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Legendary Singer Zack Roberts Chides Young Artists

first_imgZack RobertsLegendary singer and songwriter Zack Roberts has described musicians whose music lyric promote the use of drugs and abuse of women as “untalented and disrespectful.”Zack Roberts, who is noted for hit songs like “Keep on Trying and Sweet Liberia” with his former bandmate Geebah, said it is disheartened that the young generation of musicians are not treading on their path that led to a growing and vibrant music industry, which was destroyed by the country’s 14-year civil war.“The Keep on Trying” singer added that because of their rude and inappropriate music lyric, they continue to remain where they are and will find it difficult to attract investors to Liberia’s struggling music industry.“When we were making music, it was about positive message whether the song was love or societal issue. But nowadays, that’s the contrary, with almost every music coming from these young artists offensive,” Zack Roberts said. “If they are not abusing women, they are talking about drug use—a situation which makes their music repugnant and is causing more harm to the society than good.”Zack added that music has power and influences people to make certain discussion; therefore, music that promotes drug use and abuse women are harmful to the society and should not be allowed on radio stations.“You consider yourself a positive road model, yet you influence the kids to be rude to a woman and encourage them to take drugs. Such music influence kids to misbehave because it is presented to them as a good thing. Call me old school, but their style of music today is not on the path of what we started. As a result, their fame will just be for a while. You cannot expect people who have the resources to invest in your music when you are abusing and leading their kids astray,” he said.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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Sunderland friendly helped Middlesbrough prepare for QPR, says Karanka

first_imgMiddlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has told his club’s website that a behind-closed-doors win over Sunderland was the perfect preparation for the visit to QPR.Prior to taking a break for a few days over the Easter weekend, promotion-chasing Boro beat the Black Cats 2-1, thanks to goals from Kike and Jordan Rhodes.And Karanka said he organised the fixture to keep the players’ minds and bodies sharp ahead of the run-in, which starts at Loftus Road on Friday night.He said: “The break was good and that’s why we decided to play Sunderland beforehand.“It’s better to feel that you’re playing another game rather than just being on the training ground.“I don’t think we’re going to improve our tactics a whole lot now because we’re approaching the end. So we’re just adding more sessions, being together and just keeping going.“QPR is an important game because we have eight games in April and every game is going to be massive.“You know that most of the teams we play are playing for something and so are we, especially.“After our win against Hull we’re in a really good position again and the lads are really excited.”Defender Daniel Ayala could return for Middlesbrough on Friday following almost two months out with an ankle injury.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Ben Klick, June 12

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We finished up on June 3. We got 350 acres of beans planted that week and a couple hundred acres of corn.  We had a good stretch of weather and ground conditions got right so we put the hammer down. We really never left the tractor seats apart from doing the morning chores. We kept after it. We also tried to get a bunch of hay made. I just mowed the last 20 acres last night.The first corn we planted is in desperate need of nitrogen right now and we have the sidedresser rolling. I am actually meeting with our agronomist this morning to go look at an acre or two that didn’t come up so I will probably spot some in this morning. There are a few drown-outs in the bottom spots. Overall things look pretty good though. We had good emergence and good, even stands. The heat is up and the slug issue should be done. We never really had slug issues before but this year was a record replant for this area with drowned out spots and slugs. That is unheard of in our area.I am pretty impressed with the way the crops turned out. It is actually a little bit on the dry side. The last rain we had was a tenth and a half on Friday night. It was a pop-up shower. They are calling for some pretty good chances this week.We are getting pretty good tonnage as far as first cutting rye hay goes for us with four or five bales per acre. We are still two or three weeks out from wheat harvest yet. Hopefully that gives us some time to get other stuff done before then. Things have shaped up. I wish things were like this a month ago.last_img read more

