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Fire Victims Spend Third Night Outdoors

first_imgNearly 100 victims of the fire disaster that occurred last Thursday in New Kru Town’s Karpeh Street community spent their third night outdoors as community chairman Joe Carr  makes an urgent appeal for assistance to remedy the situation. Mr. Carr told the Daily Observer during a visit yesterday to New Kru Town that unless immediate intervention is provided, “I see another tragedy unfolding.” There are roughly 100 victims who suffered the loss of their belongings in the fire and have been spending the last three nights outdoors. “Many have moved away today and they will be back in the night to sleep outside here again,” Carr said. The fire victims comprise 25 men, 25 women and 50 children, he noted. “They lost everything and cannot afford to get accommodation elsewhere,” Carr said.  While the Karpeh Street Community that he heads as chairman is making efforts to secure accommodations for the victims, “We don’t have the financial capacity to be able to get accommodation for all these people and therefore they need immediate intervention by humanitarian groups,” he pleaded. He revealed that his community had sent two letters to both the disaster departments of the Liberia National Red Cross and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. In a telephone interview with Mr. Christopher Johnson of the LNRC, he admitted receiving the letter over the weekend and said a team would visit the community today, April 27 to assess the situation.During the Daily Observer’s visit, it was observed that two women, a child and a man were found sleeping outdoors. Neighbors appealed for intervention since the rainy season is almost here. “I’m worried about the women and the children,” a neighbor cried. Meanwhile, Carr said efforts are underway to ensure that temporary shelter is secured to help the situation.  Chairman Carr told the Daily Observer that Mr. Robert Teah, who contested as a representative for Montserrado District #16, has presented an amount of LD10, 000 as his contribution to assist the victims. “We appreciate your humanitarian gesture,” Carr told Mr. Teah on the phone.    “We want God to bless everything you do.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

34 Lindeners to benefit from CHPA single-unit houses

first_imgThirty-four Lindeners are to be beneficiaries of single-unit homes, which are soon to be constructed through the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA) at Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden.These persons will form the first batch of persons from Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) to benefit from the estimated 60 single housing units, which include flat and elevated houses. These houses are to be constructed at the location at the costs of $6.3 million (elevated) and $5.3 million (flat). While 128 Lindeners had been prequalified for the 60 homes by commercial banks, the 34 applicants were selected from a public drawing for prequalified applicants conducted by the CHPA in Linden on Wednesday. Names were pulled from twoMinister within the Communities Ministry, Valerie Adams-Yearwood (seated front centre); CHPA Public Relations Officer (PRO) Iva Wharton (right) and Regional Housing Officer Leticia Drakes (left) flanked by some of the successful applicantsenvelopes, one for flat homes and the other for elevated, according to the choice of the prequalified applicants. Twenty names were pulled for single flat units while 14 were pulled for single elevated units.Speaking at the public draw, Minister within the Communities Ministry, Valerie Adams-Yearwood, in her remarks, noted that the houses would be constructed in batches of five and upon completion, homeowners would be given their keys. Contractors are presently mobilising at the site at Amelia’s Ward, and construction work is expected to commence shortly. Under the initiative, another 60 homes are expected to be constructed by the CHPA at Wisroc, Wismar, Linden.The Minister noted that the CHPA was, however, still finalising details as it relates to ownership of the land. “We are still trying to have the 60 houses built in Wisroc. We’re still finalising with the Co-op Society and Lands and Survey (as it relates to) ownership of the land. As soon as that land is handed over to us, we’re going to commence building 60 houses … We were hoping that that process would have been completed so that we can start this year, but it doesn’t look that hopeful. So, we’re going to put that money back into 2019 budget to have those houses and hopefully we can get all the red tape out the way and we begin construction,” Minister Adams-Yearwood noted.last_img read more

Big Bam acquires portables from Christian Life Centre

first_imgTickets are on sale and can be purchased on the Big Bam Facebook page or by contacting Jody Mather at 250-263-4260. Big Bam Ski Hill has acquired three portables that will be used at the facility. The portables will be used for improving the overall experiences of those visiting the hill.One of the portables will be put on top and be used as a cafeteria and warm up shack that will over look the Peace. The plan for one of the others will be to replace the current first aid shack, to become a first aid room and a training facility for an adaptive ski program that the hill is developing.The ski program will provide a recreation option for those that don’t have use of their lower extremities and will be the only one of its kind from Edmonton to Prince George according to Big Bam director Jody Mather.- Advertisement -The status of the third portable is unknown. Mather said it may be refurbished and sold.As a prelude to the upcoming ski season Big Bam will be having a “Farewell to Summer” music festival fundraiser which will feature mostly local acts. The festival will be held over the September long weekend.Musical acts are still to be announced. Tickets are $20. Those 12 and under get in for free. Camping will be available at Big Bam and other sites for $20 per night.Advertisementlast_img read more

