DJ killed after car slams into concrete fence at La Jalousie

first_imgA 21-year-old Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) entertainer was in the wee hours of Thursday killed while two others were injured when the motor car in which they were travelling crashed into a fence at La Jalousie, West Coast Demerara (WCD).Dead: Vickram RamrajDead is Vickram “Andy” Ramraj of Lot 85 Tuschen Old Road, while 31-year-old Nafeeza Abrahim of Parika, EBE and the driver of the motor car are nursing injuries at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH).The accident reportedly occurred sometime around 01:00h while the trio was heading towards Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara (WCD) from Tuschen.According to reports, Ramraj and Abrahim were both passengers in the back seat of the taxi bearing registration number PSS 9367, driven by a 23-year-old man of Tuschen Housing Scheme.Based on reports received, the driver, who was found to be above the legal limit of alcohol consumption, was speeding along the roadway when he lost control of the motor car thus causing the vehicle to veer off the road and collide with a concrete fence. The motor car was reportedly damaged beyond repair.Public-spirited persons who rushed to the scene pulled the three unconscious occupants from the mangled car and rushed them to the WDRH.The mangled car following the accidentHowever, Ramraj was treated and later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he succumbed to injuries.When contacted, Ramraj’s only sibling, Trishana Ramraj, revealed that after receiving news of the accident, her family rushed to the scene and later to the hospital.According to the grieving young woman, before seeing her brother, the family attempted to speak with the taxi driver, who had regained consciousness at the time.The man, who she said had visible injuries to his arm and head, was, however, unable to give any information as he was still in a state of shock.The younger Ramraj also revealed that Abrahim, who is not known to her family, suffered serious injuries to her feet.The fence that was damaged by the speeding car“The car smash up…when we saw it and when we reach the hospital, the Police was trying to talk to the driver, but he wasn’t cooperating because like he was still out of it,” the young woman related.Ramraj, who was described as a loving and joyful person, leaves to mourn his sister, parents, other relatives, and friends.The driver of the motor car is expected to be taken into Police custody to assist with the investigation.last_img read more

African comic book heroes gaining popularity

first_img19 January 2016Nicknamed “Africa’s Avengers”, the African superheroes created by Nigeria’s Comic Republic, range from Guardian Prime, a 25-year-old fashion-designer-by-day who uses his extraordinary strength to fight for a better Nigeria, to Hilda Avonomemi Moses, a woman from a remote village in Edo state who can see spirits, to Marcus Chigozie, a privileged but angry teenager who can move at supersonic speeds.“I thought about when I was young and what I used to make my decisions on: What would Superman do, what would Batman do? I thought, why not African superheroes?” explains Comic Republic’s founder, Jide Martin, who started publishing comic books in 2013. The company’s tagline is: “We can all be heroes.”Burning the Midnight oil for the love of the dream. Growing the comic industry in Africa. Let’s do this! pic.twitter.com/40OvAqAGHk— Comic republic (@comicrepublicng) January 11, 2016The company is leading the way in developing unique, Afrocentric stories and characters for markets long believed to lack interest in African-inspired characters. The publisher has a team of artists and writers that create the stories, which are published online and are available for free. Downloads of the issues have grown from a couple of hundred in 2013 to 25 000 of the latest release in December 2015, as the series has become more [email protected] Comic Republic’s comcs are also up. Check them out. https://t.co/RF3dqc4ycT pic.twitter.com/qWCwtUdAyu— MediBang Paint_e (@MediBangPaint_e) January 15, 2016As well as creating new worlds and amazing characters, Comic Republic also publishes comics for companies and NGOs that are focused on delivering positive messages to children, including in the public health services sector such as malaria prevention and HIV/Aids education.These kids in an orphanage home dressed as Superheroes after reading our Nigerian Superhero story #GuardianPrime . pic.twitter.com/5VADFbZfys— Comic republic (@comicrepublicng) January 13, 2016The start-up is part of a growth of made-in-Africa music, literature and art that is beginning to resonate beyond the continent. Over half of Comic Republic’s downloads are by readers in the United States and United Kingdom; there are also readers in countries as far as Brazil and the Philippines. But it is in Nigeria that the stories are finding the most extensive market, so much so that, according to Martin, Lagos even hosts an annual comic convention for the comic and entertainment industry.Guardian Prime, “a black Superman” as Martin calls him, is, in particular, finding popularity across Africa, as a home-grown Man of [email protected] here it is! Our #StarWarsTheForceAwakens tribute. Awesome movie! pic.twitter.com/hbyZDliHRj— Comic republic (@comicrepublicng) December 21, 2015The trend is expanding across the continent and other African publishers and artists are creating their own take on the idea of the superhero.Popular South African graphic novel Kwezi was created by designer and artist Loyiso Mkize, for example. Its superhero is a teenager in Gold City, a metropolis imagined along the lines of Johannesburg. The story, which features plenty of local slang and cultural references, also has a strong moral centre and an emphasis on education, according to Mkize. He refers to his story as “a coming of age story about finding one’s heritage”.Another Nigerian animator is Roye Okupe, whose graphic novel, E.X.O: The Legend of Wale Williams, was published in August 2015. In the same vein as Superman and the Marvel universe, Williams has found a huge international audience, “putting Africa on the map when it comes to telling superhero stories”, says Okupe. There is even talk of a live action feature film for the character.Much like its Western influences, diversity and inclusiveness are hallmarks of the African comic book. Of the nine characters created by Comic Republic, four are women, which Martin believes is a reflection of the fact that women are active in Nigeria’s social politics. “[In] today’s Nigeria, we’re very indifferent to whether someone is a man or woman. I wouldn’t say there was any strategic decision. It’s just a way of life for us,” he said.Beyond battling evil and saving the day, the comics are also meant to show how individuals can come together to provide for a “better, safer Africa”, says Martin. It’s a message that appears to be getting across to some readers.One fan wrote on Comic Republic’s Facebook wall about the character of Guardian Prime: “My favourite quote [by him]: All it takes for evil to succeed is for good men to stand by and do nothing. I won’t stand by. I am Nigerian.” I’m not Nigerian, but heroes are going to help the youth and stimulate patriotism.”Source: Quartzlast_img read more

