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Popularly known for his catchy Gbema tunes and a dance hall beat, Skoolboy Wizzy has now opened up about the inspiration behind all of his music.The singer who just released another hit with Friday the Cellphone Man called “My Women” a remix, said as an artist he gets inspired by listening to reggae music and thinking about daily life occurrences (problems, fights, relationship issues and being lonely).“When I’m listing to these songs I usually create a blank thought in my mind so that I can be able to translate such a thought in a better way that fans will like. “Another thing I usually do is to write a first draft of my inspiration before I begin editing it,” Skoolboy explained.Nothing you write is by accident, Wizzy said, so sometimes it takes him one or two weeks to complete a single and make it fit for fans’ taste. “I feel that if I cannot write down my thoughts, nobody will do it for me,” he told LIB Life.“I’m a versatile singer; so I already know the kinds of music my fans want. When I’m releasing a new song, it is something good that wil inspired them,” Skoolboy added.Discussing his new song, Wizzy explained that it was not written; but that it came through feelings, emotions and love stories, which he used to relate to others by including African women and Liberian women. “I added Friday the Cellphone Man in it because I wanted to do it the traditional way – for our old people. Friday has the spirit and voice to bring old and new together. So I put him on the track so that these two fan bases (old and young) could be able to relate and dance to it,” Wizzy added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto A source close to the situation said that one of the UAAP schools situated in University Belt area in Manila tried to recruit Abando in late 2018 when he still was serving a one-year residency after transferring from Philippine College of Science and Technology in Pangasinan.The source also said that one of the assistant coaches of that school would constantly talk to Abando and offered him more than P3 million cash, housing, a van, and “other opportunities.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4READ: Ayo blasts universities for trying to recruit Abando midway through UAAP season“The movement began in October or November last year when UST was playing in preseason tournaments because Rhenz was already playing for UST during his residency,” the source told Inquirer in Filipino on Friday. The source added that the assistant coach, who he said is a former standout in the PBA, intensified his talks with Abando when University of Santo Tomas started 4-0 in the PBA D-League.“When UST was playing against them, they were talking to Rhenz giving him offers but it intensified when the team went 4-0 in the D-League then we played in the Filoil tournament then the price increased significantly.”READ: After meeting with UST officials, Rhenz Abando has committed to stay with TigersAbando then told head coach Aldin Ayo and the Tigers’ coaching staff about the persistent attempts to acquire his services midway through Season 82.“He (Abando) asked the coaches, ‘what should I do?’” said the source. “The coaches just told Rhenz that he can always say no to that assistant coach but always be polite, that’s what the coaches want.”ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown READ: Rising star Rhenz Abando wants transfer to another UAAP school“It just so happened that the attempts didn’t stop.”Abando, who has gained the attention of the league with his spectacular showing so far, though, has reaffirmed his commitment with UST and that he had rejected all the offers “a long time ago.” Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—As it turns out, the piracy attempts involving Rhenz Abando began even before the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament started.ADVERTISEMENT PBA: Meralco back on track, beats Blackwater View comments
Rooney celebrates his equalising penalty 1 England striker Wayne Rooney put in a match-winning contribution in his 100th international appearance as England fought back from a goal down to beat Slovenia 3-1 in their Euro 2016 qualifier at Wembley.talkSPORT focussed on the Manchester United star and came to these conclusions…ShootingThe Manchester United talisman should have done better when set up by Danny Welbeck after 20 minutes, his shot screwed off high into the stands. Another effort almost sneaked in at the near post but goalkeeper Samir Handanovic pulled off a good save. And while he could only glance his header weakly wide from Adam Lallana’s corner early in the second half, the 29-year-old came up with the good from the spot, coolly slotting home into the left corner for his 44th England goal.PositioningHad a good chance early on but Rooney failed to bring down a superb pass from Jack Wilshere. Was seen defending at the end of the first-half when Slovenia had a small spell of possession. It was his clever footwork which led to the equaliser, jinking inside the box before being clipped to win the penalty. He was seen tracking back in added time to aid his team-mates – typifying his high work rate throughout the 90 minutes.Team workWhen has it ever been in doubt? Rooney chased down lost causes, was busy throughout and inspired the England team to victory. The captain took the game by the scruff of the neck after England fell behind, and played a key role in the build-up as fellow frontman Welbeck netted twice to add gloss to the scoreline.VerdictFar from his best, but a typically hard working display by the England forward. His endeavour drove the whole team forward and he even capped off his 100th game with a goal to fire the Three Lions six points clear at the top of Group E.
