Has President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf transformed the creative sector (music, movie, fine arts, etc)? That was her promise: To bring out a new era in the creative sector that would empower a new generation of people. These budding new artists would then utilize their talents and innovations for their own wellbeing while at the same time contributing to the growth of Liberia’s middleclass.But in her recent annual message on the state of the republic, President Sirleaf may have proven critics’ arguments right – that she does not care about the creative sector – for failing to highlight the sector as she did all other sectors that have the propensity to contribute immensely to the economy, if prioritized.Many critics have argued over the years that surely President Sirleaf is aware of the revenue that can be generated from the creative sector; but the President has decided to ignore calls from artists for investment in their sector.Critics expressed disappointment that in all of President Sirleaf’s annual messages on the state of the republic, she failed to mention the sector, even in one paragraph, despite several of its members bringing accolades back to the country and gaining international recognition. Liberia’s Kanvee Gaines Adams is an internationally recognized and award-winning gospel artist, and is the sole Liberian nominee for 2016 Kora Awards (the pan African equivalent of the Grammy). Queen V won The Next Movie Star (2008). A winner of many accolades, Liberian-born Frank Artus was honored by the 5 Continents Awards as the Face of Africa and as a Humanitarian for 2015. Liberian Vice President Joseph Boakai was present at the ceremony, and an award was presented to the government of Liberia. In the Nigeria-based reality series, “The Next Movie Star”, Liberia’s E. Owusu Dahnsaw won the ‘Most Photogenic Competitor’ award, the ‘Mr. Game Changer’ Award and came third place overall. Critics pointed out that the creative sector was instrumental in helping Madam Sirleaf win both terms in office, and in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus. Liberian musicians, actors, cultural practitioners, producers, filmmakers and writers made their presence felt I the battle against Ebola with their various songs, short films, stories and drama presentations. “Ebola in Town” by Soul Fresh, F.A. and DenG was a hit, adding music to the warnings to the public about how to win the fight against the deadly virus. Arguably, without the creative sector, the fight against Ebola would have been even more of an uphill battle. As most skits and jingles were produced in Liberian parlance, otherwise known as “colloqua,” the messages were able to reach the masses both in Monrovia and in the hinterlands. The Ebola symptoms’ mural opposite Sam’s Barbecue was done by Liberian Artists Together for Advancement (LATA). Flomo Theater also produced radio skits and did performances in different communities. Crusaders for Peace, led by Ambassador Julie Endee, also produced musical and theatrical performances.The creative sector was instrumental in helping the President win both campaigns for the presidency. Most notable was Sundaygar Dearboy’s 2005 hit song, “Give us Hope, Ma Ellen”, a sampling of the original song, “Gimme Me Hope, JoAnna” by Eddy Grant; and a 2011 remake of the “Pressure” (Pressure Boys, Nigeria) song, for President Sirelaf’s second-term campaign. The President has downplayed the sector regardless of the fact she herself is the owner of intellectual property. As the author of “This Child Will Be Great,” the President’s autobiography, she has not ventured to sell her book on the Liberian market, perhaps due to the risk of users photocopying without purchasing it. The book is only available for purchase overseas.Local artists are facing the same intellectual property rights infringement problems here. Unfortunately, they are not able to market their music on www.amazon.com. Their music gets copied on the streets on USB drives for little or nothing since the government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Commerce, refuses to utilize the available technology and enforce the relevant laws. As such, their works become more of a labor of love than a source of income. They are famous in name only, but have not much to show for it in terms generating wealth and improvement in their standards of living. For them the big question now becomes, what can a president do to transform the creative sector? The copyright law has been repealed to meet international standards, and at some point in time her government allocated money in the budget for some creative sector organizations (collective societies).In response to the her recent annual message on the state of the republic, three creative sector veterans talked to LIB Life about the President’s negligence of the creative sector.Abraham Kallon is a veteran singer and a presidential aspirant for the Liberia Music Union. “We have a president who herself is an artist (author) and is aware of the difficulties facing creative people, but opts to always sideline this sector. From the onset, some of us knew that the new era envisioned could not work, [and] the President for the past ten years has failed to include the creative sector in her annual speeches and give her government’s support. This definitely means that she cannot help.“It is not about just repealing copyright laws and at one point allocating small budget for some collective society,” Kallon argued, “but helping to forge investments in the sector that can sustain the new era.“Now it is just a simple ideal, if [the] vast majority of this young generation, who are talented and innovative people, have been invested in by President Sirleaf’s government, they could in return invest in the economy by opening businesses and employing people as well as extending help to families; thus the middle class will increase.