2015 ain’t gone nowhere yet and some things are already falling apart. Actually, it’s really not so bad. It’s just another one of those teething moments of the Liberian entertainment industry. Recently, rumor circulated on Takun J’s 1.4.6 Block that one of LIB’s hottest rising artist and his manager split, and LIB Life had to get the juice.According to reports, Lil Beshop, the Hip-Co hit maker behind the famous track ‘Human Being’, and his manager Marie Collins, have split.“I no longer mange Lil Beshop, he didn’t fully understand my role as his manager and refused that I partake in the creative process of his song, ‘Let’s Party’, which I sponsored and provided the beat for,” Chic Collins posted on facebook.After seeing her post, we immediately contacted Lil Beshop to hear what he had to say on the matter.“The contract Marie and I signed didn’t include her being involved in such activities,” Beshop stated. “In Liberia, there is a certain type of music my fans are used to hearing, but Marie wanted me to do the ‘let’s party’ song in a way I knew my fans wouldn’t agree on. Though Marie has helped me tremendously in the recent part of my career, she has stopped contacting me and other things, which indicates she is no longer my manager,” he adds.Collins says she came up with the beat to ‘Let’s Party’ in hopes of promoting it in the UK where she lives. “The beat is a replica of a hit song here in the UK. I wanted Beshop to nail [it] so that I can promote it here,” she stated. “I messaged him a chorus I felt will make the track a hit, he agreed via text but wasn’t giving me updates on the song. I had enough and told him that I couldn’t manage him anymore.”According to Collins, she began managing the popular star after he approached her to manage him on the social site facebook“I have sent Beshop money on several occasions to record. I paid an online press kit monthly and boosted post on his facebook page. I also promoted his songs as well as doing my managerial duties,” she added.Meanwhile, Collins says Beshop hasn’t disputed her decision to split from his team and feels they both agree on the decision. But on the other hand, according to Lil Beshop, a contract was signed between the two parties that expire in five years.“Marie has been managing me for less than year. As for me, I never said I didn’t want her to be my manager but will agree on whatever she wants to do. Signed a contract sheet for three years, she wrote on my page and her page that she’s no longer managing me. She breached the contract.”These are some of the teething experiences of the Liberian entertainment industry, where the terms of reference for some artists and their managers appear not so clearly defined. And even with crystal clear terms, the conflict over the creative process, however, is always a sticky issue no matter who the artist is. The real conflict may be between the artist’s creative autonomy and his manager’s interpretation of what the audience expects, on the one hand; and the fact that artist and manager are not targeting the same audiences, on the other hand. Is this a conflict that a remix cannot fix?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As New Year commencesBy Shemuel FanfairOne month after a transfer that saw him answerable to the Commander of A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara), the tenure of replaced Substantive Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum remains uncertain as it was indicated that there was no change in his position.Acting Commissioner of Police David Ramnarine had first tied Blanhum’s transfer to the “arrangements” that were in place for the Christmas season, observing that his “reposting” was not without precedent. Now that 2018 has commenced,Deputy Commander of A Division Wendell BlanhumGuyana Times sought to ascertain whether or not the former Crime Chief’s post was a permanent fixture.In a brief interview with this newspaper on Tuesday, the acting Commissioner was questioned on the status of Blanhum’s position. Ramnarine however opted against offering a direct response on the matter but instead indicated that this position will be maintained for the foreseeable future. “That discussion is not for public domain, not for this time at least,” he told this publication.It was in early December that the acting Top Cop pointed out that Senior Superintendent Wendell Blanhum was removed from his post, and would act as the Deputy Commander of A Division, under Marlon Chapman.When Blanhum was on his vacation leave, Assistant Police Commissioner Paul Williams who had been recently elevated to Commander of B Division (Berbice) acted as the interim Crime Chief. Ramnarine had announced that Williams would continue to function in the capacity, at the time noting that the change was done to facilitate the Force’s annual Christmas security programme.However, media reports had suggested that Blanhum’s demotion was in keeping with the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the alleged plot to assassinate President David Granger. On these claims, Ramnarine had refused to comment.Commissioner of Police (ag), David RamnarineOn March 29, 2017, Andriff Gillard reported to the Police that his friend and neighbour, Nizam Khan, had offered him $7 million to assassinate the President. He said the offer was made during a conversation between Khan and himself after he had approached Khan to borrow $6 million to purchase a property. Following the allegation, President Granger ordered the CoI to investigate the Police investigation of the allegation, and to also make recommendations to address flaws. Retired Assistant Police Commissioner Paul Slowe conducted the CoI and handed the report to President Granger at the end of August.However, when Blanhum had taken the stand at the CoI, he clashed with Commissioner Slowe. It was revealed that Blanhum was the first person to receive information of the alleged plot, and was instructed by Ramnarine to personally oversee the investigation. The Commission found that Blanhum had failed to properly supervise the investigation, and allegedly lied while under oath when he said it was his decision to send Nizam Khan on bail. It was recommended that Blanhum be disciplined for all those infractions.“He was insubordinate when he took a rude, argumentative and aggressive posture at the Commission of Inquiry. He should be disciplined for this. His lack of supervision of this important investigation; his utterances, disrespect and arrogance displayed before the Commission showed that he is incapable of functioning as the Crime Chief, the lead investigator and manager of the major investigating unit of the Guyana Police Force. Blanhum should be replaced as Crime Chief, and reassigned in order to gain command experience,” Slowe had recommended.Blanhum had taken up the reigns as Crime Chief in May 2015 and he had reopened several high-profile cases, such as the execution of fashion designer Trevor Rose; the 1993 murder case of Monica Reece; and the robbery/murder of Sheema Mangar.
