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Do You Love Liberia?

first_imgAddress By Ophelia Inez Weeks, Ph.D., Dean & Professor, T. J. R. Faulkner College of Science and Technology, University of Liberia at the Commencement of the 59th Graduating Class of the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA), held at the Monrovia Christian Fellowship Building, 9th Street, Sinkor, Monrovia, Liberia, 10:00 AM, Saturday, December 28th, 2013Members of the JFK Medical Center Board of Directors; Faculty, Staff and Students of TNIMA; The JFK Medical Center Family; Ministers and Officials of Government;Development Partners; Family and Friends of TNIMA Graduates; Members of the Media;Distinguished Guests; Fellow Liberians; …And most especially, Graduates:Thank you for your invitation, and for affording me the opportunity to say a few words to this 2013 graduating class of the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts. As Dean of the T. J. R. Faulkner College of Science and Technology at the University of Liberia, I would be remiss if I did not first bring you greetings from the College, as well as take this opportunity to acquaint you with the college.The T. J. R. Faulkner College of Science and Technology at the University of Liberia consists of an Engineering Division that includes Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mining Engineering & Geology Departments.  The College also has a Natural Science Division that houses Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology Departments. Our primary focus is to provide basic training in engineering and the natural sciences, bearing in mind that science and engineering are critical drivers of a nation’s development.  As do most, if not all institutions of learning in Liberia today, we too face many challenges in our efforts to provide science and technology education in post-war Liberia. Largely because of limited facilities such as laboratories, libraries, and inadequate telecommunications, as well as inadequate access to the Internet, which can provide access to educational tools and teaching materials. These challenges indicate that there is an immediate need to upgrade and add to existing facilities and infrastructure, and provide students and faculty with requisite resources needed to support the socio-economic development of Liberia.  I hope that we all realize this (…and, I sincerely hope that relevant members of the legislature realize this too) that together, we must put all of our collective energy toward developing science & technology institutions that will drive Liberia’s development, relevant to the 21st century.  Students, this requires that you put in the time to study and to learn, in order to acquire the skills that are needed to build the Liberia of your dreams, rather than destructively and aimlessly following anyone who yells the loudest, without thought or constructive purpose.  It takes no time to destroy, but a lifetime may be required to rebuild.On Monday, December 16th, I was asked to deliver your keynote address and I agreed without hesitation.  Three days passed by, and it was while I was socializing with friends on that Friday evening/early morning that a statement entered the conversation. It was a passing statement, but one that resonated with me. I have converted that statement into a question, and so this morning/today, I am challenging each of you with that question …DYLL?“Do You Love Liberia?”I have been a faculty member in a university setting now for over 28 years.  At the beginning of each semester, for each of my courses, I start off by informing students that my responsibility to them as an instructor, as a professor, is to provide them with concepts, examples and mechanisms for understanding the course material.  It is then their responsibility as students to put in the study time to understand the concepts and ultimately to learn the material.  And over the years, I have come to realize that I should always present material in the simplest possible manner to ensure that as many students as possible leave the classroom with a basic understanding.  I tell my students that lecture material will be presented as simply as possible, and that they can make the material as complicated as they want.  So this morning/today, my message to you is simple, and I am challenging you with a very simple question.“Do You Love Liberia?”When you love someone or something, how do you express your love? What do you do? You cherish, you protect, you honor, you do everything in your power to sustain, for as long as you can, that which you love.  You don’t want it/him/her to leave, and you want nothing to harm that which you love.  You want your loved one to shine, you want to make sure everyone envies you because of the good thing you have.  You want your loved one to grow and to prosper.If you love Liberia, show it. Show it in everything you do, via every fiber of your being, because that is what it will take, from each of us to make Liberia what it can be! And how do you make this happen? Service is one simple example of how you can.  Love can be shown and expressed in many ways (giving of your time, taking action, its not only big things that count, sometimes, the small things count even more); and so can service because of our many perspectives, exposures, training, and economic standing.  For example, taking an extra 5 minutes to talk with a patient; making an extra effort to get to work, when you know most will not because of the rain, staying a little longer, even though your shift is up, but you know it will make a world of difference to your patient; taking the initiative to organize some of your peers on projects that could be beneficial to your community.Today, you are 112 trained candidates who will be receiving diplomas, and who represent the 59th graduating class of TNIMA.  TNIMA was established in 1945 through a cooperative and joint effort of the Liberian National Public Health Services now the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, and the United States Mission. At the time there were two training programs for nurses: practical and professional nursing, which were merged, and other health related programs, like the Medical Laboratory Program. TNIMA was named in honor of the presiding President, William V. S. Tubman. Seven (7) years later, in 1952, a 2-year Midwifery Program was established which later began a 3-year program; and with the assistance of the WHO, a one-year School of Sanitation was added later that year.  Nine (9) years later in 1961, a two-year Environmental Health program evolved. The Environmental Health Program is now a 3-year program. In 1965, with the assistance of WHO and UNICEF, a one-year Physician Assistant Program was launched.  It is now a 3-year program.For me, I am very passionate about service, especially service to Liberia. Two principle tenets drive this passion: my upbringing, and the educational foundation I received in Liberia. This is because the person that I am today is largely molded by the core moral values, and sense of responsibility instilled in me by my family, and the educational foundation I received within the educational system of Liberia, and its societal framework. My primary education was received at B. W. Payne Kindergarten located on Camp Johnson Road & Benson Street, at Monrovia Demonstration Elementary School on Clay Street, and at St. Teresa’s Convent.  My secondary education was at the College of West Africa, where I graduated from high school in 1968. My tertiary education began at the University of Liberia.  While that was then, and under very different circumstances and conditions, it is all the more reason why today, in Liberia, there should be an uncompromising, unrelenting, no-holds-barred-approach to education, including vocational education. As the second eldest, of many siblings, I grew up right here in Monrovia. What’s important to note, is that while growing-up, our parents made sure that each one of us had chores and responsibilities, including older siblings being responsible for younger siblings. When I think back to this time in my life as a pre-teen and teenager, when I was responsible for making sure that my sister who is 8 years my junior, had brushed her teeth and was properly dressed and on time for school, and likewise for older brothers being responsible for our younger brothers, I am convinced that this very idea of being responsible for another human being at a young age, has contributed largely to our sense of community, and duty to responsible service.  