Guyanese on path to becoming Canada’s hip-hop/dancehall star

first_imgKenwyn Norton, popularly known as “Ken.Will.Win” is a Guyanese by birth but now resides in Canada where he has built his brand and music career. He sees himself as a Canadian dancehall/hip hop artist.He was born and raised in Guyana but moved to Canada eight years ago. While working on his craft, he is also attending university perusing his Bachelor’s degree in Arts.While he has always been musically inclined, it was after moving to Canada that he saw the opportunity in him to cultivate his craft and have fun with his talent which he is happy to share with the rest of the world.Growing up in the Caribbean influenced his musically style significantly, hence his preference for dancehall and hip hop.“I joke with people I meet when they ask me what type of music I do, I tell them “if the music don’t make you wanna groove, I don’t wanna do it.” I believe that Canadian dancehall is on the rise, moreover dancehall music is on the rise once more in the world and I plan to help keep that vibe alive”.He has infused his dancehall music with hip hop, similarly to the way Drake has been able to incorporate dancehall into hip hop music; it is like doing the reverse.He has been inspired by artistes such as Bob Marley, Tupac, Beenie Man, Mase, Marvin Gaye, Beres Hammond and Garnet Silk, just to name a few.His music can be considered as groovy and edgy, with tunes such as “Love You Down” and “Get To Know You”.However, he tries to promote positivity in his music. One of his such songs is “Girl They Can’t Stop”, which supports and promotes women’s empowerment. Another song, he made reference to was “African Woman”, which entertains but at the same time reminding women about their beauty, melanin and being comfortable in their own skin.“It’s hard to say who I sound like as other artistes as well as myself could not come up with another artist who my voice sounds like. While I have had my own challenges since I’ve started recording music, I know that I am on a mission so I keep pushing through”.However, he hopes to see more Guyanese artistes on the international scene. He believes Guyana has been blessed with talent but there not have enough windows of opportunity for people with similar ambitions to pursue their dreams.As such, he is hopeful to be in a position where he can share his road map with Guyanese youths who are bursting with talent but feel stuck as they see no sense in going after their dream.“To them I say dream on, and don’t give up on yourself or your dreams. To those that are in a position to contribute to the music scene, I encourage them to invest in our youth”.last_img read more

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Derek Walcott

first_imgDerek Walcott, the great St Lucian and West Indian poet, died a week ago on March 17 and the media of the English-speaking world carried touching tributes to a unique poet and playwright. In Guyana, not much, as was expected, was said although Walcott was known and remembered by many Guyanese.Walcott was born in 1930 at Castries, St Lucia and raised there. His mother was a headmistress at the local school and his father was, among other things, an amateur water-colourist, who died at the age of 31 before Walcott was born. He was raised by his loving mother, who made every sacrifice to ensure that her son received a good education. She recognised Walcott’s talent as a poet and at 14, he published his first poem and financed his self-published book of 25 poems, which he published four years later. During these early years of his poetic life, he painted and became a good amateur painter.He got a scholarship to the newly-established University College of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica where he read English, French and Latin. He graduated in 1953 and settled in Trinidad for several years, teaching and being involved in cultural work. His great talent as a poet and writer became widely recognised, and he received an award to study in the USA. He joined the academic staff of Boston University and taught there for 20 years until he retired in 2007. During his stay at Boston University, he published regularly and his great work “Omeros” was published in 1990.Walcott’s output of poetry, plays and essays was among the greatest produced by any West Indian writer and he won many prestigious awards and prizes during his long career.His greatest work “Omeros” for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature captures the essence of the Caribbean and was a re-setting of Homer in St Lucia. In addition to the Nobel Prize, Walcott also won the MacArthur Foundation “genius” award (1981); the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry (1988); the WH Smith Literary Award for Omeros (1990); the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Lifetime Achievement (2004); the TS Eliot Prize (2011) for his book of poetry “White Egrets”; and the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry Recognition Award in 2015, among several others.He was the essential West Indian and though he spent so many years in North America and Europe, he always came back to St Lucia, which was home to him. He always claimed his identity was West Indian and in his personality, he expressed his West Indianness. Though he was aware of the many currents and cross-currents of race, religion and culture in the Caribbean, he rose above them and in one way or another, utilised them in his art.As was stated by the Secretary General of Caricom, to the Caribbean Community, Walcott was a true cultural icon, a gift from Saint Lucia to the Region and the world. He embraced the entire Caribbean as his own. His lyrical poetry and penetrative plays resounded with the rhythm and spirit of the Caribbean civilisation. And certainly, he epitomises the possibilities and brilliance of a true Caribbean man.We salute this distinguished son of our Region, whose presence in our midst will be greatly missed.last_img read more

