first_imgLiberia has a new Finance Minister, in the person of Boima Kamara, and a new Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Milton Weeks. The President chose both of these two topmost officials from the same institution, the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL). Mr. Kamara was Deputy Governor of the CBL and Mr. Weeks was a CBL Governor.Observers see three significant indications of these two appointments: first, that the President has chosen exceptionally well in filling them, which means that she is very serious about finishing well. She has two years to the end of her second term as President of Liberia.Second, she recognizes the importance of the two institutions having an excellent relationship, in order to maintain the economic stability Liberia has enjoyed in spite of Ebola. Since Amara Konneh’s appointment as Finance Minister in early 2012, there has been a decisive disconnect between him and former Central Bank Governor J. Mills Jones—the two just never got along well.Thirdly, choosing the new Finance Minister and the CBL Governor from the same CBL is a positive reflection of former CBL Governor J. Mills Jones. This may not have happened had he not run a highly productive and successful CBL during his 10-year tenure. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Residents have mixed view on oil and gas industry

first_imgAn Ipsos-Reid survey conducted on behalf of the Calgary-based Petroleum Services Association of Canada, shows people in the BC Peace have a mixed view, of the oil and gas industry. 83 percent agreed the industry contributes financially, to the community…while 80 percent said, it is believable…and, 77 percent agreed, it provides local jobs .However, only 47 percent of respondents said, it protects public health and safety…and, just 36 percent agreed, it protects the environment.- Advertisement -Both those pecentages were lower, than the Western Canadian averages…and so were the local area rataings…for treating residents and property with respect…following laws…driving safely and courteously…minimizing mess and noise…listening to, and communicating with, local area communities…and responding to public concerns.Local area communities included in the survey were Arras, Baldonnel, Dawson Creek, Farmington, Groundbirch, Parkland, Pouce Coupe, Progress, Rolla, Sunrise Valley, Sunset Prairie and Taylor. The PSAC is building a public website, scheduled for release early in the new year.Advertisement It hopes it will answer the most commonly asked, oil and gas industry questions…and, provide an open line of communication for citizen feedback.last_img read more

Chapa Dimba heads to Nyanza this weekend

first_img0Shares0000Awendo Academy goalkeeper Brian Opondo saves the ball during the Safaricom Chapa Dimba Nyanza-Region semifinals at the Gusii Stadium. Awendo Academy qualified for the finals after winning 2-0 during last season’s event.NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 16 – After setting the ball rolling in Western, the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Season 2 heads to Nyanza region for the preliminary matches this weekend to be hosted at different venues in Kisii, Migori and Homa Bay counties.Over 140 teams will take part in the games that will bring another 80 teams from Kisumu and Siaya regions scheduled to kick off their matches on the weekend of November 24 and 25. This follows a successful start of to the tournament in Western region with over 100 games played across Kakamega, Busia and Bungoma.After the Nyanza edition, the competition will then move to Rift Valley, Eastern, Coast, Central, North Eastern and Nairobi regions as the race to La Liga heats up. The best first 11 team from across the tournament both boys and girls will be selected to head to Spain for the friendly matches and training camp.Both the boys and girls teams will play their Group-stage matches with group winners proceeding to the next stage setting pace for regional knockout phase.Plateau Queens playerAkinyi Mercy (front) controls the ball past Ouko Lydia of Omobera Girls during a previous Safaricom Chapa Dimba games in Nyanza-Region held at the Gusii Stadium during last season’s event.After the regional knockout phase, qualifying teams will move on to the regional finals and finally the grand finale set for July 2019 at Kinoru Stadium in Meru County, where the winning teams will each walk away with Ksh1 million in prize money.“We had smooth kick-offs in Western region with over 100 games played. We are ready to start our group matches in Nyanza South and West this weekend. Nyanza North which forms Kisumu, Siaya and Bondo regions matches will be played in the weekend of 24th and 25th November,” Tournament Regional Co-ordinator, Nyanza, Morris Onyango said.The competition aims at scouting for youth talent, developing grassroots football, and ultimately propelling gifted players to the national team. 1,600 teams from all over the country registered.This year, the competition will run in collaboration with La Liga and Football Kenya Federation. The partnership will see an All-Star team selected to attend a training camp in Spain during which they will play against local youth sides.From the inaugural season, over 15 young players joined the Kenya Premier League and the National Super League.The regional finals are scheduled to take place on January 2019 from 12-13 with Western at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega, Nyanza will follow on February 10-11 at Moi Stadium in Kisumu, Eastern will be held on March 9-10 at Kitui Show Ground.Rift Valley finals will be played on March 23-24 at the Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret, then heads to Coast finals to be hosted on April 6-7 at the Bomu Stadium in Changamwe. North Eastern is slated for the April 20-21 at the Garrisa University, then head to Central at the Thika Stadium on May 4-5 then conclude the regional finals with Nairobi on May 18-19.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