I would like for you to recall TNIMA’s Motto: “Responding Responsibly to Responsibility”I ask you again, DYLL, Do You Love Liberia? Now, I would like for you to personalize the question and ask yourself “Do I Love Liberia?”  What am I going to do to show my love for my country?The education and training that we receive does not prepare us for today; our training, our preparation is a promise for tomorrow, the Liberia of tomorrow.No matter how wealthy, how prosperous you are, enjoyment of that wealth, or productive expression of that wealth is stifled/hampered if you are sick.  For Liberia to be prosperous, we need a patriotic, educated and healthy society. You are now part of the response to the mandate of the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts…. to produce Para-medical health workers who are well trained to contribute their quota in the health care delivery system of Liberia.  As you step out to provide service to Liberia, let discipline, honesty, trustworthiness, compassion, and patriotism be your guideposts.Today, TNIMA is producing 42 additional Professional (Registered) Nurses that originate from many regions of Liberia. Consider making a contribution in your home region, not only in Monrovia.  Remember what you learned; that a professional nurse uses compassion, care, and intelligence to attend to patients of all ages. As a Professional Nurse, you are a caregiver, educator, manager, and patient advocate. You work to promote health and prevent disease. When illness occurs, you assist your patients and their families by providing physical care, emotional support, and education. You perform assessments, document care, assist with diagnostic tests, administer treatments and medications, monitor advanced technology and equipment, and participate in patient follow-up and rehabilitation. As a professional nurse you are a vital member of Liberia’s healthcare team. Show how much you love Liberia. Serve her well.Today, TNIMA is producing 33 additional Physician Assistants.  What will your contribution be?  How will you show that you love Liberia? The Liberian Physician Assistant Program was established largely for the development of health workers for the rural areas of Liberia where you practice medicine with a physician’s supervision and bring a range of knowledge and skills to patient care. And, as a Physician Assistant you function as an integral member of the health care delivery team, interacting professionally and respectfully with others, seeking help or guidance when needed, modeling ethical standards and working together with others for the benefit of patients. You inspire others through word and deed, and give selflessly of your time and talent to serve the community and the Physician Assistant profession.  Show how much you love Liberia. Serve her well.Today, TNIMA is producing an additional 17 Midwives who are professionally trained with the hope that each of you, as a health care professional, will provide care to women during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period, as well as care to the newborn. You are expected to take measures to prevent health problems in pregnancy, to detect abnormal conditions, get medical assistance when necessary, and perform emergency measures in the absence of other medical help. Show how much you love Liberia. Serve her well.Today, TNIMA is producing 11 additional professionally trained Laboratory Technicians.  You are expected to work very hard behind the scenes. You serve as an important link in the framework of hospitals and clinics, because you conduct the crucial tests and analyses that physicians use to make their diagnoses. As medical laboratory technicians you are responsible for a number of tasks, including examining seemingly mundane things like body fluids and cells and matching blood for transfusions, potential life or death tasks. Most times, your job requires the use of sophisticated laboratory equipment, and with continued advancements in technology, your work is becoming more and more analytical. Therefore, the expectation is that you should have excellent judgment skills. Show how much you love Liberia. Serve her well.Today, TNIMA is producing 9 additional Environmental Health Professionals.  What will you do to proactively educate the Liberian population?  It’s been more than 60 years now since the School of Environmental Health was established, but many of Liberia’s common illnesses (like typhoid fever, malaria, diarrhea) are still a result of poor sanitation and poor hygiene. What will you do differently to help end this? It’s no secret that poor sanitation & hygiene have far-reaching effects… increased likelihood of sickness, even body odor issues. How productive can a person be when he or she is sick?  With limited access to preventative and curative healthcare, a minor illness can evolve into a major sickness. How will that person access or keep a job if his or her mere presence in a room is offensive? …All of these factors contribute to being successful in developing the workforce, the human capacity aspect of a nation…the building of a nation.  Show how much you love Liberia. Serve her well.I am asking these health care professionals to show that they love Liberia by serving Liberia well. Yet, love is not a one-way street.  Love is a two-way street. The powers-that-be must realize that our health care professionals must be sufficiently compensated for the important work that they do.  Sufficient compensation suggests appreciation for this vital segment of our society, serves as incentive for others to consider health care professions as viable career choices and life’s work options, and in turn helps to reduce the huge human resource deficit that Liberia currently has in its health care delivery system.  Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, and our Civil Service Agency, show that you love Liberia, compensate our health care professionals well.Let me conclude with a reminder that all Liberians, including Members of the JFK Medical Center Board of Directors, Faculty, Staff and Students of TNIMA, JFK Medical Center Family, Ministers and Officials of Government, Members of the Senate, Legislature and Judiciary, Family and Friends of TNIMA Graduates, Members of the Media; that overall, we all need to come together, and move away from the “Business as Usual” Modus Operandi where corruption without consequences is manifested through continual stealing, lying, cheating, bribery, and dishonesty…  We need to move away from where malfeasance (doing something that is wrong), misfeasance (doing something that is right for the wrong reasons) and nonfeasance (doing nothing when you should do something), live large! Absolutely none of these does anything for advancing and developing Liberia.Graduates, malfeasance (doing something that is wrong), misfeasance (doing something that is right for the wrong reasons) and nonfeasance (doing nothing when you should do something), all do nothing for advancing and developing Liberia, please do not serve as perpetrators, or succumb to these destructive forces.  Prolonged conflict, as is the case during wartime, is characterized by limited oversight and accountability, and consequently, a breakdown in cultural & societal mores.  Why? It usually is because of the need to survive, at the exclusion of everything else.  During wartime, it comes as no surprise that only “today” matters because tomorrow is not promised.  Therefore, over a protracted period, the abnormal becomes the normal. But we are no longer at war, and these aberrant practices should not continue; we can each do our part to stop this madness.When each of us puts our individual “I love Liberia” effort into a collective basket, the outcome becomes “We Love Liberia”, and our individual acts become a collective reality.  This kind of potential reality is epitomized in the 2nd stanza of our national anthem:“…In union strong success is sure. We cannot fail! With God above, our rights to prove, We will over all prevail. We will over all prevail. With heart and hand our country’s cause defending, We’ll meet the foe with valour unpretending. Long live Liberia…” I LOVE LIBERIA. DO YOU LOVE LIBERIA? Thank you.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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President Sirleaf Commends The Gambia’s Role in ECOMOG

