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first_imgLiberia’s international hip hop artist Scientific will for the first time launch a song in Liberia before it is released to the rest of the world.“The launching of ‘Rotate’ is special to me because it’s going to be the first time I ever launch a single here at home, and my people deserve it,” said the rapper.According to Scientific, ‘Rotate’ is about beautiful women or divas displaying how well they can dance or move their bodies on the dance-floor in a rotating manner. ‘Rotate,’ which features and has an epic afro pop flow from Quincy B, can move party people to “get your backs off the wall” and dance. From the sounding of things, this song is on its way to attaining international renown. Apart from Scientific and Quincy B, some of the other household names slated to perform at the launch are: Eric Geso, K-Zee and 2Switt.The “It’s War” rapper said “nowadays fans want to party so you do not need a rocket scientist to tell you that…and that’s exactly what the song ‘Rotate’ is about,” said Scientific. He said that the idea for the song originated with Quincy B, who actually brought the idea to Scientific with a chorus/hook already done. “He did the hook so I just matched it,” added Scientific.Scientific, who has shared the same stage with world renowned artists like Jay-Z, Fat Joe, Akon and Fabulous, now has the song ‘Rotate’ trending in East Africa by popular radio DJ Anna Fetty in Tanzania, DJ Ant Iowa in the US, and by other deejays around the world. Scientific said the song was specially made to show appreciation for his fans for being supportive of his career, adding: “They need to turn up so we can party together at the launch.”“I just want my fans to know I love them too much. Also at the launch I will be giving them a special opportunity so we can interact better with each other on the red carpet,” he said. In related news, Africori, Africa’s leading digital music service provider based in London and Cape Town, has signed a deal with Scientific to distribute his music around the world. The artist joins a list of top artists like Wizkid, Becca, Jon Bricks and others to be signed to the company.The song ‘Rotate’ will be launched at Club Wanwusu in Brewerville on Saturday, December 19 at 7:00pm. Admission for VIP is US$25, double VIP US$50 and ordinary US$10.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgFianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture, Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, says a fully funded and equal CAP programme is essential for Donegal farmers.Senator Ó Domhnaill was speaking after a sizeable meeting on CAP reform was held in Dunfanaghy, Donegal last night, attended by almost 200 people.“The meeting was very constructive and there were quality contributions from many farmers who are genuinely very concerned with the implications of the CAP reform,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill. “The farmers were informed of the different proposals that have been put forward for CAP reform from the Minister for Agriculture and the EU. The feeling coming from the meeting was that there should be a fair and equitable distribution of CAP for all farmers. It is important that CAP negotiations go well for Irish farmers as agriculture is crucial for the economic recovery of Ireland.He added that farmers should not be unfairly penalised for living in an area of poor land and the Minister should take this into consideration in the CAP negotiations.“I am totally opposed to the idea that there would be land abandonment in marginal land areas due to the low return from the land, this would lead to an ecological disaster in some of the most ecologically sensitive areas in the country.“We must make agriculture attractive to the next generation and a package of measures should be introduced to encourage and help young people take up farming. 70% of farmers receive less than €10,000 in Single Farm Payments and it is essential that smaller farmers are not penalised in order to protect the 2% of farmers who are in receipt of 12% of the payment. “We need a better deal for smaller farmers in Donegal and I will continue with meetings throughout the county to gauge the view of farmers. The next meeting will be held at the Highland Hotel in the Glenties on November 29th where party Spokesperson on Agriculture, Éamon Ó Cuív will be the guest speaker.”EQUAL CAP PROGRAMME VITAL FOR DONEGAL FARMERS – MEETING TOLD was last modified: November 16th, 2012 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:SENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILLlast_img read more

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first_imgFERNDALE >> St. Bernard’s quarterback Jack Rice threw for five touchdowns and 313 yards, 225 of those to receiver Isaac Drake, as the Crusaders defeated the Ferndale Wildcats, 49-21, Saturday at Ferndale High School — securing its fourth-consecutive Little 4 championship under head coach Matt Tomlin.“I’m really happy with my guys,” Tomlin said. “Our goal today was that we wanted to play as fast and physical as we could and I think the scoreboard showed that.”Tomlin added that he was most …last_img

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first_imgFormer US President Bill Clinton paid a visit to South African President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria on Wednesday, ahead of the USA vs Algeria World Cup match. While the two men have a range of common interests, including climate change and poverty alleviation, it seemed that soccer was first on the agenda.Clinton congratulated South Africa as a host nation, while Zuma shared his thoughts on Bafana Bafana’s performance in the tournament.Click arrow to play videoPosted on SouthAfrica.info on 25 June 2010last_img

