I’m Not Frightened, I’m Determined

first_imgAward-wining Hip Co musical artist Takun J says he has been harrassed several times since releasing his latest hit singles, “Justice” and “They Lie To Us.” Althought both songs that have been well received by the public, “I’m sometimes harassed by security officers when driving and it is getting personal. I’m not frightened, and I am determined to continue informing the public about what is going on,” he added.“Music is my life. Through music, the voice of the people can be heard,” he stated. “With music, political and social change can take place in the life of any people.”Takun J said the people are tired of the many lies that there would be better living conditions; and so they need somebody to speak out for them.“ I decided to speak for them so their voices can be heard. I’m frowned upon by the authorities because the songs speak the truth,” he said with smile.The artist, also known as the King of Hip Co, noted that his inspiration for this song, “They Lie to Us,” came in the midst of the Ebola crisis, after he observed that “people where dying at the early stages without care, while authorities corrupted the funds they receiving. “They lied to us. I am speaking not only about this government alone, but also past governments that have cheated and mistreated us.”“They Lie To Us”, the current hottest single in Liberia, reflects the people’s frustration with the powers in government, as access to opportunities and better economic conditions continue to decline for the majority of people.In 2007, after releasing the hit controversial single, “Policeman,” a song that exposed police corruption, police officers arrested and jailed Takun J twice. The song “Justice” revealed an ordeal with Montserrado District 5 Representative Edwin M. Snowe in 2014, when an minor car accident between the two turned into a physical assault allegedly penetrated by the lawmaker. Takun J says he wrote the song because all legal means pursued to obtain justice for his grievance against the lawmaker failed.“It is not government alone that is practicing corruption on the daily basis. We ourselves are doing it also. I don’t think that corruption helps anybody; and if we continue this without a change, the worst may happen to Liberia,” he warned.He disclosed that because of lack of honesty among the authorities, the ordinary citizens languish in poverty. The only good thing that Liberia can boast of now is peace, whereas the citizens sleep with hunger and misery every day. “We Liberians need to be careful in the coming election or else it will be old wine in new bottle. “My way of life is that if I wrong you, let me be punished for it; it is now time that corrupt officials are disciplined,” he warned.Takun J stressed that if nothing is done about corruption, the next generation will suffer more and these are the messages the songs are preaching.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Colorado high, W. Virginia low in heart health ranks

first_imgThe researchers then statistically adjusted the results to correct demographic differences in state samples to better mirror the U.S. census. The prevalence in both Colorado and the District of Columbia was a little under 5 percent, tying them for the nation’s lowest rate. Hawaii was close behind. The regional differences are believed to stem from rates of obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking and other known risk factors for heart disease, said the study’s lead author, Jonathan Neyer, a CDC epidemiologist. That means the explanation would come from differences in cultural norms, poverty rates and other social factors, and not environmental causes, he said. “There’s not something in the water,” Neyer said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He called the report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “very important. It confirms what we know about regional differences in the burden of disease.” For the nation as a whole, roughly 4 percent of those surveyed had had a heart attack. A slightly higher percentage reported angina or coronary heart disease, and 6.5 reported any of those conditions. But in West Virginia, more than 10 percent had at least one of the conditions. The prevalence in Kentucky was nearly 9 percent, and Mississippi was No. 3, with 8 percent. CDC researchers drew their data from a 2005 telephone survey of 356,112 U.S. adults in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Participants were asked whether a doctor or health care professional had told them they had experienced a heart attack, angina or coronary heart disease. ATLANTA – West Virginia and Kentucky – states known for high levels of obesity, diabetes and smoking – have the highest proportion of people with heart disease in the nation, U.S. health officials said Thursday. The findings, from the first study ever to look at heart disease prevalence state by state, showed that states in the Southeast and Southwest were heart disease leaders. Colorado and the District of Columbia had the lowest percentages. The results line up well with previous, state-specific reports about heart disease death rates, obesity and other risk factors, said Wayne Rosamond, an epidemiology professor at the University of North Carolina who chairs a statistics committee for the American Heart Association. last_img read more

City crews create outdoor skating rinks for winter season

first_img“Finding innovative ways to provide leisure opportunities for families is part of what makes this community such a great place to live,” Mayor Lori Ackerman writes in a distributed press release. “There’s always something fun to do.”The two rinks ready for action are located in the basketball court of Mathews Park and the outdoor rink at Kin Park.“Crews pack down the snow and flood skating areas using a water truck three times before they are ready for public skating,” Director of Facilities and Grounds, Craig Stanley writes in the same press release. “Through the winter, city crews will continue to flood the rinks twice a week to keep the ice smooth, [and] snow will also be shoveled away after a major snowfall.”- Advertisement -Plans for a third outdoor rink surround C.M. Finch Elementary School, with repairs financially supported by Western Canadian Properties, Canfor, Rona, Peace River Building, and the Rotary Club.“This is a great example of how the community benefits when we all pitch in,” Rotary member, Councillor Trevor Bolin writes.Flooding of the third rink began yesterday and is anticipated to be completed this weekend.Advertisementlast_img read more

