Speaker J. Alex Tyler has commended the Liberia’s independent media for what he described as “the professional and splendid coverage of the December 20, 2014 Special Senatorial Election in the country.”At a reception marking the official opening of the 4th Session of the 53rd National Legislature yesterday at the Capitol Building in Monrovia, Speaker Tyler thanked the media for its “balanced, credible and on-the-spot reportage in the recently ended election nationwide.”“For the first time in my political life, I witnessed such keen and professional work done by the media. As watchdogs of our democracy, they help keep the process honest by being in every nook and cranny of the Republic during dark and difficult nights, making sure that only genuine results were communicated,” Speaker Tyler declared.The Bomi County Representative asserted, “Without smart-phones or laptops or other sophisticated gadgetry of the Western media and, without any immediate pecuniary dividends deriving to themselves, they labored in rain, in stress-and-strain and many other difficult conditions to ensure that only the truth, and nothing but the truth about the elections got out.”He pledged his unflinching support, with the assistance of his colleagues, to ensure that appropriate budgetary consideration be made to facilitate proper training for the media.According to him, the proposed training, if approved, will be conducted in collaboration with the National Elections Commission (NEC) with the intent to ensure a sustained, continued and robust reportage in the area of elections coverage.“Indeed, you are the watchdog of our democracy, the harbinger of the new Liberia and the heroes in the quest for honesty, integrity and fair play in electoral politics,” he declared.The Unity Party lawmaker praised members of the Electoral Body for conducting a peaceful and credible election across the nation, adding that their role played was vital.He then welcomed the 13 new senators-elect to the Capitol Building, noting; “Please remember your promises made to the people that were not made under threat or duress.”Speaker Tyler reminded his colleagues from the sister chamber about their duties which include, representation, supervision and crafting laws, as imperative and must be kept uppermost in their minds and actions at all times.“For those who lost or were not considered by the people this time, I say, take heart. Better days are yet to come; and I pray that you become a part of Liberia’s golden years, in public or private service, yet to come,” he asserted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo has committed to ensure that the laws regarding dual citizenship for Members of Parliament (MPs) are upheld.While Jagdeo said the PPP has no intentions of returning to the National Assembly, when asked how he hopes to deal with the situation if they had to return, he said, “We will uphold the law.”At present, the PPP has three MPs who have dual citizenship. They are Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, who is a Canadian citizen; and Adrian Anamayah and Odinga Lumumba who are both US citizens.However, he said that if there was need to return for the handling of issues relating to the holding of elections, those who want to hold on to their dual citizenship would be recalled and replaced.He told the press that his Party has not yet decided on who would be the three replacements, but said that such matters could be discussed quickly and decisions could be made in no time.Jagdeo said that the executive would first have to discuss the matter and if it led to replacements, then they would have to refer to the electoral list.It is not clear if any of the PPP/C MPs plan to give up their dual citizenship, except for Teixeira who is a long-standing member of the Party and has served in high-level positions such as presidential advisor.In the meantime, the lone Alliance For Change (AFC) MP who holds dual citizenship is Business Minister Dominic Gaskin. He was born in the United Kingdom, but is a citizen of Guyana by descent.The AFC has argued that the issue of renouncing citizenship does not apply to Guyanese who were born in another country. It believes that Gaskin could remain an MP because of this.On the other hand, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) members including Minister of State, Joseph Harmon holds American citizenship and so does Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence. Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and Minister of Public Service, Rupert Roopnaraine are also dual citizens. They are citizens of the United Kingdom.However, none of the APNU members have indicated a willingness to give up their citizenship.The controversy concerning persons with dual citizenship in the National Assembly surfaced after former Government MP Charrandas Persaud voted in favour of a no-confidence motion, which was tabled by the Opposition and validly passed in the National Assembly.A private citizen, Compton Reid, challenged the validity of the vote cast by Persaud in the National Assembly on the basis that he breached Article 155 of the Constitution which bars MPs from having dual citizenship.This argument also formed part of the opinions presented to Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland in the hopes that he would reverse the ruling – something the Speaker ultimately refused to do.According to the acting Chief Justice Roxane George, by swearing allegiance to another State, a dual citizen is not qualified to be elected to serve in the National Assembly.She noted that while Persaud should not have been a sitting parliamentarian because of his dual citizenship, at the time of his vote on the motion, he was a valid MP; hence, his vote was valid.This issue is not peculiar to Guyana, because most recently the world was made aware of a similar situation in Australia.That country was pitched into a political crisis in 2018 after a court ruled that a senator was ineligible to sit in Parliament because she had failed to renounce her British citizenship, triggering a spate of MP resignations.Some 14 parliamentarians have resigned or been ruled ineligible since mid-2017 when renewed scrutiny on a constitutional clause set politicians scrambling to prove they only had Australian citizenship.