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PBA fines Santos P200K for racial taunt on Jones

first_imgTECO donates $100,000 to typhoon-stricken Sorsogon Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after US-China deal ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off on Targaryens may premiere in 2022 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Commissioner Willie Marcial, who summoned Santos on Thursday, said the San Miguel player will also render 100 hours of community service and undergo seminar and counseling on equality and racial discrimination.“Racial discrimination has no place in basketball and sports in general and the PBA in particular,” Marcial said in Filipino. “The PBA will never allow such acts and if he does it again, the league will hand out a stiffer penalty.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“As the commissioner, I am asking for the understanding from Mr. Jones and his family,” Marcial went on. “The PBA is home to all players and doesn’t look at color or race.”Marcial said Santos was apologetic during the meeting. LATEST STORIES View comments With the rise of e-commerce, is it also the end for our beloved CD-R King? “He (Santos) asked for forgiveness from the fans, Terrence Jones and the entire TNT team.”Marcial said Santos will also issue a public apology.The SMB star came under fire after he was seen dancing like a monkey at the sidelines after Jones was called for a foul late in the second quarter of Game 5 eventually won by the Beermen, 99-94, for 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven title series.AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Petron takes breezy path to semifinals Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted San Miguel Beer forward Arwind Santos was fined P200,000 by the PBA for his monkey gesture directed at TNT import Terrence Jones in the second quarter of Game 5 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalianlast_img read more

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BLUES POWER PAST LAKERS IN GAME 1

first_imgNext Game: at Nipissing University (OUA Quarter-Final Game 2) 2/22/2019 | 7:30 p.m. Preview Matchup History Watch Live Full Schedule Roster  Print Friendly Version Fryer posted 15 saves in her first career post-season victory.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. WHKY: TORONTO GOAL! Jessica Robichaud tips in a Jana Headrick point shot to put Toronto up 3-1 over the @nulakers with 10 minutes to go! pic.twitter.com/F8bLocSmaf— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) February 21, 2019center_img WHKY: TORONTO GOAL! Stephanie Ayres SCORES off a beautiful pass from Mathilde De Serres! The Blues are up 2-0 over the @nulakers with 3:14 to go in the first! pic.twitter.com/pKNOmVZoCR— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) February 21, 2019 The Lakers finally got on the board late in the second period as Hunter Mosher forced a turnover on a Blues powerplay and her breakaway attempt trickled past Blues netminder Erica Fryer. Toronto held a 2-1 lead at the second intermission.The Lakers put on the pressure early in the third period but it was the Blues who padded their lead. At the midway point of the frame, fifth-year forward Jessica Robichaud tipped in a Jana Headrick point shot to restore the two-goal lead. Live Stats WHKY: TORONTO GOAL! Kiyono Cox scores on the PP to give the Blues an early 1-0 lead over the @nulakers in Game 1! pic.twitter.com/a8OyxbTJCp— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) February 21, 2019 The University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s hockey team defeated the Nipissing Lakers 3-1 in Game 1 of their best-of-three OUA quarter-final series on Wednesday night (Feb. 20) at Varsity Arena.SERIES SCHEDULE: The Blues will look for the series sweep as they head to North Bay for Game 2 on Friday night (Feb. 22) at 7:30 p.m. Game 3, if necessary, will be back at Varsity Arena on Sunday (Feb. 24) at 4 p.m.HOW IT HAPPENED: Fourth-year forward Kiyono Cox opened the scoring just 2:22 into the contest, banging home a rebound on Toronto’s top-ranked powerplay. The Blues extended their lead towards the end of the first on a 4-on-4 opportunity as Stephanie Ayres one-timed a beautiful pass from Mathilde De Serres into the back of the net. U of T was up 2-0 after 20 minutes of action.last_img read more

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WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ROUNDUP Wambach, Lilly work their magic for U.S.

