Boakai Wants TRC Recommendations Implemented

first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakai says the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) recommendations need to be implemented in order to resolve problems facing the country.The Commission came into being as a result of the Comprehensive Accra Peace Accor (CPA) that put an end to the 14 years civil conflict in Liberia.In 2010, the TRC concluded its operations and made several recommendations to the national government. Some of the recommendations included, “banning the few Liberians responsible for insecurity in the country for 30 years from holding public office, establishing an Independent National Human Rights Commission and conducting palava hut discussions across the country to resolve political, social and ethnic differences.”In an exclusive interview with Daily Observer recently in Monrovia, the Vice President indicated that recommendations from the Commission should be dealt with in order to promote stability.Though he failed to name which among the recommendations should be implemented and how, the Deputy President was quick to mention, “recommendations of the document that would reconcile the country should be implemented.”Political commentators have said that if the recommendation calling for banning Liberians who took part in the destroying of the country should be implemented as stated by the TRC’s Commissioners, than most officials holding top posts, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, would be affected.However, the Vice President noted that as Liberia modelled its TRC from the South African government’s version, it is important that portion of the document which speaks of embracing every Liberian and creating an environment to forget the past that divided Liberians must be of significant interest.The Vice President maintained that there are several of the recommendations already being considered for implementation by government.“The problem here is that, the war in Liberia was such that after a certain amount of time you couldn’t tell who did what and for what reason,” he maintained.Ambassador Boakai used the medium to caution Liberians about the document, stressing; “the TRC’s recommendations are something that we consider carefully.” He wants the report to serve as a primary tool in reconciling Liberians rather than further dividing them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Interim Body Suggested for Liberia Basketball Federation

first_imgThe Ministry of Youth and Sports has been asked to set up an interim body to run the Liberia Basketball Federation.First division club, Flames’ president Calvin Diggs told the Daily Observer yesterday in an interview in Monrovia that the Ministry cannot allow basketball to wait forever and must to bring sanity into its leadership.“We raised legitimate concerns with the ministry on the outgoing leadership of Mr. Rufus Anderson,” Diggs said, “therefore for a way forward; I’m suggesting an interim body.”He said while the leadership crisis has crippled Liberian basketball, the outgoing leadership continues to rent the Sports Commission, “and we don’t know what happens to the money.”“Last Monday Champions Design rented the Sports Commission for UAD600,” Diggs told the Daily Observer, “when enquiries were made, Executive Committee member Denis Hubbard (Shakara) informed Edwin Fahnbulleh that no amount was charged.”Diggs said Fahnbulleh, president of First Division Presidents Association, managed to get the receipt of the money paid for renting the Sports Commission.A source close to Mr. Hubbard said he is angry at the manner aggrieved stakeholders want to change LBF leadership.“We must change leadership through the ballot,” Hubbard has always maintained, though he is unwilling to examine financial issues raised by the aggrieved stakeholders.Meanwhile, Diggs noted that on May 29th, another Musical Show will perform at the Sports Commission, and with the leadership problems, he wants proper accountability.“We cannot be struggling for better leadership for basketball while Sports Commission is rented without proper accountability,” Diggs said.Diggs suggested that the interim administration should not include any of the contending parties.Last week, outgoing President Rufus Anderson, who is seeking re-election, rejected any interim administration, requesting for an inclusive leadership, instead.Anderson’s administration has been accused of financial improprieties and on at least four occasions, attempts to organize a congress and elections failed.A copy of a financial statement from the Ministry of Youth and Sports reports that in the 2014/15 fiscal period, USD 85,000.00 was released to Anderson’s administration but a financial report submitted for its abortive congress indicated USD70, 000.00.Anderson has remained mute on the whereabouts of the USD15, 000.00, as well as questionable transactions surrounding another USD15, 000.00 that was used to host FIBA Tournament in Monrovia.Though the Ministry of Youth and Sports has supervisory role in all sports development in the country, the ministry seems to drag its feet to reinforce its statutory mandate.“I’m sure that the LACC has seen some of these reports about the alleged impropriety,” an aggrieved stakeholder told the Daily Observer, “why are they not asking questions?”Perhaps asking questions could pull rope which could also pull out something else,” a basketball fan told the Daily Observer.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Work Work Work

first_imgHard work has never killed anyoneMan was made to work this worldTo fashion the roughs to be smoothWith an eye for beauty to find stonesBuried way in the center of the earthWork with these hands to rival decayJust …… Work Work WorkHandiwork never leaves anyone hungryMany have become millionaires todayTogether with a will to rise over failuresWisdom nearby empowers every eagerBorn to conquer the environment at willWealth is created right in your own palmJet speed ….Work Work WorkHardwork props your palace in marblesManeuver the toughs to shine for beautyTolerate weakness in a quest to liberateWiden the horizon on the purple sunsetBrown a color of earth made for our bestWeave cobwebs for super minds to cheerJest at seconds …. Work Work WorkShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Prez. Sirleaf Accepts MFDP Comptroller Sanoe’s Resignation

