Journalism Training Program Gets MOE Accreditation

first_imgA locally established journalism institute, the Peter Quaqua Journalism Training Program, has received accreditation from the Ministry of Education (MOE) to operate fully as a training institute for journalists in Liberia.The newly established program, to be operated by the MediaAid Foundation, is named in honor of Peter Quaqua, former Press Union of Liberia (PUL) president, who now serves as president for the regional journalists group, the West African Journalists Association (WAJA).The program will offer a nine-month intensive certificate program comprising 27 major Journalism courses to aspiring, beginner and mid-level journalists in Liberia.According to MediaAid, the program is in response to the lack of an established Journalism school in the country.Furthermore, the group says there is also no sustained training for middle-level journalists.MediaAid, the sole operator of this training program, cautioned that it will not admit high school drop outs.In addition to its training curriculum, the Peter Quaqua Journalism Training Program will conduct seminars, workshops, field trips, students/trainers foreign exchange and compulsory internship for students.MediaAid began this year and is operated by some Liberian journalists.  The group, in partnership with the Indonesian oil palm company, Golden Veroleum-Liberia, has trained workers of about 15 community radio stations in the voice-editing program, Adobe Audition of Cool Edit.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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WAEC Reports ‘Appalling Results’ in May/June Exams

first_imgThe Head of the National Office (HNO) of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in Monrovia, John Y. Gayvolor, Sr, has finally released the results of exams it administered in May and June this year in Liberia. Mr. Gayvolor called the results ‘appalling’, with only 48 percent pass. He reported that none of the candidates was able to obtain a Division 1 pass. Although this year’s WAEC results were delayed due to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the country, HNO Gayvolor, during a news conference yesterday, disclosed that of the 27,651 12th graders from 442 schools who sat the tests, the general performance of the candidates was disappointing. According to Mr. Gayvolor, 442 schools presented candidates for the May/June 2014 Liberia Senior High School Certificate Examination (LSHSCE). Of a total of 27,651 candidates who sat the exams only 13,349 or 48.26 percent passed.“Of this number also, 7,485 or 56.07 percent were males, while 5,864 or 43.93 percent were females,” Mr. Gayvolor announced, to the disbelief of his senior staffers and others at yesterday’s press conference.A candidate in the LSHSCE is classified as Division I certificate holder if such candidate passes Mathematics and English Language with credit as well as four other subjects, including at least one Arts subject and one Science subject, for which each student must obtain an aggregate of not more than 24. Also, a candidate in the LSHSCE is classified as Division II certificate holder if such a candidate passes Mathematics and English Language with credit as well as four other subjects including at least one Science subject and one Arts subject. The student must obtain an aggregate of not more than 36. As for candidates in Division III certificate holder, such candidates must pass Mathematics and English Language as well as four other subjects including at least one Science Subject and one Arts subject and must obtain an aggregate of not more than 48. Regrettably also, Mr. Gayvolor reported that of the candidates was able to obtain “Division 1.” However, he said five candidates, all male, obtained “Division II”.  Four of them came from a faith-based J.J. Roberts United Methodist High in Montserrado County, and only one candidate, Jackson G. White, came from the Firestone Senior High School in Margibi County.Junior High LevelAs for the Liberia Junior High School Certificate Examination (LJHSCE), Mr. Gayvolor reported that the overall performance of candidates in this year’s examination was “fair.” That is, about 60 percent of the candidates who sat the examination made a pass. Of the 31,927 candidates who sat the examination, 18,622 or 58.33 percent made a successful pass. According to Mr. Gayvolor, this figure comprises 10, 527 or 56.53 percent males, and 8, 095 or 43.47 percent females.In his capacity as Head of National Office in Monrovia, Mr. Gayvolor has, on behalf of the Registrar to the Council, expressed gratitude to the government through the Ministry of Education for its continuing support to the National Office of the West African Examination Council.WAECWAEC, a non-profit organization, with its headquarters in Accra, Ghana, was established in 1952 after the Governments of Ghana (then Gold Coast), Nigeria, Sierra Leone and The Gambia enacted the West African Examinations Council Ordinances in 1951. Liberia became the fifth member of the Council in 1974.The enactment of the Ordinances was based on the Jeffrey Report, which strongly supported the proposal for the setting up of a regional examining board to harmonize and standardize pre-university assessment procedures in the then British West Africa.The main objectives of the Council are to conduct examinations in the public interest; to award certificates, provided that the certificates did not represent lower standards of attainment than equivalent certificates of examining authorities in the United Kingdom, and other parts of the world.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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$500,000 grocery thief caught, charged

