Appointment of members of Board of Directors in Liberia is one issue that continues to raise alarm, especially with Board members being close friends of the President of Liberia, a statement issued by the Liberia Law Society (LLS) under the signature of its founder and legal consultant, Attorney Samuel Kofi Woods II, has observed.The statement was issued under the theme, “Board Governance: The Quest for Transparency and Accountability.”According to the LLS statement, a past audit conducted by the General Auditing Commission (GAC) on the appointment of members of Board of Directors showed that board members were paid huge fees and other incentives, but did not exercise sufficient authority to help institutions manage waste and safeguard publicresources.According to the statement, “The audit observed that at some entities board members were appointed by an individual who serves as Minister of State for Economic Affairs, with the letter of appointments of these Board members without the input of the President. Board of Directors at entities such as the National Port Authority (NPA), the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) have failed to protect their institutions from taking decisions that exposed state resources to massive abuse.“The Board of Directors at NOCAL which could not help management to make the entity viable developed a lucrative retirement package for its members and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf later ordered that the plan be quashed,” it said. The LLS is the latest institution to frown on the activities of Board of Directors of state owned enterprises (SoEs), autonomous commissions and other state institutions.In the statement, the LLS said it wants the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) to look into the issue of Board members receiving double emoluments, serving their respective capacities in government and at the same time receiving compensation for serving as Board members on other agencies. Quoting a recent newspaper publication, the LLS stated that it has gathered that President Sirleaf had instructed the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs to immediately liaise with all chairpersons of Boards of all SoEs to collate and report to her all resolutions which have been passed by these Boards especially on Board fees, benefits and other compensations.The LLS indicated that the pronouncements of the President and the observations of the LACC, if reported correctly, requires further scrutiny to determine whether or not this conduct by Board members constitutes a violation of the Liberian Constitution in respect to the Code of Conduct for Public Officials. According to the LLS, reports that the LACC is also in the process of closing a loophole, which government officials had apparently employed to engage in double dipping practices, is good news, which is needed to resolve some of the debates regarding Article 90 of the Liberian Constitution, Executive Order #38 and the Code of Conduct for Public Officials of 2014.Article 90 of the constitution states in part, “No person holding office shall demand and receive any other perquisites, emoluments or benefits, directly or indirectly, on account of any duty required by government.”“Consistent with LLS interpretation of Executive Order #38, and in anticipation of evoking a resolution of the intent of the Constitution and Executive Order #38, Atty. Woods, while serving as Minister of Public Works, wrote a letter dated November 6, 2012, addressed to the former Executive Chairperson of LACC, Cllr. Frances Johnson-Allison informing her of his decision not ‘to receive both Board and sitting fees as a member of all boards’ to which he was appointed. He did so consistent with his interpretation of Part 9, Section 9.10 of Executive Order #38. He further informed her that his decision took effect as of the date of the signing of Executive Order #38. He agrees that even he must be subject of this scrutiny,” said the LLS statement.The legal group stated that to date it has not seen or heard of any scrutiny or evaluation of the Executive Order in regards to its execution in this respect. The LLS statement furthered, “It might be appropriate for the LACC to provide a full report on the enforcement of the Executive Order and its enforcement. Executive Orders have legal lifespan of one year. It has now been replaced by the National Code of Conduct.”GC, CSA PositionsThe Liberia Law Society decried the recent decision by President Sirleaf and the Ministry of State to collate all resolutions on Board Fees, describing it as misplaced.“In the opinion of the LLS, the recent decision by President Sirleaf to direct the Ministry of State to collate all resolutions on Board Fees, Compensations and other emoluments is misplaced. Existing accountability institutions are well placed to undertake institutional reforms. These institutions, which include the Governance Commission and or Civil Service Agency (CSA), are more suited to address such matters consistent with their mandate and congruous with the reform process,” the LCC said.The group wants the two leading transparency institutions (LACC and GAC) to conduct a comprehensive review of all past and present Board Actions.The statement continued, “In furtherance of this, the LACC and GAC could also take the lead in conducting a comprehensive review of all past and present Board Actions on the issue of Board and sitting fees, emoluments, benefits and compensations. While such a review is being conducted, LLS propose a moratorium on all fees and other forms of compensation until the reform is completed and the relevant provision of the Code of Conduct, especially on double compensation, is properly interpreted.”On the issue of asset declaration LLS stated that it is concerned about the Asset Declaration and Verification processes by the LACC, which commenced in 2012. The LLS stated that it is of the view that the processes were intended to enhance transparency and integrity in public service, but noted that these processes, however, remain inconclusive, with initial reports that some officials refused to comply while others were alleged to have made false declarations.