Wilfried Bony has scored just eight goals in 16 months at the Etihad Stadium Galatasaray are set to swoop for out-of-favour Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony, according to reports in Turkey.Bony is likely to be told by new manager Pep Guardiola that he has no future at the Etihad under his regime and the Ivorian has already begun searching for a new club.The 27-year-old joined City from Swansea in January 2015 but failed to hit the goalscoring heights he reached at the Liberty Stadium, netting just eight goals in his 16 months at the club.And now, Turkish outlet Fotomac are claiming that Galatasaray are readying a bid for Bony, although a loan move could also be on the cards.Swansea are also targeting a move for their former forward but are unlikely to be able to match the salary Galatasaray are prepared to offer Bony. 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Atef Abed Rabbo, another survivor, said the fire broke out 2 hours after the ship left Saudi Arabia and that the vessel started to sink at 2 a.m. “We were in the water for 18 hours,” he said. “It was like the Titanic on fire,” another one shouted. Police tried to keep the survivors from talking to journalists, but several shouted their anger that the rescue had taken so long. “They left us in the water for 24 hours. A helicopter came above us and circled, we would signal and they ignored us,” one man shouted. “Our lives are the cheapest in the world,” another said. A spokesman for President Hosni Mubarak said the ferry did not have enough lifeboats, and questions were raised about the safety of the 35-year-old, refitted ship that was weighed down with 220 cars as well as the passengers. Transportation Minister Mohammed Lutfy Mansour told reporters early today a “small fire” broke out on the ferry before it sank. He said investigators were working to determine the fire’s connection to the sinking, but that there was no explosion on the vessel. “It’s a roll-on, roll-off ferry, and there is big question mark over the stability of this kind of ship,” said David Osler of the London shipping paper Lloyds List. “It would only take a bit of water to get on board this ship and it would be all over. … The percentage of this type of ferry involved in this type of disaster is huge.” Weather may also have been a factor. There were high winds and a sandstorm overnight on Saudi Arabia’s west coast. Officials said more than 185 bodies were recovered while hundreds remained missing in the dark, choppy sea nearly 24 hours after the ship went down. One lifeboat was spotted from a helicopter during the day bobbing in the waves with what appeared to be about a dozen or more passengers. Hundreds of angry relatives of the passengers crowded for hours outside Egypt’s port of Safaga, where the ferry had been heading. “This is a dirty government, may God burn their hearts as they burned mine,” one woman wailed, slapping her face in grief. “I want my brother. I have no one else in this life.” Mansour said 324 people, including a 3-year-old child, were rescued. A police official at the operations control room in Safaga said 185 bodies were pulled from the sea. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press. President George W. Bush offered his condolences. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all Egyptians and citizens of other nations who suffered losses in this terrible accident,” White House press secretary Scott McClellan said in Texas. DANGEROUS WATERS Some of the deadliest and most famous civilian maritime disasters: -Friday: Egyptian passenger ship Al-Salaam Boccaccio 98 sinks in the Red Sea. -Sept. 26, 2002: Senegalese ferry capsizes in a storm off Gambia in West Africa, killing more than 1,800 people. -May 21, 1996: A ferry sinks in Lake Victoria in east Africa, killing at least 500 people. One estimate puts the number of dead at 800. -Sept. 28, 1994: The ferry Estonia sinks during a storm in the Baltic Sea, killing 852 people. -Feb. 16, 1993: Overcrowded ferry sinks between Jeremie and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, leaving an estimated 500-700 dead. -Dec. 20, 1987: In the world’s worst peacetime shipping disaster, 4,340 drown when the ferry Dona Paz collides with the tanker MT Victor in the Philippines. -Aug. 31, 1986: Soviet passenger ship Admiral Nakhimov collides with a merchant vessel in the Black Sea, sinking both ships and killing