first_img16 months laterA man, who made off with half of a million dollars’ worth of groceries in 2016 found himself before City Magistrate Judy Latchman after he was finally caught by Police earlier this month.Michael Boodhoo, 58, of Lot 95 Covent Garden, East Bank Demerara (EBD), denied that on December 23, 2016, at Avenue of the Republic, Georgetown, he stole two boxes containing a quantity of food and beverages valued at $500,000, property of Lisa McDonald.The Police Prosecutor told the Court that on December 23, 2016, the now dredge owner, who was previously a taxi driver, was hired by the virtual complainant (VC). The woman purchased the goods, loaded the defendant’s taxi and proceeded to Avenue of the Republic.Upon her arrival there, she began to unload the goods, and while doing so, the woman reportedly went to use the bathroom.However, when she returned, the defendant, his car and her goods were nowhere to be found.The matter was reported to the Police, but it was not until last week that the VC saw Boodhoo and pointed him out to the Police.As such, he was arrested and charged with the offence.His Attorney, George Thomas, made an application for his client to be granted his pre-trial liberty, noting that he is willing to lodge his passport if necessary and to report to the Police Station.Boodhoo was released on $160,000 bail. The case will continue on May 14.last_img read more

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The Saints marching in to playoffs

first_imgAs the playoffs get underway in many of the CIF-SS divisions, the Saints are tucked away in IV-A, far away from the glitz and glamour of I-AA, which houses perennial powers and nationally ranked teams like Mater Dei, Artesia, Dominguez and Centennial. However, while none of their games will be on ESPN and coaches from North Carolina don’t figure to beat down any of their players doors, don’t let their small school stature fool you. This squad isn’t afraid of anybody. Already this year, St. Anthony owns wins against Bellflower, an I-AA playoff team, and other bigger schools including Bishop Amat, Anaheim, St. Paul, Montclair Prep and Palm Desert. On Jan. 15, the Saints played Wilson, another I-AA playoff team. And even though St. Anthony lost 65-45, Bruins coach Ted Hollister came away impressed by how hard the Saints play. “They don’t play like a small school, they have a lot of guts,” he said. “They’re not afraid to play anybody and they kept calling us saying they wanted to play the big schools in Long Beach and when we finally arranged a game with them, they never stopped attacking. “I can see why they win a lot of games and in fact, at one point during our game with them, I turned to one of my assistant coaches and said, `I can see why they’re beating up on the small schools they play.’ It doesn’t surprise me how successful they are.” So successful in fact, that they won the Santa Fe League this season with a perfect 8-0 record. It was the first time in 19 years that they captured a league title but when you look at their talent, it shouldn’t be surprising. Even though nobody at the school can tell you the exact stats, two seniors – Cotton and Howard Douglas, who each average in the ballpark of 15 points a game – lead St. Anthony. “That sums us up best,” Saints coach Glenn Marx said. “I don’t know any of their stats, I don’t know how many points they score a game and neither do any of the players. It doesn’t matter to us. We’re not about individual numbers, we’re a team. “It’s not about one player here. It’s about a team who plays for each other and the entire school, community and alumni. “Those things are important to us and that’s why we’ve been so successful.” Ben Villa can be reached at ben.villa@presstelegram.com or (562) 499-1338. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It is small, even for a high school gym. Old and painted purple, located in the heart of Long Beach, resides the home of the St. Anthony High boys basketball team. Few teams want to play there. Of course, L.A. Baptist doesn’t get that choice. After winning their first league title since 1988, the Saints (23-3) were seeded second in the CIF Southern Section Division IV-A playoffs. After a bye in the first round, they will host the Wildcats (14-13) in a second-round game tonight at 7:30. “Nobody wants to play here,” senior forward Michael Cotton said. “There’s so much history here, it’s so small, and it can be intimidating for other teams. But we can’t think just because we’re at home, we have an advantage. We have to take things one game at a time and continue doing what we have been doing. “Camaraderie, playing defense and teamwork. That’s what has got us here and that’s what will take us far.” center_img It’s a rather unassuming place, especially when empty, largely occupied by the old ghosts that haunt the aging hoops cathedral and the six CIF and state banners that fill the walls. However, when it’s full and the fans are seemingly right on top of you, it rivals anything the biggest schools have to offer in terms of a home-court advantage. last_img
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Carrick hails Mourinho, Ferguson as managerial ‘greats’

