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Pulse Beat: 5 LIB Tracks on the Minds of the Masses

first_imgLiberian artists today, it seems, are working tirelessly to win the hearts and minds of the masses. And as they make serious gains, how that translates into income to support their work remains the age-old challenge. In the mean time, this is a game of sheer passion, and only those with grit will survive. That being said, here are five LIB tracks that have been on the hearts and minds of Liberians for the past three weeks and counting. These are not necessarily in any rank or apparent order, just a measure of how people feel about issues here and there.“They Lied To Us” by Takun J“Justice” by Takun J ft Lady Mouthphy“Spoil You With Love” by Joseph Dean ft K-zee and Marvalous MC“Kemah” by DenG“In Your Area” – Soul FreshLet’s first begin with the song, “They Lied To Us”, by Takun J. Since its release the song, which reflects people’s frustration with the powers that be, as access to opportunities and economic conditions continue to decline for many. The lyrics to this song are published in the Observer Poetry section.Despite growing popularity of the song, Takun J now sees himself as being frowned upon by the authorities. In 2007 the Hip Co rapper was beaten for his hit single “Policeman” and twice held behind bars. He has since also claimed of frequent harassments by Liberian security personnel since releasing the song They Lie To Us.The next song, “Justice”, also by Takun J, reflects an ordeal with lawmaker Edwin Snowe in 2014, where a fender-bender between the two turned into a physical assault allegedly perpetrated by the lawmaker. Takun J says he wrote the song because all legal means pursued for redress failed, as many were afraid to confront the lawmaker. A source close to the musician has said he intends to launch by year-end a grand concert, the planning of which is already in the works.“In Your Area”, by musical duo Soul Fresh, them on a path to being well the leading musical group in the country. The song reflects the very strides that musicians are making to stay relevant, hip and ahead of the game in Liberia’s struggling music industry. On a much lighter note, Joseph Dean is winning happy hearts with his hit Gbema-track, “Spoil You With Love”. With more than 500 viewers on YouTube, the song has a contagious colloquial style that has set Dean this week at a tier higher than the rest combined.But since releasing “They Vex”, DenG remains a hard one to contend with, given the release of another song, “Kemah” (I could do anything for your love… You on my mind whole day…). Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt mulls external legal services