Finn Harps have made a solid start to their new season with a share of the spoils in a 0-0 draw with Waterford Utd at Finn Park.In a gritty affair, no less than seven yellow cards were shown by referee Simon Rogers.New signing Ruairi Keating had the best chance of the game to snatch three points for new boss Ollie Horgan in the 60th minute. Keating looked odds-on to score from close range at the back post from a Carel Tiofack corner but shot wide.Packie Mailey also had a shot deflected over the Waterford bar.Brian Nolan and Jack Doherty also had chances for the visitors in a game which did not boast an array of chances for either side.There was a minute silence at the start of the game out of respect of the late John Campbell Jnr, son of former Harps chairman John Campbell who was tragically killed recently. HARPS GRAB SHARE OF THE SPOILS IN LEAGUE OPENER AGAINST WATERFORD was last modified: March 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn harpsFinn ParkWaterford Utd
What another fantastic weekend we had at Voodoo Venue, the venue was packed Friday, Saturday and Sunday and with top class entertainment being provided throughout the weekend which catered for all ages.Every week Voodoo Venue in conjunction with Donegal Daily team-up to run a competition on their website.We randomly select one reveller from a series of pictures from the weekend just past. The lucky reveller who has their face circled in the photos above, wins FREE entry for FOUR and a FREE bottle of CHAMPAGNE.So if your face is circled above then contact Voodoo Venue via Facebook to claim your prize.Check out the Voodoo Venue Facebook page (below) for our line-up throughout the week and for The Bank Holiday Weekend.Don’t forget it’s HIJACKED TUESDAYS tonight for all you students! https://www.facebook.com/VOOD00venueletterkenny VOODOO VENUE WEEKEND PICTURE SPECIAL: HAVE YOU JUST WON FREE ENTRY FOR YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS was last modified: October 21st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewspicture specialVOODOO
Tags: Abu DhabiAFCON 2019Denis OnyangotopUganda Cranes The Cranes set off for Abu Dhabi on Monday morning. (PHOTOS/FUFA).ABU DHABI – Preparations for the upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) are currently going on as planned for the Uganda Cranes.The team departed for a camp in Abu Dhabi on Monday, May 27th, morning and are now understood to have arrived safely in the United Arab Emirates.The delegation of 24 personnel which includes 14 players and 10 officials touched down at 1455hrs on Monday.Upon arrival, they headed to Park Rotana Hotel where they will accommodated throughout their stay in Abu Dhabi.A few hours after arrival, they were joined by Egyptian based striker Derrick Nsibambi to take the tally of players currently in camp to 15.The team is understood to be preparing for their first training session on Tuesday at 9:30AM. They will hold another session in the afternoon at 5:30pm.Upon arrival, team captain Denis Onyango said that he believes the camp in Abu Dhabi will help them get better.“The players have trained well in Kampala for two weeks to boost the fitness levels. Said Onyango.“I believe the cam in Abu Dhabi will further help the team and polish us. Also the weather will be a great deal for acclimation just like that in Egypt.Hassan Wasswa (Left) and Denis Onyango (Right) before departure on Monday morning.While in Abu Dhabi, the team is expected to play two build up games before departing for Ivory Coast where they will hold a mini camp on their way to Cairo, Egypt.The final team of 23 players to Egypt will be confirmed after the two international friendly matches in Abu Dhabi.At the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), Uganda is in Group A alongside hosts Egypt, DR Congo and Zimbabwe.The 15 currently camping in Abu DhabiDenis Onyango, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Joseph Ochaya, Timothy Awanyi, Godfrey Walusimbi, Patrick Kaddu, Bevis Mugabi, Isaac Muleme, Khalid Aucho, Tadeo Lwanga, Allan Kyambadde, Saddam Juma, Moses Waiswa and Murushid Jjuuko, Derrick NsibambiOfficialsLeader of Delegation – Issa MagolaHead Coach – Sebastien DesabreAssistant Coach – Matia LuleGoalkeeping Coach – Fred KajobaTeam Doctor – Ronald KisoloPhysiotherapist – Ivan SsewanyanaMedia Officer – Ahmed HusseinPhysical Fitness Trainer – Jerome D’AntonioKits Managers – Lawrence Kizito and Ayub BalyejusaThe other players expected to join camp laterGoalkeepersRobert Odongkara (Adama City, Ethiopia), Charles Lukwago (KCCA, Uganda) Jamal Salim (Al Hilal-Sudan).DefendersRonald Mukiibi (Ostersunds, Sweden), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam FC, Tanzania).MidfieldersWilliam Luwagga Kizito (Shakhter Karagandy, Kazahstan), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica, Croatia), Michael Azira (Montreal, Canada), Kirizestom Ntambi (Coffee FC, Ethiopia), Allan Kateregga (Maritzburg, South Africa).StrikersAlexis Bbakka (Carlstad United, Sweden), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania), Abdul Lumala (Syrianska FC, Sweden).Comments
There was a huge turnout for the Raphoe 5k this morning in aid of Kelsey Barnett and her family.Little Kelsey (5) is bravely battling neuroblastoma.A number of excellent community fundraisers have taken place to assist brave Kelsey and her family, with a special auction taking place at Raphoe Mart yesterday. Pictures by North West Newspix.Picture Special: Huge turnout for Raphoe 5k in aid of Kelsey Barnett was last modified: February 18th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:5kfundraiserkelsey barnettRun
