This Country Needs Justice

first_imgThe legal consultant at the Liberia Law Society and former Minister of Public Works, Attorney Samuel Woods II, has said the country needs justice from the government, considering the recurring deaths of citizens under mysterious circumstances.Mr. Wood, serving as a guest speaker at the induction ceremony of officers elect of the Juah Sarwee Memorial Welfare Institute in New Kru Town, declared that “If the government cannot give Liberians justice, the country stands in the position of not having peace.” Woods reflected that besides rape and abuse, people, including children, die under mysterious circumstances. “We also have big people being killed and no one knows who is responsible, which is unfortunate for Liberia and the government in particular,” Mr. Woods said. The government must begin to make sure its citizens get justice in order to escape being recorded on the wrong side of history as Liberia continues to experience mysterious deaths of its citizens, said Atty. Woods.“You can build everything else, but if you cannot give us justice, security and cannot create a conducive environment for the young generation of Liberia, including their education, you will not have peace in Liberia. But the government continues to fail the young people of this country,” lamented Woods. The government continues to make a sad mistake in building skyscrapers in the midst of ghettoes, which remains a wrong decision for Liberia, yet it wants peace, Woods contended, adding that mountains and big buildings will be destroyed in one day. “The country should not remain silent, including the religious people and political parties, because when the house of a neighbor is on fire, you have to help to put out the fire. I feel terrible and bad when receiving information that children are being raped and their future is being destroyed by wicked people.” “I am very happy that many parents have decided to send their children to school, because young people can do better things for Liberia tomorrow. If you go to school, pay attention to the teacher and study your lessons and respect your parents and you can serve this country and provide the best results for us,” said Cllr. WoodsMr. Woods pledged 25 bags of cement to help in the construction of the school’s library and several computers. He also promised to donate all his books to the school’s library. He further offered two students one year scholarships from the 8th grade class.He advised students to respect their parents, adding that “We must give back to the community, but our government needs to create the necessary environment that would encourage young people to engage into such activities.”Mr. Woods stressed that if the government described education as a mess, it should put into place the right system to revamp or clean up the mess, stressing that the future of Liberia can only be better if the people are educated. Meanwhile, Mr. Woods has called on the Muslim Council not to withdraw from the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia as was announced.“We formed this group so that Muslims and Christians can come together and be talking about peace. With the current security situation, Liberia needs peace more than ever before; we need to start talking more. I want to appeal to them to come back and let us hold this peace,” he urged the Muslim Council.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rowing Competes at ICRI Regatta in Illinois

first_imgV8 B (3rd) (7:34.0)C Stock8 Roehrs7 Rimes6 Hargreeves5 Lajoie4 Hunt3 Hovland2 O’Donnell1 Faria Final Results 2V4 A (2nd) (8:00.5)C Vroman4 Thacker3 Peterson2 Konopacki1 Dahlstrom Drake Lineup/ResultsV8 A (1st) (7:14.6)C Rambhia8 Bigus7 McNeely6 Peterson5 Konopacki4 Dahlstrom3 Thacker2 Smith1 Froeschner Story Links Drake was led by its varsity 8 A boat which claimed first in the grand final ahead of Grand Valley State. Two other Bulldog boats, the novice 8 and the 2nd varsity 4, earned second place finishes. Drake’s 2nd varsity 8 B boat placed third behind Grand Valley State and their teammates in the team’s A boat. The Bulldogs’ varsity 4 boat took fourth in their race, finishing just .09 seconds behind Grand Valley State who finished in third place. “Our varsity 8 boats did a great job today and I’m really pleased with our first varsity 8 for their win,” DiSilvestro said. “The 2nd varsity 8 also did great work finishing just behind a tough Grand Valley squad. The novice 8 boat was outstanding. We haven’t been able to field a novice 8 boat the past three seasons and what they went out today and did was great. This season has been really tough with the high water back home in Des Moines and not being able to row, but the team has done so well handling what is out of our control and putting in great indoor training. We’re excited to have a break for Easter and then get back on the water at MACRA in a few weeks.” “I’m so proud of how well the team did today,” said head coach Charlie DiSilvestro. “This trip didn’t start off well with us not being able to row Friday for practice because of high winds. But today they came together again, supported each other and competed really well against some tough competition.”center_img N8 (2nd) (7:17.9)C Stock8 Roehrs7 Bigus6 Hargreaves5 Froeschner4 Smith3 Lajoie2 Hunt1 Hovland Drake travels to Grand Rapids, Mich. for its final regular season regatta, MACRA, on April 28. FARMER CITY, Ill. – The Drake University rowing team competed at the seventh annual Illinois Collegiate Rowing Invitational hosted by the University of Illinois rowing clubs Saturday. The Bulldogs made their second-ever trip to the regatta, which was contested on a 2,000-meter course on Clinton Lake. Drake raced against several Illinois clubs, including the host club along with DePaul and University of Chicago as well as clubs from Grand Valley State, Marquette and St. Thomas. 1V4 (4th) (8:13.0)C Killian4 Janes3 White2 Piotraschke1 Coffman 2V4 B (4th) (8:55.8)C Prien4 White3 Herbert2 Simons1 McCullumPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