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has commended The Gambia for its role and invaluable contribution towards the ECOMOG initiative aimed at the search for lasting peace in Liberia during the height of the civil conflict coupled with the country’s solidarity in hosting Liberian political parties and interest groups that determined the formation of the Interim Government of National Unity (IGNU) in 1990. According to an Executive Mansion release, the President made the remarks recently when Mrs. Fatou Ndeye Gaye, Ambassador-Designate, Republic of the Gambia, with residence in Freetown, Sierra Leone, presented her Letters of Credence in the Cabinet Room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia.In welcoming Madam Gaye President Sirleaf hoped that the relations between Liberia and The Gambia will continue to be cemented in the years ahead. She thanked The Gambia for playing host to scores of Liberian refugees who sought refuge in the sisterly nation during years of conflict and acknowledged the hospitality extended to them. The President noted The Gambia’s progress in the tourism sector and how it was impacting that country’s economy. “Liberia is ready at all times to benefit from the expertise and experiences of The Gambia,” said the President.Ambassador Gaye conveyed President Yaya Jammeh’s commendation for the kind of leadership demonstrated by President Sirleaf‘s administration. Ambassador Gaye called for private partnerships between Liberian and Gambian entrepreneurs in areas of common interests and the exploration of new horizons for economic cooperation.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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Residents urged to prepare for storm

