first_imgNassman in Panama performing his anti-corruption Bonkey song. Not many Liberian musicians will forgo their craft just to become an anti-corruption advocate. But for Nasseman, there is nothing more important right now in his life than standing up against corruption which breeds poverty, division and possibly brings about war.Nasseman, who is a very successful reggae musician, has over the years used his music to speak against societal ills and injustice. He has said his experience over the years has taught him how corruption undermines Liberia’s progress and increases poverty, motivating him to get involved into being a corruption advocate.“It will be like committing suicide if I don’t use my talent to speak out against corruption. I believed in a society that respects integrity, honesty, and transparency. So it is my duty to campaign for that society I dream about,” Nasseman said.The JourneyThe “Redemption” singer began his anti-corruption advocacy after his song “Bonkey” won the 2016 fair play anti-corruption music competition, which is organized by the organizers of the International Anti-Music Conference.Fair Play is a global competition for original songs by young bands (age between 18 to 35) on the theme of anti-corruption, integrity, and fighting for social justice.“Bonkey” in Liberian Pidgin, is used to refer to a corrupt individual. The goal of the song was to bring to light the adverse impact of corruption on Liberians, mainly the poor, from all walks of life.  “That was the beginning of my full involvement as an anti-corruption advocate. I did that music to highlight the impact of corruption,” Nasseman added.As a winner of the competition, he traveled to Panama where he was able to receive his prize (ambassadorial title) and perform the song.“The fight against corruption is everybody’s business and I think getting involved is the best thing I can do to help my country. I cannot sit and remain silent while the majority of my people are suffering as a result of corruption and I have the opportunity to speak against it but don’t want to. That will be the greatest sin I will be committing against them,” the singer noted.Recognition After his return home, Nasseman, whose real name is Rabbie Nassrallah, began intensifying his fight against corruption by releasing a couple of tracks on the topics of corruption and hosting small town hall-style community events to raise awareness about the negative impact of corruption.Nasseman added: “Corruption is like a disease and has eaten up the entire society; so I felt like using music to get the message across. I have a strong fan base which I can convince to choose integrity over dishonesty.“I have a responsibility and that responsibility is to help make the youth to understand the pros and cons about corruption. This, at the end of the day, will allow them to choose what is right or wrong without someone forcing them to do so. Therefore when they make their own decisions, they will know that they alone will not bear the consequence but the entire country.”And due to his effort to eliminate or reduce corruption, Nasseman is expected to be awarded and named Transparency International Global Ambassador in the fight against corruption, which will be given to him at the 18th annual International Anti-corruption Committee (IACC) event, which is expected to be held in Copenhagen, Demark, in October this year.“I’m grateful for this upcoming honor and it just motivates me to do more. And this will give more focus to the youth, which constitutes half of the nation, with my campaign since I have a strong influence over them. If I can leverage my influence over them properly, I’m sure that the high rate of corruption can be reduced among them,” the artist said.Future moveAs an upcoming ambassador for Transparency International, Nasseman has gone on to register an organization called Art for Transparency, which is dedicated to using art to intensify the fight against corruption.The organization, Nasseman explained, will incorporate people with artistic talents to widely spread its anti-corruption message so that it cannot reach the next generation of Liberians at this early stage.“Part of my goal is to lobby for the inclusion of anti-corruption lesson to be incorporated into curriculums. The fight against corruption has to be taken to the next generation of Liberians. The sooner we start telling them about dishonesty, the better we can help them understand Integrity,” Nasseman added.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_imgArsenal’s 4-0 win against Aston Villa at Wembley saw them lift the FA Cup for the 12th time, more than any other club.By retaining the trophy, the Gunners leapfrogged Man United, who had won it 11 times previously.IT HAS BEEN A SUCCESSFUL SEASON FOR ARSENAL THIS SEASONAnd here, one fan has put together a video showing their previous successes, starting with the first victory in 1930 against Huddersfield Town.TEN GREAT IMAGES AS ARSENAL ROMP TO VICTORY FOR RECORD 12TH TIMElast_img

first_img Lokomotiv Moscow striker Oumar Niasse 1 Everton are edging closer to the deadline day signing of Lokomotiv Moscow striker Oumar Niasse after he arrived on Merseyside for a medical.It is understood the Toffees have had a £13.5million bid accepted for the 25-year-old Senegal international and that he is currently at the club’s Finch Farm training ground to discuss personal terms.Niasse has scored 12 goals in 21 games this season and would come in as a replacement for Steven Naismith, who was sold to Norwich for £8.5m earlier in the window.Niasse is likely to be the only player arriving before Monday’s transfer deadline, although the club have confirmed the exit of winger Aiden McGeady, who has joined Championship side Sheffield Wednesday on loan.last_img