LYIT SENDING OUT THE RIGHT ‘SIGNALS’ WITH MAJOR CONFERENCE

first_imgLYIT is hosting the 24th IET Irish Signals and Systems conference where 40 academics and leaders from around the world will present their papers on new applications in this field.This prestigious international conference is traditionally held at universities.So, to choose LYIT as the host, is seen as a reflection of the college’s reputation in developing successful courses in computing and engineering amongst the academic and industry community. The Computing Department within the School of Science at LYIT are running the conference, adding some new topics, such as Secure Coding, a rapidly growing sector.Over the past 24 years, ISSC has become established as the premier conference in Ireland addressing all aspects of signals and systems. The conference focuses on Digital Signal Processing, Control and Communications, and encompasses algorithm and system modeling, design, and implementation, for a broad range of applications.This year additional subjects included Systems and Information Security, Cloud Infrastructures, Mobile Security, Cryptography, Watermarking, Steganography and Digital Evidence/Forensics.According to Conference Chair Nigel McKelvey, Lecturer at LYIT, “The number of delegates has increased in comparison to recent years and the standard of submissions is very high with 33 papers being presented from all over Ireland, Germany, China, Canada, USA, India. It will be an extremely high level event.” Find out about future findings and research visit issc.ie or lyit.ie.LYIT SENDING OUT THE RIGHT ‘SIGNALS’ WITH MAJOR CONFERENCE was last modified: June 19th, 2013 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)last_img read more

FARMERS WARNED TO HIDE JACKETS AND LABEL MACHINERY TO PROTECT PROPERTY

first_imgFarmers across Donegal have been warned to remove jackets and footwear from outbuildings and barns in a range of security measures against thieves.Farmers are being encouraged to label machinery.Gardai believe gangs are going to great lengths in a bid to steal machinery and other valuables from farms around the county.One such ploy is to wear jackets and boots belonging to farmers so dogs do not pick up a strange scent from intruders. The tips are a range being offered by Gardai in the New Year crackdown on crime in the farming community.The overall piece of advice to farmers is to mark their machinery.Crime Prevention Officer Sgt Paul Wallace said that very little machinery is taken once it has been marked.“Once the machinery is marked it makes it difficult to move on for gangs. They prefer just to leave it we find. “The machinery can be marked by a service offered by the IFA and we would encourage people in the farming community to have all machinery marked.“We have found it a very good deterrent. Most machinery which is marked is not taken as they all have individual codes and it is difficult to remove it without making it obvious,” he said. FARMERS WARNED TO HIDE JACKETS AND LABEL MACHINERY TO PROTECT PROPERTY was last modified: January 9th, 2014 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) Tags:farmsIFArobberySgt Paul Wallacelast_img read more

DONEGAL MAN DENIES MURDERING FOUR BRITISH SOLDIERS

first_imgA Donegal man has denied murdering four British soldiers in an IRA bomb attack in London’s Hyde Park in July 1982.John DowneyJohn Downey, 62, from Creeslough is accused of killing Roy Bright, Dennis Daly, Simon Tipper and Geoffrey Young. The Household Cavalry members were killed as they rode from their barracks in Knightsbridge to Buckingham Palace.The BBC reports that Mr Downey also denied intending to cause an explosion likely to endanger life.The bomb that Mr Downey is charged with planting was the first of two that caused carnage in London on 20 July 1982.In the first incident, a nail bomb in a blue Austin car was detonated as the Household Cavalry members made their way through the park to the Changing of the Guard parade at Buckingham Palace.As well as the four men, seven horses were killed and a number of police officers and civilians were injured.In the second explosion, less than two hours later, seven Royal Green Jackets bandsmen in a Regent’s Park bandstand were killed.Mr Downey, who was arrested at Gatwick Airport last May, entered the pleas at the Old Bailey. He remains on conditional bail.DONEGAL MAN DENIES MURDERING FOUR BRITISH SOLDIERS was last modified: January 24th, 2014 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) Tags:CreesloughHYDE PARK BOMBINGJohn Downeymurderlast_img read more