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Weather forecasters are predicting heavy rainfall tonight into Tuesday, which could cause up to 3 inches of accumulation in the San Gabriel Valley. National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Wofford of the Oxnard office said the rain could turn out to be as treacherous as that of last winter’s storms. “It may be similar in intensity, not the same in duration,” Wofford said Sunday evening. “It’s not going to last as long as last year’s winter storm.” Wofford predicted a 60 percent chance of scattered showers today, but said the “bulk of the storm is still quite a ways offshore. “The storm itself is a combination: It came across the Pacific, but there is a lot of activity in the tropics that it’s drawing its moisture from,” he said. Wofford said the chance of rain tonight is at least 90 percent. Burn areas are the primary concern, Wofford said, because the threshold for flooding in those areas is lower than in others. “It’s really easy for mud and debris to flow off burn areas into residential areas and for rain to run off very quickly,” he said. “\, you get your usual assortment of road flooding and drains getting clogged, things like that.” He said those who live in burn areas should prepare by putting out sandbags. The National Weather Service also suggests that during heavy rain, people drive more slowly and look out for closed roadways, he said. Wofford said rainfall in Southern California is more than 5inches under what is normal for this time of year. Kerjon Lee, a public information officer for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, said the department prepares throughout the year for storms such as these. The West Covina Fire Department will make sandbags available at the following locations in the city: Fire Station No. 1, 819 S. Sunset Ave.; Fire Station No. 4, 1815 S. Azusa Ave.; and Fire Station No. 5, 2650 E. Shadow Oak Ave. For information on how to get sandbags in other areas, contact local fire or police departments or stations. molly.okeon@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496 ——— STORM ADVICE Clear all roof drains and rain gutters of debris. Avoid unnecessary trips during dangerous weather conditions. Keep abreast of local news and weather reports Keep emergency supply kits in your home, work and car. Stay clear of fast-moving water, no matter how deep. Source: West Covina Police Departmentlast_img read more

