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first_imgMr. Smith Entertainment International record label celebrated its 6th year anniversary Dec 27, 2013, with a complimentary freestyle rap battle competition that hosted 51 young contenders.Mr. Smith Entertainment has been in business for 6 years, breeding many recognized artists such as Chilla Coonani as well as its own headliner and CEO, Mr. Smith. With a firm hold in the music industry, Mr. Smith entertainment has decided to add more players to its 2014 line-up in hopes of improving its label.“It’s my entertainment company’s 6th anniversary, so I want sign an artist to a recording deal. My entertainment label helps bring out new artists, and this year I am looking to find raw talent that I can take along with me to Ghana and Nigeria to record their whole album and promote us,” he stated during the anniversary event.Surprisingly, instead of having the ordinary celebration that artist are accustomed to with drinks and a concert, Mr. Smith surprised his fans with a free show that enabled onlookers to be a part of a surprising rap competition.Many of the contenders, who submitted their information visa SMS prior to the contest, are students who have very deep passion for rap music and Mr. Smith.“I love LIB Money Mr. Smith, he’s the best and I know I will be a part of his team because I know that I am a good rapper,” stated 17 year-old contestant Wisken.Mr. Smith described Wisken as a “talented kid”.“He’s always posting on my facebook page and told me that he had skills, and just surprised me,” said Smith.Wisken, who blew the crowd away with his professional rap skills that sounded as if he had been rapping all of his life, was fortunate to make it to the next level after beating his rival.There were many rappers that were able to show their love for music but with no clear talent, and hung their heads down low when they were told that they had lost the battle. “I was too nervous and I know that’s why I didn’t win, but I want another chance please” one contestant begged.Unfortunately, all good things have to come to an end, especially when dealing with Liberia’s electricity situation. During the show, as everyone was capsized by the entertaining scene, the electricity went off forcing Mr. Smith to postpone the conclusion of his show.“I blame the owners of the place were the show took place, but it’s all good,” Mr. Smith assured.Second round of the competition will be held on January 18, 2014, at the Sports Commission on Broad Street, at 2 p.m.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img(Visited 714 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 If one of your major model inputs is off by up to 50%, what does that do to the precision of your predictions about degrees of temperature change a century from now?The politics of climate change rests on scientific models, about which the consensus voices audacious certainty. The press browbeats “climate skeptics” as denialists or worse, and pads their triumphant announcements with statistics on how many scientists agree that global warming is real, and is one of the biggest threats facing humanity.Against that backdrop, look what Ohio State News announced this week: “How much snow accumulates in North America each year? More than scientists thought.” How much more? “If distributed evenly, 7.5 inches of snow would cover the entire continent.” That’s a lot of snow. And that’s a lot of error:There’s a lot more snow piling up in the mountains of North America than anyone knew, according to a first-of-its-kind study.Scientists have revised an estimate of snow volume for the entire continent, and they’ve discovered that snow accumulation in a typical year is 50 percent higher than previously thought.In the journal Geophysical Research Letters, researchers at The Ohio State University place the yearly estimate at about 1,200 cubic miles of snow accumulation. If spread evenly across the surface of the continent from Canada to Mexico, the snow would measure a little over 7.5 inches deep. If confined to Ohio, it would bury the state under 150 feet of snow.If the climate models are so reliable, one would think the inputs are reliable, too. The paper, however, begins, “Despite the importance of mountain snowpack to understanding the water and energy cycles in North America’s montane regions, no reliable mountain snow climatology exists for the entire continent.” Given America’s pre-eminent position in science, it seems likely that the snowfall estimates for Asia, Africa and the other continents are even less reliable.Mountains hold more snow than thought. Photo by David Coppedge.Old estimates tended to focus on flat plains, but mountains (which are harder to get measurements from) hold the vast majority of snow. The Canadian Rockies and 10 other mountain ranges hold 60% of snowpack despite having only 25% of the land surface. The old estimates had things backwards:Whereas scientists