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  • 2017 Intra-Government Tourney Begins March 23

    first_imgThe 2017 edition of the Intra-Government Tournament, which brings the three branches of government together, is expected to kick-off on Thursday, March 23, the Ministry of Youth and Sports has announced.This year’s tournament will be played at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium and BYC’s Blue Field, both in Monrovia.In a letter to the Legislature, the first branch of government, the Ministry said under the auspices of the Bureau of Sports, it organizes the annually intra-governmental tournament with a goal to enhance socialcohesion and bridge the gap between top and lower level managers/employees in the public sector.“All affiliated institutions attached to the Executive, Judiciary and Legislative branches of government are eligible to participate in the two disciplines to be competed for in both categories (football and kickball) during the tournament, and a fee of US$500 is required for registration. “The registration process begins Friday, February 17 and ends Friday, March 17, at 4pm,” stated Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton Jr.“I look forward to solicit your cooperation in the interest of promoting physical fitness in the public sector…”In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer via mobile phone, Minister Yonton said the draw for the tournament is scheduled for Monday, March 20.“We are expecting at least 36 institutions from the government; and the games will be played both at the ATS and the BYC’s Blue Field,” Minister Yonton said.It may be recalled that the football segment of the 2016 intra-government tourney was won by the Ministry of Information, Cultural and Tourism (MICAT), while the Judiciary won the kickball title.“The tournament also promotes physical fitness and recreation among civil servants and top government officials for the enhancement of good health, while at the same time promoting friendship and good sportsmanship,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Attorney arrested in action-packed day

    first_imgCarpenter’s murder PI… as poisoned teenager appears in courtThe teenager who is the key witness against murder accused Marcus Bisram in the Faiyaz Narinedatt murder trial and who was poisoned turned up at the Springlands Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, but before he could take the stand,Marcus Bisramhe had to leave for medical reasons.As the Preliminary Inquiry (PI) was about to commence, an attorney was also arrested by the Police for trying to interfere with the course of justice in what could be described as a day of high drama.Attorney-at-Law Chandra Sohan was taken into custody after State Prosecutor Stacy Goodings accused him of obstructing the course of justice.Attorney Sohan, who is not on record as representing the five accused, told the court that two witnesses who had previously testified did indicate to the court that they did not wish to rely on the further statements which they had given to the Police, but on the first set.Goodings argued that Sohan was not a part of the trial and hence his utterances should not be entertained. However, defence Attorney Sanjeev Datadin reminded the court that all State witnesses have a right to additional legal advice and allAttorney-at-Law Chandra SohanSohan was doing was acting in the interest of the two witnesses.The two witnesses were initially picked up as suspects along with the five defendants and detained for four days. Sohan is alleging that after four days in custody, they were given statements to sign and were ordered to sign them if they wanted to be released.In the initial statements, those witnesses claimed that they knew nothing of the murder. The two in question are now witnesses for the State.Following the intervention by Sohan, he was arrested and taken into custody. The prosecution is contending that he was trying to persuade one or more witnesses to not tell the truth. The prosecution is pushing to have him charged. Meanwhile, Attorney-at-law Datadin told the court that he had reviewed a video, which was submitted by one of the persecution’s witnesses and challenged it in court on the grounds of its admissibility. The court is to also look at the video as the PI continues.The five men charged: Radesh Motie, 39; Diadatt Datt, 18; Harri Paul Parsram, 49; Orlando Dickie and Niran Yacoob 37, are before the court for the November 1, 2016 killing of Faiyaz Narinedatt, a carpenter of Number 70 Village, Corentyne.The State is contending that Narinedatt was killed and his body was subsequently placed along the Corentyne Highway at Number 70 Village and run over by a car to make it appear as if he was the victim of a hit-and-run accident.Bisram has since been arrested by law enforcement officials in New York and is being detained pending a hearing in a New York court.While Bisram’s relatives filled the courtroom, outside family members of the dead carpenter held a peaceful picket calling for justice.On Wednesday afternoon, habeas corpus proceedings were filed in the High Court in Georgetown for Sohan, who is a former magistrate released on his own recognisance. Following the filing of those proceedings by Attorney Sase Gunraj, the court ordered that the Police produce him at 09:30h today. However, the Police have since released him on his own recognisance.last_img read more