“This is totally frustrating, and the President has over the years failed to show some level of commitment to empower the creative sector, regardless who [they] are.” Leslie Lumeh is an internationally known Liberian artist who has been profiled by CNN. He is also Executive Director of the Liberia Visual Arts Academy (LiVArts).“That the President has disregarded the creative sector that could help to rescue the already struggling Liberian economy is not anything new,” Lumeh said. “And this is a clear indication from the President that creative people are not important in economic participation.“For years, we have been calling on this government to prioritize this wonderful sector. Countless proposals have been sent to her office detailing how investment can be made in this sector and the amount of revenue it can generate for government. Yet she has not dreamed a single day of making any such investment.“For renowned artists like me, we are aware that the Liberian leader will do absolutely noting to empower this creative sector until she leaves power, but this is also a warning sounded to [artists] not to use their talents to run campaigns for politicians.”Henry Johnson is the Vice President for Administration of the Liberia Movie Union.“Believe it or not, President Sirleaf does not care about the innovation and talents of young people,” Johnson said bluntly. “She reads the local dailies every time where we have constantly cried for investment [such as] public theaters [and other] creative avenues where the collective [creative] society can get loans to build modern studios, public galleries and other [creative industry support structures]. But still nothing has been done.“To let you know that President Sirleaf does not care at all, the Liberianization Policy and the Small and Medium-Sized Business Act under her presidency did not regard [artists] as people engaged in business (business owners), and there is no clause in these two laws that calls for a certain amount of the government’s budget to be invested in the creative sector annually.“Such a law that denies [creative] Liberians [opportunities] is totally disheartening; and if the President, who herself [has produced a book], can sit there without doing anything, means that creative people are doomed if [one] cannot fight for [one] self.“If the creative sector was supported, it would not only increase Liberia’s middle class, but would be a part of Liberian diplomacy that could make us exceptional people [and] help control the influence of some damaging western culture.“Today, our economy is struggling badly to the extent that ordinary citizens are the ones feeling the pain; but if this creative sector [had been] empowered long ago, things could have been different today.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
$59M settlement…NBS denies move to block cashingThe New Building Society (NBS) is denying that it had reportedly moved to block litigant Maurice Arjoon from cashing the $59 million cheque it had made out to him on Tuesday. According to the Society, the money was made available.In correspondence seeking to clarify its statement, the Society has affirmed that reports appearing in the media about the transaction being blocked are “untrue and scandalous”. The Society is therefore calling for a retraction of those reports. =Contacted by this publication, Arjoon’s legal representative, Attorney-at-LawThe scene outside the NBS during Tuesday’s lockdownSanjeev Datadin, related that as far as he was aware, the cheque was honoured and his client did not experience any further hurdles.Following Tuesday’s drama, during which customers and other officials were locked in the Society’s building, the NBS issued a three-page statement on Wednesday, announcing that it would be taking steps to “safeguard the sum”, since it was only issued “to avoid confrontation.”The Society has also denied unlawfully detaining customers, court marshals and a Police officer on Tuesday, claiming that its personnel had thought a robbery was in progress. The financial institution claimed that members of the Guyana Police Force subsequently informed management that the men were court marshals executing a levy.“Assuming that they were correct to levy for the pension benefits, this payment ought to have been made from the Pension Scheme Funds, and not (from) the NBS’ assets. The Society will therefore seek to redress this illegal and improper conduct of Mr Arjoon’s representatives, his lawyers and the marshals,” the Society noted.The NBS management also outlined that the dismissal of Arjoon and two other senior officers from the employ of the NBS had nothing to do with the Berbice Bridge or the intervention of any Government official at that time. They added that the Society’s investment in the Berbice Bridge is a very lucrative one, and the decision to invest therein has been proven to be a correct one.Arjoon, a former Chief Executive Officer of the NBS, took that financial institution to court in 2011 for his outstanding pension and other benefits. Arjoon had originally sued the lending agency for some $550 million in damages.High Court Judge Justice Brassington Reynolds subsequently ruled in the dismissed CEO’s favour, awarding him more than $79 million in outstanding payments and benefits. The court also ruled that he should be paid a monthly pension of $372,498.The Judge further had ordered that the former CEO should receive financial compensation for the damages he had suffered; and moreover, that he was entitled to his pension and severance benefits, in accordance with provisions stipulated in the laws of Guyana.