NCS D-VII championship: Ferndale falls to Salesian College Prep 50-29 in section title game

first_imgA memorable season for Ferndale came to a close Saturday night with a 50-29 NCS D-VII championship loss to Salesian College Preparatory, Saturday night at Alhambra High.Ferndale never led in the first half but never trailed by more than a score either as the Wildcats matched each touchdown by Salesian.Lane Branstetter, Jenner Christiansen and Landon Gomes each rushed for first-half touchdowns. Branstetter’s came first on a 70-yard run. Both Christiansen and Gomes punched in short runs for …last_img

Africa’s growth potential – and its ‘Next 10’ biggest cities

first_img18 August 2014Global investors are increasingly taking note of the untapped potential of sub-Saharan Africa, particularly its unparalleled demographic edge. According to a new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, Africa will be enjoying faster economic growth than any other region – and will have the world’s biggest labour force.Most major international corporations are already active in at least one of the three largest cities in sub-Saharan Africa – Lagos in Nigeria, Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Johannesburg in South Africa.However, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) economists believe investors should also be getting excited about the “Next 10” biggest cities in sub-Saharan Africa, namely Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Luanda (Angola), Khartoum (Sudan), Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire), Nairobi (Kenya), Kano and Ibadan (Nigeria), Dakar (Senegal), Ougadougou (Burkina Faso), and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).According to PwC’s latest Global Economy Watch report, released on Thursday, the population of these cities is projected to almost double by 2030, growing by around 32-million people. In fact, the latest UN projections indicate that, by 2030, two of the “Next 10” – Dar es Salaam and Luanda – could have bigger populations than London has now.Cities are the typical entry points for businesses looking to expand into new markets, because they enable closer interaction with customers in a relatively small geographical area.“The report projects that economic activity in the ‘Next 10’ cities could grow by around US$140-billion by 2030,” Stanley Subramoney, strategy leader for PwC’s south market region, said in a statement.This is roughly equivalent to the current annual output of Hungary, Subramoney said, adding that this was a conservative estimate that did not take into account real exchange rate appreciation, despite relatively strong projected growth in these economies.Roelof Botha, economic adviser to PwC, said that, in addition to high rates of GDP growth, rapid urbanisation and the so-called demographic edge, “a number of other economic phenomena in the region are starting to appeal to the global investment community”. These include:Significant new discoveries of mining and energy resources, in particular gold and gas; Substantial investment in infrastructure and capital formation by the private sector, which has witnessed an increase in the ratio of total fixed investment to GDP from 17.7% in 2000 to an estimated 23% in 2013;  Sustained growth in per capital incomes, which has led to demand shifts that are benefiting household consumption expenditure on durables, semi-durables and services; and  The ability of a growing number of countries to raise financing for infrastructure projects on the international capital market, in particular Kenya and Rwanda. Both of these countries have recently managed to sell government bonds globally at single-digit yields, which obviate the need for excessive debt servicing costs. It was factors such as these which had seen a return to sound growth in foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into a number of key African economies last year, Botha said.However, according to PwC, there are three issues that sub-Saharan Africa has been struggling to resolve for a number of decades, and which could slow the pace at which the “Next 10” cities grow.These are: the low quality of “hard” infrastructure like roads and railways; inadequate “soft” infrastructure like schools and universities: and “growing pains” arising from political, legal and regulatory institutions struggling to deal with bigger, more complicated economies.“The challenges that policy makers face is to convert Africa’s demographic dividend into economic reality by overcoming these hurdles,” Subramoney said, adding: “History suggests this will not be a quick or easy process. Infrastructure development is a key driver for progress across Africa and a critical enabler for sustainable and socially inclusive growth.“However, investors should form their own plans to mitigate these problems by supporting infrastructure skills and development programmes.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

