CEO Named at Count Basie Theatre

first_imgRED BANK – The Count Basie Theatre has announced the appointment of Adam Philipson as its new chief executive officer.Philipson will also serve as the CEO of the Count Basie Theatre Foundation, the fundraising arm of the organization.Philipson, who is relocating to Red Bank from Santa Clarita, Calif., served as the managing director for the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center in Valencia, Calif. for the past five years. There he grew the facility into a premier presenting arts venue while developing exemplary educational and community outreach programs.In addition, Philipson also served as president of California Presenters and as chairman of the Performing Arts Center K-12 Outreach Advisory Committee.Philipson will start at the Basie on Nov. 5, at which time Justine Robertson, currently interim CEO, will continue to be part of the management team and assume the role of chief operating officer.“I am delighted to be a part of the Count Basie Theatre and have the opportunity to build on the strong foundation that has been established,” Philipson said. “I look forward to working closely with the boards, the Basie team and the community to take this historic venue to the next level.”Prior to his work in Santa Clarita, Philipson helped launch the $45 million Broad Stage in Santa Monica where he was the assistant director. He brings to the Count Basie Theatre extensive experience in programming, fundraising, community outreach and educational programming for the arts.Named for the late Red Bank native jazz legend William “Count” Basie, the Count Basie Theatre operates with an annual budget of $7.5 million, offering 180 performances each year to more than 187,000 attendees. The theater has a $13 million annual economic impact on the Borough of Red Bank.In addition to providing a broad spectrum of entertainment, and having more than 1,700 members, the theater serves 1,000 students in The Performing Arts Academy and recently won national recognition when it was named a partner in The Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education Program, based in Washington, D.C.“We are honored that a manager of Mr. Philipson’s caliber has selected our theater as his next professional venture,” said Raymond Moser, chairman of the Count Basie Theatre Board of Trustees.“Adam is the ideal person to maintain and further develop the world class venue that the people in the community and region have come to expect and deserve,” added Tom Widener, chairman of the Count Basie Theatre Foundation.DHR International conducted a nationwide search for the Count Basie Theatre, led by James Abruzzo. “We were searching for a proven leader who has a demonstrated ability to visualize and execute the emersion of performing arts into a community,” Abruzzo said. ”Adam has that ability, as well as the persona to bring others on board and  excite them about what’s going on at the Count Basie Theatre.”Philipson, originally from New York City, has an extensive 16-year-long professional acting background which included roles in several off-Broadway performances, two national tour theatrical productions and one Broadway role with more than 400 performances as Eugene Morris Jerome in Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound. In addition, he also has more than 100 national and local television and radio commercials and appearances in more than 25 episodic television programs and feature films.Philipson is in the process of relocating his family to the area. His wife, Alma, a certified public accountant, is from Puebla, Mexico, and their children (as well as Adam) are bilingual.“We look forward to living in this community, learning more about its needs, and getting to know all the individuals, organizations, and others who rely upon the Count Basie Theatre to bring performing arts into their lives,” Alma Philipson said.last_img read more

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History-making Olympian Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn

first_imgConsidering herself an unyielding soul, history-making double Olympic silver medallist Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn had no doubts that she would win a parliamentary seat as throughout life – in athletics as well as everyday pursuits – she has never settled for anything but the best.Cuthbert-Flynn earned double Olympic silver medals in the 100m and 200m at the 1992 Barcelona Games in Spain and copped bronze four years later in Atlanta, United States, as a member of Jamaica’s 4x100m women’s team.”I didn’t settle for second (1992 Olympics). It is what it is. Anything that I do, anyone who knows me knows that I am going to try to do the best that I can and not going to ever do anything half and half. Never!” she stressed.The 51-year-old on Thursday became Jamaica’s first Olympian to win a seat in Parliament.She emphatically upstaged two-time parliamentarian Paul Buchanan for the St Andrew West Rural constituency.Cuthbert-Flynn, running in her first election, polled 9,742 votes to Buchanan’s 7,517.ALWAYS CONFIDENT”I was always confident of victory because I was putting in the work. I was walking sometimes six, seven days a week, and I was walking for five to six hours a day. I walked off two pairs of sneakers. The bottoms fell off,” she told The Gleaner in an interview.Though many would consider her a celebrity and international star, Cuthbert-Flynn contends that she still joins lines in public places like banks and lives a low-key life.”Representing your country in track and field, it’s little bit different. I think it’s going to be little bit different representing the people of the country in Parliament because when you are running, you’re running for yourself in a lot of ways and the country gets the glory, but I think in this race and in this instance, it is a little bit different. It’s not just for me. It’s not really about me, It’s really about the people. That’s how I look at it,” she pointed out.Cuthbert-Flynn describes her journey in life as an Olympian and politician as an important one, one that has inspired and motivated people, but she adds that she now considers herself a public servant.”I think just seeing the things that I’ve seen on my journey, it gives me that extra push where I must give a hundred per cent and I must do for the people. I must work for the people. There is no half and half … I want to leave a legacy just like I have in track and field,” she remarked.”I have left a legacy in track and field that no one can ever take away from me. They can tell me that I got second, but I am in the history books forever and ever,” she added.last_img read more