Barcelona coach wary of first season treble prophecy

first_imgBut despite an eight point advantage over Atletico Madrid, a cup final date with Sevilla in April and a relatively easy draw with Roma in the Champions League quarters, Valverde says Barca a treble is a big ask.“I don’t believe in prophecies,” said the Basque whose Barca outfit host Atletico Bilbao Sunday.“Everything is possible and we will give it absolutely everything,” he promised.“I would have signed in my own blood if you’d offered me this position at the start of the season.”But Valverde pointed to Roma as the obstacle that could make the difference between his Barcelona and those of Guardiola and Luis Enrique.“Roma beat Chelsea 3-0, a team against which we struggled,” he said after a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge had preceded a Messi inspired 3-0 win at the Nou Camp.“Roma also finished above both Chelsea and Atletico (in the group stage) and Atletico is our main league rival, so you get a bit of the measure of the size of rival they are,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi looks on during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen second leg football match between FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 14, 2018. © AFP / Pau BarrenaBARCELONA, Spain, Mar 17 – Ernesto Valverde dismissed the idea that he, as Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique had done before, would win a league, Cup and Champions League treble in his first season at the helm.Valverde has regalvanized the lacklustre Barcelona of last season taking over the team that had just lost Neymar and revitalised their fortunes and the form of their star player Lionel Messi.last_img read more

Arsenal predicted line-up for Europa League match vs Vorskla Poltava

first_imgArsenal face Vorslka Poltava in the Europa League on Thursday evening – live on talkSPORT 2 – knowing they’re safely into the knockout stages.The match has been moved from its original location to Kiev due to trouble in Ukraine which has seen martial law introduced in some regions of the country. no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 3 shining Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Danny Welbeck continues to recover from surgery on his ankle after his unfortunate injury in the last Europa League match, a 0-0 draw with Sporting Lisbon.So who will start the game against Vorslka Poltava, find out below… REPLY Latest Football Stories RANKED 3 huge blow 3 REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade center_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Is this how Arsenal will line up ahead of their Europa League game with Vorskla Poltava? The game represents an excellent opportunity to give key players a rest and allow fringe stars to get minutes and put forward their claims for starts.Spanish manager Unai Emery, though, must still take into account several injury issues currently affecting his side. REVEALED ADVICE Arsenal manager Unai Emery Welbeck had scored five goals this season for Arsenal before his injury Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Laurent Koscielny continues to complete his rehabilitation but is being assessed ahead of the game, along with Alexandre Lacazette (groin).Nacho Monreal (hamstring) is still absent, along with Dinos Mavropanos (groin) but Stephan Lichtsteiner (hamstring) should be fit. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars BEST OF MONEY Predicted Arsenal line-up: Cech, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Mustafi, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Smith Rowe, Nketiah.last_img read more

Fischer Set To Race At NCAA Championships

first_img ESPN3 Broadcast Live Results Drake University junior Reed Fischer will aim to put the finishing touches on an outstanding season at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship on Wednesday, June, 8 in Eugene, Ore.Fischer will line up in the men’s 10,000 meters final at 9:08 p.m. on the history Hayward Field track. The race will be broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPN3.Fischer qualified for the NCAA Championship by finishing sixth at the NCAA West Preliminary in the event with a time of 29:53.25 as he darted to the front of the lead pack in the 26-lap race to become one of 24 qualifiers for the NCAA Championships. That performance was also the sixth best him among all national qualifiers heading into the NCAA Championship race and adds to his list of accomplishments this outdoor season. Fischer opened the outdoor season by finishing seventh in the 10,000 meters at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays in 29:09.86, a personal best and the second fastest time in school history.  In April, he finished third in the 5,000 meters at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee with a performance that was just three one-hundreths of a second off the school record and followed that with a fifth-place showing in the event at the MVC Outdoor Championship. During the indoor season, he earned All-MVC honors in both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters.With a top-8 finish on Wednesday, Fischer would become the Drake men’s track and field team’s first outdoor All-American since Jason Lehmkuhle earned the honor in 2000 in the same event.Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Story Linkslast_img read more

