Q & A—Kaifa Discusses LMA’s Success

first_imgThe Second edition of the Liberia Music Awards (LMA), ended few weeks ago but K- Zee, DenG and Eric Geso captured big at one of the biggest events in the music industry. With the visa denial saga that hit them badly, we wondered how they managed to muster so much courage to have mastered such a challenge. To led us through with the success, Kaifa Yamah, founder and chief executive officer of LMA told the Daily Observer as he talked about the secret.LIB Life: What formulas did your team use to make LMA come to reality after that visa saga?Kaifa: Formula as you may call it; our secret to LMA success is owed to getting LMA to the right people in the music industry. Promoting the Liberian Music to people that hasn’t been listening to Liberian music.LIB Life: How did your team manage to increase the viewership for LMA this year?Kaifa: Nothing much, but we’ve just been bless with the right people and individuals that are involved in the promoting of Liberia music on the ground, as well as the artists who are part of the growing process.LIB Life: What should we expect from the LMA next year—2016?Kaifa: A bigger and better event more than the second edition. We are hopeful that Ebola will not continue to resurface and artists that were denied visas could be given the second chance by the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia.LIB Life: How did you feel about the recent LMA visa saga?Kaifa: I felt very bad. However, the U.S. Embassy made their decision. We may not have an answer to it. Nevertheless, hope is still there for 2016.LIB Life: What was the most exciting moment you can recall from the 2nd annual edition of LMA?Kaifa: All the performances, a full house including other nationalities that joined us to celebrate Liberian music in one building.LIB Life: Was there any nightmare you encountered on your way to success?Kaifa: There were some but I consider it as a blessing or success that gave the LMA team more courage to succeed.LIB Life: Thanks for your time. Kaifa: The LMA team would like to welcome more sponsorship from businesses and individuals for its LMA 2016 event and we appreciate everyone’s support.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

House to Probe JFK Financial Conduct

first_imgThe Plenary of the House of Representatives yesterday mandated its Committees on Ways, Means, Finance, Social Welfare and Judiciary to probe claims of improper financial and employment practices at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital.Plenary gave the Committees one week to investigate claims of rampant corruption at the hospital.The action was prompted by a complaint filed against the hospital’s management by Montserrado County District # 4 Representative Henry Fahnbulleh and Montserrado County District # 3 Representative, Bill Twehway.Representatives Fahnbulleh and Twehway in a joint statement addressed to Speaker Alex Tyler dated February 3, alleged that fees collected from patients by the JFK management are exorbitant thus depriving ordinary Liberians of the right to medical care.The two lawmakers further claimed that the hospital management, without the knowledge of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, has stashed away in a local bank account millions of Liberian dollars in fees collected from patients.Representatives Fahnbulleh and Twehway colleagues that the JFK management deceived Plenary through the Committee on Ways, Means and Finance when it requested US$6.8m in appropriation as subsidy while it has millions of Liberian dollars lying idle.Moreover, the two Montserrado lawmakers claimed that the hospital management runs a patronage payroll system of higher salaries and benefits for healthcare workers who favor management whereas those who adhere to professional conduct and just want to do their work, are paid less. The two representatives notified their colleagues that qualification and experience are no longer the basis of recruitment and retention at the JFK.They recommended that the Plenary act decisively to redeem the situation.It may be recalled that Montserrado County lawmakers, Saah Joseph and Edwin M. Snowe recently criticized the JFK administration for poor medical practices and called on the President to overhaul the hospital’s management.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sinoe Rep. Seeks 3rd Term

