Cabinet Endorses Several Policies

Cabinet Endorses Several Policies

first_imgThe Cabinet has endorsed the National Investment Commission’s Public-Private Partnership Policy with a suggestion for additional input by the Ministry of Justice.The cabinet made the endorsement at a meeting held recently in Monrovia, the Executive Mansion said in a release.On disseminating new regulations on the missing Liberian Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) biometric passports, the Cabinet mandated the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Justice to conduct independent studies on whether the proposed regulations fully meet international standards and are in line with legal requirements.The Cabinet also mandated the two ministries to work with the Ministry of Transport to resolve a few outstanding issues including an update of license plates for motor vehicles.Also following the Civil Service Agency’s update on Contributory Pension Scheme, the cabinet noted that it is an area that has long been lacking in our governance structure. It also suggested that more time was needed to make substantive proposals on the way forward.On performance updates from the High Level Committee Secretariat on the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the just-ended 70th Session of the UN General Assembly, the Cabinet endorsed the recommendations to hold a roundtable meeting bringing in all the stakeholders, including the National Legislature, civil society, media, and what role they can play to customize the document by determining targets aligned with the country’s Agenda for Transformation.The Cabinet also suggested that a Secretariat be established to modify the document and follow-up with its implementation.On the initiative to pave 51 kilometres of roads in Montserrado County and its environs, the Cabinet also endorsed the initiative, but urged the Ministry of Public Works to work with the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Public Procurement and Concessions Commission, and other stakeholders to thrash out all the bottlenecks for the smooth implementation of the projects beginning this dry season.Meanwhile, the Cabinet has endorsed the establishment of a Presidential Taskforce on City Beautification that will be chaired by the Director-General of the General Services Agency, Mary T. Broh.Other members on the committee are representatives from the Ministries of Internal Affairs, Youth and Sports, Information, Finance and Development Planning and the Liberia National Police.Other representatives are the mayors of all the cities as well as district commissioners across the country.They have a one month mandate running from November 15 to December 15, 2015.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Shout-out from Kobazzie: ‘No Beef with Bilikon’

first_img– Advertisement – Kobazzie is not just an ordinary artist. He is a hit maker who, since entering the music scene about two years ago, has been blasting the city with banger after banger, which fans love. His music fuses Afrobeat and dancehall to give people that unique sound that makes them feel happy and dance to take their stress away.Yes, indeed, Kobazzie is a talented artist who has mastered his craft very well since he became obsessed with music at a tender age. From “Sleep for what” to “Drink on Me,” his songs continue to rock nightclubs and entertainment spots in every neighborhood.The artist, who just returned from a business trip to Sweden, talks about his personal growth, his perspective on the industry and more, in the following LIB Life interview…LIB Life: Welcome back to Liberia. It is a pleasure to have you here. Can you tell us little about you trip in Sweden?KO: The trip was good. I went there to build relationships with international and credible music producers and marketers in order to help my music cross borders. So in a nutshell, the trip was amazing.LIB Life: Are you working on anything currently?KO: Yeah, I’m cooking something new right now which will be added to my debut album titled, ‘Drink on Me.’ The album will be drop either next month or the following month.Oh snap, I just leaked the album title! No problem. But all I can promise you is that the fans’ favorite songs will be on the album.LIB Life: Wow, we cannot wait for it! How is your relationship with your former record label Bilikon Entertainment?KO: Man, I still have a good relationship with the team. We talk often and we still remain family. I don’t hold any grudge any against any member of the team. Trust me, we are cool.LIB Life: After you were let go by Bilikon, in about a week’s time you dropped the song “Shout Out,” which people consider a beef track aimed at the your former label. Is this true?KO: No, this not true. The song was cooked up a long time before the breakup. I’m not a beef artist and under no condition will I do that. I respect Bilikon Entertainment and we are blood. The song was meant for people who don’t know anything about me and they just talk.LIB Life: What your regret since the breakup with Bilikon?KO:  Yo man, I have lots of regrets. First of all, I actually wanted to stay with the record label but things just turned bad. I still feel hurt to be disassociated with some of my besties who are still part of the record label. We talk, but not like before.Secondly, I’m still hurt by the words that were used when the breakup was announced. It really hurt me; and I find it difficult to get over it. Matter of fact, the breakup news came to me by surprise.Although I don’t hate anyone at the record label, I’m hurt by the way the breakup was announced. I was never consulted.Lastly, I now regret the time spent with the label, which was not really profitable for me because I was not getting more benefits from my work. I regret working without any legal contract with the label, but that’s life, you learn, you grow!LIB Life: Thanks for the last interview. Any last words?KO: Just to tell my fans thanks for the support.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Kobazzielast_img read more

