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One of the popular spirituals sung by the Old BWI Glee Club in the 1950s through the 1970s was entitled, “When You Get to Heaven, Brother, What Will You Do?We think this question is most appropriate and timely for Ambassador George Weah who is poised to be declared the winner in Montserrado County.Weah, who handsomely beat Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the first round of the 2005 presidential elections, though not enough to prevent a run-off, was still a formidable candidate to beat nine years later in senatorial elections. Also, Weah, though he was number two on the Winston Tubman Presidential ticket in 2011, CDC still carried Montserrado. Robert Sirleaf, above all people, should have known that, for he hails from a political family. His mother is the President. None of the other Montserrado candidates in the recent senatorial election ever had immediate family members running for the Senate. The whole nation listened to the counting on some of the radio stations Saturday night and most people went to bed confident that Weah had captured the Montserrado seat. Many ordinary Liberians recall that there were moments in the counting when Weah had 300 and Sirleaf had only 20 or less. Weah even beat him badly in a place Sirleaf thought his stronghold—PHP; but there, too, Weah overwhelmingly won.The big question on everyone’s mind is, why did Robert Sirleaf attempt such a race—was it to further embarrass his mom? For how does a sitting President’s son lose an election so badly? Counselor Pearl Brown Bull said as much from London on LIB 24 Radio Saturday evening.People recall the most recent embarrassment Robert caused his mom when he sued her at the Supreme Court over her Executive Order #65, then ducked when it was time to go and defend his lawsuit. So what was the point in exposing his beloved mother to judicial and public ridicule?The main question in this Editorial, however, is what will Ambassador Weah do when he takes his seat in the Liberian Senate? First sub-question: Will he continue to downplay Education, as he and his immense number of fanatical partisans have done since 2005? Remember his campaign slogan that year? Your partisans were joyfully singing while running from central Monrovia to the S.K.D. Stadium, “You know book, your country dirty.” The themes on your partisans’ lips last week and the week before were not different. Most of the CDC partisans in those demonstrations were even abusive, calling Robert Sirleaf many different uncomplimentary names and abusing even the President herself. We have to remind Mr. Weah in this editorial that he did not offer the people of Montserrado a platform announcing what he would do if he won the election and became their Senator. Also, Mr. Weah was invited along with other candidates in the Montserrado race to a debate, but he, like all the others, failed to show up. What were these candidates thinking? They wanted our votes, yet could not bring themselves to be questioned by us as to what their real intentions were for running for the Senate?If they could not face us during the campaign, then what can we expect from any one of them who gets elected? She or he would most definitely come to think that we are owed nothing—absolutely nothing.Rep. Edwin Snowe, a zealous Weah supporter, has already announced him the chair of the Montserrado Legislative Caucus. But what does Weah bring to the table besides his immense football popularity?Montserrado has many challenges. Take the challenges in all of Weah’s strongholds: Clara Town, West Point, New Kru Town, Logan Town, PHP, Peace Island, Douala, Paynesville Red Light, etc.—all of them are slums, without running water, power, proper sanitation and adequate health facilities and housing. Many of the residents in these slums are jobless and therefore self-supporting peddlers. Has Weah promised them anything? What is his vision for their future and the future of their children? Surely it cannot be a disregard for education. Every one of these areas needs well-equipped and staffed public elementary and high schools.We pray that beyond the tumult of the massive demonstrations, Mr. Weah and his supporters will think soberly on these challenges in Montserrado and indeed the whole country, and start strategizing on how, with commitment and decisiveness to address them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has for the first time admitted that the government has abandoned the agriculture sector, leaving it with small farmers thus creating a high demand for the importation of rice.President Sirleaf made the confession on Friday, April 9, when she inaugurated the first industrial rice processing and warehousing facility, in Kakata, Margibi County.In her statement at the official inauguration of the facility, President Sirleaf said Fabrar’s initiative represents “a major step forward” which should have been done as a country.She said the country has paid a lot of attention to its mineral resources, shipping logs and iron ore without paying much attention to the agriculture sector.Madam Sirleaf described agriculture as “very expensive,” and because of this the country has left it with small subsistence farmers.“Agriculture is very expensive; so we have left it to our small farmers. This is why we are the major importers of rice. It is possible for each of us to contribute something to our country by taking such initiative,” she said.She challenged the Ministry of Agriculture to focus more attention on the ministry’s obligations by working tirelessly to ensure that the country is at the point of meeting the needs of its citizens by producing more food to alleviate hunger.She expressed deep satisfaction over the newly inaugurated rice processing facility, adding that it is her greatest hope to have food processing facilities in all of the fifteen counties.