Music 101 for Liberians Artist: Never Waste Time on Any of these Four Things

first_imgBeing a musician is not an easy thing. It requires you to explore a lot of positive strategies that will further your career. However, some of these strategies are futile and do not really benefit the artist at the end. Therefore, it is advisable that as a musician you should not waste time on them. Time is finite; use it wisely in order to make every second results into positive push. Here are four things not to focus on for success. Don’t pay much attention to what other people outside thinkIt is true that as a musician, you need to cater to what other people think but it is not worth wasting too much time on it. The truth is when somebody does not like you, no matter what, they don’t like you.As a writer, I say it is not advisable to waste time trying to persuade people who don’t like your music. No matter what, they will not like it. Lastly, never try to force your music on them; and if you do, the end result will be a heaven of bitterness.Since that will be end result, I advise you to fight to strengthen you relationship with your existing fans as well as creating avenues to grab new fans. Last warning: never try to convince people (audience) who are not your fans because it will push your career backward. Never play at a free gig that does not benefit your careerMatter of fact, it can be difficult to turn down a free gig because helping people is very important. But it is also necessary to find the courage and say ‘no!’ Only play at a free gig when it is a resume builder.Playing at free show sponsored by a charity organization or a renowned organization or for a major media house can open new doors of great opportunities for you. In fact, such a free gig builds your reputation (not as a cheap musician but as someone who cares for a particular cause), and it have lots of bigger pictures and prospects.Take this as example: US musicians perform at the Super Bowl for free because of the bigger picture and the kind of audience they get. If your music producer tries forcing ideals on you, leave Sometime finding a good producer can be difficult, most especially for indie artist. Choosing a producer takes into account, style, studio equipment, and the number of hit songs that producer have produced.However, even if the producer is the best in the country, never allow him or her to force ideals on you. The process of recording a song need not be a situation of war or something that they are the best at; but, rather a collaborative and ideal sharing moment.In this situation, the best thing to do is to walk out. If you decide to stay, you will never feel excited about the ongoing production or you will never put in your best. The end result will be a ‘wack’ track. Remember a good producer will never force ideals on you, but will bring it up as a subject for discussion. Never seek a publicist when you are not financially equippedHaving a publicist is not a bad idea, but it requires financial resources. The truth is most renowned publicists are not willing to work on pro bono service. Even if they do, he or she will not put in their best to move your career like creating publicity stunts, booking interviews, and maintaining your online presence.Since that case, it is advisable that you place focus on creating a buzz for your career, which will build a solid system for you as a musician. Now, when that is done you can seek out PR representation in the music world.Remember: in the music industry money matters.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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“Not a done deal” – Gaskin

first_img“Our Consumer Affairs Department met with the Minibus Association just to hear their concerns… but I don’t set fuel prices and I’m not the Minister responsible for fixing minibus fares”. Those were the words of Business Minister Dominic Gaskin as he was questioned by reporters on Monday, as it relates to the woes of the public transportation sector.The Minister said the Consumer Affairs Department within his Ministry met with the United Minibus Union (UMU), “just to hear their concerns and they have provided a proposal to the Consumer’s Department, to me”. The Minister went further to say, “We just intervened from a consumer point of view to find out what the real concerns were and to engage them because it’s an important sector…and we can’t have people out there protesting when all that is required is some sort of proper engagement”.In the same breath, the Minister sought to clarify that he is not responsible for setting fuel prices and bus fares. Moreover, he said the proposal which was submitted to his Ministry will be shared with the respective Ministers who will then carry the burden of introducing the said proposal to Cabinet.“They have provided a proposal, I will share it with the responsible Ministers and then some one of them will make a proposal to Cabinet as to what we should do because there are a number of options and different options come under different ministers’ responsibilities so it’s not a done deal as yet,” Gaskin posited.Along with the proposal for a fare hike, the President of the UMU, Eon Andrews also reportedly requested the ban on used tyres to be lifted and the introduction of a five-year moratorium on the importation of minibuses among others.The fare increase proposal comes at a time where minibus and taxi drivers have been protesting and even striking about the climbing gas prices.Desperate to get the attention they need, drivers blocked the Vryheid’s Lust access road along the East Coast railway embankment. Several tyres were burnt, and an old car was set on fire to garner the attention needed, with the hope of having the fuel crisis addressed.Several protests were also organised by drivers of the various routes subsequent to this incident. Gas station prices for fuel have increased rapidly, from $215 per litre to prices ranging from $230 to $250 per litre.last_img read more