    first_imgDeputy Padraig Mac LochlainnSINN Féin’S Justice Spokesperson Padraig MacLochlainn says the Policing Authority Bill must now be amended and brought before the Dáil as a matter of urgency.The Donegal Deputy said changes were needed to the Bill in the wake of the controversy over the Fennelly Report.Speaking today, Deputy MacLochlainn said: “The Policing Authority Bill in its current form is fatally flawed.“The analysis of the Fennelly controversy by experts such as Mark Kelly of the Irish Council of Civil Liberties and Vicky Conway of DCU, have reinforced Sinn Féin’s policy in relation to the Policing Authority. “Sinn Féin submitted detailed amendments to the Bill when it was being debated in the Seanad.“The Government at the time rejected these amendments off-hand. The publication of the Fennelly report reinforces the need for the Sinn Féin amendments to be included in the Bill.“The Bill must be amended so that the Garda Commissioner is accountable to an independent Policing Authority as opposed to the Minister for Justice.“The Fennelly report shows that there are serious defects in the accountability structure in the Department of Justice where, incredibly, there was not one meeting between the Garda Commissioner and the Minister for Justice during the most critical months to face the administration of the Gardaí since the foundation of the State. “Furthermore, the Policing Authority Bill in its current form gives the power to the Minister for Justice, as opposed to the Policing Authority, in determining and dealing with matters of ‘security’.“The problem here lies in the fact that it will be the Minister for Justice who will decide what constitutes a ‘security matter’.“It is giving the Minister a trump card to deem any matter a ‘security’ matter, thus, allowing the Minister to take personal responsibility for dealing with that matter.“Sinn Féin believes that the role of differentiating between a matter of ‘security’ and other policing matters should lie with an independent member of the judiciary as appointed by the Chief Justice.“The Policing Authority as it is currently proposed by the Government would have had no effect in preventing any of the serious failings identified in the Fennelly report,” added Deputy MacLochlainn. MACLOCHLAINN: POLICE AUTHORITY BILL NEEDS TO BE AMENDED OVER FENNELLY ROW was last modified: September 4th, 2015 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:MACLOCHLAINN: POLICE AUTHORITY BILL NEEDS TO BE AMENDED OVER FENNELLY ROWPADRAIG MACLOCHLAINNlast_img read more

  • Business ‘can solve social problems

    first_imgFollowing the global financial crisis, conventional banks have lost a trillion dollars, yet they are still not in favour of lending to the poor, Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus said on Saturday.The Bangladesh banker and economist was giving the seventh Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg.“I had to create Grameen Bank because the conventional banks refused to lend to the poor. This is the same for conventional banks the world over,” Yunus said.“They do not mind writing off a trillion dollars in a sub-prime crisis, but they still do not lend $100 to a poor woman despite the fact such loans have near a 100 percent repayment record globally,” he added.Yunus said conventional banks also complained that the poor were not credit worthy.“The real question to ask is whether banks are people worthy,” he added. At Grameen Bank, there were no legal instruments between lender and borrower, no guarantees, no collateral.“And yet our money comes back while the prestigious banks all over the world that went down had all their intelligent paperwork, all their collateral, all the lawyers and legal systems to back up their lending, ” Yunus explained.“When we give a $100 loan, behind that there’s a cow, there’s a few chickens, there’s something real,” Yunus said.“The banks that are collapsing were based on chasing papers. It was a race to create a fantasy world of papers. And when something went wrong, the whole thing collapsed. ”He said the Grameen Bank was locally based and its source of money was local.“In other words, the money comes from the deposits of the people in the bank. We take the depositors’ money and lend it. We are not connected with international banks, so their crisis could not reach us.”But Yunis noted that even if the problems springing from the global financial crisis were overcome, the world would still be left with some fundamental questions about the effectiveness of capitalism in tackling many other unresolved issues.“There is only one concept of business in the whole world, and that is the purpose of business is to make money.”He said the interpretation of the human being in this theory treated people as one-dimensional beings.“Capitalism and the marketplace that has grown up around the theory make no room for the selfless dimensions of people … what about starting a business on the base of selflessness?” he asked.Yunis proposed a second type of business alongside the existing one, calling it “social business.”“This is a business whose purpose is to address and solve social problems, not to make money for its investors.”He said Grameen had partnered in a joint project along these lines in Bangladesh with Danone. “Grameen collaborated with Danone to supply nutritious fortified yoghurt to the undernourished children of rural Bangladesh,” he said.Grameen had also created a joint venture with Veolia of France to deliver safe drinking water to the villages of Bangladesh.“Whenever I see a problem, I start a company to solve that problem,” Yunus said.The lecture was attended by Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel. Yunus congratulated Mandela on his forthcoming 91st birthday.“You are the most wonderful person alive today,” he told Mandela. “I feel privileged to be on this planet while you are with us.”Sapalast_img read more