“In light of the foregoing, the LLS proffered that a full audit on the implementation and enforcement of Executive Order #38, especially in relation to the assets declaration and verification process and Board Compensation and a full audit and review of the implementation of the current Code of Conduct for Public Officials,” the statement said. The Law group also wants a comprehensive reform of Public Corporations, adding, “Historically, public service has unfortunately been seen as an opportunity for the abuse of the public purse resulting in the acquisition of ill-gotten wealth. Corporations and their Boards of Directors have perpetuated a system of bleeding and pillaging the public coffer…All attempts at reforms have been ad hoc, at times perfunctory and discriminatory and at worst violate the public trust in their elected and appointed leaders. “Successive governments and including this administration have not resisted the temptation of using Boards as a vehicle to reward friends, to perpetuate cronyism and patronage as well as income generation for supporters and loyalists,” the LLS stated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In Liberian culture, the Kpelle people have their own African wedding tradition; and it is as unique as each and every tribe’s in the country. There are sixteen tribes in this not-so-little West African country. Although each tribe shares some similarities with the others, they also have some marked differences when it comes to celebrating the union of two individuals and their families in matrimony.The Kpelle people value their daughters a lot. They spend a lot to raise their daughters and as a result, bride price has gone higher than what was obtainable in the old days – US$ 48. However, this increase in the bride price for a Kpelle beauty varies from community to community.In the Kpelle tradition, the bride price includes exchange of gifts such as dried meat, kola nuts and palm wine between the two families. The cultural interpretation for using the kola nuts and other traditional materials is to wish the two prospective spouses and families good luck.On Saturday September 24, 2016, Dr. Gai Lekailay Tehmeh traditionally took the hands in marriage of Dr. Nuwoe Leemu Sibley at the residence of the bride’s father in Phebe Suakoko District in Bong County.Representing the groom’s family, Pastor Peter Tooman said the opportunity for the Tehmeh family to take the hands of beautiful Dr. Nuwoe Leemu Sibley is an honor, and promised to uphold the norms and traditions of the Kpelle culture.The bride’s family was represented by Arnold M. Sibley, uncle of the bride, who urged the groom to maintain and defend the values of his family. The bride and groom are graduates of the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine at the University of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Tiger Woods of the United States walks off of the 18th green during the first round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, Bahamas on November 30, 2017 in Nassau, Bahamas © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Mike EhrmannMIAMI, United States, Nov 30 – Former world number one Tiger Woods made a satisfying return on Thursday in his latest comeback after a 10-month layoff punctuated by back surgery and personal problems.Woods, playing his first round of tournament golf in 301 days, fired a three-under-par 69 in the opening round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas. The 41-year-old 14-time major champion carded five birdies and two bogeys in an encouraging first outing since injury forced his withdrawal at the Dubai Desert Classic in February.“I thought I did great,” said a smiling Woods, who is three shots back from leader Tommy Fleetwood, who posted a six-under-par 66.“I hadn’t played in a while after some difficulties, so to come out here and score like I did was nice,” Woods added. “It was fun to be out there and be part of a scorecard again.”Woods underwent back surgery in April in the latest of a series of injury setbacks which also forced him to miss the entire 2015-2016 season.He admitted he had not known what to expect on his return to competitive golf.“I didn’t know what I could do. I’ve been playing golf, been playing a lot of holes at home,” Woods said.“But it’s a little different when you’ve got to tee it up in a tournament. I had a lot of adrenaline going there.“I had to dial it back a little bit. Those are the internal struggles I haven’t had for a while.”After narrowly missing with two birdie putts on the opening two holes, Woods made his first birdie of the day on the par-five third, reaching the green in two before two-putting.A further birdie on the eighth — when he drained a 20-foot putt — put him at two under before a botched chip led to a bogey on the ninth.– ‘Very thankful’ –Tiger Woods of the United States and caddie Joe LaCava walk on the ninth hole during the first round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, Bahamas on November 30, 2017 in Nassau, Bahamas © GETTY IMAGES/AFP / Mike EhrmannHowever Woods came roaring back after the turn, with birdies on the 10th, 13th and 14th to move to four under before a bogey on 16 halted his momentum.Thursday’s round follows a difficult year for Woods, who in addition to his injury problems has also battled demons in his private life. He was arrested for driving under the influence in May after being found asleep in his Mercedes-Benz by the side of the road near his home in Florida.Woods, who was found to have five drugs including the powerful opioid hydrocodone in his system, later revealed he had undergone professional treatment to help him manage his medications.Woods said he had paid a mental tribute to all those who had enabled him to return to the sport he once dominated before he teed off on Thursday.