SOA/SaaS: SAP offers up A1S as On-Demand Platform

first_imgIn the true spirit of SAP R/3-like product naming conventions, SAP has introduced the A1S on-demand platform.  [What does SAP stand for? — Systeme, Anwendungen, Produkte (Systems, Applications, Products).]  But then Amazon’s names for EC2 and S3 services in the cloud may be equally nerdy.A1S is a hosted on-demand platform built on top of SAP’s NetWeaver that is targeting midsize companies that don’t want to ramp up on IT infrastructure.  SAP’s ERP business was booming in the 90’s, and by many measures is still doing well, but over the years competition, new technologies, and high SAP costs have chipped away from the SAP mindshare.Dressed in black at the recent Software 2007 conference, SAP chairman Hasso Plattner outlined a catch-up plan for SAP’s future that models the successes of Google and Salesforce.com.Plattner praised the speed of Google’s data search and uncluttered minimalist design.  He said  that Salesforce.com has proven that the SaaS model does work and that SaaS will become ever more compelling as bandwidth, processing and storage technologies continue to evolve.Plattner admitted that SAP had been out of step with technology changes and that, due to internal politics at SAP, they weren’t quick to come to the decision that SAP must evolve with new technologies to maintain their position.  Plattner said that it took SAP as much as two years to finally come to the conclusion that their model must change.A1S is the new platform that SAP has brewed to address the change.  It’s been three years in the making and is staffed by 3000 engineers.  Similar to Salesforce’s Apex, SAP sees A1S as an on-demand hosted and open platform.  The system will be based on service oriented architecture.One thing this announcement makes clear is that the momentum towards the Salesforce model is in full swing.  But the complete SAP picture is not complete.  This move targets midsized companies — it doesn’t make it any easier for SAP’s large-company clients in helping them to decide what to do next with their huge investments in customized legacy SAP software.last_img read more

Facebook To Sell Tickets With Eventbrite

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Facebook#news#web mike melanson Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Facebook looks to be partnering with event marketplace Eventbrite, a move may have been foreshadowed by recent design changes on the site. The announcement of a partnership was first noticed by a Facebook user who sent in a screenshot to TechCrunch this morning. Facebook’s recent redesign has showed a much more public events page, a feature that would go along with selling tickets to events quite perfectly.The text of the announcement, which was hosted at facebook.eventbrite.com but has since been removed, read as follows:Collect money for your event with EventbriteEventbrite is partnering with Facebook to enable you to collect money for your event. Your attendees pay with credit card and Eventbrite collects the money on your behalf and sends you a check when your event is over. We charge a small service fee for every ticket sold. 5.5% + $.99c, which attendees pay, costing you nothing.Eventbrite has helped event organizers around the world sell over 10 million tickets. We’re excited to help you sell yours and put some delightful cash in your pocket.Until recently, the Facebook events page was primarily focused on one thing – the events you had specifically been invited to. That’s no longer the case. Now, clicking on the “Events” link in the left column brings you to a page that lists not only all the events you’re invited to, but any public events that any of your friends are attending. This seems like a definite shift in focus toward becoming more of a go-to place for finding what’s going on around you instead of just keeping track of invites. And if companies can get in on the game and start offering events that users can purchase tickets for through Facebook, then we’re talking.Eventbrite had already made it easy for its users to share events they created on the Eventbrite website on Facebook. This announcement would not only be sharing events, but allowing Facebook users to buy tickets through the site. Update: We heard back from Facebook and this is what they had to say on the supposed deal:EventBrite is currently testing a Connect implementation. We don’t have anything more to share at this time. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts last_img read more

