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Dwayne Bravo signs music deal with Los Angeles music group Venus

first_imgTrinidad and Tobago cricket all-rounder, Dwayne Bravo, has signed a music deal with Los Angeles-based entertainment company Venus Music Group. Bravo’s latest venture follows years of dabbling in music as a hobby, as well as after a global launch of his popular Indo-Anglo fusion called Chalo Chalo. Venus Music Group represents international superstars like Gladys Knight, Lisa Nichols and Sonu Nigam. “This new synergy now gives me the chance to make the DJ Bravo name a bigger brand and I’m excited for the great and exciting things ahead. Venus was the right choice for me, especially with their reach in Asia, where I have a great fan base, and in the US, where I am keen on entering,” said Bravo, who captained the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel to victory in the just completed Caribbean Premier League. “People take me seriously on the cricket pitch and I want to be taken as seriously on a stage or on a microphone. Cricket is my business and I intend to take the same approach to music and entertainment.” Venus Music Group CEO Shehan Rajaratnam says he is “excited to welcome Dwayne Bravo into the Venus Entertainment Group family”. Bravo’s team also includes public relations company PearTree Consulting, headed by Nyssa Pierre, and entertainment lawyer Carla Paris, both of Trinidad and Tobago. “Bravo has a global fan base that loves him and supports him when he plays anywhere in the world, especially in the South-east Asian territories. We are excited to facilitate and take Bravo’s passion for music to his fans and, in the process, establish and grow his brand and brand equity,” said Rajaratnam. “Sport and music go hand in hand and are as entertaining as much as they are viable businesses, and there is no one who can successfully represent the two as much as Dwayne Bravo can.” Bravo took home the coveted Purple Cap award for the most wickets taken in the India Premier League this season and became the first cricketer ever to be nominated in any category at the prestigious ESPY Awards.last_img read more

No limbs, no problem for Italy’s fencing firebrand

first_imgItalian Paralympic Champion Beatrice “Bebe” Vio attends a press conference to present the Fencing Worlds 2017, on October 31, 2017 at Rome’s Fiumicino airport. Rome will host the Wheelchair Fencing World Championship from November 6 to November 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABIParalympic fencer Beatrice Vio is a veritable sports icon in Italy, a model of courage whose battle against disease, infectious enthusiasm and prowess have won her legions of loyal fans.Now the 20-year old ace is in Rome, where on Wednesday she will defend her title as wheelchair fencing world champion after taking home gold in last year’s Paralympics in Rio.ADVERTISEMENT The world’s first competitive fencer with no arms or legs, Vio uses prosthetic arms but standard foils or epee weapons. While she can walk almost normally on her prosthetic legs, she competes in a wheelchair.“I found hospital to be a waste of time,” she said. In under four months she was back at school, and entered her first parafencing competition just a year after falling ill.She puts her return to “normality” down not just to tenacity but also two decisive encounters, with South African paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius and Italian paracyclist Alessandro Zanardi.“They both said the same thing: ‘You’re an amputee, don’t let it stop you. Get moving and do what you want to do’,” she said.“I met them thanks to my parents, and now I tell myself I’m the one that has to be an example to others”.Already a household name in Italy, Vio’s popularity soared after Rio, where she was the flag-bearer for the Italian delegation at the Paralympic Games’ closing ceremony.Invited on an official Italy-US visit to the White House last year, she snapped a cheeky selfie with Barack Obama.She puts her fame to good use, supporting the art4sport association — which helps young disabled people play sport — and campaigning in favour of vaccines, a hot-button issue in Italy.“I’m fighting for everyone, children and adults, to be vaccinated. It’s an easy thing to do and can avoid a lot of ball-ache,” she quips. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ LOOK: LeBron shouts out PH fans for sprawling mural in Taguig It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES It also ravaged her face, leaving it deeply scarred. Several months of intensive rehabilitation in hospital followed, during which Vio learned to walk again using prosthetic limbs designed specifically for her.The youngster had first wielded a sabre and donned a mesh mask when she was five years old.“After a difficult time, it was my dream of fencing again that helped shorten my hospital stay,” she said.“I also had the support of my father, who worked with a specialised orthopaedic centre to develop the prostheses with which I was rebuilt — a bit like a lego,” she joked.‘Get moving’ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img SEA Games 2019: Nicanor rallies to bring home 1st fencing gold for PH PLAY LIST 01:39SEA Games 2019: Nicanor rallies to bring home 1st fencing gold for PH01:38SEA Games 2019: Filipina fencers bag gold medal in team epee02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “My motto is, ‘life is too good’,” Beatrice Vio said with a laugh in an interview with AFP, her cheerfulness belying years of physical and psychological anguish, beginning in 2008.“I was 11 years old when I got sick. I was struck down suddenly with meningitis C,” said the blue-eyed blonde from northern Italy, who has been affectionately nicknamed “Bebe” (baby) by her compatriots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Two years earlier, my mother had asked a doctor if I should be vaccinated because a child who lived near us had meningitis, but he said I was too young and not to worry,” she said.The disease become necrotic, giving her doctors no choice but to amputate both legs and forearms. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View commentslast_img read more