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Protest against extortion by extremists hits life in Dimapur

first_imgLife in Dimapur, Nagaland’s commercial hub, was affected on Wednesday as hundreds of people took to the streets to protest against “illegal taxation,” or extortion, by extremist groups and criminal organisations.The Public Action Committee of the Naga Council, Dimapur, which organised the rally, urged the government of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio to crack down on these outfits.At least five outfits, including the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland, collect “tax” periodically. Government and corporate employees have to shell out 22-24% of their salary and traders and the self-employed are required to pay more.“The State government must immediately stop all illegal taxation… It must also ban the syndicate and lease system and unauthorised collection centres run in and around Dimapur by unions and organisations, including Naga political groups [extremist groups] and government agencies, causing uncontrolled inflation,” the committee said in a statement.This is the second protest against the government’s failure to prevent extortion by extremist groups, almost all of which have declared a ceasefire. Another civil society organisation, Against Corruption and Unabated Taxation, staged a rally in September last year, demanding ‘one group one tax.’ The organisation had resolved that the people pay ‘tax’ to only one extremist group.last_img read more

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25 days agoBarcelona president Bartomeu to meet with Pique to clear the air

first_imgBarcelona president Bartomeu to meet with Pique to clear the airby Carlos Volcano25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is set to meet with defender Gerard Pique to clear the air after the latter’s recent comments.Sport says Pique has questioned the board twice in the last week. He said he did not like the team’s pre-season tours of Japan and the US, claiming “we did more travelling and less training and we’re feeling it.”Then he hinted that the board were planting stories in the media against the players.The objective of the meeting will be to smooth things over and stop Pique’s digs which in Madrid they are using to do more damage to Barcelona. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Nuns funds and guns the firearms debate on Wall Street

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Some of Wall Street’s heaviest hitters are stepping into the national debate on guns as investment firms ask firearms makers what they are doing about gun violence.The firms speak softly, but because they own trillions of dollars’ worth of stock, their voices travel far. And they’re now joining forces with some unusual allies, including smaller and untraditional investors. In this context, the investment fund BlackRock, which owns big stakes in three different gun makers, might end up working alongside a group of nuns.Sister Judith Byron, the director and co-ordinator of the Northwest Coalition for Responsible Investment, says her group and BlackRock appear to have similar ideas when it comes to gun manufacturers and retailers. Following the killing of 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, funds like BlackRock started asking gun manufacturers what they are doing to reduce the risks of gun violence, and asking retailers how much they make from selling guns.Byron says her group, a coalition of religious communities and health care systems, invested in firearms makers a decade ago and has been working on gun safety issues for years. In the last few months the coalition introduced resolutions pushing American Outdoor Brands, Sturm Ruger and retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods to give reports to investors about the steps they are taking to reduce gun violence.“We’re hoping we can engage these big investors and encourage them to vote for our resolutions,” she says.Some larger investors have similar views. The biggest public pension funds in the U.S., CalPERS, recently refused to sell its investments in companies that sell assault rifles. It says that by remaining an investor, it’s been able to get those companies to make positive changes.The nuns aren’t protesters, and they don’t carry props or signs to disrupt board meetings, although they sometimes work alongside groups that use those tactics. Byron says some of the shareholder meetings she’s attended have been downright pleasant, with investors and board members thanking her for asking questions.Support from investment firms was crucial to the coalition’s big success last year when, after decades of work, it backed a successful resolution that required oil giant Exxon Mobil to disclose the effects climate change is having on its business.Erik Gordon, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, said companies are often reluctant to risk any sales in order to do the responsible thing. But it does sometimes happen, as when CVS stores stopped selling cigarettes in 2014. He said activists deserve most of the credit for getting the funds to speak out.“BlackRock didn’t wake up one morning and say, ‘We are going to take a different approach to investing, it’s the right thing to do,’” he said. “It’s a reaction to the activists.”The top priority of firms like BlackRock, State Street and mutual fund company Vanguard is to make as much money as possible for their clients. But because they own so much stock, they can wield a lot of influence: They can support new directors who want to change the direction of the company and back proposals that change the way it operates.BlackRock is a major shareholder in gun makers Sturm Ruger, American Outdoor Brands, and Vista Outdoor Brands. About a week after the shooting in Parkland, BlackRock said it wanted to speak with the three firearms makers about their responses to the tragedy. The fund said it is looking into creating new investment funds for investors that exclude firearms makers and retailers, and if many funds and investors followed suit, that would affect the price of those stocks.In a letter to BlackRock, American Outdoor Brands said it supports steps that will promote gun safety while protecting the rights of firearm owners. The company said it backs measures including improved background checks and improved support for people with mental illnesses, but said it’s opposed to “politically motivated action” that won’t improve public safety. Sturm Ruger did not immediately respond to a request for comment.In other words, there are limits to the funds’ power. They aren’t choosy investors and won’t dump the gun makers no matter what they say. That’s because their main investment strategy to invest in huge numbers of companies, including every stock listed on the Standard & Poor’s 500 index.According to Todd Rosenbluth, CFRA’s director of research into funds and exchange-traded funds, that means BlackRock and Vanguard don’t have that much leverage compared to activist investors or hedge funds. Those investors can have more dramatic effects on individual companies because they can buy up the stock, run for seats on the board themselves, or threaten to sell the shares if they don’t like the company’s choices.“They can use their wallet and sell the shares or they can pressure the companies and threaten to sell the shares if actions aren’t taken,” said Rosenbluth. So far, he said those investors aren’t really getting involved in the debate.Still, there have been changes: Dick’s, Walmart, Kroger and L. L. Bean have all said they will no longer sell guns to shoppers under the age of 21. Rosenbluth said that has more to do with the ongoing national debate about gun safety and regulations than anything the investment firms have said, and he believes laws will ultimately have a larger effect.But Byron, who also wants new gun laws, says she is encouraged by the response from corporate America.“We see companies taking leadership roles in environmental and social issues, which is encouraging,” said Byron, adding that as shareholders, “they’re our companies. We own them.”last_img read more

