LIB Life Half-year Report: Who’s In?

first_imgAs the end of the year fast approaches, LIB Life, a component of the Daily Observer newspaper, is now releasing its first half of the year report on artists and their artistic achievements, bloggers and fashion promoters that are doing well in their respective fields.This first half of the report highlights six outstanding artists, a blogger and fashion promoter, retelling their record-breaking moments and other personal achievements.At the end of the list, we will acknowledge some people that may likely appear on the year-end list.8. Let’s get the ball rolling in eighth place with popular female blogger Berenice Mulubah for giving us juicy entertainment news on Liberian artists in the Diaspora.A few weeks ago the Diaspora Entertainment Awards nominated her for the Blogger of the Year award.In the early part of this year Berenice published her second book, a collection of poems called Purple Honey Lips. Lately, she has been added to the writing team of the new web-based series Daughters in America, produced by fellow Liberian, Love Weah.7. In the seventh spot is Quincy B. It would seem that this year holds great prospects for the 21 year-old singer and producer, evidenced by his recent unveiling as Lonestar Cell MTN’s new Brand Ambassador, in what is believed to be a mouthwatering endorsement deal.His deal makes him the second Liberian artist to be named Brand Ambassador of Lonestar Cell MTN, after Takun J.While the terms of the deal have not been revealed, however, it puts the artist on a higher path for success depending on the eventual outcome.6. Sitting comfortably in sixth place is Junda Morris-Kennedy, owner of Runway Liberia, an annual fashion event held in the U.S. and aimed at promoting and supporting Liberian fashion designers.The event featured some of the best models from around the world, and attracted classical fashion designers unveiling distinct western and African pieces.In the audience was former advisor to President Barrack Obama, Dr. Jamal Bryant, founder of the Empowerment Temple Church in the U.S.Well-known international Liberian fashion personalities Dolly Barnes, Abraham Pelham, US based and renowned makeup artist and hairstylist Lewina David, and upcoming fashion designer Tarloh Sayeh were honored for their contributions to the fashion industry.Also present was Giovanni Francisco from Italy, who represented the Logo Store.5. In fifth place is none other than celebrated rapper Jon Bricks, who a few months ago returned home from China with Chinese superstar Zhang Zhang and held a successful three-day concert.The Diva Dream Alive concert, which was held at different locations, pulled in thousands of people, with Bricks rumored to having grabbed approximately half a million Liberian dollars.Also, the rapper completed a successful five-nation European business tour, which allowed him to meet top music executives and promoters in Europe.While in Europe, Bricks shot a banging video, produced by Catia Productions in Milan for his new single Conqueror.Still on Bricks, the rapper runs a charity organization called Zama Plus Foundation International, aimed at providing support to the less fortunate in Liberia.4. Since his travel to Nigeria looking to etch his name on the African music landscape, things have been moving in the right direction for F dot A. For this, he comfortably sits in fourth place.A few weeks ago, the Afro pop artist was nominated for the Nigerian Entertainment Awards in the African Male Artist (non-Nigerian) category.Few months ago, F dot A returned home with a two-day successful concert with Naija cutie Chidinma for his hit single Desire.On June 22 of this year, F dot A’s single Desire went Number 1 on Soundcity West African Music and Video Chart after gaining over 300,000 views on YouTube. 3. At third place is visual artist Leslie Lumeh, who recently participated in the Lumieres d’Afriques (The Enlightened Africa) art exhibition where several artists used a variety of artistic presentations to highlight Africa’s latent creative talents.Lumeh, who has been profiled on CNN and other international media networks, ably represented Liberia at the historical event, which featured 54 African artists displaying works in a wide variety of creative media that brought the continent’s problems to the fore.Lumeh’s presentation, which was widely admired, was an acrylic on canvas piece titled The Light Within.2. In second is Scientific, and his inclusion is simple. The hip-hop artist became the first Liberian artist to have his song Rotate, featuring Quincy B, picked up by Vevo, one of the world’s biggest streaming services.Scientific also became the first rapper to win the hip-hop category of the LMA three years in a row.1. In first place is sensational singer Dash Coleman.This guy, who is not yet an A-list Liberian artist, has set one of the greatest records in the Liberian entertainment industry by winning four awards during a single awards night.He won the awards from the just ended Liberia Music Awards (LMA).Though K-Zee holds the record for being the first person to win three LMA awards during a single awards night, however, it was Dash who broke the record by win four awards at the just ended LMA.Artists like Eric Geso, Sweetz, Kobazzie, DenG and producers like Lorenzo Loveland and Infectious Michael are all doing well, and we hope they keep it up.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2 dead in shooting at office