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has accepted the resignation of Mr. Sekou A. Sanoe, Comptroller and Accountant General of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), effective July 31, 2016.According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf has appointed Hanson Kaizulu as Acting Comptroller and Accountant General with immediate effect.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

World Cup bound juniors meet Kenyan stars

first_img0Shares0000World 5000m champion Hellen Obiri sandwiched by Football for Friendship ambassadors Jadidi Ndambuki and Myles Muriuki. Photo/AMOS ABUGANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 31 – As team Kenya for Gold Coast braved the chilly morning weather for their mandatory training session at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani, two future stars watched awe-struck, perhaps so because of the proximity with the stars of the day.Vigilant  of their surroundings, Myles Muriuki and Jadidi Ndambuki followed amazed as the athletes put emphasis on pace and speed work in their final official training session before representing Kenya at the quadrennial  Club Games that runs from April 4-15 in Australia. “Tv makes them look really big the lively,” Jadidi weighed in as reigning World 5000m champion Helen Obiri breezed by.Well with the exception of that one, Myles while consulting with his English teacher Shadrack Mwangi, pointed to the centre of the field, at the figure of a hulking Javelin-wielding man, the 2016 Rio Olympics Silver Medalist, Julius Yego, better known as the ‘YouTube man’.Olympics Javelin silver medalist Julius Yego sharing tips with Myles Muriuki and Jadidi Ndambuki at the Kasarani Stadium. Photo/AMOS ABUGAThe youngsters were reaching out to the celebrities to briefly share with them about forthcoming Football for Friendship (F4F) tournament in which they will be the Kenyan ambassadors.The Parklands Baptist Primary school pupils will be part of the sixth edition of the F4F tourney that will precede the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Jadidi as a young footballer and Myles as the young journalist.The International Children’s Social Programme implemented by Gazprom company – official partner of FIFA  and the World Cup, is an Initiative that involves the young generation around the globe in promoting the most important human values among them, friendship, equality, peace and respect  for different cultures and national intrigues.The tournament will bring together 32 International Teams of Friendship will run from  8-15 June 2018 and the youngsters will have  the opportunity to watch the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and  the first match pitting  host Russia and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki, Stadium in Moscow.World 3000m steeplachase champion Conseslus Kipruto encouraging Jadidi Ndambuki (left) and Myles Muruiki when the two visited the athletes at the Kasarani stadium. Photo/AMOS ABUGA“Are you sure you can beat me in football?”Jokes 3000m steeplechase world champion Consensus Kipruto, who is aiming to add a Commonwealth accolade to his bloated medal cabinet“I wish you well in Russia, make sure you represent the country well, you will be our ambassadors out there,” Kipruto, the Rio, Olympics silver medalist added.Yego, who has vivid memories of Russia, having won Kenya her first field Gold Medal in Moscow in 2015, urged the Myles and Jadidi to maintain high level of discipline is great success will be achived.“I wish you guys well, It feels good to know there are stars coming to take our places once we exit the scene,” the CID officer  who will be leaving for Gold Coast on March 31st shared with the youngsters.Myles Muriuki (left) and Jadidi Ndambuki posing for a photograph. The two will be Kenya’s ambassodors at the 2018 Football for Friendship Tournament in Russia. Photo/AMOS ABUGAThere was also a rare sight of team Kenya Marathoners led by coach Joseph Kirwa, who was taking them through speed work before they two leave for Australia.“I know the perspective is marathoners can only be found training in the bush, Kirwa who is optimistic for top medal honours noted.“Being the final training session, we thought it wise to work on speed work,” the coach who was flanked by among others Kenneth Mburu, Nicholas Kamakya and Julius Karinga for the Male team and Sheila Jerotichm Shelmith Muriuki and Hellen Nzembi disclosed.Kenya will be seeking to better her performance from the 20th edition of the Club Games that was held in Glasgow, Scotland, were they collected a total of 25 medals.-By Amos Abuga- 0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Lottery could aid health care