Aaay Siafa!

first_imgSiafa Kollie Ballah – Advertisement – A tribute by Robin Dopoe Jr. In the afternoon of Saturday, May 6, Liberia learned that Siafa Kollie Ballah, Executive Director of Flomo Theater Inc., has passed away at the age of 45.Siafa, a fearless advocate during his short stay on earth, left his mark on and fought for the survival of Liberia’s cultural legacy.This legacy, which Siafa fought for so passionately, was the preservation and promotion of Liberia’s cultural values and to keep alive the legacy and profound works and memories of the late-great Liberian culturists Peter Y. Ballah, Bai T. Moore and Ma Gbessie Kiazolu.Like his father Peter Y. Ballah, Siafa was truly a blessing to his family and Liberia. During his short life, he fearlessly advocated, albeit behind the scenes, for the promotion of Liberia’s culture; and on several occasions, he persistently challenged the government to preserve and protect cultural heritage sites across the country.Born during the heyday of Liberian culture, and unfortunately lived long enough to witness its decline, Siafa led a resistance movement – a movement which has resulted in an almost renovated National Museum.Through his fearless advocacy and unbending sacrifice to promote and preserve our culture, the government has now been able to develop a strategy to identify, preserve and promote several cultural and heritage sites around the country.According to Dr. Dawn Cooper Barnes, Associate Vice President for Academic Support Services at the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU), “This is a big blow to Liberia. He was a patriotic and visionary cultural leader who worked tirelessly to restore the heydays of Liberia’s culture. I’m absolutely devastated and cannot believe that he is no more.”Yes indeed, Siafa was a great man who loved his country and also challenged Liberians to respect and practice their culture through exhibiting their traditions and culture on a daily basis.A true patriot, Siafa lived a humble life because he believed that a leader should lead, which earned him a lot of adoration. But he refused to accept praises, which clearly demonstrated his humility.His journey from being just a boy who graduated from the Poro Society to a cultural icon embodied the promise that we all can make a change for the better.And the fact that Siafa did this with grace and good humor, and his ability to acknowledge his own failures, made him such a remarkable man.I am one of the millions who drew inspiration from him. I remember on several occasions discussing ways that Liberia’s culture can be promoted and preserved. And from those discussions, I put myself into his shoes and started writing several articles that called on Liberians and the media to promote our culture.And like so many whose lives he impacted, I cannot fully imagine my own life without the examples that Siafa lived by; and as long as I live, I will do my best to imitate him.I close this tribute with what the Former Assistant Minister for Culture at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Louise W. McMillian, said about Siafa when she described him as one of the most gifted and prolific cultural figures Liberia has ever had.“Siafa was a person who has a strong passion for culture and never gave up doing his best to preserve and promote Liberian culture,” she added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mechanic charged for accepting stolen property

first_imgA mechanic found himself before the courts on Monday after he reportedly accepted stolen property from an alleged bandit.Aubry Evans, of Lot 1637 Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara, denied that on March 2, 2018 at Brickdam, Georgetown, he accepted from Randy Smith a number of power shocks valued $210,000, property of Anthony Singh, knowing same to be feloniously stolen.Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore revealed to the court that the Virtual Complainant (VC) parked his motor car PRR 5795 with the items inside.However, upon his return, he found that the items were missing. As such, the Police were called to the scene. Following investigations Smith was arrested and he reportedly admitted that he gave the stolen items to Evans. As such, the 47-year-old man was arrested, and he admitted to being given the items by Smith. He was later charged. His Attorney, Paul Fung-A-Fat asked that the articles be returned to the VC and for reasonable bail on the grounds that his client was willing to assist the Police with their investigations. Magistrate Judy Latchman granted the defendant $60,000 bail. The case continues on March 26, 2018.last_img read more