first_imgConstitutional Challenge…AG’s capacity to defend State cases questionedThe Guyana Government is yet to make a decision as to whether it would retain external legal services to represent its appeal in the constitutional challenge case that is currently before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), because there continues to be much criticism over the performance of the Attorney General.Attorney General Basil WilliamsSpeaking with reporters on Wednesday, Attorney General Basil Williams explained that since Government has already retained two Queen’s Counsels from Barbados to represent its case in the challenge of the appointment of Justice James Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), it is possible that the services of the two legal practitioners may be extended to the constitutional challenge case – which, among other things, questions the term limit imposed on Guyanese presidents.“Well, as you know, I have two Barbadian QCs, and it’s quite possible that they could in fact (be retained)…they could be advisory, or they could also appear in the case. That’s the situation,” he stated.Asserting that no decision has as yet been taken, Williams added, “We have a lot of time. There hasn’t been a fixed date, there’s a tentative date.”This suggestion that external legal services may be used to represent Guyana has against raised questions about the capacity of the AG’s Chambers to represent state cases.One senior member of the judiciary, commenting on the possibility of the state using foreign counsels, said it is unfortunate that the Government would contemplate such a move when there are competent local lawyers that the Government can hire.The CCJ is expected to hold a case management conference on February 6, 2018, during which the dates will be set to hear the case, after the court would have consulted with attorneys on both sides in order to determine a date.Hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00h in the Trinidad-based court, and will be done via audio-visual recording, according to information posted on the CCJ website.The decision to refer the case to the CCJ was presided over by acting Chancellor Yonette Cummings-Edwards, Appellate Judge Dawn Gregory, and High Court Judge Rishi Persaud.Back in 2014, private citizen Cedric Richardson had filed the challenge, arguing that Act 17 of 2001, which was passed by a two-thirds majority of the National Assembly, unconstitutionally curtailed and restricted his sovereign and democratic right and freedom as a qualified elector to elect a former President as the Executive President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. Contending that the limit was unconstitutional and illegal, Richardson also wanted the court to determine whether the amendment with a referendum should not have been held, instead of the two-thirds majority in the National Assembly having the power to decide to limit the number of terms.The other restrictions were: to also declare unqualified to run for the presidency citizens of Guyana not resident in Guyana on Nomination Day; citizens of Guyana resident in Guyana on Nomination Day but who have not been continuously resident in Guyana for seven years prior to that date; and citizens of Guyana by registration.After several months in the court, former Chief Justice (ag) Ian Chang ruled in favour of Richardson’s argument, saying that the term limit on presidents is unconstitutional without the approval of the people through a referendum.However, the decision did not sit well with Attorney General Basil Williams and former Speaker of the National Assembly Raphael Trotman, both of whom were named respondents in the court action. They asked that the ruling be “wholly set aside”; but then Chancellor of the Judiciary (ag), Justice Carl Singh, also upheld the High Court’s decision, arguing in the Appeal Court ruling that a decision on the term-limit rested with the people via a referendum, and not the National Assembly. He had sought to impress the point that people should choose whom they “please to govern them,” and noted that this is essential to all other rights.During the February 2017 decision, Justice Singh was supported by Justice of Appeal BS Roy in upholding Justice Chang’s decision. Current Chief Justice (ag) Yonette Cummings-Edwards, who also sat on the panel, had given a dissenting judgement.Meanwhile, this move by Government to retain external legal services for yet another case comes on the heels of widespread criticisms of the performance of AG Williams. Since its assumption to office, Government, represented by the AG, has lost several cases at the level of the CCJ, and in the local courts to large companies, private citizens, and even Opposition members.At a press conference last week, Williams had brushed aside criticisms of his Chamber’s underperformance after several judgments were passed against them, leaving Government to pay out millions.It was reported that in 2017, some $100 million was included in the Legal Affairs Ministry’s Budget for the retention of six attorneys by the Government to prosecute a number of high profile cases.Government recently retained the services of Barbadian Queen’s Counsels Ralph Thorn and Hal Gallop in the ongoing GECOM case. In defending the decision, the AG pointed out that their appointments would serve to enrich the jurisprudence in the region.last_img read more

LISTEN: Goughie covers Bravo’s ‘Champion’ to celebrate Leicester’s title triumph

first_imgDarren Gough and Alex Tudor had a popular sing-off in April after West Indies’ World T20 triumph and Goughie has taken to the microphone AGAIN! The Drivetime co-presenter recreated the popular hit in tribute to newly-crowned Premier League champions Leicester City. Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes were confirmed as title winners on Monday, after Tottenham’s draw with Chelsea, to complete a fairytale season.The Windies’ Dwayne Bravo saw his ‘Champion’ song grow in popularity after their recent triumph and Goughie is a huge fan – listen to his Leicester version, above! 1 LISTEN: Darren Gough and ex-England cricketer Alex Tudor sing off – who performs Dwayne Bravo’s Champion hit better?last_img read more

