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Artist to raise funds for music video

first_imgNur Felix and his band are hosting a fundraiser on August 13. It is difficult for an independent artist to make a name for himself – especially in an environment where people appreciate cover versions of songs, instead of original work.So said Athlone musician, Nur Felix, 27, when asked why he and his band have to host a fundraiser to generate money for the filming of their upcoming music video. He added that he means no disrespect to those bands who do cover versions. As a full-time musician for the past six years, things have not been easy for Mr Felix. He is yet to release an album, but said he had, over the years, performed live “at many places” to generate an interest for his album. Known as the Nur Felix band, his band members include bassist Spencer Mbadu, and percussionist Michael de Wit. Mr Mbadu used to play with the late Brenda Fassie, toured the UK with Abdullah Ibrahim and today he teaches bass at jazz workshops. The trio will perform on Saturday August 13, at A Touch of Madness in Observatory, to raise funds for the shooting of their music video, for the song, Brand New Day. Their music has been described as a fusion of folk, soul and reggae. The band was only formed three months ago. Before, as a solo artist, Mr Felix used to collaborate with other artists.“Music has become an industry where you don’t make a lot of money as an independent artist. The industry is tough, but I don’t want to sacrifice my creative freedom. I have a message I share, and my main thing is writing songs,” Mr Felix said.His early work included songs dealing with politics and spirituality, and now he has started writing about relationships and “personal stuff” as well. As an independent artist, Mr Felix had to learn “the hard way” about business skills, he said.“It’s difficult, because you have to do everything yourself – you have to book gigs, apply business skills – and now that we are a band, it costs money to rehearse and to get to the gig. We would love to do free fundraisers, but it is not always possible. As a solo artist, I just used to grab my guitar and my cords and go do a gig, but now there’s transportation costs of the band members and their instruments. Yes, it’s tough, but I have artistic freedom, where I get to walk and explore my own musical journey without being packaged in a certain way (like when you have a record label).”Mr Felix has written 40 songs, and 10 of these will be recorded for the debut album.Filmmaker Nicky Felbert will be directing the video for Brand New Day.Tickets to the fundraiser on Saturday August 13, at 8pm, are R50 each, and available at the door, at A Touch of Madness, 12 Nutall Road, Observatory.last_img read more

Shoebox project a success

first_imgBonteheuwel resident, Sandra Jantjies, is ecstatic with the support received for her Santa Shoe Box initiative – the donations helped her to hand out 200 gifts to underprivileged children in her community. Ms Jantjies started the project two years ago, initially hoping to fill 50 shoe boxes with toiletries, stationary, toys and treats. However, after the community’s response to help out, she managed to distribute 120 gifts. The project grew from there, and last year, she was even able to host a party for the children, before handing over their gifts. On Thursday December 15, she was once again able to host a party at the Bonteheuwel Multi-purpose centre and spread the festive cheer. The venue, food, drinks and gifts, were all made possible by generous donors. An excited Ms Jantjies said: “The mayor’s office gave us the party boxes this year. It was so blessed. We received donations from the community, Dr Phaldie de Villiers and his wife, Mariam, Icon Properties, the staff of Modderdam High School, Bonteheuwel-based caterer, Gamiet Bohaardien, Vangate Superspar, and Rushine February makes the hall available for us every year, free-of-charge. “We had fewer gifts this year, but it’s because of the economic climate. Despite this, it was a successful event, and I want to thank all those who gave so generously.” Ms Jantjies said the children who benefit from this project, were nominated by community leaders. Every leader (in the various “blocks” in Bonteheuwel) had to identify 10 children.last_img read more