first_imgMourinho will be hoping last weekend’s thrilling 3-2 comeback win against Newcastle sparks a revival after a dismal run of results saw United slip well off the pace in the Premier League and exit the League Cup.Carrick told Britain’s Press Association that the most striking thing about the Portuguese boss was his track record in winning trophies over many years.“He’s managed to win trophies at United,” said Carrick. “We’re striving now to get back to it, but as a manager you can’t hide from the fact about what he’s done. It’s up there with the very best.“Fortunately for me, you look at the best managers over the last 25-30 years. You’re picking the top three, top five — two of them you’d say Jose or Sir Alex are right up there.“I’ve been lucky enough to experience that and take what I can from both of them.”Carrick is hoping to become a manager in his own right and said he was trying to “learn from the great Jose Mourinho at close quarters”.Carrick’s contemporaries Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard have already embarked on managerial careers.“You look at Frank (Lampard at Derby) and I know Stevie (Gerrard) has done a year with the younger lads at Liverpool, but he’s gone straight in at Rangers and it looks like it comes natural to them.“I’m in my position as I am at the moment and it feels good for me, so we’ll see what the future brings.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick embraces manager Jose Mourinho as he leaves the pitch at Old Trafford © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 12 – Manchester United coach Michael Carrick says Jose Mourinho is in an elite group alongside Alex Ferguson as one of the greatest managers of the past 30 years despite his current problems at Old Trafford.The former midfielder, 37, took up a coaching role at the end of last season after a distinguished playing career at West Ham, Tottenham and United.last_img read more

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Chelsea’s Courtois confesses love for Madrid

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea’s Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois sets his wall to defend a free kick during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, southern England.LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 7- Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois would welcome a move to Real Madrid for personal reasons, but intends to sign on at Stamford Bridge in the coming weeks.The Belgium international continues to be linked with a return to the Spanish capital, despite ongoing talks with the Blues to extend his contract, which expires in 2019. Courtois spent three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid before being brought into the first-team picture for the Premier League giants in 2014, although his family stayed behind.Los Blancos are rumoured to be interested in the 25-year-old, who admits he has a strong desire to head back to Madrid one day.“My personal situation is related to the city of Madrid,” he told Belgian publication Sport/Foot Magazine. “My two children live there with their mum. I have my daughter every day on FaceTime. She often tells me that she misses me. My son is still too small to communicate like that.“Whenever I have the opportunity, I try to return to Spain. As a situation, it is not always easy. Yes, my heart is in Madrid. It is logical and understandable.“If they want me, they have to contact Chelsea. We’ll see. But they have not done that. What is certain is that one day I will return to Madrid. I love Spain, I love the city, I spent three wonderful years there [with Atletico Madrid]. It is there that I became an adult.Chelsea’s head coach Antonio Conte (L) celebrates with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on October 30, 2016“Atletico was a real group of friends. We went out together and my team-mates taught me a language I did not know at all when I arrived. When I left, I cried. My first days in London were not easy. England, when I arrived, was colder, more business. Now, I feel very good here.“I understand that the rumours are coming back today, as we are talking about a new goalkeeper there [at Real]. But I do not pay much attention to that, I stay focused on Chelsea.“If Real are really interested, my personal situation could influence things. The family aspect is priceless. But I repeat to you that, for the moment, I’m busy talking to Chelsea to extend. We agreed to meet again in February because the club had more urgent issues to deal with in January.“There is no rush, I am under contract until 2019. Normally, there is no problem, I will extend. I am happy here and I see a club that still wants to win a lot of titles. The signs are positive. Their desire to also extend Eden Hazard’s deal reassures me.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Unhappy Madrid were too soft against Barca – Mourinho

