US Lawmaker Interested in Hydro Power

first_imgA member of the United States House of Representatives has expressed interest in developing small hydro electrical power generation in Gbarpolu County to help rural dwellers access cheaper electricity. Representative Dave Hagstrom from District #53 in the State of Montana said he has done some assessment of the county and found that power is a major problem there.The US lawmaker, who is in the country to discuss possible investment plans, especially in Gbarpolu County, made the statement recently when he met with Senate Pro Tempore, Armah Zolu Jallah at the Capitol Building in Monrovia.Representative Hagstrom informed Pro-Temp Jallah that back home in Montana electricity is cheaper because water resources have been developed to generate electricity. “Here in Liberia, I’m told you pay US$0.53 cents per kilowatt, but in Montana, a kilowatt costs US$0.9, Representative Hagstrom disclosed. In response, Pro-Temp Jallah, who hails from Gbarpolu County, welcomed the initiative and called for more international partnerships that will spur economic growth in the country.In a related development, Pro-Tempore Jallah has expressed the need for Liberia to identify its priorities in terms of adopting policies that will benefit its citizens, making specific reference to the indefinite cessation on logging activities by the government of Liberia saying, it is grossly undermining the economy of the country.Senator Jallah explained that because of the ban, rural roads previously built by logging companies are in deplorable conditions and employment opportunities for local dwellers are non-existent. He reckoned that government lacks the capacity to build rural roads and as such it relies on business institutions like the logging companies to assist.“Liberia does not export computers, cars, phones etc. The economy of the country is dependent on export of rubber, timber, cocoa etc. When you stop these, you create hardship for your people” Pro-Temp Jallah declared.The Pro-Temp cautioned that while international regulations help to minimize environmental risks, government should carefully study those protocols to ensure that the interest of its people are protected. “Environmentalists such as Global Witness will tell your country to stop mining and logging because of concerns over climate change issues. But it is left with you, as a government to know that the same logging companies build your roads and employ your people, thus reducing the economic pressure on you” Senator Jallah noted.He added, “These companies uphold our international treaty obligations in the International Tropical Timber Organization, ITTO and CBO etc.”The Pro-Tempore disagrees with widespread assertions that logging activities are responsible for deforestation leading to climate change. According to him, most climate change issues are triggered by unhealthy practices such as shifting cultivation and subsistence farming mostly done by locals in developing countries, while pollution in the atmosphere from industrial countries are the most destructive.The Gbarpolu lawmaker, whose county has some of the largest forest land in the country, then compared Liberia’s situation with that of Singapore, which years back, was just like Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dr. Tubman launches Sickle Cell Awareness Tomorrow

first_imgDr. Venee Tubman, a Liberian Medical Doctor specialized to treat sickle cell disease, is scheduled to lead an array of marchers tomorrow, Saturday at program to create awareness on the danger of the disease.The march will start at 8: a.m. on Tubman Boulevard at the Catholic Junction and end at the Naklee Brisbane Sickle Cell Education Center on 24th Street, Sinkor. It is aimed at educating families about when to seek medical care for the condition, the program organizer said. The program is organized by Dr. Tubman with support from the Ministry of Health to create the necessary awareness about sickle cell disease, which affects children and adults in Liberia. In an exclusive interview yesterday with this newspaper, Dr. Tubman’s aunt, Victoria Kahn Kennedy, Consultant to the Minister of Education said Dr. Venee Tubman was barely a year old when her parents fled Liberia for the suburbs of Washington DC, United States of America following the political turmoil of the 1980 coup d’état. After 27 years, Madam Kennedy said, Dr. Tubman’s work has brought her back to Liberia where she is changing the lives of children by improving their access to pediatric (children) care, and by introducing newborn screening for sickle cell disease; a genetic blood disease that results in abnormal hemoglobin, known as hemoglobin S. It is also a group of blood disorders that is passed along in families, and is common in Liberia where one out of ten people has sickle cell trait. Therefore, she said, their children could be born with sickle cell disease. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), sickle cell disease can be managed by simple procedures, including high fluid intake, a healthy diet, folic acid supplementation, pain medication, penicillin prophylaxis and pneumococcal vaccination against infections. “As a Harvard Medical School instructor in pediatrics and attending physician in pediatric hematology/oncology at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center,” Madam Kennedy said, Dr. Tubman is working in Liberia and Boston to serve children’s health and the physicians who safeguard it. Meanwhile, tomorrow’s program promises to bring together parents and their children afflicted by the disease as well as other well-meaning Liberians, especially health professionals, who will discuss the danger and or the treatment of the disease.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ducey to replace men’s coach at Redlands

