U.S. Regrets West Point Shootout

first_imgThe United States government has expressed regrets over the recent shooting at unarmed civilians in West Point community by the US-trained Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) .US-trained Liberian army early August encountered a standoff with unarmed civilians in the biggest slum community in Monrovia, killing one and wounding two others.The incident occurred when government abruptly announced the quarantine of the Township over the fear of Ebola spread.US Ambassador accredited near Monrovia, Madam Deborah Malac, Monday apologized to West Pointers for the ugly incident, describing it as an  “unfortunate incident and we’re sorry that it  happened.”She attributed the standoff to lack of proper command control that “placed the soldiers in a role that they were not trained to perform.”The US envoy frowned on shifting the role of the army from military to civil engagement, adding that the lack of clear communication to officers could be one of the factors behind the standoff.“The military was trained for external conflict, not to perform the role of internal security forces. It’s an unfortunate incident and we’re sorry, but bad things happen even in the US occasionally.“It’s not an issue of embarrassment or not; it’s an issue of ensuring that everyone knows what the rights of authorities are and who’s in charge,” Amb. Malac asserted.Days after the West Point shooting, President Johnson Sirleaf constituted a board of inquiry to investigate the situation. Mid last week, the President acknowledged receipt of the inquiry board’s report and recommendations.In response, Madam Sirleaf issued this statement:  “Accordingly, I am authorizing the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Brigadier General Daniel D. Ziankahn, to take immediate action in line with the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) against those found culpable in keeping with the recommendations of the report. This action underlines my determination to ensure that our military remains responsible and accountable for its action at all times.”Relative to the Board of Inquiry’s report, Washington disclosed that the report has not been delivered to the foreign mission.Initially, the US frowned at the deployment of the military to parts of the country in a health emergency period.The US-diplomat made the disclosure Monday when she paid a courtesy call on Vice President Joseph N. Boakai.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

THE SECURITY LADY

first_imgKorpo stuns me everytime I meet herIn a male dominated area in her bootsHer duty calls at nights out in the coldSweetly as a sip of air she talks securityTonight I cannot sleep at all as she sitsOn the white Australian polythene chairUp over her back I raised a tent wall barIt could me found in that place probablyWill I embrace my choice of job so well?The Security LadyKorpo has eyes like a sparkle white doveMahogany cannot justify her shiny beautyJet black by day or night with some glowRemarkably she steps up to all tasks givenSeated as against sleepers the rain poursUniformed still to the black pant white topPainted girly in her fuscia warmer till dawnDestined to make it over the valley enrouteWill I appreciate what life sways dish me?The Security LadyShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Grand Gedeh College Closes Nursing Department, Pending Accreditation

first_imgThe campus of Grand Gedeh County Community College, in a suburb of ZwedruBy Ben T.C. BrooksThe Liberian Board for Nursing and Midwifery (LBNM) under the Ministry of Health has shut down the Nursing Department of the Grand Gedeh County Community College (GGCCC) for time indefinite.The GGCCC’s Nursing Department has the enrollment of about 100 students.But the reason for the closure, according to report, is that the LBNM has not accredited the Department of Nursing, which has been operating for the last six years.Dr. Solomon Jallayou, GGCCC President, who spoke to reporters recently in Zwedru, said the closure of the Nursing Department is temporary, though he did not say when it will reopen.He admitted that the closure of the Nursing Department was in support of the college Board of Trustees’ decision to infuse quality and standard education, as well as a vibrant learning environment for the nursing department.“The department will remain closed until the administration can reassess the program,” Jallayou said.The LBNM is meanwhile expected in the county to assess the facilities before determining whether the college will be allowed to operate a nursing program.Dr. Jallayou has therefore called on the affected students from the nursing Department to remain calm until LBNM can do its final assessment before obtaining accreditation.The affected students have appealed to Dr. Jallayou’s administration to speed up the accreditation process, complaining of staying too long in pursuit of an associate degree in nursing with no graduation.The students have also called on stakeholders to join and advocate for accreditation of the college nursing division.The college began regular academic activity in 2013 and, since that time, it has held two successful commencement convocations, with the exception of students from the Nursing Department.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Divorces that don’t end in discontent

