As 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)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest If the Trump Administration follows through on international trade plans, the United States could see increased unemployment and a recession, according to an agricultural economist at The Ohio State University.Ian Sheldon, the Andersons Chair in Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE), said if Trump were to implement a 45% tariff against China and a 35% tariff against Mexico, “He’s going to put the economy into a recession, if the Chinese and Mexicans retaliate, as I expect them to do.”Citing the Peterson Institute for International Economics, Sheldon anticipates that within three years of the launch of a trade war, U.S. inflation would increase due to rising import prices and to a Federal Reserve response of raising interest rates on top of the expected increases this year. As a result of the increased cost of borrowing, investment would decline, pushing the economy into recession within three years, leading to the loss of 4.8 million to 5 million jobs.“A trade war would be self-defeating, in my opinion and in the opinion of most economists,” Sheldon said.Low-income Americans, who already spend a higher percentage of their income on necessities like food, would be hardest hit.“It will lower the purchasing power of the poorest in society,” Sheldon said.With increased interest rates and a stronger dollar, the trade deficit would only worsen, leading to a repeating cycle. Global supply chainsSheldon said people have misconceptions that the move of manufacturing jobs to Mexico, China and other countries caused the loss of 5.8 million jobs in the late 1990s. But most of those losses were due to technological advances that replaced people. He estimates that 13% 17% of those job losses could be attributed to international trade, but that 60% to 80% were due to technology that brought increased productivity.A trade war would hurt the U.S. economy in other ways, Sheldon said, and would be unlikely to bring many jobs back. About 80% of world trade now occurs through global supply chains, where higher skill work is completed in one country, and lower skill work is done elsewhere.Cars assembled in Mexico, for example, start out in the U.S., with about 40% of their value first completed here. Taxing the cars coming back to the U.S. would hurt our own export market, Sheldon said. If the U.S. targets China, assembly work could easily be moved to Vietnam and nothing would be gained. Impact on agriculture and food pricesChina is expected to import nearly 3.2 billion bushels of soybeans during this marketing year (2016-2017), according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, accounting for about two-thirds of the world’s imports. Some 59% of U.S. shipments go to China, so American soybean growers would be hit hard in a trade war.Mexico represents a large market for corn as well. Representing the third largest agricultural export market for the U.S., Mexico imports $2.3 billion worth of our corn.The U.S. imports about $4.8 billion worth of vegetables and $4.3 billion worth of fresh fruits from Mexico. Losing those imports would hurt U.S. consumers, especially lower-income consumers, as fruit and vegetable prices would rise with a trade war, Sheldon said. Losses from other trade agreementsFailing to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would likely cost the United States in terms of potential growth. The Peterson Institute projected a $130 billion increase in U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030 from that agreement. GDP is one of the primary indicators to gauge the health of a country’s economy.The United States would also miss the chance to open up the Japanese agricultural market, which USDA projected would account for 68% of the increase in agricultural imports among TPP countries. Overall, the agreement was expected to increase U.S. agricultural exports to the TPP by $2.8 billion.“The TPP was the template of how modern free trade agreements should be written. We’re throwing away the opportunity to write the rules,” he said.The TPP would also have reduced more than 18,000 tariffs, including many on agricultural products, Sheldon said.“A trade war is unambiguously a bad idea,” Sheldon said. “Hopefully we will see some legal and political checks on trade plans.”
On a day the high-pitched Madhya Pradesh campaign drew to a close, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had a word of advice for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “My advice to the Prime Minister is to exercise due restraint that is becoming of the office of the Prime Minister. When the Prime Minister goes to States that are not ruled by the BJP, he has an obligation to not use the language that has now become common practice,” Dr. Singh said on Monday at the launch of former Union Minister Manish Tewari’s new book, Fables of Fractured Times.Dignity of office “We never discriminated against the BJP-ruled States. [Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister] Shivraj Chouhanji would himself certify what I am saying. He is the Prime Minister of all Indians. His conduct must be worthy and consistent with the obligation he has as a PM,” the former Prime Minister added. The former Prime Minister, who sat through a panel discussion involving Mr. Tewari, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and Janata Dal (United)’s Pavan K. Varma, was responding to moderator and television anchor Rajdeep Sardesai’s query if he had any advice for current politicians. Soon after launching the book, Dr. Singh remembered the victims of the 26/11 attack. “Quite honestly, my thoughts today are on a different subject… Grave acts of terror took the lives of nearly 170 persons. One can only hope saner elements would prevail in India and Pakistan,” Dr. Singh said. “What’s happening today in Kashmir is an indication of the suffering that strained relations between the two countries can bring about,” he said, referring to the recent spate of violence in Kashmir.