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Not me says Lighthizer as Freeland NAFTA negotiators grind forward

first_imgWASHINGTON – A bombshell claim of “resistance” to Donald Trump’s presidency inside the White House inserted itself Thursday into Canada’s painstaking march toward a deal on the North American Free Trade Agreement.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s two hours of talks with her U.S. counterpart, trade czar Robert Lighthizer, barely registered in the American capital despite the high-stakes for the continent’s economy.As Trump fumed, and a full-scale hunt was launched the identity of the anonymous author of a New York Times op-ed piece, Lighthizer was drawn into the stranger-than-fiction drama, joining a series of Trump administration officials who publicly denied authorship and declared their loyalty to the president.“It does not reflect my views at all, and it does not reflect the views of anyone I know in the Administration. It is a complete and total fabrication,” Lighthizer said in a widely reported written statement.He joined Vice-President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, and others in issuing his disclaimer to being the Washington’s most famous anonymous Beltway politico since Deep Throat during the Watergate scandal.A block from the White House, where a furious Trump was Tweeting fire at the disloyalty from his inner circle, Freeland and Lighthizer pushed on with talks that cut to the core of North American prosperity.They issued fresh marching orders for their respective negotiating teams. Freeland maintained the same upbeat tone she has held since arriving in Washington this week to reboot talks with the Trump administration.“We really are confident, as we have been from the outset, that a deal which is good for Canada, good for the United States and good for Mexico is possible,” Freeland said, as she departed the office of the U.S. Trade Representative on her way to the Canadian Embassy.Freeland returned to Lighthizer’s office Thursday night for a 20-minute meeting that she said was constructive.“It was important to discuss a couple of issues face-to-face,” she said, without elaborating.But with the economic fate of workers and industries in three North American countries hanging in the balance, the New York Times piece sparked questions about how the fallout would affect the bump-and-grind of the NAFTA negotiations.Derek Burney, who was former prime minister Brian Mulroney’s chief of staff during the original 1988 Canada-U.S. free trade negotiations, said any direct impact was unlikely but Trump remained “the big wild card” in the negotiation.“We have to hope to catch him between tantrums to get a deal,” said Burney, who along with Mulroney has advised the current Trudeau government on how to negotiate with Trump.Trump is likely “feeling pressure on many fronts these days and may be frustrated to learn the limits to his authority on trade, hence his warning to Congress ‘not to interfere’,” said Burney, who became Canada’s U.S. ambassador after the original free trade deal.Canada and the U.S. need to present an agreed-upon text to the U.S. Congress by Oct. 1 in order to join the deal the Trump administration signed with Mexico.Trump is threatening to move ahead on a deal that excludes Canada, but he also needs a win on trade ahead of midterm elections in November that will test his ability to keep control of Congress.Flavio Volpe, the president of the Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, said he didn’t think the latest bombshell would directly affect the negotiators inside the room.“But it certainly underscores for all of us observing the talks that it’s not that easy to do this negotiation. It’s a compressed timeline with an ever-changing counterparty,” said Volpe, who was in Washington on Thursday for meetings with auto industry representatives on the possible impact of Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on Canadian automobiles.Trump has already imposed hefty tariffs on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum, using a section of U.S. trade law that gives him executive authority to do that in the name of national security.Freeland reiterated her view Thursday that the fate of those tariffs was separate from the NAFTA talks, and she urged the administration to lift the “unjustified and illegal” action.During the day, she and Lighthizer pored over results from their front-line negotiators who held a long stretch of talks that started Wednesday night and finished in the early morning hours of Thursday.Freeland stuck to her mantra of not wanting to negotiate in public — an agreement struck with the tough-talking Lighthizer as an act of good faith.The two sides still have to resolve differences on three key issues: dairy, culture and the Chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism.The goal of this week’s talks is to reach a deal by Dec. 1 so Congress can give its approval to a revised three-country NAFTA before Mexico’s new president takes office.last_img read more