“I’m glad that Liberia has its first industrial rice processing and warehousing facility, which stands to benefit the citizens. I want to see more of rice, cassava and other industrial processing plants that will create job opportunities,” she added.The President praised the company for its persistence and determination during the five years it took to develop the first rice processing industry in the country.Success in reaching the point of installing the first industrial rice processing and warehouse facility came through the instrumentality of the United States Agency for International Development Food and Enterprise (USAID FED).The Chief of Party of USAID FED, Ms. Agnes Luz, reaffirmed her organization’s commitment to supporting the country with financial and technical assistance in order to reduce hunger and promote food security for Liberians.She stated that they will continually increase agricultural productivity and profitability of food crops and animals (rice, vegetables, cassava and goats), and stimulate the enterprises to build the agriculture workforce.Ms. Luz acknowledged that support from the US Government to USAID FED also led to supporting the new industrial facility which will double its previous capacity to mill 30 metric tons (MT) of rice per day and store 1,000 metric tons with proper ventilation and protection from pests, fungus and mildew.“Our program is in six counties — Lofa, Nimba, Grand Bassa, Margibi, Bong and Montserrado, working with farmers to improve their living conditions,” the USAID FED Chief of Party stated.US Ambassador Deborah Malac in her statement highlighted the importance of having such an industry, pledging her Government’s support to Liberia’s agriculture sector.The U.S. Ambassador expressed disappointment that Liberia has fertile soil on which varieties of food crops can grow, but citizens continue to cry from hunger.She called on Liberians to take responsibility by bringing in the changes the country needs to improve the living condition of the citizens by engaging in active farming.Fabrar Liberia Inc., the agriculture entity which operates the facility, is a Liberian-owned and operated agriculture enterprise created in 2009 to tackle food insecurity in Liberia.It also works to improve the livelihood of farmers and provides them access to domestic and international food markets.Fabrar CEO, Mr. Fabio Lavelanet reiterated the goal of his industry which is to tackle food insecurity, improve lives of farmers and provides them access to domestic and international food markets.He encouraged Liberian famers to join the effort by working together for the betterment of the country.“As the country’s largest rice processor and only industrial processor for now, Fabrar Liberia Inc. will provide Liberian farmers incentives and motivate them to grow quality rice and make better businesses,” he added.Liberia’s economy is oriented more in agriculture. The country has rich soil, a humid climate with equal lengths of rainfall and sunshine.The rainfall then gives rise to dense forest vegetation, thus reflecting how rich and fertile Liberia’s soil is.Despite Liberia’s fertile soil, agriculture has remained poorly handled with only the low income earners in rural areas making subsistence farming.This has increased the importation of basic food commodities, including the staple food, rice. Another challenge associated with the agriculture sector is lack of farm to market roads which impede the progress of rural farmers as they find it difficult to bring their commodities to the market.Amid all the constraints, however, local subsistence farmers continue to make strides in producing basic food crops but at a minimum scale. This effort by local farmers in the country has graded Bong, Nimba and Lofa counties as the bread baskets of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Participants at yesterday’s opening session of the retreat.A group comprising of state and non-state actors under the banner of the REDD+ Technical Working Group (RTWG) are convening in Ganta, Nimba County, to restructure its term of reference (ToR), to enable the RTWG effectively perform its leadership role in the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation process in the country, a release said.The 3-day retreat runs from July 12 to 13, 2018. REED+ is the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. It is an effort to create a financial value for carbon stored in forests. It offers incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon path to sustainable development.Deforestation and forest degradation are the second leading cause of global warming responsible for about 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, which makes the loss and depletion of forests a major issue for climate change.Liberia has developed its REDD+ strategy and is accelerating the implementation of remaining REDD+ readiness activities.RTWG was established in 2009 with the aim of leading REDD+ policy coordination among different stakeholders across the country, to support achievement of the goal of the REDD+ process in Liberia.According to the release, the group significantly contributed to the drafting of the Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP), preparation and submission of Liberia’s Readiness Plan