first_imgThe Rams came out of the gates strong, winning No. 2 double 6-1. Summer Brills and Joely Lomas’ 6-2 win at No. 1 put the Bulldogs in good position to earn the doubles point. But CSU’s Sandra Keta and Solene Crawley managed to beat Mela Jaglarz and Tess Herder, 6-4 to secure the doubles point for the Rams. In singles, CSU continued its momentum into singles to win on courts five and six and take a 3-0 lead. LINCOLN, Neb. – The Drake University women’s tennis team overcame a 3-0 deficit to beat Colorado State, 4-3 on Saturday at the Dillon Tennis Center in Lincoln, Neb. Drake 4, Colorado State 3DoublesNo. 1: Summer Brills / Joely Lomas (Drake) def. Emily Kolbow / Madison Porter (CSU) – 6-2No. 2: Riley Reeves / Celine Voss (CSU) def. Alex Kozlowski / Kenya Williams (Drake) – 6-1No. 3: Sandra Keta / Solene Crawley (CSU) def. Mela Jaglarz / Tess Herder (Drake) – 6-4Order of finish: 2, 1, 3SinglesNo. 1: Summer Brills (Drake) def. Emily Kolbow (CSU) – 7-5, 6-1No. 2: Tess Herder (Drake) def. Riley Reeves (CSU) – 7-6, 3-6, 6-4No. 3: Kenya Williams (Drake) def. Celine Voss (CSU) – 7-6, 5-7, 7-6No. 4: Joely Lomas (Drake) def. Sandra Keta (CSU) – 6-2, 4-6, 7-5No. 5: Madison Porter (CSU) def. Mela Jaglarz (Drake) – 6-0, 6-2No. 6: Solene Crawley (CSU) def. Alex Kozlowski (Drake) – 6-4, 6-1Order of finish: 5, 6, 1, 4, 2, 3  “Kenya played an amazing match to clinch it for us.  It’s a great day to be a Bulldog,” said Tran. Drake won’t return to action until March 4 when it travels to Milwaukee, Wis. to square off against Marquette.center_img The fourth and decisive team point came down to court three. Sophomore Kenya Williams edged out Celine Voss in a third set tiebreaker to clinch the Bulldog victory, 7-6, 5-7, 7-6. “This was a great win for us. We knew it was going to be a competitive match with Colorado State. The girls played with so much grit,” said Drake head coach Mai-Ly Tran. The Bulldogs began to battle back and got on the board by Brills’ 7-5, 6-1 win at No. 1. Lomas made it a 3-2 score by earning a three-set win over Keta, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5. Herder tied the match up at three with her own three-set win over Riley Reeves, 7-6, 3-6, 6-4.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_imgWell known Letterkenny DJ Kevin McDaid finally took the plunge and married his DJ girlfriend Laura McCole yesterday.But guests at the lavish reception at the Mt Errigal Hotel got more than they bargained for when they got to see Kevin’s official stag party video.Kevin and Laura walk down the aisle as husband and wife!!The whose who of Letterkenny lads accompanied Kevin to Berlin for his stag – which even included a bungee jump by Kevin dressed in a pink suit from a skyscraper!Thankfully Kevin’s mum Kathleen had watched (and censored!) the video days before it was revealed to shocked guests! As usual Rahan man Dessie Dorrian got the blame for all the dodgy moments even though he was only responsible for 99% of them.On the day bride Laura looked absolutely stunning and a terrific day was had by all.Word has it that Laura will accompany Kevin for another bungee jump from St Eunan’s Cathedral later this evening.See you all there!   DDTV: IT’S MURDER ON THE DANCEFLOOR AS KEVIN TAKES THE PLUNGE (LITERALLY!) WITH LAURA was last modified: June 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BerlinDJdonegalKevin McDaidLaura McColeletterkennymarriedlast_img read more

first_imgCodeMakers teaches learners at schools in Umlazi, eThekwini to understand computer programme coding and in the process tell their stories through creating their own animations, games and interactive stories.The isiZulu option on the Scratch website helps Umlazi learners learn more about coding. Non-profit organisation CodeMakers set it up to help youngsters understand the coding programme better. (Image: CodeMakers)Brand South Africa reporterMore than 700 learners in Umlazi, in eThekwini, KwaZulu-Natal, have learned computer programme coding and have produced animations that tell their stories in their own words and their own language. The skills training was undertaking by the non-profit organisation CodeMakers.The organisation began in 2015 with a pilot of linked courses — coding, cardboard engineering and robotics.Stories told through programmingSpeaking to talk radio 702, CodeMakers founder and executive director Justin Yarrow said the group gave children an opportunity to take apart a piece of technology and build their own. “What we are doing is helping kids in many different ways other than just understanding how coding works.”Scratch, a free visual programming language, is used. Learners are able to create animations, games and interactive stories.“Doing Scratch computer coding is very creative and for kids with curiosity, it gets them to approach problems from a point of logic,” Yarrow told Business Day Live.“It also gets kids to express themselves and letting their stories be told is incredibly important.”This gave children recognition, he said. Through the project, they had found that many children “don’t feel like they can be creators of technology”. CodeMakers wanted to change this.Its goals included helping its learners recognise the power of computers, especially since many South African children left school without ever using a computer, Yarrow said.Currently CodeMakers work with grade 6 to 10 learners of Umkhumbane Secondary School and Bhekaphambili Primary School. “We have worked with or run workshops at the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA), eThekwini Municipality Area Based Management Unit, Chesterville Extension Library, Meadowlands Secondary and Wiggins Secondary,” said Yarrow.