BOXING – BUNCRANA BANGER LOOKING FOR A REPEAT AGAINST HEALY

first_img‘The Buncrana Banger’ John Hutchinson will again face Belfast’s Gerard ‘Boom Boom’ Healy in a rerun of their thrilling encounter last year at the Odyssey Arena.This time the pair meet in Healy’s ‘backyard’ at the Devenish Complex, Belfast on Saturday, April 6th and Hutchinson is eager to put an end of online feud that erupted after their first meeting, with both sets of fans arguing that ‘their man’ was the rightful victor. Hutchinson’s first year in the pro ranks has got off to a flying start and the 26-year-old Donegal fighter’s confidence was buoyed further after earning the first knockout win of his career when he flattened Lithuanian tough-nut Mantas Bakstinas inside a single round at Birmingham’s HMV Institute in February which earned rave reviews from in the British boxing press.That win brought the young prospect’s perfect record to three victories from three fights, but there have been lingering demands from Healy’s Gleann Gym camp for a rematch with the West Belfast slugger because they felt they were hard done-by on the judge’s scorecard after their original encounter on Heavyweight Tyson Fury’s bill in December.“We were planning on fighting a routine four round fight on the same bill versus a lesser opponent than Healy just to keep John ticking over for a bigger fight later on in the year, but then I got a call from Chris Graham at Emerald Promotions asking if we would grant Healy a rematch instead, this time over six rounds.,” explained manager Leonard Gunning.“It’s a really tough fight, the first encounter was a bruising battle that had the fans on the edge of their seats so I needed some time to think about if we had enough time to prepare correctly for a fight of this nature. I spoke to Hutchy’s experienced trainer John Breen and we agreed that we should roll the dice and take the fight. It’s an opportunity for John to show just how much he has improved, even over the last six months, so I just hope his supporters in Donegal come and back him because he will need their encouragement as he travels to Healy’s home turf in Belfast. Hutchinson has little doubt he was well worth the win in their initial battle and is confident that not only will there be a repeat of the original result but that the manner of the victory will more decisive in the long awaited rematch.“Gerard put in a great performance in the first fight and it was a hard hard nights work for us both. But I was the busier boxer and I was beating him to the punch every time. I got drawn into a scrap that night and let the occasion and my emotions of fighting in a big arena like that get to me,” said Hutchinson.“It was a true old fashioned toe-to-toe fight and all-action, but I enjoyed it, I enjoy those types of fights, probably more than I should and so do the fans but I enjoyed the result even more. The scorecards gave it to me by a very wide margin, but that doesn’t tell the full tale of the fight.“Gerard and I are friends outside of the ring, he is a genuine warrior and that increases my respect for him. Some of his team weren’t happy with the result and thought he won it, and some of his fans pretty vocal in expressing their thoughts on the result as well, it even turned into a bit of a slanging match on the internet over it. It just shows how passionate his fans are and it’s great to have support like that. They have been screaming for a rematch since the last fight and if they want it that bad then I am happy to give them what they want but the result will still be the same,” explained the former Illies Golden Gloves slugger.The ‘Emerald Gems’ bill features a host of host of Ireland’s top up and coming prospects including Irish champion Anthony Cacace and unbeaten prospects like Philip Sutcliffe Jnr, Ray Ginley, Dee Walsh and Tyrone McKenna with the likes of Eddie Nesbitt and Joe Hillerby adding more quality to the show.Tickets for John’s bout at the Devenish Complex, North Finaghy Road, Belfast on Saturday, April 6th are £30 and available in Derry from the Love Hot Yoga Studio in Springtown Industrial Estate or in Buncrana at O’Flaherty’s Bar. Alternatively you can call 087 122 0660 in the south or 079 85 646 187 in the north or visit www.boxing-ireland.com. BOXING – BUNCRANA BANGER LOOKING FOR A REPEAT AGAINST HEALY was last modified: April 2nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:boxingBUNCRANA BANGERJOHN HUTCHINSONlast_img read more

PAT THE COPE GALLAGHER VOTED TO CUT EMERGENCY FUNDS – GREEN PARTY

first_imgGreen Party candidate for Midlands – North West, Mark Dearey, has criticised the remarks made by MEP Pat The Cope Gallagher in regard to the Government’s failure to apply for funding from the European Union Solidarity Fund for storm damage.Mr Gallagher and his colleagues in Fianna Fail all voted to cut the EUSF by 50%, despite knowing that as a peripheral Atlantic country, Ireland is highly vulnerable to a changing climate and could require funding from this source, said Dearey Commenting today, Mark Dearey said, “This really is a remarkable statement by Mr Gallagher. How he can rail against the Government for not applying for EUSF funding, when he voted in favour of cutting that funding and making it harder for Ireland to access it, is frankly beyond belief. “Pat knew full well when he cast his vote just three months ago that his actions would make it harder for rural communities to access vital funding from the EU in times of hardship, and yet he’s clearly hoping no one notices.“Let me be absolutely clear about two facts: Firstly, there was no pressure on the EU to cut the budget, and in particular the EUSF budget. There was no insistence from bond markets for a cut.“This was a nakedly political action by Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour to appease David Cameron, as he attempted to solidify his right-wing against attacks from UKIP extremists. Secondly, not only did the Greens in Europe oppose these cuts, I would not, and if elected will not, vote to cut the budget for programs which provide funds for climate related clean up and reconstruction, and investment in climate mitigation strategies.“The EU budget is up for review in 2016, and if elected, I will join my Green colleagues in voting to restore funding to the EUSF, taking account of the extremes in weather we are clearly facing into. “Mr Gallagher needs to immediately come out and admit his mistake. He voted to cut money which could now be rebuilding our towns and cities across the country, and he did so fully aware that Ireland is ill-prepared to handle our increasingly wet and stormy climate. Clearly Fianna Fail have still not learnt that duplicitous politics is no longer acceptable and voters won’t be taken in by it.”Irish MEPs who voted to cut the EUSF: Liam Aylward; Nessa Childers; Emer Costello; Brian Crowley; Pat the cope Gallagher; Marian Harkin; Jim Higgins; Sean Kelly; Mairead McGuinness; Gay Mitchell; Phil Prendergast. PAT THE COPE GALLAGHER VOTED TO CUT EMERGENCY FUNDS – GREEN PARTY was last modified: February 18th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:fianna failMark DeareyPat the Cope Gallagher MePlast_img read more

