HOTT FM Donates Modern Latrine to Kpallah Community

first_imgThe management of HOTT FM 107.9 radio station has over the years tried to identify with its fans across Liberia. On several occasions, the station has single-handily donated food, school supplies, hygienic supplies and other necessities to the needy.Lately, HOTT FM’s CEO Bernard Benson (a.k.a. DJ Blue) and staff have again over the week helped those in need by listening to their cry. “We have played a major role in making sure we sanitize people about the dangers of Ebola. And we were also responsible for the ‘Ebola is real’ song that made the whole world realize that Ebola is real,” stated DJ Blue.Members of the Kpallah community, Brewerville, outside of Monrovia, appealed to HOTT FM ’s management that a toilet was urgently needed.In response to the request, HOTT FM dedicated a modern four-stall latrine.“We see it necessary to help, especially when a person is in need,” Blue said. “The dedication also shows what a community that is together can achieve collectively. As a small Liberian business, this gesture signifies our strength and also the passion we have for communities.”DJ Blue called the gesture “amazing”, not because the project cost the station $7,500.00 USD, but because “this is the first time in history that a small business (radio station) owned by young Liberians has embarked on a sustainable project with such magnitude”, he added.“HOTT FM has reached out to numerous orphanages and communities, and we have legal documents to prove all. Long before the Ebola outbreak, we identified with WestPoint by feeding them and giving them packages of goodies for a whole day,” DJ Blue added.Meanwhile, the Kpallah community was engaged when DJ Blue was fortunate to meet its community leader Alahaji Seator. He says he was astonished at the fact that community dwellers didn’t have a proper place to ease themselves.“Grandmothers, mothers, children, women and the whole community are using the bushes to ease themselves,” DJ Blue recalls.  “And being a well meaning citizen with heart and love for his/her community, especially with the position to help, such a thing can’t be ignored.”HOTT FM is also known for throwing big bashes, concerts and entertaining events. According to DJ Blue, HOTT FM held a series of events to raise money for the latrine project.“The project cost $7,500.00. No one heeded their call, so we decided to take the bull by the horns. We are proud to say this modern latrine was one hundred percent funded by HOTT FM 107.9. I hope other institutions will imitate what HOTT FM is doing and has done,” DJ Blue urged.For the meantime, the community leader Alahaji Seator extolled HOTT FM for dedicating the modern latrine to his community and its people.“People who carry on initiatives in communities are normally politicians. But to see a private business institution erecting a modern latrine in my community brings me joy. I urge the community to use the latrine properly so that it will last longer for the good of the community and its people,” said Seator.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Celtic back in Champions League play-offs after Legia Warsaw expelled

first_imgCeltic have been reinstated in the Champions League play-offs after Legia Warsaw were expelled.The Polish side fielded an illegible player during their third round second-leg clash with the Bhoys on Wednesday evening.Bartosza Bereszynski, who should have been suspended, came on as a substitute with four minutes to go in the 2-0 victory at Murrayfield.Ronny Deila’s side lost the third round tie 6-1 on aggregate, having been beaten 4-1 in Poland, but were awarded a default 3-0 second-leg win, meaning they effectively went through on away goals. Celtic have been reinstated in the Champions League play-offs after Legia Warsaw forfeit 1last_img

House concurs with Rep LaFave Essential Air Services should continue

first_img14Jun House concurs with Rep. LaFave: Essential Air Services should continue The Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday adopted a resolution introduced by state Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain that would urge the president and Congress to continue fully funding the Essential Air Services program.The Essential Air Services program provides smaller communities around the country with commercial airline services. President Trump has recommended cuts to the program’s budget, which would affect regional airports across the state, including five in the Upper Peninsula.LaFave calls the program essential for the region’s economy.“Failing to fund Essential Air Services in these communities would increase ticket prices immediately,” LaFave said. “The flights funded by this program help keep our state and its residents connected, and cuts would negatively impact jobs and tourism.”The Airline Deregulation Act, passed by the federal government in 1978, gave airlines freedom to select which markets to serve.Congress created the Essential Air Services Program as a response to ensure that smaller communities would not lose commercial airline services. Categories: LaFave News,Newslast_img read more