Pope given immunity in abuse suit

first_imgVATICAN CITY – A U.S. judge in Texas dismissed Pope Benedict XVI from a civil lawsuit accusing him of conspiracy to cover up the sexual abuse of minors by a seminarian, ruling Thursday that the pontiff has immunity as a head of state. U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal cited a motion filed by the Justice Department, known as a “Suggestion of Immunity,” in which the government said allowing the lawsuit to proceed would be “incompatible with the United States’ foreign policy interests.” “After a suggestion of immunity is filed, it is the court’s duty to surrender jurisdiction,” Rosenthal wrote. Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict’s given name – is named as a defendant in the civil lawsuit, accused of conspiring with the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and some of its officials to cover up the abuse of three boys during the mid-1990s. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Lawyers for one of the alleged victims argued in the lawsuit that a May 18, 2001, letter Ratzinger wrote to bishops around the world was evidence that he was involved in a conspiracy to hide the crimes.last_img read more

JOSEPH DUFFY TO HEADLINE UFC CARD IN DUBLIN AGAINST DUSTIN POIRIER

first_imgJoseph Duffy’s wish has been granted by UFC supremo Dana White following confirmation he will headline the UFC card in Dublin.Donegal MMA star Duffy will face well-known UFC fighter Dustin Poirier who has previously fought Conor McGregor. Poirier has recently moved from featherweight to lightweight and the match-up is certainly an intriguing one.Momentum for Duffy is growing with every passing week, and his two stunning first-round TKO’s since joining the UFC ranks has only reiterated the belief he is a future world champion.Duffy brought a HUGE travelling support to Glasgow for his last fight against Ivan Jorge, but thousands of Donegal fans will be expected to head to the 3 Arena for Duffy’s mouth-watering clash with Poirier.The announcement was made earlier this morning on TV3. Duffy had been in Dublin for media work and took to his Facebook timeline to inform fans to tune into TV3 for a big announcement.That announcement was that Duffy would face Poirier on October 24th for what should be another incredible night of UFC action.Duffy is quickly becoming one of the hottest prospects in the sport and a headline win over Poirier in October will only add to his growing reputation.He’s also the last man to neat UFC poster boy Conor McGregor.#TEAMDUFFY JOSEPH DUFFY TO HEADLINE UFC CARD IN DUBLIN AGAINST DUSTIN POIRIER was last modified: July 29th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Home-page Sportnewslast_img read more

