KORA Awards Names Kanvee ‘Goodwill Ambassador’

first_imgThe biggest music awards organization in Africa, the KORA – All Africa Music Awards, has accredited and recognized Liberia’s top Gospel Artist, Kanvee Gaines Adams, as their Goodwill Ambassador on Ebola.The KORA Awards, the Pan-African equivalent of the American-based Grammy Awards, honors the best artists from Africa and its Diaspora.  In a letter dated October 8, 2014 and addressed to Mr. Emmanuel Adams, husband and manager of the Gospel artist, KORA stated: “While awaiting the event to take place, we would like to appoint you as the 2014/2015 Goodwill KORA Ambassador in your country.”Accompanied by a Certificate of Accreditation, the letter outlines Amb. Kanvee Adams’ newly found roles as follows: “Act as the KORA Awards’ spokesperson towards the media and the arts and culture authority of your country; To obtain the contribution of political authorities, especially the Head of State, as well as private sector leaders, for the large-scale project we would like to carry out through appreciate humanitarian organizations, such as Doctors Without Borders, to help the Ebola virus victims on the African continent.”In another letter dated October 10, 2014, Amb. Kanvee Adams was told that her first action as a KORA Ambassador is “to make a short video, which will be published” on her social networks and on the organization’s website (www.koraawards.com), with the project hashtag: #KORAFightsEbola.As West Africa struggles with the Ebola outbreak, the KORA Award’s response to the crisis is that it is time for African themselves to take over catastrophic situations on the continent as opposed to the past, when it was always the Western World taking over Africans’ problems.  “We believe it is now time for us together, as responsible Africans, to show the world, starting with our Heads of States, that we can contribute in the resolution of our problems,” a statement from the Award body said.KORA added that it has decided to engage in concrete actions to leverage resources which will be publicly handed over to credible humanitarian organizations for urgent assistance to affected populations.“Any donation collected by our Goodwill Ambassador will be published in the list of donors on all our social networks”, KORA adds.Kanvee, who is currently visiting the United States of America, is among 54 Goodwill Ambassadors appointed by KORA to their respective countries across Africa.  All are renowned musicians, including Sarkodie of Ghana, Mrisho Mpoto of Tanzania, Eddy Kenzo of Uganda, Stanlux of Togo, Sessimé of Benin, among several other top rated African musicians based on the continent and also in the Diaspora.Prior to her October 8 letter, Kanvee received an official communication from the KORA Awards announcing her first-ever nomination for the award, the event of which was initially scheduled for December, 2014.  If successful, this would be her first KORA Award.  The last KORA Award won by Liberians was the all-male vocal group Vow2Praise, also of the Gospel genre.Since the release of her debut album “Be Like Job” about a decade ago, Kanvee has made hits nationally and internationally, going on to sweep national awards and international awards including last year’s Special International Award for the Promotion of African Gospel Music at the 4th Annual Africa Gospel Music Awards (AGMA’s) ceremony held in the United Kingdom. Her popular tracks entitled, “Carry my load”, “Thank God for Mama”  and “Bundle” “Thank God For Mama”, and now “Heart Desire” have made hits throughout Liberia and the Liberian Diaspora as she has held concerts in USA, Benin, Togo, Jamaica, Dominica, , Ghana and Nigeria, etc. In the Diaspora, her gospel songs feature prominently on the playlists of DJs at Liberian social gatherings and African terrestrial and internet radio stations. To date, she’s produced 20 albums.Prior to her new KORA ambassadorial role, Kanvee was named Liberian Charity Ambassador about a year ago.The KORA AwardsCreated in 1994 by Ernest Coovi Adjovi, a businessman originally from Benin, the award ceremony honours the best artists from Africa and its Diaspora. The inaugural edition of KORA was held in 1996 in Johannesburg, South Africa.Known as the Pan-African version of the Grammy Awards, the KORA Awards ceremony is one of the most viewed TV live shows on the African Continent, gathering over 720,000,000 views according to CNN.Since its inception, the Pan-African cultural event named, “Les Trophées KORA de la MusiqueAfricaine” or “KORA – All Africa Music Awards” has taken place 12 times on the African continent.For the first ten years of its existence, the KORA Awards took place in South Africa but have since also been held in Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lightning strike to transmission line causes most recent Peace power outage