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Organisers confirm changes in CECAFA venues

first_img Tags: cecafaCECAFA Senior Challenge CupCECAFA U17 Girls CupUganda Cranes Uganda will take on Burundi in their opening game this Saturday. (PHOTO/File)The Local Organising Committee of the upcoming CECAFA tournaments have confirmed changes in the venues for the upcoming competitions.Uganda and several East African countries will take part in both the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup and thw U17 Girls Championships.The Senior Challenge Cup will take place between 7th and 19th December 2019.For the U17 Girls Championship will happen between 9th and 18th of December 2019.Contrary to earlier reports, the Senior Challenge Cup will take place at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo not the FUFA Technical Center in Njeru.For thw U17 Girls Championship, it has been taken to Njeru instead of Lugogo.Uganda will have teams in both tournaments. The two teams are currently in camp training for the respective competitions.The Cranes took part in a double session on Wednesday.Twenty two players took part in the morning session after four were released.Goalkeeper Jack Komakech, Wakiso Giants midfielder Hassan Ssenyonjo, URA’s Ivan Sserubiri and league top scorer Steven Mukwala have all be released from the squad.The 26 remaining players will resume training on Thursday morning at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.Uganda is in Group A of CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup 2019 and they open their account with a match against Burundi on Saturday.The U17 Girls team is also currently in Njeru where they hold two training session per day.Comments last_img read more

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South African tourism shines at World Travel Market

first_img13 November 2015The South African pavilion at London’s World Travel Market, held from 2 to 5 November, brought together 30 of the country’s best tourism projects, including representatives from provincial tourism agencies, as well as the cities of Tshwane, Johannesburg and Durban, in preparation for its hosting of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.Top local hotels and hospitality and travel companies were also in attendance, including Protea Hotels, Thompson’s Travel, South African Airways and Rovos Rail. The pavilion featured presentations by four local safari companies and 15 game farms.World Responsible Tourism Awards for South AfricaThe Western Cape town of Gansbaai received a gold World Responsible Tourism Award for Best Destination, while the South African charity, Campaign Against Canned Hunting, took joint gold in Best Animal Welfare Initiative category.#WTM15 World Responsible Tourism Awards – Gansbaai wins Best Destination. #WRTA2015 pic.twitter.com/LkuLLWwU2G— Dept of Tourism (@Tourism_gov_za) November 4, 2015Visit us at @WTM_London stand AF300 for a #FiveMinuteHoliday to South Africa! #WTM15 pic.twitter.com/V8VLzOsD2n— South Africa Tourism (@VisitSA_UK) November 2, 2015Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom was one of the keynote speakers at the event’s Global Summit on tourism marketing. The minister spoke about how South Africa’s slogan, A world in one country, was proving highly effective, despite the challenges the industry faced nationally and globally.Minister on WTM World Responsible Tourism Panel #WTM15 pic.twitter.com/5ZOECXJ8XH— Dept of Tourism (@Tourism_gov_za) November 4, 2015In addition to congratulating Gansbaai and the Campaign Against Canned Hunting for their accolades this year, the minister also commended Bushmans Kloof for its silver award for Best Cultural Heritage Attraction. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve won silver for the Best Poverty Reduction award. “Our award-winning places, products and programmes demonstrate the leadership role South Africa is playing in developing and implementing responsible tourism,” said Hanekom.With 227 323 visits from Britain to South Africa between January and June 2015, an increase of 17% over the same period last year, the UK remains one of South Africa’s most lucrative tourism markets. Following the visa regulation adjustments made by the South African government in October, the country hopes to capitalise on the rest of Europe. Germany, France and the Benelux countries are all eager tourism markets for the country.Watch Ndabo Khoza, chief executive of South African Tourism: KwaZulu- Natal, at the WTM:Watch a WTM discussion on taking responsibility for wildlife and national parksShine a light on the bestEstablished by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism in 2004, the World Responsible Tourism Awards highlights and celebrates the most inspiring and enduring socially and environmentally responsible tourism projects around the globe.The vision for the awards, which are open to private and public enterprises and organisations, big and small, is to surprise and inspire tourists and the tourism industry by what it is possible to achieve with responsible tourism, and to shine a light on the best of the best.The awards source prominent experts from the tourism industry, travel journalists, environmentalists and tourists themselves, to offer invaluable insights and knowledge on projects from around the world that fufil the vision of the awards and the event.The winners of the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2015 were announced at @WTM_London! https://t.co/BCZABTz0cY pic.twitter.com/tSnF13zW8l— TTG MENA (@TTGMENA) November 6, 2015“The winners of the WTM awards and others in the sector who are striving towards greater sustainability are maintaining our country’s competitive edge in the global tourism market,” Hanekom said in a statement released at the end of the WTM. “Their success comes from taking a responsible approach right from the start of their planning, and then ensuring that all their products, services and activities are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable into the future.”The minister urged the winning organisations to spread the word of world- leading responsible tourism practices throughout both the local, African and global tourism industry. He advised that South African companies use the marketing strategies to target the needs and desires of the international tourist, saying: “Tourists are becoming increasingly concerned about social and environmental issues, and they want to support destinations and products that take responsible tourism seriously.”Southern African Tourism Services Association extended a message of support for the South African tourism products featured at this year’s WTM, and congratulated all the country’s category finalists and winners. “We extend special congratulations to Fair Trade Tourism for their immense work to promote and foster responsible tourism in South Africa and beyond,” it said in a statement.Source: Department of Tourismlast_img read more

