INDEPENDENCE, Iowa – Saturday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series event at Independence Motor Speedway has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 19. As has been the case numerous times this spring, rain and generally cold temperatures get the blame for the postponement of the IMCA Late Model tour program. Sunday’s Deery at Dubuque was another inclement weather casualty. There is no reschedule date for that event. Other divisions on the June 19 card are to be announced.
President George Weah: “We’ve also taken a number of steps to improve the education sector.”In the wake of the country’s economic woes, the President in collaboration with partners is working to revive the oil sector, including the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) and Liberia Petroleum Regulatory Authority (LPRA).According to an Executive Mansion press release, President George Weah on November 6 mandated the “relevant institutions” to work out necessary modalities for a successful reopening of the Liberia basin as well as the opening of the Harper Basin for oil and gas exploration.“In an effort to revive the Liberian economy, the Government of Liberia will be hosting bid rounds for selected blocks in the Liberia and Harper basins in 2019 and, therefore, wishes to encourage interested companies to take advantage of the groundbreaking opportunities to invest in the sector,” the release said.The release also indicated that the President and developmental partners have worked tirelessly to identify and develop a framework that would revive the economy and eventually bring relief to the Liberian people.“In the view of the President, one area of significant interest and relevance in reviving the economy is Liberia’s oil and gas sector, which remains largely untapped, but has the potential to rekindle and brighten the path to prosperity,” the release said.The President has directed and advised the relevant institutions to develop an appropriate framework in order to enhance and facilitate the successful hosting of the 2019 Bid Rounds.The President will subsequently announce the blocks for the Liberia and Harper basins that the government intends to put up for bid.It can be recalled President Weah, in his inaugural address to the nation, declared that Liberia is open for business and appealed to international partners to come and invest in the country, which the release said the President has reiterated.On June 19, President Weah made additional appointments at NOCAL, bringing onboard Madam Saifuah Gray as president/CEO, Eric Daniels, vice president for Finance, Dr. Lester Tenny, vice president for Technical Services and Carmena C. Yeke, general counsel.Both institutions that the President has decided to revive have allegedly been managed by Madam Gray.According to reports, NOCAL was performing both regulatory and commercial functions in the petroleum sector, but a reform which began in 2010 saw the passage of two laws amending the NOCAL Act and creating the LPRA.Before his resignation, Mr. Smith disagreed with Ms. Gray over the allocation of money and assets that the LPRA should have received.Madam Gray is on record for saying that she will ensure that the President fires Mr. Smith. She said if it does not happen then she is not a woman. But it is not clear whether Smith’s firing by the President is related to the ongoing wrangling between him and the NOCAL boss.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
[email protected] 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A city official called for an audit Wednesday of the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles planned for the San Fernando Valley, after reports that funding problems could derail the project. Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcón, who represents the area and is being accused by critics of diverting money from the project, said he wants the audit completed as quickly as possible. Alarcón’s request came a day after the Daily News reported work on the $58.5 million museum could stop next week unless organizers come up with $2.5 million to pay the contractor. In calling for the audit, Alarcón said the museum has a history of overstating goals and failing to raise money from private sources as promised. “The CMLA is not representing its financial state accurately to the public, nor its construction schedule,” he said. “The public-private partnership has failed to raise significant private funds for the exhibits and future museum operations. This failure … has become a significant burden on the taxpayers.” About 70 percent of funds for the museum have come from public tax dollars. Alarcón has been criticized by some museum supporters for taking nearly $1 million in city energy sales generated from the Lopez Canyon Landfill trust fund away from the project. Cecilia Aguilera Glassman, executive director of the museum who was brought in two months ago to try to boost fundraising efforts, said she agrees with Alarcón. “We believe an audit is appropriate and will provide whatever information is necessary,” she said. “We will cooperate fully with whatever the council wants.”