Africans abroad keen to return – Homecoming Revolution report

first_imgMost African professionals living abroad would love to return home, and almost all retain strong links of family and friendship to their countries. These were some of the insights from a new survey by Homecoming Revolution, presented by CEO Angel Jones at the brain gain company’s Speed Meet Jozi event in Sandton on Friday 14 August. Homecoming Revolution founder and CEO Angel Jones, at left, during the Speed Meet Jozi networking event in Sandton, Johannesburg. Mary AlexanderThe Homecoming Revolution Insights Report 2015 comes out of three surveys, of Africans abroad and returned expatriates, conducted from February to May this year. It examines the key reasons Africans move abroad, what they miss most when they are there, what links them to home and the triggers that encourage them to return.Download the Homecoming Revolution Insights Report 2015Most of those surveyed – 68% – have a degree, and 66% work in a senior or executive position. Their fields are demanding: financial services, information technology, engineering, advisory services, marketing and medicine.“We really are looking at the brain drain in a serious light,” Jones said, “and it’s time that this became a brain gain.”Jones was speaking at the Johannesburg leg of the Homecoming Revolution’s Speed Meet networking sessions, regular gatherings of pan-Africans held in major global cities such as New York, London, Nairobi and Lagos.Since 2003 Homecoming Revolution has worked to bring talented South Africans back home, reversing the brain drain. In the last two years its efforts have expanded to include other sub-Saharan African countries, particularly Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Ghana.Jones said that in the past five years some 359 000 expat South African professionals have returned home. This has a major ripple effect on joblessness and the economy: a study Solidarity suggests that for every one skilled expatriate who returns, nine new jobs are created in the formal and informal sectors.Of the professionals surveyed for the study, 79% were from South Africa and 21% from Nigeria, Kenya and other sub-Saharan African countries. Forty-four percent were living in the United Kingdom, 13% in the US and 12% in Australia and New Zealand.Problems or opportunities?Despite potentially flourishing careers abroad, many of these professionals still saw opportunities back in Africa.“There’s a wonderful quote I heard from a homecomer recently,” Jones said. “He said, ‘I didn’t come back in spite of the problems. I came back because of the problems. Because I saw there was a problem with our electricity, I wanted to come home and create a new solar power enterprise.’“Those are the kinds of engineers we need. We need our doctors. We need our financial services people.”The stories of returning African professionals help spread the message. “What we do as Homecoming Revolution is inspire people to return home by showcasing stories of other people who have come back, and who are making a really significant difference.”Reasons to leaveJones then turned to why Africans go abroad in the first place.“Why do people leave? This is exciting to know, because the emphasis is often only on the bad stuff,” she said. “The number one reason people go away is for career reasons. And I think that’s a good thing. Travel is number two.”The third reason respondents gave for leaving was the political and economic situation in their countries, and the fourth crime and safety concerns – down one place from a previous Homecoming Revolution study.“This was a significant difference,” Jones said. “Crime has gone down, it seems, and political instability more of a hindrance.”Wanting to returnThe study then turned to the all-important question of whether migrants wanted to come back to Africa. A quarter – 26% – said no, 21% said they didn’t know, and a “whopping” 53% said yes, they wished to return home. “This was exciting,” Jones said, to applause.“And what would people say to someone thinking of returning? We’ve grouped the responses together. Things like, ‘Follow your heart. Go for it. Wish I were you.’“Seventy-one percent of Africans living abroad think the idea of returning is a very good thing. And this is something we are encouraging, on a worldwide scale. We started Homecoming Revolution to encourage South Africans to return to South Africa. For the past two-and-a-half years we have been working with Nigerians, Kenyans, Ghanaians and Ugandans abroad, encouraging them to come back.”Following your heartThe Homecoming Revolution research revealed that the strongest pull of home was emotional, “all about following you heart”. Africans mainly want to return to be close again to friends and family, a reason cited by 61% of respondents.“There really is nothing to beat the grass under your toes, having grannies and grandpas close by, having your kids know that these are their roots,” Jones said.“We see trigger points, when people get to their late twenties and early thirties. They want to get married, or just got married, or had their first or second child, and want to be home where they feel their children will understand their roots.”Lifestyle is the second reason to return, at 35%. “Our wonderful weather. The standard of living is really good here.”The third reason, cited by 31% of respondents, is a sense of belonging. “You can’t get that, no matter where you go abroad,” Jones said. “We have lots of stories of people saying, I was living abroad, but in a gilded box. I never really felt like I belonged.”Links to homeThe African diaspora still have strong personal links to home. Ninety-two percent of respondents said family and friends were their strongest link back to Africa. For 70%, visiting home kept them connected.Financial ties were also important, with 25% saying they still had money invested in their home countries, 12% remitting money and property back home, and 11% citing business connections as an important link.The main thing expats want to stay informed on is the employment market back home. “People are very keen to understand what job opportunities there are back home – 79% of them,” Jones said. “A lot of what we do is working with pan-African employers to showcase these job opportunities for people abroad.”Forty-two percent of those still abroad want to know about entrepreneurial opportunities. “We encourage people abroad to find best-practice models that work, particularly for the African story, so they can do something to create jobs back home,” Jones said.“It’s very exciting to see that 42% – this has been a sharp increase – 42% of people want to know how they can make a difference back home. In the survey we conducted a year and a half ago, this figure was sitting at around 20%. So we are seeing a lot of increased active citizenship from Africans around the world.”Jones concluded: “There is the brain drain. It does exist. But we are working hard to reverse it into a brain gain.”last_img read more