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Sports Briefs

first_imgBlatter still in chargeZURICH (AP):Sepp Blatter told his staff he has done “nothing illegal or improper” and has no immediate plans to step down, the FIFA president’s legal team said yesterday.Blatter was back at FIFA headquarters three days after being interrogated by Swiss investigators at the scandal-battered governing body’s headquarters.Blatter is expected to hand over power in February when an emergency election is held, triggered by the president’s resignation statement four days after being re-elected for a fifth, four-year term in May.But the 79-year-old Blatter does not appear to be planning any sudden exit despite being the subject of a criminal investigation over his management of world soccer.”President Blatter spoke to FIFA staff today and informed the staff that he was cooperating with the authorities, reiterated that he had done nothing illegal or improper and stated that he would remain as president of FIFA,” Blatter’s attorney, Richard Cullen, said in a statement.Everton rally to beat West Brom 3-2BIRMINGHAM, England (AP):Romelu Lukaku scored two goals and set up another against his former club as Everton rallied from two goals down to beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2 yesterday in the Premier League.Lukaku slotted in the winner in the 84th minute with his second attempt after a cross from Gerard Deulofeu to complete the second-half comeback and lift Everton to fifth in the standings.Saido Berahino and Craig Dawson had put West Brom 2-0 up by the 54th minute, a lead that a Tony Pulis-managed team had never before allowed to turn into a loss in the Premier League. But Lukaku started the fightback almost immediately when he headed in another perfect cross from Deulofeu, who provided a constant threat down the right flank. Lukaku then turned provider with a perfectly weighted pass through the West Brom defence to set up Arouna Kone for the equaliser in the 75th.last_img read more

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Former Supt Predicts Dark Cloud over Liberia’s Food Security

first_imgFormer Nimba County Superintendent, Robert Kamei, says Liberia will in a few years be forced to import all of its food needs to keep its citizens and residents fed—if government does not increase support to agriculture.Speaking to the Daily Observer on his farm in Nimba on New Year’s Day, Mr. Kamei, an agriculturist, said that farmers are producing a small quantity of rice at a very high cost without subsidy from government.At the same time, government is subsidizing imported rice which is drawing many to join in the importation of the product, rather than its growth, he said.He noted that because government is more attentive to the importation of rice and not   domestically produced rice in the agriculture sector, it is highly probable that 100% of food needed for Liberians to eat will be imported.Liberia’s staple food is rice, but much of the rice needed to feed the citizens is imported from China, India, Thailand, and sometimes the United States.Rice importers also complain of high cost of custom duties, and have petitioned government to introduced duty free import, but it is yet to work.  This has contributed to the increase in the price of rice depending on the grade.For instance, American parboiled rice and others, said to be of high grade from exporting countries, are sold for US$40 or $50 depending on the location.  Low-grade 100lbs of 25kg is sold for under US$20.Liberians, for a protracted period, have engaged in subsistence farming that allows a farmer to produce a small quantity to for himself for a few months.The former Nimba Superintendent said that producing rice has become expensive; so farmers are now shifting from growing food to producing rubber—a cash crop that brings income at any time.He said that equipment such as tractors and other machines could change the shift, dropping the cost of food dramatically.“During an Agriculture Fair in Nimba, in 2006, we told the President we do not want ‘gifts.’ We opted for tractors and land-clearing machinery.  We are yet to get any result from this request.Preferring rubber to food has caused land-conflicts since some cash-croppers plant at random, with little regard to the rights of others to a farmland.This, coupled with other land issues, has put the Land Commission on its feet, sensitizing citizens to Land Rights Laws of Liberia amid violence that over the years has been reported in Nimba, especially.Mr. Kamei lauded the Ministry of Internal Affairs for identifying districts in the counties to carry on Agriculture experiments which according to him is taking place in the Kparblee District of Nimba, his native county.Also commenting on animal farming, Mr. Kamei intoned that almost every Liberian eats beef; however, less than ten Liberian farmers engaged in cattle production with the rest coming from neighboring countries. He said this signals a bad omen for food-security in the country.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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‘Sivans’ Reflect on the Past