first_imgThe victory boosted the United States to four points atop Group B – the same as North Korea – with a final group game Tuesday in Shanghai against Nigeria. North Korea defeated Nigeria, 2-0, and faces Sweden on Tuesday in the northern city of Tianjin. A draw will be enough to get the United States to the quarterfinals, although a victory might guarantee first place and a quarterfinal against Japan or England. If the U.S. finishes second it will have a tougher time against defending champion Germany. “We knew that this was potentially an elimination match with Sweden,” said American coach Greg Ryan, whose team is undefeated in 48 games since he took over 21/2 years ago. “Big players win championships, and you saw what happened here tonight.” North Korea 2, Nigeria 0: Kim Kyong-hwa and Ri Kim-suk scored first-half goals for North Korea in a Group B match in Chengdu. North Korea dominated possession throughout the game. North Korea had 20 shots and Nigeria had 15. The Koreans had eight on goal to only five for Nigeria. Japan 1, Argentina 0: Yuki Nagasato scored in injury time to lift Japan over Argentina in Group A in Shanghai. Nagasato poked in a rebound over a sprawling Argentina goalkeeper Romina Ferro who couldn’t control a low, hard shot by substitute Yukari Kinga. The late goal came three days after Japan scored on the final kick of the game to tie England, 2-2. Germany 0, England 0: The teams played to a scorless draw in a Group A match in Shanghai.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services Kristine Lilly glanced up, catching sight of Abby Wambach 25 yards ahead racing down the left side toward Sweden’s goal. She reacted instinctively, lofting a soaring ball for Wambach to run under. Wambach did just that, settled it off her chest, and lashed a left-footed half-volley from 15 yards that ripped into the net behind Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl. It was Wambach’s second of the game – her third in two games in China. It was classic Lilly-Wambach in the 58th minute of Friday’s Women’s World Cup Group B game; America’s top strikers linking up to seal a 2-0 victory over Sweden in Chengdu, China, and move the No.1-ranked Americans into position to reach the quarterfinals. “If you like football, you like to see a goal like Abby Wambach’s goal today,” Sweden coach Thomas Dennerby said. “But for us, it was in the wrong match.” Playing with 11 stitches in her head, picked up in a 2-2 draw with North Korea earlier in the week – and a sore toe that’s numbed before she plays – Wambach also converted a penalty in the 34th after Lori Chalupny was taken down in the area. She’s now scored 80 goals in 98 games for the U.S. national team, with is trying to win the World Cup to go with titles in ’91 and ’99. There was more classic Lilly-Wambach. They gave each other the credit. “She saw me making a run, and she basically did all the rest,” Wambach said. “She put an amazing ball on my chest between the two defenders. I took a decent touch off my chest and was able to half-volley it.” last_img read more

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Cal ISO tries to beat the heat

first_imgALHAMBRA – In the cavernous California Independent Systems Operator control room, the state’s electricity nerve center, staff kept an eye Monday on a digital display that shows moment-to-moment power usage. It’s a number that climbed higher and higher on a day that broke records as air-conditioning units up and down the state tried to crank out cool air. The number jumped past the 50,000 megawatt mark at about 2:30 p.m. “It just keeps getting better and better,” quipped Tracy Bibb, grid operations director. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Demand had peaked at 49,036 megawatts on Friday, which was already 2,500 megawatts more than the previous record. A Stage 2 Emergency was declared at 1 p.m. when energy reserves fell below 5 percent. In that situation, “interruptible” customers who have signed up for the program in return for better-than-usual rates are cut off. “We were bummed out that we had to do the interruptibles, but we understand why we had to,” Bibb said, adding that there was a reduction of 885 megawatts. Usage was expected to reach 52,000 megawatts Monday, he said. Demand on a typical summer day is between 41,000 and 42,000 megawatts. One megawatt serves about 650 households. The number reflects electricity usage for three-quarters of the state; some cities, including Pasadena, Los Angeles, Burbank and Glendale, distribute their own power. Cal ISO was founded in 1998 when the electricity industry was deregulated. At the Alhambra control center, tucked away in an office campus, staffers perform a constant balancing act as they match supply from power stations with demand from utilities companies. There is another facility in Folsom. A 6.5 percent reserve is ideal. If reserves fall below 3 percent, a Stage 3 Emergency is declared, and rolling blackouts are necessary. Bibb said that scenario was unlikely Monday, and as of 5 p.m., the threat had passed for the day. The last time that happened was during the 2000 and 2001 energy crisis. ISO operators determine what kind of reduction is needed, and give utility companies a portion based on their size. The companies, such as Rosemead-based Southern California Edison, then determine the blackouts locally. “It’s growth \ the prolonged heat wave,” Bibb said of the current energy crunch. “If this were just for today, we wouldn’t see this kind of levels. But it’s been building up. We need a break in the weather.” patricia.ho@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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F-15s escort plane after woman causes scare