“In the workshop we did with learners at KZNSA they made stories about what they thought the year 2050 would look like, with talking animals, robots, flying cars, and the extinction of rhinos.”CodeMakers has three inter-linked programmes that teach, inspire and empower learners to understand and pursue studies and careers in science and technology. The programmes are:Skills through hands-on coding classesInspire through video interviews of early career professionalsEmpower through offline internet education resourcesCareers in science and technologyMedical microbiology student Bonisile Luthuli is one of the people profiled by CodeMakers through video interviews. One of her tasks is testing various drugs on tuberculosis (TB) bacteria in the search for those that will kill the bacteria.She was interested in how science kept evolving, Luthuli said. The deaths of relatives from TB had driven her to a career in science, Luthuli said, and she hoped to make a difference by finding a cure for the illness.She works at KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB and HIV. “I went to a school that didn’t have a library or computers. I had never touched a computer in my life before I came to university and I had never seen a microscope.”She encourages learners to pursue careers in science and technology. “Go for it, work hard, and focus on your studies,” Luthuli said. “You don’t have to be super smart. You just have to work hard.”Watch Bonisile Luthuli explains what her work entails:Watch a biomedical scientist profiled by CodeMakers:Sources: CodeMakers, Business Day Live, Radio 702 and CodeMakers, YouTube.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

first_imgThe intelligence community is inputting data to the Web at an amazing rate. That mountain of data can be overwhelming to mere humans who are trying to read through pages and pages of information to pinpoint exactly what they’re after. Mark Rutherford of CNET News reports that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has hired a tech company to develop a reader that will scour the Web and render certain information and knowledge into a form that is more easily digested and usable.BBN Technologies was recently awarded a $29.7 million contract to develop a universal text engine that will capture intelligence and render it usable to humans as well as artificial intelligence (AI) systems. Officially called the Machine Reading Program, this new system will “automatically monitor the technological and political activities of nation states and transnational organizations – which could mean everything from al-Qaeda to the U.N.” for the US military. BBN expects there may also be many useful civilian applications for its new reader. The company has also developed a real-time audio stream called the the BBN Broadcast Monitoring System that automatically transcribes real-time audio streams and translates them into English. With this new project, BBN hopes to “develop techniques that can generalize across the linguistic structure and content of diverse documents to extract relations and axioms directly from text rather than relying on a knowledge engineer to encode such information.” Here’s how it will work: 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Although it is not immediately clear when (or if) this new machine reader will be available to civilians, we are certainly looking forward to trying something like this out. Some paranoid types will believe this is nothing more than “the man” trying to spy on us, but those people need to realize everything we do online is being watched by someone. If you are really concerned about your online privacy you should secure important data on your computer, call your government leaders and try to change privacy laws, or stay off the Web altogether. Researchers, medical professionals, consumers, students and others are all likely to benefit from such an application. Not having to spend unnecessary time searching through mountains of information on the Web for something relevant makes life easier and allows us to be more productive. Tags:#Knowledge Management#music#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout doug coleman 1 Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

first_imgCalifornia’s state legislature has passed a measure that will simplify the permitting process for residential photovoltaic (PV) systems, which industry officials say could reduce costs to homeowners by $1,000 or more.According to an article in The Los Angeles Times, the measure requires cities and counties to adopt local ordinances that would make permitting and inspections faster.The Democratic sponsor of the bill, AB-2188, Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, told the newspaper that on a visit to a solar company in Torrance last year he was told it often took 65 days to install solar panels, all but one day of which was spent “wading through the local bureaucracy to get the necessary permits and approvals.”The executive director of the California Solar Energy Industries Association complained that while PV systems had become “practically cookie-cutter” in their design, many local building departments were requiring “Byzantine permits,” The LA Times said.In addition to requiring more uniform installation rules, the bill also prohibits homeowner associations from imposing restrictions that would increase the cost of a PV system by more than $1,000.Separately, the California Energy Commission has issued new guidelines calling for 15% higher rebates for solar arrays that face west instead of south. South-facing panels generate more energy overall, but panels that face west produce more power in the late afternoon when demand for electricity goes up, according to a report from CleanEnergy Authority. State poised to update its building energy codeAs lawmakers sought to make solar rules less burdensome, the California Energy Commission was taking its first steps toward updating the state’s building energy code, known as Title 24.As reported on a Natural Resources Defense Council blog, the formal start of rule-making will result in revised efficiency standards for new construction and