previously thought the continent held a little more than 750 cubic miles of snow each year, the Ohio State researchers found the total to be closer to 1,200 cubic miles.They actually measure snow-water equivalent, the amount of water that would form if the snow melted—at about a 3-to-1 ratio. For North America, the snow-water equivalent would be around 400 cubic miles of water—enough to flood the entire continent 2.5 inches deep, or the state of Ohio 50 feet deep.And while previous estimates placed one-third of North American snow accumulation in the mountains and two-thirds on the plains, the exact opposite turned out to be true: Around 60 percent of North American snow accumulation happens in the mountains, with the Canadian Rockies holding as much snow as the other 10 mountain ranges in the study combined.The researchers realize this is extremely important to the proper understanding of climate change. Michael Durand, professor who oversaw the data collection by two grad students, came very close to calling this a ‘whoops’ moment for the global climate community:“Each of these ranges is a huge part of the climate system,” Durand said, “but I don’t think we realized how important the Canadian Rockies really are. We hope that by drawing attention to the importance of the mountains, this work will help spur development in understanding how mountains fit into the large-scale picture.”At least snow sits long enough for satellites and ground crews to take measurements if they can get to them. Some climate inputs are even more sketchy to measure: clouds, for instance, which are constantly changing. Temperature data points are always oscillating every day and night on every point on the globe and through the seasons. Exactly how reliable are climate models?Climate change is off-topic for CEH, but the principle here applies to other matters of consensus. Like the Darwin Party consensus, the global-warming consensus tends to be audacious and overconfident, influencing governments of the world with their highly public warnings at global summits. Everyone assumes the models are correct or close to correct, but here is one input that was 50% wrong, and was wrong the wrong way. It makes the earth colder, not warmer! Climate science is mostly about observable, measurable data, except when researchers make assumptions about past climate millions of years ago, or try to predict future climate trends for decades or a century. How much more unreliable are Darwinian assumptions about the unobservable past? The only record of the past, the fossil record, shows mostly abrupt appearance, stasis and extinction – not evolution. This leads to a law of science: audacity in a consensus is directly proportional to uncertainty in the data.last_img read more

first_img20 January 2014 Bafana Bafana’s poor record against Nigeria continued at Cape Town Stadium on Sunday as the Super Eagles won 3-1 to finish top of Group A and deny the hosts a place in the knockout stages of the 2014 African Nations Championship. A crowd of 36 000 was on hand, hoping to see Bafana Bafana record only their second win over the Nigerians in nine matches, but they were left disappointed. Changes Coach Gordon Igesund made four changes to the team that had drawn 1-1 with Mali, including replacing captain Itumeleng Khune, who had been ruled out of the clash earlier in the week, with Moneeb Josephs. In the back four, Igesund brought in Tefu Mashamaite and Tebogo Langerman for Buhle Mkhwanazi and Thato Mokeke, while Sibusiso Vilakazi took over for striker Edward Manqele. With Khune ruled, the captain’s armband was handed to Thabo Nthethe for a third time.The game Early in the game, Siphiwe Tshabalala provided some excitement when brought a diving rejection of a free kick out of goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim, who was alert to the ball to the far post. In the 11th minute, Nigeria, fortuitously, almost found a way through the South African defence. After Bafana Bafana cleared from a corner, a mistimed kick found its way to Azubuike Egwuekwe. He tried to shoot from wide on the right, but hooked the ball across the face of goal where it narrowly missed the outstretched leg of Enyimba striker Ifeanyi Ede. With vuvuzelas buzzing, Tshabalala delivered another free kick into the box, this time from the right, and Tebogo Langerman forced Agbim into a good save, low to his right.Nigerian lead In the 22nd minute, Nigeria took the lead through Ejike Uzoenyi. He was on hand to side-foot the ball past Josephs from just outside the six-yard box after Ede laid on a beautiful pass to his feet from the left. The noisy Nigerian support erupted as the players ran towards them to celebrate the goal. Just after the half-hour, it got worse for Bafana Bafana. Josephs spilled a free kick from the right, which bounced just in front of him. He reacted by racing off his line and diving after the ball. It was a foolish move. Gbolahan