Share NewsPoliticsRegional Golding appears before Inquiry by: – March 19, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Tweet 27 Views no discussions Share Jamaica’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding on Friday made his highly anticipated appearance before the Manatt/Coke Commission of Inquiry.That official probe began just under two months ago and was called following public pressure for an investigation into the government’s handling of a request from the US government for the extradition of accused drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke.The inquiry is also seeking to unravel the government’s dealing with the US law firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips.For the first time Mr Golding made public his association with Mr Coke, saying he met the alleged drug lord prior to assuming the position of Member of Parliament for Western Kingston.The prime minister also confirmed that Mr Coke held tremendous influence in Tivoli Gardens.Source: BBC Caribbean
Mr. Nyepan, Liberia’s new Public Works MinisterFollowing a deliberation before the Senate Committee on Public Works on Thursday, February 15, 2016, the Liberian Senate on Friday, February 16, unanimously voted to confirm Mobutu V. Nyenpan as Public Works Minister along with his deputy for Technical Services and Assistant Minister for Administration.Two weeks ago, President Weah nominated Mr. Nyenpan to the post of Public Works Minister pending confirmation by the Senate.The confirmation took place at a special Senate session at the Capitol Building. In what the public described as one of the best confirmation hearings, the new Infrastructure Minister promised to institute a robust zero-tolerance attitude towards violators of zoning regulations and those engaged in construction activities without obtaining the requisite permits from the Ministry.“We will demolish structures that are deliberately built in alleys, waterways contrary to zoning regulations and city planning,” he warned.He further told the Committee that his leadership will transform Public Works into a technical ministry by placing a special premium on Engineers, architects, and surveyors at the Ministry, adding, the Ministry of Public Works shall be the Ministry of Engineers, for engineers and by engineers with support from auxiliary employees.In addition to empowering engineers, the Works Minister also promised to seek the welfare of all workers at the Ministry of Public Works and create an enabling environment to reap maximum productivity.As part of his initial strategy, the civil engineer and outspoken Southeastern Politician stated that he will immediately redeploy all of the county resident engineers to their respective counties of assignment.Speaking about Public Private Partnership (PPP), Minister Nyenpan said his administration will also seek a renewed partnership with the Association of Liberian Construction Contractors as well as the Engineering Society of Liberia and the Chambers of Architects and Surveyors.According to him, his administration will give priority to Liberian construction contractors and dedicate resources to the building of their capacity so as to enable them fairly compete with other companies in the industry.”The Sinoe County former senator was however quick to inform his former colleagues that he will perform his duty in line with President Weah’s “pro-poor government” policy.Meanwhile, Mobutu Nyenpan has assured legislators of unhindered access to his administration.“We shall appoint two desk officers in the Community Services Department of the ministry, exclusively dedicated to receiving and processing for the prompt response, all queries and concerns from 1) Individual Legislators and or the Legislature and 2) from the communities. All issues will be handled in a timely manner,” he said.He noted that as a former lawmaker, he was aware that Legislators sometimes have vested interests in the implementation of infrastructural projects in their constituencies.Hence, experience has taught him that occasionally Legislators get frustrated when their concerns or complaints about infrastructural development are left unattended in a timely manner.He, therefore, pledged that Legislators will find in him a reliable partner for infrastructural development in Liberia, noting that his leadership will be sensitive and responsive to the infrastructure concerns of members of the National Legislature.The former Sinoe County Senator told the committee that, while his administration will do everything possible to satisfy the Legislators, he too expect them to reciprocate by giving him the necessary support in terms of budgetary allocation consistent with law, adding President Weah’s “pro-poor” governance policy will be meaningless if infrastructural development programs are not adequately funded to address them.He concluded by promising to uphold President Weah’s “pro-poor agenda” in the execution of his infrastructure duty.Mobutu Nyenpan comes to the job with lots of experience and qualifications. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, LLB in Law and a Master’s degree in International Relations.He has worked as a civil engineer both in the public and private sectors. He served in key senior managerial and administrative capacities at government agencies including the Liberia Water & Sewer Corporation (LWSC), and the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC).Prior to his nomination as Public Works Minister, Mr. Nyenpan served in the Senate for nine consecutive years as the senior Senator for Sinoe County and served as the chairman of the Committee on Public Works. Also at the Senate, he had represented the legislature to the ECOWAS Parliament, where he served on its Infrastructure Committee.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
