AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHelping the Earth and helping crime victims at the same time: More than 100 million cell phones are discarded each year and only 1 in 5 are recycled. An innovative program in Las Vegas hopes to keep thousands of phones out of the landfill while increasing public safety. Old phones are programmed with the ability to simply call 911 anytime, and are donated to women faced with the danger of domestic violence. Precious metal recovered from the old phone will be sold with the money going to victim rights programs. Phones can be donated in any condition — your dog ate it, it fell in the pool — to help crime victims who are otherwise feeling unsafe to have access to the police deputy at all times, and help the earth at the same time. (KVBC News Video) UPDATE, MAY 22: If you can’t bring your old cell phone equipment to one of the 7 substations in Las Vegas, please mail it to: Victim Services, c/o Peggy Wellman 4750 W. Oakey Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89102 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
INTERNATIONAL: A train organised by Swiss intermodal operator Hupac and Chinese chemical producer Markor left Korla in northwest China on May 26, carrying 82 ISO tank containers loaded with high-value chemical products for customers in Germany and France.‘We plan to cover the distance of 8 000 km in 18 days, crossing borders and fulfilling customs procedures of six different countries’, said Hupac Production Director Silvio Ferrari. The tank containers will be transferred to and from 1 520 mm gauge wagons at Dostyk in Kazakhstan and Šeštokai in Lithuania. Hupac has acquired its own 1 520 mm gauge rolling stock as part of its strategy to develop east-west traffic. ‘We want to open our European network to traffic flows to and from Asia and provide stable, reliable solutions for intercontinental intermodal transportation, and actively participate in the Chinese One Belt, One Road project’, said Deputy Managing Director & Head of Corporate Development Peter Weber. Hupac aims to bundle volumes, and believes that the provision of regular and stable intercontinental services will help to develop the market by making rail more attractive to customers.
From 2006-2015, Liberian musicians have made some significant strides redefining and improving the various genres of music not limited to only Hip-CO, Afro pop and Gbema. As our society transitions from war to peace, our music has also transformed, blending an improved sound quality with well directed videos that is now attracting huge numbers of followers, locally and in the Diaspora.Far different from about six years back, improvements in the various genres have made them more energetic, with beats that can pull anyone onto the dance floor; they can even inspire you to think.Our local twist to Afro pop, which becomes juicy when laced with colloqua, makes it very unique, something that now sees Liberian music finally competing with its African counterparts.A cursory scan of the numerous radio stations and hopping from club to club would reveal that our people are finally owning-up to our sensations in Afro pop, Gbema, HipCo and traditional music.Once dominated by foreign music, the Liberian music landscape, for the past eight years, is having a loud revolution as its end products are now the favorites of DJs and party people alike. China-based Liberian HipCo rapper Jon Bricks said “Artists have improved greatly from lyrics to appearances, even the producers also have improved, and that is a plus for the game even while we still aim high.“Because of this improvement the fans do come out in there thousands to support and I must applaud them for that and it is something that is really helping artists.”Now that Liberia’s own style of Afro pop has become the dominant genre, with many hit songs to its credit, the music must cut its overreliance on mechanized beats.Accordingly, the increased access to electronic keyboards, metronome, sequence, sophisticated software, among others, has given the industry’s end products a better organic sound.Veteran singer Detrench said, “For the past years Liberian music has gradually improved from our day, not just command in their musical skillfulness, but also in the lyrical content.“Nowadays, a musician’s lyric content has become more of a competition of inspiring and sweet rhythmical words that appease the tastes of people, whether it is HipCo or Afro pop.”One thing that has definitely sealed the fate of the industry as one that is upward mobile and definitely going places is the fact that the fans have given their nod to its trendy nature by not only playing the songs, they also buy them and flock to shows featuring Liberian artists.“Liberian music is a frequently changing and growing music. At least the artist and the producer are trying to live with modern developments in the music world, which simplifies that in the long run Liberian music will take over Africa,” said publicist Junda Kennedy Morris.We at LIB Life observe that the current trend is able to attract huge audiences by its masterly blend of lyrics and sound. But the ultimate future of Liberian music totally depends on the music producers, who need be more unique in order for Liberian music to take its place internationally.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)