New and old vie for gold

first_imgShawn Johnson, Bianca Flohr and Samantha Peszek lead the field at the American Cup, an international competition that begins today in Jacksonville, Fla. The trio dominated the junior ranks in the United States and internationally, and this weekend will be their first test at the senior level. Bieger was supposed to compete this weekend, but she had to withdraw after getting hurt in training on Wednesday night. “This is a normal situation,” said Martha Karolyi, coordinator of the U.S. women’s team. “The generation coming up has to be stronger than the generation before to achieve the progress that is absolutely necessary.” Though the Americans don’t return anyone from the team that won silver at the Athens Olympics in 2004, this isn’t a typical rebuilding effort. If anything, the U.S. team in Beijing could be even stronger. In addition to finishing second in the all-around, Bieger won a silver on vault at the world championships. Memmel has six world medals in her collection, three of them gold, and was the first U.S. woman since 1994 to win the all-around at worlds when she edged Liukin in 2005. Liukin’s six world medals include golds on the balance beam and uneven bars. There’s also Alicia Sacramone, one of the sport’s best vaulters and owner of four medals from the last two world championships. Make way for the next generation of U.S. gymnasts. It was only a few years ago that Chellsie Memmel, Nastia Liukin and Jana Bieger were “up-and-comers.” Now they’re grizzled veterans, and there’s a whole new crop of youngsters eager to show what they can do – starting this weekend. center_img The Americans were upset by China at the worlds, but both Memmel and Liukin were battling injuries. Add the juniors to the mix, and the competition for the six spots in Beijing could be tight. “Everybody starts with a blank slate at the beginning of the year. We’re all working to do better than we did last year,” said Johnson, a perky 15-year- old nicknamed “Peanut.” “Everybody thinks about the Olympics, but you only try to think about what’s next and not what’s in the future.” 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

Datebook 3/29

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Scrapbooking at the YMCA, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., 18810 Vanowen St., Reseda. Call (818) 419-2513. Thunderbirds U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron will arrive at Naval Base Ventura County – Point Mugu, 1 p.m., 311 Main Road, Suite 1. Call (805) 989-1785. Communitywide Los Angeles Police Commission Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Vindale Elementary School, 10150 La Tuna Canyon Road, Sun Valley. Call (818) 894-9566. Trivia Challenge, 7 p.m., Castaways Restaurant, 1250 Harvard Blvd., Burbank. Cost: $15 per person, $20 at door. Pick up tickets at Burbank Central Library literacy office, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd. Appetizer and dessert buffet opens at 6:30. Call (818) 238-5577. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail read more

‘Klopp continues to transform Liverpool and we could have had him at Arsenal!’

first_imgArsenal’s 1-1 draw at Norwich meant the Gunners finished a poor month domestically with just two points in the Premier League in November.The Gunners drew with north London rivals Tottenham before they were beaten at West Brom last week and, thought they left Carrow Road with a point on Sunday, that figure could well have been zero.The Canaries clash brought other potentially bad news for Arsene Wenger, as Laurent Koscielny and Alexis Sanchez limped off with injuries. Fans were particularly infuriated to see their Chilean star pick up a problem, days after Wenger admitted the 26-year-old had the worry of a hamstring problem.Despite all the doom and gloom, the Gunners remain just two points behind leaders Manchester City and the title race appears to be relatively open, possibly providing Arsenal with a chance to end a 12-year spell without lifting the Premier League. After the Norwich draw, many fans took to Twitter to vent their frustration, while some stated their optimism. You can find some of the best reaction below…[View the story “Arsenal draw at Norwich” on Storify] 1 ‘Be patient!’ ‘Don’t renew his contract!’ – Optimism to negativity, a range of Arsenal fans’ reaction after Norwich draw last_img read more