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first_imgYoung Africans have taken to saving for their future rather than getting the instant thrill of spending on lavish items according to the Barclays Africa Prosper Report (Image: kris krüg).• The rise of South African-Angolan relations• What makes South African cities competitive?• South Africa could be swimming in opportunity• South Africa must work hard to raise rankings internationally• Join the 2014 South African Competitiveness ForumRay MaotaYoung Africans would rather invest their cash than spend it on luxury items, a survey by Barclays Africa Group has found.Released on 28 October in Johannesburg, Barclays Africa’s Prosper Report shows how Africans equate prosperity with achieving financial freedom. The report is the summary of a survey of more than 7 000 respondents across socio-economic groups from South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.“The survey provides invaluable insights into what is important to people, their dreams and aspirations – essential intelligence if we are to contribute to building strong and sustainable economies on the continent,” said Maria Ramos, the chief executive of Barclays Africa Group. “The results are fascinating and underscore the fact that Africa’s rising middle class is effecting positive economic and socio-political transformation. What is particularly noteworthy is that nearly 80% of the respondents are between the ages of 18 and 35. This is significant because Africa has one of the highest youth populations in the world.”There was a remarkable similarity in the aspirations and hopes of the respondents even though they came from 11 different countries. “The results highlight the fact that as Africa’s young and emerging middle-class continues to develop and grow, they are expressing their economic power in new ways, for example, prioritising long-term financial security through investing and education,” she said. Bobby Malabie (left) Group Executive at Barclays Africa and Professor Monde Makiwane (right) of the Human Sciences Research Council at the launch of the inaugural Barclays Africa Prosper Report (Image: Barclays Africa) The surveyAt the top of each respondent’s list of what would help them progress were computers and books, while savings were considered to be the primary vehicle to achieve financial freedom to prosper and achieve specific goals.Bobby Malabie, Barclays Africa’s group executive of marketing, communications, citizenship and public affairs, said: “The Barclays Africa Prosper Report shows that people work hard for their money and want their money to work hard for them. What is particularly encouraging is that when questioned further, the youth of Africa would rather invest their money to fund further education than spend it on flashy consumer goods.“Investment, education and savings are seen by Africans as the main drivers of prosperity to open the doors to economic growth. It is also clear that Africa’s emerging youth presents the continent with an unprecedented opportunity to deepen our human capital, and with the right tools, tomorrow’s decision-makers can unlock Africa’s potential.”In the survey, 78% of the respondents were between the ages of 18 and 35, representing a significant portion of the “youth bulge”, the future drivers of the African economy. The youth bulge is a common phenomenon in many developing countries, where a large proportion of the population comprises children and young adults, thanks to a decrease in infant mortality and steady levels of fertility.Four of the main findings of the survey were that: if given $100 (about R1 000) to help them prosper, 49% of respondents would invest it; almost a third would buy a computer (30%) and books (24%) to help them prosper. For 66%, lack of finances was a major barrier to prosperity, but for 37% this was also the easiest aspect of their life to change. Almost half of respondents would most likely consult a bank to obtain financial prosperity; only 10% would consult a family member.Professor Monde Makiwane of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) provided an independent analysis of the research. He said: “A decrease in mortality rates coupled with the youth’s connectivity to a global community which is increasingly aided by technology, means we have an emerging youth bulge of Africans [who] are more optimistic than ever before.“Africa’s youth are confident they will be around to live their future. Given this optimism, they prefer to spend their money on computers and books to aid their prosperity, rather than making flashy statements in their local communities by parading the latest must-have item.”The Barclays Africa Prosper Report addressed critical issues of financial behaviour and prosperity that had either been missed or poorly measured by previous social and financial surveys in Africa, Makiwane added.Across the 11 countries, 73% of those surveyed indicated that they were familiar with the term “prosper”. To prosper, they said, mostly meant “to be successful”, “to be fortunate” and “to thrive”, especially in terms of personal finances, but also in terms of health, career satisfaction, spiritual wellness and happiness. Spontaneous definitions of what prosper meant to an individual also revealed a commonality across the continent: 39% defined it as achieving one’s goals or dreams in life and 22% associated it with financial success.“Encouragingly, one of the most significant findings from this African survey is the high level of savings and investments reported by participants. Almost 50% of respondents would save or invest to help them prosper financially, a powerful statistic if viewed in the context of the Asian savings boom,” said Makiwane. Several decades ago, Asia experienced a youth bulge. The continent took advantage of this by creating employment opportunities and mobilising the youth to save. Continued economic growth and a high savings rate have fuelled wealth creation in the region and its propensity to save is exceptional when compared to the United States or Europe: gross national savings range from a low of 24% of gross domestic product in the Philippines to a high of 50% in China, compared with 13% in the United States and 19% on average across Europe. Survey methodologyAccording to Barclays, the survey was designed and deployed via the online research specialist, Columinate, to an online research access panel as well as to targeted social media channels in each country. Data collection ran from 14 April to 8 August 2014. A total sample of 7 052 was achieved. Eight of the 11 countries had more than 500 respondents; the Seychelles had a sample of 82, Mozambique 309 and Tanzania 416.HSRC contributed perspectives from the social sciences to the study. Its analysis team drew from theories and patterns of economic and social transition to analyse and interpret the data and the findings of the survey. Summary of sociological findingsSome of the important sociological findings from the survey are that Africa’s growing middle class is driven by three basic characteristics:·         They are mostly in the younger working age group with basic skills that can be advanced by exposure in different sectors of the economy and society.·         Their integration into economic and socio-political life in the modern global village is facilitated by advancements and increasing accessibility of the internet and mobile communication technology.·         A growing proportion of this group comprise a large and expanding middle class that is known to catalyse economic growth.Being financially successful was the most common current priority by participants. Three major obstacles to financial prosperity they reported were a lack of finance (reported by 68.9%), a lack of opportunity (50%) and a lack of financial advice (26.2%).last_img read more