first_imgA special tactical unit used explosives to enter the building shortly after midnight and shot John Ashley to death after he opened fire, police spokesman Sgt. Clifford Gatlin said. Police said Ashley repeatedly shot at them during the 10-hour standoff Thursday and even shot at a remote-controlled police robot they sent inside. No officers were hurt. “This is, it’s a shock,” Gatlin said. “It’s big for us because we know everybody.” Ashley, a retired city maintenance worker, was found in the back of the office, which was converted from a single-story house. The two people police say he killed were found in the front of the building, where police rescued one of the three surviving victims Thursday afternoon. The other survivors escaped on their own. RAMPAGE: Louisiana gunman, described as a church deacon, is killed after a standoff at law firm. By Doug Simpson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ALEXANDRIA, La. – Anger over a divorce settlement may have driven a 63-year-old Baptist deacon to shoot five people in a law office, killing two, and then exchange gunfire with police, authorities said Friday. Gatlin said investigators have learned the shooting was “a possible dispute over a divorce settlement,” but that he had no further details. He said investigators will need to speak with the three survivors to determine a motive, and at least two of them were seriously injured. The shooting rampage near the Rapides Parish Courthouse astounded people who knew Ashley in Alexandria, a central Louisiana town of about 46,000. Ashley was a deacon and sang in the choir at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, said Freddie Lawson, a fellow congregant. Ashley attended Bible study every Wednesday night this year, except the night before the shootings, Lawson said. “I’ve never heard him raise his voice,” said Charlie Gilmore, Ashley’s neighbor and a local pastor. “I never heard of him being violent.” Police Chief Daren Coutee said officers called Ashley repeatedly on his cell phone and the office phone throughout the day but he refused to talk. “We did all we could do as far as negotiations were concerned,” Coutee said. Authorities identified the dead as Camille “Joey” Giordano II, a 32-year-old assistant district attorney. The other person killed was Marty Thiels, 50, a postal worker delivering mail to the law firm. 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

Business school to expand in Africa

first_imgThe world-class Stellenbosch BusinessSchool is to offer its top managementprogramme to three new African nations.(Image: stock.xchng) MEDIA CONTACTS • Marieke van RooyenUSB-ED Communications Manager27 21 918 4344Janine ErasmusThe highly regarded University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) is to offer its popular Management Development Programme in a further three African nations – students in Ghana, Kenya and Zimbabwe will soon be able to attend the course, along with their colleagues in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.The Management Development Programme (MDP) is an initiative of the business school’s public executive development and training company, known as USB-ED.It is aimed at middle managers and equips them to more capably implement their companies’ strategic business objectives.Focusing not only on the essential business aspects, the programme also covers the more human elements of team dynamics, emotional intelligence, and leadership. The MDP may be tailored to suit the specific situations of companies.No previous tertiary qualification is required. Those who complete the course may go on to the Senior MDP, which is aimed at helping senior managers to work efficiently within a corporate environment.“Although the programme will be presented for the first time in these countries as an open programme,” said WIllemien Law of USB-ED, “we can also customise it to address specific needs of the private sector and those of governmental departments.”More than 300 people sign up for the MDP annually. It is due to roll out in Zimbabwe, Kenya and Ghana in August and September 2010 and will be offered twice in each country before the end of 2010.Registration is now open. Interested parties can go to the USB-ED website to download a registration form.Top business schoolThe Stellenbosch Business School is one of South Africa’s top rated executive education institutions.Starting with just 14 MBA students in 1964 – of which eight received their degrees two years later – and four full-time staff in 1970, the institution now boasts almost 1 000 MBA, masters and PhD graduates. Distinguished alumni include Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys and Ras Myburgh, CEO of Kumba Iron Ore.The USB is the only South African university business school to hold two international accreditations.In 2000 it received its first European Quality Improvement System (Equis) accreditation, becoming the first in Africa to reach this milestone. It followed this accomplishment with accreditation from the London-based Association of MBAs (AMBA) accreditation in 2002.The USB has entered into partnerships with highly regarded business schools in other countries, including the Vienna University of Economics & Business Administration, the University of Cologne, the Rotterdam School of Management, the ESCA School of Management in Morocco, and Singapore Management University.Students benefit through exchange programmes, an annual international study tour, joint research projects, and international cooperation on academic programmes.In 2008 the USB was named South Africa’s top business school by benchmarking organisation Professional Management Review ( the USB came in 39th out of the world’s 100 leading business schools, according to the 2009-2010 edition of the Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey released by the Washington D.C.-based Aspen Institute. The USB was the only such institution on the African continent to make the grade.In May 2010 a new USB alumni association was established in East Africa.last_img read more