first_img0Shares0000One hand clapping: Santiago Solari is under pressure after two losses at the hands of Barcelona © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOMADRID, Spain, Mar 3 – Jose Mourinho accused Real Madrid of lacking fight and looking unhappy against Barcelona on Saturday, just as the pressure cranked up on coach Santiago Solari after a second successive Clasico defeat.Mourinho has been among those mentioned as a possible replacement for Solari, as Madrid have been knocked out of both the Copa del Rey and, realistically, La Liga’s title race within four days. The fact that both losses came at the hands of Barca, and at the Santiago Bernabeu, compounds the misery.After losing 3-0 in the cup on Wednesday, Madrid were inferior again in the rematch, as Ivan Rakitic’s delightful chip earned Barcelona a 1-0 win.“I think it was not a happy performance,” Mourinho said as a pundit for bEIN Sports. “It was not the performance of a happy team, of a team with great belief and self-esteem.“Clearly they are now in a zone after a few bad results, especially after the cup match, where they are in a low. They couldn’t bring to the game what I used to call the temperature of the big matches. They were passive.“I cannot speak about a bad performance, it is just a soft performance. Sometimes you play like this against medium teams and in the end, you get a positive result, but against the top teams you have to do a lot more than this if you want to win.”Former Real Madrid president Roman Calderon has claimed Mourinho will take over in the summer.“I’m pretty sure he has general information about the club of his passion,” Mourinho said. “But he knows more than me because I know absolutely nothing about it at all.”— ‘We will fight for it’ —Mourinho also said it was “very flattering” to hear Spanish Football Federation president Javier Tebas saying last month La Liga missed coaches like him and Pep Guardiola.Many will see Mourinho’s comments as conveniently timed given Solari now appears particularly vulnerable.When Solari took charge in November, Madrid were seven points behind Barcelona but that gap now stands at 12. They have also lost three consecutive games at home for the first time in 15 years.“Football is about being clinical and they were much more clinical,” said captain Sergio Ramos. “It is true with the consistency Barca are showing, they have increased the gap on us again and taken another important step towards winning the league.”‘We need the league for fitness,’ said Real’s Sergio Ramos after losing the head-to-head with Barcelona and Lionel Messi © AFP / CURTO DE LA TORREMadrid’s season, and perhaps Solari’s future, will again depend on them winning the Champions League. They carry a 2-1 lead into the second leg at home to Ajax on Tuesday.“We need the league for fitness and rhythm so we must continue working and keep winning games,” Ramos said. “We have another final in the Champions League on Tuesday and we will fight for it. In the league we will try to reduce the gap.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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ALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS

first_imgCOUNTY DONEGAL GAA RESULTSSenior Res League Div 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 21-Jun-2014 Naomh Mhuire 1 – 17 1 – 7 Realt na Mara G.F.C The Banks MullachderghDivision 4 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 21-Jun-2014 Letterkenny Gaels 3 – 9 1 – 5 Naomh Pádraig Uisce Chaoin LetterkennySenior League Div 5Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Jun-2014 Pettigo 0 – 14 0 – 10 Glenswilly PettigoSenior League Div 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 21-Jun-2014 Gleann Fhinne 1 – 10 6 – 17 An Clochán Liath Pairc Ghleann FhinneSenior League Div 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Jun-2014 Convoy 2 – 10 1 – 14 Naomh Ultan Convoy Senior Res League Div 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Jun-2014 Gaoth Dobhair 5 – 11 2 – 9 Naomh Conaill Machaire GathlanDivision 4 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Jun-2014 Convoy 2 – 13 0 – 7 Naomh Ultan ConvoySenior League Div 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Jun-2014 Naomh Colmcille 3 – 10 5 – 11 Urris Pairc ColmcilleSenior Res League Div 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Jun-2014 Naomh Colmcille 5 – 16 3 – 10 Urris Pairc ColmcilleSenior League Div 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Jun-2014 Letterkenny Gaels 3 – 7 2 – 11 Naomh Pádraig Uisce Chaoin LetterkennySenior Res League Div 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Jun-2014 Gleann Fhinne 0 – 6 2 – 17 An Clochán Liath Pairc Ghleann FhinneSenior League Div 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Jun-2014 Milford 2 – 8 0 – 17 Burt Moyle Park MilfordSenior Res League Div 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Jun-2014 Milford 3 – 9 4 – 5 Burt Moyle Park MilfordSenior League Div 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Jun-2014 Cloich Cheann Fhaola 0 – 15 0 – 10 Realt na Mara G.F.C TBCDONEGAL NORTH RESULTSU16 League Group 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Jun-2014 Malin 1 – 9 1 – 13 Naomh Padraig Muff Malin Inishowen semi final20-Jun-2014 Carndonagh 2 – 6 2 – 8 Moville Urris-Pairc Ui Chraimhsaigh Inishowen semi finalDONEGAL SOUTH RESULTSUnder 12 Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment19-Jun-2014 Naomh Brid 2 – 2 5 – 10 Killybegs Naomh BridUnder 14 Championship Division 1 Group 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment18-Jun-2014 Aodh Ruadh 3 – 7 6 – 14 Four Masters TBC 2nd Place Group A PLay-OffUnder 14 Championship Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment18-Jun-2014 Bundoran 8 – 6 6 – 8 Naomh Ultan BundoranUnder 16 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment18-Jun-2014 Naomh Muire 3 – 6 7 – 19 Naomh Conaill Naomh MuireUnder 12 Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment16-Jun-2014 Naomh Brid 2 – 5 8 – 9 Naomh Columba Naomh BridUnder 12 Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment16-Jun-2014 Naomh Conaill 2 – 10 0 – 6 Dungloe Naomh ConnaillUnder 12 Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment16-Jun-2014 Kilcar 4 – 9 3 – 10 Naomh Ultan KilcarUnder 12 Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment16-Jun-2014 Naomh Naille 3 – 10 6 – 7 Aodh Ruadh Naomh NailleUnder 12 Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment16-Jun-2014 Bundoran 0 – 6 11 – 11 Killybegs BundoranUnder 12 Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment16-Jun-2014 Ardara 1 – 11 2 – 5 Four Masters ArdaraALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS was last modified: June 23rd, 2014 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)Tags:Donegal GAA resultslast_img read more

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Blake and friends bring pop-classical mix to stage