Idea Note (R-PIN) and the development of Liberia’s National REDD+ and several other REDD+ policy initiatives.Urias Goll, a facilitator, said that the retreat is a follow-up to last December’s meeting in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, which proposed the revising of the organization’s ToR, so that it reflects the kind of technical policy coordination support needed in this phase of Liberia’s REDD+ process.Goll said that the forum will review proposals on revisions needed in the group’s ToR as well as review proposals on the restructured membership of the organization, to ensure that all relevant stakeholders are involved.Although the RTWG was established nine years ago, Goll said that the group has up to yesterday not been active, “and so the retreat seeks to revamp the organization.” Mr. Goll is the former executive director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).He said that the retreat would also help the group’s members share experiences and improve the working modalities of the RTWG.According to him, it has been nine years since the RTWG was formed, and Liberia has achieved a lot since then in its REDD+ Readiness process, especially with the National REDD+ Strategy now developed.United Nations framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Focal Person, Benjamin S. Karmorh, said there shouldn’t be any reason why REDD+ process cannot work in Liberia when it is working in other nations.He stressed the need for sustainable harvesting of Liberia’s natural resources and noted that the country is rich but its people are poor.Mr. Karmorh underscored the need for benefit sharing and said, “If we ask the people to keep their forest they need to get some incentives for not harvesting their forest.”Members of Liberia’s forest communities depend on the forest for livelihood.Forests are used for bush-meat hunting and the harvesting of medicinal plants and local construction materials, among others, by local communities.On behalf of EPA’s Executive Director, Nathaniel Blama, Mr. Karmorh assured the agency’s support to the RTWG.Liberia REDD+ Coordinator, Saah A. David, Jr., said the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) remains committed to the working of the RTWG and promised that the FDA remains supportive of the group’s work.David assured that the country’s forest will not only be used for logging activities, but will also be used to benefit the people of forest communities and the country at large.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Guyana Police Force (GPF) has unearthed illegal firearms and a quantity of marijuana during separate exercises on Tuesday.The guns, ammunition and drugs found during the searchesIn the first instance, ranks in F Division (Interior Locations), acting on information received, went to a location at Obama Road, Upper Mazaruni, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) sometime around 13:15h and conducted a search on a miner.During the exercise, the ranks unearthed an unlicensed .38 revolver along with 10 matching rounds of ammunition and 354 grams of cannabis. The suspect, a resident of Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam, Berbice, has since been arrested and is being processed for court.Meanwhile, ranks while on patrol at Makari Landing, Upper Mazaruni River, Region Seven observed a male shopkeeper acting in a suspicious manner. As the ranks approached him, the suspect tossed a long object into the bush and escaped.The object was immediately retrieved and upon examination was found to be an unlicensed shotgun. Efforts are being made to have the suspect, who has been identified as a resident of Plaisance, East Coast Demerara, apprehended, the Police said on Wednesday.
Tyler Blackett 1 Manchester United youngster Tyler Blackett has been called into the England Under-21 squad for the first time.The 20-year-old defender has started both of the Red Devils’ Premier League matches under Louis van Gaal and has impressed Gareth Southgate enough to be brought into the Young Lions set-up.Blackett has represented England upto Under-19s level and is joined in the squad to face Lithuania and Moldova by fellow new boy Alex Pritchard, who is on a season-long loan at Brentford from Tottenham.The squad for the European Championship qualifiers also includes Eric Dier, James Ward-Prowse and Saido Berahino, who had all been mentioned as potential call-ups to the senior team to face Norway and Switzerland.England Under-21s sit atop of Group One and take on Lithuania in Kaunas on September 5, before travelling to Tiraspol to face Moldova on September 9.England Under-21 squad to face Lithuania and MoldovaGoalkeepers: Jonathan Bond (Watford), Jack Butland (Stoke City).Defenders: Tyler Blackett (Manchester United), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Garbutt (Everton), Michael Keane (Manchester United), Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United, on loan to Nottingham Forest), Liam Moore (Leicester City), Jack Robinson (Liverpool).Midfielders: Tom Carroll (Tottenham Hotspur, on loan to Swansea City), Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea), Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Will Hughes (Derby County), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).Forwards: Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion), Tom Ince (Hull City), Danny Ings (Burnley), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Alex Pritchard (Tottenham Hotspur, on loan at Brentford), Nathan Redmond (Norwich City), Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).