Salami nipped the ball away from the goalie and Josephs took his legs out from under him. The referee pointed to the spot and pulled out a yellow card for Josephs.Lead doubled Ede was handed the responsibility of taking the free kick. He went low to Josephs’ right. The goalkeeper got an arm to the ball, but couldn’t keep it out and Nigeria went into a 2-0 lead. Bernard Parker then came within centimetres of pulling a goal back with a glancing header that scraped past Agbim’s left-hand post. With Bafana two goals down, Igesund opted to send on striker Katlego Mashego for midfielder Matthew Pattison 10 minutes before the break.Mali down to Mozambique While neither team managed to score before half-time, some hope of advancing was provided for South Africa by Mozambique, who took a 38th minute lead through Josemar Machaisse over Mali at the Athlone Stadium. Mashego came close to finding an opener for the home team in the three minutes added on to the first half when he received a pass between the two central defenders, but his first touch let him down, resulting in a shot high over the Nigeria goal. Five minutes into the second half, the Super Eagles could have sealed the match when Ede latched onto a loose back pass and tried to beat Josephs low to the goalie’s left. The Bidvest Wits net-minder was up to the challenge, however, and pulled off a sharp save to keep Bafana Bafana in the contest.Mali equaliser A minute later, South Africa’s chances of advancing to the quarterfinals looked slim when Mali equalised against Mozambique through Ibourahima Sidibe. Just before the hour-mark, Parker perfectly timed his run into the middle of the Nigeria box. He neatly cushioned the ball with his chest before acrobatically striking it into the ground and towards goal. It was fine piece of skill, but straight at Agbim, who gratefully saved. Then, from the edge of the 18-yard area, Mashego forced the Nigerian goalkeeper into a brilliant, diving save with a wonderful, curling left-footed shot, which was headed for the top corner of Agbim’s goal.Uzoenyi’s second Those were encouraging signs for Bafana, but minutes later they had the breath knocked out of them when Uzoenyi played a neat one-two on the edge of the area before beating Josephs with a left-footed shot to the goalie’s left. At 0-3 down, South Africa were in big trouble, even if Mozambique managed to pull out a win over Mali. South Africa’s supporters looked on quietly, miserably. It was almost 4-0 to the Super Eagles in the 71st minute when Uzoenyi superbly controlled the ball with his left-foot and then fired off a dipping shot before it hit the ground. Josephs was beaten, but the ball struck the crossbar and rebounded back into play.Red card With 16 minutes to play, Nigeria’s Solomon Kwambe was shown a red card for a tackle on Tebogo Langerman that was more clumsy than nasty. It gave the home team some hope of pulling off a miracle comeback. Vuyo Mere, however, picked up a second yellow card only two minutes later, resulting in his sending off, and making it a 10 against 10 game.Penalty With 10 minutes to play, South Africa were awarded a penalty when Ugonna Uzochukwu brought down Mashego after the home side had attacked down the left flank. Parker was handed the ball. He sent Agbim the wrong way, netting to the keeper’s left to pull one back for Bafana. With only nine minutes to play, however, South Africa still had a mountain to climb if they were to make it into the quarterfinals.Denied With a minute remaining of regulation time, Mashego was denied by Agbim after a good shot to the goalie’s left. Mashamaite then came close to finding a header from close range to make it 2-3, but his effort passed well wide of the goal. South Africa were making most of the running and Agbim did well in time added on to close down Mashamaite as the men in yellow worked their way right up to the Nigerian six-yard box. The hosts fate was then sealed, not by Nigeria but by Mali, who netted a late penalty to edge Mozambique 2-1 to finish top of Group A. The Super Eagles held firm and were deserved 3-1 winners when the final whistle sounded.last_img read more

Iman Shumpert has been rapping since he was a fledgling, so when asked about other “NBA rappers” he wasn’t very impressed. For example, Shumpert had this to say about one of the NBA’s most notable  MCs-Metta World Peace, “Oh, he’s horrible. He is horrible.”Shumpert has a theory, “There’s a difference between guys who rap and ‘NBA rappers’.”In the video, Shumpert takes a moment to explain why “NBA rappers” are so bad and why he proclaims himself the best rapper in the league. read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, NOVEMBER 18, 2013- For right now, residents may have to be patient and accept the quick fix remedies offered to the bad roads and poor infrastructure on the island of Providenciales. Minister of Government Support Services, Hon. George Lightbourne recently admitted that he is aware of the public’s cry and has been lobbying for more immediate response to address road situations but the task has been tedious. Hon. Lightbourne added that contrary to what the public may believe he cannot just send someone to fix the roads as there are ‘red tapes’ to go through. Lightbourne went on to explain that he also has a lot under his umbrella as Minister of Government Support Services, so the public just has to exercise a little more patience. last_img read more