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At least one lightning strike has been confirmed to be what caused over 34,000 customers to lose power yesterday evening.According to BC Hydro spokesperson Bob Gammer, the outage occurred at around 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday evening, and affected the entire B.C. Peace Region. Gammer says that one of the three 500 kV transmission lines that run between Hudson’s Hope and Prince George suffered a direct hit from a lightning strike, although he was not able to pinpoint the exact location of the strike. In addition, Gammer said that  another lightning could have caused power outages and surges that were concentrated in the Dawson Creek area.At the peak of last night’s outage, roughly 34,500 customers lost power, with most outages restored between 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. As of 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning, over 100 customers were still without power in isolated areas stretching from Pouce Coupe to Farmington and north of Rolla. Gammer says that crews are still working today to restore power to those areas.- Advertisement –outage-map9Gammer stated that the incident was an extremely rare event, adding that BC Hydro’s infrastructure is equipped with numerous safeguards including lightning arrestors, circuit breakers, and surge protectors to safeguard against such events. He says that Hydro is continuing their investigation into exactly what caused the wide-spread outage.last_img read more

Blow for Newcastle! Steven Taylor set to miss the rest of the season

first_img1 Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor is set to miss the rest of the season after damaging his Achilles tendon during their clash with Burnley on New Years’ Day.The 28-year-old left St James’ Park on crutches after being forced off the field in the 60th minute during the 3-3 draw.Caretaker  boss John Carver confirmed the news looked bleak for the Toon star after the game.Carver told NufcTV: “Unfortunately there’s bad news with Steven.“It looks like he’s snapped his Achilles tendon – the other one (to which he injured against Chelsea in December 2011).“It’s a fresh injury and I’m so disappointed for him because he got off to a great start.“He’s a good character and he’ll deal with it. We’ll make sure he’s looked after and everything will be done properly.” Taylor limps off last_img read more


first_imgGLENFIN GAA NOTESLotto winning numbers for the 28/06/2016 are 6-1-8-7-4-3-2-5. No Winners. Jackpot for the 05/07/2016 is €3700.Minor Board: Under age training: Wednesdays U8 and U10 6.00pm- 700pm. U12, U13 & U14 boys 6.00pm to 7.00pm. U16 boys training on Tuesdays from 6pm to 7.30 pm.Hard luck to our U12 team who were beat on Wednesday night against McCools. Everything seemed to be against these young players but they all tried very hard to the end.Our U16 boys start their league off on Friday the 1st of July with an away game to McCools. Throw in at 7.30pm.Our U18 boys are due to start their championship with an away game to Glenswilly on Monday the 4th of July at 7.30pm.There was no senior or reserve game last weekend and their fixture against Milford has been cancelled this weekend due to the U21 Championship taking place.Our U21 team are out in the A championship on Sunday away to Four Masters. Throw in at 1pm.Well done to the 3rd team who beat McCools in the league on Monday evening. Their next fixture is on Friday night the 1st of July in O’Donnell Park against St Eunans in the Senior C championship. Throw in at 8pm.Well done to Stephen Carr and the Donegal minors who made it through to the Ulster final on Saturday last with a great victory over Monaghan.
Good luck to Frank McGlynn and the Donegal seniors who play Monaghan in Cavan on Saturday the 2nd of July at 7pm in the Ulster Championship semi-final replay. The Super Value kits for clubs campaign is on until July the 13th so anyone in shopping make sure you get your vouchers and put them in the Glenfin bucket.Any club member or manager wanting to put information into the Club notes can do so by sending it to seamusward61@gmail.com or texting 0872052481GAA NEWS: GLENFIN MAN CARR STARS FOR DONEGAL MINORS was last modified: June 30th, 2016 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)last_img read more