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Ayushmann Khurrana completes Article 15 shoot

first_imgMumbai: Ayushmann Khurrana on Tuesday wrapped up filming his upcoming movie, “Article 15” and the actor said the Anubhav Sinha directorial will be “the most relevant and important film” in Indian cinema. Touted as a hard-hitting investigative drama, “Article 15” will see Khurrana play a police officer for the first time. “Wrapped up a film which will become the most relevant and important film of Indian cinema. Thank you @anubhavsinha sir for giving me this gem and also writing the most real cop role ever. #Article15,” the actor wrote on Twitter. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka He also shared a 3D mini figure modelled on him in his cop avatar and thanked the cast and crew for it. The film is being called one of Sinha’s most ambitious projects till date and is the director’s first collaboration with the actor. “Article 15” also stars Isha Talwar, Manoj Pahwa, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra, M Naser, Ashish Verma, Sushil Pandey, Subrajyoti Bharat and Zeeshan Ayub. Produced by Benaras Media Works, the film went on floors from March 1 in Lucknow.last_img read more

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EC bans Congress Chowkidaar Chor Hai ad

first_imgBhopal: The Election Commission in Madhya Pradesh has banned the ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ advertisement of the Congress party and ordered an end to its broadcast. The Joint Chief Election Officer on Wednesday issued a notice to all the state district officers saying that the media certification and inspection committee has cancelled the ad certification and it should be discontinued. The Bharatiya Janata Party had earlier complained to the Chief Election Officer saying that the ad was offensive and defamatory in nature. Chief Election Officer V.L. Kantarao has directed action against the Congress, besides issuing a notice to the party.last_img read more

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Casablanca Among 10 Most Disappointing Destinations in the World

first_imgCasablanca- Travel website Smarter Travel has recently published a list of 10 places it considers as the “most disappointing” destinations in the world. Casablanca has made it to the list.Casablanca, Morocco’s economic capital is a “soulless” city, according to Smarter Travel. According to the website, Casablanca is only a transitory station, unlike other places in the Northern African kingdom, and is thus one of the “10 most disappointing” destinations in the world. “Many international flights to Morocco arrive in Casablanca, but many visitors wish that their flight had kept right on going. This very commercial city is mostly office buildings and has been called “soulless” by many tourists. Transit here, but keep on going to the rest of Morocco if you want a more authentic experience,” says the survey. In addition to Casablanca, the top teen “most disappointing destinations in the world” includes Gibraltar (UK), the Niagara Falls in New York, Temple Bar in Dublin, California’s Hollywood, Nassau, in Bahamas, Liberty Island in New York, Frankfurt in Germany, Florida’s famous Walt Disney World, and Las Vegas. The survey, however, doesn’t says what are the criteria it used to arrive to such a conclusion or whether it based its ranking on the opinions expressed by travelers.In another survey published by American Magazine WeatherWise, Morocco’s largest city ranked 3rd best weather place in the world.  Referring to weather condition in Casablanca, the survey says: “Strongly moderated by cold currents of the Atlantic Ocean, the weather of the northwestern coast of Morocco experiences little seasonal variability and extremely mild temperatures year round. According to World Meteorological Organization data for Casablanca, which lies in the heart of this region, January experiences an average daily high of 63°F and a mean nighttime low of 45°F.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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