up to 448 people. -May 25, 1986: Some 600 people die when a ferry goes down in the River Meghna in Bangladesh. -Jan. 27, 1981: 580 killed when Indonesian passenger ship Tamponas II catches fire and sinks in Java Sea. -July 25, 1956: Two passenger liners, the Andrea Doria and the Stockholm, collide off Massachusetts, sinking the Andrea Doria and killing 46 of its 1,706 passengers and crew. -May 7, 1915: The British ocean liner Lusitania is torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat while crossing the Atlantic Ocean, killing 1,195 people. -May 29, 1914: A Canadian Pacific steamship, the Empress of Ireland, collides with a Norwegian freighter near Quebec, sinking in 14 minutes and killing 1,012 people. -April 12, 1912: The Titanic – the world’s largest passenger steamship at the time – strikes an iceberg in the Atlantic and sinks on its maiden voyage, killing at least 1,496 people. -June 15, 1904: The steamship General Slocum catches fire in New York’s East River, killing more than 1,000 people. -April 27, 1865: The steamboat Sultana sinks after its steam drum explodes on the Mississippi River, killing at least 1,700 people. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAFAGA, Egypt – Spotlights probed the inky darkness as rescue boats mounted an increasingly desperate search for hundreds of people feared dead in the chilly Red Sea waters a day after the sinking of the aging ferry Al-Salaam Boccaccio 98. Of the 1,400 aboard – mainly Egyptian workers returning from Saudi Arabia – only 324 had been rescued by Friday night, plucked from inflatable lifeboats dropped by helicopters or pulled directly from the water in lifejackets. At the Egyptian port of Hurghada, nearly 140 survivors arrived early today – the first significant group to come to shore. They walked off the ship down a ramp, some of them barefoot and shivering, wrapped in blankets, and immediately boarded buses to take them to the hospital. “The fire happened about an hour or 90 minutes into the trip, but they decided to keep going. It’s negligence,” one survivor, Nabil Zikry, told journalists before he was moved along by police.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThey work beside armed Air Force guards at the base gates, helping check base employees’ and visitors’ identification and vehicles 24 hours a day and seven days a week. The Employer of the Year award goes to employers who have provided outstanding opportunities for employment, training, advancement and retention of military veterans. Shirley Kemp, manager of the state Employment Development Department’s Lancaster Job Service, said company officials praised veterans for their dependability, expertise, lower absenteeism and high morale. California Employers Advisory Council Veterans Employment Committee judges selected USProtect for the private large-business category. USProtect employees have been working at Edwards since the Maryland-based company got a contract in September 2004 to supply guards for 18 Air Force installations from Alaska to Maine. The civilian employees supplement Air Force security troops who were stretched thin by the extra precautions taken at American bases after 9-11 as well as increased overseas deployments. “It was pretty tough to give up a portion of that control we had,” Air Force Master Sgt. Novelt Mack said of the decision to bring in civilian guards. “USProtect has stepped up and they stepped in.” Of the firm’s hiring of veterans, Mack said: “For the Air Force it’s a big plus for us. We know they have been trained. We know they are reliable.” LANCASTER – A private security firm whose employees help guard Edwards Air Force Base gates was named the Antelope Valley’s top employer of veterans. USProtect was named the Antelope Valley Employer of the Year for Veterans Appreciation Month at the state Employment Development Office in Lancaster last week, picking up congratulatory proclamations from local, Los Angeles County and state civic and business leaders, as well as veterans organizations. “This is a bit overwhelming,” said Grady Baker, senior director of operations for USProtect at Edwards. “We generally seek out folks who are veterans. It’s a no-brainer. We want those folks who are also patriots.” At Edwards, USProtect employs more than 40 people, of whom more than half are military veterans, including some who formerly served at Edwards. Five are disabled veterans.