Building a nation takes time, Zuma tells SA

first_imgBy More Matshediso16 December 2014Reconciliation is not an event but a process, and building a nation takes time, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday at an event held in Dundee in KwaZulu-Natal to mark the Day of Reconciliation.“Reconciliation also does not mean forgetting or trying to bury the painful history of conflict,” Zuma said. “It means that while we remember the pain of the past, we will not allow it to stop us from building a better tomorrow.”The president was speaking at the official opening of the bridge that joins Ncome Museum and Blood River Monument. This is the site of the Battle of Blood River, where the Zulus and Afrikaaners fought in 1838.Zuma said generations to come will testify that those who had lived through the period of transition from apartheid colonialism to a new democratic society were a truly wonderful and remarkable generation, able able to overcome fear, hatred and pain to build a new non-racial future.He said the official opening of the bridge was a sign of reconciliation and nation building, since the day has been commemorated differently on each side of the river, by two different races.“It is a huge significance as both the Zulus and Afrikaaner people have come together today to mark this important historical day together,” said Zuma.Instead of commemorating the day on the opposite side of the river, both groups have crossed the river through the bridge, physically and figuratively.“This illustrate that reconciliation is possible if both sides make effort,” he said.Zuma pointed out that the country began the journey to build a new nation in 1994, and it began to work towards peace and harmonious co-existence among the people of the country.“That step of establishing a government of national unity was very important. people who were fighting had to govern the country together.”This was the most difficult thing that had to happen, to bring peace, stability and a common future.The official opening of the bridge was organised by the Department of Arts and Culture in partnership with KwaZulu Natal Provincial Department and UMzinyathi District Municipality.It is envisaged that the bridge will symbolise the removal of racial and social barriers between the different population groups.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Big Demand for Micro-Apartments in New York City

first_imgDesign competition launched the projectCarmel Place, originally called My Micro NY, is being developed by Monadnock Development and the Lower East Side People’s Mutual Housing Association. It is the result of a 2012 design competition aimed at encouraging safe, legal, and reasonably priced apartments for residents who aren’t interested in sharing their digs with other people, The Times said.Apartments less than 400 square feet became illegal after 1987 zoning restrictions were imposed, but the city waived the requirement and allowed Carmel Place to move ahead. There are an estimated 3,000 apartments in Manhattan less than the 400-square-foot minimum now on the books, grandfathered under the zoning change. The average studio apartment in Manhattan isn’t much bigger — just 550 square feet — and comes with a median rent of $2,555 a month.“There is this idea that bigger is better, and that we need housing for families,” Sarah Watson, the deputy director of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council, told the newspaper. “But people change, lifestyle changes, technology changes, and the housing needs to change.”The modular units were built at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, trucked to the site and assembled into a building. (The newspaper published a slide show documenting the construction process earlier in the year.)Designers used a variety of techniques to make the apartments seem bigger and to conserve space. Ceilings, for example, are more than 9 feet tall, and sliding glass doors open to small balconies, bringing in light and air. Kitchenettes have mini-refrigerators, two-burner electric cooktops, and microwaves (but no conventional ovens). Features such as pull-down beds and desks that can be extended into dining tables seating as many as 10 people help to make the most out of small footprints.The building also has common spaces, including a gym, two lounges, an outdoor courtyard, and a roof deck with a barbecue. Housekeeping services are available.Christopher Bledsoe, a founding partner of Stage 3 Properties, said that the market already has determined square footage is only one factor that renters weigh. Other features, such as housekeeping and free wi-fi, can convince some people to pay more for less room. Apartments as small as 260 square feet might seem like a joke to some prospective renters, but in New York City, 60,000 people submitted applications for 14 affordable studios in Carmel Place, New York City’s first “micro-unit” apartment building. The New York Times reports that Carmel Place will open in February with 55 studio apartments ranging in size from 260 to 360 square feet.Those 60,000 applicants (about 4,300 per apartment) were reduced to 14 in a lottery. Leasing for other apartments in the building is now underway.Affordable apartments in the building will go for $950 per month, but others will be much more expensive — up to $2,910 for a furnished, 355-square-foot apartment on the second floor. The cheapest market-rate furnished apartment in the building is a 265-square-foot unit on the third floor going for $2,540 a month.So it’s not micro-rents that are attracting tenants, but the prospect of not having to share a small apartment with one or more roommates. And that appears to be a huge unmet need. Most of the city’s housing stock is designed for families, The Times says, but 40% of the households in the city aren’t families and studio apartments (those with one main room) account for only 7% of the existing housing stock.last_img read more

Angioplasty and stent placement- carotid artery- discharge

first_imgAlternate NamesCarotid angioplasty and stenting – discharge; CAS – discharge; Endarterectomy – carotid artery – discharge; Angioplasty – carotid artery – dischargeWhen You Were in the HospitalYou had an angioplasty done when you were in the hospital. You may have also had a stent (a tiny wire mesh tube) placed in the blocked area to keep it open. Both of these were done to open a narrowed or blocked artery that supplies blood to your brain.Your health care provider inserted a catheter (flexible tube) into an artery through an incision (cut) in your groin or your arm.Your health care provider used live x-rays to carefully guide the catheter up to the area of the blockage in your carotid artery.Then your health care provider passed a guide wire through the catheter to the blockage. A balloon catheter was pushed over the guide wire and into the blockage. The tiny balloon on the end was inflated. This opened the blocked artery.What Expect at HomeYou should be able to do most of your normal activities within a few days, but take it easy.Self-care If your surgeon put the catheter in through your groin:Walking short distances on a flat surface is okay. Limit going up and down stairs to about 2 times a day for the first 2 to 3 days.Donot do yard work, drive, or play sports for at least 2 days, or for the number of days your doctor tells you to wait.You will need to care for your incision.advertisementYour doctor or nurse will tell you how often to change your dressing (bandage).If your incision bleeds or swells, lie down and put pressure on it for 30 minutes. If the bleeding or swelling does not stop or gets worse, call your doctor and return to the hospital. Or, go to the closest emergency room,or call 911 right away. If bleeding or swelling are severe even before 30 minutes have passed, call 911 right away. Do not delay.Having carotid artery surgery does not cure the cause of the blockage in your arteries. Your arteries may become narrow again. To lower your chances of this happening:Eat healthy foods, exercise (if your doctor advises you to), stop smoking (if you smoke), and reduce your stress level.Take medicine to help lower your cholesterol if your doctor prescribes it.If you are taking medicines for blood pressure or diabetes, take them the way your doctor has asked you to.Your doctor mayask you totake aspirin and/or another medicine called clopidogrel (Plavix), or another medicine,when you go home. These medicines keep your blood from forming clots in your arteries and in the stent. Donot stop taking them without talking with your doctor first.When to Call the DoctorCall your doctor or nurse if:You have a headache, become confused, or have numbness or weakness in any part of your body.You have problems with your eyesight or you cannot talk normally.There is bleeding at the catheter insertion site that does not stop when pressure is applied.There is swelling at the catheter site.Your leg or arm below where the catheter was inserted changes color or becomes cool to touch, pale, or numb.The small incision from your catheter becomes red or painful, or yellow or green discharge is draining from it.Your legs are swelling.You have chest pain or shortness of breath that does not go away with rest.You have dizziness, fainting, or you are very tired.You are coughing up blood or yellow or green mucus.You have chills or a fever over 101F.References2011 ASA/ACCF/AHA/AANN/AANS/ACR/ASNR/CNS/SAIP/SCAI/SIR/SNIS/SVM/SVS Guideline on the Management of Patients With Extracranial Carotid and Vertebral Artery Disease. J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2011;124:e54-e130.Eisenhauer AC, White CJ, Bhatt DL. Endovascular treatment of noncoronary obstructive vascular disease. In: Bonow RO, Mann DL, Zipes DP, Libby P, eds. Braunwalds Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine. 9th ed. Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 63.Silva MB Jr., Choi L, Cheng CC. Peripheral arterial occlusive disease. In: Townsend CM Jr., Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL. Sabiston Textbook of Surgery. 19th ed. Elsevier Saunders; 2012: chap 63.Review Date:1/11/2013Reviewed By:Michael A. Chen, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medical School, Seattle, Washington Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.advertisementlast_img read more