14 January 2008The creation of an international tax centre in Africa to assist countries’ tax administrations with capacity building has emerged from a two-day meeting of the Forum on Tax Administration of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), held in Cape Town last week.The centre will help the continent’s tax authorities shift their traditional dependence on customs duties for revenue collection toward a greater reliance on individual and corporate taxpayers.Though the location of the International Tax Centre in Africa is as yet decided, Uganda Revenue Authority commissioner-general Allen Kagina assured BuaNews this week that the centre was “definitely going to happen”.The international tax centre would enable African countries to handle the challenges of tax administration that are similar to those faced by the OECD countries, which themselves have far greater capacity.The centre would pool resources, information and research, share best practices and would also assist with the training of staff of the various African tax administrations that would constitute its members, Kagina said.Such a centre would then better be able to take advantage of the advice of the OECD’s Forum on Tax Administration and other multilateral institutions whose advice and practices could be relevant to the mandate of Africa’s tax administrators, she said.She expected that the decision as to where the international tax centre would be located, and other logistical details, would emerge in May at the African conference of tax administrators that will be held in South Africa, which will bring together most of senior officials of Africa’s tax administrations.Improving capacityThe OECD itself – which represents 30 of the world’s richest countries – has expressed “a very strong commitment” to help Africa develop efficient tax administrations, said OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration director Jeffrey Owens.The centre would help African nations put in place a modernisation programme and assist them to deal with the “enormous burden” of increasing revenue for government programmes as their revenue base “disappears”, he said.Delivering the opening address to forum, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel said sources of revenue for most countries – including South Africa – are largely from direct sources such as the profits of corporations or the earnings of individuals, or from indirect sources such as imports on sales, and in some instances royalties or capital gains.However, poorer countries – including many African nations – still depend on customs duties for the bulk of the revenues, he said.Manuel called on the OECD to extend the beneficial effects of partnerships between nations to the world’s poorer countries, “who are often victims of organised efforts to undermine their tax bases”.South African Revenue Service Commissioner Pravin Gordhan told reporters that his institution was already working with its peers on the continent to see how to improve capacity for revenue collection and strengthen tax administrations.Gordhan mentioned that a very significant number of African countries get money from customs duties rather than directly from taxpayers and free trade agreements with trading partners – which are on the increase – would likely further undermine their traditional revenue bases.This emphasised the need for building capacity to widen the tax bases of South Africa’s peers on the continent, he said, adding that the OECD is strongly committed, as is South Africa, to the establishment of an international tax centre for Africans.Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There is no denying the dramatic recent rise in poultry popularity and the booming backyard chicken trend. More small farm, suburban and even urban residents are learning that there are a number of benefits to having chickens in the backyard in addition to the eggs or meat they provide.Andy Schneider, better known as the Chicken Whisperer, has become the go-to guy across the country for anything related to backyard chickens. He hosts the “Backyard Poultry with the Chicken Whisperer” web radio show, and serves as a national spokesperson for the USDA-APHIS Bio-Security for Birds Program. He is the editor of “Chicken Whisperer Magazine” and author of “The Chicken Whisperer’s Guide to Keeping Chickens.” This spring Schneider toured Kalmbach Feeds distributors around Ohio and shared plenty of poultry pointers.