first_imgHipco rapper AmazeHip-Co rapper Amaze has made history again. The rapper, whose musical career covered a decade and a half, has been named one of the winners of the global civil society alliance CIVICUS art competition which aims to encourage young creative artists to share their vision of what democracy should be, raising globally youths’ voices that have been silenced.The Hipco rapper, won the Multimedia category prize for his single “Know Who to Vote For”, a song that speaks about voters’ awareness during the just ended 2017 general elections.“I feel democracy should be everybody’s business. The song is a sensitive song for citizens to vote right, not to vote based on ethnicity, religion, scholarships, or religious background,” Amaze said.By winning the award, Amaze became the first Liberian rapper to clinch such prize.  The two other awardees were cartoonist Vandita Sariya from India and Angolan author, Cláudia Cassoma, both winners of the visual arts and written arts categories respectively.The CIVICUS contest took place under the theme, “Re-imagining Democracy: In Search of Silenced Voices”, through arts and imagination to celebrate International Youth Day on August 12.  Amaze, whose real name is Henry Amazin Toe, is currently a Hipco Accountability Ambassador who mentors upcoming artistes to create music for social change.Vandita Sariya, described by CIVICUS as an emerging creative artist, has been practicing her craft for just six months. CIVICUS noted that she was inspired by a surge in intolerance in the society in which she lives.“A wave of pseudo-nationalism is going on in my country, India, and people are judging and even killing others for who they are, what they look like, what they eat and what their beliefs are,” said Sariya, on a statement posted on the organization’s website.A poem by Angolan author, Cláudia Cassoma, encouraging youth to see themselves as the “master key” to all the solutions they seek, was chosen as the winner of the written arts category.CIVICUS added on its website that Cláudia Cassoma, who has had four books published, says the poem, entitled “Chave Mestra” (Portuguese for master key), was inspired by a common attitude she encounters among young people in her country, Angola, and globally.“Today, one thing I hear a lot are complaints by youth about the million things that are wrong with the world while they themselves are doing nothing. Usually, that’s the case because they feel they can’t do anything,” Cassoma added.Elisa Novoa, CIVICUS Youth Working Group coordinator, said: “The aim of this contest was to give a space for young people to express a vision for the kind of democracy they desire. It was also an opportunity to mobilize young creative minds from every corner of the globe, offering a platform to amplify their messages related to the respect of democratic values and social justice.“In a world where information is shared with so much hate, discrimination and stigmatization, we want to enable arts to be a tool to share messages of hope, justice, and equality,” said Novoa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img… says misuse of funds has caused worry for lendersThe National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) is expressing concern over the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo’s) use of money from the syndicated bond it raised for unauthorised purposes.SPU HeadColvin Heath-LondonDays after reports surfaced that Republic Bank had halted GuySuCo’s bond financing over misuse of funds, the very entity that raised the funds has joined in expressing concern in this regard. In a statement, NICIL’s Special Purpose Unit head, Colvin Heath-London, made it clear that GuySuCo had appropriated the funds for unauthorised expenses.In fact, Heath-London has said Agriculture Minister Noel Holder and GuySuCo have appeared disinclined to use the monies for capitalising GuySuCo. According to Heath- London, this has caused lenders to express alarm at the way things are unfolding with the bond.The executive also noted that GuySuCo is supposed to generate enough revenue to offset day-to-day expenses and debt. Heath-London added that NICIL is willing to fund GuySuCo’s programme.NICIL, earlier this year, acquired a $30 billion syndicated bond at a rate of 4.75 per cent interest to spend on capitalising GuySuCo’s remaining estates. It subsequently emerged that part of the bond was used by GuySuCo to repay interest on another debt.As the bond has strict requirements for how it would be used, Managing Director of Republic Bank, Richard Sammy, wrote to the bond trustees, Hand in Hand Corporation, to complain. The Bank also called for a full explanation as to the apparent breach of the terms of the Trust Deed.Hand-in-Hand had written to Republic Bank requesting that the purpose of the Trust Deed be changed regarding how the proceeds of the bond shall be applied. While Republic Bank has stated its no objection to the proposed changes to the Trust Deed, it said it remained disappointed that proceeds from the bond were utilised for a purpose other than what was approved.The SPU has not taken lightly criticisms which seek to suggest that the bond would be wasted, and that it was acquired at an unreasonable rate. In fact, the SPU had said it should be noted that, as standard for any debt financing, security is required to secure payments to bondholders.The terms of the bond are five years, since it is expected that the proceeds of the land sale for GuySuCo would be used to repay the facility. But Minister Holder himself has been publicly critical of the transaction.InvestorsNotwithstanding GuySuCo’s financial woes, some 14 companies hailing from as far as Canada and as near as Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana have expressed interest in purchasing the three sugar estates up for sale.A meeting with these investors and officials from the SPU was held on September 25. According to the Unit, they would have met with the executives to discuss taxes and permits, and NICIL is expecting that they would be able to sell the Rose Hall, Skeldon and East Demerara estates by next year.Some of the topics discussed at the meeting last week included questions about the Government’s energy policy, and whether or not there will be markets for products such as ethanol.Permits for intended workers, the condition of the estates, and whether they are worth buying were also raised. It was indicated that the East Demerara Estate was operational during the last crop, while Skeldon is in preparation mode to open in November.The Rose Hall estate, on the other hand, is expected to be opened in 2019. Bids for the privatisation process are expected to be submitted by October 31.In May 2017, Government announced plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar Estates, sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory, reduce the annual production of sugar, and take on the responsibility of managing the drainage and irrigation services offered by GuySuCo.In November of that year, GuySuCo announced plans to retrench 2,500 workers by the end of that year. That number increased substantially and ended up being over 7,000.last_img read more