first_imgAmidst reports of an increasing number of aspirants for the Sinoe County District #1 Representative Seat in 2017 presidential and legislative elections, Rep. Jefferson Kanmoh believes that he will be reelected for the third term.Rep. Kanmoh said he is confident of his re-election for another six years, having positively served his people for the last 11 years.“Besides my constitutional responsibility, I have immensely impacted the youth, by awarding them 500 scholarships and I have accrued over US$5m to the county through national budgetary allocation,” Rep. Kanmoh said. Rep. Kanmoh said he is also convinced of re-election in 2017 after he ran unopposed and was elected for his third term to the ECOWAS Parliament.He pointed out that he has secured the district election but did not state whether he has aspirations for the Senate.“I have a sense of balance,” he said. “I have six children, three boys and three girls and I was re-elected for my 3rd term for the ECOWAS Parliament, so it will be in the ensuring 2017 elections,” he added.Rep. Kanmoh, 51, is Liberia’s longest serving representative in the ECOWAS Parliament and Sinoe County’s longest serving representative in the Legislature.He was elected in 2005, and upon his election, he was then elected to represent Liberia in the ECOWAS Parliament. He is a 2002 graduate of the University of Liberia, and served as student activist with the UL and the Liberia National Students Union (LINSU).It may be recalled that amongst several contenders in the Sinoe County’s District #1 Representative seat, Sinoe County Superintendent Thomas Romeo Quioh and the County’s Representative to the Mano River Union Youth Parliament (also Speaker), Melvin Sarh, are both eyeing the District #1 Representative Seat in 2017 presidential and legislative elections.Supt. Quioh told the Daily Observer that though he has not “finally concluded whether to contest the District # 1 Representative slot in 2017, it is possible that he might.”Mr. Quioh, who is also a Liberty Party (LP) executive member, boasted that if he considers running for District # 1 Representative seat, he would be a formidable force.Sarh, who is also the Youth Representative to the MRU Youth Parliament, said the youth, which comprises of 65 percent of the county’s population, have resolved to elect a “youthful representative” to seek and promote their welfare.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Some 86 persons hired at Wales job fair – suggests PSC Chairman

first_img– berates non-attending critics– Enmore event slated for month-endFollowing inaccurate reports that hundreds of persons in the sugar belt were hired at a job fair recently held in the Wales area, Chairman of the Private Sector Commission, Eddie Boyer, has indicated that approximately 86 individuals were hired by employers.He made this disclosure in an interview with Guyana Times on Sunday, when he reiterated his hope that more persons could be hired.“The response we got for the first fair was overwhelming. The average companiesPSC Chairman Eddie Boyermay be hiring about 6 persons and there were 21 companies; but whether the people stayed, I can’t give a final [number],” he stressed.The private sector-organised event was held on January 31 in light of the noted challenges faced by hundreds of dismissed sugar workers, their family members, and other persons in the surrounding communities, who have been affected by the closure of the Wales Sugar Estate. The West Demerara entity was shuttered on December 31, 2016, displacing more than 1000 workers, over 300 of whom are yet to receive severance pay.Boyer contends that job fairs and similar recruitment exercises should be held to ensure that more persons are employed.Many persons, including former Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) employees, however contended that the job fair was not appealing to sugar workers, and some even remarked that the fair was a show. Some sugar workers remarked that some companies requested persons with three CXC subjects and they have none.When questioned about some of the criticisms, the PSC Chairman told this newspaper that he need not offer a response to such remarks, as many of the persons, in his view, did not realise the rationale behind the private sector-ledThe defunct Wales Estate is open for scrap metal tendersevent.“I can’t respond to sentiments of individuals who were not there, didn’t understand the objective, and did not see the response to the fair and that we tried to make the people marketable,” Boyer retorted.Boyer last month disputed reports carried in the State media that some 800-plus persons were instantaneously hired at a job fair it held for ex-Wales workers at Patentia, West Bank Demerara (WBD). He clarified then that it was over 800 jobs which were available, and not that hundreds of persons were provided with employment.Enmore leg of fairMeanwhile, <> understands that another job fair is planned for March month-end at Enmore. This follows reports that the PSC was making arrangements to coalesce with additional companies to host a similar exercise in the environs of the East Demerara (Enmore) Estate, where many sugar workers have lost their jobs.Despite its plans, the Private Sector has been accused of displaying an inability to pressure Government against dismissing thousands of sugar workers. In fact, Advisor to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Peter Ramsaroop, said there was contempt for the working class when the PSC hosted the job fair. He has called the exercise “nothing but a public relations stunt”.According to Ramsaroop business leaders, instead of presenting workable and viable options, plans and information to the sugar workers and others who were seeking employment, “chose instead to pontificate on the disillusioned people learning to accept change, and pointing to cultural shifts in an attempt to placate those devastated by the ad-hoc decision-making of the Government of the day – decisions they in the Private Sector stood by and watch the unfolding of these callous actions”.When Boyer spoke to this newspaper in January, he said he supported calls for the establishment of a new industrial zone at Wales, but cautioned that training was needed to provide former sugar workers with skills to get gainful employment in other fields.Late last month, the Finance Ministry’s Special Purposes Unit (SPU) announced that 100 cane harvesters would be re-hired to cut cane at Rose Hall. Wales workers expressed hope that their estate could have a similar re-opening, but this is unlikely based on reports that much of the equipment has been sent to other estates. SPU has recently invited tenders for the entity’s scrap metal and several lots near the estate. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