first_img40 long years after graduation from one of Liberia’s most famous high schools, the Ricks Institute in Virginia, outside Monrovia, members of the “class of Siva” last Thursday January 23, 2014 gathered in the home of Ms. Muna Stubblefield at the James Spriggs Payne Airfield to bid their colleague, Mr. Othello Nance of Texas, USA, farewell.The farewell comes in the wake of the recent burial of the younger brother of Mr. Nance, the late Reginald Nance, in Bensonville, outside Monrovia.“Reggie,” as he was affectionately known, died during the Christmas season after a brief illness, having contributed his quota to the nation in various professional fields.Members of the “class of Siva” were brought together through the instrumentations of Caesar Hall, a noted national basketball coach in Liberia. Mr. Hall organized the few Sivans still residing in the country as well as other school mates.Amongst those gathered for the fond farewell were Mr. Alfred Harris, former Administrative manager at the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company (LPRC); Monroe Theophilus Weeks, Alias “Railroad Cowboy;” former technocrat at the Ministry of Public Works, Sando Johnson; and Merkel Greene, son of the late vice President of Liberia James E. Greene amongst other.While the Sivans were reflecting on life in the 1970s at the Ricks Institute, they proudly declared the Baptist run Educational Institution continues to promote quality and holistic education that attracts thousands of students thanks to the vision of the late President of Liberia and head of the Baptist Missionary and Education Convention (LBMEC) Rev. Dr. William Richard Tolbert, Jr.Dr. Tolbert Jr. became the president of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) a development leader in the country that is currently run by Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Rev. Dr. Olu Q. Menjay. The BWA remains unwavering in creating an enabling learning environment that provides quality education with the requisite professional instructors and staff.The wake-keeping and funeral services of the late Reggie Nance took place at the First United Methodist Church on Ashmun Street in Monrovia. The occasion brought together brothers, sisters, cousins, and sympathizers who shared vivid reflections of Reggie. Reggie’s passing was also a catalyst for reuniting the “class of Siva” and the Ricks Institute family as they continue to make progress in Liberia.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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GDF rank charged for snatching cellphone from teen

first_imgA Guyana Defence Force (GDF) rank was on Wednesday ordered by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan to be placed in the care and custody of his commanding Officer after he was charged with simple larceny.Hyasi Jones, 18, pleaded not guilty to the charge, which stated that he stole a cellular phone, valued $60,000, from a 13-year-old.The Police are contending that Jones and an unknown accomplice while being armed with a broken glass bottle attacked the teenager while she was on her way home, threatening her before relieving her of her cellphone.The teen was not present in court for the hearing but she was represented by her stepfather. The case will continue on June 2.last_img read more

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Cop nabbed with several passports at home under “open arrest”

first_img…still on the job but not at immigration office – Crime ChiefThe police constable who was earlier this month nabbed by law enforcement officials with several passports in his possession at his home is presently under “open arrest” and still remains employed as a member of the Guyana Police Force (GPF).This is according to Deputy Police Commissioner Lyndon Alves, who told Guyana Times during a recent interview that investigations into the matter are still ongoing but in the meanwhile, the duties of that policeman have been changed.“He is still on the job since the investigation has not been completed as yet. But he is not at the Immigration (Office). He is now under open arrest.”According to the Crime Chief, the police constable had initially been placed under “close arrest” where his freedom was restricted and he had been confined.However, based on the investigations, he was subsequently placed on open arrest.“Like I said, he is under open arrest but still, we are investigating so I cannot say what the outcome is at this point. Open arrest is where you move around and you can perform your duties but there is still limited freedom. So at this point, he is performing duties assigned by the GPF but has been removed from the location where his alleged involved with the passports reportedly occurred,” Alves explained.Earlier this month, based on information received, Police ranks swooped down at the constable’s home in Stevedore Housing Scheme, Georgetown, and discovered a quantity of Guyana passports. The rank was at work when he was confronted about the find and arrested.Meanwhile, the Crime Chief noted that he was not in a position to disclose whether the passports were expired or not.“I don’t know if they were machine-readable or not. I am not presently able to say if they were expired or could be used. But I will definitely have to speak to, and will be speaking with, the Immigration Office to find out such details,” he added.last_img read more