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Google Voice to add Audio Ads?

first_imgAccording to Unwired View, Google Voice just filed an application with Fish and Richardson legal services on a patent that is suspected to monetize caller waiting on Google Voice.The patent application lays claim to the methods and software “in which an indication of a telephone call being placed from a calling number is received, and a determination is made of an audio advertisement to play based on the calling number.”An ad serving engine will store audio advertisement files and play them when a caller would normally hear a ring tone, call waiting tone, or hold tone.The patent covers the method of determining a callers location and serving up ads based on locational info. Depending on where you’re from, where you’d normally hear a regular ringtone, you might hear everything from the hottest electronics to the hottest sport fishing equipment. Essentially this looks like an expansion of the pre-existing Audio AdWords. While Google closed down its broadcast radio ad program in February, the company continues to work with advertisers on online streaming audio and radio sites. Basically Google already has a slew of pre-produced audio ads sitting in its ad serving engine. Depending on the fit of the advertiser, it may be a no-brainer for companies to throw Google Voice into their mix of marketing efforts. If this project takes shape, the really interesting part will come a month later when advertisers are billed. With streaming audio ads, companies get a relative amount of assurance that the audience is listening to the entire ad, including the call-to-action. While audience members can always mute advertising or pull out their headphones, a site’s main audio content often will not play without the obligatory intro advertisement. Telephone ads are different. Three days after going on a date, haven’t you ever been a little too eager to pick up the phone? You know nobody’s advertising to cutie pie. Meanwhile, on other days it’s tough to even find the phone. Many callers would have to listen to at least two 30 second advertisements before hitting the voicemail box. After the first month of the program it would be extremely interesting to see how many partial ads will be served, the cost difference between a first place and second placement ad, and even how the company deals with multiple-language advertising. Thanks to Staska for the tip! Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… dana oshirocenter_img Related Posts Tags:#Google#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Music Roundup! The Best Royalty Free Hip Hop Tracks

first_imgCheck out our roundup of the best hip-hop tracks for your creative projects.  Royalty free music with a bold urban edge!Need a modern hip hop track for your project?  The following tracks represent some of the best royalty free hip hop tracks in our music library.  You’ll hear a variety of hip hop and rap styles, from dirty south club bangers to more classic west coast hip hop beats.Royalty free hip hop music can give your game or video project a cool, youthful feeling while adding energy and forward momentum.  Perfect for sports highlights, party footage, fashion or lifestyle programming:last_img read more

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UP coffers were empty when we took over, says Yogi Adityanath as he completes 6 months