first_imgSpectators at Currier Gymnasium have gotten used to up-tempo games with the Bulldogs averaging 117 points per game. The run-and-gun style implemented by Smith resulted in a national-record 132 points-per-game average three years ago. Ducey said he prefers up-tempo, as well, but won’t look to duplicate the numbers Smith’s teams put up. “I like to press, too, but we won’t be looking to create that much tempo,” he said with a laugh. Ducey had directed the women’s program since 1998, compiling a 138-87 record in that stretch. The Bulldogs went 16-8 last season, finishing in a tie for third in the conference. Ducey also has headed the tennis program for eight years, directing the women’s team the last three. He has been selected West Region Coach of the Year four times and plans to keep that position during the spring.Before coming to Redlands, Ducey was a men’s basketball and tennis coach at Cal State San Bernardino. Martinez said the school will begin a search for a women’s basketball coach immediately. Ducey met with his team Tuesday. “I had a great time coaching the women here,” he said. “People ask me all the time if it is different coaching women. It really isn’t. The game is the same.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Athletic director Jeff Martinez said the school didn’t officially post the opening but there was considerable interest shown from outside applicants when Smith’s resignation became public last summer. “This move really made sense. A lot of people probably saw it coming,” Martinez said. “Jim has been part of this university for a long time and has been successful with every sport he has coached. “We’re confident he will pick up where Gary left off.” Ducey becomes the eighth men’s basketball coach since the inception of the program in 1917, only the third since 1970. He played for Smith, graduating in 1978 with a degree in physical education and minors in art and geology. Smith stepped down after 36 years with a record of 456-465, including 231-225 in conference play. “I have a tough act to follow,” Ducey said. “Gary is like my mentor. I can only hope to do half as well as he did here.” center_img The University of Redlands searched from within when it came time to find a successor to outgoing men’s basketball coach Gary Smith. On Wednesday, the school handed the reins to former women’s coach Jim Ducey. last_img read more

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone hit with three-match touchline ban

first_img1 Diego Simeone, the Atletico Madrid manager Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has been banned for the final three matches of the Primera Division season after he was sent to the stands during his side’s win over Malaga.The Argentinian was dismissed after an extra ball was thrown onto the pitch, seemingly from the vicinity of the Atletico bench, which disrupted a Malaga attack.Simeone has insisted he did not throw the ball, but admitted the referee was right to order him from the touchline.On Wednesday the Spanish Football Federation announced a three-game ban for the 45-year-old, meaning he will be missing from the dugout for the matches against Rayo Vallecano, Levante and Celta Vigo.Saturday’s win over Malaga kept Atletico firmly in the title mix. They are level on points with leaders Barcelona and one clear of Real Madrid.Simeone, who has the right to appeal the punishment, was also fined 3,005 euros (£2,330) and the club 1,050 euros (£815).Atletico face Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday night.last_img read more


first_imgAnn McGowan and some of her Tidy Towns team are welcomed home to Letterkenny by the Mayor of Leterkenny, Cllr Gerry Mc McMonagle.‘We may not have taken home the Sam Maguire but we have our All-Ireland.’Those were the words of chairman of Donegal County Council, Cllr Ciaran Brogan tonight as he welcomed home the members of Letterkenny’s Tidy Towns Committee.Ann McGowan and her team arrived home to a tremendous reception having helped Letterkenny to be crowned Ireland’s Tidiest Town at a reception in Dublin this morning.But rather than bask in the glory, Ann’s first words as she stood at Market Square were “The work begins tomorrow on retaining our title.” More than 200 people turned up to welcome home the team which has done Letterkenny and the whole of Donegal proud.Some of the crowd which gather at Market Square in Letterkenny tonight for the homecoming.The one person missing from tonight’s celebrations was the late Jim McCormick, whom Mayor Brogan said would undoubtedly be looking down but also urging his tam to strive on again next year to retain the title.Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr Gerry Mc Monagle paid tribute to all volunteers across Letterkenny who played their part in any way in taking the title home.Donegal County Manager Seamus Neely said it was a great day for Letterkenny but for many towns across Donegal who had done so well in the tidy towns competition. As well as many locals, those who joined in the homecoming included Minister Joe McHugh, Deputies Charlie McConalogue and Padraig Mac Lochlainn and several members of Donegal County Council.TIDY TOWNS HOMECOMING TOLD ‘WE DON’T HAVE SAM BUT WE HAVE OUR ALL-IRELAND’ was last modified: September 29th, 2015 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:Ann McGowandonegalLeterkenny Today Townslast_img read more


