U.S.-Funded ETU Project Begins in Ganta, No New Cases in 4 Weeks

first_imgClearing of the site for the construction of one of the United States-funded Ebola Treatment Units (ETU) in Nimba County has begun at the Ganta United Methodist Airstrip.Road building equipment was seen at the site several days ago, clearing to commence the construction of an annex to the buildings that were constructed by the Methodists some time ago.The team of U.S. military personnel has paid several visits to Nimba County since their arrival in Liberia to select a suitable place for the ETU.Last week, the U.S. team toured the George W. Harley Hospital Ebola Treatment Unit constructed by ArcelorMittal outlining specific work, including Ebola testing that will be carried out there.It is not clear how many ETUs will be built in Nimba by the U.S. mlitary, but since their arrival in Liberia many trips have been made to several Nimba cities and towns, including Tappita, Sanniquellie and Karnplay.One of the advantages of the Ganta site is that it encompasses some unfinished medical buildings which the Methodists began constructing.  It is possible that the Americans will help complete them in order to expand the capacity of the Ganta United Methodist Hospital.Another piece of good news, probably the most important of all, is that there has been no new case of anyone infected with Ebola since the 16th of October—that is over a month ago.This was disclosed to our reporter by Dr. Paye Gbramie, head of the Ganta ETU.Bahn City Mayor Angie Dopoe announced the release of over 50 persons who had been quarantined in Bahn.  They were quarantined in mid-October 2014.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nominations impending for members of JSC – President

first_imgThe long-awaited Judicial Service Commission (JSC) is in the final stage of reconstitution; and with nominations from the Parliamentary Committee, the body should be functional without further delays.President David GrangerThis is according to President David Granger, who said, “Some nominations have to be made by the Parliamentary Committee, and once that is done — I’m overheard: There is no reason for it to be delayed further.”The tenure of the previous commission expired on September 30, 2017, and former Attorney General Anil Nandlall had been critical of the impasse. In a social media post one year later, Nandlall asserted, “Once again, the burden is mine to remind them that there is currently no properly constituted Judicial Service Commission. This position has obtained for several months now. So, as a result of this constitutional vacuum, no judge or magistrate can be appointed.”One of the most important functions of the JSC is making recommendations to fill vacancies within the Judiciary. In February 2016, the then JSC had recommended that High Court Justices Rishi Persaud and Dawn Gregory be appointed to the Court of Appeal; and that Attorneys Sandil Kissoon and Damone Younge be appointed Puisne Judges.In July 2016, Justice Rishi Persaud was elevated to serve in the Court of Appeal; and Attorneys Simone Morris-Ramlall, Damone Younge, Sandil Kissoon and Gino Persaud were appointed Puisne Judges.However, with respect to the appointment of a Chancellor and Chief Justice, Article 128 (1) of the Constitution provides that these positions be appointed by the President, “who shall act in accordance with the advice of the Judicial Service Commission.”Article 128 (2) also provides that “the President shall act in accordance with the advice of the Judicial Service Commission and appoint a person to act in the office of Justice of Appeal or Puisne Judge, as the case may be.”last_img read more