first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday alleged that “mismanagement” during the previous SP and BSP regimes had emptied the State’s coffers while corruption thrived and development came to a standstill.A day before his government completes six months in office, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister released a 24-page white paper on the functioning of previous regimes which blames them for a poor show on various fronts.Before presenting the achievements of our government in these six months, it is important to bring a white paper on the working of the previous governments, the UP Chief Minister told reporters.Due to the “faulty policies” of the previous governments, there was an imbalance in the financial condition of the state, the chief minister claimed.By the time the present government took over, the coffers were empty and debts were very high, Mr. Adityanath said.“Development works came to a standstill…brakes were applied not on corruption but on development,” he said as he lambasted the governments that preceded him.Presenting statistics to point towards the “dismal state” of Public Sector Units (PSUs) in the State, Mr. Adityanath said that 65 such entities suffered losses worth ₹6,489.58 crore in 2011-12.These losses rose to ₹17,789.91 crore in 2015-17 while the collective losses of PSUs in 2011-12 stood at ₹29,380.10 crore which rose to ₹91,401.19 crore in 2015-16, he said.PSUs which could have been used for the development of the state in the past 12 to 15 years have closed down and this proves how “irresponsible, corrupt and anti-people”, the previous governments have been, he said.Mr. Adityanath presented data to show that debt had risen two and a half times in the past ten years.Patronage was extended to anti-social elements as well as the corrupt and anarchy was created during this period, he added.“There has been a series of misdeeds by governments in the state during the past 12 to 15 years but we have focussed on some main points and presented them in a concise form…It is important as we are answerable to the people and committed to them,” he said.In the past six months, BJP government is working in line with its commitment towards the people, Mr. Adityanath claimed adding that the white paper was brought to expose the previous governments before the people.The 24-page document refers to law and order, farmers’ plight, sale of sugar mills, PWD, police recruitment, irregularities in UPPSC recruitment, NRHM, education, power, medical education, tourism and culture, housing and urban planning, women welfare and child development, excise, industrial development, minority welfare, construction of memorials and public transport.last_img read more

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Corruption the biggest issue in Bengal polls

first_imgPradipta TapadarKolkata, April 3 (PTI) As Bengal goes to the polls, the issue of corruption has taken center stage in the election campaign for the first time since Independence.Post Saradha scam in which lakhs of investors had been duped and Narada sting operation, which has purportedly shown some leaders of TMC accepting bribes, the issue of corruption has evolved as the main poll plank for the Congress-Left Front alliance, apart from “restoration of democracy” in TMC ruled Bengal.The six-phase election will begin in West Bengal tomorrow.”Never before has there been a such a corrupt government in power. During emergency we had fought against the Siddharth Shankar Ray government on the issue of restoration of democracy and democratic rights. But there was never ever such a huge scale corruption by leaders of ruling TMC,” CPI(M) state secretary Surya Kanta Mishra told PTI.”Saradha sacm to Narada sting operation, corruption is a major issue in this poll. Restoration of democracy, unemployment are there but corruption is the biggest issue as people of Bengal are fed up with the corrupt government. Have you ever seen a Bengal minister arrested for involvement in corruption,” Mishra said, referring to former state sports Minister Madan Mitra, who is behind bars after he was arrested by CBI for his alleged involvement in Saradha scam. Elections in Bengal since Independence have always been fought on the basis of ideologies, policies of the government, restoring rights of the opposition parties, development, industrialization, unemployment and food security. But never before there have been large scale allegations of corruption against the present government. The Trinamool Congress has countered the allegations of corruption by stating that Saradha scam is the “sin” of the erstwhile Left Front regime and Narada sting operation is a doctored sting to malign TMC before polls. “Chit Funds like Saradha are sins of erstwhile Left regime, it is our TMC government which has shut down those Ponzi firms and arrested their bosses. And the sting operation is a doctored video to malign us. TMC is the most honest political party in the country,” TMC supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said. MORE PTI PNT MM DVadvertisementlast_img read more

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The Record Shows That $100M Pitchers Must Produce MLB Results Fast