Today’s meeting will not resolve teachers’ wages dispute – GTUC

first_imgGTU salary impasseAs much as the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) would like to see the teachers’ wages dispute being resolved today, the President of the Union, Lincoln Lewis has said he has no faith that the meeting will bring an end to the impasse.He made this statement during an interview with Guyana Times on Thursday. The trade unionist explained, “I am not optimistic that that tomorrow (today) they are going to come to a resolution. What they need to do is get all the actors on the table”.According to him, there are several other Ministers and Ministries which need to be involved to sort out the ongoing dispute between the two. “It requires getting all the players, the Ministry of Finance, because they will have to find the money (and the) Social Protection (Ministry) under which the Labour Department falls. Together, the parties have to sit down to find a resolution to this issue,” the trade unionist asserted.He related that while the process of arbitration has not been wiped off the table, the GTU is now towing the line as the Education Ministry and itself have engaged in bilateral discussions to address the issue.Lewis said his Union has been in talks with the GTU as they continue to draft plans for what was referred to as unmentionable at this time. He explained, “I’ve been talking with the GTU and I won’t want to talk about what was discussed at this time”.Although several calls went unanswered by the GTU executives, the union’s President, Mark Lyte disclosed that they are hopeful that the matter will be resolved today.Asked whether teachers could return the streets if talks failed, he said, “Let’s wait for that time”.At today’s meeting the GTU is expected to meet with the Education Ministry which has taken on the responsibility of presenting a “matrix of figures” for teachers.At the last meeting held on Wednesday, both parties were reluctant to give information in relation to a figure being discussed for teachers.They would only say that talks so far are fruitful and “new information was provided that was not discussed nor considered prior to the offers made earlier”.When asked what were the “new information” General Secretary of the GTU, Coretta McDonald explained, “Well of course we would want to have all of our teachers benefiting from whatever the increase is going to be so… we would have had promotions and so with promotions come new salaries and so those are all new information”.Meanwhile, the Education Minister described the new salaries for teachers as “a work in progress”. “If we may say it’s a work in progress and so the new information is nothing specific that we would wish to share at this point in time. A lot of what has to be sorted out requires the interaction of both parties so that we can resolve the issue”.On Monday, President David Granger offered a 10 per cent increase for 2016 and eight per cent for 2018.The GTU had also said in a social media post that, “…an offer of $350 million is made to settle debunching for the period 2011-2018. Teachers to be placed in scales as of January 2019. Payments for debunching and 2018 will be made in December while retroactive 2016 increase will be made in January 2019 if agreed”.The Head of State said on Wednesday that he was shocked by the Union’s rejection of the offer.Initially, the GTU was calling for a 40 per cent increase and were set for arbitration after calling off a nationwide strike on September 6. They were however, ready to head back into the streets after the Education Ministry and itself was unable to agree on an arbitration panel.This had led to the present conciliator, Minister Keith Scott, unilaterally appointing a Chairman who was introduced as University of Guyana Professor, Leyland Lucas.This time around the GTU were promising an even massive protest, as its sister unions, the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) and the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) joined them in their call for better wages for teachers.last_img read more