LBSU beats U of Pacific with staggering victory

first_imgBut Coach Larry Reynolds and his Long Beach team came out of the building with the desired result, a victory (82-76) in a nationally televised game that gave the 49ers outright possession of their first conference championship since 1996. Aaron Nixon, whose 24-footer from in front of the UOP bench a split second before intermission banked in for 3 points and a 39-32 lead, finished with 32 points, nine rebounds and six assists to help his team improve to 20-7 overall and 10-2 in conference. Byrd’s biggest points came after a penetration and pass from Kevin Houston to him in the deep left corner, where he drilled a 3-pointer to push Long Beach’s lead to 77-70 with 1:18 remaining. After Anthony Esparza’s jumper from the left wing cut the Tigers’ deficit to five points five seconds later, Kejuan Johnson of the 49ers was fouled and hit one of two free throws with 47 seconds remaining. Michael White (26 points, 19 of those in the second half) missed a 3-pointer from the left corner and Nixon was fouled and sank his 31st and 32nd points to go for an eight-point lead with 28 seconds to go. Nixon scored 27 points when the 49ers beat the Tigers 92-64 in the Walter Pyramid a little more than three weeks ago. Getting eight consecutive points on a couple of Nixon 3’s and a fast-break dunk by Byrd, the 49ers pushed their lead to 54-41 and forced UOP Coach Bob Thomason to call time out just six minutes into the second half. Long Beach closes its regular season Saturday evening at UC Riverside. The Big West tournament gets under way on March 7 in the Anaheim Convention. But the 49ers, as the No. 1 seed, have a bye into the March 9 semifinals. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! STOCKTON — The last time the Long Beach State and University of Pacific men’s basketball teams hooked up, the 49ers rolled to a 28-point victory in the Walter Pyramid on Feb. 3. Things were a lot closer — to say the least — Monday night during the rematch in UOP’s Spanos Center. center_img The 49ers, hitting the 20-victory mark for the first time in seven years, return to the Walter Pyramid Thursday night to play UC Irvine in their final home game of the season. “Aaron played a super game,” Reynolds said. “He was the one factor that kept us in the lead. He hit some big shots for us, including that 3 at the end of the first half. That extended the lead for us and put pressure on them. “I just like the fact that we clinched the title. The guys have worked really hard. Just to have them be called champions is enough satisfaction for me.” Forward Sterling Byrd add 16 points and nine rebounds for the 49ers, who won their fourth consecutive Big West road game. last_img read more

DEBATE OF THE DAY: SO WHICH DONEGAL ACCENT IS THE SEXIEST – YOU DECIDE & WIN €50

first_imgTHIS WEEK we told you how a survey found Co Donegal accents the sexiest in Ireland.But we all know there are many different accents in the county….from Malin Head to Bundoran and from Gaoth Dobhair to St Johnston.So we’re doing our own completely unscientific survey….and you could be in with a chance to win €50 cash for a night out with someone with your favourite Donegal accent. Here’s how it works.Name your favourite accent in our comment box below.The town with the most votes will be our SEXIEST town in Co Donegal.All those who vote for that town will have their names put into a draw – and one will win €50. So go for it…..Usual donegaldaily.com rules apply. Closing date this Friday, March 2nd at 6pm. DEBATE OF THE DAY: SO WHICH DONEGAL ACCENT IS THE SEXIEST – YOU DECIDE & WIN €50 was last modified: March 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DEBATE OF THE DAY: SO WHICH DONEGAL ACCENT IS THE SEXIEST – YOU DECIDE & WIN €50last_img read more

Leaf Vein Patterns Are Not in Vain

first_imgThe vein patterns in a leaf approach perfection.  If the requirement is to reach every cell with the shortest and most efficient paths, leaves do it just right.  A team of scientists at Cornell, “inspired by plant leaves,” tried to build a network in a polymer substrate that would maximize distribution of fluid with evaporation-driven flow.  Their “biomimetic leaf” couldn’t improve on the real thing.  Read all about it in PNAS.1    Next, they think the “design principles” they uncovered will be useful for inventors.  “These scaling relations for evaporatively driven flow through simple networks reveal basic design principles for the engineering of evaporation�permeation-driven devices, and highlight the role of physical constraints on the biological design of leaves.”1.  Noblin et al, “Optimal vein density in artificial and real leaves,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print July 1, 2008, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0709194105.Don’t you creationists try to latch onto this story now.  They said, “The long evolution of vascular plants has resulted in a tremendous variety of natural networks responsible for the evaporatively driven transport of water.”  So clearly they believe in evolution.  This is merely an adaptation.  Natural selection is up to the task.  That’s what natural selection does: adapts things to their environment.  It searches through all possibilities and finds the optimum solutions to nature’s engineering problems.  It tinkers with things until it gets them right.  Evolution has millions of years to work its magic.  Given enough time, anything is possible, even things that look like miracles.  Evolution is smart.  Evolution is like… well, a god.  Believe!(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA wheelchair star wins British Open