first_imgMax Scherzer and Jon Lester might as well have neon-green dollar signs stamped all over their uniforms and caps when Major League Baseball spring training opens next week.Their careers were redefined this offseason when they joined MLB’s elite echelon of $100 million arms, a sweet 16 whose salaries total an even sweeter $2.42 billion. Every game they start, and every pitch they throw, will be viewed through the prism of their incomes.Judging by history, they had better succeed swiftly with their new teams. Wins and innings pitched are likely to dwindle with age.Theo Epstein, the Chicago Cubs’ president of baseball operations who signed Lester, likens these megadeals to a “splurge on a luxury item,” MLB’s equivalent of a Birkin bag or vintage Ferrari.Is the roster candy worth it to their teams? Or merely a status symbol?“They are difference-makers. They are special talents. Usually there are only 10 to 12 of these in the game, and they give you something that no one else has,” said agent Scott Boras, who negotiated the deals for Kevin Brown, Barry Zito and Scherzer. “A lot of teams have a lot of pitchers, but few teams have a true No. 1.”Only three pitchers have won World Series rings after signing nine-figure contracts: CC Sabathia with the New York Yankees, and Zito and Matt Cain with the San Francisco Giants. The rest find their finances sated but their ambitions starved.The $100 million pitchers have combined to average a 12-9 record and 3.39 ERA during the first four seasons of their deals, according to STATS. During the remaining years, they fell to a 7-7 record and 4.43 ERA.Durability decreases dramatically, with the group averaging 205 innings in first seasons, 178 by the third year, and 132 by the fifth.Justin Verlander was 124-65 and 30 years old when he signed his big deal with Detroit in March 2013. He is 28-24 since, slowed by core muscle surgery before the 2014 season.“I don’t think that there’s anyone that looks at long-term contracts for pitchers that are older, and thinks that all of them are going to be years of investment that are at the highest rate,” Detroit Tigers president Dave Dombrowski said. “You expect some type of decline and adjustment that takes place.”Pitchers and catchers start workouts with World Series champion San Francisco on Thursday, and position players join five days later. Among the players making fresh starts are Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez with Boston; Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and James Shields with San Diego; and David Robertson with the Chicago White Sox.And Alex Rodriguez returns to the New York Yankees at age 39 following his yearlong suspension.Seeking their first championship, the Washington Nationals gave the 30-year-old Scherzer a $210 million, seven-year contract, $5 million shy of the record for pitchers set by the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw.The Cubs, who won their last title 17 days after the Ford’s first Model T left the car factory in 1908, guaranteed $155 million over six seasons to Lester, and included 25 hours of private jet use annually to seal the deal with the left-hander, who turned 31 last month.Epstein weighs health history, body type, athleticism, character, work ethic, mechanics and toughness among the factors in determining whether a pitcher is worth it.“If you sign Andy Pettitte at age 31, you would have gotten performance throughout the contract,” Epstein said. “So it’s just a matter of trying to sign the right guy.”Brown became MLB’s first $100 million man when he signed with the Dodgers in December 1998. He pitched Florida to the 1997 World Series title, and San Diego to the 1998 NL pennant.Brown’s deal shocked a league accustomed to escalating salaries since free agency began in 1976.Sandy Alderson, then an executive in the commissioner’s officer, called it “an affront to baseball.”“I’m in mourning,” said Larry Lucchino, San Diego’s president at the time. “Not for the Padres, but for baseball.”Brown was 139-99 with a 3.30 ERA when he agreed to the contract and went 72-45 with a 3.23 ERA during the deal for the Dodgers and Yankees, who acquired him for the final two years. In all, the $100 million men have averaged a 96-64 career record with a 3.46 ERA when they agreed to the contracts, then a 39-28 mark with a 3.55 ERA mark while earning the big money.Just two of the previous 14 have losing records under their deals: Zito was 63-80 for San Francisco, and Cole Hamels has gone 17-23 for Philadelphia despite a 3.05 ERA in the first two seasons.“For most long-term deals, you see the best return on investment in the earlier years, and typically in the last year or two, you’re not getting quite the bang for the buck,” Epstein said. “Inflation helps mitigate that somewhat, because by the end of your deals, salaries have escalated, the cost per win has escalated, so you’re not requiring the player to do quite as much to be worth the contract at that point.”Nine of the pitchers reached their deals as free agents, and the others were within two years of free agency. Kershaw and the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka were the youngest at 25, and Brown the oldest at 33.Boras said the dropoff is factored in. He argues the aces are underpaid in the initial seasons.“These players may be worth $40, $45 million for those three or four years,” he said, “The complaint is that, ‘Oh, you’re going to pay for this in the latter years.’ Well, the reality of it is you’re not paying their true value in the early years. That’s the quid pro quo.”RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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