first_imgBOSTON – Two fighter jets were scrambled Wednesday to escort a London-to-Washington flight to an emergency landing in Boston after a disturbance in which passengers said a woman in a jogging suit paced up and down the aisle, peppering her incoherent mutterings with the word “Pakistan.” The federal official for Boston’s Logan International Airport said there was no indication of terrorism, but passengers said they were unnerved. “It was a harrowing two hours,” said Antony Nash, 31, who was on his way home to San Diego and was seated near the woman. “I noticed F-15s next to the plane. I said, `Oh, my God.’ And then we saw the emergency vehicles” waiting on the tarmac, Nash said. Gov. Mitt Romney said the 59-year-old woman was from Vermont and became so claustrophobic and upset that she had to be restrained. The FBI said the woman, a U.S. citizen, was arrested on suspicion of interfering with a flight crew. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.last_img
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WordSesh Virtual WordPress Conference Returns July 25, 2018

first_imgLooking to improve your knowledge of WordPress, but haven’t been able to make it to a local Meetup group or nearby WordCamp? Here’s your opportunity to attend an online WordPress conference, without leaving your workplace.After a brief hiatus, WordSesh returns with 12 hours of online WordPress presentations by WordPress experts and professionals.Organized by WPSessions, this year’s WordSesh is a single-track event with WordPress experts from around the world sharing their development expertise and tips on workflow, optimization, client relationships, and more.What You’ll LearnFrom setting up your VPS to successful freelancing to improving WordPress performance and more, there’s a range of talks to capture your attention and level up your WordPress knowledge.You’ll also have the opportunity to interact with speakers and attendees online, share your notes, and of course, make new friends! Event Date and RegistrationWordSesh kicks off July 25, 2018 at 8:00am Eastern Standard Time with each presentation beginning on the hour. If you’re not sure when WordSesh begins for you, use their handy switch on their site to identify the start time for your time zone.Multiple breaks are planned throughout the 12-hours for chat and time to get up and walk about before you return for the next session. Registration is $25 for an individual ticket, pre-registration is required. Group and scholarship ticket are also available.And don’t worry if you miss your favorite talk, recordings with captions and transcripts will be available to everyone who registers. My Experience at WordSeshI’ve attended several previous WordSesh events in the past—here are my recaps from a WordSesh 2013 session, WordSesh 2014 session, and WordSesh 2016 session. I was able to immediately apply what I learned from the WordSesh talks to my website work. And that’s why I highly recommend this year’s WordSesh conference to any WordPress developer, no matter your skills or experience. Speakers and ScheduleThis year’s WordSesh speakers include:Nathan AlloteyAhmad AwaisAaron CampbellCarrie DilsAndrea GouletHelen Hou-SandíTessa KrieselChris LemaMike LittleMaura TealBrad WilliamsCheck the schedule to find out the sessions you want to attend. SummaryWordSesh is a can’t miss opportunity for you to expand your WordPress knowledge. As longtime readers of my blog know, I’m a huge fan of online conferences.WordSesh makes it easy to attend their event, at your own convenience. At low cost. And with recordings available after the event, you can can watch the sessions again and again. Sounds like a win-win situation to me! Are you planning to attend WordSesh this week? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…Relatedlast_img read more

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Columbus Catholic volleyball drops regional final at Wausau Newman

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWAUSAU – Top-seed and Marawood Conference South Division champion Wausau Newman Catholic proved to be too tough for Marshfield Columbus Catholic as the Dons lost 3-0 in a WIAA Division 4 regional final on Saturday night at Newman Catholic High School.The Cardinals won 25-10, 25-22, 25-12, to move on to the sectional semifinals, where they will face Wisconsin Rapids Assumption on Thursday.“We were still missing our setter (Jen Reigel) tonight, but our girls gave it their all against a very good team,” Columbus Catholic coach Kate Egle said.Kendra Baierl had nine kills, Abby Baierl had 12 digs, and Natalie Pospyhalla had 19 assists to lead the Dons.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

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