A man who pleaded guilty to two counts under the Wildlife Act has claimed he was merely shooting deer to prevent the spread of tuberculosis.Damien Whoriskey claimed he had lost 13 cows from his farm through TB and blamed the spread of vermin including foxes and badgers.The 30 year old, who previously pleaded to two counts under the Wildlife Act, appeared at Falcarragh Court today, in a bid to have his shooting license restored. However, Garda Superintendent David Kelly said he was objecting to Whoriskey getting his license back.He said the objections were for two reasons – that Whoriskey shot three deer (including a hind) out of season and that he shot them from a public road.The court heard how on March 3rd, 2015 he had gone to help a friend put up hoarding to shelter a house at Maghery.The pair finished early and as they were heading home, a deer ran out in front of them on the road. Whoriskey said he had his gun with him and took a shot at the deer which was about 20 yards off the road up a hill.He said he found the deer dead, bled him and then put the deer not the van and drove off.A mile up the road, they were stopped by Pat Vaughan, head wildlife ranger at Glenveagh National Park.Mr Vaughan asked Whoriskey, from Keeldrum, Gortahork, if he had shot a deer and Whoriskey said he had and showed the dead deer to the ranger in the back of the van.He said he was shocked to be stopped by ranger Vaughan as he had thought the shooting season extended into March. Ranger Vaughan told Whoriskey he was seizing his rifle.Another approach while this was going on and said “You aren’t the boys I’m looking for.”The man said he had encountered problems with people shooting deer for the past five years.Mr Whoriskey told the court that he was having a lot of trouble with deer coming onto his land, eating his silage and it was costing him money. He also gave evidence that he had lost a total of 13 cows, which were heavily in calf and he believed it was from the spread of TB through vermin including wild deer.Solicitor for Whoriskey, Patsy Gallagher, said his client had no previous convictions and had undertaken a course to receive his license form a recognised dealer.He said his client had pledged guilty to the two previous charges under what he termed the “old poaching act.”He added that his client had no mental health problems and that the area in which the deer were shot was a very rural area.The court was told that the nearest house to the area of the last shooting was two miles away.Judge David Kelly asked Whoriskey if it would be normal to carry his rifle in somebody else’s van?Whoriskey replied that he was passing by his own lands and that is why he took the rifle with him.Judge Kelly adjourned the case until December 21st and suggested that Whoriskey wasn’t quite as innocent as he made out to be but that he is a person of general good character.He said that it should be reinforced to Whoriskey about the timing and conditions of the granting of a gun license and if he was then satisfied, he would be disposed to granting the application for the restoration of the gun license.Man who illegally shot three deer claimed he was preventing spread of TB was last modified: November 16th, 2016 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)
Millions of people are using easy-to-guess passwords on sensitive accounts, suggests a study.The analysis by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) found 123456 was the most widely-used password on breached accounts.The NCSC said people should string three random but memorable words together to use as a strong password. For its first cyber-survey, the NCSC analysed public databases of breached accounts to see which words, phrases and strings people used.Top of the list was 123456, appearing in more than 23 million passwords. The second-most popular string, 123456789, was not much harder to crack, while others in the top five included “qwerty”, “password” and 1111111.The most common name to be used in passwords was Ashley, followed by Michael, Daniel, Jessica and Charlie.When it comes to Premier League football teams in guessable passwords, Liverpool are top of the list while Chelsea sit second. Blink-182 topped the charts of music acts.You can explore Hunt’s database yourself to find how many times simple passwords (or your own) have shown up in lists of accounts caught up in security breaches.New research confirms millions of people are using 123456 passwords was last modified: April 22nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts No Flash on the iPhone? It’s not a problem for advertisers, apparently. Developers tasked with creating rich media ad units for Apple’s popular mobile devices have been