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Garage band wins $10,000 music match

first_imgPALMDALE – A last-minute entry into a music contest paid off to the tune of $10,000 for the Antelope Valley band The Future. The group emerged with the top prize in the “Music from Home” program created by the development company SunCal, which is building the massive 10,600-acre Ritter Ranch project in the foothills of Palmdale. The contest was intended to support artistic development in the Antelope Valley. “It’s nice to have that support, especially when it’s for where you’re from,” said Chris Nelson, who co-founded The Future with longtime friend Matt Smyles. “We have to be thankful.” Band members plan to re-invest the prize money into their music, possibly printing up CDs to sell to fans at shows and on the Web. “Now we can print a lot of CDs without worrying about paying rent,” Smyles said. “Having CDs to send out will be great.” Tipped off by a friend about the contest, the band submitted two songs for consideration as the deadline for entries loomed. “It was kind of a shot in the dark,” Smyles said. “We thought we had submitted way too late.” The band members’ hopes started to rise, however, when they began receiving calls, the first to arrange an in-person interview and then a couple of follow-up phone interviews. “When we kept getting calls we thought: We have a shot at this,” Smyles said. Their winning entries were an acoustic rock number called “Where Did She Go?” and “Neon Signs,” more of a straight rock song. The songs can be heard at www.ritterranchlife.com/music_from_home. “We play everything from soft, acoustic rock to loud, kind of punk rock,” Nelson said. “We picked a couple of songs that people seem to respond to.” SunCal described The Future’s music as “literate, polished indie rock.” SunCal created the “Music from Home” program as a way to build a sense of community, said David Soyka, vice president of marketing for the company. The contest attracted about 100 entries. “SunCal builds large-scale residential master-planned communities, but how our communities live on the inside is just as important as what they look like on the outside,” Soyka said. “The intention behind this is not to judge the talent as good or bad, or sell records, or schedule tour dates or make money. This is about building community, encouraging local artists, and giving them the push they need to see just how far they can go.” SunCal’s intent was that the prize money help with expenses such as making demos, printing CDs or renting out venues to play in. “They (The Future) may be in a position where they need a little boost to be well known,” Soyka said. The band members are Nelson, lead singer and guitar player; Smyles, who plays guitar and keyboards; Smyle’s brother Jake, who plays drums; and Jeremiah Johns, who plays bass. Matt Smyles and Nelson met when they attended Quartz Hill High School together. The two were in jazz band and played in a number of groups. They went off to different colleges but got back together in the summer and recorded some songs in the garage at Nelson’s father’s house. “We’ve been playing music together since ’97, and I can honestly say we’ve made no money,” Nelson said. The band has played some notable clubs in Los Angeles, including the Roxy and The Knitting Factory, but their main focus is on building up an Internet following, Nelson said. Jonathan McHugh, who has been the music supervisor for more than 30 TV and film soundtrack projects, said he was impressed with both the contest and the caliber of entries. “This is a real model for local businesses to support their music community,” McHugh said. “I was really impressed with the spirit of it.” Communities like the Antelope Valley need to find outlets for artists to create and play, McHugh said. Artists who can’t find an outlet at home end up going into Los Angeles and leaving their hometowns behind. “If there were more venues, the talent would stay and music would blossom there,” McHugh said. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743 NEON SIGNS Verse: A man gets pushed around in a chrome wheelchair that squeaks as it goes His hat shows brown stains of sweat that inspires the music that he plays in his head Chorus: As his legs dangle free with his head to one side Drool glistens wet under bright neon signs He cares not where he’s going That’s because he… Verse: Groans at the quiet passers-by who try to ignore him everyone tries He feels like he’s all by himself and all that surrounds him feels this as well Chorus To see unconformity just like everyone WHERE DID SHE GO? Verse 1: If I were dead I would be buried in the cemetery here But that I’m not as you see time won’t let me leave from this here spot What’s past is gone for good Lord What the future holds I’m not sure hey Chorus: But if I do right this time maybe she’ll come back to me And if I try hard enough maybe time will let me free Where did she go? Verse 2: She looks at stop signs wondering why its so hard to say goodbye Don’t ask her to move as she will do what she wants to what’s new What’s past is gone for good Lord What the future holds I’m not sure Chorus Only if we could change our fate Or would it be choice of destiny 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