Joey Barton could face a lengthy ban Burnley midfielder Joey Barton is appearing before a Football Association commission on Friday in relation to betting charges.The 34-year-old was charged with misconduct in December relating to 1,260 bets placed over a 10-year period and his original hearing in March was postponed after a member of the commission was ill on the day.Barton’s case will now be heard on Friday, two days before the Clarets face Manchester United at Turf Moor, and a lengthy ban could follow – though no direct precedent exists.Burnley had agreed to re-sign Barton prior to Christmas, three days before his FA charge came to light, and he rejoined the Premier League side when the window reopened in January.That deal only runs until the summer and contractual provisions were made for the possibility of a hefty ban when he signed for the east Lancashire club.Barton, who helped the Clarets to promotion last season, has played 17 times for Sean Dyche’s side since the turn of the year, scoring the winner against Southampton in his first game back at Turf Moor.“We’ll just have to wait and see what comes out of it,” Dyche said of the hearing on Friday.“It’s something that is ongoing between himself, his team and the FA. We’ll have to wait and see what comes of that.” 1
Ken Henke of Sylva may be new to Southwestern Community College’s Board of Trustees, but he’s plenty familiar with the institution – and with Jackson County education in general.A former principal and school board chairman, Henke was officially sworn in as an SCC trustee on Sept. 25 at the college’s Macon Campus.He was appointed by the Jackson County Board of Education to fill the seat left vacant after the June 28 passing of founding trustee Paul Holt.Henke’s term on SCC’s board runs through June 30, 2020.“We are privileged to have Mr. Henke join our Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Don Tomas, SCC’s President. “Our college and the public schools have a rich history of working together on behalf of our students, and Mr. Henke has been a strong advocate for our partnerships over the years.”At the same meeting, Jeremy Hyatt of Sylva was sworn in for his second term. Appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper to represent the Qualla Boundary, Hyatt originally joined the board in 2014. His term runs through June 30, 2022.Hyatt started his college career at SCC and is a 2000 graduate of Western Carolina University. He now serves as the Secretary of Operations for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.“Jeremy has been a strong advocate for SCC, and we greatly value his voice on our board,” Dr. Tomas said. “We are honored that he is willing to continue serving.”Henke started as a teacher at Fairview Elementary in 1977 and later served as an assistant principal there and at Smoky Mountain High School before retiring in 2001 as Smoky Mountain’s principal.He was elected to the Jackson County Board of Education the next year, and he served as chairman from 2004 until earlier this year.During his time as principal, Henke worked with SCC to assist high school students wishing to participate in dual enrollment. While he was school board chairman, the college and public schools worked together to implement one of the first early colleges in the state.“I have watched through the years as SCC moved from just a small, local school helping local folks to a nationally accolaimed institution helping local, national and international folks,” Henke said. “My own son (Len) began his nursing education at SCC before going on to get his Master’s in Nursing in Nashville. His experience at SCC was an extremely positive time in his life.“Through the years, I have worked from positions outside the college to get students involved in SCC’s programs,” Henke added. “Now it seems the next logical step is to work within the inner SCC framework to do what I can to continue this great legacy of cooperation and growth.”
This is the last in a series of four blogs on leadership and influence. In order for a leader to have influence, he or she must be respected by his or her subordinates. Of course, to get respect, you need to deliver it. Respectful leaders are more likely to be followed. Those who are not are more likely to be sued. Behaviors that Will Increase your Influence (by increasing respect others have for you) include:Committed to the success of othersReasonably available to talk, listen, problem solve, etc.Respond constructively to mistakes (encourage prudent risk taking)Courage: doing what’s right, not popularLoyalty to the team (but not blind loyalty)Communicate clearly*Business information*Expectations for employeesWhat they areWhen employees are meeting themWhen employees are not meeting themAvoid inappropriate behaviors (see below)Speaks in own voice and common speak (avoid paradigm shifting words that will proactively ….)Demonstrate genuine concern for employees (but be careful not to get involved inappropriately in your employees’ private lives)Demonstrate your emotions; employees don’t follow leaders who are but brains in a jar Behaviors that Will Decrease Your Influence (by decreasing the respect you enjoy) include:Double standards (do as I say, not as I do)Inconsistent messagingPlaying favoritesCredit grabbingDefensiveness (cannot admit mistakes)Hubris (versus humility)Treat employees as numbers and not peoplesRemind employees of position/authority (unnecessarily)Heavy use of corporate speakMarginalization (micro-inequities)Engages in inappropriate behavior, such as unlawful harassment and bullying (even if lawful)Start the day singing with the Queen of Soul and you begin on the right foot. And, remember, respect—or lack thereof, is not just about behavior. It speaks to a leader’s character—and, in some cases, a lack thereof. Books could be written on what is—and what is not—respectful behavior. For purposes of this blog, a check list will have to do! Follow me on Twitter at: @Jonathan_HR_Law THIS BLOG SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE, AS PERTAINING TO SPECIFIC FACTUAL SITUATIONS OR ESTABLISHING AN ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP.