House Inducts Two Additional Members

first_imgLofa County Representative Clarence Kortu MassaquoiSeveral House Committees appointedRepresentatives Joseph Momo Matthew, Jr. of Electoral District #3 in Gbarpolu County and Clarence Kortu Massaquoi of Electoral District #3 in Lofa County have both taken the ‘Oath of Affirmation’ as the 67th and 68th members of the House of Representatives of the 54th Legislature.The two lawmakers were inducted yesterday during the 4th day sitting of the 1st session of the House of Representatives by House Speaker Bhofal Chambers in keeping with the 1986 Constitution and the House Rules and Procedures.The induction of the two Representatives followed the receipt of separate letters from the National Elections Commission (NEC) stating that the legal challenges against them had been resolved and they had been duly certificated.NEC’s letter to Speaker Chambers stated that the challenge against Representative Joseph M. Matthew, Jr. of Gbarpolu County electoral district #3, had been finally disposed of, and Matthew had been certificated by the NEC on Wednesday, January 17, as the duly elected representatives of the district.”Speaker Chambers received a second letter from NEC  informing him that following the ruling of the Supreme Court in his favor,  Clarence Kortu Massaquoi had been declared winner of the October 10, 2017 representatives election of district #3, Lofa County and subsequently certified.”The outstanding five electoral districts with ongoing legal disputes are districts #4, 7 and 8 in Nimba County.With the induction of Rep. Massaquoi on Tuesday, many political pundits believe that it was a ‘procedural error’ for the Lofa County lawmaker to become a member of the 54th Legislature on Monday, January 22, in which he seconded the motion of adjournment of the 1st Special Joint Session.River Gee County District #3 Representative Francis S. Dopoh, II in Tuesday’s session affirmed the belief of the political pundits, but the House Speaker, in an apologetic tone, attributed the error to ‘an oversight.’Meanwhile the appointment of additional committee members was announced by Speaker Chambers to include former deputy Speaker Hans Barchue as chairman on the House’s Modernization Committee and head of delegation of the House to the Pan African Parliament and a member of the Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning Committee.Other appointees are Montserrado County District #5 Representative Thomas Fallah, chairperson on Ways, Means and Finance, while other members of the committee include Representative Jeremiah Koon (Nimba), Manah Bishop Jackson (Bomi), Joseph Matthew (Gbarpolu), Hans Barchue (Grand Bassa), Mambu M. Sonii (Grand Cape Mount), George S. Borley (Grand Gedeh), Julie Wiah (Lofa), P. Mike Jurry (Maryland), Francis Saidi Dopoh, II (River Gee), Nathaniel N. Barway (Grand Kru), Matthew Zarzar (Sinoe), and Rosanna Schaak (Rivercess). Other members to represent Bong and Margibi counties respectively will be announced later.For the Committee on Information and Communication, Representative Jay Nagbe Sloh is the chairman, while Rep. Beyan Howard is named the co-chairman. Rep. Barchue will chair the Modernization Committee, co-chaired by Rustonlyn S. Dennis. Rep. Julie Wiah is the chairperson for the Gender Committee and Rep. Emerson Kamara is the co-chairman. Rep. Hans Barchue is the head of delegation of the Pan African Parliament for the House of Representatives. Members are Reps. Alex Grant and Julie Wiah. Representative Acarous Gray is the head of delegation of the African Caribbean Pacific and European Union (ACP-EU) Joint Parliament.The Speaker has also established a Special Committee headed by Montserrado County District #6 Representative Samuel Enders to collaborate with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) for capacity training and technical support. Other members are Montserrado County District #1 Representative Lawrence Morris, Montserrado County District #1 Representative Richard Koon, Sinoe County District #2 Representative Matthew Zarzar and Representative Ellen Amarkai Attoh of District #3 Margibi County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

B52s complete weekend sweep

first_imgThe Humboldt B52s came from behind to beat the visiting San Francisco Seals 16-8, completing a two-game series sweep of the Seals Saturday night at Bomber Field. The B52s trailed for the majority of the game after surrendering an early two-run lead in the third inning, not re-taking the lead until an explosive eighth inning when they scored nine runs.“I felt like we were in the game the whole time,” B52s manager Scott St. John said. “Our pitching did just enough and our hitting was much …last_img read more