Swiss telco Sunrise said it had signed up several

first_imgSwiss telco Sunrise said it had signed up “several ten thousand” customers to its IPTV offering by the end of September, without giving a precise figure.The company said that its IPTV customers “do not yet play a significant role in the interim condensed consolidated financial statements” for the three quarters to the end of September.Sunrise said that its total fixed internet subscriber base had increased by 600 subscribers year-on-year to 371,500, with broadband subscribers increasing from 365,900 to 368,700.last_img

Japanbased patent licensing pool ULDAGE has annou

first_imgJapan-based patent licensing pool ULDAGE has announced terms and begun licensing patents that it says are essential for UHD TV satellite broadcast.The pool comprises 16 companies and other entities with patents that the Japan Intellectual Property Arbitration Centre holds to be essential to meeting UHD TV satellite broadcasting standards.The group comprises Dolby Laboratories, Fujitsu, Hitachi Maxell, JVC Kenwood Corporation, LG Electronics., Masproh Denkoh, Mitsubishi Electric, NEC, NHK, Orange, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Columbia University, Thomson and Toshiba.ULDAGE currently licenses patents for high-definition terrestrial digital broadcasting, high definition satellite digital broadcasting, and high definition digital cable broadcasting.Broadcasters are receiver manufacturers will now receive a licence for a bundle of UHD TV patents at what ULDAGE describes as “very reasonable conditions”. Makers of narrowband CS UHD TV receivers will pay ¥100 per unit, while wideband UHD TV receiver manufacturers will pay ¥200.A combined licence for both narrowband CS UHD TV units and wideband units will cost ¥300.For UHD TV satellite broadcasting services, royalties will be charged as a rate of 1% of revenues.According to the group, the terms will take into account the development of the market going forward.The group plans to hold discussions about the licensing terms and conditions for cable and terrestrial UHD TV broadcasting “once the holders of those patents have been determined”.last_img read more

The longdelayed digital switchover in South Afric

first_imgThe long-delayed digital switchover in South Africa will now take place by July 2020 at the latest following the implementation of a “revised delivery model”, according to communications minister Nomvula Mokonyane.Nomvula MokonyaneSpeaking at a media briefing on DSO alongside Free State premier Sis Ntombela, Mokonyane said that the government was committed to getting the project “back on track” following years of delays and infighting over the technology to be deployed in set-top boxes.The Free State will become the first of South Africa’s states to switch off analogue transmissions, with the project scheduled to be complete by the end of this year, followed by the Northern Cape in March.Mokonyane said that the original model adopted by the country was “expensive by any country’s standard” and “cumbersome, with multiple risks carried by the government”. She said that the technological landscape had changed in the 11 years since the project was initiated and that revising this model was “inevitable”, despite local opposition.Mokonyane’s speech followed a decision two weeks ago to cease purchasing set-tops for the migration project in favour of a market-driven approach. The government will now no longer be involved in procurement and distribution of boxes. The original policy had been established with the goal of ensuring that poorer South Africans were not excluded, but escalating costs and corruption scandals have bedeviled the implementation of the plan.Mokonyane said that far from penalising South African box makers, the new model would “allow more participation by all the industry players instead of the selected few participating through the government procurement system”.Poorer South Africans will now be issued with a voucher that they can exchange for boxes of their choice. Mokonyane said that “the price of the appliances will be affordable as the various retailers will compete on the basis of the price instead of the one set by government”.She said that the government would “move swiftly” to clear the stock of set-tops already procured in the Free State and Northern Cape based on the existing subsidy model, giving the government some time to prepare for the implementation of its new market-driven strategy. Mokonyane said there were currently over 390,000 boxes sitting in warehouses ready to be distributed.The ITU deadline for switchover in South Africa passed in June 2015, with other countries in the telecommunication body’s Region 1 such as Zambia, Kenya, Malawi and Rwanda now having completed the process.last_img read more