“I was very thankful this morning,” he said. “I was in my head thanking all the people that have really helped me and gave me a chance to come back and play this round again.“There were a lot of people that were instrumental in my life — friends, outside people I’ve never met before, obviously my surgeon — a lot of people.“I tried to make sure in my head I thanked every one of them.”Woods also revealed the support he had received from fellow professionals during his recovery had helped him return.“The guys have been great. They’re all trying to help me — they’re always texting me to say ‘Hey, come on, let’s go out and play,’” Woods said.“They really want to help me come back and play.”Woods, whose 79 career PGA Tour wins are three shy of Sam Snead’s all-time record, has not won a major title since the 2008 US Open and has not won any event since the 2013 World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Charlie Lake Fire Department Chief Allan Pinkerton says it took about two hours to get the blaze under control, and fire fighters were on the scene for about 6 hours. At this point the cause of the fire is unknown. Pinkerton says there are reports that two motorbikes headed through the area about 20 minutes before they received a call. There is a possibility that their spark arresters started the blaze, but nothing has been confirmed.- Advertisement –
Orde noted that results from the hospital in Fort St. John found that examination and investigations showed signs of severe brain injuries. They particularly noticed fracturing of the skull, bleeding around the brain, bruising within the brain, secondary brain swelling and a fractured nasal bone. Doctors in Fort St. John also noticed that Waite’s teeth were loose and one ended up being removed. Waite ended up undergoing numerous neurosurgeries and there was no improvement to his condition. He eventually passed away on May 30, 2015.Next to be called to the witness stand was Gordon Leer. Leer was a relative of Waite’s and said the two were close when they were younger. The alleged incident took place at his residence on the night of May 18, 2015 where a group of people gathered for a BBQ.Leer testified that the group had been drinking and experimenting with drugs that afternoon/evening. They were outside on the back deck when things between McDonell and Waite appeared to be getting heated. Leer said that he then asked Waite to leave and Waite did so without putting up a fight. He stated that McDonnell went to lock the door behind Waite. McDonell had been living at the residence with his girlfriend, Leer said.Leer described the next thing he heard as a ‘bang’ and started walking towards the front door of the house where he thought the noise came from. Before he made it down the stairs, he said he could hear McDonell calling for him to come and help. When Leer saw Waite on the ground, unconscious, he said he helped McDonell carry Waite upstairs onto a couch, unsure of what had happened.Advertisement Another friend that was in attendance said that his girlfriend, who was a nurse, was outside in a car and went to get her to assess Waite. Upon seeing blood coming from Waite’s ears and nose, she recommended that they call the ambulance and get Waite to a hospital.Leer then stated that after Waite was taken away by ambulance, McDonell was visibly upset. He was allegedly swearing and punching walls. He then said police arrived at the home around midnight that night and arrested McDonell along with blocking off the residence. Leer went to stay with Quinton Cowan, who had been at the BBQ earlier doing the cooking.Cowan was also called to the stand today. He knew Gordon from before but had not met Waite until the May 18 BBQ. He also testified that he had known Cody McDonell for around two years.He said that he didn’t see any of the heated moments between McDonell and Waite before Waite was asked to leave as he was focused on his cooking. He said that Waite had left the BBQ around 3 or 3.5 hours from the time he arrived. He testified that he didn’t hear a ‘bang’ that Leer said he had heard. The only thing he said he heard was the door open and close twice when Waite and then McDonell went outside.Cowan said that he went home at around 8:00 p.m. that evening and then Leer showed up at his motor home to stay for the night while police investigated. Cowan then stated that he went to the police station the next day and gave a witness statement to police.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The trial for Cody McDonell continued in a Fort St. John courtroom on Monday.McDonell was present in court wearing a blue dress shirt and sat quietly as the prosecution brought forward three witnesses to the stand. He has plead not guilty to a manslaughter charge laid against him in connection with 29-year-old Travis Waite’s death in May of 2015.The first witness called was forensic pathologist Dr. Matthew Orde. Orde is a Forensic Pathologist and Discipline Lead for Autopsy Pathology at Vancouver General Hospital and was the one who examined Travis Waite after his death on May 30 of 2015. The alleged incident in question happened on May 18, 2015.- Advertisement -During his time as a forensic pathologist, Orde has performed 3,600 autopsies.Orde performed Waite’s autopsy on June 4, 2015 at Vancouver General Hospital. Waite had been transferred to Vancouver after originally being rushed to hospital in Fort St. John.He listed Waite’s death as a result of ‘blunt force head injury’. The most significant injury contributing to death was a blow to the back of the head, according to Orde.Advertisement Witness questioning and cross examination is scheduled to continue tomorrow starting at 9:30 a.m.The trial was scheduled for the 20, 21 and 22 of March.