Lack of fuel caused 2016 Brazil football team plane crash

first_img0Shares0000A 2016 plane crash in Colombia killed 71 people, including all but a handful of players from Brazil’s Chapecoense football club © AFP/File / RAUL ARBOLEDABOGOTA, Colombia, Apr 27 – The 2016 plane crash that nearly wiped out an entire Brazilian football team was caused by a lack of fuel, Colombia’s civil aviation authority said Friday, following an extensive investigation into the disaster.It blamed the shortage of fuel on mismanagement by LaMia Airlines, a now-defunct Bolivian charter firm that specialized in flying Latin American football clubs. The probe was launched after the tragic crash in the Colombian mountains in November 2016, which claimed the lives of 71 people, including all but a handful of players from the Chapecoense team, from southern Brazil.Only six people survived, three of them Chapecoense players.The tragedy cut short the club’s fairy tale rise from obscurity to the finals of the regional Copa Sudamericana tournament, in which they were to face Atletico Nacional of Medellin.The accident “was caused by the plane’s empty fuel tank as a result of inappropriate risk management by LaMia,” said Miguel Camacho, who heads the authority’s accident investigation branch.Investigators from Bolivia, Brazil and Colombia had been probing the cause of the crash, with Friday’s report confirming what had been a leading theory after a recording emerged in which the pilot radioed the control tower to report a fuel emergency.Following a preliminary investigation a month after the crash, the Colombian aviation authority said it believed the airline had disregarded international rules on fuel reserves.In its report Friday, the aviation authority said it had found sufficient “evidential and technical support” to corroborate that theory.“The aircraft was carrying 9,073 kilograms of fuel, which was insufficient to fly” between Santa Cruz, Bolivia and its final destination, the international airport in Rionegro outside Medellin.“It did not meet the minimum fuel standard for an international flight,” he said.The probe, which also involved investigators from Brazil, Bolivia, Britain and the United States, said the airline was in “a precarious financial situation” and that it was also not the first time it had allowed planes to fly “with critically low supplies of fuel.”It also suggested that the pilots were aware of the fuel emergency for some time before contacting air traffic controllers in Colombia, who were exonerated of any responsibility for the crash.– ‘Lack of supervision’ –The November 2016 crash claimed the lives of 71 people, including all but a handful of players from Brazil’s Chapecoense Real football club © AFP/File / LUIS ACOSTAForty minutes before the accident, “there was an indication in the cabin about the low fuel level and from that moment, the plane was already in an emergency,” Camacho said.However, “the crew did not inform air traffic control about this emergency to request priority” landing, he said, without suggesting why.As well as lacking fuel, the plane was also overweight by about 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds).“In light of the factors which contributed to causing this tragic accident, there were latent shortcomings on the part of LaMia relating to a failure to comply with fuel policies, a lack of supervision and operational control,” the civil aviation authority said in a statement.Shortly after the crash, Bolivia suspended LaMia’s permit to operate, effectively shutting it down.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man Utd sinking fast as Solskjaer flounders

first_img0Shares0000Will time soon be up for Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer? © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 7 – How far will Manchester United sink? Just two points above the relegation places, the one-time powerhouses of English football are without an away win since March and are enduring their worst start to a league season for 30 years.Old Trafford has witnessed a decline in fortunes since Alex Ferguson stepped down in 2013. Under Ferguson, United finished in the top three every year from 1992 until 2013, winning 13 league titles. In the six seasons since, the Red Devils have finished in the top four just twice.But while they kept their heads above water in the immediate aftermath of the Scot’s departure, winning a handful of cups and finishing second under Jose Mourinho, they are now in the middle of a full-blown crisis under beleaguered boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Mourinho, speaking a few weeks after his rancorous departure from Old Trafford last year, spoke about how taking the club to second in the table in 2017/18 was one of his best achievements.Down and out? Manchester United defender Ashley Young is treated during the Premier League football match against Newcastle United © AFP / Paul ELLISEyebrows were raised as Solskjaer oversaw a dramatic turnaround in fortunes during his caretaker spell in charge, but the wheels started to come off towards the end of last season.United’s 1-0 defeat at Newcastle on Sunday left them languishing in 12th spot in the Premier League — an incredible 15 points behind leaders Liverpool after just eight games.Goalkeeper David de Gea apologised to United supporters, saying it was the toughest time he had experienced since moving to Old Trafford in 2011.“It’s difficult to say something. Sorry to the fans, we will keep fighting for sure,” he told Sky Sports. “We will come back but at the moment we are in a difficult situation.”– No goal threat –Marcus Rashford (left) is struggling for form at Manchester United © AFP / Paul ELLISUnited are woefully short of midfield spark and clinical finishers. Just two goals in their past five games is part of a longer-term trend, with Solskjaer’s men scoring more than once in a game just three times in their past 23 matches.The risk in allowing forwards Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to depart to Inter Milan without signing a replacement has massively backfired, with a out-of-sorts Marcus Rashford shouldering the attacking burden alone in the absence of the injured Anthony Martial.Over-reliant on a crop of raw youngsters, Solskjaer pointed to a spate of injuries after the Newcastle defeat but said it was not an excuse for their lame display.United have spent hundreds of millions of pounds under four different managers since Ferguson’s departure and have the highest wage bill in the Premier League, but are still miles behind rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.Former United defender Gary Neville said the club’s hierarchy should take responsibility for the mess, saying they were getting the pain “they deserve” for poor decisions at board level related to recruitment and managerial policy.“They (the club board) have cocked this up over many years,” Neville told Sky Sports. “They’ve cocked it up. They are responsible for this.”Last month executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, himself in the fans’ firing line along with American owners the Glazers, pledged his faith in Solskjaer and the Old Trafford hierarchy will be wary of making yet another managerial change.But since the Norwegian was appointed permanently in late March, United have won just 17 points in 16 Premier league matches, the fourth-worst tally among the 17 ever-present teams in that time.United remain one of the richest and biggest clubs in the world but their lustre is rapidly fading.Liverpool, who dominated English football during the 1970s and 1980s, have taken 30 years to get back to the top.Ferguson famously quipped his biggest challenge at United was to knock Liverpool “off their perch” in his early years in charge.“We are back on our perch, as we famously say,” Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore said at a conference last month.Liverpool are flying high after winning their sixth European Cup last season and opening up an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League.Next up for the league leaders is a visit to Old Trafford after the international break with few expecting the gloom over United to be lifted anytime soon.0Shares0000(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Jose Mourinho would welcome ‘good friend’ Jurgen Klopp to the Premier League