Premature crop death and yield impacts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Although the growing season is winding down as fall approaches, some corn and soybean plants may be a little more brown than they should be. With a lack of moisture, some crops are dying prematurely. What impact will this have on final yields? The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins finds out from Kyle Poling in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.last_img

A Jukebox in the Cloud: Rhapsody Comes to the iPhone

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#NYT#web Rhapsody vs. SpotifyIn the US, Rhapsody is currently the only game in town when it comes to on-demand music streaming. Unlike Spotify, Rhapsody doesn’t offer an offline mode, thanks to the arcane licensing restrictions the music industry still favors, and is only available in a select number of markets in Europe at this point. Maybe later versions will feature this ability – especially given that Apple has now allowed the Spotify app into the App Store.Once Spotify launches in the US App Store, however, Rhapsody will come under a lot of pressure, especially if Rhapsody doesn’t offer offline storage at that point. Currently, Rhapsody does offer more songs (8 million vs. 4.5 million) and the prices are similar (€9.99 vs. $15).Free TrialSigning up for the free 7-day trial is easy and doesn’t require a credit card, so if you are on the fence about trying Rhapsody out, just install the app and follow the instructions from the home screen. Apple just pointed out that it doesn’t believe in music subscriptions during its annual iPod event yesterday, but depending on your listening habits, a $14.99 subscription per month might actually turn out to be a pretty good deal. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting FeaturesRhapsody has all the features you would probably want from a streaming music app. Browsing by genres, charts, or simply searching for artists and specific tracks is easy and fast. Once you have found something you like, you can also easily add it to your ‘library’ so that you can find it quickly at a later point. Rhapsody also offers radio stations based on genres or artists, similar to what the Slacker Radio and Pandora apps offer on the iPhone.One thing we especially like about the app is how easy it is to manage and create playlists. While this feature is somewhat hidden – you have to keep pressing the name of a song or album for a second or two for the right menu to pop up – it does give you the ability to create a library of songs you like and to manage playlists. We are not quite sure at what rate Rhapsody is actually streaming this music to the iPhone, but at least over Wi-Fi and the AT&T 3G network, the sound quality is quite good. frederic lardinoiscenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Rhapsody, the online streaming music service, just launched its iPhone and iPod touch app (iTunes link). While there had been some discussion about whether Apple would actually allow this ‘iTunes competitor’ on the iPhone, the approval process looks to have been relatively smooth for Rhapsody. The app feels very similar to Apple’s own iPod app. From within the app, you can search Rhapsody’s library of 8 million tracks, surf genres, create playlists, or find new music released this week. Overall, we came away quite impressed after testing the app out for a while, though the $14.99/month subscription fee (after a free 7-day trial) will surely keep some potential users away.In our tests, the app was very responsive though we should point out that it also crashed a few times during our tests this morning. Songs generally started to play after just a few seconds, though your mileage may vary depending on your local network. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