busy porting their Flash-created ad collateral into an iPhone-friendly HTML5 format using mobile ad firm Greystripe’s “iFlash” ad technology, which provides a Flash-like ad experience. The iFlash ad format has become so popular, in fact, that Greystripe is just now announcing a 200% growth spike for these “iFlash” ads following the iAds announcement. According to news the company linked to by way of Twitter post, but not press release, the growth for the 18-month old iFlash technology is due to the experience it offers, something that’s similar to Apple’s recently announced iAds technology. Like iAds, iFlash also provides rich media animation, touch interactivity and click-through actions, all of which are available without leaving the mobile application where the ad appears. Greystripe’s CEO Michael Chang sees iAds’ imitation as a form of flattery in this case, proof that his company is doing it right. “Apple’s selection of an ad format almost identical to our ‘iFlash Custom’ ads is a testament to the incredible potential of interactive, rich media mobile advertising and the value of customer engagement,” he is quoted as saying. The company claims it holds a 75% market share on the full screen rich media mobile market and have ads that reach 14 million unique monthly users in the U.S. Over the past two years, it has served over 2 billion full screen rich media impressions. Recent reports from comScore Inc. put the CTR for these iFlash ads at 2-5% on average, with 15-30+ seconds of user engagement. While “fat-fingering” may contribute to some accidental ad launches, it’s the engagement time that’s really telling. Spending half a minute watching or interactivity with an ad is proof that creative, engaging ads can and do appeal to mobile users. (At least for now. Web banner ads used to be popular too, believe it or not). Flash’s Backdoor to iPhone What’s interesting about this news, besides, of course, the incredible growth rates the company is seeing, is how the iFlash ad technology actually works. It takes pre-created rich media ad units that were built using Adobe Flash and transcodes them to run on the iPhone, iPod Touch and, as of this month, iPad. The resulting ads are transformed into HTML5 format, a web standard that is supported on Apple’s iPhone operating system. For ad developers used to working with Flash technology, iFlash is essentially a workaround for the Flash ban on Apple devices, explained in detail by Steve Jobs himself back in April. Apple caused quite a stir when it announced that iPhone apps created using Adobe’s now-discontinued Packager for iPhone would not be allowed into the iTunes App Store, prompting Jobs’ eventual response to all the hubbub. The Adobe software had allowed developers to create mobile applications using Flash and then port those to an iPhone-ready format. Although the technologies behind the Adobe converter and the iFlash transcoder are quite different on the back-end, the idea is the same: create with Flash, then port to iPhone.With Apple’s iAds launch just around the corner, one wonders if Apple will continue to allow a Flash transcoding product that competes directly with their own advertising initiatives to remain in business. Booting them out, though, would be tricky. After all, iFlash ads are in supported HTML5 format. Still, considering Jobs’ opinions on Flash, it must irk him to see that Flash developers have found such an easy workaround for the Flash ban, if not for apps, at least for ads. Tags:#Adobe#advertising#Apple#web sarah perez 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
With the Congress government yet to waive loans of farmers in Punjab, the Opposition Shiromani Akali Dal has questioned the State government’s commitment to farm debt waiver. The Akali Dal has accused the State government, led by Capt. Amarinder Singh, of deliberately delaying loan waiver to farmers even though it was promised in its poll manifesto. SAD leader and Member of Parliament Prem Singh Chandumajra said that the government was trying to buy time by forming an expert committee, which is slated to submit its report after two months. “The government should explain the need of this committee… Wasn’t your election manifesto prepared by the present FM Manpreet Badal? Didn’t former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh release the manifesto after vetting the loan waiver promise?”, he asked.The total farm debt in Punjab amounts to more than ₹80,000 crore, including the ₹12,500 crore crop loans in the cooperative sector. The average debt per farm household in Punjab works out to ₹8 lakh (including crop loan), while the State’s per hectare debt of small and marginal farmers was the highest in India.