first_imgSouth Africa’s Lucas Sithole became the first African to win a wheelchair tennis Super Series title on the weekend when he beat world number one David Wagner 7- 5, 6-7, 6-4 to claim the quads singles title at the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships. One of only six Super Series events, the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships was played at the Nottingham Tennis Centre. “We would also like to thank Airports Company South Africa for their sponsorship which gives the players the opportunity to participate in international events and to realise their dreams,” Losch added. KG Montjane Montjane and Sithole were eliminated in the semi-final of the miex doubles, going down 0-6, 5-7 to the English pairing of Marc McCarroll and Jordanne Whiley. Singles Focused, determined and clinical in his execution, Sithole defeated the British star, ranked 11th in the world, 6-4, 6-4 to advance to his third Super Series singles final of the year, and his second meeting with world number one David Wagner. Sithole has won 23 singles titles to date, including the Korea and Daegu Opens in June 2012, but the prestigious British Open Quads singles title is his biggest win to date. ‘Very proud’ SAinfo reporter and Wheelchair Tennis South Africacenter_img “We are so proud of Lucas, and know he has the talent and ability to win numerous titles of this magnitude. Congratulations Lucas, to your first of many,” said Wheelchair Tennis South Africa’s manager, Karen Losch. Sithole and Burdekin reached the semi-finals of the doubles competition, where they lost to the top seeds, Wagner and Sarah Hunter 5-7, 3-6. Sithole’s coach Holger Losch said in a statement: “We are very proud of Lucas, and believe winning one of the six big events on the world tour is a very important step to him realising his dream of being world number one.” 24 July 2013 South African golden girl, Kgothatso “KG” Montjane, ranked sixth in the world, ran into an inspired Jiske Griffioen, ranked third in the world, in the quarter-finals of the women’s singles competition and was beaten 6-2, 6-2. The doubles proved to be more fruitful for Montjane as she and her Dutch partner Marjolein Buis won through to the final where their winning streak was ended by Griffioen and Aniek van Koot, who emerged 6-2, 7-5 victors. Sithole began his title challenge strongly, defeating Great Britain’s Antony Cotterill 6-2, 6-1 to set up a semi-final showdown with his long-time rival, Jamie Burdekin. Sithole had beaten Wagner only once previously, in the Airports Company South Africa SA Open in April. However, sticking to his game plan, Sithole showed moments of brilliance to defeat Wagner 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-4 and claim the trophy. last_img read more

MySpace Partners with UStream for Embedded Live Video Chat with Mixed Results

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jolie odell Neither the “studio” nor the audio, which was fraught with ear-torturing static, were what one would expect at any other kind of press junket. And the MySpaceID integration, which would allow users to comment on the video chat, was far from perfect. Every text comment required a two-click confirmation, but there didn’t seem to be any options to have that content duplicated on a user’s profile as a status update or bulletin, which might have helped with attracting more users to the chat. Moreover, a few comments we tried to send timed out or simply didn’t post.MySpace is painfully late to the game in integrating technologies such as Twitter, UStream, and other services that could grant the aging behemoth a second wind in terms of reclaiming former users, especially in the U.S.In general, the ability to conduct real-time, live video interviews might be a great promotional vehicle for entertainment properties, but this effort seemed far too half-hearted to be a successful implementation of the available technology. MySpace, UStream, and the properties they choose to have participate in these kinds of promotions will have to do a much better job of ensuring a glitch-free experience for a larger group of users if these partnerships are to have any meaning in the company’s future. Tags:#Real-Time Web#Video Services#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts This morning, MySpace users got to see and participate in a live video chat with actor Gerard Butler and director F. Gary Gray through a MySpace promotional page that integrated popular streaming video site UStream.Due to an unfortunate technical glitch, users ended up hearing the audio from the film’s trailer over the interview audio. Overall, the audio was a mess, and UStream/MySpaceID integration for commenting was a popup-ridden, timeout-plagued, fail-inducing nightmare. Nevertheless, as a first-time integration of real-time, interactive video on one of the world’s largest social networks, we suppose results could have been worse.Relatively few users seemed tuned in for the chat, which was posted at several spots on the MySpace page for the movie Butler was promoting, Law Abiding Citizen. By relatively few, we mean that a the chat’s UStream page had around 1,000 views, 3 ratings, and fewer than 30 text responses at “press time.”last_img read more