  • Etihad offers a Flying Nanny service

    first_imgEtihad Airways has launched a dedicated in-flight child care assistance program for families, led by the introduction of a new Flying Nanny on board long haul flights. The Flying Nanny provides a ‘helping hand’ to families and unaccompanied minors. During the past two months, 300 Etihad Airways cabin crew members have completed enhanced training for the role. A further 60 will be trained in September and 500 Flying Nannies will be working on Etihad Airways long haul flights by the end of 2013.The course includes in-depth training, from the world renowned Norland College, focusing on child psychology and sociology.In addition, the course also covers many different creative ways the Flying Nanny can entertain and engage with children during flights.Aubrey Tiedt, Etihad Airways’ Vice President Guest Services, said: “Flying with a young family can be a daunting task, even for the most experienced travellers, and the Flying Nanny role demonstrates our understanding of our guests’ needs and our commitment to making the journey as relaxing and comfortable as possible.”“The Flying Nanny will liaise with parents and use their experience and knowledge to make the travel experience easier. This includes helping serve children’s meals early in the flight and offering activities and challenges to help entertain and occupy younger guests,” Ms Tiedt said. The Flying Nanny will also inform families transiting at Abu Dhabi about the various baby changing and child facilities at the airport, as well as advising them of the children’s play area in the premium lounges and at Gate 32 in Terminal 3.last_img read more

  • Take a five-minute holiday to South Africa

    first_img16 April 2015An action-packed, five-minute holiday to South Africa from your bar stool in London or Manchester – that’s what’s on offer this month in the United Kingdom.South African Tourism is using Oculus Rift technology and targeting bars in the two cities, where consumers can put on a virtual reality headset and experience South African in high definition and binaural sound, creating an immersive experience.Through 360-degree head tracking, Oculus Rift allows viewers to explore the virtual world just as they would in real life.The five-minute holiday takes the viewer to Table Mountain, where they experience what it’s like to abseil down a sheer cliff, with full-circle views of the sea behind and the city in the distance. Other adventurous scenes include kite-surfing, paragliding and feeding elephants, before relaxing in a bar in Johannesburg’s Neighbourgoods Market.All scenes were filmed on location, where the Oculus Rift technology was adapted accordingly. A shark cage-diving scene in Cape Town required the footage to be shot underwater, using a specially made 3D-printed underwater camera rig.The first bar takeover will take place on Friday, 24 April at Corbet Place, Brick Lane, London. The next venue is NoHo, in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, on Thursday 30 April. Other dates will be announced on South African Tourism’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.Oculus is technology company that, it says, “is revolutionising the way people experience video games”. The Rift uses custom tracking technology allowing users to wear goggles and headphones and look around the virtual world just they would in real life. Every subtle movement of your head is tracked in real time, creating a natural and intuitive experience, Oculus says.Selected bars hosting the virtual reality pods are encouraged to add to the experience with DJs, South African street food and wine-tasting sessions from the Cape Wine Academy. Visuals of South African landscapes and wildlife are also projected throughout the event space.Juan Herrada, South African Tourism’s UK manager of marketing and communications, said: “We want to surprise the UK travelling public and Oculus Rift is the ideal partner for us to reach a young, tech-savvy market. This is the first time Oculus Rift and binaural sound have been combined to create a unique, immersive holiday experience for the UK public.”Brand Warrior promotional staff are also on hand at the takeovers to answer questions and encourage consumers to enter a competition to win a pair of flights to South Africa. South African Tourism is working with agencies UM London, Visualise, Somethin Else and Tribe on the campaign.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