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAlthough the governor has won considerable business backing for his plan, consumer and labor groups say so far he has failed the affordability test. Schwarzenegger suggested earlier this year leasing the lottery to help shore up the state budget, but the idea of using the proceeds for health care is new. The governor said California’s lottery generates less money per capita than many other states. “There is someone who will do a better job, who will get more money for the taxpayers,” Schwarzenegger said. Under one scenario, according to the governor’s finance aides, a private management company would pay $37 billion for a 40-year lease. The state, in turn, would use that money to create a $2billion-a-year annuity to pay for health care (education, which currently receives about $1.1 billion annually from the lottery, would be unaffected). The current price tag on the governor’s health care plan is $14 billion a year. Hoping to rejuvenate lagging negotiations over health care reform, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Tuesday he wants to use the state lottery to help finance his plan that would require all Californians to have health insurance. The Republican governor said at a news conference that he wants to lease the lottery to a private group and use about $2 billion annually of the proceeds to pay for his health care plan, without diverting any lottery funds used for education. The proposal would be just part of a larger health care financing initiative that voters would decide the fate of in November 2008. But before he can go to the ballot, Schwarzenegger must reach agreement with Democrats on a sprawling health reform plan. The main sticking point remains cost: Schwarzenegger wants to require everyone to carry insurance, but Democrats say he must first demonstrate how he would make it affordable for lower- and middle-class Californians. The lottery funding stream for health care, however, would expire within 15 to 25 years, at which point the state would have to find money to replace it. There are also questions about whether the fund would grow fast enough to keep up with spiraling health care costs. Beyond that, advocates for the working class said that a plan that encourages an increase in lottery sales would disproportionately hurt lower-income people, whom studies show spend more of their money on the lottery. “The governor’s proposal would ask more Californians, particularly low-income Californians, to gamble away more of their hard- earned dollars to pay for health reform,” said Jean Ross, executive director of the California Budget Project, which researches issues that affect the working class. Nonetheless, tapping the lottery could allow the governor the sidestep a more politically dicey idea he’d been considering: Asking voters to raise the sales tax to pay for health care. Pollsters said that including a sales tax hike in a health care ballot initiative would jeopardize its chance of passing. Schwarzenegger has made national headlines since he unveiled his universal health plan in January – a plan that some say could become a national model – but it was based on a 10-page document outlining his ideas. Tuesday was the first time that he released an actual bill, spelling out the details. The governor shifted on a few issues. His January proposal included a 4 percent payroll fee on businesses with fewer than 10 employees that don’t provide health care. Now, he proposes exempting only businesses with a payroll of less than $100,000. Those with payrolls between $100,000 and $200,000 would pay 2 percent if they don’t provide insurance; those with payrolls over $200,000 would have to pay 4 percent. A few other changes: Schwarz- enegger dropped a proposed 2 percent tax on doctors’ revenues. And, while he would still bar insurers from rejecting people with pre-existing conditions, he would allow rates to be set based on a person’s health status – within limits – for several years. Schwarzenegger also proposes a new tax credit for some lower- income people who wouldn’t have qualified for subsidies under his original plan. Finally, while he would require everyone in the state to carry insurance, his plan does not spell out what the minimum benefit package they’d have to buy would include. Critics say that could lead to a situation where people are forced to pay hundreds of dollars a month for insurance, but end up with coverage that essentially only covers them in the case of a catastrophe. “If you’re going to require everyone to have insurance,” said Beth Capell, a health care lobbyist who represents labor, “you ought to make sure they’re going to be able to afford to pay the premiums and get good care.” Schwarzenegger said he wants to complete a health care deal with lawmakers within two weeks. (916) 441-4603160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgA Country Donegal has admitted committing a sex act on a bus.Gavin Porter, 38, from Grange on Inch Island, also pleaded guilty to intentionally exposing himself.The sex act was carried out in view of a female passenger and was recorded over a 40 minute period on an internal CCTV camera. The BBC reports that Porter was arrested at the Foyle Street bus depot on 22 June following a complaint from the passenger.Derry Magistrates Court was told that Porter received a five month suspended jail sentence in August 2011 for committing similar offences, in a car, in the grounds of Magee College.Following his convictions he was placed on the sex offenders register for seven years.The judge described his behaviour on the bus as absolutely outrageous and said it was clearly distressing for the female passenger.The defendant was refused bail and will appear in court again on 25 September.DONEGAL MAN COMMITTED SEX ACT ON BUS was last modified: September 3rd, 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:busDerrydonegalGAVIN PORTSEX ACTlast_img read more