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National Energy Board to hold public hearing on North Montney Project

first_imgThe line will consist of two sections: Aitken Creek, and Kahta. It will connect to the Groundbirch Mainline which is 35 kilometres southwest of Fort St. John and continues 187 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John.The National Energy Board is wanting to hear from anyone that in the Board’s opinion, is directly affected by the project. The Board may also hear from anyone with relevant information or expertise.Those wanting to participate in the hearing can do so by filling out an application which can be found by clicking here. The form will be accessible on February 18. Deadline for applications is March 19.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Fire pits, campfires banned in Fort St. John, Taylor, and Charlie Lake

first_imgFort St. John, Taylor, and Charlie Lake have all expanded a province-wide ban on campfires to their municipal boundaries.The bans are in effect until further notice, and no campfires or fire pits will be allowed as hot and dry conditions continue to scorch the province.Both Charlie Lake and Taylor have also banned the use of fireworks.- Advertisement -Earlier today, the province issued a province-wide ban on all campfires in BC Parks, Crown land, and private lands.“We work very closely with the Ministry of Forests, and they are the experts on wild land fires,” said Taylor Fire Chief Alan Stebbing.“If they’re going to institute a ban around the district, we tend to feel it’s important to support them in that and extend the ban within the district as well.”Advertisement “We’re going to be doing education more than enforcement to let people know the ban is back on and includes campfires,” said Charlie Lake Fire Chief Terry Truchan.“Any place we see an open fire, we’re just going to ask them to extinguish it, and give them a copy of the ban, and explain the consequences if we have to come back.”Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $345, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail.If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs. * the use of binary exploding targets (e.g., for rifle target practice); and* the use of air curtain burners (forced-air burning systems).The bans do not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes. It also does not apply to a portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, with a flame length of 15 centimetres or less.A ban on all Category 2 and 3 open fires was put in to effect earlier this week.Municipalities usually have discretion over extending fire bans within city limits under fire prevention bylaws and fire department services.Advertisementcenter_img This ban includes:* open fires of any size, including campfires;* the use of fireworks, sky lanterns and tiki torches;* burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description;Advertisementlast_img read more

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic tells Paris Saint-Germain he wants to leave in the summer

first_img Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic 1 Manchester United target Zlatan Ibrahimovic will NOT be signing a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports in France.The striker’s current deal with the French champions expires at the end of the season and he can leave on a free in the summer.PSG had opened preliminary talks with the Swede over a new contract as interest from the Premier League and MLS grew.But, according Telefoot, Ibrahimovic has told the French giants that he wants to leave in the summer.Man United are keeping tabs on the 34-year-old, who has scored 30 goals this season already.Clubs in the MLS, however, are also chasing Ibrahimovic and believe he could be tempted by a move to America, while a big-money move to China is another possible destination.last_img read more