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 1, 2017 – Nassau – Long after the TV cameras have gone, well before lights are back on and life returns to normal, standing water left behind in hurricane-ravaged islands will help breed mosquitos that can deliver deadly diseases.   On Tuesday, a company with a conscience stepped up to take the sting out of the threat.Livful, the Atlanta-based developers and manufacturers of Akiva Mosquito Repellent, announced a matching donation of non-toxic wipes with the power to last 16 hours.   Akiva wipes will be distributed weekly to the islands impacted by Hurricane Irma weekly through NEMA and HeadKnowles.“The Bahamas is very close to our hearts.   We chose to launch Akiva here and we’ve been welcomed into the homes, playgrounds and resorts on these beautiful islands,” said LivFul CEO Hogan Bassey.   “In the aftermath of a hurricane, mosquitoes breed.   During a rebuilding period, people must be protected from the mosquitos that deliver diseases like Zika, Dengue and chikungunya.   Plus, we understand that mosquitos on those islands are a tremendous nuisance. We’re praying for a speedy recovery for The Bahamas and we’re doing what we can to help.”For every 3 bottles or packages of Akiva’s single-use wipes purchased from Lightbourn Trading on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway, LivFul will match the purchase with a donation of wipes.   Lightbourn will deliver the donation to NEMA and HeadKnowles every Friday for distribution to the islands along with other supplies.    The campaign will run through October 13.“We are very grateful to Livful which is demonstrating what it means to be a social entrepreneurship enterprise,” said Captain Stephen Russell, Director of NEMA.   “Now that we are beginning to re-inhabit the islands and people are returning to their homes, it is important that we tend to some of the needs they may not even recognize as urgent, like protecting them against diseases spread by mosquitos.”Bassey knows all too well what the impact of mosquito-borne disease can mean.   He spent two decades experimenting with formulas to keep people mosquito-safe after suffering from malaria repeatedly in his native Nigeria by the time he was 10.   The final formula was the result of cooperation with the University of Georgia where Bassey studied.   The product became available in The Bahamas in June and response to it has been nothing short of phenomenal, reflecting what was learned during official testing.   Arm-in-cage tests showed Akiva’s effectiveness lasted up to 16 hours keeping 200 female, buzzing biting mosquitoes at bay.“As residents return to the southern islands, their focus will be on making sure they have a safe place to sleep, that their roof is repaired and essential services are in place,” said HeadKnowles volunteer Patrina Khoo Farquharson, who received the first cases of donated wipes Tuesday.   “But also, the mosquitos are a tremendous nuisance.   The responders on the ground – Royal Bahamas Defence Force and Police Officers, volunteers – are literally under constant attack by these ‘monster-sized’ blood-suckers.   This donation from Akiva will go a long way toward protecting the people of the southern Bahamas from mosquito-borne disease and the misery of relentless attacks.   We are very appreciative and hope everyone will rush down to Lightbourn Trading and make their purchase while the campaign is on.”Press Release: DPA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgSeeing the world in a grain of sand, capturing the gist of life in a blob of paint — can a canvas capture that? Can devotion, in a land chockfull of contradictions and numerous religious thoughts , be perceived as an abstract and metaphysical piece of creative contemplation, essentially secular and spiritual work of art? The pensive and meditative portraits of spiritual gurus and godly figures of Buddha, Krishna, Shiva, Parvati and others by artists Satish Gupta, Shuvaprasanna, Sudip Roy, Puja Bahri, Prithvi Soni, Chottu Lal ,amongst others, exemplify just that beautiful tenet of Indian spiritual philosophies. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Evocative of complete surrender to the idol of their devotion, the artists dig into their inner selves to seek solace and a relief from the transient nature of life and the ephemeral world around, goading one towards a spiritual path of humility. There is a philosophical and mystical sophistication in their work as well as Sidharth’s art who paints using his hand made colors. The line between the sacred and the profane comes into full play in Sanjay Bhattacharya’s drawings in Pen, ink and water colors. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDevotion transforms into adulation and obsession as search for human and physical love, be it a man for a woman or mother for her child. It comes to the fore as in the courting couples and other figurative compositions in paintings by Asit Patnaik, Nayana Kanodia , Mousumi Biswas and Shipra Bhattacharya. The seeds of devotion planted in the mind by desire or awe blossom into love or respect for the chosen subject that often transforms individuals and their life. Depending on its intensity and echelon, ranging from adulation to obsession for a particular entity, cause, idea or faith, human or saintly, factual or fictional, its pursuit can turn things around into one of the two extreme modes of renunciation or revulsion. Then there are fluid depictions at cross roads between painting and sculpture by Venkat Bothsa. Evoking the flourish of the street painter, images of the lotus with the curling tendrils play themselves in painted steel in large dramatic sizes. The cryptic written word found often on the rear of public vehicles has communicated directions, slogans and sometimes nothing. The fonts were developed in an indigenous flavor, combining popular culture, street graffiti and a homegrown language. This is what Alex Davis looks into Devotion. The folk element continues to play through colorful paintings of Telangana women by Vaikuntam.Nature appears in a different mode and frame in Surya Prakash’s colourful landscape and Gurdeep Singh’s bright and colorful canvases. The changing life patterns and the world around are seen to get differently moulded in metal sculptures by Dimpy Menon, Gautam Bhatia and Enas MJ.last_img read more

first_imgCelebrating the auspicious ocassion of Janamashtmi, Uma Sharma and Group have organised a Nritya Abhinaya (Dance performance, Kathak) that will be staged at India International Centre on 18 August. The music for the evening is composed by Pt. Jwala Prasad and dance is choreographed by Uma Sharma.Besides dance performance by Sharma, the evening will also witness  honouring Rashtra Kavi Dr. Gopal Das Neerej, recipient of Padma Bhushan and writer of famous poem Karvan Guzar Gaya – Ghubaar Dehtre Rahe. Uma will be dancing to the tune of the poet’s written special poetry oKrishna Tujh Sang Preet Lagayi, Umar Bhar Neend Na Ayi with her other disciples.When: 18 AugustWhere: at India International Centre, Main Auditorium, Max Mueller Marg,last_img read more

first_imgIn order to welcome and celebrate New Year in a grand way- ‘Srijan Ek Rang Ek Sang’, a cultural event was organised by Sukarman in the national Capital from April 8-10. The event comprised of multiple fashion, lifestyle, creative and boutique brands and showcased sights and sounds from all parts of India. The main aim of this cultural carnival was to showcase the best of India in all its glory. This platform provided cultural exchange, joy, creativity and togetherness. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The event was inaugurated by Kapil Mishra, Culture Minister, MLA Gulab Singh Yadav of Aam Aadmi Party, Air Marshal A K Singh (Retired) and Jawahar Kaul. Srijan, which is a combination of fun and frolic with myriad exquisite handicraft items to celebrate the vibrancy of Indian art and culture, is one of the biggest celebrations of Indian New year. It is a platform for an interesting mix of artists to showcase their art and craft and for communities to come together and enjoy a feel of togetherness and festivity.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTraditional shopping stalls with handicraft, handloom, home décor, art and craft in its exhibition aptly named ‘street bazaar’ were organised at the event. Along with this, cultural performances like regional folk dances, breathtaking martial art forms, fusion dance performances representing Kashmir to Kanyakumari also garnered attention from visitors. Ethnic rusticity and interesting craft under one roof highlight this year’s exhibition at ‘Srijan Ek Rang Ek Sang’. Colourful works on traditional fabrics and crafts such as exclusive collection of handlooms, handicrafts, home décor, and jewelry was a treat for every shopaholic. Multiple fashion, lifestyle, creative and boutique brands also were a part of the event.  A celebration is incomplete without dance and Srijan saw the best of folk dancers from across the country, who enthralled the visitors with their performance. Some of the most enthusiastic youth bands, breathtaking visual acts were also a part of the festivity. Various cuisines and mouth watering dishes by the food court, ranging from street food to cuisines from different parts of India, were also a part of the three-day long festival.last_img read more