Consensus can be more robust than the data it rests on. That’s true in Darwinism, and appears to be true in climate science, according to some published doubts.A guru can lie down on a bed of nails, provided all the nails are even and solid. If the guru lies down on a bed of spaghetti, something else must be holding him up, and it’s not the nails. Let the nails represent data points of solid empirical science. How solid are the data points under climate science?In an episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News August 8, filmmaker Josh Fox, a fast-talking environmental activist, wouldn’t allow Carlson to get a word in edgewise, which is quite a feat, knowing Carlson’s ability to hold his own in a debate. The guest hammered Carlson with the question, “Do you understand what the science is telling us about climate change?” Over and over he pounded away on that question, but the question presupposes that the science is solid and incontrovertible. Let’s examine some things that appeared recently in the pro-warmist science journals and news media. Readers can decide if these uncertainties are trivial or indicate a systemic, underlying problem with the consensus.‘Dodgy’ greenhouse gas data threatens Paris accord (BBC News). “Potent, climate-warming gases are being emitted into the atmosphere but are not being recorded in official inventories, a BBC investigation has found.” That’s a startling admission from a news source heavily in favor of the warmist consensus. “Levels of some emissions from India and China are so uncertain that experts say their records are plus or minus 100%,” writes Matt McGrath, environment correspondent for the BBC. To show how serious this is, look what he reports next: “These flaws posed a bigger threat to the Paris climate agreement than US President Donald Trump’s intention to withdraw, researchers told BBC Radio 4’s Counting Carbon programme.”These flaws posed a bigger threat to the Paris climate agreement than US President Donald Trump’s intention to withdraw.Sea level is a surprisingly variable parameter (Phys.org). Sea level is zero, right? This article shows how complicated it is, even since the 1990s, to come up with a “reference model” for sea level. Remember this when the media give dire warnings about cities sinking under the ocean due to climate change:The protracted debate about a common zero level has been eclipsed by the analysis of historical changes. Satellite data from the last 20 years show that sea levels vary greatly from region to region. Consequently, the focus is once again placed on regional levels. The first reliable data do not define a long-term average but rather a new zero point for research.Decomposing leaves are a surprising source of greenhouse gases (Phys.org). Nitrous oxide (N2O) is more potent a greenhouse gas than the carbon dioxide (CO2) that everyone worries about. A new “culprit” for emissions of nitrous oxide has been found, and it’s not man or coal plants. It’s “Tiny bits of decomposing leaves in soil.” How potent is nitrous oxide? “Nitrous oxide’s global warming potential is 300 times greater than carbon dioxide, and emissions are largely driven by agricultural practices,” the article says. While the article only addresses farming practices, it would seem that natural leaf litter in forests cannot be ignored. Even so, measures of N2O emissions are “traditionally are about 50 percent accurate, at best,” the article notes.Overlooked water loss in plants could throw off climate models (Nature News). The caption under a lovely photo of red tulips swaying in the breeze says, “In dry conditions, leaves might lose more water through their outer surfaces than scientists suspected.” As a consequence,Errors in how scientists account for water loss from leaves may be skewing estimates of how much energy plants make through photosynthesis, according to the latest research. This in turn could jeopardize models of how individual leaves function and even of the global climate. The errors are particularly pronounced when a plant’s water supply is limited — a condition of increasing interest as plant breeders and climate scientists grapple with the effects of global warming.Methane-eating microbes may reduce release of gases as Antarctic ice sheets melt (Phys.org). Worries about retreating ice sheets releasing methane may be mitigated by lowly bacteria that eat the gas, this article says. Nobody really looked at these remote locations before. “These tiny microorganisms may have a big impact on a warming world by preventing methane from seeping into the atmosphere when ice sheets melt, said Brent Christner, a University of Florida microbiologist and co-author on the study.” Like N2O, methane is a much more potent greenhouse gas than CO2, in particular 30 times as potent.Improved representation of solar variability in climate models (Phys.org). The sun’s contribution to warming needs to be weighed against man’s contribution. This article talks about improved data sets about how the solar cycle forces climate change, which is important, since it counteracts anthropogenic forcing. Solar forcing is found to have a bigger influence than thought. The scientists believe it “will not have a significant influence on the development of global average surface temperatures.” Nevertheless, “regional effects should not be negligible.”Casting light on the dark ages—Anglo-Saxon