United Minibus Union (UMU) President Eon Andrews is calling on minibus and taxi drivers not to hike their fares today – Christmas Eve.Buses on the Route 44 minibus parkAndrews related that fares should remain standard during the Christmas season, and no passenger should have to pay extra or exorbitant fares to get home.“It is against the law. It is bullying people to pay… if the fare is one thing, that is it. Hire cars are also doing this nonsense, persons should make complaints to the Ministry of Business Consumer Affairs Department …. at any time of the day or night, the fare is standard and they choose the night to rob people,” Andrews said in an interview with Guyana Times.Commuters are already complaining about the hike in fare by both minibuses and taxis.When this publication visited the minibus parks around the city, persons expressed their concerns about the hiked fare.A resident of Golden Grove on the ECD said: “The fare is $180, but the conductors are demanding $200. Twenty dollars is not bad, but today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday), the fares will go sky-high.”Another commuter related that he lived in Strathspey, ECD, where his fare is $140, but on Christmas Eve, he was usually forced to pay $500.Meanwhile, Abigale Samuels of Victoria, ECD, said: “It is crazy on Christmas Eve; we always have to pay a lot of money to go home. The funny thing is, not only we will have to pay $500 and a $1000 to go home, but we will have to sit four and five in a seat. If we only talk about the double up, we will have to sleep in town,” she explained.At the Route 42 Minibus Park, a resident of Soesdyke said that persons living on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway were also facing the same challenge.“They calling for $300 today (Monday), but tomorrow we have to pay $1000 which is ridiculous. If we don’t pay it, how will we get home? What I am scared of is that they got us sitting four in a seat to go home.”
…despite US$18M signing bonus exclusion……PPP to file legal challengeThe National Assembly late Friday afternoon approved the $267.1billion budget despite concerns from the Opposition Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) about the exclusion of the US$18 million signing bonus from the estimates.The Opposition Leader has since indicated that the Opposition would be moving to the Courts to have the Estimates amended to reflect the signing bonus.Budget 2018 was presented to the National Assembly on November 27 with theMembers of Parliment during the budget debates in the National Assemblytheme “The Journey to the Good Life Continues.” Finance Minister Winston Jordan, in his budget presentation, said the $267.1 billion budget seeks to introduce several measures to support Government’s green agenda and improve various key economic sectors.As Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo on Friday sought to suspend the Standing Orders of the National Assembly to deal with Appropriations Bill No 15 of 2017, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira registered her party’s concerns with the exclusion of the US$18 million signing bonus paid by ExxonMobil in 2016.“We believe that there is time for us to amend and correct the Estimates,” she said.However, Finance Minister Winston Jordan moved a motion to have the Bill read, and it was done, followed by the passage of the 2018 Estimates.Legal challengeEarlier in the day, the PPP/C submitted a motion to have the final consideration by the Committee of Supply suspended to deal with the motion calling for the Finance Minister to amend the Estimates to reflect the signing bonus, but House Speaker Dr Barton Scotland disallowed the motion.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, at an earlier press conference, said the next move would be to engage the Courts to have the Government comply with the financial rules and regulations.Signing bonusThe ExxonMobil US$18 million signing bonus was paid to the Government, but Government officials had not publicized its receipt until Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram raised the matter a few months ago.Last Friday, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman was forced to reveal that the bonus had indeed been received. He noted that the money was paid to cover the legal fees in the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy. It took a leaked letter published in the Guyana Times to force Government to admit receipt of the signing bonus. A missive dated September 20, 2016 and addressed to the Governor of the Bank of Guyana has this subject: “Signing bonus granted by ExxonMobil – Request to open bank account”. It shows that Finance Secretary at the Finance Ministry, Hector Butts, had requested that a foreign currency account be opened at the Bank in order to receive a deposit in the form of a “signing bonus” to be given by ExxonMobil.The letter stated, “This account should not be treated as part of the Bank’s reserves. Instead, the proceeds should be held in the currency of the deposit, that is United States dollars, and invested in secured interest-bearing securities.”Since that revelation, several transparency watchdogs have called on Government to transfer the money to the Consolidated Fund, noting that the Constitution and several financial regulations had been breached.2018 BudgetThe 2018 Budget would see the removal of Value Added Tax (VAT) on private education, which will take effect from January 1, 2018.It would also see tributors’ tax on gold miners being slashed from 20 per cent to 10 per cent, but miners would still be required to file annual tax returns. Jordan said this decision was made following representation by the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA), whose representatives had also met with the Opposition to raise their concerns.Additionally, the Government announced plans to conduct a countrywide valuation exercise to bring all property values up to date. This could mean that rates and taxes may be increased.Budget 2018 contained very few benefits, one being the increase of old age pension from $19,000 to $19,500, representing an almost 49 per cent rise in old age pension in just two and a half years.Pensioners are also relieved from the payment of departure tax, driver’s licence and passport. Public assistance will be increased to $8,000, which represents an approximately 36 per cent growth over the period of two and a half years.Teachers who work in interior locations will also benefit from the new measures to be implemented from Budget 2018, and this includes an 80 percent increase in remote area incentives. The remote area incentive would be increased from $5,000 to $7,000 and from $9,000 to $12,000.Meanwhile, companies and individuals would be granted an amnesty to file outstanding tax returns in 2018.In the 2018 Budget, the Ministry of the Presidency would receive $9.4 billion; Finance Ministry would receive $28.2 billion; Foreign Affairs Ministry $5.5 billion; Indigenous Peoples Affairs Ministry $2.2 billion; Agriculture Ministry $16.8 billion; Business Ministry $2.1 billion; Natural Resources Ministry $1.1 billion; Public Telecommunications Ministry $4.6 billion; Public Infrastructure Ministry $32.06 billion; Education Ministry $19.9 billion; Communities Ministry $6.5 billion; Public Health $23.4 billion; Social Protection $16.9 billion; Public Security $18.7 billion; and Legal Affairs $1.06 billion.
Triple jump hero and Commonwealth Games gold medalist Troy Doris has credited his less-than-stellar performance over the weekend to his injury recovery journey.At the Aliann Pompey Invitational on Saturday, Doris had a best leap of 16.09m, which fell short of a podium spot. The event was won by Donald Scott with a jump of 17.22m. In a comment invited from Doris after the competition, the triple jumper disclosed that he wasn’t too elated about his first home showing.“Not happy with the result. It’s not really the range where I perform. I’m just happy to leave healthy after having that major injury at the Commonwealth Games. It’s tough trying to get back preparing for CACs and the AP Invite,” Doris stated.Explaining how the injury might have affected his performance, Doris said, “If you spend nine months preparing for one meet like the Commonwealth Games, I’m back at month seven because of an injury.”Looking to the future, the USA-based athlete noted that he is focused on continued training, so as to better prepare for his upcoming engagements. “I think I just need to keep training. I don’t think anything is physically wrong with me, I just think it’s mental.”Meanwhile, the triple jumper is happy about his first performance on home soil. Despite his injury, Doris is taking away the massive crowd support as one of the positive aspects of his performance.“But now that I have the confidence of competing in front of the home crowd, it’s a little bit better,” he said.