major renovations that would take effect in 2017.Title 24, first adopted in 1977, sets standards for everything from the amount of required insulation to what type of lighting should be used in homes and offices. Since its adoption, Title 24 has saved state residents more than $30 billion in energy costs, the NRDC said, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the demand for electricity.Citing statistics from the U.S. Energy Information Agency, the NRDC said the per capita use of electricity in California has remained essentially flat since 1975 while power consumption in the rest of the country has shown an increase of 50%.Energy standards that went into effect this July are expected to reduce energy use in new houses by 25%, plus cut water consumption by 200 million gallons a year.The blog said a number of changes are being considered for residential construction, including an increase in the amount of insulation, steps that would reduce energy losses through air ducts, a requirement for more efficient lighting, and the use of high-efficiency tankless water heaters.The state has already adopted an efficiency plan that calls for all new residential buildings to be net-zero energy by 2020.last_img read more

first_imgWith technology changing daily, the question of renting vs buying equipment is a tough one. Let’s explore these options in the context of today’s video production industry.We are at a point where technology is changing faster than we can take advantage of it. As soon as 4K video technology jumped onto the scene, word of 5K, 6K & 8K was on the tips of many tech gurus’ tongues. So, taking into account the rapid acceleration of technology, filmmakers and video producers have to decide the best option for obtaining equipment: renting or buying? First lets look at some of the most important questions, and depending on your answers, this alone may tell you which way you should go.What type of project is it and how long will it take?Is this a small project where you can shoot and edit it in a day, where the income potential is relatively low? Or, is this a project that could weeks to produce, where the income potential is fairly substantial. Let’s explore this a bit…For smaller projects, renting equipment is often the most economical, especially when they require that you won’t be needing on a consistent basis. Sites like Lens Pro to Go and Borrow Lenses have streamlined the rental business through online ordering, and offer relatively inexpensive pricing. For instance, at Borrow Lenses you can currently rent a Canon 5D Mark III for $143 for 7 days. Then add another $70 to cover insurance and shipping and you’re looking at $213.  Most rental companies will throw in some camera accessories with the rental purchase. If it doesn’t come standard be sure to enquire about this!Ensure whatever project you’re working on the cost of the camera rental is built into the quote for your client.If you’re working on a longer project, say, a feature film or television series, it may make the most sense to purchase the equipment and then sell it upon completion of the project. Many reality television projects (that require tons of cameras) work this way. Depending on the amount of usage you may be able to sell the camera for close to what you bought it for (that number will likely be even closer if you bought the camera used originally). If you do buy used be cautious! There is not a shutter actuation count for video (like their is with DSLR photo usage). Be sure to inspect the camera for any scratches, check for dead pixels, ask about the repair history and ALWAYS test shoot with it before handing over money!The other option would be to buy a camera and hold on to it, but you’ve got to factor in how many times you plan on using it a year to see if it’s a worthwhile investment…To help in finding rental options here is a list of rental providers. How many projects are you producing in a year?Lets say that you’re a filmmaker who does commercial work and you produce 3 to 4 projects each month over an entire year. Is renting still your best option? If you’ll be using the same camera in most projects it would obviously make sense to purchase – renting that Canon 5D Mark III once a month would cost you much more than it’s $3,000 purchase price.  There is an old saying that “If you have to borrow a tool more than once, you should probably go ahead and buy one.” The most important thing is to be realistic. For instance, if you’re on an elaborate campaign for a client, don’t immediately run out and rent or buy the equipment just for that campaign. Look ahead and ask yourself, ‘how often will I use this equipment?’ Don’t ‘anticipate’ that you’ll need the camera often until you start renting and shooting with it consistently. Then, make the leap.Be Responsible About Your InvestmentEach option has its strengths and weaknesses. When you rent you’ll get the most current equipment that likely comes insured through the rental provider (be sure to check this!) Additionally, the rental company should be able to quickly find you a replacement camera if the equipment is defective for some reason. With renting you’ll have the freedom to switch cameras, but just like any rental setup, you won’t have any equity in the equipment.When you buy, you don’t have to travel to pick it up or wait for it to ship. Protect your camera and gear investment by insuring it. Don’t assume it is covered under your normal homeowner’s insurance. You may require a “personal articles” policy or even a business insurance plan (some insurance companies require this if you are making money off your equipment). This additional cost may pay for itself in spades if your camera takes a bath or goes missing. Lens Rental ProviderCustomer Service EmailContact Phone Number MP&E Equipmentcontact Borrow Pro Photo Rentalcontact Lens Pro to Gocontact Rent Abel read more