European Cloud Users Could Shun U.S. Cloud Services Altogether

first_imgCloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … European Union policy makers were already skeptical about the safety of their corporations’ data in the public cloud, and the existence of PRISM and other top-secret programs that monitor online services with the goal of deterring terrorist and criminal activity has done nothing but stoke that skepticism into a raging fire of near-paranoia.Ever since the revelations of apparently rampant United States government tapping of cloud-based data and online services from leaked material from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, cloud computing vendors in the U.S. have been holding their breath waiting on official reaction from the E.U.That day, it seems, is coming.See also: PRISM Fallout: U.S. Internet Companies Stained By Intelligence ActionsLawmakers in the E.U. are attaching broad amendments to a 2012 set of digital privacy regulations that could, if enacted, severely curtail and even outright block E.U. businesses and private citizens from using U.S.-based cloud services.There are several proposed amendments to the privacy regulations, including prohibiting the transfer of E.U. corporate data to U.S.-based clouds altogether, unless several conditions are met, such as making it very clear where the data is going and that there will be the risk of outside monitoring by intelligence services. New proposed regulations would also sanction European companies that ignored these rules and used U.S. services anyway.Up until now, the U.S. and the E.U. have managed to establish a fairly one-sided arrangement in the handling of E.U. corporate data: safe harbor rules have essentially let U.S. companies promise to abide by E.U. privacy rules, though without much oversight, thanks to the hard-line lobbying made by U.S. diplomatic services on behalf of U.S. technology interests.The actions taken by U.S. intelligence services, however, threaten to completely unravel that tenuous relationship. The E.U. is pushing back against U.S. policies, trying to ensure their citizens’ data security in light of programs that openly target anyone but U.S. citizens.Besides additional regulations, E.U. technology vendors are also pushing to have more cloud availability from native sources, which would ally E.U. member fears about U.S. spying, but would also have the effect of Balkanizing data on the Internet within geographic regions. That would make the usefulness of any commercial app or project that relied on the availability of such data a far more complicated process.U.S. vendors and policy makers are, naturally, alarmed by the notion of the E.U. going it their own way, because let’s face it, that’s a lot of money walking away from the table, both in direct business and the secondary effects of a walled-off data source.More than anything else, it probably won’t be the hue and cry of privacy activists that will get the NSA and its counterparts in the intelligence community to shape up, but rather the very real pressure technology companies will put on U.S. lawmakers to get this situation fixed. Of course, thanks to the government shutdown, the NSA can still play while the Congressional cat’s away.But it may already too late. Burned by the U.S., the E.U. may just end up going alone in cloud computing anyway.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#cloud computing#European Union#Prism#privacy How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud brian proffittlast_img read more

A Quadcopter You Can Wear on Your Wrist?