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Minister’s company awarded Govt contract

first_imgNew scandalThe dust has not settled on revelations of a Minister’s husband getting contracts from her Ministry, when more revelations have been unearthed about another Minister whose private company is allegedly the recipient of lucrative contracts from the Department of Energy.Opposition Chief Whip Gail TeixeiraThis time, the Minister at the heart of this controversy is Public Telecommunications Minister, Cathy Hughes. Guyana Times was told that Videomega Productions, a company which is owned by Minister Hughes and managed by Russel Lancaster since 2015, received contracts from the department.According to information reaching Guyana Times, the contracts in question had to do with radio and television public service announcements (PSAs) for the department, which is coordinating preparations for Guyana’s oil and gas sector.It is understood that the company has also been contracted to produce brochures. It is unclear at this point of time what, if any, tendering process the Minister’s company went through to get these contracts.ProfiteeringAddressing the matter in a video broadcast on Tuesday, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Chief Whip Gail Teixeira likened the matter to Housing Minister Valarie Patterson-Yearwood and her husband, Godfrey Yearwood.Telecommunications Minister Cathy HughesYearwood was awarded contracts to construct houses on behalf of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA), which falls under his wife’s Ministry. The issue of the CH&PA contract award came to the fore last week when Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo disclosed that the Minister’s husband had sub-contracted the works and the person whom he hired is complaining of not being paid for works done to date.In fact, the construction worker, a resident of Victoria Village from the East Coast of Demerara, had written President David Granger four times over the past year for his intervention but only got acknowledgement responses so far.“We have learnt that the Department of Energy has issued a multimillion-dollar contract to Videomega productions to do brochure, TV and radio ads for that department,” Texieira said. “What is particularly interesting and people may not remember, is that Videomega Productions is owned by Minister of Public Telecommunications, Cathy Hughes.”“Also, there are other members of the (Alliance For Change) such as Beverly Alert, who are part of that company and Russel Lancaster. So here is a company being given a major contract, multimillion-dollars, (and) to a Minister who is in charge of that company. Whether that contract was awarded by tender, one does not know.”When it comes to the CH&PA, Teixeira also alluded to reports carried in sections of the media that the Minister Patterson and another relative in the same department have been collecting money on her husband’s behalf. She expressed much concern over the two cases.Videomega Productions main office, which is also home to the Midtown Café“So we have more and more now, this combination of incestuous relations within the Government, where family members and extended family members are benefiting and profiting from taxpayers’ money, in violation of the procurement laws in some cases and in other cases, by undermining and tampering with the process.”“Videomega Productions, by the way, was given major contracts by the APNU/AFC during the 2015 elections, to produce campaign material for them,” Teixeira said. “So one has to wonder, at this point, whether the contract for Videomega Production relates to campaign material that will be used by the APNU/AFC Government.”When contacted, Department of Energy head, Dr Mark Bynoe declined to answer questions about the award of the contract.However, Minister Hughes, in a statement late Tuesday evening said that Videomega Productions indeed received a contract to produce brochures, as well as Radio and TV PSA’s for the Department of Energy“In May 2015 upon my assumption of the role of Minister of Tourism I relinquished any involvement in the day to day running of Videomega Productions. Russel Lancaster was appointed Manager and is responsible for the operations of the company. I have since been informed that the contract was for the production of three sixty second television Public Service Announcements. The value of the contract is $ 832,200. The award of this contract was never brought to my attention neither would I have been aware of it in the normal conduct of the company’s business,” the minister said in a statement.last_img read more

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Northern rodeo competitors excel in Quesnel

first_imgAlong with a variety of individual awards, a group of competitors from the North Zone earned themselves spots to represent the Province at the upcoming National Championship, taking place at the end of June Gallop, New Mexico.The northern competitors heading to New Mexico include Jenna Heibert, Keatton Collet, Derek Hadland, Tommi-Sue Little, Dexter Keith and Jordan Wolsley.The upcoming National Championship will feature riders and their horses from four Canadian provinces, 46 American States as well as riders from Australia. Some of the awards earned include:Dexter Keith – Rookie Cowboy of the Year awardTommi-Sue Little – Rookie Cowgirl of the Year and Barrel Racing Champion- Advertisement -Chance Bolin – Reverse Champion Cowboy and the number one ranking in the province for Chute Dogging.Derek Hadland and Jenna Heibert – Provincial Ribbon Roping Champions.Chance Bolin and Keatton Collet – Team Roping Champions.Advertisementlast_img read more

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NEB Hearing for Canada’s first liquefied natural gas export licence

first_imgThe National Energy Board has announced that it will hold a public hearing in Kitimat next month, to consider an application submitted by KM-LNG Operating General Partnership, for a 20-year licence to export natural gas in the form of liquefied natural gas.The majority of the proposed export gas will come from the shale reserves located in this area Northeast B.C.If you’re interested in attending the NEB hearing, it is set for 7p.m. to 9p.m. on March 1, at the Riverlodge Recreation Centre in Kitimat, but there will also be a two hour information session prior to that.- Advertisement -The natural gas would be liquefied at the proposed Kitimat LNG Terminal, and transported by tankers to markets primarily located in Asia Pacific.KM-LNG has requested authorization to export up to 468 billion cubic feet per year, and if the licence is approved by the Board, it would be Canada’s first export licence for liquefied natural gas.last_img read more

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