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The third set came down to the wire when the Bulldogs trailed, 21-22, against the Jackrabbits. A kill from Tubbs began the rally as Drake forced an SDSU timeout, leading 23-22. A block from Gracie Schofield (Mundelein, Ill.) gave the Bulldogs a 24-22 lead forcing another Jackrabbit timeout. After the Jackrabbits found a hole in the Bulldog defense to pull within two, a convincing kill from Cheek ended the set to earn the second 3-0 sweep of the day. vs. SDSU Box Score (HTML) Drake prevailed against Eastern Illinois by set scores of 25-22, 25-19 and 25-14. In the nightcap, the Bulldogs pushed past SDSU, 25-20, 27-25, 25-23. vs. EIU Box Score (PDF) Full Schedule Roster Next Game: Massachusetts-Lowell 9/8/2018 – 12:30 p.m. Story Links Photo Gallery Watch Live “I’m excited we got the wins and got them done in three sets. It was a good test for us,” said Drake head coach Darrin McBroom. “We did an excellent job in serve-receive and Emily Plock had a tremendous day for us. And it was a good day for our middles too.” Tubbs recorded five of her kills in the opening set including set point to help hold off an EIU rally for the 25-22 win. The second set saw Drake roll out to a 17-10 lead off of six kills from Plock to cruise to a 25-19 win. The Bulldogs deployed their bench for the second set, but did not relent in pounding EIU, 25-14, in the final set. Holmes notched seven of her 10 kills in that set to establish the tone in the Bulldogs’ first win of the day. The evening match against SDSU began with Drake University president Marty Martin hitting the ceremonial first serve in front of the home crowd celebrating the opening weekend in the Knapp Center. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats The Bulldogs hit a combined .250 in the wins with Cathryn Cheek (Coppell, Texas) and Emily Plock (Altoona, Iowa) recording 24 and 23 kills, respectively. Plock only committed two hitting errors all day to hit a combined .447 in the wins. Elle Tubbs (Clinton, Iowa) had an equally impressive day, hitting .545 with 18 kills and eight blocks. “We got some big leads and let them slip away so there is room to get better, but we’re learning how to play with expectations and defend those expectations better,” McBroom said.The Bulldogs were able to play nearly their entire roster in the afternoon match as they cruised past Eastern Illinois in three sets. Tubbs led a quartet of Bulldogs in double-figure kills by matching a career high with 12 kills. Her kills came on 22 attempts with no errors for a .545 hitting percentage. She also added a team-high six blocks. vs. EIU Box Score (HTML) vs. SDSU Box Score (PDF) DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University volleyball team swept a pair of matches Friday during the first day of the Hotel Renovo-Wildwood Lodge Invitational at the Knapp Center. The Bulldogs defeated both Eastern Illinois and South Dakota State, 3-0. With the wins, the Bulldogs remain unbeaten at 8-0 this season. ESPN+ Cheek, Plock and Holmes (Lorena, Texas) each added 10 kills. Madi Ford (Coralville, Iowa) made her first start at libero and recorded 32 digs. Callan Holmes (Lorena, Texas), who had 18 kills on the day, and Cheek continued their net play in the second match by giving the Bulldogs five kills each to lead the Bulldogs to a convincing 25-20 first set victory. Drake was able to hold off the Jackrabbits in the second set with the help of crucial digs down the stretch by Madi Ford (Coralville, Iowa) where they held off for a 27-25 set victory. Holmes and Cheek continued to lead their team in set two with six and seven kills, respectively. The Bulldogs return to the Knapp Center tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. where they will take on UMass Lowell followed by a match against in-state foe, Iowa for their fourth and final match of the Hotel Renovo-Wildwood Invitational at 6 p.m. Both matches will be broadcasted on ESPN+. Print Friendly Version
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Two projects to attract middle and high school students to careers in agriculture have been announced by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. One project entails Central State University agriculture students introducing ag careers to middle schoolers. In the second, the Ohio FFA Foundation will develop curriculum to recruit high schoolers into ag-related careers.The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation awarded $85,000 in grants for the two projects. They are part of the foundation’s new Youth Pathways to Careers in Agriculture program, funded by foundation’s Fisher Fund for Lifelong Learning. The Fisher Fund is named after former Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Jack Fisher.Farm Bureaus in Clinton, Fayette, Greene and Warren counties will partner with Central State University to pilot the “Agricultural Career Exploration” project, in which CSU students will visit middle schools and give hands-on lessons that explore agricultural career options. A task force composed of secondary teachers, guidance counselors, curriculum coordinators, university faculty, Ohio Farm Bureau members and ag-related employers will design the curriculum. The pilot project will be in at least 15 school districts and reach at least 1,000 students. The goal is to further expand the program across the state.The Ohio FFA Foundation and the Ohio Department of Education are partners on the second project, “Ohio FFA’s Career Pathways for Gen Z.” The program’s goal is for Ohio FFA Foundation to recruit students from Gen Z (those born between 1995 and 2010) for careers in food, agriculture and environmental sciences. The project will have two components. One is the development of high-quality, engaging curriculum to be used for workshops with Gen Z students statewide. The second will have students create their own project with the help of an educator. Once fully developed, the curriculum will be available on a website for educators and students to access.The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is dedicated to solving the challenges facing Ohio by preparing the next generation of leaders, funding innovation in our communities and ensuring a healthy environment. To learn more about the foundation, visit ofbf.org/foundation.
