MANILA, Philippines—It was a long and arduous road for Cignal in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference and it ended with the team failing to get to the podium.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Generika-Ayala routs Cignal for PSL All-Filipino bronze The HD Spikers lost to Generika-Ayala in straight sets, 25-12, 30-28, 25-13, in the bronze medal game Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena and it was an end to a journey filled with uncertainty.Captain Rachel Ann Daquis said her team had the talent to compete but they ultimately lacked the time to prepare and contend for a championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIt also didn’t help that superstar opposite hitter Jovelyn Gonzaga was injured and had to fulfill her military training throughout the campaign.“It’s still a different feeling when the whole team is complete throughout the tournament but we’ve only been complete at the end,” said Daquis in Filipino. View comments LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The HD Spikers tacked a 5-3 overall record but were swept in straight sets in the semifinals against Petron.And Cignal played all those games without the leadership and firepower of Gonzaga who was recovering from her injury while undergoing her mandatory military training with Phiippine Army.Royse Tubino also missed time to complete her military training with Gonzaga.“Coach (Edgar Barroga) told us that we had a better lineup as compared to what we had when we finished third in the Invitational Conference,” said Daquis, who had 10 points against the Lifesavers. “We just couldn’t convert in the end because we didn’t have that much time together.”ADVERTISEMENT
In 2004, the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL) embarked upon a great experiment: opening the telecommunications market to competition. The result has been an unmitigated success. We have gone from a landscape of only 5,000 lines when a public corporation called The Liberian Telecommunications Corporation (“Telecom” headquartered on Lynch Street) ruled the roost to a situation where there are almost 2 million GSM subscribers today. The cost to the national treasury has been zero, zilch, nada. But the treasury reaps millions of dollars each year from the GSM companies by way of tax revenue. It’s like belonging to a susu club, to which you contribute nothing but from which you receive thousands of dollars every month. A similar scenario can be brought into being with regard to electricity.According to the folks at Manitoba Hydro, the Canadian company that is managing LEC under a lucrative 5-year contract, financed by the Norwegian government, by which they will have pulled in $8 million in fees by the time their contract ends, the demand for electricity in Monrovia alone is 120MW. LEC is currently producing only 6MW, just 5 percent of the demand. The rest is coming through self-generation. We are producing our own electricity using everything from small Tiger generators to large Perkins and Caterpillar machines.And why is LEC only producing 6MW of power? Because many of its old generators have reached the end of their useful life. In fact, LEC is producing less electricity today than it did, say, 3-4 years ago. One clever wag has suggested that LEC changes its slogan from “Small Light Today, Big Light Tomorrow” to “Small Light Today, Even Smaller Light Tomorrow”. LEC simply does not have the resources to get the job done. To bring 120MW of current to Monrovia will cost several hundred million dollars. LEC does not have that kind of money. The Government of Liberia (GOL) operating on a shoestring budget of $500 million does not have the millions to capitalize LEC to level required for LEC to get the job done. And if we are waiting for GOL to come up with the money, we will be waiting another 100 years.Right now LEC is living on life support—-from donors. In addition to the $12 million that the Norwegian government has spent to finance the Manitoba Hydro contract, this same Norwegian government has shelled out an additional $29 million to enable LEC to expand its network. Well, you cannot build a sustainable business on the basis of handouts from donors. Donor programs typically are short-lived. So, what happens when the donor program comes to an end, as they inevitably will? You are left high and dry. If the Norwegians decide not to renew their aid program, LEC will collapse.So, what are the options for LEC? If LEC wishes to remain in business, it should either seek a long-term partner, a utility with bags of money and know-how, a partner which will inevitably demand a controlling interest in the entity. Or, LEC can simply become a landlord, leasing out its assets to another utility and collecting rent. Alternatively, it could simply sell its assets (and corresponding liabilities).But lest we allow ourselves to become too distracted with trying to solve LEC’s internal problems, let us return to our original premise: how can we apply the lessons we have learned from opening the telecommunications market to competition to electricity?The answer is quite simple: set aside the LEC monopoly and allow private companies to come to Liberia, set up shop and produce and sell electricity to us. This is precisely what an NGO that me and 25 other Liberian citizens established in December last year are advocating. Our NGO, “The Coalition to Bring Plenty Cheap Reliable Stable Electricity to Liberia” (“Brescelco” for short) has drafted a law, the “Act To Reform Liberia’s Electricity Sector” that was introduced into the Liberian Senate a few months ago under the sponsorship of Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, Montserrado Senator George Weah, Rivercess Senator Francis Paye, and Grand Bassa Senator Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence.We have mounted a vigorous public awareness campaign, visiting 60 communities to educate the public about the issues surrounding electricity. We have placed full page advertisements in newspapers, mounted banners and distributed tens of thousands of leaflets. We have collected 12, 000 signatures so far on a petition that will be presented to our law makers. The purpose of this grassroots initiative is to get the public involved in making representations to their elected officials to act so that our electricity problem can be solved.On Friday, the Senate energy committee will be holding hearings on this matter under the gavel of its learned chairman, Professor Albert Chie, one of the architects of Liberia’s national energy policy that was completed in 2009 but never implemented. The writer is a certified public accountant and a businessman. He can be reached at .Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Although he is no longer a Minister of Government, Joseph Harmon will be attending Cabinet meetings and will continue to host the post-Cabinet press briefings, as he did in the past as Minister of State.Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph HarmonHarmon, who was forced to resign as a parliamentarian and a Minister, was recently appointed Director General of the Ministry of Presidency and among his new responsibilities will be to continue hosting the post-Cabinet press conference.This, he added, will result in him still having to attend Cabinet meetings.“I can say to you; one specific responsibility I’ve been given is the continuation of the post-Cabinet press briefing. Hence my being here today, and the fact that the President has invited me to sit in the Cabinet meetings so that I can brief the nation on the things that are dealt with in the Cabinet,” Harmon stated.According to the Director General of Ministry of the Presidency, he is still unclear as to what his full responsibilities will entail.“[The nature of my new duties] is a work in progress and that [hosting the post-Cabinet press briefing] was one of the duties that has been assigned to me. As the other duties are made clear and certain, I will give that information out,” the State Minister told reporters at Thursday’s post-Cabinet media briefing.Harmon, along with three other senior Government Ministers, were forced to resign as parliamentarians due to their dual citizenship status.By resigning as Members of the National Assembly, they also effectively resigned as Cabinet Ministers.President David Granger told reporters on Thursday morning that he needs Harmon to help him manage the Ministry of the Presidency.“All Ministers are my assistants but Mr Harmon, in particular, will have a non-ministerial role in helping me to manage the Ministry of the Presidency,” he posited.According to the Head of State, the Ministry of the Presidency has several large Departments which effectively places him with the responsibility over several critical areas such as defence, environment and energy. Hence the need for help.“There are three large Departments – the Department of Public Service, the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport and the Department of Energy. These are all very huge administrative responsibilities and I needed assistance in helping me to manage them,” the President noted.However, along with Harmon, the Ministry of the Presidency has Dawn Hastings-Williams, who was appointed the new Minister of State, and a Permanent Secretary. There is also a Cabinet Secretary, Edward Persico.Furthermore, the Ministry of the Presidency also includes Tabitha Sarabo-Halley as the Public Service Minister and Simona Broomes as the Minister with responsibility for Youth Development.These new appointments and reassignments within the coalition Government came on the heels of recent court rulings barring persons with dual citizenship from sitting in the National Assembly.This saw, in addition to Harmon, former Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, former Business Minister Dominic Gaskin and former Public Service Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine being forced to resign.Nevertheless, it was noted that the President is in talks with these other resigned Ministers on their role in the Government. In fact, he has already met with Greenidge and Dr Roopnaraine.“I would like to have them on board… I hope that they continue to assist the Government. Minister Greenidge, for example, served under President [Forbes] Burnham and President [Desmond] Hoyte so he has immense experience and I hope he continues to serve but it is up to him. Minister Roopnaraine as well is not without experience as an academic and again, it’s up to him… I would like them to work but it is up to them to decide if they want to continue to serve,” the Head of State asserted.As his coalition Administration undergoes this rebalancing period, President Granger further noted that there could be more additional appointments at the junior ministerial level if the need arises.
In the coming days, several Police officers patrolling the Georgetown area will be equipped with a specialised radio system that will allow them access to real-time footage from the Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in the capital city.This is according to Commander of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) Sub-division A (Georgetown), Assistant Police Commissioner Edgar Thomas.During a telephone interview with this publication, the Commander explained that these improved and upgraded devices will aid law enforcement officials in responding to reports of any criminal activities in a timelier manner.However, while the devices are limited, they will be given to ranks within the city to use during the Christmas season.Commander of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) Sub-division A (Georgetown), Assistant Police Commissioner Edgar ThomasAccording to Commander Thomas, these devices are different from the ‘body-cameras’ that policemen and policewomen would usually have. They were developed and procured for a different purpose altogether.Just a few days ago, an announcement was made that there will be an additional 17 CCTV cameras installed country-wide.The high-technology security camera system is expected to support crime prevention efforts by the Joint Services in places such as the highly-congested Stabroek Market area, the crucial Berbice River Bridge and the Lusignan Prison on the lower East Coast Demerara (ECD) among other areas.In a release, the Ministry of Public Telecommunications’ NDMA arm said the 17 new locations will bring the total number of cameras to 119 so far and these have been credited with solving a number of criminal activities around the country.Major (retd) Floyd Levi, Head of the National Data Management Authority (NDMA), recently said that the programme is being ramped-up under Safe City Solutions project being carried out in collaboration with the Chinese Government.Huawei Technologies, which is slowly emerging as one of the world’s leading high-technology supplier companies, is leading efforts with the NDMA to execute the US$37.6 million project that would add a crucial electronic surveillance component to help Police fight crime. The NDMA falls under the Ministry of Public Telecommunications.Also, new CCTV systems are being installed at the Berbice River Bridge in Region Five and another at the Palmyra Junction on the lower Corentyne.