Lawyers warned against ‘pseudo-cooperation’ in DPAs

first_imgThe Serious Fraud Office will not seek deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) for every corporate case it pursues, one of its senior lawyers said yesterday.Following Monday’s formal agreement of the UK’s first DPA, in Serious Fraud Office v Standard Bank plc, Ben Morgan (pictured), joint head of bribery and corruption at the SFO, told senior in-house lawyers that DPAs were ‘not the answer to everything’.Morgan was giving a speech on DPAs and the use of section 7 of the Bribery Act (the offence of failure to prevent a bribe) at a conference in London.He indicated that the SFO would be sceptical about offers to cooperate in the hope of a DPA. Law firms carrying out investigations in parallel with the SFO ‘will litter their correspondence with pledges of cooperation, but in fact seek to hinder, delay and generally disrupt what we are doing,’ he said. ‘We see these efforts for what they are, too, “pseudo-cooperation”.’Morgan said there was ‘no magic language’ that can be sprinkled over lawyers’ correspondence that changes the SFO’s assessment of how much cooperation a company has actually offered. ‘And when it comes to a DPA, that assessment is crucial. We will only invite a company into DPA negotiations if our director is persuaded that they have offered genuine cooperation.’Every law firm the SFO dealt with told it their corporate client would cooperate fully with its investigation, ‘but only a percentage of them actually do’, Morgan said, warning businesses: ‘If your instructions to your external lawyers are to cooperate with us, make sure they are really doing that.’That meant prompt reporting, scoping and conducting their own investigation in conjunction with the SFO, ‘taking into account our interests in doing so and providing access to the kind of material we need to test the quality of evidence gathered and your own conclusions on it’.Discussing adequate procedures and whether there was a legitimate defence if a section 7 offence has taken place, Morgan said it was an area ‘that suffers from too much navel-gazing’.‘Where the risks and red flags are prevalent, it seems to me no amount of just sticking to a policy is going to be adequate, in the final reckoning. What is really needed is a culture in which people are able to spot what is in front of them, and react to it. The question people exposed to high-risk situations need to ask themselves shouldn’t be, “Have I got a policy that makes this OK?”, but rather, “Is this, in fact, OK?”.’Morgan also told lawyers not to interpret the SFO’s willingness to go down the DPA route in Serious Fraud Office v Standard Bank plc ‘as a desire to force a DPA on to every corporate case’ it takes on. ‘It is a high bar, for a DPA to be suitable, and where it is not met we have the appetite, stamina and resources to prosecute in the ordinary way.’last_img read more

Jamaica Flag and Independence Day Celebration in Lauderhill on Sunday, August…

first_imgLAUDERHILL, Florida – Lauderhill Commissioner Richard Campbell presents the 57th Jamaica Flag & Independence Day Celebration on Sunday, August 4, 2019, from 12 pm – 10 pm at the Lauderhill Sports Complex (7500 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderhill, FL 33313.Under the distinguished patronage of Mr. Oliver Mair, Consul General of Jamaica, this will be the 11th Anniversary and celebrate National Heroes & Heroine.The flag-raising will be at 5 pm and there will be music by Rainbow Disco with Fada Bow, fun, giveaways, complimentary food & drinks. Patrons must bring back to school supplies to enter to win a vacation to any Sandals Resorts in the Caribbean.This FREE event is sponsored by the City of Lauderhill, the Duke of Earle from WAVS 1170AM Radio 107.9FM, Broward Meat & Fish Co., Sandals (The Luxury Included Holiday), Beaches (Resorts for Everyone by Sandals), Jamaica (Once you go, you know.), Jamaica National Bank, Donna’s Caribbean Restaurants, CASA, Ram’s Car Care Center, JN Money Transfer, Fraser Property Adjusters, the Caribbean Voice Newspaper and the Netball Youth Sports Association.last_img read more

Faf du Plessis steps down as Proteas Test, T20 captain

first_imgSouth Africa looking for redemption in final Test Mourning Bafana Captain JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – JANUARY 22: South Africa captain Faf du Plessis reacts during South Africa nets at The Wanderers ahead of the 4th and final Test Match on January 22, 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) South Africa’s Faf du Plessis reacts during South Africa nets at The Wanderers ahead of the 4th and final Test Match on January 22, 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)South African batsman Faf du Plessis announced that he had stepped down from his role as captain of the South African men’s Test & Twenty20 (T20) teams with immediate effect.In a statement issued on Monday, du Plessis said his decision was made in the best interests of South African cricket but was one of the toughest he had ever had to make.“After the 2019 ICC World Cup, I made the decision to continue in my role as captain while the team went through a rebuilding phase following the retirement of some key senior players and a complete overhaul of the coaching staff that we had worked with until then. It was important to me that I stayed to help the team find its feet and plot a new way forward while assisting in identifying the next generation of leaders within the players’ group during a time of turbulence in SA cricket,” the statement read in part.Du Plessis, 35, added that the last season of his captaincy had been the most challenging to date as he had a lot of off-field issues that he had to focus on. He, however, did not elaborate on the off-field issues.“I have strived to lead the team with dignity and authenticity during exhilarating highs and devastating lows. I have given my everything during my tenure. I have never been one to throw in the towel and do believe I am putting the team first and believe we have to stick through the tough times to get to the good times. In a perfect world I would have loved to lead the team in the Tests for the rest of the season as well as the T20 World Cup, but sometimes the most important attribute of a leader is to be selfless,” du Plessis said.Du Plessis confirmed that he will continue to play in all three formats of the game and will offer his knowledge and time to the team’s new leaders.CSA acting CEO Jacques Faul paid tribute to du Plessis for his contributions to South African cricket and his leadership of the teams.“His latest decision reminds us all of the manner in which he has always put the team first. Following the retirement of Vernon Philander he and Dale Steyn are the last survivors of the golden generation that took the Proteas to the top of the Test rankings and he still has a vital role to play as we bridge the gap between one generation and the next.”Du Plessis had captained South Africa 112 times in both formats and one-day internationals (ODI) since December 2012. In January, Cricket South Africa announced Quinton de Kock will replace du Plessis as captain of the ODI team.He scored 5,101 runs in all formats as captain registering 11 centuries and 28 half-centuries in 112 appearances. Some of the famous results under his leadership were the 5-0 inbound ODI series and 2-1 outbound Test series victories against Australia in 2016.Relatedcenter_img Cairo traffic; a daily test of survivallast_img read more