5 1. Thomas Muller: Could United swoop for a second superstar from Bayern Munich this summer? Click the arrow above to see other big names Man United could sign – Ruud Gullit thinks Man United need to sign a real striker before the transfer window closes. The former Netherlands and Milan midfielder, who managed Chelsea and Newcastle, thinks the Red Devils cannot rely solely on Wayne Rooney if they are serious about winning the title. Here, talkSPORT looks at possible additions beginning with Muller. Having already signed Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern, United would be hard pushed to seize another big name from under Pep Guardiolas nose. However, reports of unrest inside the Bayern camp continue to do the rounds and United are prepared to pay another big fee for a major signing. Muller has scored more than 100 goals for the Bavarians and at 25, the forward is at the peak stage of his career to take the Premier League by storm. Ruud Gullit believes Manchester United need to sign a ‘real striker’ before the transfer window closes. The former Chelsea and Newcastle manager thinks the Red Devils cannot rely on captain Wayne Rooney to lead the line if they are to mount a title challenge.United looked set to capture Pedro from Barcelona this week until the deal was hijacked by Chelsea and with just 12 days remaining until the window slams shut, talkSPORT takes a look at the striking options available to Louis van Gaal.Click the yellow arrow, above, right to see the possible players. 4. Harry Kane: Can goal machine Kane fire United to the Premier League title? Click the arrow above to see other big names Man United could sign – After a stunning breakthrough season for Tottenham, Kane was soon linked with a move to Old Trafford. Those rumours have cooled as the summer has gone on, but with the transfer period nearing an end, United may be tempted to submit a late bid to lure Kane away from White Hart Lane. The 22-year-olds goals would certainly ease the pressure on Wayne Rooney, while the prospect of Champions League football could be too good for the England man to turn down. 5 2. Robert Lewandowski: Bayern’s £50m-rated forward has been linked with a move to the Premier League in the past. Click the arrow above to see other big names Man United could sign – The prolific Poland international scored 24 goals in his first season with Bayern and the Bundesliga champions are unlikely to part with Lewandowski this summer. But United could come in with a huge offer for the 26-year-old, which may prove difficult for Bayern to turn down. 3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly willing to let their leading scorer leave in a cut-price deal. Click the arrow above to see other big names Man United could sign – According to the Daily Mail, United are keen on the divisive Ibrahimovic and if PSG do decide to sell the striker, then a return to Serie A and Milan is on the cards. However, Man United have the financial power to outbid the Italian club and match Ibrahimovics astronomical wage demands, while Wayne Rooney would relish playing off the 6ft 4ins frontman. 5 5 5 5. Antoine Griezmann: Reports are claiming United have turned their attentions to the Frenchman after losing out on Pedro – According to the Daily Mail, Louis van Gaal has retained an interest in the Atletico Madrid forward all summer, but the Liga club have slapped a £55m price tag on his head. Griezmann scored 25 goals in 53 appearances for Diego Simeones side last term, sparking speculation he could earn himself a big-money move to the Premier League.
Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw were not named in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad Gareth Southgate has no doubt that Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw are injured, despite Jose Mourinho appearing to question the validity of the Manchester United defenders’ absence.Sunday’s 3-1 win at Swansea was a timely boost for United ahead of the international break, albeit not one that entirely lifted the manager’s mood.Mourinho explained before the match that England defenders Smalling and Shaw did not feel in a condition to play at the Liberty Stadium, making them the most likely targets of his barbed post-match comments.The United manager said there are those who are brave and “ones for whom a little pain can make a difference”, saying you have to “go to the limit” to compete.The questioning of the players’ pain threshold would suggest they were only suffering minor issues, so Smalling and Shaw were conspicuous by their absence when Southgate named his England squad later that day.The interim Three Lions boss said it was a “club matter” yet has no doubt the duo are injured, ruling them out of the Scotland and Spain matches.“They didn’t play (against Swansea), though, so there’s a medical issue,” Southgate said. “Chris hasn’t played for the last four games.“We have really good relationships, medical-to-medical, with all clubs.“There are some players that we’ll have to assess (on Monday) because we’re not sure, but that dialogue’s ongoing.“I’ve got great trust in our medical team that they’ll make the right calls.