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Labour Minister to meet with residents today

first_imgEnmore Co-op society feudAs the feud between residents of Enmore North, East Coast Demerara (ECD) and the Haslington Co-op Society escalated on Sunday last, with an Enmore resident being locked into her home by persons claiming to be the new owners, Labour Minster Keith Scott has agreed to meet with the residents today.The meeting is expected to address the current situation and to derive a way forward for them.In reaching out to Guyana Times, one resident stated she is grateful for the decision of the Minster to meet with them as they were beginning to feel hopeless.“He is expected to have a meeting with us at the market area on Friday. We are not sure what the discussion will be about but at least we will get a chance to let him know the madness that is going on here,” the woman expressed.On Sunday, Nadia Rambarran was alerted to loud noises emanating from outside of her home and upon inspection, she saw she was being locked in.The individuals then proceeded to erect a fence around the woman’s home while she was forced to watch from inside.Previously, the said woman returned home one day to find that her home had been invaded by the said people who had thrown all of her belonging into the rain.Rambarran has been living on the property owned by her mother, Yasmattie Rambarran. The plot of land was willed to her by her now deceased uncle, Rango Paul, who was part of the Co-op Society.However the land was reportedly sold and a transport was given to persons by secretary of the Co-Op Society, even though this is illegal.Guyana Times was informed of numerous incidents where other Enmore residents were thrown out of their homes and in some cases, had their houses demolished by several persons who were given transport by the said secretary.The woman was even sanctioned on two occasions for her actions by the Chief Co-op Officer of Georgetown but however persisted in her ways.It is being reported that following a meeting between Minister Scott and the Chief Central Co-op Officer of Georgetown, it was relayed that the lands of the Co-Op Society are not to be sold but are to be transferred from one generation to the next.Further, the lands are also not transported lands as it is a block lease and as such, the Enmore residents were never given individual transports.Attorney Anil Nandlall who visited the residents is holding out that while the co-op is in a process of redistributing the land, they cannot merely give it to another member, while noting that when a person is deceased, the beneficiary is supposed to be given the land.The law of cooperative society recognises transmission of interest upon death. If a deceased was a member of a co-op, and would’ve been entitled to a plot of land, when that person dies, that interest passes on to the beneficiary of that deceased person, the former Attorney General had explained.last_img read more

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Overnight fire causes almost $1 million in damage * Update

first_imgPhoto: This structure was engulfed in flames late Monday night – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caThe preliminary damage estimate from the City Fire Chief, is “pretty close to a million dollars,” following an overnight fire, on the southern outskirts of Fort St. John.Fred Burrows confirmed this morning that fire-fighters responded to an alarm just before midnight, at a location on 100th street south, where it turns into the 265 road.- Advertisement -[asset|aid=2086|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=0824497544edee7d07e9ed1d139f62f4-Burrows_2_Pub.mp3]He says the fire crews were at the scene for just about three hours, but there were no injuries.Photo: This is the opposite side of the structure, shown above. The incident happened roughly where 100th street changes from pavement to gravel- Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.calast_img read more