Property-tax payment is going high-tech

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In hopes of reducing the number of late payments each year, Los Angeles County has launched a service allowing residents to pay property-tax bills online by electronic check. Called Vcheck, property owners can make payments by going to ttax.co.la.ca.us or lacountypropertytax.com. Property taxes also may be paid by check or credit card. Unlike with credit card payments, Vcheck does not charge an additional fee. The service comes as county Treasurer and Tax Collector Mark Saladino begins sending out 2.3 million annual property tax bills. Saladino said a pilot program with Vcheck began July 18 for taxpayers who needed to pay supplemental tax bills. As of Oct. 4, nearly 200 payments have been processed online for 249 parcels, for a total of about $245,000. To pay online, taxpayers provide an e-mail address and fill out an electronic check online with information that appears on their written checks. A confirmation page can be printed, and payers receive a confirmation e-mail. The Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office prints and processes the checks just as mailed checks are processed. Saladino said fraud-prevention measures include a server in the county’s data center that is protected by firewalls and a requirement for taxpayers to enter a personal identification number (PIN) that appears on the tax bill. Saladino said he hopes the new system will reduce some of the 250,000 late payments received annually.last_img read more

Remote-controlled craft performs well

first_imgLAKE LOS ANGELES – A remotely piloted high-altitude aircraft operating out of an Antelope Valley airfield measured atmospheric substances over the Pacific Ocean, counted sea lions sunning on beaches and showed its ability to spot poachers’ boats. The General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. Altair flew the missions for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA, gathering ocean and atmospheric chemistry measurements, mapping low-tide coastal areas and working with Coast Guard and National Park Service personnel around the Channel Islands. NASA and U.S. Forest Service officials are planning next summer to use the aircraft to spot and fight forest fires: They plan to have it patrol in 20-hour loops stretching from Southern California into Montana and back again, looking for fires that haven’t been reported. The plane will also be able to look through smoke to tell firefighters where flames are burning hottest and in what sort of terrain. In summer 2004, on duty in Alaska with the Coast Guard, the Altair was used to check wild fires’ proximity to the Alaskan oil pipeline. With longer wings than the Predator, the Altair can fly at altitudes above 52,000 feet – or more than three miles higher than jetliners fly. Like the Predators, the craft is controlled by operators on the ground, using a joystick, throttle and instruments like a conventional aircraft’s and watching a video image from a camera in its nose. The ocean flights and next summer’s fire-watch flights will be flown out of General Atomic Aeronautical Systems Inc.’s Gray Butte airfield, a World War II training base and radar test facility east of Lake Los Angeles. The company reopened the facility in 2001 as an airfield for its unmanned aircraft. NASA officials say unmanned research aircraft can fill the gap between the information that is collected through satellites and ground stations. The aircraft can provide longer looks at an area than an aircraft carrying a pilot, and can be directed to stay in a particular area, instead of passing overhead occasionally like a satellite. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “We’re doing things that have never been done before, at least never been done before in a nonmilitary context. The potential of these aircraft is starting to look like it is coming to fruition,” said Chris Jennison, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center’s project manager for the Altair missions. The Altair is a one-of-a-kind high-altitude version of its San Diego-based maker’s Predator unmanned reconnaissance plane, which has been in use by the U.S. military since the 1990s and has seen extensive service with the Air Force and the Army in Iraq. A larger, higher-flying Predator B has now entered Air Force service, and one went on duty in September with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency, watching the U.S. border in Arizona. The border patrol plane flies mostly at night, keeping the border under observation and checking out alarms from border motion detectors. “When something trips a sensor, we go and investigate it,” said John Porter, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. manager of business development. last_img read more