Brights Stars eye first league victory, host wobbly Kyetume

first_img Tags: Brian Kayanjabright starsKCCA FCKyetume FCMuhammad KisekaTooro unitedUganda Premier League Bright Stars are yet to register a victory this season. (PHOTO/File)Uganda Premier League Bright Stars vs Kyetume FC Betway Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku Saturday, 12-10-2019 @4pmBright Stars are still the only side yet to register a victory in the Uganda Premier League.Their hunt for a maiden win sees them host Kyetume FC at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium in Wankulukuku on Saturday afternoon.Muhammad Kiseka’s side are not having things go their way currently but are hell bent on continuing to try.They had a good goal disallowed in the 1-1 draw with KCCA FC before substitute Brian Kayanja rattled the cross bar in the last minutes of their 0-0 draw at home to Tooro United in the last games.The team looks to be lucking at both ends of the pitch having conceded 12 goals and scored just 7 in their first 8 games.Despite the struggles, Kiseka is optimistic a first victory is not far away.“We know we have not won a game this season and it is a statistic we very much want to put right, noted the gaffer ahead of the game.“When you look at how we play, it is just luck that is eluding us.“I am sure a first victory is just around the corner and we will keep on knocking on the door until it comes.“May be it will be against Kyetume, i do not know but i am sure ut will be very soon.”For Kyetume, they having a trying debut season in the top flight.After defeating SC Villa in their opening game, they went on a winless run of three games.They then bounced back with an unexpected victory away to Tooro United but then lost at home to Express in their latest fixture.They have been inconsistent, typical of a newbie but are very much hard to break down.In their first six games, they have conceded just three goals, a league lowest as per now.Against Bright Stars, they will very much fancy their chances against a side that usually does not score much.Match factsThis will be the first ever competitive meeting between the two sides.Bright Stars come into the game with out victory in their fight 8 games of the season (D5 L3).At home, they have lost just one of their first four games, drawing the other three.For Kyetume, they have won two of their first six games (D1 L3).Away from home, the Slaughters have lost only one of their first 6 games (W1 D1).The other games on Saturday-Vipers SC vs Express FC @3pm-Busoga United vs Police FC @4pm-Maroons FC vs SC Villa @4pm-URA FC vs Mbarara City FC @4pmComments last_img read more

The Arsenal v QPR quiz

first_imgQPR head to Arsenal on Saturday looking for their first league win of the season. Test your knowledge of the recent history between the two clubs by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-29]Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

SA’s HIV+ Muppet goes global

first_img1 December 2003The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has appointed Kami, the HIV-positive Muppet who appears on the South African version of the children’s television programme Sesame Street, as its special advocate for children who have HIV/Aids or have become Aids orphans.Kami’s first appearance with Unicef under this new collaboration was in Geneva on 26 November, when she helped launch the Unicef report Africa’s Orphaned Generations, which details the impact of HIV/Aids on children in Africa (see below).Founded by the United Nations in 1946, Unicef has programmes for children in 158 countries and territories around the world. Sesame Workshop is the non-profit educational organisation behind Sesame Street, a programme for pre-schoolers that is broadcast in over 120 countries.Kami with Unicef Executive Director Carol Bellamy. (Photo: Unicef)“The appeal of the partnership is that through characters like Kami, we can highlight areas where children are particularly vulnerable – from illiteracy to disability and abuse – in ways that are gentle, honest and compassionate”, Unicef Executive Director Carol Bellamy said.“Kami will help promote age-appropriate messages concerning the humanisation, de-stigmatisation and acceptance of people living with HIV/Aids, and encourage an open discussion about issues such as coping with illness and loss”, said Sesame Workshop CEO Gary Knell.Kami, a five-year-old, HIV-positive girl orphaned by Aids, has brought levity and compassion to a topic that so often evokes the opposite. The furry, yellow, half-metre-tall puppet first appeared on South Africa’s Takalani Sesame programme in 2002.She participates in a variety of normal activities on the show, including exploring nature, collecting things and telling stories. But she also talks about issues related to HIV-positive children and Aids orphans in a way that three- to seven-year-olds can understand.Kami and her human operator appeared at a news conference in Geneva on last week. Kami told her interviewer that she has lots and lots of friends on Takalani Sesame Street, but when she first arrived she had a tough time, just like other children with HIV often do.Kami: At my school, at first children did not want to play with me because they thought they would catch HIV by just playing with me. But my friends Zuzu and Zikwe and Moshe told them. They talked to them and told them, “you cannot get HIV by just playing with me”.Interviewer: And they believe you? And, now they act nice to you?Kami: Oh, yes. They are very nice to me. We play together.Interviewer: And do you hug and do you kiss? And is that nice?Kami: Yes. I hug my friends and they hug me back.Asked about her new role as Unicef’s global “champion for children”, Kami said: “I think I will be talking to the other people and tell them that they should not be mean to the people who are HIV-positive.”Kami added that famous people like UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu have become her friends, and have promised to help her spread her message around the world.Interviewer: Do you think people have funny ideas about HIV-positive kids and adults that somehow or other they get wrong ideas about these people?Kami: I think so. I think they have got wrong ideas because we are just the same, like the people who are not having HIV.Takalani Sesame is brought to the children in South Africa through a partnership with South Africa’s department of education, the United States Agency for International Development, Sanlam, and SABC Education. Takalani Sesame is produced by Kwasukasukela under the creative direction of Sesame Workshop and the South African partners.Aids orphan crisis loomingHIV/Aids is increasingly affecting the lives of very young children in the developing world, but especially in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2002, 800 000 children under the age of 15 became HIV-positive; the overwhelming majority were infected at birth and will die before they turn five.Sub-Saharan Africa faces an orphan crisis of gargantuan proportions. HIV/Aids killed about 2 million African adults in 2002. The percentage of the region’s orphans whose parents died from HIV/Aids has grown from 3.5% in 1990 to 32% in 2001.By 2010, there will be approximately 20 million children in sub-Saharan Africa who have lost at least one parent to HIV/Aids, bringing the total number of orphans in the region to 40 million.Source: United Nations Children’s Fund Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa’s tax revenue up 10%

