CSO Wants Ellen to Re-nominate Werner to Health Ministry

first_imgThe Coalition of Civil Society Activists in Liberia (CCSAL) is calling on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to re-nominate Mr. George K. Werner as Health and Social Welfare Minister-designate.Mr. Werner’s nomination was recently rejected by the Liberian Senate. The Senate Committee on Health had stated last November that the Health Minister-designate “lacks the requisite qualities,” for the post.However, CCSAL Chairman, Mr. Amos Kanneh, is urging the Liberian Senate to confirm Mr. Werner when the President resubmits his name.Kenneh stated that the re-nomination of Mr. Werner, who he believes is qualified and competent for the post, is what the nation needs to reform the health sector.“Mr. Werner is coming with a wealth of experience from the Civil Service Agency (CSA), where reform initiatives are the hallmarks of the day. The CSA is there to help streamline government and make it sizable and functional for the benefit of all of its citizens,” Kanneh said.  According to Kanneh, Mr. Werner, who is presently the Director-General of the CSA, has carried out a number of reforms initiatives for the Liberian government.Mr. Werner has been at the forefront of recent efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the public sector, leading or supporting important initiatives on payroll cleaning; pay reform, and establishment of the new Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP).Kanneh stated that before he became CSA DG, Werner was for two years Senior Technical Advisor to the DG of the CSA, while at the same time chairing the Liberian Government’s Inter-ministerial Scholarships Committee.Mr. Werner is both an Educator and a Clinician.  He has taught high schools in Liberia, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and the United States. He has also taught Penology and Social Deviance and Social Policy at the Catholic-owned Mother Pattern College of Health Sciences.He has worked as a Clinical Therapist focusing on juvenile sexual abuse and behavioral health treatment for Resources for Human Development, Inc., and Universal Health Services, Inc., both in the USA.He earned the Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice, in May 2009. He also holds a Bachelors of Arts (General Education with Religious Studies) from Marist College (Africa), now integrated into the Catholic University of East Africa, Nairobi, Kenya. He also studied Medical Ethics (for one semester) at the St. Joseph University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and English Didactics (for one year) at the University of South Africa (UNISA), Pretoria, South Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Answers to the Thanksgiving quiz

first_img8. True. Congress introduced the legislation so that “future presidential proclamations could not impact the scheduling of the holiday,” according to the Library of Congress. It took effect in 1942. In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the traditional date of Thanksgiving, set by Abraham Lincoln in 1863, from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday. This move caused 23 states to celebrate on the traditional date, 23 to celebrate on the new date and two that recognized both dates in 1939, according to the Library of Congress. 9. D. Source: U.S. Census Bureau. 10. B. Source: U.S. Census Bureau. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Answers to the Thanksgiving quiz. 1. E. Plymouth, Mass. All the other locations make claim to having the first Thanksgiving celebration, according to “Thanksgiving: An American Holiday, An American History” by Diana Karter Appelbaum. Want to read more about these other locations? Go to the Thanksgiving Timeline link at the American Memory portion of the Library of Congress Web site at memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/features/thanks/thanks.html. Click on the years 1541, 1564, 1607, 1610 and 1630. 2. B. “English Puritans had traditionally designated special days of thanksgiving to express gratitude for God’s blessings,” according to usinfo.state.gov/scv/life_and_culture/holidays/thanksgiving_day.html. The Pilgrims invited the Wampanoag Indians, who had taught them how to grow unfamiliar local crops and who had helped them master hunting and fishing, the Web site says. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings3. B. In 1789, but the practice did not become a national tradition at that time, according to the Library of Congress’ Thanksgiving Timeline. 4. False: Macy’s parade debuted in 1924. The Gimbel Brothers Department Store in Philadelphia sponsored the first department store parade in 1920, according to the Library of Congress. 5. C. Source: Library of Congress. 6. True. After receiving a pardon from the president, the national Thanksgiving turkey will be flown first class to Disney World in Orlando for the parade, according to the White House Web site. After the parade, park visitors can see the turkey in the backyard of Mickey’s Country House in Magic Kingdom Park, the Web site says. 7. A. Source: Library of Congress last_img read more