Rathi to be shifted out of Baghpat jail

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government is planning to shift gangster Sunil Rathi out of Baghpat jail days after he allegedly shot dead don Munna Bajrangi inside the prison. The district administration of Baghpat and the district jail authorities have written to the State Home Department requesting for Rathi’s transfer.Orders imminentConfirming this to The Hindu on Thursday, U.P. Additional Director General (Prisons) Chandra Prakash said while Rathi is still to be shifted out, “the file is under process”.“I don’t think it will take much time. In a couple of days, I should get the orders,” Mr. Prakash said.Asked if the inmate was being moved due to security reasons, Mr. Prakash said: “One major incident has already taken place [in Baghpat jail], so the security reason is also there.”It is, however, not clear where Rathi, who is serving life sentence in a double murder case, will be shifted even as speculation is that he could be moved to a bigger prison, perhaps in Lucknow or Allahabad. Several jails are being considered, Mr. Prakash said.Shortage of wardersAccording to sources in the prison department, Uttar Pradesh has an acute shortage of warders in jail — out of a required strength of 9,000, the State has only 4,000 across its 70 jails. Moreover, while the sanctioned total capacity of prisons in U.P. is 58,000, almost twice that number are lodged behind bars, said an official.After Bajrangi’s murder, the State government suspended four jail officials including jailor Uday Pratap Singh and deputy jailor Shivaji Yadav.Rathi allegedly shot dead Purvanchal gangster Prem Prakash Singh alias Munna Bajrangi inside the Baghpat jail early on Monday. A 7.62 calibre 32 bore weapon was used to commit the crime and police also recovered 10 used cartridges, 22 live bullets and two magazines from a drain inside the jail.While police said an altercation broke out between the two leading to the shooting, Bajrangi’s family has alleged the murder was premeditated and planned by his political and mafia rivals in eastern U.P. in collusion with the State government.Enjoys cloutRathi not only enjoys clout inside Baghpat jail due to his criminal record, which extends to neighbouring Uttarakhand, his mother Raj Bala is a three-time Nagar Panchayat chairman and even contested Assembly polls from Chaprauli in 2017 on a Bahujan Samaj Party ticket.Rathi had previously been shifted to his home district Baghpat from Roorkee jail in Haridwar.Bajrangi was brought to Baghpat from Jhansi jail, where he was lodged, on Sunday to appear in a local court in the western U.P. district in connection with the extortion of former BSP MLA Lokesh Dikshit.last_img read more

Uproar in U.P. Assembly over hooch deaths

first_imgAlleging that laxity on the part of the Uttar Pradesh government led to a large number of deaths after consumption of spurious liquor, Opposition members on Monday created chaos in the Assembly which led to adjournment of the entire Question Hour. Opposition members demanded resignation of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in the wake of the hooch tragedies that struck Saharanpur and Kushinagar districts. As soon as the House met, SP, BSP and Congress members tried to raise the matter terming it one of utmost importance. Anti-govt. slogansSP and BSP members trooped into the Well of the House, raising anti-government slogans. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna said the State government has taken stern action in the matter and those involved will not be spared. The Opposition members also raised slogans, “CM istifa do” (CM should resign). Speaker Hriday Narain Dixit repeatedly pleaded with the angry Opposition members to resume their seats, but they did not relent. He then adjourned the House for 30 minutes and later extended the adjournment till 12.20 p.m. as a result of which the entire Question Hour was wiped out. The State government on Sunday night announced a probe by a Special Investigation Team into the twin tragedies.last_img read more

London Calling

first_imgIndian students wanting to come to the United Kingdom (UK) for further studies may soon have something to smile about. An amendment to the immigration bill removing international students from migration figures is likely to be tabled in the British parliament this spring, leading to more student visas being issued and even the possibility of Post-Study Work Visas being reinstated.The support for international students has come not just from educational institutions and the Labour Party, but surprisingly from high-profile Conservative MPs and chairpersons of select committees who see the British education sector as a soft power and would like to see the UK welcoming students once again.Read it at India Legal Live Related Itemslast_img read more