“Obviously it’s a difficult one because I don’t know the reason for the comments Jose’s made.”Smalling has been dealing with a foot complaint of late, while Shaw has been suffering with discomfort in the leg that was so horrifically fractured in two places back in September 2015.Such issues are understood to have flared up over the last week, causing the left-back a problem during Thursday’s 2-1 Europa League defeat at Fenerbahce.Mourinho, though, appeared irked to have been informed by Shaw of his unavailability on the morning of the Swansea match, yet Southgate says there is “obviously something wrong” with both players.“I don’t know Chris well but that wouldn’t be my impression, having worked with him,” the interim boss said when asked if Smalling and Shaw were flaky characters.“Luke I know well and Luke’s had a really tough injury. I think very often it’s easy to look from the outside or to make judgements on people without knowing them really, really well.“My responsibility as a coach with this group of players is to try and get a better understanding of them as individuals as quickly as possible because the more I know about them, the more I know about what motivates them.”Smalling has 29 senior England caps to his name, whereas injuries have restricted Shaw to just six.The 21-year-old spoke of his desire to be involved with England this time around and get another taste of the Scotland rivalry, having played in the 3-1 win at Celtic Park two years ago.“If he wasn’t fit to play yesterday – and he was with us in September under Sam (Allardyce) and was feeling problems with the leg – there’s clearly something,” Southgate said of Shaw.“After an injury as severe as that, we’ve got to handle that with care as well. It’s a difficult balance to find but that’s where we have to trust our medical teams.”Asked if he has sympathy with Shaw given last year’s serious injury, the interim manager retorted: “Would that be a suggestion Jose hasn’t, if I say that?“Look, I think it’s so difficult with any player. Every injury is different, every individual is different.“I’ve not known players not play unless there’s something. I think, having been a player, that would be my view on it.“All players have insecurities, all of them. All players have anxiety, and confidence issues at different times. I don’t care who they are, even the best in the world.“All sportsmen, even Andy Murray, everybody has performance anxiety of some sort.“How you then control that and are able to deal with that is probably the key to you being successful.”While coy on Shaw and Smalling’s individual issues, the interim England boss does not believe either have any issues about representing their country – even if shirt has sometimes weighed heavy on others.“I think players want to play for England,” Southgate said. “I have not seen any player who didn’t want to play for England.“But that does not mean that players that play for England don’t have some anxieties about performance.“There have been players that haven’t played as much, when I was playing, that maybe playing for England was a bit too much for them.“But Luke’s played with us right through, Chris has had a lot of games for England, so I don’t think that is the situation for them.“I think that they have got a moment with their club where they are not fit, and that’s ruled them out for us this time 1
1 Eddie Howe Eddie Howe has challenged Bournemouth to show their true identity against Brighton to kick-start their Premier League campaign.The Cherries’ pointless four-match run in the new term has been matched only by Crystal Palace, who this week sacked boss Frank de Boer.Howe insists he can soak up all the Premier League’s “cut-throat” pressure, and backed his players to rediscover their attacking verve when hosting Brighton on Friday night.“My biggest concern is the identity of the team, making sure that’s visible to me and everyone else,” said Howe.“That’s the thing that’s been missing the most, and that’s what we’re desperate to find again.“Historically we’ve always been very very good with the ball, very confident, and we haven’t quite seen that.”While De Boer was unseated by Palace after just four matches and 77 days at the helm, Howe by contrast is the second longest-serving Premier League boss.The former Bournemouth centre-half admitted regret at De Boer’s short-lived Palace tenure, but insisted there is precious little time for top-flight sentiment.“To be honest I haven’t given it a minute’s thought,” said Howe of De Boer’s Palace sacking.“But I’m very disappointed for Frank, four games isn’t time to do anything.“It’s a cut-throat business; I don’t know if there’s many more cut-throat, short periods where opinions change on you. Two games and everyone can change their opinion on you.“It’s one of the beauties and the dangers of this game.“You need a thick skin, be prepared to ride a few storms and come out stronger from those experiences.“The rollercoaster of experiences I’ve gone through up to this point thicken you up all the time. If you’re sensitive to it you won’t last two minutes.“My playing career, with the injuries and the disappointments of that, it makes you ready for tough times.“Anything you achieve is quickly forgotten in football. I’ve got no problem with that. I’m well aware I have to keep achieving.”