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Be very afraid

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Feds try to google Google” (Jan. 20): Big Brother is alive and well and bigger than ever, I see! There are far more important issues to deal with this day and age (homelessness, poverty, tension between people of all walks of life, job security, etc.) and our government has to waste its time (and our money) on what people are looking at on the Internet? Yikes! People, for the last time, be afraid, be very afraid! Next thing you know the government will want to know what type of toilet paper we buy. Ridiculous! Gina Carter Studio City Political job-hunting Here we have State Sen. Richard Alarcon, City Councilman Alex Padilla and Assemblywoman Cindy Montañez all running for another office while still holding their present office. The net effect is to take away their service to the public for almost a year, including the service of staff members who are working for their bosses’ re-election, lest they, too, be out of work when the term limit is fulfilled. This state’s term-limits law needs to be revised so that when a term limit is fulfilled, the candidate cannot run for another office for at least a year. Frank Jacobs Sylmar Fit to be spoofed Re “All The News That’s Fit To Spoof” (Viewpoint, Jan. 22): I’ve subscribed for at least 15 years, have never written a letter to the editor before, but felt compelled to let you know that I eagerly look for Steve Young’s column every Sunday, and enjoy it even more that I did Dave Barry’s column. Please keep him around permanently! Thanks for finding him in the first place for us. There will always be plenty of news to spoof! Joan Gomes Simi Valley Right to death Re: “Suicide law promotes ‘new culture of dying”‘ (Their Opinions, Jan. 20): In upholding Oregon’s assisted suicide law, the Supreme Court reached the right result for the wrong reasons. The law should have been upheld on the grounds of an individual’s right to his own life. The right to life includes and implies the right to commit suicide. To hold otherwise is to deny the right to life at its root. If we have a duty to go on living, despite our better judgment, then our life does not belong to us, and we exist by permission, not by right. Individuals have a moral right to seek assistance in committing suicide. And if a doctor is willing to assist, based on an objective assessment of his patient’s mental and physical state, the law should not stand in his way. There is no rational basis upon which the government can properly prevent an individual from choosing to end his life. The choice is his because the life is his. Thomas A. Bowden Ayn Rand Institute Irvine Dying death penalty That California has executed two of its 640 Death Row inmates in recent months does not mean that the state will ever carry out 90 percent of the remaining sentences. Though there is no moratorium officially, the process has bogged down to the point that more than 20 years will pass between a criminal’s trial and execution. I believe first-degree murderers deserve to be executed, but with so many exclusions on the books – mental illness, under 18 at the time, inadequate defense and others – the death penalty will eventually be taken off the books. Sol Taylor Sherman Oaks Worst choice The Founding Fathers set up our system of checks and balances very carefully. Our current administration seems to think that the executive branch should be essentially unchecked. From his previous rulings, it seems that Judge Samuel Alito shares this view. I believe the worst choice for a justice of the Supreme Court is someone who doesn’t believe that the Supreme Court should play a strong role in keeping the executive branch in check. For this reason, I believe that Alito should not be confirmed as our next justice on the Supreme Court. James Bernstein Santa Monicalast_img read more

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Milan name price for Manchester United target Leonardo Bonucci

first_img smart causal crackers silverware Bonucci joined Milan from Juventus in 2017 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 1 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures REVEALED Milan have already been banned from the Europa League this season after breaching Financial Fair Play regulations and they are prepared to sell players.Striker Andre Silva has been told he can go and Bonucci is another in the shop window during the current transfer window.The 31-year-old’s availability has caught the eye of Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain and, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, they can have him for £31m. AC Milan have placed a £31m price tag on Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain target Leonardo Bonucci.The San Siro club are ready to cash in on the centre-back this summer so they can balance the books.center_img who plays? RANKED Milan have put that price tag on the Italy international’s head and they are now likely to be fielding offers in the coming days.Paris Saint-Germain are currently the favourites to sign Bonucci as the defender is reportedly keen to head to the French capital so he can play alongside his old Juventus team-mate, Gianluigi Buffon. deals Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Latest Manchester United News Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics gameday cracker Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January possible standings last_img read more