Euro 2016 frozen in time: Awesome images from the European Championship

first_img 4. Frustration for England – The Three Lions troop off after failing to break stubborn Slovakian resistance, and a 0-0 final score sent England into the supposedly tougher half of the draw. The Euro 2016 group stages are over and it’s far to say few people predicted the last 16 line up.With Spain, Italy, Germany, France and England all in one half of the draw, one of Wales, Northern Ireland, Croatia, Portugal, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary and Belgium will appear in the Euro 2016 final.Take a look at some of the best photos captured from the second week of action at the 2016 European Championship, in the gallery above. 6. Pain for Spain – The holders crashed to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Croatia, leaving Spain facing a last 16 tie with Italy. 9 2. Wales shine in France – The Welsh thrashed Russia 3-0 to top Group B. 8. England here we come! – Iceland scored a last gasp winner against Austria to secure a round of 16 meeting with England. 3. Coleman’s mustard – Wales manager Chris Coleman has done a fantastic job with his national team. 9 9 9. Au revoir Ibra – Zlatan Ibrahimovic bowed out of international football in tame fashion, as Sweden lost to Belgium to finish bottom of Group E. 5. They’re not Brazil… – They’re Northern Ireland! 9 9 9 9 7. Heading for the exit – Austria crashed out bottom of the group, following a 2-1 defeat to Iceland. 9 1. The Brady bunch – Click the arrow above, right, for some of the best pictures from Euro 2016 – Irish players celebrate Robbie Brady’s dramatic late winner against Italy, which sent the Republic through for a last 16 showdown with hosts France. 9last_img read more

LADIES GAA: GERALDINE IS STAR OF THE SHOW IN KILDARE

first_imgDONEGAL Ladies put last week’s defeat to All-Ireland Champions Cork behind them by travelling to Kildare today and coming away with a six point victory.Geraldine McLaughlin was the star of the Donegal show in the clash at Ballykelly.The Termon player personally accounted for more than half of the Donegal score as she hit two goals and six points for the county team. LADIES GAA: GERALDINE IS STAR OF THE SHOW IN KILDARE was last modified: February 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:LADIES GAA: GERALDINE IS STAR OF THE SHOW IN KILDARElast_img read more

Schurr gets first win of season with rout of Bosco

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Spartans also got solid performances from Joseph Lopez and Joseph Guerrero, Lopez opened the game catching a 5-yard touchdown pass from Orduno. Guerrueo also chipped in catching a 19-yard pass from Orduno. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Spartans also got a solid performance from junior quarterback Joseph Orduno, who finished 6 of 7 for 146 yards and two touchdowns. The Spartans finished with 416 yards of total offense. The Spartans’ defense also chipped in as they pressured Tigers’ quarterback Matt Valdez into throwing two interceptions, the second returned 73 yards for a touchdown from Spartans’ defensive back Ernie Navvaro. The Spartans’ defense also sacked Valdez six times, limiting the Tigers’ offense to only 166 yards on the night. center_img DOWNEY — Schurr High School used an impressive offensive performance and a rugged defense to rout Bosco Tech 40-0 in a nonleague game Friday. Schurr (1-4) dominated the Tigers’ defense as the Spartans’ running game was led by the trio of Rudy Jordan, Steven Cano and Matt Alvarez. The trio finished with 269 yards on 36 carries and two touchdowns. last_img read more

Men’s Golf Returns to Iowa for Hawkeye Invite

first_imgStory Links Drake was led by senior Drew Ison and sophomore Kyle MacDonald who posted top-30 finishes. Ison finished just one over par at 217 (73-70-74) in 17th-place, while MacDonald tied for 28th with a total of 219. The 54-hole event is set to feature 13 teams including in-state rivals host Iowa and Iowa State along with Kansas, Kansas State, Marquette, Minnesota, Michigan State, Nebraska, South Dakota State and UMKC. The Bulldogs took 11th earlier this week at the Tiger Invitational in Columbia, Mo. after posting a second round score of 289, one of the best rounds of the day. DES MOINES, Iowa — The Drake University men’s golf team is set for its final tune-up before the MVC Championship at the Hawkeye Invitational April 13-14 in Iowa City, Iowa. Live Results The Bulldogs will travel to Cape Girardeau, Mo. for the Missouri Valley Conference Championship on April 23-24.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