first_imgBlake catapulted to success in 2007 with the launch of their first album, Blake. Known for mixing pop, rock and classical music with rich harmony vocals, the public embraced their debut album and over 100 000 copies were sold in just three weeks – earning the four their first gold disc. (Image: Blake)• Sue HarrisUK PublicistRepublic Media+44 (0) 20 8960 7449sue@republicmedia.netMelissa Jane CookBritish boy band Blake is to tour South Africa, joined by opera star Gardar Cortes and the renowned Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO).They will perform on 27 and 28 June, at six locations. The Brit Award winning trio will combine opera, classical, musicals and pop harmonies.Blake catapulted to success in 2007 with the launch of their first album, Blake. Known for mixing pop, rock and classical music with rich harmony vocals, the public embraced their debut album and over 100 000 copies were sold in just three weeks – earning the four their first gold disc. Their upbeat version of Swing Low was chosen as the official anthem of England rugby that year for the Rugby World Cup.In early 2008, the album won the prestigious Brit Award for Album of the Year, a huge honour for a group still less than a year old. Also that year, Blake released their highly anticipated second album, And So It Goes. It went straight in at number 12 on the UK pop charts and number one on several classical charts around the world.Cortes, an Icelandic tenor, was born into a musical family and trained as a singer in Vienna, Copenhagen and London. He has sung various leading tenors in operas, as well as a leading part in The Phantom of the Opera in London’s West End. His debut album in the UK, titled Cortes, was released in 2007 and entered the UK classical chart at number one.In joining the visitors, the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra aims to challenge the perception that classical music performances are elitist and eurocentric, and appeal rather to a truly egalitarian, local audience.Classic crossoversBlake has a celebrity following of high-profile fans that include the British royal family, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco, actors Kiera Knightley, Will Smith, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Morgan Freeman, and singer Dame Shirley Bassey – the Blake boys did a special performance at her 70th birthday party.The group has made over 90 live concert appearances; they have toured China, the Philippines, Russia and the United States, and sung in the Olympic Stadium. Their first trip to China took in indoor stadium concerts in Shanghai, Beijing and Tianjin, and they performed live on television to 350 million viewers as the headline international act at the Shanghai International Film Festival.In 2013, Blake continued with their sell-out tours of Europe and the Philippines and early this year they made their New York City debut. Blake were proud supporters of and sang the theme song for the much publicised trek by Britain’s Prince Harry to the Antarctica to raise funds and awareness for Walking with the Wounded. They have sold over one-and-half-a-million albums internationally, and have performed on nearly 160 television shows around the world.Listen to Blake hereLeading tenorDescribed as “the James Bond of classical music”, Cortes had phenomenal success with his self-titled debut album, which was number one in Britain, as well as sell-out tours and a Classical Brit Award nomination in 2008.He has been nominated several times for the Icelandic Music Awards and the Icelandic Performing Arts Awards – and has been voted sexiest man in Iceland twice. He has sung across Scandinavia, and in Europe, the United States and Asia, as well as at the prestigious venues of the Barbican, Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York City. He sang at one of the BBC’s top featured events, the Proms in the Park in front of 40 000 people. It was broadcast live to millions of viewers.Cortes has released classical and crossover albums in his native Iceland and the UK, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, reaching number one on the charts in South Africa and Taiwan.Listen to Gardar Cortes – Nessun Dorma hereWorld-class musicFormed by a group of committed, resilient musicians, the JPO was established in May 2000 following the demise of the National Symphony Orchestra. It strives to be nationally and internationally recognised as South Africa’s leading philharmonic orchestra, performing music that incorporates the greatest accomplishments of classical and South African music genres.During 2000, the JPO used its own scant financial resources to present 15 concerts that included three overseas guest conductors as well as world-renowned overseas artists. Since its inception, the orchestra has presented four symphony seasons every year, mostly with the assistance of corporate sponsorship, individual donations and ticket sales.In addition to its symphony concerts, the JPO has performed Queen: the Concert, The Joburg Pops, La Traviata and La Boheme for Opera Africa, Carmina Burana for the German government’s celebration of 10 years of democracy and Fauré’s Requiem for University of Johannesburg.In 2007, the JPO became a full-time orchestra with permanent musicians on yearly contracts. Two years later, it performed at the inauguration of President Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. It also received funding for three years by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and provided the recordings for the opening and closing ceremonies of the FIFA Confederations Cup. In 2010, the JPO was asked once again to record for the FIFA World Cup opening and closing ceremonies.That same year, it celebrated its 10th birthday.Listen to the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra herelast_img read more

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Bella Thorne strips naked in raunchy throwback photo

first_imgActress-singer Bella Thorne has shared a racy throwback photograph of herself on social media.The “Famous in Love” star took to her Instagram account to share yet another raunchy photograph of herself, featuring her stripping down to literally nothing.Sitting on a chair, the 20-year-old actress covers her modesty with her arms, which she places strategically over her chest. Sporting bright red lips, the redhead beauty flaunts her figure.The photograph is seemingly taken in a dressing room during her gig for a fashion week show as she is surrounded by colourful clothes hanging on a rail.”This was fun fashion week 2017 highlights,” she captioned the image. YOU CAN SEE THE PHOTO HERE.ALSO WATCH: Bikini babes take on B-Townlast_img

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