Animals Are “Overengineered” for Navigation

first_imgAnimals outshine us in many ways, but one capability that should humble us is animal navigation.  From spiders to mice, from birds to bees, the ability of animals to find their way around is truly astonishing, and James L. Gould of Princeton has raised our awareness of just how astonishing in a short article in Current Biology (March 23, 2004).1    He starts by explaining that navigation is more than just knowing which way you are pointed: “Nearly all animals move in an oriented way,” he says, “but navigation is something more: the directed movement toward a goal, as opposed to steering toward or away from, say, light or gravity.  Navigation involves the neural processing of sensory inputs to determine a direction and perhaps distance.”  As an example, he mentions how honeybees have to correct for the angle of the sun from morning to afternoon.  This involves much more than orienting at a fixed angle.  The bee has to use changing sensory information to maintain its internal map.    Gould mentions four stumbling blocks that prevented early investigators from appreciating the navigational abilities of animals.  Researchers apparently assumed natural selection was sufficient to explain it all.  He writes, “Several trends reflecting favorably on natural selection and poorly on human imagination characterized early studies of navigation.”  The stumbling blocks investigators have had to get over include:Spectral Breadth:  Early researchers assumed that animals were limited to our own human senses, but found out they can utilize a shopping list of cues invisible to us: ultraviolet light, infrared light, magnetic fields, electric fields, chemical pheromones, ultrasonic sounds and infrasonic sounds.  We were “blind to our own blindness,” he says, “and there is no reason to assume the list is complete.”Complexity: Another “crippling tendency” of early investigators was “what navigation pioneer Donald Griffin called our innate ‘simplicity filter’: the desire to believe that animals do things in the least complex way possible.”  Perhaps it was from our own pride of place, but according to Gould, we should be humbled:Experience, however, tells us that animals whose lives depend on accurate navigation are uniformly overengineered.  Not only do they frequently wring more information out of the cues that surround them than we can, or use more exotic or weaker cues than we find conceivable, they usually come equipped with alternative strategies – a series of backups between which they switch depending on which is providing the most reliable information.Recalibration:  Early studies assumed animals just needed to learn a trick once (a phenomenon called imprinting, true in some short-lived animals.)  Then they found out that some animals are able to recalibrate their instruments.Cognition:  The school of psychology known as behaviorism, which denies instinct, “puts a ceiling on the maximum level of mental activity subject to legitimate investigation,” Gould chides.  As a result of this bias, “most researchers deliberately ignored or denigrated the evidence for cognitive processing in navigating animals.”  Not all animals exhibit cognitive intervention, Gould admits.  But he then makes a very unDarwinian countercharge: “However, the obvious abilities of hunting spiders and honey bees to plan novel routes make it equally clear that phylogenetic distance to humans is no sure guide to the sophistication of a species’ orientation strategies.”    He gives an example: “One of the problems we inherited from behaviorism was the assumption that exploratory behavior must be rewarded.  However, many species examine their surroundings voluntarily and, in fact, do so in detail.”  (See example on mice below.)Let’s look at just a few of the “believe it or not” examples Gould showcases in the article:Honeybees:  Here is an example of switching inputs to get the most reliable information.  “A honey bee, for instance, may set off for a goal using its time-compensated sun compass.  When a cloud covers the sun, it may change to inferring the sun’s position from UV patterns in the sky and opt a minute later for a map-like strategy when it encounters a distinctive landmark.  Lastly, it may ignore all of these cues as it gets close enough to its goal to detect the odors or visual cues provided by the flowers.”Mice:  Here is an example of the “overengineering” Gould spoke of.  Many field animals, like mice, have a strong drive to acquire information about their home range in advance of need, whether or not (as behaviorism would expect) they get an immediate reward.  “Consider mice,” he says,which not only gallop endlessly in running wheels, but actually prefer difficulty, such as square ‘wheels’, or wheels with barriers that must be jumped.  Given a 430 meter long opaque three-dimensional maze of pipes, mice will work out the shortest path within three days, and without reward.Navigation requires determining direction:This can be achieved in two ways, and mice use both: they can use another landmark from their mental map and triangulate the direction of the goal, or they can use a landmark-independent compass like the earth’s magnetic field.–and they never joined the boy scouts.  What’s more, mice “can also navigate perfectly well, even if the habitat fails to provide useful landmarks.  They will remember the direction and length of each leg of their outward journey and integrate the result when they are ready to return and set off home,” even without a trail of bread crumbs. Pigeons:  Daytime provides celestial cues.  “…once the relationship between azimuth and time of day is memorized,” Gould says, “the animal has a highly accurate compass.”  We’ve all heard about the navigational feats of homing pigeons.  They can discern ultraviolet (UV) light, which accentuates polarization patterns of scattered sunlight, for drawing their mental map, and add to it individual data points like “the average of a night’s attempts to escape from a cage, or some other directional measure.”  The cues help them derive a mean vector, with direction pointing to the goal, and length representing scatter.  When all the cues line up, they’ve got their bearing.Migratory birds:  Birds who migrate between nesting grounds and wintering grounds can use sun cues, star cues, magnetic fields and landmarks to find their way.  Not only that, they can recalibrate the cues for seasonal changes, latitude, and longitude.  This requires recalibration:To infer the pole point through broken clouds, the animal’s map of the sky must be updated.  And as the migrants move south in the fall, new sets of stars in the southern sky appear, while northern stars slip below the horizon.  Clearly, changes in both season and latitude make relearning the stars essential.  Only fairly recently has this constant updating been demonstrated.”In fact, for unknown reasons, “nocturnal migrants calibrate their star pole to the magnetic pole.  Instead of simply taking the pole point as the true guide, the birds constantly recalibrate the magnetic pole to the geographic pole, and then the geographic pole to the magnetic pole.”Latitude: Fish, turtles, lobsters, and birds all determine their latitude by the angle of the magnetic field.  “In theory,” Gould says, “animals could obtain the same information from the sun’s noon elevation, but I know of no case in which this traditional human solution is used.”  The critters must know something we don’t.Longitude: house wrens, pigeons, sharks, salmon, sea turtles and spiny lobsters have all conquered a navigational problem that “bedeviled human navigators until very recently,” the problem of determining longitude.  How do they know distance east from west?  How can house wrens find their way back, unerringly, to the same nest box after a long flight at a different time of year from when they left?  “The apparent answer to this conundrum is provided by a map sense,” Gould answers.  The earth’s magnetic field provides both a map and a compass – just the tools you would need if released in an unfamiliar area. Pigeons again:  When homing pigeons circle around before heading home, they are reading the local map of magnetic gradients and extrapolating it from the one they learned at home.  How do pigeons detect the earth’s magnetic field?  They actually have magnetite grains in their heads, in the ethymoid sinus.  Experiments have shown that magnetic anomalies make the birds disoriented.  A sharp pulse of magnetism can severely impair their compass.  But remagnetize the organ by putting it into a magnetic field, and the bird is back to normalGould ends by pointing out two of the biggest challenges to researchers studying animal navigation: (1) the nature of the map sense, and (2) the issue of recalibration, which is still puzzling.  “The interaction of these specific learning programs,” he promises, “doubtlessly holds many magnificent secrets.” 1James L. Gould, “Magazine: Animal Navigation,” Current BiologyVol 14, R221-R224, 23 March 2004.Wow.  Thank you, Dr. Gould.  This article contains absolutely no hints about how such abilities could have evolved; in fact, it contains a couple of off-handed swipes at the notion that natural selection could explain them, or that skill correlates with “phylogenetic distance.”  This is surprising, considering that James L. Gould is a member of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton.  It could just as well have been written by Dr. Gary Parker at the Institute for Creation Research.  It’s a wonder the editors of Current Biology let this one get by without the required pinch of incense to Emperor Charlie.    Notice that these highly refined and accurate navigational skills are possessed by a wide variety of animals: mammals (e.g., mice), insects (e.g., Monarch butterflies — see 05/23/2003 and 07/09/2002 headlines), birds (e.g., Pacific golden plovers, which can navigate over open sea to the Hawaiian islands without having ever seen them), reptiles (e.g., sea turtles), crustaceans (e.g., lobsters), and fish (e.g., salmon).  Skill does not scale with presumed evolutionary advancement: for instance, the spiny lobster wins the prize for magnetic mapping (see 01/06/2003 headline).  Even bacteria and plants can orient themselves with respect to environmental cues.  Humans were given ability to build tools that can navigate a spacecraft to Saturn, but we must surely stand in awe of a God who could put technology that outperforms NASA into a bird brain.  This article goes to show that the film “Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution” could become an infinite series.  Click your way back through the “Amazing” chain links for many more examples.(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Govt Asks Kuwait to Recognize Indian Engineers’ Qualifications

