel in New Delhi to present his demands, which included land for the resorts.Union Home Minister Amit Shah during his speech in Parliament on the abrogation of Article 370 had said the bifurcation of the State (J&K) would open up the path of development, including construction projects and industries. The State government and Tourism Board will soon allocate funds for the same, the Minister had said. “The resorts will cater to not only tourists from our State but to everyone who visits J&K on a religious pilgrimage. Ours will be the first State to service this class of tourists in the entire country,” Mr. Rawal had said.last_img read more

Saina deserved the medal for her sheer commitment, says father

first_imgSaina Nehwal might have got lucky to win an Olympic bronze Saturday but she deserved the medal for her sheer commitment to the game, said her emotional father Harvir Singh Nehwal.”It is a God given gift for all the hard work she has put in. It was lucky the way she won but it was definitely deserving considering that she made badminton her life. She became stone-hearted to achieve her goal. She gave up studies,” said the agricultural scientist during a media interaction at his residence.A steady stream of media personnel started gathering at the Nehwal residence here in the afternoon as Saina took the court for the bronze medal play-off match against Chinese Xin Wang.The mood suddenly turned grim after Saina lost the first game 18-21, but it didn’t last long as the Chinese retired hurt in the second game when she was leading 1-0.Wang, a former World No.1 and current No.2, could not carry on with the right knee injury that she picked up after a heavy landing at the end of the first game.Harvir, however, believes that his daughter had a fair chance of making a comeback into the game.”The way the match was going, I think she had a fair chance of winning. The Chinese girl was also tiring,” he said.World No.5 Saina became the third Indian to win a medal from the 2012 London Games after shooters Gagan Narang and Vijay Kumar won bronze and silver, respectively.Harvir said her daughter was troubled after her loss to World No.1 Wang Yihan in the semi-final that shattered her dream of an Olympic gold.”Saina had called me at 11 p.m. last night. She sounded disturbed and was worried about her movement on the court. She asked me to come to London but I refused. I just wanted her to concentrate on the next match.”Saina had made quite a few adjustments in her game besides losing five kilograms in weight and adopting a strict diet chart. It paid dividends as she won back-to-back titles in Thailand and Indonesia in June.”Those two victories came as a result of the changes she made in her daily routine. She used to train two-three hours extra. She got four endorsements after that but we refused. An Olympic medal was the only thing on her mind,” Harvir added.advertisementlast_img read more

Man Utd ship out Javier Hernandez on season-long loan to Real Madrid

first_imgJavier Hernandez joins Karim Benzema at the top end of Real Madrid’s attackReal Madrid has signed Mexico striker Javier Hernandez on a season-long loan from Manchester United.Madrid says the loan deal includes an option to purchase the player. It did not disclose any more details.Madrid announced the agreement hours before the close of the summer transfer window on Monday.The 26-year-old scored one goal for Mexico’s during this summer’s World Cup.Hernandez, known by his nickname “Chicharito,” played for Manchester for the past four seasons.He joins Karim Benzema at the top end of Madrid’s attack which also features star forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.Madrid was routed 4-2 at Real Sociedad after leading by two goals on Sunday, increasing the pressure for the club to bulk up its squad after the exit of Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso.last_img read more

Media Officer Appointed for Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 11, 2018 – Providenciales – The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police has appointed Takara Bain as new Communications Officer, taking over from Sergeant Kevin Clarke, who has been serving in that capacity, for the last three years.Bain, who is a Grand Turk native, boasts extensive public relations and communications skills, starting her career as a radio personality and news anchor for Radio Turks and Caicos.   She has since held the position of Journalist and Anchor Woman for WIV Channel 4 News, Public Relations and Marketing Manager for the TCI Hospital and most recently, Head of Marketing for Digicel TCI.Acting Commissioner, Trevor Botting said, “Ms. Bain brings a wealth of experience to the role having worked in public relations, journalism and marketing for more than ten years.  Her addition to the RT&CIPF team is just one of the ways we plan to strengthen our community engagement and overall communications internally and externally.”Botting added, “The strategic priorities for the RT&CIPF include enhancing our engagement with our communities and building public confidence in the Police Force and Ms. Bain will take the lead on the communications element of this work.”Speaking on the new appointment, Bain said, “It will be a challenging role and I am very much looking forward to that challenge.  There is a great deal of good work being done by the police and it’s important that it is communicated to the public”.Bain added, “This is a positive and progressive step and I look forward to a long and successful association with the Police Force”.Bain has a Baccalaureate Degree in Radio, Television and Internet Media from Lynn University in Boca Raton, and is currently pursuing an MBA in Marketing.Regards,Sergeant #166Gracebay Police PostRoyal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more