MAN CHARGED WITH CAUSING DEATH OF TEENAGE GIRL IN CRASH

first_imgA MAN has appeared in court charged with causing the death of a teenage girl by dangerous driving.Gary O’Donnell, who is 19 and from Dunwiley, Stranorlar, was charged with causing the death of Kym Harley.Kym died in the crash just a few hundred metres from her home in Ballybofey in the early hours of October 14 last year. She had celebrated her 19th birthday a week earlier.O’Donnell was charged at Letterkenny District Court with causing her death by dangerous driving.The case was adjourned until September 14.Kym, a former pupil of St Columba’s College in Stranorlar, was the daughter of well-known Fine Gael county councillor Martin Harley.O’Donnell was released on bail.MAN CHARGED WITH CAUSING DEATH OF TEENAGE GIRL IN CRASH was last modified: June 9th, 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:DEATH BY DANGEROUS DRIVINGGary O’DonnellKym Harleylast_img read more

Mars Life: Hope Against Hope

first_imgGood news: the Viking landers (1976) may have been unable to detect life on Mars if it were present.  Bad news: the dust devils on Mars probably would kill anything alive on the surface.  These contrasting stories recently tugged in opposite directions on hopes to find life on the red planet.  A report on PNAS1 questioned the ability of the Viking experiments to detect organic molecules on Mars.  The team, including Martian-meteorite promoter David McKay (08/06/2006), found organics in Antarctica and the Atacama and Libyan deserts that would have been below the detection limit of the Viking instruments.    Mars, however, is continually swept by the mini-tornados known as dust devils.  The Science News2 Oct. 28 cover shows a picture of a terrestrial “satanic wind” lofting dust high into the air.  On Mars, Sid Perkins writes, the thinner atmosphere allows these vortices to rise much higher and gain enough energy to strip molecules of their electrons.  The reactions blanket the surface with highly-oxidizing compounds, like hydrogen peroxide, that would sterilize microorganisms on the surface, let alone bleach their hair.  Hopes for Martian life are thus reduced significantly:Highly reactive peroxide would scour organic chemicals from Martian soil, says [Gregory T.] Delory [UC Berkeley].  That process would make the surface of the Red Planet hostile to life.  Furthermore, because the planet lacks an ozone layer, large quantities of ultraviolet radiation reach Mars’ surface.  Deep in the soil, where neither ultraviolet radiation nor peroxide infiltrates, however, life might survive.The 10-man research team that published these results in Astrobiology last June3 believes the peroxide molecules could survive up to four years in the soil.  Martian dust devils, which are ubiquitous on the red planet, also generate high amounts of static electricity that could pose risks to future human explorers.  See also the 08/02/2006 entry on this topic.1Navarro-Gonzalez et al, “The limitations on organic detection in Mars-like soils by thermal volatilization-gas chromatography-MS and their implications for the Viking results,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0604210103, published online before print October 23, 2006.2Sid Perkins, “Satanic winds: Looking at dust devils on Earth and Mars,” Science News, Week of Oct. 28, 2006; Vol. 170, No. 18, p. 282.3Atreya et al, “Oxidant Enhancement in Martian Dust Devils and Storms: Implications for Life and Habitability,” Astrobiology, Jun 2006, Vol. 6, No. 3: 439-450.Delory left intact a tiny bit of hope by saying, “The jury’s still out as to whether there is life on Mars.”  The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Dinosaur Evolutionary Tree Is All Wrong