first_imgEDUCATION: A countywide series of meetings for creative entrepreneurs are just among some of the brilliant Autumn events and training opportunities being provided by Donegal Local Enterprise Office over the coming months.The training opportunities will also include workshops for writing a business plan, starting your own food business and small business accounts as the Local Enterprise Office continues to engage with and assist businesses across the county. “The role of the Local Enterprise Office is to assist established businesses and start-ups and a key part of that is to communicate with them and help them identify areas where they feel they require assistance.The workshops and training opportunities we provide are designed and made available because they are the things that people in business have asked for,” Michael Tunney Head of Enterprise and Donegal Local Enterprise Office said.He added that they would also be holding a Start Your Own Business Programme over six consecutive Wednesdays, starting on 7th October adding that it is aimed at people thinking of starting their own business or in the early stages of start-up, with a well-researched business idea they are capable of commercialising.Textile artist Michelle McKee who is now based at the Craft Village in Donegal Town, took part in a previous Start Your Own Business programme and found it a very worthwhile exercise. “I guess everyone there had various reasons for being there, but for me in particular I needed to get my head around the financial end of things, to work the projections and the figures and to see if I could make a living from my art.”During the programme Michelle says there were lots of different aspects of setting up a business explained and worked through.“Doing the Start Your Own Business programme with Donegal Local Enterprise Office, helped me realise that I had a viable business idea and now that I have engaged with them and am established, I know I can go back to the Local Enterprise Office for help and advice if I need to,” she concluded.The Small Business Accounts Programme will run for 10 consecutive Mondays starting 5th October and is aimed at owner/managers or accounts staff from small businesses.“The course will cover requirements for self employment, registration and VAT, layout of books, sales invoicing, profit and loss accounts, credit control and the wages and tax system for employees,” said Mr Tunney.He added that the one-day Writing a Business Plan Workshop on Monday 2nd November is aimed at anyone that wishes to write a new business plan or update an existing business plan. “The workshop will provide practical information that will aid in achieving realistic business objectives,” said Mr Tunney.In addition the Local Enterprise Office will host a series of meetings for creative entrepreneurs as work continues to establish networks for creative entrepreneurs.“One of the key components of Donegal’s Creative Strategy is to establish networks where information sharing and peer learning, exchange of ideas and skills enhancement, connection building and collaboration can all happen,” said Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney.To deliver on this he said, Donegal Local Enterprise Office are hosting the four meetings and are hoping that all those interested in building a career in the creative industries in Donegal will attend. Meetings will be held in Carndonagh, Donegal Town, Gweedore and Letterkenny as Donegal Local Enterprise Office works to assist the creative sector in the county to put the groundwork in place to establish the creative networks.For more information and to book your place on any of the programmes or workshops visit the Local Enterprise Office website – ENTERPRISE OFFICE UNVEILS SUPERB AUTUMN TRAINING SCHEDULE was last modified: September 22nd, 2015 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Ohio wind legislation introduced

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ellen Essman, Ohio Law Blog, Agricultural & Resource Law Program at The Ohio State UniversitySenate Bill 234 was just introduced on Nov. 6, 2019. The bill would give voters in the unincorporated areas of townships the power to have a referendum vote on certificates or amendments to economically significant and large wind farms issued by the Ohio Power and Siting Board.The voters could approve or reject the certificate for a new wind farm or an amendment to an existing certificate by majority vote. The bill would also change minimum setback distances for wind farms might be measured.last_img

Who Needs Auto Insurance Once Your Smart Car Has Radar?