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Shenhua face tough Asian Champions League

first_img0Shares0000AFC National Team Competitions Director Shin Man Gil announcing the 2018 AFC Champions League draw © AFP / Manan VATSYAYANAKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Dec 6 – Chinese FA Cup winners Shanghai Shenhua face a tough test in the 2018 Asian Champions League after being drawn Wednesday against top Japanese club Kashima Antlers and Australian A-League leaders Sydney FC.The Chinese side unexpectedly beat expensively assembled rivals Shanghai SIPG in last month’s FA Cup final, without Argentine forward Carlos Tevez whose future in China is in doubt after a poor run of form. But they have a fight on their hands in the group stage of Asia’s premier club competition against Antlers, finalists in the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup and Sydney.Two-time winners and Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande will face South Korea’s Jeju United, Thailand’s Buriram United and the winner of Japan’s Emperor’s Cup, following the draw in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.2017 AFC Champions League winners Urawa Red Diamonds of Japan are not competing after failing to qualify.Runners-up Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia face Iran’s Esteghlal and Qatar’s Al-Rayyan, as they make a fresh bid to end years of dominance by East Asian clubs.Meanwhile 2016 champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors of South Korea are set to return to the tournament after being barred last year due to a bribery scandal.The group stage runs from February to April with the West and East Asian teams kept apart until the final in November.Group A: Al Jazira (UAE), Al Ahli (KSA), Tractorsazi Tabriz (IRI), Winner of Playoff 3Group B: Al Duhail SC (QAT), Al Wahda (UAE), PFC Lokomotiv (UZB), Winner of Playoff 2Group C: Persepolis FC (IRI), Al Sadd SC (QAT), Al Wasl (UAE), Winner of Playoff 4Group D: Al Hilal SFC (KSA), Esteghlal FC (IRI), Al Rayyan SC (QAT), Winner of Playoff 1Group E: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC (KOR), Kitchee SC (HKG), Winner of Play-off 4, Winner of Play-off 2Group F: Kawasaki Frontale (JPN), Ulsan Hyundai FC (KOR), Melbourne Victory (AUS), Winner of Playoff 3Group G: Guangzhou Evergrande FC (CHN), Japan 2nd Club, Jeju United FC (KOR), Buriram United (THA)Group H: Sydney FC (AUS), Shanghai Shenhua FC (CHN), Kashima Antlers (JPN), Winner of Playoff 10Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Simpson meeting set for Monday

first_imgA preliminary hearing may not be held. Defense attorneys have received notice that prosecutors might instead conduct a secret grand jury hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to send the six to District Court. Simpson and co-defendants Clarence Stewart, Walter Alexander, Michael McClinton, Charles Howard Cashmore and Charles Ehrlich face multiple counts of kidnapping, robbery, assault, burglary and conspiracy in connection with the alleged Sept. 13 robbery. A preliminary hearing for Simpson and his co-defendants would allow defense attorneys to cross- examine each witness and present their own witnesses. A grand jury hearing would allow prosecutors to expedite the indictment process and avoid the media. A defendant would have the right to testify at such a hearing but would not be present while prosecutors presented their case to the secret jury. According to a Las Vegas police report, Thomas Riccio arranged a meeting between two collectors, Bruce Fromong and Alfred Beardsley, and a client to sell Simpson’s mementos and other athletic memorabilia. Riccio’s client turned out to be Simpson, who entered a Palace Station hotel room with five other men, two of whom were armed. They left with the memorabilia and Fromong’s hat and cell phone, the report stated. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COURTS: Prosecutors may bypass preliminary hearing and seek secret grand jury session. By The Associated Press LAS VEGAS – Prosecutors and defense attorneys representing O.J. Simpson and his co-defendants are scheduled to meet privately Monday with a justice of the peace to schedule a preliminary hearing for the six men. A member of Judge Joe Bonaventure Jr.’s staff confirmed that he will meet with attorneys in chambers to discuss the cases of the men accused of robbing collectors of hundreds of thousands of dollars in sports memorabilia. last_img read more

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Visa rules, fares present hurdles for international students at holidays