first_imgThe Indian government has written to Kuwait, saying that most Indian engineers have valid qualifications that should be recognized in the country. The move comes following the Kuwaiti government’s decision to make it mandatory for expatriate engineers to get a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Kuwait Society of Engineers (KSE).The Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development has now said that many engineers from the country would have received their degrees from institutes that would probably not be listed by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA). “Since NBA has started functioning only from 2012, it is possible that some engineers are currently working in Kuwait who acquired degrees prior to setting up of NBA. It is requested that the qualification of such engineers may not be questioned at this later stage,” the letter said, the Hindustan Times reported.The government also highlighted that some premier institutions of excellence in the field of engineering have been created by India, in which candidates are admitted only after going through a highly competitive entrance examination.“These institutes have their own system of accreditation through External Peer Group reviews. Government of India considers that the students graduating from these institutions have qualified duly accredited courses,” R Subrahmanyam, higher education secretary in the HRD ministry, stated in the letter, as per the report.Thousands of Indian engineers in Kuwait have been panicking, including many who are graduates of premier Indian engineering institutions like the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and National Institute of Technology (NIT), the report added.Kuwait’s Public Authority for Manpower enforced in March this year a newly introduced regulation, according to which expatriate engineers would be unable to renew their work visas until they get a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the KSE. In order to acquire the NOC, the applicant must be a graduate from a university that is on the list of accredited universities, and in courses included on the KSE master list.The move by the Kuwait government is believed to have affected over 15,000 Indian engineers.Most engineers are in the age group of 30-45 years and graduated long before NBA got into the act, Jyothidas Narayan, a member of the Kuwait Engineers Forum, which represents 1,400 engineers in the construction and oil & gas industry had earlier said. Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor, who heads the Parliamentary Standing Committee of External Affairs, had then told the Indian embassy in Kuwait to have a dialogue with authorities in the country.In March, the Kuwait Engineers Forum (KEF) had posted the problems faced by them on the social media, saying that they are going through a tough phase.“At present our job, our family, our life itself is being disturbed by the circular dated 11 March, 2018 issued by Public Authority of Manpower (PAM) advising the concerned authorities that all expatriate engineers should obtain NOC from Kuwait Society of Engineers (KSE) for renewal of residency,” the KEF said on Facebook, adding that the most important possession of the engineers — their educational qualification — is “being challenged and the whole Indian educational system is being questioned.” Related ItemsEmploymentKuwaitlast_img read more