Merril Matthew wins National Toastmasters Speech Contests

first_imgLocalNews Merril Matthew wins National Toastmasters Speech Contests by: – April 14, 2015 Share Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img 204 Views   no discussions Tweet (L-R): Larry Bardouille, Diana Gittens and Merril MatthewRoseau Dominica- The Nature Isle Toastmasters Club held its annual Prepared & Impromptu Speech competition on Thursday April 9, 2015. The winner will represent Dominica at the International Speaking Contest at the District 81 Conference to be held this year in Haiti from May 15-17, 2015. This contest will feature representatives from 21 Territories within the region. This year’s winner Merril Matthew spoke on “Liberating People’s Potential” in the Prepared Speech category. Merril Matthew is a dynamic and energetic Toastmaster who brings a new dimension to public speaking with his skillful blend of humor and inspiration. He later explained that winning the two contests was not his top priority, but rather “my primordial goal as a Toastmaster is to improve continuously. Hence my focus during the contest therefore, was on becoming a more effective speaker. The results challenged me to do better than my last performance. This, by God’s grace is my one ambition. And Toastmasters is getting me there.” Nadia Riviere and Brian Meade won second and third places respectively. The Impromptu Speaking Contest, which features speeches being delivered within two minutes, engineered a well anticipated euphoria amongst the audience. Again the speaker’s ability to speak on-the-spot would be tested. Merril Matthew also won this contest through his display of an array of speaking techniques and his ability to create an interesting twist. Diana Gittens and Larry Bardouille won second and third places respectively in this category. This year’s contest also featured a guest segment. This was won by Mr. Julius Francis of Portsmouth. The other participants in this segment were Dania Carriere and Emma Lerhre- the winner of the Kiwanis Secondary School Public Speaking Competition. Current President of the Nature Isle Toastmasters Club Dorothy Jno Baptiste explained that speech contests are a Toastmasters tradition. Each year thousands of Toastmasters compete in the Humorous, Evaluation, Tall Tales, Table Topics and International speech contests. Competition begins with club contests and winners continue competing through the area, division and district levels. She further stated that “these contests provide an avenue by which members can sharpen their speaking skills honed over the last year while contending in a highly competitive environment with their customary aplomb” The Nature Isle Toastmasters Club (NITC), the first Toastmasters Club established in the Commonwealth of Dominica in June 2013 is a member Club of Toastmasters International. Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that provides opportunities for development and application of effective communication and leadership skills through a series of organized, self-paced basic and advanced projects with the ultimate goal of self-development.NITC meets regularly on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month, at the Bath Estate Campus of the Dominica State College, at 6:00pm.last_img read more