Thirty-seven-year-old Vibert Gilkes of Bagotville, West Bank Demerara was late last week fined $7,500 for driving under the influence of alcohol.The Police claim Gilkes was intoxicated when they stopped him as he was driving motorcar PTT 708 on the La Grange Public Road, WBD on June 24, 2018. They say a breathalyser test done on Gilkes found his blood alcohol level to be 40 micrograms above the prescribed limit.Charged and made to appear before Wales Magistrate Dylon Bess, the defendant pleaded guilty to the offence. Accordingly, a notation was made on his driver’s licence and he was fined.
A 70-year-old man became the latest hit-and-run victim after he was struck down along the Nismes Public Road, West Bank Demerara on Monday evening by an allegedly speeding motorcyclist.Deceased: Hurbert CaesarDead is Hurbert Caesar of Nismes Public Road, WBD. Based on information received, the now dead pensioner was heading to a shop in the area on his pedal cycle when the motorcyclist collided with him. The father of three sustained injuries and was rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital in an unconscious state and was pronounced dead on arrival.The rider of the motorcycle bearing registration number CJ 5283 fled the scene, but the Police are making stringent efforts to apprehend him.The mangled motorcycle and pedal cycle were taken into the possession of the Police as they continue their investigations.The man’s grieving widow, Shaundell Caesar, told Guyana Times that she iwas seeking answers regarding the missing motorcyclist.The bicycle and the motorcycle involved in Monday’s accidentShe related that her husband had left home around 18:45h on Monday on his bicycle to go to a nearby shop to purchase a bottle of Vicks when he was struck down.The woman explained that she was home at the time Caesar left home and some time after, she received a telephone call from her neighbour who informed of her the accident. In a state of shock, she contacted other relatives who went to the scene. The devastated woman hopes that the perpetrator is arrested and brought to justice.The man’s body was taken to the Ezekiel Funeral Parlour to await an autopsy. He leaves to mourn his wife, three children, and other relatives.