RVP hesitant for future in football

first_imgRobin van Persie, the legendary Dutch forward, has admitted he has been contemplating his future as his contract at Feyenoord is expiring as soon as the season ends.Van Persi, who turned 34, returned to his first ever club in January from Fenerbahce, where he played ever since his departure from Manchester United in 2015. Despite scoring the second goal in the 3-0 victory over AZ Alkmaar and winning the Dutch Cup on Sunday – his first major trophy in his home country – he admitted it is becoming increasingly difficult for him to keep up with his own pace.“There will come a moment where I have to be honest with myself — like now,” van Persie shared, according to ESPN.2010 World Cup. Netherlands, Robon Van persie, Wesley Snieder, Rafel van de VartReport: Babel says ego’s cost Holland World Cup glory George Patchias – September 10, 2019 Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has spoken out about four big ego’s that cost the Dutch national team, their best chance of World Cup…“But people don’t see the other side, which is that for the last three weeks, I have been going to bed at 10 p.m. every evening and that I eat the right things at the right time. There is a lot that comes with being able to deliver today and sometimes that is a struggle. … Sometimes the recovery takes a little longer than I want.”“I also really want it, but you have to be honest and people don’t see that other side,” Van Persie added. “And sometimes it really is a struggle and I get tired of it myself, to be honest.”last_img read more

Southgate questions early start to the Premier League

first_imgEngland boss Gareth Southgate has attributed the injury crisis and suspension in his squad to the early kick-off of the Premier League shortly after their World Cup exploits.England are set to confront Spain in Seville but are decimated by suspensions and injuries.An injury crisis coming into this international double-header has been exacerbated by suspensions to John Stones and Jordan Henderson, and Southgate revealed to the Express: “Maybe they were expecting us to be back by the end of June.“Of course it’s always easy to make a comment like that and not know the complex scenario decision-makers had to go through.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“But everybody knew when the final was and the semi-final, and that they would be away for a period of time. It’s a bit like our clubs in the Champions League. Some of the rest of the leagues in Europe help them and adjust the fixture list.“And I’m sure our clubs would appreciate that because in the end they’re representing English football and we want them all to do well.”“When you see the league, a lot of teams haven’t started yet at the level when they are at their maximum,” said Southgate.“And there are a lot of injuries across our league. I think it’s psychological rather than physical.”last_img read more

Fulham vicechairman tells a fan to go to hell

first_imgTony Khan attacked a fan on Twitter after the supporter asked him to step down from his position as Fulham lost against Burnley.Fulham FC was defeated 2-1 by Burnley in yesterday’s English Premier League fixture.And fans are angry as their team lay in the 19th position in the table, just three points ahead of the last place.One Fulham supporter took his frustration to Twitter, where he asked the team’s vice-chairman Tony Khan to step down from his position.Official: Tottenham sign Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon Andrew Smyth – August 8, 2019 Tottenham have sealed another transfer deadline day deal to sign the highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.“Never. I’ll die at this club. Go to hell,” replied Khan.“To squad, staff, and supporters, some people are waving the white flag and saying we should surrender, people said the same when we were 6 & 4 points behind the past 2 seasons; we closed the gap both times,” he was quoted as saying by The Independent.“Our squad has great moments, but they’ve shown their abilities more often than they’ve gotten the points we need. But we can close this gap.”“As with last January we’ll make multiple signings to improve the squad, but it’s on our players now to fight, finish & win. Come on Fulham!” he concluded.last_img read more