Missing Link Fish Story

first_imgOnce upon a time, 450 million years ago, scavenger fish without teeth or bones roamed the shallow icy waters of Africa which was undergoing an Ice Age.  Slowly, over millions of years, they gained teeth and other structures characteristic of more advanced fish.  Then, a few thousand years ago, a lake in the (now continental Africa) dried up, and its cichlid-fish inhabitants underwent an explosive burst of speciation.    That’s the gist of two stories, one from BBC News and one from National Geographic.  The fossil fish story in BBC News emphasizes the claim that this is a “missing link” three times.  Professor Richard Aldridge (U. of Leicester) is quoted as saying:“The fossil record confirms that the evolution of fish was a step-wise event,” explained Professor Aldridge.    “The various characters that make up a fish, or a vertebrate, didn’t all appear at once – they were added one by one through evolutionary time.    These [new] fossils help fill in this pattern of how early vertebrate evolution began.”   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)One problem is noted: “These fossils are important because there is a theory that the origins of fish really took place in the northern continents, and then spread south,” he said.  “This find [from Southern Africa] dispels that theory.”  How fish got to China 80 million years earlier he does not explain.    The cichlid fish inhabiting east African lakes today are another matter.  In just a few thousand years, according to National Geographic, these freshwater fish “have evolved an astonishing array of forms in Africa.”  The high rates of speciation among these fish is “almost beyond belief,” yielding up to 400 species.  Evolution apparently has a variable speed control.  “The discovery should provide valuable new insights into the march of evolution, which, in the case of cichlids, seems to favor the fast-forward button.”If evolution had a fast-forward button, it would be an intelligently designed machine.  These two articles illustrate the extreme flexibility of evolutionary logic, where any data point, no matter how anomalous, can be fit into the tall tale somehow.  Contradictions, rather than being disturbing, make the plot thicker and more interesting.  Somehow, in an early world with a plethora of unfilled ecological niches, fish took their time evolving over tens of millions of years.  Then in a relatively small lake habitat on one continent, Tinkerbell hit the fast-forward button and generated hundreds of species of fish in a geological instant.  Evolution marches on.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

IDC secures $50m Chinese loan

first_img20 May 2009 “We see our facility with the IDC as a milestone for our mutually beneficial relationship, and look forward to further enhancing our cooperation in the near future.” Last week, the IDC secured a €60-million (about R690.9-million) credit line from the European Investment Bank to finance viable projects by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the industrial, resources and services sectors. CCB-Johannesburg GM Yimin He said he believed it was important for the local CCB branch to play a support role for business in South Africa, in light of the negative impacts of the global economic downturn. “Over the past year, our units have been receiving an unprecedented amount of applications, so we have seen it fit to also go out and source funding so that we can increase our capacity to lend,” Qhena said in a statement this week. ‘Long-lasting relationship’ While this is the first facility the IDC has had with the China Construction Bank, which has a local office in Johannesburg, Qhena said it was a first step towards establishing a long-lasting relationship with the Chinese lender. “We also have an export loan book, which we believe this CCB loan will assist in recapitalising, since the demand for export funding has also increased from our front.” South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation has received a US$50-million (about R422.2-million) loan from the China Construction Bank (CCB), which it will use to increase its general lending capacity and recapitalise its export finance book. IDC chief executive Geoffrey Qhena said demand for lending had increased tremendously due to the global economic downturn, prompting the state-owned lender to source funding from the international market. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Efficiency in the Desert