With all of the obstacles Republic Bank (Guyana) Limited has been faced with as a result of the upgrading of its banking system, the bank came to the consensus to reimburse the $500 account management charge that was deducted from its customers’ accounts in December.Republic Bank Camp Street locationBased on reports, the bank had made the deduction to facilitate an automatic process as a result of the upgrade in their “new Core Banking System”.However, just recently, they were several complaints made by the bank’s customers about the company’s service fees that have been introduced along with the new banking system.Meanwhile, the bank announced its efforts to review the innumerable service charges that came with its new platform.Charges were made on salary deposit/processing, online transactions, and ATM withdrawal. Nevertheless, the bank has not made any final decisions on their implementations of these fee changes.The commercial bank in 2019 indicated that it would be migrating to a new Core Banking System effective November 2.The bank revealed that the new system will offer increased transaction efficiency and enhanced product offerings to allow them to serve its customers better.With that being said, the Bank has promised to reimburse customers during the weekend.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson It’s not just retirement plans that small businesses need to budget for. Bonuses, which many business owners also don’t think about until year’s end, will be much more affordable if they’re planned for in advance. Capital spending needs to be considered now, not impulsively a few months from now. And Jeffrey Chazen, a tax partner at the accounting and consulting firm Richard A. Eisner & Co. LLP in New York, noted that companies that had a profitable 2005 should set aside money for taxes owed in April. If they also anticipate a good 2006, they should be planning for next year’s tax bill, too. That kind of forward-looking strategy is absent at many small companies. “What normally happens to a small business is when they did well, they took all their extra cash and put it back into the business,” Chazen said. A lack of planning does more harm than leaving a company with not enough money at tax time or with a retirement plan that’s falling short of its earnings potential. It leaves a business vulnerable to failure. “You can’t not do it, because it’s going to cost you in the long run,” Maloney said. “To be a good business owner, you have to control the administrative part of it.” One way to keep a better handle on your company is to invest in software that will help you track your sales and expenses – or as Chazen put it, “getting your books into some short of shape so you can really look at it (the business) on an ongoing basis.” There are also many employee issues that need your attention at the start of the year. For example, January is an excellent time to implement a vacation policy and avoid disputes over conflicting days off. Bonnie Beirne, director of service operations for Administaff, a Houston-based human-resources firm, suggested owners look at vacation policy as part of a comprehensive review of their benefit packages, and keep in mind that they need to be competitive to attract and retain good workers. Beirne noted that employers are expected to find it harder to find the new hires they want in 2006, as many companies plan to expand their staffs, increasing the competition for a shrinking pool of job applicants. That means, if you’re planning to hire in the coming year, think now about where you’ll look for prospective employees, and what you’ll offer them. Beirne’s advice: “A small-business owner needs to be creative in their recruiting efforts and their strategies to drive their businesses.” Along that line, you need to think about the staff you already have – whether you’re doing enough to retain them or whether you need to think about making some changes. Beirne also suggested owners be sure that they’re in compliance with government labor regulations. Be aware that regulations often change or go into effect on Jan. 1. And while you’re at it, think about other regulatory issues, such an environmental laws, that might affect your company. You need to consider regulations at all levels of government – federal, state and local. You might also be facing price increases from your vendors and suppliers with the start of the new year. Be sure you’ve considered them when putting your budget together. One that’s affecting all of us: New postal rates go into effect Jan. 8. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – The arrival of 2006 offers small-business owners a chance for a fresh start in running their companies. For those who haven’t done financial planning or had a budget in the past, January is the time to start working in a more organized fashion. It’s also an opportunity to deal with human-resources issues such as creating a vacation policy or thinking seriously about your hiring plans for the coming year. “Most small-business owners work from the seat of their pants and don’t realize that a good plan will help them,” said Joseph P. Maloney, a certified public accountant with Maloney Reed Scarpitti & Co. LLP in Erie, Pa. He suggests owners start by putting together a budget that, among other things, will allow them to set aside money for retirement-plan contributions – something that often gets pushed back until the end of the year or is never dealt with at all.