first_imgThe popular Donegal Ice Skating facility located in Newtoncunningham has announced it will close at the end of the month.Management said the combination of running costs and insurance claims were crippling the business.The Ice Rink will officially be closed down in three weeks time on Sunday February 1st. Management posted the following message on Facebook, “I cant believe I’m writing this. Even with the best staff and loads of laughs it just wasn’t enough to keep up with insurance claims and running costs.“Any ticket sales for February have been refunded. If you have a gift voucher it can be redeemed in Donegal Airsoft for Airsoft, Archery or crazy golf.“A huge THANK YOU to all our customers and to my staff/friends for working so hard and for all the laughs.“The next three weeks will be our last and I hope you all can make the most of the rink with family and friends before we close.Please Call 00353 749108622 to reserve. (no deposit required ) Advertisement Thanks, Andrew. DONEGAL ICE SKATING RINK ANNOUNCES IT’S TO CLOSE AT THE END OF THE MONTH was last modified: January 14th, 2015 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:BusinessclosureCostsDonegal Ice SkatingFebruaryinsurancenewslast_img read more


first_imgPictured at the launch of Kathleen’s Causeway of Coins in memory of the late Kathleen Ruddy, Included at the launch at the Donegal Hospice Letterkenny were from left, are Phil Dalton, Mary Lane, John Ruddy, Dr James McDaid, Valerie Bright, and Dan Ruddy. Photo Brian McDaid.COLLECTING COINS IN MEMORY OF KATHLEEN….. was last modified: February 23rd, 2016 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

A month to save Chelsea’s season

first_imgHas Sarri found the winning formula?As a Chelsea fan, the last few years seem to have been peppered with months that would determine either the club’s season, a manager’s future or more often than not – both. March 2019 is yet another one. In a season that started off so promising, with talk of a new Sarri era that would rival or even eclipse the best of Jose and Conte, it veered off into one that would possibly be worse than the darkest months under those two. Surprisingly though there are signs (small but unmistakably there) that the Italian can turn it around. The next 4 weeks or so, will prove if they are a false dawn or actually something to build upon.Euro MillionsThe eyes of the rest of the footballing world are very much on events in the Champions league, in particular the triple England Germany head-to-head. A competition of course, that Man City are favourites to win. That shows the distance Chelsea have fallen in such a short time. Nevertheless, Chelsea now find themselves in the same position in the continent’s second cup competition. With a Champions League place courtesy of the league looking a tougher proposition than it did not that long ago, the Europa is probably Chelsea’s best path to the Champions League riches. Whether they will be able to spend those riches is of course up in the air at the moment with the transfer ban looming.Their opponents in the last 16 are Dynamo Kiev, a tie where the travel probably presents the trickiest aspect of the two legs. The Ukraine side will be no pushovers, having topped the group that also included Arsenal’s opponents Rennes, but in a draw where there was no seeding, it could have been a lot worse. The Stamford Bridge tie is on the 7th March, the reverse a week later. Should those go the way of expectations, it will be early April before Chelsea venture into Europe again. By which time, the EPL picture will be clearer.Push for FourthHiguain – time to shineDespite the wheels appearing to have fallen off Chelsea’s bid for the top four and the unlikely resurrection at Manchester United, it is still very much within Chelsea’s grasp. The remaining games fall neatly into two categories. Those that they really should be winning, and those that, judging by all evidence, they probably won’t. In order to claim that last remaining Champions League spot, they have to ensure there are no slip ups and they do take all three points from those games that reside in the first of those groups. That includes every league game in March.The recent  turnaround, evident in the contrasting Manchester City games, needs to be built upon, and with these fixtures, anything less than 13 points would make the task a whole lot trickier, and could see Sarri going to Old Trafford at the end of April needing a win.• Fulham away•  Wolves home•  Everton away•  Cardiff away•  West Ham homeWith that visit to Manchester in April, along with one to Anfield earlier that month, it needs to be a case of making hay, even if the sun is only just threatening to shine.The fact we are talking about still finishing in the top four, along with a possible European trophy, does put into perspective some of the negative talk in, around and aimed at Stamford Bridge. The rumoured loss of the changing room appears to have been overstated, and Sarri was quick to try and quash any further disharmony in the backlash from the Kepa incident at Wembley. However, it is worrying that having seeming to have found his Premiership legs remarkably easily, something did go wrong. Add to that that if recent history is to be repeated – and I am not saying that that in itself is a good thing – but if it is to be repeated, then new managers at the Bridge tend to do their best work early on. Maybe Sarri is repeating history after all, and is merely doing it on a lot quicker time scale than his predecessors.At the moment, there are a lot of things in the air. There are too many questions still to be resolved. Come the end of March, the majority of those will have been answered, one way or the other. For Sarri and every Chelsea fan, we can only hope that they are answered in such a way that means we enter April and then May on the brink of yet another defining month.last_img read more