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonAnd while many say there are plenty of things to keep them busy – from organized college events to winter sight-seeing trips – getting homesick is inevitable. “It is hard when you see families together, spending time together,” Arshed said. “It makes me think about my mom and what I would do if I had her right next to me.” Waleed Ali has been studying engineering management at California State University, Northridge, since May 2006 – the longest length of time he has ever been away from his family. The Saudi Arabian exchange student said being close to family is culturally important in his home country. “Usually people in Saudi Arabia don’t leave their families,” Ali said. “Even if they get married, they will stay with their family.” Every fall as final exams wrap up, 27-year-old Nigum Arshed gets ready to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha with her family. Arshed would spend hours in the kitchen with her mother and sister, sharing stories as they prepared eggplant, grind cumin and coriander, and cleaned lamb and beef portions for a family feast. “It is about spending fun family time,” Arshed said of the holiday gatherings in Pakistan. But this year was different for Arshed, who is researching quantum physics as part of an exchange program at the University of Southern California. Arshed joined many of the 78,000 international students attending college in California who face the holidays thousands of miles from home this year amid rising airfares and growing travel restrictions. But Ali would have to pay $1,300 for a round-trip plane ticket to Saudi Arabia – a large bill for a full-time student. While the 25-year-old said he still would consider shelling out the dough, his student visa has expired, and now he can’t leave the country to see his family until he finishes his graduate program. Expired visas tend to be relatively common among international students – because their educational programs can change while they are studying in the United States – and renewing it can be difficult and time consuming. “I left everything back home to come here, so I cannot risk not coming back even if I am stuck here without being able to see my family,” Ali said. “Because of this I am trying to finish my graduate degree in less time.” Wen Zhang, a physics student from China who is pursuing a doctorate degree at USC, said increased security measures also have forced him to change vacation plans several times during the course of his studies. Zhang said security clearances have sometimes taken as long as four weeks and have delayed his return to school for specific research projects. Other students find they cannot return home because their visas are marked with one-time entry stamps. “Unfortunately, we have to apply the law, and that is what the law requires,” said Cyril Ferenchak, a spokesman for the Bureau of Consular Affairs. Ferenchak said some visa requirements are affected by a student’s country of origin and course of study. “I can see how this can be a hardship, but hopefully they can take their time in the States to discover something about our culture and also expose people here to their culture,” Ferenchak said. Vic Johnson, public policy director for NAFSA: Association of International Educators, said that while many visa requirements are necessary for national security, they also can deter some students from pursuing degrees in United States. “Especially for a young person, studying in another country – coupled with the fear of not being able to visit family – is a daunting prospect and functions as a disincentive to come here,” he said. “We need to find ways to make it easier for people who have already been approved for a visa to have the renewal process more retained so they don’t worry about getting back in if they go home.” Ali, vice president of CSUN’s International Student Club, said he finds comfort spending time with fellow international students at the college. During Ramadan this year, Ali and other students gathered for a barbecue at a Northridge park. At USC, which tops the nation with its more than 7,000 enrolled international students, a program called Thanksgiving Match-Up tries to ensure all international students get an all-American turkey dinner. Becky Petersen, an international student adviser at USC, hosted four students from Iran, Pakistan and China this year for Thanksgiving. “It is just a fantastic way to spend the holidays teaching others about American culture,” Petersen said. Petersen said she often hears international students lament a lack of exposure to American traditions. “One of the key regrets that students have about the time spent in the States is that they never get to spend time with American families,” she said. “This way they get to see a real American home, and they get so excited to spend time with a real family.” Still, some international students are opting to make the most of their time off during the holidays by exploring their adopted country. In his homeland of Korea, Byungdoo Kim is majoring in American studies, so he has spent the past year taking several U.S. history and social science courses at CSUN. Kim said despite being a bit homesick during the holidays, he is looking forward to spending Christmas and New Year’s in the United States. “I have always dreamed of spending the holidays in New York,” Kim said. “I am hoping to plan a trip there.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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LOYALISTS TARGET NEIL LENNON AGAIN WITH HOAX BOMB