first_imgNEW YORK – Yet many couples are embracing the approach, recently endorsed by the American Bar Association, as part of a broader quest to find more civilized, efficient ways to end a marriage. Do-it-yourself divorces and mediation also are popular options. Lawyers by the thousands want to be part of the trend. “Most of us had that moment where we realize the adversarial process is so damaging for our clients – and there’s a recognition that we can do better,” said Talia Katz, a former divorce lawyer who is executive director of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Katz said the academy, just eight years old, now has 3,000 members, mostly lawyers but also financial planners and other professionals. She estimates that 20,000 attorneys have received training in collaborative law, and groups promoting the practice are active nationwide. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champIn contrast to mediation, in which divorcing couples entrust a resolution to a single neutral mediator, collaborative divorce involves the use of attorneys for each party, often joined by other expert consultants. But the lawyers, instead of sparring, pledge from the outset to work together in crafting an outcome that is fair to all. “Most clients in a dispute are looking for an honorable peace, not war,” Boston lawyer David Hoffman wrote in recent op-ed for The Christian Science Monitor. “Collaborative lawyers can be just as zealous about seeking such a peace as litigators are about victory in the courtroom.” Hoffman works at the Boston Law Collaborative, where the staff includes a psychologist and a financial planner. It offers divorcing couples a range of options, including mediation and collaborative divorce, as well as conventional litigation. The firm analyzed 199 of its recent divorce cases, and found that mediation, collaborative divorce and litigation all produced high rates of successful settlement. Mediation was by far the least expensive option, with a median cost of $6,600, compared with $19,723 for a collaborative divorce, $26,830 for settlements negotiated by rival lawyers, and $77,746 for full-scale litigation. Sarah Smith, 47, of Sudbury, Mass., said she and her ex-husband, David Boyle, were able to complete a swift collaborative divorce two years ago for roughly $5,000. “It was definitely the way to go in our situation – we didn’t have piles of anger about each other, and we also didn’t have piles of money,” Smith said. “Our main concern was the welfare of the kids. “We both liked both lawyers,” Smith said. “As a group, we had some laughs together, and that made it nicer.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

ANYONE LOSE A BOAT?

first_imgA small sailing boat has drifted on to the shore on Mulroy Bay.Reader Patrick McGinley sent us this picture this evening.“It’s in need of rescuing before the weather changes,” he said. “Perhaps some DD readers knows the owner?”Over to you! ANYONE LOSE A BOAT? was last modified: October 24th, 2013 by John2Share 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:ANYONE LOSE A BOAT?last_img read more

Foy & Company Big Sale with up to 70% off all departments begins this Friday

first_imgLeading Donegal homeware store Foy & Company are about to launch a gigantic two week sale with incredible offers.Starting this Friday April 27th until May 12th, there will be amazing offers across every department in the Letterkenny and Ballybofey showrooms – from furniture, fabric, paint, wallpaper, accessories and more.Don’t miss this opportunity to get everything you need for your home under one roof with up to 70% off all departments –  including custom made to measure curtains! You’ll find amazing discount on Hollywood mirrors, mirrored console tables and more. Amazing discount on Hollywood mirrors, mirrored console tables and moreWarehouse living ranges at Foy & Company – on saleFantastic discounts on the Warehouse dining room range: The dining chair was €159, and is now €143 / dining table was €499 now €449. Elanore Shop front: Prices were €1575, now €1399.Furnish your living room with the beautiful Paisley grand four-seater and two-seater was €2779 now €1339.Paisley Sofa RangeRobyn sofa bed – €247Or fit out your bedroom with discounts on all our bedroom ranges! The beautiful Dune bed below was €399 – now €349.Dune Fabric Bed Paint your home with fantastic offers on all paints with brands such as Dulux, Colourtrend, Little Greene and Fleetwood!Designer fabrics and wallpapers from brands like Harlequin, Romo, Clarke & Clarke and Sanderson also on offer.Interior design service always on hand to help our customers. Free in-store appointments available, for all customers.Paloma FabricsCall into Foy & Company at Port Road Letterkenny or Main Street Ballybofey to get the best deals in the next fortnight from Friday 27th April until May 12th.Tel:  0749121925Visit: www.facebook.com/foyandcompany Sponsored PostFoy & Company Big Sale with up to 70% off all departments begins this Friday was last modified: April 26th, 2018 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)Tags:foy & companyfurniture salehomewarelast_img read more

49ers looking for complementary tackles

first_imgSANTA CLARA — One of last season’s best storylines was how 49ers greybeard Joe Staley mentored and groomed Mike McGlinchey, the ninth overall draft pick who made all 16 starts at right tackle.But the 49ers aren’t totally set at tackle as free agency begins on March 13.They need to replace Garry Gilliam as the backup (or swing) tackle for Staley and McGlinchey. There is no urgency to find another starter even though Staley is entering the final year of his contract, because …last_img read more

Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week

first_imgThis week’s entry has a little jargon in it, but if you remember what we’ve said about the tRNA synthetase family of proteins (see 05/26/2004, 07/21/2003 and 06/09/2003 headlines), you’ll get it.  Paul Schimmel and Karla Ewalt comment in Cell1 on new discoveries by Sampath et al.2 that two of these synthetases fuse together to regulate the inflammation reaction:Aminoacyl tRNA synthetases are ancient proteins that appeared before the split of the tree of life into its three great kingdoms—archae [sic], eukarya, and bacteria.  The 20 enzymes—one for each amino acid—catalyze aminoacylation of tRNAs and thereby establish the rules of the genetic code by associating each amino acid with a nucleotide triplet (the anticodon of the tRNA).  The transition from the RNA world to the theater of proteins was thus made possible by the development of specific aminoacylation reactions.  While the central connection between synthetases and the code has long been recognized, the modern enzymes have surprised us with novel functions beyond aminoacylation.  They are key regulators and active components in a wide range of cellular functions from RNA splicing and transcription to apoptosis and angiogenesis….    …. we now see that tRNA synthetases in mammalian cells have more diverse and comprehensive connections to the inflammatory system than was previously appreciated.  The diverse functions of these essential enzymes never cease to amaze!1Paul Schimmel and Karla Ewalt, “Translation Silenced by Fused Pair of tRNA Synthetases,” Cell, Volume 119, Issue 2, 15 October 2004, Pages 147-148, doi:10.1016/j.cell.2004.10.001.2Sampath et al., “Noncanonical Function of Glutamyl-Prolyl-tRNA Synthetase Gene-Specific Silencing of Translation,” Cell, Volume 119, Issue 2, 15 October 2004, Pages 195-208, doi:10.1016/j.cell.2004.09.030.To be an evolutionist, you have to take the Crick brainwashing class.  This involves repeating the following quote by Francis Crick over and over until it is engraved on the heart with an iron stylus: “Biologists must constantly keep in mind that what they see was not designed, but evolved.”(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

11 More Analytics Predictions for 2011: It’s All About the Chips

first_imgRelated Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now klint finley Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img Tags:#enterprise#Trends Ketan Karia, CMO and Senior Vice President of Ingres Corporation, provides 11 big data analytics predictions for 2011. I thought we were through with predictions for 2011, but this is worthwhile. Karia focuses on the fact that big data alone doesn’t bring big insights: analytics does. He looks at key trends such as in-memory analytics and self-service business intelligence, but what he really emphasizes are the chips.“In 2011, expect to see more solutions hit the market that enable business software to exploit the tremendous capabilities of modern chips that aren’t currently doing so, rather than forcing chip customization or blindly throwing hardware at the problem,” he writes.His 11 predictions are:We’ll hark the chips, not the hardware.Chip scale-out will date MPP and shrink big data networks.Memory will go RAM.Chip companies will spend more on R&D in 2011.Acceleration of analytics will support the agile enterprise.Businesses will sponsor their own analytical capabilities.Analytics gets more embedded into business applications.Open source moves to more hybrid models.Subscriptions stack up by the hour.Self-service BI gets more attention.Users want to be “in the moment” with data insights.That last prediction ties everything else together: real-time analytics is driving in-memory analytics, the hardware race and the evolution of BI and analytics software.We covered business analytics predictions from Forrester and Gartner here.Photo by iurikothe IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

CT Energy Challenge Announces Winners for 2010

first_imgUPDATED 12/14/2010: With added information about the Schaller Eco-Home and corrected specifications for the third-place home, built by BPC Green Builders.The winning entries in the Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge, announced on Wednesday, make for an interesting trio: two homes larger than 4,500 sq. ft. and one at 2,690. The first-place winner landed a HERS index score of minus 7. The Challenge, a design and build competition for single-family and multifamily homes, included 15 projects built in Connecticut between May 2009 and December 1, 2010. The top prize, $15,000, went to a four-bedroom project in Killingworth designed and built by Consulting Engineering Services, of Middletown, and J.W. Huber Architect, of Essex. The home includes R-20 slab floors, R-39 foundation walls, R-42 exterior walls, an R-62 vaulted ceiling, geothermal heating, an energy-recovery ventilation system, and a 13.65 kW photovoltaic system. A blower-door test showed airtightness of 0.43 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 Pascals. The conditioned area: 4,539 sq. ft., just under the 5,000-sq.-ft. contest limit.Less extravagant, but still big performanceThe second-place prize, $10,000, went to the smallest house among the top three, a 2,690-sq.-ft. three-bedroom in New Hartford whose owners, Jeremy and Karann Schaller, designed the home to include R-15 foundation slab and walls, R-25 structural-insulated-panel exterior walls, an R-42 SIP vaulted ceiling, solar hot water (with a propane-fuel backup system), and a 7.6 kW solar power system. The home’s HERS rating is 4, and it showed airtightness of 0.40 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals. The construction costs on this project, Jeremy Schaller noted in a recent post to a blog site focused on the project, came in at around $320,000, or about $120 per sq. ft. – likely nowhere near the same construction-cost universe as the first-place and third-place projects. A five-bedroom in New Canaan, built by BPC Green Builders, of Wilton, took the $5,000 third-place prize. This 4,944-sq.-ft. project, which, like the first-place winner, barely scraped under the 5,000-sq.-ft. contest limit, also is seeking LEED for Homes Platinum certification. It is designed with an R-10 foundation slab, R-44.8 foundation walls, R-64 frame floors, R-30 exterior walls, an R-57 vaulted ceiling, a 450-sq.-ft. solar thermal system, and a 10.8 kW ground-mounted, grid-tied solar power system.The Zero Energy Challenge is sponsored by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, Connecticut Light and Power, and the United Illuminating Company. Like Connecticut’s other major energy conservation programs, the Challenge is funded by a charge on customers’ utility bills and administered by the state’s electric and gas utilities.last_img read more