The current hospital, a district hospital with a publicly elected board, was built in the 1950s. It offers acute care and outpatient services and operates two rural clinics in Tehachapi and Mojave. The foundation incorporated in 2001 to help fund construction of a hospital and long-term care facility. For more information, go to www.thfinc.org. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In 2004, voters passed a bond issue to improve the quality of local health care by expanding and upgrading emergency room, X-ray, diagnostic imaging and mammogram facilities and services; improving laboratory facilities; and modernizing hospital acute-care facilities. The hospital, designated by the state in 2001 as a critical-access rural facility, has until 2013 to either retrofit or replace its 24-bed building. “The nearest hospital to us is Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster. There are a couple of hospitals in Bakersfield, which is another 50miles away. We serve 21 separate population centers such as Keene and Arvin,” Richards said. “This is something that’s very much needed. It could be a matter of life or death if you have a serious injury or illness by the time you get to a hospital.” Foundation officials said if the hospital closes and its license to operate as a rural critical-access facility lapses, obtaining a new license would be difficult and time consuming. The rural critical-access designation allows Tehachapi Hospital to receive cost-based Medicare reimbursement, thereby increasing the Medicare dollars the hospital receives. TEHACHAPI – Tehachapi Hospital officials want to build a new hospital, saying it would be too expensive to retrofit the existing facilities to meet earthquake-safety standards. With $15 million in voter-approved bond funding in hand and about $1.5million saved up, hospital officials and a nonprofit foundation are seeking to raise another $3.5million to pay for the $20million project. “The cost of retrofitting the hospital to conform to current guidelines is too expensive,” said Jim Richards, chairman of the Tehachapi Hospital Foundation’s corporate fundraising committee. “It’s cheaper to build a brand-new state-of-the-art hospital.” The 24-bed hospital would be built in a newly annexed area about a mile north of where the current hospital is located.
LA HABRA — A bomb-threat received via a telecommunications device for the deaf triggered evacuation of Sonora High School in La Habra this morning. End-of-year examinations were interrupted while students scurried out to a campus baseball field. After a bomb squad determined a suspicious duffel bag was a dud, students were allowed back inside. For the complete story, pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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All are welcome to the Mad Hatter Tea Party on Saturday 4th April 2015 from 11am until 2pm at the Letterkenny Community Centre in the Community Building.Tea and scones available along with a cake sale.Face painting for the young and not so young. Raffle for a hamper. So please come along and support the We Care LK Food Bank. People helping people. JOIN THE MAD HATTER’S TEA PARTY IN LETTERKENNY THIS WEEKEND was last modified: April 2nd, 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)
Today An Garda Siochana, RSA and the Donegal Road Safety Working Group will support European Day Without A Road Death (Project EDWARD), an initiative organised by TISPOL, the European Police Network in Europe.To date this year, 134 people have lost their lives on Irish roads, an increase of 20 on the same period last year.Eight people have lost their lives in Donegal while 26,300 lives were lost on Europe’s roads in 2015. The aim of Project EDWARD is that no one should die on the roads of Europe on Wednesday 21st September. We are asking all road users to think about how they use the roads. We all have the power to make a real impact by making a simple decision – too often we take a risk and make the wrong choice – is that risk worth a life ?Let us all work together to reduce death and serious injury on our roads.www.tispol.org/edward #ProjectEdwardCouncil supports Project Edward today was last modified: September 21st, 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)
Lampreys, fish that consist of little more than a mouth with a tube-like body and fin, don’t usually fossilize well because they lack bones and hard cartilage. A small two-inch fossil lamprey has been found in South Africa and reported in Nature1 (see also National Geographic, Live Science and EurekAlert based on a press release from University of Chicago Hospitals). The news reports are calling this a “living fossil” but it’s really more of a “reverse living fossil.” Most living fossils are live animals found that had been thought long extinct. This is a dead fossil that shows similarity to living lampreys, with little change for 360 million years according to evolutionary dating: e.g., according to Gess et al in Nature, “lampreys as a whole appear all the more remarkable: ancient specialists that have persisted as such and survived a subsequent 360 million years.” The conclusion of their paper states:The discovery of Priscomyzon within a Late Devonian marginal marine estuarine