Fulham v Aston Villa line-ups: Sessegnon returns, Hogan starts as Villa make five changes

first_imgFulham have restored Ryan Sessegnon to the starting line-up for the visit of Aston Villa.The teenager starts as a left-winger in front of Scott Malone, a position in which he thrived in the 3-1 win at Newcastle last month.Sone Aluko moves up front to replace Chris Martin, who starts a three-match ban having lost his appeal against the red card he received at Norwich on Good Friday.The Whites are otherwise unchanged from the side which won at Carrow Road.Aston Villa, who have only a top-half place to play for, make five changes following defeat to Reading on Saturday.Manager Steve Bruce has switched to a back three, with starts for James Bree, Tommy Elphick, Gary Gardner, Jack Grealish and former Brentford marksman Scott Hogan, who plays up front with Jonathan Kodjia.Alan Hutton, Conor Hourihane, Henri Lansbury, Leandro Bacuna and former Harrow Borough winger Albert Adomah all make way.Fulham: Bettinelli; Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, Malone; McDonald, Johansen; Aluko, Cairney, Sessegonon; Ayite.Subs: Button, Madl, Sigurdsson, Parker, Kebano, Piazon, Cyriac.Aston Villa: Johnstone; Chester, Elphick, Baker; Bree, Jedinak, Gardner, Grealish, Amavi; Hogan, Kodjia.Subs: Bunn, Hutton, Lansbury, Hourihane, Bacuna, Adomah, Hepburn-Murphy.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

NDP a key Budget pillar: Gordhan

first_img28 February 2013 Brand South Africa has welcomed the importance placed on South Africa’s National Development Plan in the 2013 National Budget, reflected both in increased health and education spending and in incentives to grow youth employment and boost local investment and regional trade. Delivering his Budget speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Gordhan identified the National Development Plan (NDP) as a key pillar of the government’s spending plans, saying: “The NDP will be implemented by government and budgets will be aligned to it.” The NDP is a a blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in South Africa by 2030. It seeks to do this by drawing on the energies of the the country’s people, growing an inclusive economy, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society. President Jacob Zuma, interviewed on national television following his State of the Nation Address earlier this month, said the NDP was a crucial policy-making tool that would help South Africa develop and determine the direction the country was to take. The plan was approved by Cabinet late last year.Addressing socio-economic priorities Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola noted that Gordhan’s Budget addressed key socio-economic priorities as envisaged in the NDP, including increased spending on education and health care, as well as a proposed employment tax incentive for young, first-time workers and several tax incentives for businesses that invested in the country’s Special Economic Zones (SEZs). Brand South Africa also welcomed Gordhan’s announcement that R827-billion in state financing was in place for South Africa’s infrastructure projects over the next three years, saying this would serve to “encourage business to keep investing in our economy and seize the opportunities around us. “As a developing country, South Africa requires investment in critical infrastructure projects that will have a catalytic impact on the economy,” the agency said in a statement. Of this R827-billion, Gordhan said that R430-billion would be spent on building schools, hospitals, clinics, dams, laying out water and sanitation projects, supplying electricity to over a million new homes, building more courtrooms and prisons and constructing better bus, commuter rail and road links.‘Gateway to Africa’ reforms Brand South Africa also noted the increase in the budget for South Africa’s police services and criminal justice system, saying this recognised “the rights of South Africans to access efficient and well-resourced criminal justice services in accordance with the Constitution”. According to the Budget Review, the Department of Police will receive R2.5-billion over the next three years to improve the country’s detective and forensic capability, while the Department of Justice will receive R1.2-billion for its court revamp and modernisation programme. Matola also welcomed the outward investment reforms, forming part of a new set of “gateway to Africa” reforms, announced by Gordhan on Wednesday. These include the relaxation of cross-border financial regulations and tax requirements on companies in South Africa, as well as reforms making it easier for banks and other financial institutions in South Africa to invest and operate in other countries. Matola said this was in line with the NDP, which acknowledges the global shift of economic power from West to East, while also highlighting the rise of Africa. “This is an important step to enabling trade and supporting regional integration,” Matola said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Suzelle’s DIY takes South Africa by storm