first_imgFinn Harps hope to have their state-of-the-art 6,800 seater stadium built in Ballybofey in just over two years time.A statement from the club follows the Government announcement that the first drawdown of stadium grant funding of €150,000 has been approved.A number of jobs are also expected to be announced locally during the building of the stadium. It says the announcement finally puts to bed concerns and doubts that supporters have had regarding the project.“The builder will be on site shortly, and fans can expect to see significant progress over the summer months. This is great news for soccer in Donegal. We hope to have the stadium completed in 2 to 3 years.“Progress had been delayed due to legal issues over the last year, however these matters were brought to a successful conclusion in recent weeks, paving the way for the release of monies,” it said.The Club is keen to point out that this announcement is testament to what can be achieved by people and organisations working together. Different hurdles presented themselves at various stages, but all parties involved have worked towards their resolution.A spokesman said “We are particularly thankful to the local Trust, local landowners, the various public representatives, the County Council and Department officials.“The FAI has been particularly supportive, and their advice over the last few years has been invaluable. The Club would also acknowledge the key role of the relevant legal representatives.”The stadium will incorporate 6,800 covered seats, along with an administration building, with modern dressing rooms and all facilities required by UEFA Licensing.An additional junior soccer pitch is also being provided. The project will be located close to the existing Finn Valley Athletic Complex. Finn Harps Chairman Joey O’Leary was delighted with the new and thanked everyone who has worked on this project over the year.“The Club are indebted to all the members of the Ground Development Committee who have been involved at various stages of the development, as well as our legal representative, the local Trust, Donegal County Council, our local councillors and TD’s, the FAI, and other local organisations who have assisted and facilitated the Club.”EndsHARPS EXPECT TO HAVE 6,800 SEATER STADIUM BUILT IN JUST OVER TWO YEARS was last modified: May 29th, 2011 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)last_img read more


first_imgJOB VACANCY: A highly reputable Donegal based construction company is seeking to recruit a Construction Office Manager to become part of their hardworking and dynamic workforce. The client of J.G. Carlin Co. Limited is a long established business in the construction industry based in Inishowen.The company seeks an enthusiastic, positive candidate for the above vacancy. Job Responsibilities:Duties to include (but not exclusively) job costing, site visits and ongoing on-site review of jobs.Contract planning, pricing and general office duties.The candidate will spend a portion of time on-site on an ongoing basis.The successful candidate will have a minimum of five years experience in a similar role, a proven track record in meeting targets and deadlines, a high level of attention to detail, excellent communication skills and a strong level of analytical and organisational skills.The candidate should possess excellent computer skills, be familiar with construction site health and safety and must have the ability to work both as part of a team and on their own initiative. Quantity Surveying knowledge an advantage but not essential Applications in writing by post or e-mail together with a curriculum vitae for the attention of the Practice Manager at the address below. J.G. Carlin & Co. Limited, The Business Centre, Lisfannon, Buncrana, Co. Donegal Tel – 074-93-64200Fax – 074-93-61955E-mail – info@jgc.ie Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday the 8th of May 2015. JOB VACANCY: DONEGAL COMPANY SEEKING TO RECRUIT CONSTRUCTION OFFICE MANAGER was last modified: April 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:J.G. CARLIN CO.. LTDjobsnewsVacancylast_img read more