1 Tottenham will be looking to keep the pressure on the Premier League top four with a win over Everton in the Premier League’s evening kick-off at Wembley Stadium. Mauricio Pochettino’s men are unbeaten in their last ten games at the national stadium and will be looking to extend that stat against the Toffees, who are winless in their last five games. YOU CAN LISTEN TO TOTTENHAM V EVERTON ON TALKSPORT AT 5:30PM. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVE ONLINE. Despite a recent bad run of results, Everton lie eighth in the table amd have improved dramatically since Sam Allardyce took over as manager in November. So how do both sides line up? Scroll down to see the confirmed teams. Tottenham XI: Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Son, Alli, Kane.Substitutes: Vorm, Trippier, Walker-Peters, Wanyama, Sissoko, Lamela, LlorenteEverton XI: Pickford, Kenny, Holgate, Jagielka, Martina, McCarthy, Gueye, Bolasie, Rooney, Sigurdsson, TosunSubstitutes: Schneiderlin, Williams, Lennon, Niasse, Calvert-Lewin, Lookman, Robles Spurs are three points off fourth place
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Authorities at the scene said the train carried 10 people – one Union Pacific employee and nine contract workers. Union Pacific Railroad spokesman Mark Davis said 12 people were aboard the train. Authorities confirmed that one person had died but did not provide any details. Eight others had minor injuries, while another was missing. The maintenance crew was working on the tracks about 60 miles east of the state capital when it derailed about 11a.m. It was carrying 11,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 6,000 gallons of hydraulic fluid, acetylene, oxygen and propane. BAXTER, Calif. – One person was dead and another missing Thursday after a Union Pacific maintenance train derailed in the Sierra Nevada, igniting thousands of gallons of fuel in an area surrounded by thick forests. The derailment delayed rail traffic on the heavily used east-west route, forcing Amtrak to bus passengers around the wreckage, located in a canyon about two miles south of Interstate 80. “This is a huge spill,” said Tina Rose, spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “That is a lot of hazardous materials.” The train was loaded with thousands of gallons of diesel fuel and hydraulic fluid, which burned for hours and poured thick, black smoke into the air. Six of the train’s 10 rail cars lay in a zigzag pattern beside the tracks. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Preceded in death by: sister, Pamela Sue Dotts.A Catholic Prayer service will be at 11:00 AM Thursday at the Hughes-Taylor Funeral in Salem. Viewing will be from 6-8 PMWednesday and Thursday from 10:00 AM until time of service. Burial will be at St. Michaels Catholic Cemetery in Bradford,Indiana. April Bierlein, age 47, of Salem passed away on June 21, 2016 at St. Vincent Salem Hospital. She was born on July 29, 1968 in Columbus, Indiana.April was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Bradford, Indiana. She was also involved with 4-H.She is survived by her caregivers, Doug & Lisa Hoskins of Salem.
13 February 2008South Africans are currently saving more than the 10% reduction target in electricity consumption set by the government, and emergency measures will continue over the next six months to ensure a further drop in demand, says Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin.Addressing the media in Cape Town on Monday, Erwin particularly thanked large industrial users, who draw the bulk of the supply from Eskom, for their assistance in meeting the targets.Erwin added that emergency measures to reduce demand in electricity would continue for the next six months, to achieve the short-term reduction targets of between 3 000 megawatts and 4 000 megawatts.In the longer term, he said South Africa would be sitting with a “tight” energy supply situation for the next four years, given the lead time involved in the construction of new power stations.However, Erwin said that all contractual obligations made with investors would be honoured, adding that there would need to be greater planning and coordination when it came to new investments, especially when new projects required connections to the national electricity grid.He added, however, that it would be some time before South Africa gave the go-ahead to new energy-intensive investments such as the aluminium smelter currently planned for the Coega Industrial Development Zone.Increasing reserve marginsErwin pointed out that South Africa was not alone in dealing with a tight energy supply, stating that almost all developing countries – and some industrialised nations – were also facing similar supply constraints.“No one is sitting with an abundance of energy right at the moment,” he said.The intention at the moment was to widen the country’s reserve margin – the difference between potential capacity and that in use at any given time – which currently stands at 8%, Erwin said, adding that more intensive demand-side management programmes could push that margin to 10%.Over the longer term, demand-side efforts and supply-side interventions with a shorter lead time, such as the building of gas-fired turbines, would push the margin up to the 15% standard.While the country was on track to seeing a better reserve margin of between 12% and 15% by 2010, Erwin said the National Energy Regulator called for a reserve margin of at least 16%.He added that the team of “energy champions” announced by President Thabo Mbeki in his State of the Nation address last week would play a key role in explaining the actual situation of the country’s energy supply, especially in and around the major industrial centres, to international investors.Building capacityIn the meantime, Erwin said that South Africa aims to double its overall capacity over the next 20 years by adding another 40 000 megawatts to the system.Half of this additional capacity, he said, would be sourced from nuclear power, using both conventional nuclear power stations and the locally-developed Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) technology.However, Erwin said it would be unlikely that the country would see a conventional power station coming on stream before 2015, though a smaller PBMR plant could be ready by as early as 2013.As part of the country’s drive to source alternative, renewable, energy sources, Erwin pointed out a 100 MW wind-power station was under construction in the Cape, and that the performance of this plant would be closely evaluated to assess the potential contribution of this source of energy going forward.Source: BuaNews