Rajai Pasar Low Cost Carrier, Tigerair Kini Satu Naungan Dengan Scoot

first_imgPenggabungan Scoot dengan Tiger Air (www.flyscoot.com) Scoot, maskapai LCC (Low Cost Carrier) untuk penerbangan jarak jauh yang berada dibawah naungan Singapore Airlines, beberapa waktu lalu mengumumkan bergabung dengan Tigerair untuk menyatukan brand dan lisensi operasi di bawah merek Scoot yang disempurnakan.Baca juga: Serba Serbi Check In Online di Masing-Masing Maskapai PenerbanganDilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari timesofindia.indiatimes.com (2/8/2017), dengan adanya penggabungan merek ini, CEO Scoot, Lee Li Hsin mengumumkan adanya tarif promosi satu arah dari Trichy (India) ke Singapura, Bali, Hong Kong dan Sydney dengan potongan harga tambahan. Lee mengatakan, setelah berhasil memulai operasinya di India tahun 2015 lalu, Scoot siap untuk mengambil destinasi baru yang selama ini dilayani Tigerair. Rute dan destinasi baru tersebut yakni Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kochi, Trichy dan Lucknow yang sudah dimulai pada 25 Juli lalu. “Scoot sangat yakin untuk memberikan yang lebih baik untuk para penumpang,” ujar Lee.Dalam penggabungan ini, Scoot akan kembali menambahkan lima destinasi baru pada Juni 2018 mendatang, yakni ke Honolulu, Inggris dan Harbin di Timur Laut Cina. Tiga sisanya adalah destinasi jarak dekat sepeti Kuching dan Kuantan di Malaysia serta Palembang di Indonesia.Sebenarnya, penggabungan ini sudah dimulai sejak Mei 2016 lalu antara Scoot dengan Tigerair, namun baru terkait pada sistem pemesanan, jadwal dan sambungan penerbangan, jenis pesawat, gerai check ni serta layanan call center. Sehingga akhirnya pada 25 Juli 2017 kemarin Scoot dan Tigerair bergabung dengan satu merek Scoot.Adapun yang berubah dari penggabungan ini yakni kode penetapan yang dulunya TZ di ganti menjadi TR. Merger ini merupakan bagian dari strategi pertumbuhan jangka panjang serta memungkinkan pengalaman perjalanan yang lebih lancar bagi semua pelanggan.Baca juga: Ini Uniknya Boarding di Beberapa Maskapai DuniaPada penggabungan kedua maskapai LCC ini, jadwal penerbangan akan tetap sama, dimana penerbangan akan sesuai jadwal. Segala macam terkait check in pun tidak dibedakan. Jenis armada yang dioperasikan Scoot yakni pesawat badan lebar Boeing 787 Dreamliner, sementara dari Tigerair ada Airbus 320 yang akan dirubah eksterior serta catnya sesuai dengan ciri khas milik Scoot.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Relatedlast_img read more

Mengenal “Go-Around,” Saat Pesawat Tak Jadi Mendarat Karena Beragam Faktor

first_img View this post on Instagram Ilustrasi pesawat yang lakukan go around. Sumber: youtube.com Pernahkah pesawat yang Anda tumpangi mendadak kembali mengudara padahal pesawat tersebut sudah siap untuk landing? Biasanya, pesawat sudah berada di ketinggian terbang yang sangat rendah dan Anda sudah mulai bisa memetakan daerah di sekitar bandara, namun pesawat terpaksa harus kembali gaspol untuk terbang kembali. Ya, dalam dunia penerbangan, kejadian semacam ini dikenal dengan istilah go-around. Tentu Anda penasaran kan dengan proses go-around ini sendiri?Baca Juga: Mengenal Balked Landings, Proses ‘Gagal’ Mendarat yang Dipengaruhi Sejumlah FaktorSebagaimana yang dirangkum KabarPenumpang.com dari berbagai laman sumber, go-around atau over shooting adalah sebuah manuver standar dari sebuah pesawat terbang dalam momen membatalkan proses landing sebagai akibat dari terjadinya sesuatu di luar perencanaan yang dapat mengganggu proses landing bila tetap dilanjutkan. Kendati go-around merupakan salah satu manuver dadakan, tapi seluruh pengoperasian pesawat terbang selalu dan harus mengacu kepada buku petunjuk atau “manual” terkait, seperti “operation manual” yang berisi antara lain prosedur normal operation dan emergency procedure. Jadi, seluruh manuver yang dilakukan oleh pilot dalam proses penerbangannya dipandu dengan ketat oleh sebuah referensi yang dikenal dengan “check-list”.gambaran proses go around. Sumber: istimewaJika ditanya penyebab dari go-around sendiri, sebenarnya ada dua cabang inti: teknis dan non-teknis. Dari segi teknis, mungkin pilot menghadapi situasi dimana roda pesawat tidak turun saat mau landing, atau pilot merasa tidak percaya diri ketika hendak melakukan landing – dimana faktor ini bisa terjadi karena adrenalin pilot yang terlalu terpacu sehingga membuyarkan konsentrasinya dan pada akhirnya ia mengambil keputusan untuk melakukan go-around.Baca Juga: Lakukan Go Around, Pilot Garuda Indonesia GA425 Selamatkan Penerbangan dari PetakaLalu ada juga faktor non-teknis yang biasanya berasal dari kondisi cuaca di bandara tujuan. Cuaca yang buruk atau terpaan angin yang sangat keras pada akhirnya dapat menyebabkan seorang pilot mengambil keputusan untuk melakukan go-around guna menyelamatkan nyawa ratusan penumpang yang ia bawa.Selain cuaca buruk, kondisi darurat di landas pacu bandara tujuan juga bisa menjadi faktor penyebab go-around – sebut saja landas pacu mendadak tidak bisa digunakan karena ada pesawat yang tergelincir dan faktor emergency lainnya.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Relatedcenter_img Momen dramatis Airbus A340 Air France yang batal mendarat dan harus take off kembali #goaround di Bandara Princess Juliana, Saint Martin, Karibia. #airbusa340 @airfrance @sxmairport Video credit:FlyingDutchFaraoA post shared by KabarPenumpang.com (@kabar.penumpang) on Jul 8, 2019 at 12:52am PDTlast_img read more