first_imgTo meet the requirements of Environments for Living (EFL), a voluntary energy-efficiency standard, third-party verifiers perform additional blower-door tests on one out of every seven new Pulte homes. Among the services provided by the EFL program is a framework for utility bill guarantees. On all of its Las Vegas homes, Pulte provides a guarantee that covers energy for space heating and cooling. Energy used for cooking,domestic hot water use, and plug loads are excluded from the guarantee. Since it is based on kilowatt-hours of electricity and therms of gas, not dollars spent, the guarantee is independent of energy cost fluctuations.Low heating and cooling loadsWith such careful attention to air sealing, Azure Canyon homes require much smaller HVAC systems than comparable houses. Explaining the method used to calculate heating and cooling loads, Broad said, “John Spargo of Comfort Engineering does our Manual J calculations, and that requires a lot of nuance and judgment. He narrows the range on the infiltration rate and applies more specific inputs on the heat gain calculations than you would typically find. He’s playing the edge of all of those inputs. Compared to a typical HVAC contractor, his calculations are running at about 80% of Manual J.”Still room for improvementAzure Canyon homes have HERS Index ratings of 61 or 62, but they could be even lower. “Our HERS scores are based on a worst-case orientation,” explained Broad. Like most production builders, Pulte makes no effort to orient its homes according to passive solar principles. As a result, roof overhangs aren’t optimized for summer shading, and window orientation is random.Broad describes the windows that Pulte uses as “your basic low-e window.” He has been trying — so far unsuccessfully — to convince his company to upgrade to SunCoat Max glazing from Cardinal, a type of glazing with improved warm-edge spacers and a lower heat-gain coefficient.Each home gets an energy monitor Energy efficiency and sustainability take center stage at two new Las Vegas developments built by Pulte Homes, one of the nation’s largest homebuilders.Pulte’s Azure Canyon development is located in southwest Las Vegas, where the growing edge of suburbia meets the shrinking desert. Every Azure Canyon home meets the “Green Built” standards established by the local homebuilders’ association. Ranging in size from 1,788, to 2,088 square feet, the homes sell for $230,000 to $260,000.To minimize energy losses, Pulte locates all the homes’ ducts within the conditioned space; some ducts are run through 20-in. open-web floor trusses, while others are located in the conditioned attic. All duct seams are sealed with mastic, and the tightness of every completed duct system is verified with a Duct Blaster test.Defining the envelopePulte uses its own workers rather than subcontractors for electrical, plumbing, and HVAC work, and trains all workers in the importance of maintaining air-barrier integrity. “A lot of our plans have various bump-outs, some of which are just decoration,” explained Robert Broad, director of product design for Pulte Nevada. “When we define the thermal envelope, we often simplify it — some of the bump-outs are outside of the envelope. For every cantilever or a bay area, everybody needs to understand the boundary that we are sealing to. Sometimes we actually spray-paint an indication of the location of the envelope.”Training is an ongoing process. “We do pre-insulation behind tubs and showers,” said Broad. “But sometimes we still have to fix insulation that has been moved by the plumber. We’re trying to get the guys to recognize that if they tear out some insulation to do the plumbing, they have to replace it appropriately.”Every home gets a blower-door testAt every Azure Canyon house, Pulte workers verify the integrity of the air barrier by performing a blower-door test. “We run the blower door and go around with a smoke pencil and look where we could do better,” said Broad. “We walk around and say, ‘What else are we missing?’ ” Another Pulte development is Villa Trieste, a planned community that will eventually include 185 homes measuring between 1,487 and 1,960 square feet. All Villa Trieste homes, like those at Azure Canyon, are enrolled in the Environments For Living program. The homes are equipped with efficient appliances: 15 SEER air conditioners, 92% AFUE gas furnaces, and Rinnai on-demand gas water heater.Each Villa Trieste home is equipped with a whole-house energy monitor, or “energy dashboard,” mounted on a wall near the kitchen. These EcoConcierge meters from In2 Networks display real-time energy use and water-use data. “The dashboard is Internet-connected. If I’m at work, I can adjust the AC from my office,” said Walter Cuculic, Pulte’s director of strategic marketing. “The thought is that by paying attention to the energy dashboard,homeowners will be able to reduce their energy use by 5 or 10%.”Solar power on every roofcenter_img Every home at Villa Trieste will include a 1.76-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) array using SunPower SunTile roof-integrated PV modules. Pulte’s practice of ignoring orientation complicated the task of identifying the best south-facing roof slopes for the PV arrays. “It was a little bit challenging,” admits Cuculic. “For some of the lots, we had to restrict the possible elevations — for example, we may tell a customer that you can’t have a ‘Spanish’ elevation on this lot.”The cost of installing PV arrays at Villa Trieste is being subsidized by several grants from the local utility and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). A portion of the $7 million DOE grant — equivalent to $37,000 per home — will be used to study whether the homes’ energy dashboards help homeowners lower their energy use.If Pulte is successful in its goal of obtaining LEED Platinum certification for every home at Villa Trieste, the community will become the largest collection of LEED Platinum homes in the country. Since the first rated homes at Villa Trieste obtained impressive HERS Index scores of 43 or 44, the neighborhood is off to an excellent start.More InformationSee a video interview with a Pulte sales Associate explaining howshe uses a _Quality Construction Room_ to sell the hidden features of green construction.last_img read more