Vacancy: SITT / LOCAL LINK DONEGAL is calling for SPSV License holders to enter a Framework Agreement to deliver transport services in Donegal.(SPSVs are defined as vehicles capable of carrying for hire or reward a maximum of eight passengers in addition to the driver.)Taxis / Wheelchair accessible taxisHackneys / Wheelchair accessible hackneysSITT / Local Link Donegal is setting up a Framework Agreement for the delivery of transport for patients travelling to and from Letterkenny University Hospital to receive Renal Dialysis up to three times per week and 24/7 dispatch service for LUH. Services provided will be within Letterkenny Town, County Donegal, and may include out of county services.How to Apply:Interested parties are invited to submit a brief summary (maximum of 2 pages) detailing contact details, their company’s expertise, fleet details, capabilities, experience in delivering services similar to those required and a dispatch operator’s licence. Summaries should be submitted by email only to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 5th March 2019 SITT / Local Link Donegal Niall Mór Community & Enterprise Centre, Killybegs, Co. Donegal. email@example.com Jobs: SITT/Locallink Donegal call for SPSV license holders for patient transport was last modified: February 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Framework AgreementhackneysLocal Link DonegalSITT/Locallink Donegaltaxis
Liverpool have referred footage of Mo Salah apparently using his mobile phone while driving to police.A video posted online alleged to show the Reds star scrolling through his phone sitting in traffic as a number of people, including children, gathered near his car before he drove off. 1 A Liverpool FC spokesman said: “The club, after discussion with the player, have made Merseyside Police aware of the footage and the circumstances surrounding its capture.“We have spoken to the player also and will deal with any follow-up internally.“Neither the club or player will be making any further comment on this matter.”The incident occurred after Liverpool had begun their Premier League campaign with a 4-0 victory over West Ham at Anfield, with Salah among the scorers.Merseyside Police said: “We have been made aware of a video believed to show a footballer using a mobile phone whilst driving.“This has been passed to the relevant department. Thanks for letting us know.” Mo Salah scored in Liverpool’s opening game of the season, a 4-0 win over West Ham
Daniel O’Donnell celebrated his 50th birthday early last night when he appeared on the Late Late Show.The singer was lauded by family and friends as he prepares to mark his milestone birthday on Monday next.The Kincasslagh man talked about everything of losing his father when he was just six to his desire to get a wig if he ever went bald! Daniel also spoke of his two great ambitions in the coming year when he plans to move down a gear and take life a little easier.“I’m going to do a course in Irish. I can speak a bit although not well even though I come from the Gaeltactht. I’m not saying I’m oing to say I’m going to be fluent but it will be Donegal Irish – sure that’s the only Irish. I also want to lean Sean-Nos dancing in Glencolmcille,” he revealed.Daniel also spoke of his life-long desire to have a walk-in part on his favourite soap opera Coronation Street.“I would sweep the streets or just hang about. I would just love a cameo,” he said. Daniel was joined on the Late Late Show by his sister Margo and wife Majella.His mum Julia could not make it but Daniel made sure he wished her well back home in Donegal.Cliff Richard sent Daniel good luck messages as did Eamon Holmes and Gloria Hunniford.Ryan Tubridy complimented Daniel on his youthful looks and asked what would he do if ever he lost his hair.“I’m glad to have hair. In the event of not having it I would have the biggest carpet on my head,” he admitted honestly. On the eve of his big birthday Daniel said he wants for nothing and doesn’t want presents from family and friends.“I’m just happy to be here with everyone – that presents enough,” he said.DANIEL TALKS LIFE, LOVE AND GETTING A WIG ON THE LATE LATE was last modified: December 10th, 2011 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:daniel o’donnellThe Late Late Show
FRESNO – Authorities are considering the possibility that more bodies could be frozen in the same Sierra Nevada glacier where climbers found the remains of a World War II airman. A 63-year-old report on one of several military plane crashes in the same remote mountain region suggests that the airman found last weekend was part of a four-member crew that took off from Mather Field in Sacramento on Nov. 18, 1942. Until now, none of the members of that training flight was ever found. “The bottom line is that there could be three more of them out there,” Mike Stowe, a contractor who locates archived military reports, told the Fresno Bee. “The report says they didn’t recover any bodies from that wreck.” Forensic experts were examining the body still encased in ice and have said they believed there was a good chance they would be able to identify the man. The body was found last weekend in a remote part of Kings Canyon National Park close to the summit of 13,710-foot Mount Mendel. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Officials said a number of military planes crashed in the area during the 1930s and 1940s. Troy Kitch, spokesman for the Joint Prisoner of War Accounting Command, which recovers and identifies military personnel, said they were evaluating the 1942 report. The report offered few details about the crash of a plane that took off from Mather Field in Sacramento with a destination of Corning in Tehama County. There was no explanation of how the plane got more than 200 miles off course.