[Video] Penulis Terkenal Viralkan Penumpang yang Operasikan Layar Hiburan dengan Jempol Kaki!

first_img“Temanku yang tidak memiliki akun Twitter mengirimkanku video ini dari penerbangannya. Ini patut dimasukkan ke dalam Twitter,” tulis Alafair dalam kolom caption guna melengkapi unggahan videonya tersebut.Adapun Alafair mengunggah ini pada Selasa (17/6) kemarin, dan sukses menorehkan lebih dari 32 ribu retweets dan 152 ribu likes.Hampir semua komentar yang masuk ke notifikasi Twitter Alafair isinya tidak ada yang mendukung tindakan dari penumpang yang ada di dalam video tersebut – semuanya mencela dan bahkan ada yang sampai hendak berinisiatif untuk melaporkan kejadian ini kepada polisi.Dalam video tersebut, tampak penumpang tidak bertanggung jawab ini mengoperasikan layar hiburan dengan menggunakan ujung jempolnya – atau dengan kata lain dia sudah melepaskan alas kakinya.Lalu sebagian dari warganet berkomentar mengenai kebersihan pesawat yang selama ini tidak terlalu diperdulikan oleh penumpang.Baca Juga: Tak Pandang Bulu, Langgar Tata Cara Berpakaian Bisa Depak Penumpang dari Penerbangan“Itulah mengapa saya selalu membersihkan semuanya ketika berada di dalam pesawat,” tulis pengguna akun @KelleeFreeman.Kiranya video ini dapat memberikan pelajaran kepada Anda semua tentang bagaimana seharusnya Anda bersikap di dalam pesawat dengan kapasitas sebagai penumpang. Selain itu, membersihkan tempat duduk sebelum pesawat mengudara juga bisa mulai Anda praktikan mulai dari sekarang, mana tahu penumpang sebelum Anda melakukan hal lain yang lebih menjijikkan. Hiiii! Tidak diketahui pasti mengenai informasi lebih lanjut tentang maskapai apa, dari dan menuju kemana penerbangan tersebut, dan kapan kejadian itu terjadi. Namun satu yang pasti, penumpang yang berada di dalam video Alafair tersebut sudah benar-benar kelewatan. Sumber: foxnews.com Agaknya pemberitaan soal tata krama dan perilaku penumpang ketika mengudara sudah kerap di bahas – baik oleh KabarPenumpang.com maupun oleh portal berita lain. Namun, masih saja ada penumpang yang berlaku seenaknya bak seorang raja. Kali ini ada seorang penumpang yang tidak diketahui informasi pribadinya menggemparkan jagad media sosial Twitter karena perilakunya.Baca Juga: Anda Tak Nyaman dengan Penumpang di Kursi Sebelah? Ini SolusinyaDalam sebuah postingan Twitter yang diunggah oleh salah satu penulis novel kriminal terkenal asal Negeri Paman Sam, Alafair Burke, tampak ada seorang penumpang yang mengoperasikan layar hiburan dengan menggunakan kaki! Tentu saja, unggahan Alafair ini mengundang kemarahan warganet yang melihatnya. Dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari laman foxnews.com (16/7), Alafair Burke menunggah video berdurasi tujuh detik yang berisikan seorang penumpang tengah mengganti channel di layar hiburan dengan menggunakan kaki.center_img Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedKamera In-Flight Entertainment, Berbahayakah atau Malah Menguntungkan?15/04/2019In “Featured”Serupa Kasus Singapore Airlines, Delapan Maskapai AS Akui Tidak Operasikan Kamera di Layar Hiburan28/05/2019In “Featured”Khawatir Identitas Anda ‘Terekam’ oleh Kamera di Layar Hiburan? Tutupi Pakai Plester Luka Saja!27/02/2019In “Featured”last_img read more