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OCEAN FM RAN UP HUGE LOSSES AFTER TAKING OVER FROM US – COAST FM

first_imgTHE company which once ran Ireland’s most successful radio station says it can make it a profitable franchise once again.Coast FM, owned by Mid-West Radio and who once had the franchise to cover south Donegal as North West Radio, has taken part in its latest bid to unseat Ocean FM from the radio dial.Both stations made pitches at a public hearing in Sligo yesterday. Former Donegal footballer Martin McHugh is among those backing the Coast FM bid.In its submission Coast FM said it had turned had profits of €970,000 during its 14 years as the franchise provider.However since Ocean FM won the franchise in controversial circumstances a decade ago, it has recorded losses of €765,300.It also said market share levels have slumped from an average of 51% in 2003 when North West had the license to just 29% in 2013 under Ocean FM. Coast FM claimed a “serious disconnect” has occurred between listeners in Sligo, North Leitrim and South Donegal in its local radio station in the last ten years.The new group says its primary objective is to provide a broad-format radio service targeting all adults with a particular focus on those over 25.It will also have an emphasis on “what’s Irish and local” and will implement “urgent and remedial strategies to increase listenership.”It plans to share relevant programming with Mid West Radio which it also owns, saying this worked well when North West Radio was on air.For its part Ocean FM says that what it is doing today “is the optimum mix” and “right for the tastes and interest of our audience.” It says it is the smallest local station in the country but its commitment to high-quality content has made it one of the most decorated.Ocean said it wanted to diversify its business to include new digital media.The submission lists the 24 shareholders of North West Broadcasting Ltd which trades as Ocean FM.More than 85% of the shares are held by eight individuals. These are: Padraig O’Dwyer (23.5%) of Letterkenny, CEO of River Media; John Keon (6.19%), Ballyshannon businessman; Ocean FM CEO Tim Collins (14.64%); Car dealer Martin Reilly (14.78%); Pat Clifford of Clifford Electrical (11.75%); Sean Grant (5.84%), a lecturer and consultant from Letterkenny; Tony Porter (4.23%), chartered accountant from Rosses Point; Noel Shannon (4.27%) from Newbridge, Communications Manager with Irish Water.OCEAN FM RAN UP HUGE LOSSES AFTER TAKING OVER FROM US – COAST FM was last modified: April 29th, 2014 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:BAIcoast fmocean fmradio licenselast_img read more

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SA set for record 2009 election

first_imgA recreation of people queuing to vote during South Africa’s historic 1994 elections in a still from the Brand South Africa promotional video We’ve Done It Before.Mary AlexanderSouth Africa is set for unprecedented voter turnout in 2009, with more than 21-million people – nearly a quarter of them youngsters – registered to vote in the country’s fourth democratic election, likely to be held in April.The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced on Wednesday that a record 1.6-million people had taken part in its voter registration drive over the weekend of 8 to 9 November – the vast majority of them aged 18 to 29. South Africans are eligible to vote from the age of 18.“The drive has far surpassed our expectations,” IEC chairperson Brigalia Bam said in a statement.“The IEC is delighted to see the success of the weekend drive to register new voters, especially the youth, who represent a majority of the weekend registration activity at 77.9%. We are proud to say that this was our most successful registration drive since 2000.”Out of a total population estimated at 48.7-million people, some 27-million are eligible to vote. During the previous election held in 2004, 20-million voters were registered, but only 15-million actually cast their ballots.The new interest in participating in the election is largely seen as a result of political developments in the country. These have included the replacement of Thabo Mbeki with Kgamela Motlanthe as president, and the formation of a new political party, the Congress of the People, by a breakaway faction of the ruling African National Congress.The Obama factorBarack Obama’s successful election campaign in the US may also have something to do with it – particularly in kindling interest in voting among previously apathetic young people. The election of America’s first black – and relatively young – president may have inspired the youth to believe democracy can actually work.“We have seen how the Obama strategy enticed younger voters to enrol to vote, and our politicians have clearly not employed this, but current political developments seem to have encouraged the youth to vote,” political analyst Steven Friedman told The Times.Of the 1.6-million newly registered voters, 1.2-million are in the 18 to 29 age bracket.Despite heavy rain a total of 3.7-million people visited the 19 000 registration centres across the country during the course of the weekend, to register for the first time, re-register, change their voting districts or inspect their details on the voters’ roll.KwaZulu-Natal had the highest number of new registrations with 451 030, followed by Gauteng with 369 623 and the Eastern Cape with 193 444.More women than men took part in the registration, with 882 536 women (54%) applying as opposed to 765 653 men (46%).Before the registration drive there were 20-million eligible voters, and after 21.7-million. The percentage of voters in the 18 to 29 age category rose from 20.4% of registered voters to 24.3% – approaching a quarter.Bam said while the IEC is pleased with the results of the registration weekend, it also recognised that there may be people who missed the opportunity. These people can register at the IEC offices in their municipalities during normal office hours.The South African voters’ roll closes on the day the president proclaims the election date. The IEC announced yesterday that it will hold a second registration drive early in 2009, before the proclamation. This is likely to push voter numbers to an even higher record.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related artclesObamamania sweeps AfricaClosing South Africa’s democratic deficitBetter government across Africa South Africa’s growing political maturity Motlanthe to be acting president Mbeki resigns as SA president Useful linksIndependent Electoral Commissionlast_img read more

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