Here’s a list of South Africa’s public broadcasting radio stations.To listen to a radio station that speaks your language, visit the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s radio guide. (Image: Pexels.com)Brand South Africa reporterThe South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is responsible for public-service broadcasting in South Africa.While wholly owned by the state, the corporation is financially independent of taxpayers’ money, deriving its income from advertising and licence fees in a ratio of four to one.The corporation’s public broadcasting arm includes cultural services in all 11 official languages, as well as stations for South Africa’s Indian (Lotus FM) and San (XK FM) communities. By far the largest radio station in South Africa is Ukhozi FM, the SABC’s isiZulu cultural service, with 6.38-million listeners a week.Below is a guide to all of the SABC’s public-service broadcasting stations. To listen to a station online, go to AntRadio.Ukhozi FMBy far South Africa’s largest radio station, broadcasting in isiZulu, the country’s largest language group, Ukhozi – meaning “eagle” – is a semi-national adult contemporary radio station with a public broadcasting mandate. The station offers news, music, current affairs, talk shows, education, sport, weather and traffic. Music includes jazz, R&B, kwaito, house, gospel and African traditional. A significant part of programming targets the youth, who form a third of the total station audience.Frequency: see the Ukhozi frequency finderUkhozi FM websiteBroadcast area: KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, northeastern Eastern Cape, eastern Free State, eastern North West and southern Limpopo.Audience: Over 7.7 Million listeners.Language: isiZuluOffers live internet audioSAfm“The station for the well-informed.” SAfm is the English-language SABC radio service which covers the news and canvasses the opinions of the country. In accordance with its mandate as the English-language SABC public broadcasting service, SAfm also explores broader themes and subjects relevant to its target market and delivers the information in a manner to benefit all South Africans.Frequency: 104 – 107 FMSAfm websiteBroadcast area: NationalAudience: Over 500 000 listenersLanguage: EnglishOffers live internet audioRadio Sonder GrenseThe SABC’s national Afrikaans cultural service, Radio Sonder Grense – meaning “radio without borders” – targets the white, coloured and Indian market, offering news, current affairs, sport, lifestyle, education and music – alles in een – sonder grense. The format is primarily talk and current affairs, interspersed with soft pop and rock hits, 60% of which are English and 40% Afrikaans.Frequency: see the RSG frequency guideRadio Sonder Grense websiteBroadcast area: NationalAudience: 1.26-million listenersLanguage: AfrikaansOffers live internet audioLotus FMLotus FM is a metropolitan, music- and talk-focused Indian lifestyle station, reflecting the music, culture and lifestyle of the progressive South African Indian community. With the pay-off line “Not everything is black and white”, the station emphasises both the South African and Indian identity of its listeners.Frequency: 87.7 – 106.8 FMLotus FM websiteBroadcast area: Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and Port ElizabethAudience (past seven days): information not availableLanguage: Broadcasting in English, but the station also provides entertaining language shows, teaching listeners to speak in their mother tongue – Tamil, Urdu, Hindi, Telegu and Gujurati.Offers live internet audioUmhlobo WeneneThe SABC’s isiXhosa cultural service and the second-largest radio station in South Africa, Umhlobo Wenene means “a true friend”. The format includes news, current affairs, talk shows, education, sport, weather and traffic, with jazz, R&B, kwaito, house, gospel and African traditional music.Frequency: 90.7 – 97.1 FMUmhlobo Wenene websiteBroadcast area: Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, eastern North West, parts of KwaZulu-Natal.Audience: 5,5 million listenersLanguage: isiXhosaOffers live internet audioLesedi FMLesedi FM is a semi-national cultural service, broadcasting to an audience ranging in age from 16 to 49 living in urban and rural African communities. The largest Sesotho radio station in South Africa, Lesedi FM is a needs-driven participatory radio station, with regular programming that touches on issues with a direct bearing on economic and personal empowerment.Frequency: 88.7 to 90.6 FMLesedi FM websiteBroadcast area: Gauteng, Mpumalanga, North West, Free State, northern Eastern Cape, eastern KwaZulu-Natal.Audience (past seven days): Over 4 million listenersLanguage: Sesotho (Southern Sotho)Offers live internet audioThobela FMAn African contemporary music radio station with an element of talk, Thobela FM is the SABC’s Sepedi cultural service, targeting 25- to 49-year-old black South Africans in Limpopo. According to the SABC, they are “upwardly mobile, very progressive, have access to the internet, enjoy eating out and have high regard for family values and traditional cultural identity”. Thobela is a traditional Pedi greeting.Frequency: 98.7 – 91.9 FMThobela FM websiteBroadcast area: Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West.Audience (past seven days): not availableLanguage: Sepedi (Northern Sotho)Offers live internet audioMotsweding A Setswana community service station, Motsweding – meaning “fountain” – offers news, music, current affairs, talk shows, education, sport, weather and traffic, aimed at an African audience aged from 16 to 49. The music is contemporary: jazz, R&B, kwaito, house, gospel and African traditional. The SABC describes it as South Africa’s “only R&B vernacular radio station”.Frequency: 87.9 – 107.9 FMMotsweding websiteBroadcast area: North West, Northern Cape, Gauteng Province, Free State and growing in parts of Limpopo and some parts of Mpumalanga.Audience: Over 2.6-million listenersLanguage: SetswanaOffers live internet audioLigwalagwalaA siSwati cultural service, Ligwalagwala broadcasts news, music, current affairs, talk shows, education, sport, weather and traffic. The music includes jazz, R&B, kwaito, house, gospel and African traditional music. The station targets young, literate, aspirational and upwardly mobile black people living mainly in Mpumalanga area, with the primary target market being 25- to 49-year-olds.Frequency: 92.5 – 103.8 FMLigwalagwala websiteBroadcast area: Limpopo, Mpumalanga, GautengAudience (past seven days): 1.5-million listenersLanguage: siSwatiOffers live internet audioMunghana LoneneBroadcast in xiTsonga, Munghana Lonene – “my true friend” – targets a 24- to 34-year-old African audience. “It leads and supports the aspirations of its listeners while ensuring contemporary societal norms and values,” the SABC says. The station has a 50% split of talk and music: jazz, R&B, kwaito, house, gospel and African traditional.Frequency: 88.8 – 99.6 FMMunghana Lonene websiteBroadcast area: Limpopo, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, North West and has spillage in Zimbabwe and Mozambique.Audience: Over 1-million listenersLanguage: XitsongaOffers live internet audioIkwekwezi FMBased in Pretoria and broadcasting in isiNdebele, Ikwekwezi is a cultural service offering news, music, current affairs, talk shows, education, sports, weather and traffic. The average age of listeners is 33 and music styles include jazz, R&B, kwaito, house, gospel and African traditional music.Frequency: 91.8 – 107.6 FMIkwekwezi FM websiteBroadcast area: Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and a bit of North West.Audience: 1, 335 million listenersLanguage: isiNdebeleOffers live internet audioPhalaphala FMPhalaphala FM is a contemporary radio station targeting 16- to 34-year-old aspirational and upwardly mobile Tshivenda-speaking people in Limpopo and Gauteng, an audience the SABC describes as “future decision-makers”.Frequency: 87.9 – 107.8 FMPhalaphala FM websiteBroadcast area: Gauteng, LimpopoAudience: Over 907 000 listenersLanguage: VendaOffers live internet audioOther public broadcasting radio stations are:Good Hope FM, 94 – 97 FMIt is based in the Western Cape.Radio 2000, 97.2 – 100 FMAlthough its footprint is national, the station is based in Johannesburg.Tru FM – see its Frequency FinderThis Eastern Cape-based radio station targets youth who speaks isiXhosa and English.5 FM – see its Frequency FinderAlthough its footprint is national, the station is based in Johannesburg.Metro FM – see its Frequency FinderIts footprint is national, but the station is based in Johannesburg.Springbok Radio – see its Frequency FinderThis station is based in the Northern Cape.X-K FM – see its Frequency FinderThis radio station broadcasts in the Khoi- and San indigenous languages !Xu and Khwe between 06:00 and 18:00.Channel Africa – see its Frequency FinderIts mandate is to support South Africa’s Foreign Policy enshrined in the Department of International Relations and Cooperation’s vision and mission.Sources: South African Broadcasting Corporation, AntRadio and Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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If you are a YouTube creator yourself looking to grow you channel, here are some great resources.How to Create Custom YouTube ThumbnailsYouTube Tip: Create Captivating End Screens for Your VideosYouTube SEO: 5 Tips for Boosting Rank Using Keywords5 Quick Tips to Boost Your Video’s YouTube RankThe End of YouTube AnnotationsVlogging Tips for Using Music in Youtube VideosHow To Make How-To Videos and YouTube TutorialsThe Ins and Outs of Streaming on YouTube LiveHow to Add Subtitles to YouTube VideosCan You Use Copyrighted Music on YouTube? Let us know how you’ve grown your own channel in the comments. We talked to Binging with Babish’s Andrew Rea about shooting his web series and reaching 1 Million YouTube Subscribers.All images via Andrew Rea/Binging With Babish.One of my absolute favorite YouTube channels is Binging with Babish, a cooking show dedicated to recreating dishes from television shows and movies. Each week, the series tackles a new dish. The show’s success is due to many factors, like consistent quality, mouthwatering food, good humor, and a rabid community fanbase.I reached out to Andrew Rea (aka Oliver Babish) to learn more about his successful YouTube series.PremiumBeat: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Who are you? Where are you from?Andrew Rea: My name is Andrew Rea. I’m a YouTube creator from Rochester, NY, now living in Harlem. I shoot, edit, and star in a weekly cooking show called Binging with Babish, where I endeavor to accurately recreate foods from movies and television.PB: What is your background? Can you talk about some of your previous jobs, and have you gone full-time as a YouTube creator?AR: For the past seven years, I worked as an Autodesk Flame artist at SwitchFX, a boutique commercial finishing house. Before that, I interned and worked part-time gigs to grow my knowledge of the post-production world. I attended Hofstra University, where I majored in Film Studies and Production — all the while, my passion for cooking remained an insatiable hobby. I’ve since made the channel my full-time career.PB: So you have more of a production background?AR: I have more of a background in film than food. I don’t have any formal culinary training, but have fifteen years of neurotic