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

The bizarre reason Liverpool could win race to sign £45m wonderkid

first_img RANKED Liverpool could have an ace up their sleeve in the race to sign Nicolo Barella.Barella, the Cagliari midfielder, was linked with a move to Anfield over the summer, but he failed to secure a switch to England. 2 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ James has been involved with Liverpool for over six years Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January IN DEMAND TOP WORK Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti There is also interest in the 21-year-old Italy youth international from his homeland, with Milan and Inter said to be tracking a player rated at around £45million.Having stayed with Cagliari for another season Barella, who netted six times in 35 appearances last term, has opened up on the summer interest in him – revealing offers were made earlier this year.“Cagliari received offers and turned them down,” Barella told Gazzetta dello Sport. “I am happy to have remained with the club I support.” moving on LIVING THE DREAM LATEST Though Barella refused to reveal who was interested in securing his services, he did comment on his future and admit a move to England would be his preference.And while Liverpool are likely to face a transfer battle now Barella has revealed England is where his future lies, Anfield chiefs will not be too worried as they have a key advantage over their rival Premier League clubs – LeBron James.Barella continued: “If I had to choose between Serie A and the Premier League, I’d go for England, because I like the way they approach the game. Plus everyone there is just as irritable and prone to fouls as me!“My dream is to get a nice house with a garden and a pool. And to meet LeBron James.” Barella has caught the eye with a series of excellent performances in Serie A Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer three-way race REVEALED Latest transfer news Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets James, the NBA superstar, got hold of a 2 per cent stake of Liverpool back in 2011, and his share is now said to be worth around $32million.He was at Wembley on Saturday to watch the Reds’ defeat of Tottenham as they continued their 100 per cent start to the season, and Barella will get one step closer to finally meeting his idol if he opted to complete a switch to Anfield.last_img read more

Donegal ETB Further Education and Training Fair takes place next week

first_imgDonegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) Fair takes place next week from 6-7 November in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny.The Fair has a new and improved format which focuses exclusively on Donegal ETB’s own Further Education and Training provision.The Fair is also taking place at a new time of the year – having been held in January for the last fifteen years, it has moved to a new November date to cement a change of time for subsequent years. The number of school leavers choosing FET as their first preference is increasing steadily. With this in mind, the Fair session on Wednesday 6 November, from 7.00-9.00pm, is aimed at Leaving Certificate students and their parents/guardians, school guidance counsellors and Principals.ETB’s FET staff will provide information on Post Leaving Certificate (PLC), specific skills training courses, traineeships and apprenticeships and explain first-hand what the benefits of FET are.Whether young people need a stepping stone into third level education, want to earn while they learn or fast track their way into employment, with nationally and internationally recognised qualifications, Donegal ETB covers all those options.Speaking about the evening session on 6 November, Donegal ETB’s Director of Schools, Dr Martin Gormley said, “It is important that students and parents consider Further Education and Training (FET) as a possible pathway for progression. Graduates from apprenticeships, FET courses and Post-Leaving Cert (PLC) courses are rated highly by employers in areas such as team-working, commercial awareness and entrepreneurial skills. He said, “Many of the FET courses on offer now have increased participation in work placements and engaged learning opportunities. The modes of assessment used often have increased focus on student project work and problem-solving which is so relevant in the employment context.”A local parent has told how her son followed the earn and learn route by completing an apprenticeship and finished his qualification with €20,000 in savings after four years, while her daughter went to third level and finished her qualification costing €45,000.This Wednesday evening session is also aimed at those currently working and seeking to upskill. Information will be provided on an exciting new initiative for those who are currently working called Skills to Advance.Skills to Advance can provide those currently in work and looking to upskill with free or part-funded part-time training opportunities from Levels 4-6. Information will also be available on Skills for Work, another training initiative for those in work. This programme is particularly targeted at low skilled workers who, without the opportunity to participate in this training, may not have the confidence to embrace change in the workplace.On Thursday 7 November from 10.00am-2.00pm, the Fair is open to those who are currently unemployed or studying a course and want information on the wide range full and part-time education and training opportunities offered by Donegal ETB’s FET Service to help them get back into the workforce or progress to the next level. Donegal ETB tutors, advisers and current students will be available to talk through these opportunities and experiences. As the largest provider of FET in the county, the ETB offers a comprehensive range of opportunities with qualifications including QQI, City & Guilds and industry-specific certification that allow students to choose their next best step.Donegal ETB’s Director of FET, Cróna Gallagher, said, “People should take the time on 6 and 7 November to find out how our FET Service can help them to go further in developing their skills and to find out about the many education and training options available throughout the county.”Many of Donegal ETB’s programmes are co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020. In 2018, over 11,000 FET students completed courses in more than 120 venues, making Donegal ETB the largest FET provider in the county, offering opportunities to retrain, upskill, get on the job work experience and progress onto further and higher education.For more information please contact Donegal ETB’s Adult Guidance and Information Service on 0749178088 or email adultguidance@donegaletb.ie or visit them at 2nd Floor, McKendrick Place, Pearse Road, Letterkenny. Further updates on the 2019 FET Fair can be found on Donegal ETB’s website (www.donegaletb.ie/news) and Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts (@DonegalETB) between now and the Fair.Donegal ETB Further Education and Training Fair takes place next week was last modified: October 30th, 2019 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)last_img read more

49ers next strength coach has major task: Garoppolo’s health

first_imgSANTA CLARA — As Jimmy Garoppolo and other 49ers work back from injuries, a new strength coach will oversee them.The 49ers have ousted Ray Wright after two, injury-plagued seasons as their head strength and conditioning coach, and no other staff changes have been made, a team spokesman said.Coach Kyle Shanahan and general manger John Lynch had vowed to review the team’s barrage of injuries. A total of 14 players, including Garoppolo, finished this season on injured reserve, and 20 did so in …last_img read more