The best 2018 World Cup player for every shirt number in Russia

first_imgOne of the best things about the World Cup is that it features no ridiculous shirt numbers.As part of the rules, every team’s 23-man squad must be numbered from 1-23.For this reason has decided to pick the best player who will be wearing each number at the tournament in Russia.There’s no debate about who the best number seven is, but most other shirts are up for grabs.1. David De Gea (Spain) 5. Sergio Busquets (Spain) 19. Sergio Aguero (Argentina) 2. Toby Alderweireld (Belgium) 23 23 12. Marcelo (Brazil) 22. Isco (Spain) 3. Gerard Pique (Spain) 23 20. Roberto Firmino (Brazil) 23 9. Robert Lewandowski (Poland) 23 23 23 23 13. N’Golo Kante (France) 23 23 18. Joshua Kimmich (Germany) 4. Raphael Varane (France) 15. Sergio Ramos (Spain) 23center_img 7. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) 23. Davinson Sanchez (Colombia) 14. Cesar Azpilicueta (Spain) 16. Antonio Rudiger (Germany) 17. Fernandinho (Brazil) 23 11. Philippe Coutinho (Brazil) 23 23 23 8. Toni Kroos (Germany) 23 23 23 6. Andres Iniesta (Spain) 23 21. Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) 23 23 23 10. Lionel Messi (Argentina) 23last_img read more

Soldiers to be disciplined

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The U.S.-led coalition’s operational commander, Maj. Gen. Jason Kamiya, said two junior officers who ordered the bodies burned would be reprimanded for showing a lack of cultural and religious understanding, but that the men had been unaware at the time of doing anything wrong. Kamiya also said two noncommissioned officers would be reprimanded for using the burning of the bodies to taunt the rebels. The two men also would face nonjudicial punishments, which could include a loss of pay or demotion in rank. “Our investigation found there was no intent to desecrate the remains but only to dispose of them for hygienic reasons,” Kamiya said. He added that the broadcasts about the burned remains, while “designed to incite fleeing Taliban to fight,” violated military policy. Kandahar Gov. Asadullah Khalid, who attended the military’s news conference in the former Taliban stronghold of Kandahar, said, “We have confidence in this investigation.” But Islamic clerics criticized the findings of the probe. KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Four U.S. soldiers face disciplinary action for burning the bodies of two Taliban rebels – a videotaped incident that sparked outrage in Afghanistan – but they will not be prosecuted because their actions were motivated by hygienic concerns, the military said Saturday. TV footage recorded Oct. 1 in a violent part of southern Afghanistan showed American soldiers setting fire to the bodies and then boasting about the act on loudspeakers to taunt insurgents suspected to be hiding in a nearby village. Islam bans cremation, and the video images were compared to photographs of U.S. troops abusing prisoners at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison. Afghanistan’s government condemned the desecration. Muslim clerics warned of a violent anti-American backlash, though there have been no protests so far. American commanders immediately launched an inquiry and vowed that anyone found guilty would be severely punished, fearing the incident could undermine public support for the war against a stubborn insurgency four years after U.S.-led forces ousted the Taliban. “These soldiers should be severely punished,” said Khair Mohammed, a senior cleric in Kandahar. “Foreign soldiers in Afghanistan must respect our religion. If they continue to do things like this, every Muslim will be against them.” A purported Taliban commander in Shah Wali Kot district, where the bodies were burned, said he was “outraged the Americans burned the bodies of our dead. “The Americans always claimed to respect human rights, our culture and religion, but now the whole world knows that these are all lies,” he told The Associated Press by satellite phone from an undisclosed location. The footage shows about five soldiers in light-colored military fatigues, which did not have any distinguishing marks, standing near a bonfire in which two bodies were laid side by side. Kamiya said the temperature at the time was 90 degrees, and the bodies had lain exposed on the ground for 24 hours and were rapidly decomposing. “This posed an increasing health concern for our soldiers,” Kamiya said. “The criminal investigation proved there was no violation of the rules of war.” The Geneva Convention forbids the burning of combatants except for hygienic purposes. The bodies were found atop a hill after a firefight, and Kamiya said soldiers, intending to stay on the hill for two or three days for strategic reasons, believed other Taliban had fled into the village below. The cameraman, freelance journalist Stephen Dupont, said he shot the footage while embedded with the Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade. Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered his own inquiry into the videotape. That probe has also been completed, but officials say it is not clear when its findings will be released. Though Afghan media have reported the alleged desecration, the videotape has not been broadcast in the country, which some observers believe is the main reason there have been no demonstrations. The last violent anti-American protests in Afghanistan were in May over a report by Newsweek – later retracted – that U.S. soldiers at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility abused Islam’s holy book, the Quran. 160Want 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