first_imgThis photo enabled quadcopter might live next to your Apple watch.If you’re into quadcopters and drone photography than we may have just found the perfect accessory for you, the Nixie. The Nixie was an idea brought to life by Christoph Kohstall, as part of Intel’s “Make it Wearable Challenge“.In short, the Nixie is a wearable quadcopter that can be activated with a flip of the wrist. It is designed for people who want to take pictures from impossible angles in the moment. In the quadcopter is a built in camera that can take pictures and then return to your wrist. While the wearable quadcopter is definitely in it’s prototype stage it does show signs of being a viable product one day.The following video created by Intel gives us a behind the scenes look at the Nixie in action:What do you think of this technology? Useful or gimmick?Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Monsoon session set to begin, Congress has no leader in Maharashtra Assembly

first_imgSuch disoriented and unorganised has become the situation of the Congress party in Maharashtra that barely three days before the monsoon session of the state legislature, the party has no clarity on who will be the group leader of the legislative party in the state assembly. Neither the central leadership of the party nor the state party has informed the legislative party about the selection of the new group leader. Following the resignation of former Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil from the MLA’s post the Congress legislative party is left with no leader. Both at central and state level, the party is still struggling to recover from the drubbing it received at the 2019 general elections and the issue of chosing the new leader is pending for over 15 days now. “The decision to chose the group leader will be announced from Delhi. The central leadership has been apprised of the situation and decision will be taken soon,” said Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant. The state party leadership will be meeting in Mumbai on June 13 and 14 to discuss the Lok Sabha poll results in Maharashtra. It has already held similar meeting for Marathwada and north Maharashtra regions and next meeting will discuss Konkan, Mumbai and western Maharashtra.“We have no clue about what is going to happen in the assembly or who will be chosen the legislative party leader. This is the monsoon session and also the last before assembly polls. We need to be united and aggressive, but we do not know who is going to be our leader inside the house,” said a Congress MLA, on the condition of anonymity. Former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, senior Congressman Balasaheb Thorat, Vidarbha’s leader Vijay Vadettiwar are few of the names which are making rounds in the Congress circle. However no decision has yet been taken. Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashok Chavan too had offered his resignation following the party’s loss in Lok Sabha. That issue too has not been decided yet.last_img read more

Long faces, but chins up for USA fans after World Cup exit

first_imgUSA fans suffered a major heartbreak after their team was knocked out of the World Cup It was all long faces, but heads held high, for the legion of American fans who traveled to Brazil for the World Cup, only to watch their team lose 2-1 to Belgium in extra time.Statistical Highlights | Match Photos Upward of 20,000 people, mostly Americans, packed the golden sands of Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro in front of a giant TV screen set up in the FIFA Fan Fest watch area in Rio.Fans stood and cheered the entire time, packed tightly and with barely any wiggle room to get through the crowd.Like many fans, Travis Rood, a 28-year-old from Seattle, his face painted red, white and blue and an American flag draped around his shoulder, started to leave the beach after Belgium went up 2-0.USA fans react after their team’s 2-1 loss to Belgium in the Round of 16 tie But Rood froze in his tracks and turned around after the U.S. scored a late goal to spark hope that ultimately faded with the final whistle.”This World Cup was a turning point for us,” he said. “People around the world are beginning to respect us as a team.”A common refrain, Rood said there was no shame in losing to the young, talented Belgian team, who now move on to a tough quarter-final match with Argentina.”They’re a small country but on paper,” he said of Belgium. “But they’re twice as good as we are at soccer.”advertisementAt a pub in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city, it got so packed people were sitting on the floor to watch the match. They shouted every time U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard made a spectacular save – which he did 16 times.US fans saddened after their team’s 2-1 loss to Belgium on Wednesday Many of the American faithful in Sao Paulo were shouting the U.S. chant of “I believe that we will win” throughout the game. Some added emphatically “We love you!” for their team.But in the end, most acknowledged that Belgium played a much better game, saying the U.S. waited too long to go on the attack.”Belgium just played much better. They deserve it,” said Nick Venditti, a 26-year-old from New York. “I am still happy we made it out of the ‘group of death.’ That wasn’t easy.”He added, hopefully: “In the next four years, we will be so much better.”last_img read more