“We know chickens are really good composters. For the most part your group of chickens will eat just about everything off of your plate. You only want about 10% of their diets to come from food scraps. It prevents food waste from going into the landfill,” said Andy Schneider. “They are also pumping out a lot of poop. But a lot of people who have chickens know that is like gold for your compost bin, your garden and your yard. Chickens can make absolutely wonderful all organic pest control. They eat just about anything they can get.”Schneider’s goal is to help educate novice (and not-so-novice) chicken owners about the more important points of responsible chicken management. Most of his audience already understands the benefits of chickens, but they have plenty of questions about nearly every aspect of raising homegrown birds.While many new owners of chickens are familiar with the benefits of chickens, they may not be as familiar with the inherent risks of working closely with birds. To combat the rising numbers of Salmonella cases associated with backyard poultry, for example, the Centers for Disease Control launched a “Don’t kiss your chicken campaign” to educate poultry owners about the public health issues with bringing their birds into their homes and the potential perils of smooching their Silkie.With this in mind, Schneider talks extensively about biosecurity measures to protect the health of both the birds and their owners.“When you are somewhere in the car around wild birds, stop and rinse off your tires — no one is going to do that,” he said. “But when you invest in a flock you want to protect them. There are a few thing that are cheap and easy and reasonable to do.”Here are some low-cost and easy biosecurity measures that Schneider suggests for a backyard flock:• Use hand sanitizer before and after you handle your birds. That can go a long way for biosecurity.• Have one pair of designated boots that are only worn in the backyard and around the birds.• If designated boots are a problem, a footbath can be used to scrub boots before entering the bird area.• Cheap coveralls that are designated for wearing around the birds is also good.• When it comes to disease, don’t take it out and don’t bring it in. If the birds are taken off the farm, quarantine them.Schneider also really emphasizes his great disdain for the use of heat lamps and the safety hazards that result.“The No. 1 most common source of heat used is a $10 heat lamp. I can’t stand them. They are a true fire hazard. They get hot and people don’t even know they are a fire hazard. In Maine a popular local vet recently died because she had a brooder in her bedroom with baby chicks and she burnt her house to the ground,” he said. “If you must use one, clamp the lamp to one end of the brooder. Get good quality duct tape and tape the clamp. Now get another clamp and clamp the first clamp over the duct tape. Get some chain and hooks and chain that lamp to something up above. Then there is still potential for problems because the bulbs are made in China and they get hot and melt the glue used to hold the bulb in and the bulb falls out of the socket.”Other than very young birds, heat is generally not necessary for chickens anyway.“Heat is far more detrimental to your chickens than the cold will be,” Schneider said. “They are very cold hardy. Chickens produce a lot of heat themselves.”In his presentation, Schneider covered a wide array of additional topics including housing, nutrition, and bird care throughout the life of the chicken.Here are more general tips:• At $239, the Universal Brooder Box it is the best on the market dollar for dollar because “it makes brooding a breeze.” But, he said a large Rubbermaid bin works fine, is low cost, easy to use, and easy to clean.• The best bedding is pine wood shavings. Hay or straw can work but you will have to clean the brooder more often to prevent odor and disease. Sand is bad.• There are endless amounts of waterers that can be used, but the birds need access to cool, clean water 24 hours a day seven days a week.• Lift the feeders as the chicks grow and start with the 50-pound bag of feed. They eat more than most first-time chicken owners think.• Coop options are almost endless, but be sure to make every effort to predator-proof them and make them easy to clean.• Coops should also be well ventilated but free of drafts.• Only one nesting box for every three to five hens is needed and 12 square inches is ample for most breeds.• Chickens may be on the roost for half their lives. Do the chickens a favor and provide a good roost. Wood is the best material for a roost that is 2.5- to 3-inches round or a 2X4 with rounded off corners. There should be at least eight to 10 inches of roost space per bird.• For the first eight weeks, chicks need high protein starter in crumble form. After eight weeks, switch to a grower feed and at 16 weeks switch to layer feed in crumble or pellet form with lower protein but extra calcium.• Medicated feed prevents coccidiosis. It is not an antibiotic.• Scratch has no nutritional value. It is like candy for chickens.• There are only two 100% ways to get a hen to stop eating eggs: 1. eat her or 2. incorporate rollaway nest boxes so the eggs roll to an area where they cannot be accessed after being laid.For more from the Chicken Whisperer, visit chickenwhisperer.com.
Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRising star Kristine Cayabyab echoed Ravena’s sentiments.“It’s really a big help to young basketball players. The drills will really help you become a better player,” said Cayabyab, who watches her favorite player LeBron James’ highlights on YouTube.Here are the rest of the photos from the media trial:Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ Access to basketball has never been this easy for aspiring basketball players and professional ballers alike.Nike on Saturday officially launched the Hyper Court app that gives exclusive basketball content to Filipino hoopers.ADVERTISEMENT Manalang bids goodbye to Adamson after ‘heartbreaking’ loss QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC During the event, selected members of the media experienced what the interactive training is all about.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBasketball stars Kiefer Ravena, LA Tenorio, Jayson Castro and Jeff Chan helped conduct shooting and dribbling drills. The training routines are part of the Hyper Court app, which allows Filipino ballers free access to videos.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s very convenient knowing it’s in our hands and everybody is into technology nowadays,” Ravena, a two-time UAAP champion and MVP out of Ateneo told INQUIRER.net. “It makes it accessible to everybody to have your own workouts, to figure out a way on how to improve their skill set and the app made everything possible for everybody.”Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“With my experience before, you have to do it the manual way. Go to a coach, training centers. but nowadays, we can maximize the technology that we have. it just made everybody feel like they can be a professional athlete and they can improve their game through the app.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments
LINCOLN, NE – AUGUST 30: The Nebraska Cornhuskers take the field for their game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Memorial Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images) @KETVFormer Nebraska star running back Lawrence Phillips is currently in prison, serving a 31-year sentence following a 2009 assault conviction. How has his time in prison been? Unsurprisingly, not great. Thanks to USA Today Sports, we’ve gotten an inside look at what Phillips’ life at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano, Calif., is like. The media group obtained letters that Phillips wrote to some of his high school coaches. Here are some excerpts from his letters: We have been in lock down about 80% of the time. You would be surprised at what these altercations are about! Nonsense! But when your world is this small all one has to care about is nonsense. That is why I do not want any of these idiots in the cell with me.All they they want to do is the drugs, make knives and make alcohol. Then they say when they get out they will not come back. I tell them of course you will. You are doing the same thing that got you locked up. Of course they do not want to hear that. It is like speaking to a brick wall.—-I do not have a cell mate. All of these dudes want to use drugs and (illegible) weapons in the cell. I’m in the process of applying for single-cell status. I will let you know how that goes.—–Well, there is nothing new happening here. We are still locked down. One of the guards was assaulted so it may be awhile. Coach D, this place is a jungle. Trouble everywhere. One must swallow his pride constantly or one will always be in the hole. But we must deal with the situation we put ourselves in.Terrifying. You can read all of the letters obtained by USA Today Sports here.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license A lithium-based energy storage system for ships has been launched by technology company Rolls-Royce. SAVe Energy is said to be a cost-competitive, highly efficient and liquid cooled battery system with a modular design that enables the product to scale according to energy and power requirements.In addition, the system complies with international regulations for low and zero emission propulsion systems.The development work has been partly funded by the Norwegian Research Council of Norway’s ENERGIX program. Three shipowning companies — Color Line, Norled and the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) Shipping Company — have been partners in the development, ensuring that the energy storage system covers a wide variety of marine applications, including ferries, cruise vessels and multipurpose vessels.As explained, energy storage is a major green investment for a shipowner. Returns are maximized when the system is correctly dimensioned for the specific ship and includes intelligent power control. Rolls-Royce has been delivering energy storage systems since 2010, however, the actual energy storage units were previously supplied by an external party. “The electrification of ships is building momentum. From 2010 we have delivered battery systems representing about 15 MWh in total. However now the potential deployment of our patent pending SAVe Energy in 2019 alone is 10-18 MWh,” Andreas Seth, Rolls-Royce, EVP Electrical, Automation and Control – Commercial Marine, said.SAVe Energy can be applied to several areas including peak shaving, spinning reserve and battery-powered vessels. Combined with a LNG or diesel-powered engine in a hybrid solution, it will increase efficiency and reduce emissions and can be coupled with most types of propulsion units. In a hybrid set up, SAVe Energy handles the peak load, while the main power generators will relate to the average load and not reduce the propulsion units thrusting capabilities, according to Rolls-Royce.“Battery systems have become a key component of our power and propulsions systems, and SAVe Energy is being introduced on many of the projects we are currently working on. This includes the upgrade programme for Hurtigruten’s cruise ferries, the advanced fishing vessel recently ordered by Prestfjord and the ongoing retrofits of offshore support vessels. As a system provider we can find the best solution considering both installation and operational cost,” Seth further said.SAVe Energy is an energy storage unit (ESU) system which was recently class approved by DNV GL. This means that the systems are now accepted for installation on all vessels classed by DNV GL.