Cape Town’s Boulders Beach, part of the Table Mountain National Park, is home to a much-photographed, much-loved and much-maligned colony of African penguins. Previously called Jackass penguins because their raucous cry resembles the sound of a tortured donkey, these flightless birds have not always had a good relationship with people – and they’ve almost invariably come off second best.Ever since the first European ship sailed its tentative course around the Cape to the fabled spice islands of the East, penguins and penguin eggs have been sought-after additions to the decidedly unimaginative menu of inadequately fed seamen – and they didn’t have to work hard for their supper.MediaClubSouthAfricaFree high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. Like their less fortunate cousins, the flightless dodos that were hunted to extinction on Mauritius in probably the mid-17th Century, penguins were easy prey. But unlike the dodos that really were sitting ducks wondering aimlessly around the beaches nibbling on fruit, lazing in the sun, and waddling trustingly up to predatory humans, penguins can swim. And it is probably this – and the fact that they have a healthy natural distrust of all other life forms – that saved them from the fate of the dodo.While the penguin colonies were initially plundered solely for their eggs and meat by hungry sailors, it wasn’t long before European industrialists realised the immense value of guano – bird droppings. Before the age of synthetic chemical production, guano was the principle ingredient of the fertilisers essential to the expanding agricultural economies of Europe and the Americas.And don’t let the word “droppings” fool you. Penguins had been roosting on offshore islands for years and years and years, so we’re not talking about a few little blobs here and there. The accumulation of guano was enormous. On Ichaboe Island, off the coast of Namibia, it was estimated to be about 27 metres thick.The guano rushThat was before the guano rush – a surge of maritime fortune hunters more ruthless, tougher, and infinitely more smelly than any badlands diamond or gold prospector in 19th-century Kimberley, Johannesburg, California or the Klondike.At the peak of the rush between 1843 and 1845 there were up to 460 boats anchored off the tiny island, heaving around and dragging their anchors in the wild and exposed Atlantic Ocean. Every day about 6 000 rough, bearded men fought each other for the best digging sites, swinging shovels and picks at anything that got in their way.It would seem that penguins could quite happily do without their waste, but all that guano has a purpose – it’s where the birds make their nests. They dig deep into the soft, yielding guano to form cosy burrows sheltered from the boiling sun, and incubate their two eggs, of which only one usually survives.Penguins mate for life, so these are not temporary digs: monogamous pairs usually return to the same burrows year after year. So the destruction of the guano was the destruction of the penguins’ homes. Not to mention the simultaneous robbing of nests and wholesale slaughter of adult and juvenile birds to feed the rapacious mob of miners.The guano rush didn’t last long, but it was enough to destroy the once-perfect habitats of Ichaboe, the nearby Neglectus Islet, and almost every other island breeding site of any significance.New threatsThat was the 19th century, but for most of the 20th century African penguins faced entirely different threats. Declining fish stocks due to overfishing made it increasingly difficult for the birds to find food.Penguins are spectacularly good swimmers. Using their flippers – which in other birds would be called wings – they glide through the water easily maintaining an average speed of about 7km an hour for up to 100km in a single fishing trip. They regularly dive to depths of about 30m in search of prey, but can go to over 100m if they need to. And with a little shot of adrenaline courtesy of a hungry shark or seal, or a rapidly escaping anchovy, they can reach speeds of anything between 20km to 25km an hour.With competition from commercial fishing vessels, penguins have to work much harder for every fish. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the 20th century had something far more deadly to throw at the beleaguered little birds – oil.Passing tankers and other ships that succumb to the notoriously stormy oceans off southern Africa leak thousands of tons of oil into the oceans, onto beaches and on offshore islands. Once a penguin has swum through that oil its feathers lose their natural insulation and waterproof coating, and the bird can’t swim. And if it can’t swim it can’t fish, so it stands around on the shore, shivering with cold, and starves.Luckily, most people find penguins utterly engaging so, when they are threatened, as happened in 2000 with the sinking of the MV Treasure off Melkbosstrand, there is help at hand. On that occasion, thousands of Capetonians of all walks of life volunteered anything from a couple to a couple of hours to a couple of days a week for 10 weeks to care for injured, oiled and sick penguins. In all, over the 10-week period volunteers worked 45&nbps;000 shifts, most of which were cold, strenuous, wet and uncomfortable.The Boulders settlersEven more heartening that the penguins themselves are taking steps to ensure their survival – holding their future firmly in their own two flippers. In 1983, an adventurous breeding pair found a really nice little beach, called Boulders, near the coastal suburb of Simons Town in Cape Town, and set up home. The word seemed to have spread, and over the next few years more and more penguin couples came to nest on or near Boulders Beach.There was no thick layer of guano in which to burrow, but there were convenient bushes under which to scrape out shelters they eventually turned into cosy nests. Some penguins found fantastic nesting sites in suburban gardens – with varying degrees of welcome. Some residents were delighted to have these lovely birds on their properties, while others found their incessant braying and, of course, laying down of a good guano base not conducive to a happy home and immaculate garden.That may seem picky, but those first few pairs of penguins have now grown into the thousands, and can do a lot of damage to a nice garden – and set up quite a noise and quite a smell. As the conflict between homeowners and avian residents hotted up, the local human community broke into two distinctly opposite camps – pro-penguin and anti-penguin.The impasse was settled when South African National Parks stepped in and incorporated Boulders into the Table Mountain National Park. The penguins now have their own breeding beach, the residents have fences to protect their gardens, and tourists have a visitor’s centre, comfortable viewing platforms and boardwalks.The penguins are not restricted to the breeding beach. They often hang out on the main swimming beach where they can waddle down to the sea and bob about in the calm, protected water, checking out the tourists. They wander through the car park, they’ve colonised nearby rocky coves, and they delight passing kayakers and other boaters as they swim out to sea in small groups, their tidy black and white bodies undulating through the water with graceful ease.A visit to the Boulders Beach penguins is an obligatory stop on any tour of Cape Town, and fits in well with a visit to Cape Point.