N.Y. transit strike averted, for now

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “I didn’t sleep too well last night,” said Mary Marino, who takes two subways to her nursing job. “I kept turning on the TV to see if they had settled.” The previous bus and subway strike in New York was an 11-day walkout in 1980 that paralyzed the nation’s largest mass transit system. The new deadline raises the possibility of a strike in the middle of the last shopping week before Christmas, instead of on a drizzly Friday that many commuters could have converted into a three-day weekend. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said a strike next week “would be a lot worse than if a strike had taken place at midnight last night. “It would be really damaging to a lot of people,” he said. “A lot of people in this city work in industries where if the customers don’t show, they don’t have a job, they don’t get paid.” NEW YORK – The city’s bus and subway workers on Friday put off a potentially crippling strike until at least next week, leaving a cloud of uncertainty hanging over New York at the height of the Christmas rush. Negotiators for the 33,000-member Transit Workers Union and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority planned to resume talks this morning. Both sides had failed to agree on a new contract when the old one expired at midnight Thursday, but the trains and buses kept running, and the union set a new deadline of 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. Many New Yorkers did not know until they awoke Friday whether they would be able to ride the buses and subways, which carry nearly 7 million passengers a day. Commuters were relieved, but the uncertainly of the down-to-the-wire negotiations left some exhausted. The transit workers are prohibited by state law from striking, and run the risk of heavy fines and lawsuits if they walk off the job. Turning up the pressure on the MTA in the meantime, the union announced plans for a limited strike Monday against two private bus lines in Queens that are being taken over by the MTA but are not yet covered by the law prohibiting walkouts by public employees. The two lines have about 50,000 riders and 750 workers. Before the latest round of negotiations broke up Friday morning, the union rejected what the MTA insisted was its last, best offer – a 9 percent wage increase over three years. The union had been asking for 8 percent a year for three years. Besides wages, sticking points included pension rules and health benefits. Train operators, station agents and cleaners are paid between $47,000 and $55,000 a year before overtime. 160Want 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

Cope puts pressure on Minister over seasonal and part-time workers

first_imgDonegal Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has placed an amendment to the Social Protection Bill in order to pressurise the Minister and the Department to improve the rights and entitlements of part-time and seasonal workers.The current situation has adversely affected the income and rights of seasonal and part time workers.Many of these seasonal workers would have traditionally worked on a part time basis for the past 20 years or more. Pat the Cope, who has raised the issue of seasonal and part time workers previously with the Minister and the Department, and following the failure of the Government to highlight and deal with the ongoing issues in the recent Budget – has now placed an amendment to the social Protection Bill in order to obtain social protection rights for seasonal workers.The current situation is grossly unfair to seasonal workers – who traditionally work for a number of weeks each year and when the seasonal work ceases they traditionally were able to draw their social welfare entitlements until the seasonal work recommenced.The numerous changes brought about in social welfare over the past 6 years has now meant that it is virtually impossible for part – time and seasonal workers to draw any social welfare when they are out of work.The effects of this policy change have been devastating to rural and coastal communities especially here in Donegal with the many fish factory workers and other seasonal employees be that in the Tourism & Hospitality sector, farming sector throughout the county added Pat the Cope. Deputy Gallagher stated it is now a matter to force the hand of the Government to make the necessary changes to the Social Protection Bill, in order to remove this unfairness and restore the entitlements of the part time and seasonal workers.The current rules and regulations have to be changed for not alone is it causing extreme hardship to workers and their families, it will also lead to a skills shortage as it is no longer an incentive to obtain part time or seasonal work.Policies must always help those who most need assistance, it must help those who help themselves and must reward those who work to provide for themselves and their families, the error and mistake of the present Government is that it fails to recognise this; and the current rules covering social welfare for seasonal and part–time workers is a complete failure to reward work and to support workers, their families and rural communities throughout Donegal and the west of Ireland concluded Pat the Cope.Cope puts pressure on Minister over seasonal and part-time workers was last modified: November 11th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Warriors Profiles: Why Shaun Livingston is presumed to be Mr. Steady

first_imgBefore the Warriors tip off against LeBron and the Lakers in Las Vegas here shortly, we offer up the latest profile on our countdown to the opener on Tuesday.(In case you missed them previously, here are the first installations of our ‘Game Faces’ feature, profiles on Jacob Evans, Jonas Jerebko, Quinn Cook, Damian Jones, Kevon Looney, Jordan Bell and Andre Iguodala. Dope images provided by Jose Carlos Fajardo.)When the Warriors need a guiding force this is the guy they turn to…Shaun …last_img