South Africa’s Footballer of the Year

first_imgOrlando Pirates midfielder Teko Modise was crowned PSL Footballer of the Year for the second year in succession at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg on the weekend, earning the nod ahead of teammate Lucas Thwala and Golden Arrows’ Richard Henyekane. 26 May 2009 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Absa Premiership Player of the SeasonIt was a strong showing for Pirates as defender Thwala also was honoured, securing the Absa Premiership Player of the Season Award and a cheque for R150 000. The award was decided by the votes of the coaches of the 16 Premier Soccer League clubs. It was worth R250 000 to the Bafana Bafana ace. A number of awards from knockout competitions were also made. The Player of the Tournament for the Telkom Knockout Cup went to Franklyn Cale of the champions, Ajax Cape Town. He was named the winner of the award, worth R200 000, ahead of Urban Warriors’ striker Mabhudi Khenyeza and Orlando Pirates’ Benson Mhlongo. Despite playing in the back four, Thwala led all Buccaneers’ goal scorers, with nine. Not surprisingly, Gavin Hunt was named Coach of the Season after leading SuperSport to the club’s second PSL title in succession. Jerome Damon was named the Referee of the Season, while Enock Molefe picked up the Assistant Referee of the Season Award for the second year in a row. This time around it was the runners-up who scooped the honours. Mthokozisi Yende of the First Division side was named Player of the Year, worth R100 000, while Andile Jali was recognised as the Most Promising Player of the Tournament and received R25 000. Bongani Khumalo of SuperSport United won R50 000 as the winner of the PSL Hot Young Player of the Year. His performances, as part of the defence that conceded the second fewest goals in the season, was recognised by Bafana Bafana coach Joel Santana when he included Khumalo in the South African Confederations Cup squad.center_img Golden BootRichard Henyekane, after being shockingly excluded from the Confederations Cup squad, was rewarded for his superb season in attack for Golden Arrows. His 19 goals won him the Lesley Mayathela Golden Boot Award and R75 000. The Chairman’s Award, decided by Irvin Khoza, the chairman of the PSL, was shared by two veterans, goalkeeper Andre Arendse and defender John Maduka, who both pocketed R50 000. The award is presented to players who have made an excellent contribution to the game, and who serve as good role models. His classy performances in the midfield have left few questions about his abilities. The only one that remains, it seems, is: when is he going to be signed by an overseas club? Modise was also voted the Players’ Player of the Season, as well as the Orlando Pirates’ Online Player of the Year. Moroka Swallows captured the Nedbank Cup on the weekend, defeating Pretoria University 1-0 in the final. Two awards from the competition were presented: the Player of the Tournament and the Most Promising Player of the Tournament. Moroka Swallows’ Ryan Botha was awarded R50 000 for the Absa-lutely Awesome Goal of the season, which he scored against Bloemfontein Celtic. The Super Stadium, home ground to PSL champions SuperSport United, was named the Best Playing Surface of the Season. Wafa WafaA player from the MTN 8 champions won MTN’s Last Man Standing Awarding for the Wafa Wafa competition. Bloemfontein Celtic’s Gert Schwalkwyk, who was with Kaizer Chiefs at the time, took home R150 000. Zambian Kennedy Mweene, who plays for Free State Stars, was named Goalkeeper of the Year. He helped Stars to a superb fourth place finish in this season’s PSL as they conceded the third fewest goals in the league.last_img read more

Understanding Why Your Price Is Higher Than Your Competitors

first_imgYour company has a business model and a strategy. If your strategy is to differentiate your offering and create greater value, you no doubt have a higher price than many—or most—of your competitors. That higher price isn’t some arbitrary decision. It’s based on what is required for you to execute and deliver for your clients.Selling More at a Lower PriceIf you are exactly as good as you are now and lowered your prices to match your competitors, you would no doubt sell a lot more than you are selling now. Selling would be much easier once you take price out of the equation.But here’s the thing: selling more doesn’t make sense. To understand this, you have to understand a Profit & Loss statement.The top line on the P&L is your Revenue, that’s how much your company billed your clients. After that, you have the Cost of Goods (or Services) Sold and you Operating Costs. Once you subtract those costs from your Revenue, you are left with your Net Profit, or what your company actually made for all the work you did and the outcomes you delivered.Let’s say your Net Profit is 8 percent of Revenue. To match your competitor’s price, you would have to reduce your prices by 11 percent. Now you are better, and you are dead even on price. That sounds good, because you can massively increase your sales. But that reduction in price across all revenue would leave you with Net Revenue Loss of 3 percent. Congratulations, you broke the model and destroyed the strategy.Now you have to find a way to be profitable. Welcome to Economic Adulthood!What Would You Cut?You know all those things that your company does to be the best in the world in your category? Well, some of that stuff has to go. What’s the most expensive asset on most company’s P&L: people. Some people are going to have to go, and others are going to have to have their compensation restructured so that company can be profitable.Your new model isn’t designed to support the salaries where they are now, nor will they sustain the rich commission the sales force was paid for being able to convey the value of your offering to the people who are willing to pay more to have something better than “good enough.”Some People Will Only Pay for Good EnoughSome people will only pay for “good enough.” That says something about them, not about you, your company, your offering, and the price necessary to deliver something better, something exceptional. You never have to apologize or feel that it is wrong for you to have a higher price than your competitors. The price is only higher so you can create greater value.If you think it is difficult to sell with a higher price, try selling with a lower price, where you are undifferentiated and commoditized.last_img read more