fenland is re-imagined (Phys.org). This article investigates a time long before coal plants, smokestacks and SUVs: the so-called “dark ages” from about 400 to 1000 AD, better called the ‘early Medieval’ period. Guess what; they survived global warming. “Fen dwellers made incremental adjustments to the ways in which they collectively exploited and safeguarded the fenland’s natural resources, adapting to water levels that slowly rose as a result of climate change.”Campaigning on climate science consensus may backfire, warn scholars (Phys.org). Aware that a large segment of the public still does not accept the consensus on climate change, six authors advocated a less-pushy approach. They took particular issue with the popular rhetoric that “97% of scientists agree that human-caused climate change is happening.” For one thing, there is still intense debate about how to quantify a consensus. Secondly, the 97% slogan is not accepted by all climate scientists; the numbers “have been published by a relatively small group of affiliated researchers and challenged by other social scientists,” the advisors say. Thirdly, the public can accept scientific findings without the “consensus” argument. Fourthly, the narrow 97% value obscures wider issues with conflicting policy options. Finally, the advisors think that the 97% slogan strategy is self-defeating, sounding like overreach. Even if the value is defensible, it cannot apply to all areas of climate science. “This approach also makes the implausible assumption that publics will follow the correct policy path once given the relevant scientific information, and that acceptance of scientific consensus is needed to support specific solutions.”Non-scientists tend to be intimidated by consensus. Tucker Carlson on that TV interview had to concede that he was a reporter, not a scientist. Given these uncertainties we’ve listed above, he should have asked the guest, “Do the scientists know what the science is telling us about climate change?” – and he should not have accepted the “all scientists agree” excuse. Then he could read our report and shout, “It’s fake science!”(Visited 520 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… The prophesied great migration to the cloud is often seen as a career killer for data center workers as storage and infrastructure requirements are consolidated into the hands of a few IaaS providers. In the past we’ve looked at the impact of cloud migrations on IT jobs in general, though not data center related positions in particular. However, Gartner analyst David J. Cappuccio thinks there could be a looming data center staffing crisis.Cappuccio points out that it’s become harder to retain skilled IT workers. We’ve covered studies showing high levels of dissatisfaction in technology workers in the past, and it appears that nearly about 36% of IT workers are looking for a new job. This may get worse as prospects for technology workers continue to improve at faster rate than the overall economy.The problem may be compounded by that ever-present staffing threat: the looming retirement of the Boomers. “In North America we can expect an average of 10,000 people reaching retirement age, every day, for the next 19 years,” points out Cappuccio. Of course, many Boomers will postpone retirement as long as possible. But that’s still a very large pool of potentially retiring workers.Another problem is driven by skill sets required in virtualized environments. IT departments will need employees with broader skills in the future. “Traditionally a storage manager had end-to-end responsibility for capacity, throughput, performance and availability,” writes Cappuccio. “But when virtual infrastructures are using SAN’s, and Fiber Channel is running over Ethernet, who has responsibility for the overall storage environment; the network team, storage team, virtualization team, or server team?” According to Cappuccio, the answer is “all of the above.”This last problem may actually contribute to the first. For years companies have been demanding more and more skills from individual IT workers, often forcing IT workers to foot the bill for their own education and put in many additional hours for self-training on new technologies. And as positions with laundry lists of requirements go unfilled existing staff are left to pick up the slack. These high expectations can lead to burnout.Cappuccio encourages managers to foster employees that have not only deep skills in a particular area but have an understanding of the relationships between converging technologies. “The most effective IT people are always looking for new things to learn, and, in many cases, the most interesting areas are in the unknown, not the known areas,” writes Cappuccio. “Enabling this learning – even incenting it – is a critical success factor as we move toward fully virtualized environments.”This is all well and good, but it doesn’t address the fundamental problem employees have with learning new skills: finding the time to learn new skills while also getting their existing jobs done.Cappuccio writes that “The days of job security and company loyalty as motivating factors are long gone.” Years of outsourcing and layoffs have killed these incentives for workers. Cappuccio hopes that the challenges of learning new things will be enough to keep key staff. I agree that the opportunity to learn new skills and apply them to real-world projects is a real incentive in and of itself. But companies need to be willing to invest in employees to prove that that they actually want to keep their employees around beyond the next fiscal quarter. And one of the resources managers need to give employees is the most valuable resource of all: time.See also: How to Improve IT Worker MoralePhoto by The Planet Tags:#Analysis#enterprise Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts klint finley 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now