  • Good nutrition can combat lead in water

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Children are especially susceptible to the dangers of ingesting lead from drinking water or any other source, says a registered dietitian nutritionist with Ohio State University Extension. But parents can help limit the health impact by making sure their children eat a well-balanced diet, especially that they get enough calcium, iron and vitamin C.“The best defense against lead for anyone is a healthy lifestyle,” said Pat Bebo, leader of OSU Extension’s Community Nutrition Program and interim assistant director in charge of Extension’s Family and Consumer Science programs. “But it’s especially important for children, because their digestive system is much more efficient at absorbing lead. Children’s bodies may absorb up to 50% of the lead they ingest, while adults absorb just 10 to 15%.“Absorption is greatest on an empty stomach. Infants and children up to age 6 are at the greatest risk.”Lead poisoning has been in the news recently after reports of dangerous amounts of lead in public drinking water supplies in Flint, Michigan, and Sebring, Ohio. But lead ingestion can also come from lead paint, particularly from houses built before 1978, lead dust and lead in contaminated soil. Lead poisoning can cause cognitive delays and behavior problems, and can harm the brain, kidneys and other organs.Bebo said calcium is the most important nutrient to help combat lead ingestion.“Picture a cell, any cell in the human body,” Bebo said. “They all have receptors that allow nutrients to enter the cell and do their work. When the right nutrient matches up with a receptor, the cell will let it in.“It just so happens that calcium and lead compete for the same receptors, but lead is a much better fit. So there must be enough calcium circulating in the body to bind to the cell receptors first. Then the lead is less likely to be absorbed.”The recommended amount of calcium for children up to 6 months is 200 milligrams a day; 260 milligrams for children 6 to 12 months; 700 milligrams for those 1 to 3 years old; 1,000 milligrams for those 4 to 8 years old; and 1,300 milligrams for those 9 to 18 years old. A cup of milk has about 300 milligrams of calcium. Other good sources are other dairy products such as cheese and yogurt, as well as dark green leafy vegetables and calcium-enriched orange juice.Getting enough iron is also important, as it can prevent iron-deficiency anemia that can be caused by lead.“Iron is needed in our red blood cells to absorb oxygen,” Bebo said. “If there’s not enough iron circulating in the body and you’re taking in toxic amounts of lead, then the lead will interfere with the uptake of iron by the red blood cells and as a result you could become anemic.“If you are getting enough iron in your diet, it will compete with the lead for entry into the red blood cells.”Infants up to 6 months need just 0.27 milligrams of iron per day, but those 6 to 12 months need 11 milligrams. Children 1-3 years need 7 milligrams; 4-8 years, 10 milligrams, and 9-13 years, 8 milligrams. Boys 14-18 need 11 milligrams a day, and girls that age need 15 milligrams.Iron-rich foods include iron-fortified breakfast cereals; lean red meat, turkey, chicken and fish; green leafy vegetables; and kidney beans and lentils.Getting enough vitamin C is also necessary, Bebo said, as it helps the body better absorb iron. Vitamin C-rich foods include citrus fruits, red and other bell peppers, cantaloupe, tomatoes, broccoli, potatoes, sweet potatoes and other fruits and vegetables.“Basically, what I tell people is to follow MyPlate,” online at www.choosemyplate.gov, Bebo said. “A healthy diet won’t completely eradicate the threat of lead. But it can go a long way, especially in children up to age 6, to limit the level of toxicity.”It’s important not to rely on supplements to get the recommended amount of these nutrients, Bebo said.“There’s no evidence that supplements have any better effect than eating a balanced diet, and it’s too easy to go overboard using supplements. That could put you at risk for toxicity as well — you don’t want that, either.”Getting enough physical activity and hydration is also important, Bebo said, “to make sure the organs can flush the system and to keep a healthy body weight so additional fat mass won’t be available to allow the body to store harmful minerals.”OSU Extension offers two Community Nutrition programs that allow low-income Ohioans to learn more about how to maintain a healthy diet. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program is offered 20 counties, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education sessions are offered in 80 counties. Anyone interested can contact their OSU Extension county office to find where the nearest program is, or they can find information at fcs.osu.edu/nutrition.“It doesn’t have to be complicated,” Bebo said. “In fact, it’s simple. But you have to know some basics about good nutrition, and Extension is here to help provide that information.”Parents can learn more about lead and reducing their children’s exposure to it from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at www.epa.gov/lead.last_img read more