first_img(Visited 747 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Oops… The dinosaur evolutionary tree is all wrong!by Dr. Jerry BergmanA new study has revolutionized the dinosaur evolutionary tree, producing “the biggest change to dinosaur tree in 130 years” (New Scientist. March 25, 2017, p. 9). The old theory classified dinosaurs into two significantly distinct dinosaur families, those with bird-like hips that point downwards and towards the tail, called the ornithischians, and those with lizard-like hips that point downwards and to the front, called the saurischians. The new theory was based both on newer dinosaur findings that were not available earlier and a newer analysis of dinosaur traits. Instead of focusing on the pelvic bone, as in the old system, Baron and his team analyzed 457 characteristics in 74 species (Baron et al. 2017. A new hypothesis of dinosaur relationships and early dinosaur evolution. Nature 453(7646):501-506; K. Padian. 2017 Dividing the Dinosaurs. Nature. 543(7646):494).These findings forced development of a new dinosaur family tree.They found that the 21 anatomical features they selected can be used to divide the dinosaurs very differently than the older system. As there is no correct way of selecting traits used to classify, selection of other traits could be used to divide dinosaurs into an even different evolutionary tree. Based on these features, the new tree puts T. rex and other theropods on the side of the “bird-hipped” creatures, and the sauropods with those related to Herrerasaurus, a South American bipedal carnivore. These findings forced development of a new dinosaur family tree. This revolution is not unusual in evolutionary biology, and illustrates the tenuousness of classifying life, a field termed taxonomy. Using one set of traits one can produce one taxonomy, and using another different set can produce a very different taxonomy. Thus, taxonomy classifications are somewhat tenuous.The taxon Dinosauria was named in 1842 by paleontologist Sir Richard Owen (1804 -1892), a creationist. Richard Owen was one of the strongest scientific opponents of Darwinism during the age of Darwin. The term dinosaur means terrible lizard due to their size and assumed ferociousness. Paleontologists admit they know almost nothing “about the early evolution of these creatures, and in particular, the evolution of the dinosaurs before the [putative] saurishian-ornithischian split (C. Forster. 2000. “The First Dinosaurs” chapter 2 pp. 41-52 in R. Silverberg. editor, The Ultimate Dinosaur, New York, Simon and Schuster). Thus, new discoveries can revolutionize their conclusions, as occurred in this case. Taxonomy is not only used to determine evolutionary trees, but also to differentiate one species from another. The problem is the species concept is an imperfect and problematic method to classify life. As Cornell trained taxonomist Carol Yoon wrote, species classification was the “gray area of the field” and, more problematically “it was a moving target,” as this new dinosaur study shows (C. Yoon, 2009, Naming Nature: The Clash Between Instinct and Science. New York: Norton. pp. 104-105).last_img read more

Editing in the Cloud: Sooner Than Later?

first_imgWith our lives becoming more web-based everyday, how long will it be before professional editors are editing in the cloud exclusively through web apps? Sooner than you might think.David Shapton at RedShark News proposed a really valid question in a recent article: “Could you do all of your post-production work in a web browser?”There’s no way around the fact that we’ve seen a push in the last few years for web and cloud based solutions. Adobe has been running Creative Cloud with a great deal of success, and now Avid is firmly in the game with Avid Everywhere. The reality of all things post-production moving to an online platform can no longer be ignored.Where Things Stand NowCloud-based computing is already an everyday thing for a lot of industry pros. Many of us use some form of cloud storage like Onedrive, Google Drive or Dropbox.Obviously the ability to instantaneously share and develop content through the cloud is a reality. With software like Creative Cloud or Avid Everywhere, a filmmaker can be on set in London and send dailies to the New York-based editor through the cloud. The editor can then put a rough cut together and beam it back to the filmmaker from across the world.Let’s move beyond sending data across the cloud, and look at time when your apps are completely web-based. When we say web-based, we mean the running of applications through a browser. In the world of IT (Information Technology) this really isn’t a new concept. In fact, it’s something that has been used for quite some time now.But with specific applications like Microsoft Office now available through web-based applications, it’s only a matter of time before professional editing platforms follow suit. Web-based software like Forscene speak to inevitability of this fact.Road Blocks Still to OvercomeWeb-based applications will run in the browser through VMs or virtual machines. A VM is the creation of a virtual computer through a server that allows users to run an operating system or software through a window. While in the past, VMs have been used through software on a local machine, we are now at a point where VMs can be utilized within browsers. Each VM needs power to process data, especially editing software. Luckily the answer is in the cloud.Cloud computing capabilities are growing faster than we can keep up. The game industry is utilizing them now to run computations for high-end graphics, and it’s only a matter of time before professional software makes the jump to a web-based interface using some of the same techniques.At present, running applications such as Premiere or Avid through a web-based solution won’t yield the same performance result. We just aren’t in a position where web apps can exceed the capabilities of your computer running software locally. Web apps like Forscene are very capable solutions that show extreme promise.With more and more cities in the US gaining faster internet connections, and with the wi-fi range becoming broader, it’s no longer a matter of how – it’s a matter of when. And that “when” is right around the corner.Are you ready for editing in the cloud to be a realistic solution to your workflow challenges? Will you use them? Are you using the cloud in your workflow already? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more