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 33:20 — 30.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSWe are all familiar with how brainstorming brings random people together to create long lists, of any and every idea. We let our brains rumble in hopes of finding the most brilliant plan hiding within the collaborative explosion of thought. Today, we hear from Tim Sanders about a better idea: dealstorming. Tim’s new book, Dealstorming, gives away the secret weapon to solve your toughest challenges. He combines innovation with the process of closing deals. Closing deals, especially in a niche can leave you in danger of losing that category. You need an app or a weapon. Dealstorming helps you win. How do you find your yes in those big deals? Dealstorming. Big deals are the ultimate barrier to your entry, so tune in to learn how to approach deals more effectively on this episode of In the Arena. Don’t ask people to come to a meeting, ask them to join a cause ~ Tim SandersClick To TweetTaking control of the complexity of sales Tim Sanders knows that sales complexity is completely out of hand. In this day, we are selling technology, not solutions. To Tim, the process can be approached more like a GPS than a linear equation. Do you want to find direction in sales? The sales process is not keeping up with stakeholders, especially as customers do their own research and part of a deal is spending time un-teaching them. Tim has developed a process and philosophy of teamwork and sales. He addresses the fear of risk and the resistance to change, even when change is necessary. As salespeople, we get stuck thinking there is a single course of action.The problem is that sales innovation, at the deal level, is important. Your biggest competitor is the status quo. Change is hard to sell. Buyers are winning. Tim wants to help you change the game and restructure your approach through dealstorming. The necessary incubation periodMany meetings consist of idea-spouting without any real time to mull over the issue or any issues behind the issue. Today, we hear how Tim puts the process together with innovation. His idea? Get your stakeholders briefed on an opportunity, the problem, and give them an assignment. Debate the real problem and root problem. Nominate solutions. Find finalists and choose the next best play. Distribute the work and go forward. This respects everyone’s time. But the key is the incubation period prior to the meeting. The prepared mind can create and collaborate. Tim offers insight to get everyone to read the deal brief and participate in the incubation. Use your people and their resources. Humans are resourceful. Give them time to connect the stories in their heads. Don’t ask people to come to a meeting, ask them to join a cause. Get creative in your approaches alongside Time on today’s episode. Change is hard to sell ~ Tim SandersClick To TweetCreating cross-collaboration and custom solutions Many sales teams fear cross-collaboration and the land of “no” and “slow.” But Tim Sander’s teamwork philosophy and approach to dealstorming meetings bring assignments and incubated ideas to the table. Sales teams might think that building a team and trying to reach consensus takes time, but what really takes time is continually trying something that is not working until you run out of chances with accounts. When leading a dealstorm, consensus is not about agreeing, but about being able to live with the next big play. The research conducted prior to meeting with a client allows for custom solutions.The best speech Tim Sanders ever gave was long before he became a professional speaker and author. He talked about the importance and strategy of conducting research before a sales call. He spoke about how to prepare for a meeting and research your client’s business. Tim is founded on and familiar with the steps before the steps. Listen is as he translates that idea into dealstorming.Buckets of problemsToday, Tim Sanders provides a gameplan to eliminate the “whack-a-mole” approach to solving sales problems. He talks through the strategy of categorizing different problems into buckets. You start with the current problem and work backwards. You are able to see how heavy the various problems are and adjust the heaviest one first. Tim wants you to prioritize the problems you should be solving. Change the debate and find the problem behind the problem to make a difference, seal a deal, and change the way you succeed in sales. Join us today.Learn how to run a meeting across departments, you will become a leader ~ Tim SandersClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Introduction of today’s guest Tim Sanders Best speech he has ever done. Tim’s book Dealstorming Why salespeople get stuck thinking they have one choice The process more like a GPS than linear. Strategic loss and high stakes. Cross-collaboration and the land of “No.” The definition of consensus The difference between Brainstorming and Dealstorming An action step through a parce. Timsanders.com/dealstorming Templates available How to acuate resourcefulness and creativity Big buckets of constraints Prioritizing problems and problems behind the problems. Why you need to read Dealstorming. 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