  • Big ears means big yields in Miami East FFA corn contest

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Members from the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter were recently challenged to participate in the annual Chapter Corn Contest. The rules of the contest were to bring in one ear of corn and earn a corn-related prize. All participants got a can of soda pop because corn syrup is a major ingredient. Overall winners were presented an FFA T-shirt from the FFA Chapter.A winner is chosen based on the predicted yield of the corn. The grand prize winner was determined by the highest yield estimate, based on plant population per acre. Agriculture Education students in plant and animal sciences took time in class to figure the predicted yield of corn ears as part of their continuing education of agronomy.The overall winner was Kearsten Kirby. Her corn was predicted to yield 327 bushels to the acre with a 34,000 seed population per acre. Second place went to Alyssa Westgerdes who presented an ear of corn that is predicted to produce 279 bushels per acre with a 30,000 seed population per acre. Third place went to Savannah Holzen with an ear of corn predicted to yield 264 bushels to the acre with a 30,000 seed population per acre. Fourth went to Michael Bair with a predicted yield of 247 with a 25,000 seed population per acre and is certified organic. Fifth went to Zach Kowalak with a predicted yield of 245 bushells to the acre with a 30,000 seed population per acre.Participants included Michael Bair, Dakota Bashore, Kylie Blair, Katie Bodenmiller, Savannah Holzen, Kearsten Kirby, Colton Kowalak, Zach Kowalak, Korey Lauck, Lance Rohrbach, and Alyssa Westgerdes.last_img read more

  • You said it, Devon

    first_imgAt a press conference at IBS, Devon Hartman of HartmanBaldwin Design Build described his introduction to green building. Pointing out that he had been doing high quality design build work for over 25 years, he told the group that when he learned about home performance and building science, he suddenly realized that much of what he had been doing so far in his career was wrong. He immediately stopped everything to reevaluate their systems and processes in order to improve their work and make sure the everything they did was, in fact, high performance and green.His epiphany was very similar to mine, and I applaud him for taking the stand he did within his company. I chose a different path, away from construction and into consulting. This is absolutely in line with my feelings about green building, particularly as described in my profile on this website where I am quoted thusly: “I cannot understand how anyone who learns about green building and remodeling and doesn’t change their ways to go exclusively green. If they don’t they must be stupid or greedy.”I didn’t actually expect them to put that quote on my profile when I wrote it, but I am glad that they did. Devon has the right attitude, as to many others who have made, or are in the process of making the change to all-green, all the time. I applaud everyone’s efforts and look forward to the results.last_img read more

  • An HVAC Specialist Builds a Greener Air Conditioner

    first_imgLooking to increase its foothold in the green retrofit market, a Northern California HVAC company builds an energy efficient air conditionerThe summer heat in California’s Central Valley often is as intense and dry as the summer weather that bakes the deserts of the Southwest. Air conditioning in California’s inland valleys is considered a necessity, which is why, during the housing boom, HVAC specialists such as Beutler Corporation were kept extraordinarily busy installing systems in new homes.As the housing market stalled, though, Beutler had to find new ways to grow its business, and so began expanding its green repertoire. Its new-home and retrofit products and services now include installations of solar roof tiles (one version uses 62-watt panels, the other a combination of 72- and 142-watt panels) as well as high-efficiency heating and cooling systems with variable speed blowers, programmable zoned controls, tight duct systems, and air filtration options.Beutler also took on the inefficiencies of conventional air conditioners by designing and building a green variant in-house. The company’s AquaChill air conditioner uses water, rather than air, to cool the machine’s condenser coil, allowing it to operate at relatively high efficiency even when the temperature outside tops 100 degrees.On very hot, dry days, it can be 40% more efficient than even the best conventional units, Michael Keesee, who has been managing a Sacramento Municipal Utility District pilot test of the AquaChill, told the Sacramento Bee for a story published this week.The paper noted that SMUD has been monitoring the performance of about 30 AquaChill units Beutler installed in local homes last year. The utility is offering a $1,100 rebate on at least 200 AquaChill units this summer, and likely will offer unlimited rebates starting this fall if the product continues to perform well.At about $10,000 apiece, including installation, the units certainly are not cheap, although a SMUD rebate would take out a fair amount of the sting, as would the $1,500 federal tax credit, available through 2010, for energy efficiency upgrades. If the AquaChill does gain traction in the market, it could seriously dent summer energy usage in the Sacramento area, where air conditioners can account for nearly half of peak demand on a hot afternoon.last_img read more