first_imgCeltic manager Neil Lennon has again been targeted with a fake nail bomb.The weekend terror hoax was intercepted by mail workers in Glasgow. It is the third hoax in as many months.In January, packages containing bullets addressed to Lennon and player Niall McGinn were intercepted by postal workers in Mallusk, Co Antrim. The most recent parcel, which is understood to have contained a bottle filled with nails, was spotted by staff at Kirkintilloch delivery office close to Celtic’s Lennoxtown training ground.A police spokeswoman said: “The package was examined and the incident is being treated as a hoax.”A Royal Mail spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that a suspicious package was found at Kirkintilloch delivery office.“The usual security procedures were followed and police were called.” Three weeks ago, mail staff were evacuated from a sorting office in Saltcoats, Aryshire, for two hours when explosives experts were called in to examine the last suspicious package sent to Lurgan-born Lennon.The 39-year-old has had to increase his personal security in the wake of the threats and pulled out of a trip to Donegal for a friendly match with Finn Harps.He has had a panic button installed at his home after receiving a threatening call in the middle of the night and is accompanied to club training sessions by a security guard.LOYALISTS TARGET NEIL LENNON AGAIN WITH HOAX BOMB was last modified: March 28th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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ROY CURTIS – “JIMMY WAS CHARISMATIC LEADER, BUT NO GAA GREAT”

first_imgJim McGuinness can’t be considered a GAA great according to Roy Curtis.Award winning Sports Journalist Roy Curtis has aimed a final parting shot at Jim McGuinness, following his decision on Friday night to step down after four-years at the helm. However, Sunday World Sports Editor Curtis has been critical of McGuinness throughout his tenure and yesterday claimed he can never be considered as a GAA great.McGuinness completely transformed Donegal’s fortunes when he took over in 2010, and became the most successful manager in Donegal GAA history, winning three Ulster titles and one All-Ireland final. He stepped down after the defeat to Kerry a fortnight ago in the All-Ireland final, and won 20 out of his 24 championship matches in charge of Donegal, but according to Curtis he can’t be considered as a GAA great.Curtis wrote, “His achievements while substantial, do not place him among the top ten in the pantheon of managerial giants.“Brian Cody has won TEN All-Ireland’s, McGuinnes one, yet the latter is more often presented as the sort of figure to whom temples are constructed.“McGuinness was a fine coach, a contrary control-freak, a man who always seemed to this observer – just a little to fond of the image others cultivated for him. “McGuinness was a charismatic leader who found a way to the Promised Land, who made his people fulfilled.“But an all-time great, no, not when he cannot even be regarded as the outstanding leader of his generation.ROY CURTIS – “JIMMY WAS CHARISMATIC LEADER, BUT NO GAA GREAT” was last modified: October 6th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGAAJimmy McGuinnessnewsRoy CurtisSportlast_img read more

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HOSPITAL CLOSED TO EMERGENCIES AND GENERAL VISITORS AFTER FLOOD

first_imgLetterkenny General Hospital has been closed to all visitors after yesterday’s horrific flash floods.Copyright Donegaldaily.com: pictures inside Letterkenny General this eveningA statement from the HSE said both the emergency department and general wards have been closed while a massive clean-up continues.Emergency cases are being rerouted to both Sligo General Hospital and Altnagelvin in Derry. “There is a major clean up underway at Letterkenny General Hospital, following flooding of several sections of the hospital yesterday evening.“The ED remains closed and patients are being diverted to Sligo Regional Hospital and Altnagelvin Hospital.“The hospital is closed to ALL visitors as many areas have been flood damaged and soiled and the hospital wants to avoid risk of contamination and the spread of infection,” said a statement.  HOSPITAL CLOSED TO EMERGENCIES AND GENERAL VISITORS AFTER FLOOD was last modified: July 27th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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