Fooling Oneself About Aliens

first_imgWould you give a Bible to a Neanderthal, or invite a porpoise to your church?  Who would ask such questions?  Seth Shostak would – director of the SETI Institute.  On Space.com, he speculated about “alien sociology.”    Shostak wrote the weekly SETI column for Space.com to answer critics who think that broadcasting our presence to aliens could be dangerous.  “The answer, of course, falls within the discipline of alien sociology – a field in which the data are, shall we say, sparse,” he admitted up front.  “Indeed, since we have no idea what the mores or motivations of extraterrestrials might be, you might conclude that, really, there’s nothing we can say about whether the aliens would come here or not.”    Nevertheless, he dismantled each of the Hollywood sets.  They would not want to breed with us, use our resources, make earth their vacation home, colonize our planet or kill us off to wipe out the competition.  Speculating about these things, he said, is better than the “know-nothing” approach.  “After all, we’ve unraveled a few things about astronomy and physics, if not much about alien comportment.”    Here was the context of the bibles-to-Neanderthals idea:Other suggestions about why they might visit include forestalling competition in the Milky Way marketplace, proselytizing, or just learning more about us.  It’s not clear that any of these goals requires “killing us,” of course, but the logic is wobbly anyway.  Any beings that actually could come here will be far beyond us in technological accomplishment.  Imagine if you could visit the Neanderthals.  Would you worry about commercial competition?  Would you give them bibles?  Remember: these are (nearly) the same species as you are.  The aliens won’t be.  I dare say you wouldn’t try convincing porpoises to join your church.    Then again, there’s that last point: they just want to learn more about us.  Well, perhaps so.  Maybe that’s really what’s interesting about Homo sapiens.  Not grabbing our habitat, saving our souls (or our environment), or subverting our industrial output – but assaying our culture.  I’m willing to consider that even very advanced beings might find our culture mildly worthy of study.Thus, Shostak convinced himself to his own satisfaction that the aliens are friendly.  The Wise Old Extraterrestrials (03/17/2008) will tune in to our broadcasts, not because they think we are special or that “our hunk of real estate is terribly privileged,” but because they might be mildly curious about just one more species that is “Kind of like another weird fish found in the Atlantic” (01/16/2008).Alien sociology; good grief.  Here’s another case of a so-called scientist waxing eloquent about nothing (03/12/2004).  You thought science was about things we could observe.    Shostak is amusing to read, but should his speculations be considered any more academically rich (despite his science backdrop) than those of theologians who speculate about the nature of angels and devils?  At least they have some texts to refer to.  The Bible (capital B here) that Shostak would not think a Neanderthal would understand (but cf. 03/18/2008) actually says quite a lot about angels.  One could argue there is more support for the science of angel sociology than for alien sociology, for which there is zero evidence.  SETI has no data.  To date, it is a body of mere speculation based on assumption-driven probabilities.  Should it be viewed as somehow more scientific than theology, just because its practitioners use computers and radio telescopes?  So do theologians (computers and TV satellite dishes, at least).    That Bible also teaches that the earth, though small, is privileged – not only because it’s the handiwork of God, but because it’s a place He visited in human form.  It also tells us that humans are special, not so much for their biology as for the sacrifice their Creator made out of His love for them.  That’s why the original Neanderthal man, an intelligent and wise theologian named Joachim Neander (see 10/26/2001), wrote a hymn proclaiming Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation.  Shostak appeared briefly in the film The Privileged Planet, arguing that unless our planet is extremely special, miraculous almost, there should be hundreds of thousands of others like it.  That’s pure speculation driven by his evolutionary assumptions.    Shostak pulled a fast switch in his article.  Don’t be April-fooled by it.  His career is Searching for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, SETI, not SOS, Searching for Other Souls.  The reason we don’t invite porpoises to church is because they are not souls.  A soul has more than intelligence.  Animals can be very intelligent, and even express what look like real emotions.  A soul has that and much more: it is a rational, free moral agent, endowed with the breath of life as a living soul by its Creator.  It makes moral choices on purpose, not on porpoise instinct.  A soul can also reason abstractly, understand and choose between right and wrong, comprehend God, exercise true altruistic love, and live forever.    Evolutionists have a hard enough task explaining how intelligence could evolve without having to explain what a soul is.  If they want to argue a soul is a phantom artifact of blind selection processes, guess what?  They just April-fooled themselves! – because now they must deny their own rational choices.  That’s why Psalm 53 says only a fool is an atheist.  It’s not saying atheists are unintelligent.  Shostak is obviously highly intelligent.  So is Dawkins and Hitchens and Sam Harris.  Intelligent people can still do foolish things, though, like pulling the intellectual rug out from under their own feet, and sawing off the philosophical branch they are sitting on.  It’s the intellectual malady we named sophoxymoronia (02/02/2008 commentary) that makes April Fool’s Day last 366 x 24 x 7.  (It is Leap Year, you know.  Don’t use that as an excuse to make intellectual leaps.)(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Bizweni gets classroom boost