Another Flagellum Excites Scientists

first_img“The bacterial flagellar motor excites considerable interest because of the ordered expression of its genes, its regulated self-assembly, the complex interactions of its many proteins, and its startling mechanical abilities,” begins a paper in Nature by three Caltech scientists.1  They performed electron cryotomography imaging on the flagella of Triponema primita, a different critter with a different model from the flagellum found in E. coli, the favorite toy of microbiologists (with an outboard motor that is an icon of the intelligent design movement).  Treponema is a little spirochete that lives in the hindgut of termites.  It has two flagella, one at each end, that apparently rotate on its inside and make the organism gyrate rather than swim through liquid.    The Caltech team got good images of the stator for the first time.  Their exterior and cross-section illustrations show a multi-part circular structure with 16-fold symmetry and complex contours, with rings and other parts of unknown function.  This particular motor apparently operates in low gear.  It is larger than the E. coli or Salmonella flagella and apparently runs at much higher torque. These differences have important implications for current models of the functional and architectural relationships of the components.  Whereas the Salmonella motor spins just the flagellum, because Treponema flagella are periplasmic, it is thought that they cause the whole cell to gyrate.  Thus, each rotation may be much slower and require greater torque.  The unusually large stud ring, C ring and rotor in Treponema may serve to increase torque by increasing the length of the effective lever arm through which each stator stud acts.  These larger rings may also accommodate more stator studs and FliG molecules around the ring, in effect ‘gearing down’ the Treponema motor so that the passage of each proton across the membrane produces a smaller angular rotation.The paper includes a link to an animation video that shows the motor in operation from different angles.  The authors talk a lot about machine specs, but don’t mention anything about evolution.1Murphy, Leadbetter and Jensen, “In situ structure of the complete Treponema primitia flagellar motor,” Nature 442, 1062-1064(31 August 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature05015.Who would have ever thought that some tiny little bug living inside another bug would possess some of the most elaborate nanotechnology in the world.  Early microscopists like Leeuwenhoek were astonished at the motions of microscopic animalcules, but the true wonder at what makes them move is still just now coming to light.    We hate to keep beating the Darwiniacs over the head with this high-tech motorized wet noodle, but it’s kind of fun in a perverse way.  Besides, incorrigibility deserves flagellation.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Gartner: Touchscreen Mobile Device Sales will Grow 97% in 2010

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#mobile#news#NYT#web frederic lardinois Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … According to Gartner, the worldwide market for mobile devices with touchscreens will grow over 97% this year. Last year, consumers bought 184 million devices with touchscreens. Gartner predicts that this market will surpass 362 million units this year. By 2013, Gartner predicts, touchscreen mobile devices will account for 80% of all sales in North America and Europe. Once the domain of high-end devices, touchscreen are now finding their ways into midrange phones and a growing number of consumers now expects all of their screens to be touch-enabled.As Gartner analyst CK Lu notes, a touchscreen alone won’t be enough to convince users to buy a specific phone, however. According to Lu, “Consumers won’t buy a mobile device purely for the touch UI, Touch technology is just an enabler, and ultimately, it is a compelling user experience — which includes good UI design, applications and services — that will make or break a product.” Indeed, Gartner advised manufacturers to double down on their efforts to create good touch-driven UIs. While Gartner doesn’t mention the iPhone explicitly, it is clear that Apple’s popular phone has set the standard for touch-driven UIs and most manufacturers are still struggling to catch up. Bonus: What Does the Mobile, Touch-Friendly Web Look Like Today? The mobile web, according to a new report from mobile search engine Taptu, is currently all about shopping and services. Taptu – which specializes in indexing mobile sites – surveyed about 326,000 sites that are optimized for mobile, finger-friendly browsing and found that the largest concentration of these sites falls into Taptu’s “shopping and services” category. In total, Taptu found 83,000 mobile-enabled commerce sites, ranging from mobile shopping assistants to banks and mobile real estate sites.According to Taptu, mobile shopping and services sites make up close to 25% of all mobile-friendly sites in the company’s index, followed by sites in the “photo and design” category (17.7%). Social sites rank third with 9.2%. Personal blogs only make up 1.5% of Taptu’s index, a number if is easily bested by adult sites, which account for 3% of all mobile-optimized sites. It’s worth noting that if we combine news and weather sites (3.3%) together with sites about world affairs (8.1%), this category would easily fall into Taptu’s top 3. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more