first_img23 October 2012 South Africa grew its tax revenue by R68.5-billion in 2011/12 to total R742.6-billion, R3.9-billion more than forecast by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his 2012/13 Budget, the SA Revenue Service (Sars) reports. Releasing its 2012 Tax Statistics report on Monday, Sars noted that the 10% increase in tax revenue in the 2011/12 financial year (from R674-billion in 2010/11) stood in marked contrast to 2009/10, when tax revenue contracted by four percent,following the 2008-09 global financial crisis. As he prepares to present his Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement on Thursday and amid continuing uncertain economic times for South Africa, Gordhan will welcome the almost R4-billion in extra tax. Sars’ report says that, in comparison with its international counterparts, South Africa has withstood the crisis relatively well, maintaining sustainable budget deficits aided by resilient tax collections. The Receiver attributed this to its modernisation programme, a responsive tax policy, and vigilant compliance-enhancing measures.Companies, personal contributions increase The growth in tax collections in 2011/12 was driven largely by significant increases in Company Income Tax (CIT) and Personal Income Tax (PIT). CIT, which makes up about a fifth of all fiscal contributions, was up 15% from R133-billion in 2010/11 to R152.6-billion last year. PIT, which makes up a third of all tax contributions, increased by 10%, from R227-billion to R250-billion. VAT, which makes up a further quarter of tax contributions, grew by four percent, from R184-billion to R191-billion. Customs duties grew 26%, from R27-billion to R34-billion. However, with the slowing in the disposal assets and decline in asset values, Capital Gains Tax (CGT) fell from R9.1-billion in 2010/11 to R6.8-billion in 2011/12. According to the report, between 2005/06 and 2011/12, tax relief totaling R60.5-billion was granted to individuals, mainly to those in lower income brackets, with almost a third of this (R19.1-billion) granted in 2006/07.Tax register for individuals surges The report also reveals that the tax register for individuals surged 74.7%, from 10.3-million in 2010/11 to 13.7-million in 2011/12, following a new Sars policy which requires employers to register all employees regardless of their income. Of the 4.5-million assessed taxpayers, 40.2% were registered in Gauteng, 56% were male, and 27.5% were aged between 25 and 44 years old. As at March 31 this year, there were just over two-million companies, 652 349 VAT vendors, 247 595 importers and 224 216 exporters registered with Sars. The number of companies on the tax register has grown from 1.8-million in 2009 to just over 2.03-million as of March 31 this year. Of these, a third (791 5730) of companies were liable to submit CIT and, as of March 31, 51.5% or 407 286 companies had been assessed for tax. Electronic filing, or e-filing, accounted for 64.6% of the value of tax payments in 2011/12, up from 30.8% in 2007/8. The remainder of tax payments were made by taxpayers at banks and at Sars branches. South Africa’s total taxes to gross domestic product (GDP) increased marginally, from 24.5% in 2010/11 to 24.6% in 2011/12, but this ratio was still below the peak of 27.6% reached before the 2008-09 global financial crisis. The ratio of CIT to GDP was most affected by the crisis, declining from 7.3% of GDP in 2008/09 to 5.1% of GDP in 2011/12. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more