first_imgIn a bid to get him match fit and assess him further, Kimanzi has included him as the only foreign based player for the team with the Swedish season currently in recess.Meanwhile, the tactician has named several new faces in the team with Western Stima forward benson Omala, Posta Rangers centre back Suleiman Ngotho, KCB’s Reagan Otieno, Tusker’s Luke namanda and Ulinzi Stars’ Oscar Wamalwa getting their maiden call ups to the national team.Mathare’s Roy Okal and Kevin Kimani, Ulinzi’s Elvis Nandwa and Kakamega Homeboyz’s Moses Mudavadi who have previously been called up earning another opportunity to impress.The team reports to camp on Monday and will be whittled down to the travelling 23 before the team leaves for Kampala.Kenya is placed in Group C with Tanzania, Djibouti and Zanzibar whom they beat to clinch the title in 2017.Provisional SquadGoalkeepers; Timothy Odhiambo (Ulinzi Stars), Brian Bwire (Kariobangi Sharks)Defenders; Johnstone Omurwa (Wazito), Suleiman Ngotho (Posta Rangers), Joash Onyango (Gor Mahia), Daniel Sakari (Kariobangi Sharks), Hillary Wandera (Tusker), Andrew Juma (Mathare United), David Owino (Mathare United) Samuel Olwande (Kariobangi Sharks)Midfielders; Anthony Wambani (Vasalunds IF), Roy Okal (Mathare United), Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia), Musa Masika (Wazito), Abdallah Hassan (Bandari), Moses Mudavadi (Kakamega Homeboyz), Lawrence Juma (Gor Mahia), Reagan Otieno (KCB), Luke Namanda (Tusker), Whyvone Isuza (AFC Leopards), Kevin Kimani (Mathare United), Cliffton Miheso (Gor Mahia)Forwards; Oscar Wamalwa (Ulinzi Stars), Benson Omala (Western Stima), Elvis Nandwa (Ulinzi Stars), John Mark Makwatta (AFC Leopards)0Shares0000(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bandari FC midfielder Anthony Wambani poses with his trophy after being named the February 2018 Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) player of the monthNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 30 – Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi has included Sweden based midfielder Anthony Wambani in his provisional squad for the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup set to be staged in Kampala, Uganda from December 7-19.Wambani was at the top of his game moving from Bandari FC last season and joined Vasalund IF in the Swedish third tier, but hasn’t had as many games as he would have loved to.last_img read more

first_imgDennis Bergkamp’s arrival at Arsenal 20 years ago arguably changed the face of the club like never seen before.Following George Graham’s sacking, and Bruce Rioch’s appointment, the Dutchman was signed from Inter Milan for £7.5m, then treble the club’s record signing.Before Arsene Wenger instigated the ultra-professional approach, which saw them win seven major trophies in nine years, Bergkamp was shocked by the drinking culture evident at the north London club.The Frenchman’s arrival changed all that but it’s important to remember Bergkamp was at the club before ‘The Professor’ and, in many ways, started the ‘cultural revolution’ at Arsenal.Not only was the playing style altered, an application of the finer aspects of the games started to turn the ‘Boring, Boring Arsenal’ into the flamboyant advocates of attacking play we see today.So Dennis – we salute you!Arsenal fans, do you think Dennis Bergkamp is the greatest ever Arsenal player? Leave your thoughts below…last_img read more

