Beats Better Have My Money – Nigerian Producers Need It.

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Nigerian music producers appear to have woken up to the skewed nature of the music business recently, which is just as well as because they had been jonesing! 

Production is often the biggest key to a single’s success here, the audience hasn’t shown an apetite for well written, profound pop songs. They just want to dance! Who gives them that? When ‘It’s Young John the wicker produzer‘ comes through the speakers, dancers are already mid-shoki.

So why shouldn’t these guys make more? The suspicion is that there isn’t enough of an understanding of what they’re due and what the practice is in other other well established industries.

By producer, beatsmiths are the ones being referenced as even production work is multi-faceted which may only involve song direction, assembling all contributing performers as well as actual beat crafting.  There are two main ways music producers get paid.

1. Upfront

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3 reasons why competitive employees are good for business

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Kathy Bloomgarden, CEO of Ruder Finn. Courtesy of Ruder Finn, Inc

Kathy Bloomgarden is the CEO of Ruder Finn. Today, she answers the question: “How do you deal with a competitive colleague”?

I recently read an article that suggested we are all responsible for the energy that we bring into our organization. We can be a source of inspiration or we can be a drain — sometimes unknowingly bringing negativity into the business. Competition internally can be the ultimate drain — it can suck energy out, fuel unproductive and unnecessary rivalries, and force employees to drive good for themselves rather than good for the entire organization. It can be ugly. But when channeled correctly, one’s competitive nature can actually help spur innovation, creativity and growth. Here are three key ways leaders can squash the negative sentiment that can come with internal competition and create a productive work environment for all:

Refocus the Energy
Use the competitive forces to compete with external headwinds. Channel the “challenger” mentality and turn internal competition into external competition. Task your most competitive employees with surveying the landscape, benchmarking against strong competitors, and identifying gaps within the organization. Ask them to help develop programs and opportunities that create a stronger, better, and faster organization for the future.

Provide ownership, reward and recognition
Over the years I’ve learned that competitive colleagues may be combative, but they tend to be ambitious and highly engaged. Give them a creative outlet, a personal project that matches the individual’s skillsets, and is an assignment that they can independently manage and grow. Harness the desire to do something new and different by encouraging them to stretch their personal abilities in a way that’s productive for both them and the broader organization. Give them the chance to earn recognition, and reward them accordingly.

Build a community
Get competitive colleagues engaged in mentoring instead of fueling jealousy. We all can learn from each other and mentoring is a great way to encourage employees to exchange ideas and support each other for those that may not interact otherwise. In sync with today’s values, people want to be part of a community that is centered around a common goal. Give people the chance to create and own the team building associated with a vision and aspiration. Success of companies today is based on the collaboration and team spirit that is rooted deep within organizations, allowing people to come together and produce results that would not be achievable on an individual basis.

Source: Fortune.com

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Preliminary Draw

Photo Credit: FIFA.com
Photo Credit: FIFA.com

The eyes of the footballing world will be on St. Petersburg on Saturday 25 July when the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Preliminary Draw, the first major Kick-Off Event ahead of the tournament itself, takes place.

The ceremony will be held at the historic Konstantin Palace, a bastion of Russia’s rich cultural tradition. Guests from around the world will convene at the palace, which is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland, to watch the draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition.

From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, a total of 208 nations have signed up to participate in the campaign. Russia qualify automatically as hosts and will therefore not be involved in the Preliminary Draw. For the first time in the history of the World Cup, all national teams have registered for the preliminary competition.

Besides Asia, which will have already had a pre-preliminary draw, all other five Confederations will be drawn in St Petersburg.

Source: fifa.com

World’s first malaria vaccine, from GlaxoSmithKline, wins approval from EU

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The world’s first-ever malaria vaccine, developed by GlaxoSmithKline, has won backing from European regulators, marking a critical step in the fight against a disease that kills nearly half a million people each year.

The vaccine, called Mosquirix, was approved by the European Medicines Agency, Glaxo GSK said on Friday.  AlJazeera reports that the vaccine has received a green light from European drugs regulators who recommended it should be licensed for use in babies in Africa who are at risk of the mosquito-borne disease.

Fortune.com reports that Mosquirix, also known as RTS,S, has been in development for 30 years. It initially started as a concept within Glaxo; over the years, the Walter Reed Army Institute joined in on clinical development, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation contributed more than $200 million in financing. In all, more than $565 million has been invested to create the vaccine.

“This is a historic achievement,” said Moncef Slaoui, head of Glaxo’s vaccine division, who has worked on the vaccine for 27 years. “Especially in the U.S., so many diseases are so effectively controlled by vaccines that we forget their power. But, when children die too commonly, you realize that vaccines are transformational.”

Malaria is caused by parasites that are transmitted to humans via the bites of infected mosquitos. The disease caused an estimated 584,000 deaths in 2013, and most of those were among African children. Malaria deaths have fallen by 47% globally since 2000 thanks to greater prevention efforts, including insecticide-treated nets, indoor spraying with insecticides, and better diagnostics and drugs for treatment.