Energy consumption carries with it numerous environment impacts. Most importantly, burning fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, to oil) to heat homes or generate electricity emits the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, which is the leading cause of global climate change. Debate about whether climate change is real has long since ended in most scientific circles and is now relegated to the radical blogosphere and pseudo news outlets. The vast preponderance of evidence supports the contention that greenhouse gases being emitted into the atmosphere are trapping heat and warming the globe. Indeed, 2010 is on track to be the warmest year since global temperatures have been monitored.Beyond the concern of climate change, the extraction, refining, and transport of fossil fuels are responsible for many other impacts. The BP spill in the Gulf this year illustrated the risks associated with going to ever-greater depths to drill for oil. It is frightening to realize that however great the volume of oil released into the Gulf by that failed wellhead (4.9 million barrels), almost as much spills into the world’s oceans every year from oil tankers and wellhead leaks (4.7 million barrels).In Nigeria, which is the fifth largest exporter of oil to the United States, there are an average of 300 oil spills per year, most of them generating little if any attention. Indeed, parts of the Niger Delta have become veritable oil lagoons, devoid of life. As the world’s largest consumer of oil, we in the United States bear significant responsibility for this environmental damage.Here in North America, development of the Athabascan oil sands in Alberta, Canada, is not only devastating vast swaths of northern forest, but also dramatically increasing the “global warming intensity” of that oil consumption. In other words, due to the energy intensity of extraction and processing, a gallon of Athabascan oil has higher global warming potential than a gallon of oil that is pumped out of the ground. Canada is currently the largest exporter of oil to the U.S., and about one million gallons per day of that comes from the Athabascan oil sands.To feed our nation’s 600 coal-fired power plants, we’re removing mountaintops in West Virginia, wreaking environmental destruction on an untold scale in those areas. Our coal-fired power plants, with a peak capacity of about 335,00 megawatts (MW), generate 48.5% of all U.S. electricity — so when we reduce our consumption of electricity, we help to reduce the impacts associated with coal extraction and combustion.Along with carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion, there are direct air pollution emissions as well. We’ve cleaned up power plants a lot, but they are still a leading source of nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and particulates.Beyond environmental impacts of our energy consumption are the military costs of ensuring access to Middle Eastern oil, and the terrorism risks posed by our power generation and energy distribution systems. Oil and natural gas pipelines, refineries, power plants, and electricity distribution lines present significant vulnerability to terrorists who want to inflict economic damage to America. As I argued in an Environmental Building News editorial, I believe the Achilles heal of nuclear power isn’t accidental spills or even long-term waste storage, but rather the risk of terrorism.The bottom line is that conventional energy sources carry significant environmental burdens, hidden economic costs, and looming terrorism risks. Thus, I believe the number-one priority in green building is to reduce energy consumption.How we do that is the subject of this ongoing Energy Solutions blog. Opportunities range from building highly insulated homes, to installing more efficient fluorescent and LED lighting, operating our homes and appliances for maximum efficiency, conserving water (which saves energy), using renewable energy systems to reduce our need for conventional fuels and electricity, and driving our cars less.The great thing about using less energy is that you get paid for doing it. Most of the measures to reduce energy use pay for themselves–some very quickly. You get rewarded financially and you can feel good about doing the right thing for the environment.To summarize, here’s my top-10 list of green building priorities:#1. Reduce energy use#2. Reduce water use#3. Ensure a healthy indoor environment#4. Reduce the need for driving#5. Build smaller and optimize materials use#6. Ensure durability and reuse existing buildings#7. Protect and restore the site#8. Use green materials#9. Create resilient, climate-adapted buildings#10. Make it easy for homeowners to be green In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex contributes to the weekly blog BuildingGreen Product of the Week, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week. You can sign up to receive notices of these blogs by e-mail–enter your e-mail address in the upper right corner of any blog page.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.