first_imgDonegal GAA stars Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher are hoping they can be as accurate on the Oche as they are on the pitch.The Glenswilly men will face reigning PDC World Darts Champion Michael Van Gerwen and former two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis at the Pulse Venue tonight.A huge crowd is expected to attend tonight’s exhibition event to see the darting superstars in action against the Donegal stars. It’s believed Gallagher and Murphy are competent with the arrows, but they face a stiff challenge in the form of the deadly duo of Van Gerwen and Lewis.It promises to be a great night’s entertainment.The VIP area has already been sold out, but tickets are still available which can be purchased from The Orchard, while you can also pay at the door, doors open at 8pm.DONEGAL DUO MURPHY AND GALLAGHER HOPING TO HIT THE BULLSEYE! was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Adrian LewisEntertainmentMichael MurphyMichael Van GerwenNeil GallaghernewsSportlast_img read more

first_imgBrett McGinty was defeated in controversial circumstances in his Junior European Championship bout against Croatian Mladen Sobjeslavski .Brett McGinty was left ‘gutted’ following a controversial decision that resulted in his exit at the Junior European Championships.McGinty was competing against Mladen Sobjeslavski and looked like he was in control of the bout early on.The St Johnston based boxer looked classy and composed in the opening two rounds and seemed to have won both comfortably. That sparked a reaction from his opponent Mladen Sobjeslavski and he upped the tempo in the final round.Sobjeslavski might have shaded the last round as he had to chase it, as it looked as if he’d lost the first two rounds.There was then shock and surprise when the referee raised the arm of the Croatian fighter Mladen Sobjeslavski.McGinty looked visibly stunned as did the rest of his back-room team, there was further surprise when the judges scored the contest 3-0 in favour of Sobjeslavski. TALENTED DONEGAL BOXER MCGINTY DEFEATED AT JUNIOR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: November 4th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:boxingBrett McGintyIrelandnewsSportlast_img read more

first_imgINDUSTRY – In a move that has members of area environmental groups worried, Industry has hired a firm to create a recreational-use plan for 5,700 undeveloped acres in Tonner Canyon. The hiring of landscape architecture firm SWA Group was the first step the city has taken to make an official plan for the site. “It’s a treasure trove of history and biology, and we’re afraid we’re going to lose it,” said Claire Schlotterbeck, executive director of Hills for Everyone. Since the 1970s, Industry has been buying up land in the canyon in hopes of creating a reservoir, which would generate power and hold water for local water agencies. “There is a huge need for water and power,” Industry Mayor Dave Perez said. The city has not completely settled on a reservoir for the area, but the idea to store water in the canyon has been considered. Perez said hiring SWA Group to make a recreational-use plan for the site is only a minor step. “It’s not a plan for buildings or any of that stuff,” he said. “All we’re trying to do is see whether we should have baseball fields, soccer fields, hiking, camping, that type of thing.” Environmentalists say the canyon is one of the best-preserved pieces of undeveloped land in the area. They hoped it would be included in a swath of undeveloped land that stretches to Mexico. In 2000, a coalition of environmental and government groups tried to buy about 2,200 acres of the canyon from the Boy Scouts of America. But the Scouts, who had used the canyon for camping and recreation, accepted Industry’s $16.5 million bid over the coalition’s bid, according to Schlotterbeck. Despite vows by Industry officials to leave some of the land undeveloped, most of the 4,300 members of Hills for Everyone doubt much of the land will be used for open space, Schlotterbeck said. “We’re absolutely distrustful of any intent the city of Industry has toward Tonner Canyon,” she said. The mostly hilly land, which is not in Industry’s city limits, is within the boundaries or spheres of influence of Diamond Bar, Chino Hills, Brea and unincorporated Los Angeles and Orange counties. Brea has sued Industry to reverse Industry’s purchase of 525 acres on the southern part of the canyon. The suit is still in court. Perez said environmentalists are “mad” at him and the city, but he said the city will try to make everyone happy while accomplishing its goal of building something at the site – including the possibility of a reservoir. “It has to be environmentally friendly,” he said. “That’s the law. And we are going to make sure all of our neighbors are happy. But, even then, I think they are going to sue us every step of the way.” Eric Johnson, the leader of a Sierra Club task force dedicated to preserving the area’s open space, said the club’s members are keeping a close eye on Industry. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 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