first_img Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho would welcome Jurgen Klopp to the Premier League – after the German assured him he was not coming to take his job.The 47-year-old announced he was leaving Borussia Dortmund after seven years with the Bundesliga outfit which fuelled a media frenzy surrounding his next potential destination.With several Premier League managers’ futures, particularly Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, looking tenuous, Klopp is tipped with a move to England and Mourinho says he would embrace his arrival.“He’s a very good coach, but I have no idea if comes to the Premier League. He’s a very good coach, he’s a good friend – I like him very much,” said the Portuguese manager.“If he comes, welcome. But I don’t want to get into that story, ‘where is he going?’ The only thing I know is that he told me he’s not coming to Chelsea, for sure – and he told me that personally, so, I’m calm.” 1last_img read more

Police seek pair in fatal shooting

first_imgCalls about the shooting came into the station as well. Police later found Alvarado’s friends. Because the hospital doesn’t have a trauma unit, police said Alvarado was taken by helicopter to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where he died of his wounds. Both suspects were described as Latinos in their 20s. The shooter was in a white hooded sweat shirt while his companion wore dark clothing, Bart said. Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call Detective Ray Sulcer at (323) 887-1253. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – Police are looking for two suspects in a weekend shooting believed to be gang-related that left one man dead. Lt. Richard Hanna of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner on Thursday identified the man as Joe Anthony Alvarado, 22, of Montebello. He died of multiple gunshot wounds, and his death has been ruled a homicide, Hanna said. Montebello police Lt. Brian Bart said authorities don’t know the motive for the shooting, which broke out between 4 and 5 p.m. on Dec. 22. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonAlvarado was the front passenger of a sport utility vehicle parked in the 800 block of Mines Avenue, according to Bart. There were two other men in the SUV, the lieutenant said. Bart said a man walked up to the SUV, fired several times and walked away. The shooter fled in a black compact car with another suspect. Police don’t know if the shooter said something to the occupants of the SUV. Alvarado’s friends dropped him off at Beverly Hospital, which notified the police. last_img read more

Arsenal ‘complete’ signing of teen-sensation for just £200,000

first_imgArsenal have completed the signing of teen-sensation Yacine Adli, according to reports in France.The 17-year-old had been regarded as one of the hottest prospects in the Paris Saint-Germain Academy and they had big plans for him.But, according to RMC, the attacking midfielder has opted to join Arsenal after talks with them.The Gunners are now expected to pay a compensation fee for Adli – which is likely to be around £200,000.The signing will be viewed as a coup for Arsenal as the Frenchman had offers to join Bayern Munich or Real Madrid.However, Adli has decided to join Arsenal after being given assurances about first-team action next season. 1last_img