first_imgA child with a mental disability reads at the official opening. (Image: SA Goodnews)A new skills development wing at the Bizweni Centre for Disabled Children, in Somerset West, will serve those at the school who need specialised care and stimulation.The new unit will cater for 30 children between the ages of 12 and 18. It was officially opened in March 2016.“Ideally, we want to keep stimulating these children with social, educational and physical learning opportunities as they grow up so that they are able to improve in all areas and ultimately enjoy the best possible quality of life,” said Vicky Hinrichsen, the centre’s project manager.CLASSROOMSThe new unit consists of two large classrooms, toilets with wheelchair access, a patio for outdoor activities and a new office.An extension to the existing building, it cost more than R2-million was completed by Rotary Club of Helderberg in partnership with Peninsula Beverages, the local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in Western and Northern Cape; Rotary Club of Newlands; and several large and small sponsors.“Rotary International president Ravi Ravindran, at the beginning of his tenure, asked Rotarians to be a ‘Gift to the World’ and to ensure the gifts they provide are not just given as hand-outs, but are offered with love and respect,” Geraldine Nicol, the district governor of Rotary District 9350, said at the official opening.“Today we celebrate the opening of the extension to the Bizweni Centre for Disabled Children, a gift given with much love and respect by the Rotary Club of Helderberg together with our grateful thanks to the donors, which include individuals, sister Rotary Clubs, certain charitable trusts and Peninsula Beverages, all of whom helped turn the impossible dream into a reality.”At the centre, children learn basic computer skills, gardening, cooking and cleaning skills as well as how to write.BIZWENIBizweni has been running for 18 years and has 56 children, all of whom have physical, intellectual or developmental disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome.Most of them come from homes where services such as individualised occupational, speech and remedial therapy are increasingly difficult to obtain. For many of the children, placement at the appropriate special needs schools is not a possibility.The physical well-being of children at Bizweni is also critical and they are encouraged to develop their muscle strength and mobility under the guidance of carers.“The staff at Bizweni are true heroes for bringing such joy into the lives of these children each day,” said John Joubert, the Peninsular Beverages commercial director. “We are thankful for the opportunity to partner with Bizweni and Rotary Club of Helderberg to complete our 28th brick and mortar project which will ultimately ensure more children with disabilities are able to flourish.”PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

“Glaciar Perito Moreno – Patagonia” GC1JPHG GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – May 23, 2011

first_imgShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching country souvenir: ArgentinaDecember 4, 2017In “Community”An Easter (Island) Geocache – Rano Kau – Rapa Nui (GC22ZGB) – Geocache of the WeekMarch 27, 2013In “Community”Salar de Uyuni GC2M6GC GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK December 26, 2011December 26, 2011In “Community” View of “Glaciar Perito Moreno – Patagonia The search for the EarthCache “Glaciar Perito Moreno – Patagonia” (GC1JPHG) brings geocachers to a natural wonder of South America. The Southern Patagonian Ice Field represents the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water. To claim a smiley on this EarthCache adventurers must email the answers to two questions and a picture to the cache owner. Geocachers will only be able to find the answer to the questions if they’ve arrived at the coordinates on the cache page.Glaciar Perito Moreno – Patagonia Dutzig created the difficulty 2.5, terrain 2.5 cache in 2008. So far, nearly 80 geocachers have logged a “Found it.”The cache page details the powerful potential of the “Perito Moreno Glacier.” Dutzig writes: “The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of only three Patagonian glaciers that are not retreating. Periodically the glacier advances over the L-shaped “Lago Argentino” (“Argentine Lake”) forming a natural dam which separates the two halves of the lake when it reaches the opposite shore. With no escape route, the water-level on the Brazo Rico side of the lake can rise by up to 30 meters above the level of the main lake. The enormous pressure produced by this mass of waters finally breaks the ice barrier holding it back, in a spectacular rupture event.” The last rupture of the glacier was documented in July of 2008.View inside the glacierContinue your exploration of some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on our blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.last_img read more