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement In-app purchases for upgrades, virtual goods and more, are an increasingly popular way for developers to monetize mobile applications, as opposed to making the app a paid download. This is especially true for Android, where paid apps don’t perform as well.In addition to the programs provided by platform makers like Apple and Google, there are a number of third parties that offer similar services. In this week’s ReadWriteMobile poll, we want to know which programs you’ve tried, which you use and which you like or dislike.In the poll below, we’ve listed several of the companies offering solutions for implementing in-app purchases within your applications. (Note that this is not a comprehensive list.)Check off the the services you’re using now and then proceed to the comments to share additional thoughts on whether the program is any good, and if you would recommend it to others. If you’ve had a bad experience with a company, let us know about that too.And if we forgot a company, add it to the poll! The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology sarah perez Tags:#apps#mobile#Poll Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts
National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins announced today that the first 13 human embryonic stem (ES) cell lines have been approved for funding under the expanded policy outlined by President Barack Obama in an executive order last March. He said another 20 are likely to be added to the list any day now, but the final list could top 100.NIH officials have proceeded as fast as they could to fashion new guidelines to replace the Bush-era restrictions. Until now, federally-funded scientists have only had access to 21 cell lines created before 9 August 2001, the day President George Bush announced his policy. Draft guidelines were issued last spring; final ones came out in July. In September, NIH opened a Web site where government-funded scientists can fill out a form requesting approval for the use of particular cell lines.Opponents slammed the move as immoral. “We don’t think any taxpayer should have to fund research that relies on destroying early human life,” said Richard Doerflinger of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. 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They worried that, under exacting new requirements for informed consent by embryo donors, most of the Bush-approved lines wouldn’t make the grade, but NIH has fashioned a two-tiered vetting process which allows for some flexibility in considering older lines. How many lines will ultimately qualify for NIH funding is not yet clear. Former NIH Acting Director Raynard Kington estimated that around 700 lines are in use today but predicted only a fraction were likely to qualify under the new policy. Collins indicated today that a couple of hundred are likely to be available soon.Currently, eight groups have submitted 109 lines to NIH for consideration. The 13 newly approved ones include 11 derived at Harvard University in the lab of stem cell researcher George Daley, and two from the lab of Ali Brivanlou at Rockefeller University. Collins said that in addition to the 20 on the verge of being approved, there are “more than 100 additional ones for which we have evidence that there is going to be a submission.” Collins said he didn’t know how many of the 21 Bush-approved lines would make the grade; only one so far, from the University of Wisconsin, is in the approval pipeline.NIH ES cell money can now start flowing. Collins said there are 31 grants, totaling $21 million, that have been on hold pending approval of the first cell lines. Now, he said, “Those 31 can look at the registry and decide which lines there they would like to start work with.” And what will total dollar figures look like? “There’s no ceiling,” said Collins, citing “this wonderful engine of discovery that has been revved up” with recovery funds. But he warned that research may run into “serious stress when recovery money runs out” in 2 years. Asked if the development of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells has reduced scientists’ need to work with human ES cells, Collins said “we are still very early in investigating this dramatic finding. There’s still a very legitimate series of questions about whether iPS and ES cells are equivalent. … We will never know the answer if we don’t have the capability to do rigorous side-by-side comparisons.”
Bajaj Auto has launched Pulsars with an exciting range of two-tone colours.The new range is all set to re-define the sporty and sought-after design of the Pulsar 150, 180 and 220. This new range will now provide Pulsar enthusiasts choice of three striking colours including Pearl Metallic White, Sapphire Blue and Cocktail Wine Red. The new two tone Pulsars will be available at no additional cost.Commenting on the launch of new range of Pulsars with two-tone colors, Mr. Sumeet Narang, VP (Marketing), Bajaj Auto said: “The Pulsar is India’s No1 Sports bike for more than a decade now. As a market leader in the sports category it’s our endeavor to constantly offer our customers state of the art technology, best in class features and performance and of course great styling. We had earlier introduced vibrant two-tones in the Pulsar 200NS and received an overwhelming response from our customers and hence we have now extended the concept on the entire range of Pulsars. We are confident that the new avatars of Pulsar will appeal to the new age biker, who is seeking a bike that not only offers great technology, but also unparalleled aesthetics.” The success of Pulsar range is an acknowledgement of Bajaj Auto’s commitment to unparalleled design and development.