first_imgA man who was stopped by Gardai driving a modified car had a case of dangerous diving reduced to carelss driving after he appeared at Letterkenny District Court.Letterkenny Court.Sean Donaghey was stopped by Gardai over the Donegal Rally weekend on June 21st at Raymoghey, Manorcunningham. Gardai said when Donaghey went into a corner in his Sierra Cosworth car, it would drift.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client had undergone a professional modification in Northern Ireland and that his car had passed all license tests.However Gardai said the car had been inspected by PSV inspectors and there was a differential on this side of the border.Mr Gallagher added that it was an “event car” and that his client had taken part in an event earlier that day and was only used for such events.The solicitor asked that the case be differentiated from other such rally offences before the court on the day.Judge Paul Kelly reduced the charge to one of careless driving but commented that the car was still a dangerous vehicle to have on the road.He fined Donaghey €250.MAN CAUGHT DRIVING MODIFIED CAR DURING RALLY HAS CHARGE REDUCED was last modified: July 8th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegal rallyletterkennySierra Cosworthlast_img read more

first_imgManager Davy McLaughlin is cheered off the coach at the Clanree HotelDONEGAL’S Ulster Championship winning Senior Ladies football team were given a rapturous reception when they returned to the county tonight.The Clanree Hotel laid on red carpet and champagne as the history-making Donegal girls arrived home.A garda escort and a cavalcade of supporters did a tour around Letterkenny before making their way to The Clanree, the team’s official sponsors. Winning captain Katy Herron carried the Ulster Championship trophy aloft to roars of excitement from fans who had waited their arrival home.And there was an extra special cheer for team manager Davy McLaughlin as he joined the party inside.It’s Donegal’s first Ulster title at this level in what has been a magnificent year for ladies football in the county, with the U21s winning an All-Ireland title under McLaughlin’s stewardship and the U14s winning an Ulster title and finishing runners-up in their All-Ireland series.Two Ulster champions together. Susanne White (Killybegs), U14 County player and Ulster Champion pictured with Ulster Senior Ladies Champion Geraldine McLaughlinThat’s why we’re Champions…That’s why we’re Champions…celebrations at the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny this eveningHello Katy…captain fantastic with the silverwareClanree Hotel manager and ladies football stalwart Micheal Naughton celebrates with some of the players  HISTORY GIRLS PICTURE SPECIAL: DONEGAL LADIES GET RED CARPET TREATMENT AT CLANREE HOMECOMING was last modified: July 26th, 2015 by John2Share 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:clanree hoteldonegal ladiesHOMECOMINGpicture speciallast_img read more

first_imgRoss Form publicist Rebecca Kisakye(right) hands over some of the mattresses to kick-boxer Patricia Opolot.  Photo by Shaban Lubega.After months of anticipation and anxiety, the date for the reigning World Kickboxing Federation International title holder, Patricia Apolot’s, next fight has finally been set.Apolot who last stepped into the ring on September 26, will battle with Serbian Ivana Bogdanovic in a five round non-title fight at Soroti Hotel on December 9.As part of her ongoing “Giving back to the community” initiative, all proceeds from the fight will go to the needy within the region.“People are wondering why I keep having non-title fights,” said Apolot at the launch of her latest fight.“The reason is that no one wants to fight me in a title fight. They are scared,” she said.She said she wants to help the sport grow and is looking forward to getting someone to challenge her for the title.Apolot defeated Egyptian Asma Ali in September in Kumi district.Like it was before her last fight, Apolot and her camp have been boosted by Ross Form, a mattress company who have donated 20 mattresses to the cause and Hima Cement who are yet to announce the figures of the money they are set to put into the event.Speaking at the event, Ross Form publicist Rebecca Kisakye said this will not be the last time they come out to help in such a cause.“We as Ross Form are delighted to be part of the cause and event as a whole,” Kisakye said.Apolot who has 16 professional fights in her career will have to fight Serbian Bogdanovic who has fourty fights.Many pundits say that the 20-year-old Serb who has fought in three different categories of the sport will hold the advantage over Apolot who has only featured in kick boxing but Apolot has always been able to adjust and get the business done.Before the main event, six undercards will be shown.Commentslast_img read more