More information: Seyed Reza Larimi et al. Low-cost ultra-stretchable strain sensors for monitoring human motion and bio-signals, Sensors and Actuators A: Physical (2018). DOI: 10.1016/j.sna.2018.01.028 Now, a team of researchers at UBC’s Okanagan campus have developed a practical way to monitor and interpret human motion, in what may be the missing piece of the puzzle when it comes to wearable technology.What started as research to create an ultra-stretchable sensor transformed into a sophisticated inter-disciplinary project resulting in a smart wearable device that is capable of sensing and understanding complex human motion, explains School of Engineering Professor Homayoun Najjaran.The sensor is made by infusing graphene nano-flakes (GNF) into a rubber-like adhesive pad. Najjaran says they then tested the durability of the tiny sensor by stretching it to see if it can maintain accuracy under strains of up to 350 per cent of its original state. The device went through more than 10,000 cycles of stretching and relaxing while maintaining its electrical stability.”We tested this sensor vigorously,” says Najjaran. “Not only did it maintain its form but more importantly it retained its sensory functionality. We have further demonstrated the efficacy of GNF-Pad as a haptic technology in real-time applications by precisely replicating the human finger gestures using a three-joint robotic finger.” Provided by University of British Columbia Tissue paper sensors show promise for health care, entertainment, robotics UBC engineers advance the capability of wearable tech. Credit: UBC Okanagan The goal was to make something that could stretch, be flexible and a reasonable size, and have the required sensitivity, performance, production cost, and robustness. Unlike an inertial measurement unit—an electronic unit that measures force and movement and is used in most step-based wearable technologies—Najjaran says the sensors need to be sensitive enough to respond to different and complex body motions. That includes infinitesimal movements like a heartbeat or a twitch of a finger, to large muscle movements from walking and running.School of Engineering Professor and study co-author Mina Hoorfar says their results may help manufacturers create the next level of health monitoring and biomedical devices.”We have introduced an easy and highly repeatable fabrication method to create a highly sensitive sensor with outstanding mechanical and electrical properties at a very low cost,” says Hoorfar.To demonstrate its practicality, researchers built three wearable devices including a knee band, a wristband and a glove. The wristband monitored heartbeats by sensing the pulse of the artery. In an entirely different range of motion, the finger and knee bands monitored finger gestures and larger scale muscle movements during walking, running, sitting down and standing up. The results, says Hoorfar, indicate an inexpensive device that has a high-level of sensitivity, selectivity and durability.The research, partially funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, was recently published in the Journal of Sensors and Actuators A: Physical. Explore further Creating the perfect wearable device to monitor muscle movement, heart rate and other tiny bio-signals without breaking the bank has inspired scientists to look for a simpler and more affordable tool. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Engineers advance the capability of wearable tech (2018, February 22) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-advance-capability-wearable-tech.html