environment pushes the minimum date of lamprey-like fishes back by some 35 million years, and provides a new minimum date for molecular-clock-based estimates of the cyclostome crown node. The well developed oral disc, annular cartilages and circumoral teeth of Priscomyzon suggests the evolutionary long-term stability of a highly specialized parasitic feeding habit. Lampreys have long been recognized as highly apomorphic but only now is it possible to appreciate just how ancient these specializations are. In this particular sense, lampreys might be described as ‘living fossils’, and Priscomyzon adds new phylogenetic perspective to studies using modern agnathans as model systems for deriving insight into primitive vertebrate conditions.The authors built a new phylogenetic tree including the new species, a member of the cyclostomes (circle-mouths). Philippe Janvier, however, commenting in Nature2 on this find, was not convinced the fossil helps the tree:The relationships between living hagfishes, lampreys and jawed vertebrates are hotly debated, because of conflicting distributions of morphological and physiological traits on the one hand, and of DNA and RNA sequence data on the other. The morphological and physiological aspects suggest that lampreys (but not hagfishes) are the sister group of jawed vertebrates, whereas gene sequences generally suggest that lampreys and hagfishes are sister groups. Fossils sometimes help to resolve such conflicts, by revealing combinations of traits in an extinct species that better support a particular relationship. Frustratingly, Priscomyzon does not help in resolving the problem of lamprey relationships, because it provides no new informative combinations of characteristics compared with post-Devonian and extant lampreys. Morphology-based evolutionary trees of living and fossil vertebrates have long been prone to change.Later, Janvier asked, “So, it is not too surprising that lampreys turn up in the Devonian period, 360 Myr ago. What is surprising is that they are already very similar to modern lampreys. What, then, did earlier or more primitive lampreys look like?” All he could do was speculate. Another discovery was announced from this geological epoch. A press release from University of Ohio announced finding organic molecules in 350 million year old fossil crinoids. That makes these the oldest such molecules found. The researchers think this provides a new way to trace animal evolution. See also Science Daily.1Gess et al, “ Nature 443, 981-984(26 October 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature05150.2Philippe Janvier, “Palaeontology: Modern look for ancient lamprey,” Nature 443, 921-924(26 October 2006) | doi:10.1038/443921a.The researchers performed some tree-building magic with their new lamprey to give it the illusion of fitting into an evolutionary ancestry somehow, but clearly finding one so early, so little evolved, was a surprise. Their unwieldy chart now has to place lampreys 35 million years farther back, where its unique morphology was already well-developed. Then they have to claim that very little changed for 360 million years. During that same amount of time, all the varieties of reptiles, birds, mammals, and land plants supposedly emerged: an embarrassment of riches for the fecund process of evolution. Why did lampreys miss the party? May as well add to the story; in the absence of fossils, National Geographic speculates, “When the fossilized lamprey lived, there were probably many types of jawless vertebrates. Except for the lamprey and hagfish, all of them seem to have died out.” Interestingly, Janvier pointed out that we cannot assume a parasitic lifestyle just from the morphology. It may look like this fossil lamprey used its mouth to suck blood, “Yet only 19 living lamprey species (out of 38) feed this way,” he said. “Other lampreys mainly use their sucker to either secure themselves while at rest or carry stones for nest building.” This opens the possibility that parasitism was a degenerate behavior for structures that had another purpose. The overarching theme, though, was the surprise of finding a nearly modern lamprey so far back in time; it means that any alleged common ancestor had to be pushed even farther back: “lamprey morphology has been astonishingly stable for 360 Myr,” Janvier said. Thinking inside the Darwinian box, he said this “proves that lampreys and hagfishes had already diverged by late Devonian times, earlier than previously thought.” So there you have Darwinists experiencing the surprise effect of anomalies again, yet with no prospect of thinking outside the box. (In fact, the same issue of Nature had several tirades against those close-minded, evil creationists.) Finding organic molecules in fossils 350 million years old does little to jar the evolutionists, nor does finding living fossils virtually unchanged for hundreds of millions of years. The gumby Darwinists are masters at turning every falsification into confirmation. The evolution talk is all in future tense, as usual: this “may give us insight” into evolution (yawn). We’ve been waiting a long time for said insight, and all we keep getting is outdark. It makes us downright ready to upchuck.(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0