Members Of Umphrey’s McGee, Zappa Band Join Forces For Frank Zappa Tribute [Gallery]

first_imgA full gallery of images can be seen below: The show opened with a set from Shaky Feelin’, before the Playground crew came in and got things done. Be sure to check out Cosmik Playground at the Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs, NY on July 3rd, as the band will be performing post-Phish at SPAC. While the July 3rd lineup will feature different players, it’s looking like a great time playing some of the best music. For tickets and more details, you can head here.Photographer Steve Rose was at the show last time; check out some images from the Zappa affair: A Frank Zappa-themed super group called Cosmik Playground got together for a Frank Zappa tribute show at St. Rocke in Hermosa Beach, CA, last night! With Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee), Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Arthur Barrow (Frank Zappa) and Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine) holding it down, this show was a tight-knit tribute to one of the best musicians around.center_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

GVL Donates US$100k in Scholarships to Agri Students

first_imgBeneficiaries of agriculture scholarships in four of the nation’s institutions of higher learning have no cause to worry about fees as academic activities are on  the verge of resumption.This is because one of the major agricultural scholarship donors in the country, Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL), has provided US$100,000.00 to ensure that these students’ fees are paid.The agriculture company, which is involved in oil palm production, made the donation last Friday at the Ministry of Agriculture.The company has been donating scholarship money to agriculture students ever since it signed a concessional agreement with the government of Liberia in 2010.Students studying agriculture from the four universities, the University of Liberia (UL), United Methodist University (UMU), Cuttington University (CU) and the William V. S. Tubman University (TU) in Maryland, will be the beneficiaries. The donation is a part of the company’s commitment and in compliance with its Social Responsibility to the Liberian people, especially residents of its concessional areas.The symbolic cheque presentation was made to the Agriculture Minister, Dr. Florence Chenoweth by GVL’s manager for compliance, K. Emmanuel Yarkpazuo, on behalf of the company.Minister Chenoweth, upon receiving the cheque, lauded the company for its continuous support to the agriculture sector, especially in the area of manpower development. She said GVL is one of those companies that are substantially contributing to the sector by awarding both local and international scholarships to Liberians.The Agriculture Minister called on Liberian students, especially the beneficiaries of the scholarships, to take their lessons seriously, as the opportunities are being provided in order that they might take over the sector in the not distant future. She called on other companies operating in the country to emulate the splendid example of GVL if they indeed mean well for the country.Dr. Chenoweth urged students to learn to cultivate a habit of hard work and discipline as they study to magnify their chances of success. She noted that more young people are now taking interest in the sector and more are gaining the requisite capacities.Mr. Yarkpazuo, the GVL manager for compliance,  said his company considers as a priority the development of capacities  of Liberians, especially the young ones who are to take over the leadership of the company’s operation.He further stated that GVL also considers among its prime responsibilities   practicing legal compliance, regulatory adherence, procedures in oil palm production, and the development of proper systems and attitudes.At GVL operations in Liberia’s southeast, he said,  “we aspire to be among the best oil palm producers in the global industry as we  stand for key values.”GVL comes to build the incoming generation of Liberians and give them a better future, Mr. Yakpazuo added.He called on the government to use the scholarship funds for their  intended purpose. He also told the beneficiaries to see the opportunity as a gateway to a brighter future for themselves and urged  them to see themselves as the future of Liberia.GVL’s development and education manager, Mrs. Jean Hannah-Thompson, providing overview of the GVL scholarship program, said since 2010 the company has been committed to its social responsibility to the Liberian people and will continue to do so as long as the company stays in Liberia.The company has several well paying jobs for specific purposes and skills, most especially for young university graduates, she noted.”There are plenty of well paying positions within GVL for these specific skill sets, particularly for young university graduates, but you have to be willing to put in the work, the effort and the dedication to succeed,” she declared.She encouraged students to focus on the needs of the country by studying agriculture, agronomy and engineering.Several stakeholders in the education sector, especially from the benefitting universities along with Education Minister Etmonia David Tarpeh, also graced the occasion.In a related development, GVL has assisted in funding or partially funded the education of more than 1,400 college and university students, through its annual scholarship program, which is facilitated through the Ministry of Agriculture.Additionally, the company runs the largest primary school in Sinoe County, which has more than 600 students in attendance.Last year the company sent its first seven mill engineers to Indonesia for further training. Once the engineers complete their training program there, which is expected to last between 12-18 months, they will  return to Liberia into management positions specific to their skills.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GTT still awaiting 4G spectrum – CEO

first_imgTwo years later– optimistic of competition in liberalised sectorDespite reports circulating in 2016 that Government had granted GTT approval for a 4G spectrum, the company is still awaiting this approval in order to bring faster internet service to its customers.This is according to GTT Chief Executive Officer Justin Nedd, who communicated this news during a press conference on Monday at the Herdmanston Lodge.Nedd was optimistic of the changes liberalisation will bring, and has said GTT has plans of its own to upgrade services.“Competition is good! Competition in the space of a fair and level playing field is absolutely great for customers and operators. It makes operators like GTT reallyGTT CEO, Justin Neddlook and ensure (there is in operation) an operation focused on the customer,” Nedd has declared.“I would say GTT has been moving in that space. We’ve upgraded the mobile network to 3G. We’re awaiting spectrum for 4G. We’ve rolled out Fibre to the Home to more than 50,000 homes. We’re working on our customer experience.”It is understood that, as at August, the company has expended US$20 million on its Fibre to the Home (FTTH) project roll out. And the capital expenditure price tag is said to be steadily rising.Level playing fieldThe CEO, meanwhile, noted the importance of a level playing field when it comes to the legislative framework. He, however, observed that for some time now, operators have not been playing by the same rules.“We would expect the same tax structure and regulations for the players. I think that’s very fair. GTT has been here for over 20 years, and I believe that we have a good relationship with the customers. And we will continue to grow thatPublic Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughesrelationship. But in order to really work with the customer and make us prosper, we need solid equitable regulation,” Nedd explained.This framework, according to Nedd, must also include fairness when it comes to paying taxes. While he stressed that he did not mean the taxes were unfair, he pointed out the importance of companies shouldering their fair share of the tax burden.“What we want is: if we are paying one tax rate, then all the players in the sector should pay the same. And that is something every business would want in their industry… The sector is already liberalised, it’s just that some people don’t play by the same rules,” he said.It is understood that negotiations with GTT and the Public Telecommunications Ministry to lift the monopoly will conclude by year end. In January of 2018, it was reported that negotiations with the GTT and the Ministry to address the lifting of the monopoly were effective.These negotiations began in 2016, when the intention of ending the 26-year-old monopoly on the fixed line market was discussed. Liberalisation, once in place, would ensure there is fair competition and regulation among all enterprises in the business sector. It is, however, heavily dependent on the settlement of a US$44 million tax claim against GTT.Atlantic Tele Network, GTT’s parent company, made mention of this in its quarterly filings to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including a sum of US$5 million for an adverse decision against the telecoms giant.“GTT is also involved in several legal claims regarding its tax filings with the Guyana Revenue Authority, dating back to 1991 and regarding the deductibility of intercompany advisory fees as well as other tax assessments,” the report had stated.“The company maintains that any liability GTT might be found to have with respect to the disputed tax assessments, totalling $44.1 million, would be offset in part by the amounts necessary to ensure that GTT’s return on investment was no less than 15 per cent per annum for the relevant periods. The company believes that some adverse outcome is probable, and has accordingly accrued $5.0 million as of June 30, 2018 for these matters.”last_img read more