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market bradley berman A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#collision avoidance#Disruptive Technology#Drive#radar#smart cars Related Posts center_img ReadWriteDrive is an ongoing series covering the future of transportation.Most cars on the road will soon be smart enough to detect and avoid collisions—with little or no help from drivers who all too easily get tired, drunk, or distracted by incoming texts. And that could radically change a lot of things around the auto industry.Proven automotive safety technologies—most notably radar-based automated braking—are expected to produce an auto industry shift that is more transformational than the introduction of safety belts and air bags a generation ago. These technologies require a wholesale reconsideration of the overlapping industries that insure and repair cars (and people) damaged in car crashes. These expenses are measured in the hundreds of billions of dollars per year.Nissan-Infiniti offers “Intelligent Brake Assist with Forward Collision Warning” on select vehicles. The technology continues to improve.Several companies, including Mercedes, Volvo, and Nissan, are already envisioning a “zero fatality” scenario by the end of the decade. Today, more than 30,000 Americans die in car crashes every year.“The emphasis over the past half-century has been on engineering vehicles so that occupants survive a crash,” said Robert Hartwig, president and economist at the Insurance Information Institute, an industry organization. “The new generation of technology seeks to avoid the crash to begin with. That’s a fundamentally new way of thinking about safety.”Disruption AheadCars equipped with radars, lasers and lightning-fast processors can detect, with great accuracy, an imminent collision with another vehicle. These systems—already found in luxury vehicles from the likes of Mercedes, BMW and Volvo—issue warnings to drivers to apply brakes. If the driver doesn’t respond, the car will automatically bring the car to a stop or otherwise avoid the collision.In 2013, sales of Volvo cars equipped with systems for automatic braking passed the one million mark.Expect to see crash avoidance systems spread throughout the industry, first as pricey options, then as standard features—and maybe one day as federally mandated technology.Americans paid approximately $170 billion in auto insurance premiums in 2013. About 77 percent of that was used to pay on claims, with the remainder going roughly half to the insurance company’s operating expenses and half to profit.Alain Kornhauser, a professor of operations research and financial engineering at Princeton, has absolutely no doubt about the economic benefits of driver-assist technologies. “Money that would otherwise go to body shops, lawyers, ambulance drivers, MRIs, clinics, and hospital emergency rooms will now go to technologists working on safety systems,” he said. “This is disruptive as hell.”Kornhauser is not exactly sure—and not overly concerned about—how the disruption will play out. “This is fundamental economics,” he said. “The technology to do collision avoidance is so inexpensive that it’s cheaper than the amount of chaos and carnage that it takes out of the system.”New Business ModelsThe Mercedes-Benz Distronic Plus system has proximity control with an operating range of about 1 to 500 feet. It’s capable of braking the car all the way to a standstill and accelerating it back up to a pre-set desired speed as the traffic situation permits.As billions of dollars are liberated from the current system, it’s only a matter of time before enterprising insurance providers begin offering steep discounts to owners of cars using crash-avoidance technology. That represents a consumer subsidy to help car buyers pay for the technology.In fact, Kornhauser believes the car companies selling much safer vehicles could directly offer insurance—much the way they provide financing today. Besides, with increasing levels of automation, the liability in an accident might very well rest with the carmaker, rather than the driver.In essence, the broad interconnected markets regarding auto safety market would shift from insuring cars that we all fully expect will experience accidents to development and deployment of technology intended to ensure that accidents rarely happen.“About 80 percent of what auto insurers take in goes to hospitals, lawyers and body shops. Assume you chop that in half,” said Kornhauser. “I would prefer to see the money in the pockets of the technologists who do the vision systems, the cameras and the radar.”Lead image by Flickr user Ben Margolin, CC 2.0; others courtesy of Nissan, Volvo and Daimler Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Communal clashes rock U.P. ahead of VHP meet

first_imgThe festival of Milad-un-Nabi on Wednesday was marked by communal clashes in two districts of Uttar Pradesh, Mirzapur and Kanpur, as tension soared in these parts of the state ahead of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s meeting in Ayodhya for construction of a Ram temple.Prohibitory orders have been imposed in Mirzapur for over 24 hours. No serious injuries were, however, reported.In Mirzapur, trouble started on Tuesday as members of two communities engaged in stone-pelting after a minor dispute during a Ram-Janaki bike yatra taken out by the VHP through minority-populated areas.Mirzapur District Magistrate Anurag Patel told The Hindu that the VHP did not have permission to hold the bike rally. The local SHO and two constables had been suspended for negligence, he said. No action has been taken against the VHP activists.Additional SP Mirzapur Prakash Swaroop Pandey said five persons were arrested on the complaint of the VHP. Clashes were reported in Kanpur’s Kalyanpur area too. About four people reportedly received minor injuries after two communities clashed with each other during a procession on the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad. Kanpur SSP Anant Deo said the incident took place after members of a community tried to take out aprocession through a lane, leading to objection by another community. “The matter was resolved by the police but some miscreants threw stones from their homes,” said Mr. Deo.last_img read more

Who will hold science’s purse strings in new House?

first_imgTwo spending panels in the U.S. House of Representatives that hold sway over large chunks of federal research spending will have new chairs when the 114th Congress convenes in January.For biomedical researchers, the big news is the selection today of Representative Tom Cole (R–OK) to chair the appropriations subcommittee that funds the National Institutes of Health. Cole replaces Representative Jack Kingston (R–GA), who is retiring after losing a bid earlier this year for his party’s nomination for a U.S. Senate seat.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)For researchers who follow the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the new cardinal is Representative John Culberson (R–TX). He succeeds the retiring Representative Frank Wolf (R–VA), a fixture on the panel.Other panels of interest to the U.S. research community will retain their current chairs. A complete list of chairmen—there is actually one woman, Representative Kay Granger (R–TX)—is here.last_img read more