first_imgSuzelle has become something of a South African internet sensation through her DIY videos on Youtube. She has covered a range of topics, but her most popular video to date is showing people how to make a braai pie. She’s even been joined by Tim Noakes and together they showed the audience how to make a pizza out of cauliflower. Suzelle has given DIY videos her own quirky sense of humour, which has made them hugely popular. (Image: Supplied)• Women of excellence: Ferial Haffajee, champion of media freedom • South African foodies cooking up a storm• Women of excellence: Lynette Ntuli, icon of young business leadership• Comedian David Kibuuka joins The Daily Show as writer• Brilliant young minds at the CSIR Priya PitamberWearing either bright or pastel coloured dresses, cardigans, and styling her hair in what’s become her signature up-do, South African vlogger Suzelle DIY is enlightening the country, one DIY video at a time.Her outfits may not be what people would normally wear while doing their DIY round the home, but she says: “I always look my best even when I’m doing housework.”With a unique sense of humour and usually hilarious endings, Suzelle’s quirky and eccentric persona is endearing. Her website informs her fans that she always dreamed of having her own DIY show. “I wanted to use my creativity to help people and make new friends.”She gets her inspiration from magazines and doing research on the internet. And naturally her DIY hero is MacGyver, from the 1980s TV show of the same name.Her popular videosSuzelle’s most popular video to date is How to Make a Braai Pie, which has notched up more than 660 000 views to date. It’s no wonder; South Africans generally love to have a braai (barbeque).Another popular video, viewed more than 420 000 times, was released close to Valentine’s Day. It shows viewers how to win someone over.Her next most popular video featured Timothy Noakes, professor of exercise and sports science at the University of Cape Town and a supporter of a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet, as set out in his book The Real Meal Revolution.“Smile for the video, professor,” Suzelle instructs Noakes, before the camera zooms in on his face. They make a pizza out of cauliflower. Meeting him was a highlight of her DIY series, she says.Her other videos include teaching people how to drill a hole without making a mess, how to iron clothes without an iron and a tutorial on creating her signature up-style hairdo.The one person she would like to invite on to her channel is comedian Trever Noah. And the one video she has not done yet, but would love to do, is on camping. Suzelle says she loves to help people get inspired to fix things. (Image: Supplied) Working with her handsHer best DIY achievement, though, was turning a cupboard into what she describes as an “amazing craft station”. And her greatest tool is not something you would find in a tool box because it is her creativity. “Sometimes when you don’t have the tool, you need to get creative,” she explains.She will continue making videos because “I just love helping people get inspired to make and fix things,” she says. “It is so easy.”Audience receptionGenerally the reaction to her videos is positive, Suzelle says. They are also watched by South African expats abroad. “I love it when people from overseas comment that my videos make them homesick for South Africa,” she says.“You are my hero! Love all your videos… Well done,” Maxine Trollip wrote on Suzelle’s Facebook page.‎”You make me laugh like no other,” wrote Gina Orman. “If I ever am in need of a good laugh I go and watch one of your videos.”Roxanne Lisa Booysen also smiles when she watches Suzelle’s videos. “They educate me at the same time. The best one was the braai pie,” she wrote. Suzelle’s DIY videos cover a range of topics that can help her audience dabble in their creativity. (Image: Supplied) What Suzelle loves“I work at a guest house called Somerset Guest,” says Suzelle of her other job, and in her downtime she likes to have coffee with her onscreen colleague, Marianne. She naturally loves to watch the TV show Braai Master, or anything on the Home Channel. Her favourite movies are both as quirky as she is: Legally Blonde and Notting Hill.And she is ever-ready for a DIY project because she keeps duct tape, lipstick and a small screwdriver in the shape of a star in her handbag.Besides having Noah on her show, if she could meet anyone famous, Suzelle says she would love to have Oscar-winning South African actress Charlize Theron over for coffee or a braai.And her favourite food is– you guessed it – a braai pie filled with spinach and feta.“If at first you don’t succeed, just do it,” is her favourite quote. And she seems to live by it because she gets so much done, and she manages it all with panache, without a breaking a sweat and looking stylish, every step of the way.last_img read more