self-teaching under my belt. I got a chef’s knife and whisk tattoo on my forearm about five years ago — before I was a halfway decent cook — as a way to “hold myself hostage” into becoming a better one.PB: Who is Oliver Babish?AR: Oliver Babish is an ancillary character from The West Wing, portrayed by Oliver Platt. I was trying to come up with a fun Reddit handle, and liked the idea of an obscure character name that’d give me an inside joke with other West Wing fanatics. My show, which was intended just for Reddit and just for one episode, was named arbitrarily after my handle, and now I’m kinda stuck with it! I’m hoping Oliver Platt hits me up one day.PB: So that’s how you started the YouTube channel?AR: I started the channel almost by accident — I had bought a camera and a light to do some freelance interview work, and decided to experiment with food photography. I realized I had a good setup for a show, and decided to make one episode for fun. People responded positively, I kept making it, and it kept growing — now I’m lucky enough to have made it my full-time job!PB: Where do you go to find inspiration for new videos?AR: For the most part, I go to my audience for inspiration. I’m constantly getting comments about what viewers want to see recreated on my show. I’ve put a huge effort into constantly and reliably interacting with my audience, and I think it’s been helpful in the growth of my channel — both in building a fanbase and finding new ideas I hadn’t considered!PB: Can you tell us about the gear you use to shoot each episode?AR: I shoot on a Sony a7S with a Zeiss 35mm 2.8 — I’ve got a single Aputure LS 1c, a reflector, and a little bargain LED panel to fill on the bar. (Revealed in the video below, Rea also uses an Atomos Ninja Flame monitor/recorder.)Special thanks to Andrew Rea. I highly recommend checking out his YouTube channel, and supporting his page if you are a fan. For more on Binging with Babish, check out these pages and sites.Binging with Babish:YouTubeWebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagramPatreonThe latest episode of Binging with Babish celebrates his 1 Million Subscriber mark with a behind-the-scenes tour of his apartment/studio. You can watch the whole episode here.
Atletico Madrid boss Simeone satisfied with Girona Copa drawby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone was pleased with their performance after the first-leg of their Copa del Rey draw with Girona.Atletico were held 1-1 by Girona in the first leg of their last 16 tie.”It was a match with different phases,” the coach told reporters afterwards.”We started well and then they got better after our goal.”They’re dangerous at home.”After the equaliser I liked what I saw more as we were more consistent in our play, even if they had the occasional counter attack.”We could have won, and they also had some chances to win.”The feeling is good because we could have won.”The result leaves this tie open and each side has a 50 percent chance.”Antoine Griezmann started and was behind Los Rojiblancos’ goal, but he was taken off with half an hour to go and Simeone fielded questions on this substitution.”I thought it was good for him to get a rest, as we had some fresh players,” he said. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Cardale Jones SpeechOhio State quarterback Cardale Jones took advantage of the Buckeyes’ Monday night opening game over the weekend. He used his free time on Saturday to attend his alma mater Glenville’s game against St. Edward. Jones not only watched the game as a spectator, but addressed the Glenville team in the locker room pre-game. It was a brief speech, but touched on sticking together and winning as a unit, among other things. Very cool of Jones to do this, and it had to be a thrill for the Glenville players. [ Cleveland.com ]
BALTIMORE, MD – AUGUST 13: A New Orleans Saints helmet sits on the turf before the start of the Saints and Baltimore Ravens preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium on August 13, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)While we’ve got a new set of college football games coming up this Saturday, we’ve apparently still got some former players paying off bets from last week’s slate. Friday, former Georgia tight end Benjamin Watson, who plays for the New Orleans Saints, was forced to wear Alabama gear to pay off a bet with former Crimson Tide running back Mark Ingram, now his teammate.Alabama blasted Georgia last Saturday – so the wager is pretty obvious here.No, I’m not confused…but I had to pay my debt to @MarkIngram22. That hoodie didn’t touch my skin tho #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/kr4hpLhmZj— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) October 9, 2015While it may be painful for Georgia fans to see, at least he’s a man of his word.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Fortis Inc. reported its profit edged down compared with a year ago, when it received a one-time boost as its revenue improved by seven per cent.The electric and gas utility says its profit attributable to common shareholders amounted to $276 million or 65 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Sept. 30.The result was down from $278 million or 66 cents per share a year ago when the company received a $24-million break fee related to the termination of its Waneta Dam acquisition.Revenue totalled $2.04 billion, up from $1.90 billion a year ago.On an adjusted basis, Fortis says it earned 65 cents per share, up from 61 cents per share a year.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 63 cents per share and revenue of $2.135 billion, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Companies in this story (TSX:FTS)