SA draws 200 international conferences

first_img30 July 2012 South Africa remains among the top 15 long-haul business event destinations in the world and is the premier business events destination in Africa, says Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk. Speaking at the opening of the Southern African Association of the Conference Industry’s annual conference in Pretoria on Monday, Van Schalkwyk said South Africa has already secured over 200 international conferences for the next five years. These would attract an estimated 300 000 delegates, injecting around R1.6-billion into the economy. In 2011, according to a departure survey, South Africa hosted around 392 000 business travellers, of which about 140 000 attended conferences and meetings in the country “Our ambition is to compete with the biggest and best business events destinations in the world,” Van Schalkwyk told delegates at the conference on Monday. “As government continues to focus on tourism as one of the key job-creating sectors, we recognise business events tourism as an area with significant growth potential.” The government has established the first South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB) to further promote growth in SA’s conferencing industry. The SANCB is tasked with co-ordinating national bidding, undertaking research, and collaborating with city and provincial convention bureaux and the business events industry to present a united front for destination South Africa, Van Schalkwyk said. “So, while we have identified the business events industry as a critical component in helping us reach our National Tourism Sector Strategy’s target of 15-million international arrivals by 2020, we know that we still have considerable room for growth and improvement in this sector.” Source: read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — April 9, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180409_RyanMartinPrecipitation broke out early this morning and spread east over most of the state as a minor wave of low pressure pushed into the eastern corn belt. The actual low looks to track north into the great lakes, but we still will see some light snow hold on over the state through part of the day. Generally speaking, we will see limited precipitation once we get past late morning, but we won’t rule out minor snows right on through this afternoon. Totals will be a coating to an inch at best, with coverage at 60% of the state. We do not see this moisture lingering for long, though. In fact tomorrow and Wednesday both look better with some sunshine working though. However, chilly air will be difficult to get rid of.Action on Thursday looks to be diminished for Ohio. Low pressure tracks north through the great lakes and bringing moisture to WI, MI and Ontario. Some of this will sag south over the northern third of Ohio, but rain totals will be limited to a few hundredths to .25”. This is significantly lower than our concerns last week, and it all has to do with the low tracking farther north. For the most part, action likely will be limited to areas from US 30 northward. Temps will begin to moderate, though, as strong south and west winds come in with this circulation passing to the north.Clouds mix with some sun on Friday, and while we can’t rule out a renegade shower, we do think that most of the region stays dry. Saturday still looks wet, with the potential of .25”- 1” rains over 60% of the state. That coverage is down somewhat from our last look, and it is due to several bigger holes opening up in coverage as the front sweeps through. But, we do see the front slow and moisture flow increase out of the south on Sunday, meaning we can add another .25”- .75” over 80% of the state on Sunday. That brings combined totals for the 2 day period to 1”-2”.Dry Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week to finish out the 10 day period with high pressure in over the region. This is a Canadian high, though, so while temps may not be as cold as the start to this week, we do not see a major above normal surge coming. The map above shows total 10 day cumulative precipitation.Good news…our extended window seems to be trying to trend drier. Cooler air holds through the end of next week, but we also do not pick, up significant precipitation. There is a very strong lower pressure complex in the grain plains for the 21st, and it looks like it will spread some .25”-1.25” rains into the eastern corn belt late the 22nd into the 23rd. Models suggest lingering clouds, cool air and sprinkles through the 24th, and then a cooler Canadian high back in for the balance of April. So, while the cool temps do not promote as fast of dry down, we at least see lower threats for new moisture in the extended period.last_img read more

Overcoming challenges during planting | Andy Detwiler, Champaign Co. | 2019 Spring Cab Cam

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Andy Detwiler of Champaign County has a story and background in agriculture more unique than most. He has spent a life in farming without the use of his arms after losing them in a farming accident at a very young age. He has since become an inspiration to others in his local community and around the world by not letting anything get in his way, including a difficult planting season. Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood caught up with Detwiler Thursday evening ahead of the overnight rain storms as he was rushing to get in corn in the well-drained soils near Urbana.Want to learn more about Andy? Check out his YouTube page, the Harmless Farmer, at this link.last_img read more

Data Storage is Facebook’s Next Initiative

first_imgHow Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#Data Centers Related Posts Facebook will follow up on its Open Compute intiiatiive with a new initiative to improve its data storage.According to Fast Company, the emphasis on storage is needed due to the continued sheer volume of data that Facebook’s users are producing. Those hundreds of millions of users take a lot of pictures. They use Facebook to post their video. Facebook engineer Kannan Muthukkaruppan wrote last November that Its messaging infrastructure handles more than 350 million users sending 15 billion person-to-person messages per month. Its chat service supports more than 300 million users who send over 120 billion messages per month.Facebook’s Frank Frankovsky tells Fast Company it will focus on better efficiencies in the data center to handle this volume of data. That means better energy management and a resulting decrease in costs. That’s the same open approach as with Open Compute. Their goal is to spur innovation in its core business strengths.HBaseLast Fall, Facebook chose HBase, the Hadoop database over Cassandra and MySQL for its messaging infrastructure, According to Muthukkaruppan, the Facebook engineers found that MySQL could not handle the long tail of data very well. And Cassandra consistency model has proven to be a difficult pattern to reconcile for its new infrastructure. Muthukkaruppan writes that HBase scales better. it has better performance. And they like its feature set:HDFS, the underlying filesystem used by HBase, provides several nice features such as replication, end-to-end checksums, and automatic rebalancing. Additionally, our technical teams already had a lot of development and operational expertise in HDFS from data processing with Hadoop. Since we started working on HBase, we’ve been focused on committing our changes back to HBase itself and working closely with the community. The open source release of HBase is what we’re running today.Facebook’s messaging infrastructure gives some insights into the requirements needed to continue scaling Facebook’s data storage. It also shows what we should continue to see from Facebook as it strengthens its infrastructure to differentiate on the application layer.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting alex williams Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

Online Privacy: The Opt-Out Revolution Is Almost Here

first_imgWhat if two-thirds of the people on the Web were invisible, secretly visiting websites and searching for products and services while leaving Internet giants like Google and Facebook in the dark about what they were doing?With no information on those people’s activities, there could be no targeted advertising for them and much of the multi-billion-dollar ad Web market would collapse, forcing big changes in the business models of today’s biggest and most powerful Internet companies.While such a scenario won’t come to pass overnight, a new study by market researcher Ovum indicates that millions of people could start “vanishing” from the Web within a few years, causing major disruptions to the Internet economy. The reason so many people may go data dark? Privacy concerns.The Future Is HereSigns exist today that the procession of media stories showing Internet companies compromising user privacy in favor of advertisers are having an impact on more and more people’s psyche. Recent examples of the kinds of stories that over time erode trust include Facebook acknowledging to USA Today that it keeps a running log of the Web pages each of its 1 billion monthly active users visited over the previous 90 days.Other examples include a half-dozen federal class-action suits filed against Google and Viacom, accusing the companies of collecting data on children visiting sites such as and and then sharing the information. And Canadian and Dutch authorities reporting that WhatsApp, an instant-messaging smartphone application ranked as one of the world’s top five best-selling apps, violates international privacy laws by forcing users to provide access to their address books. The regularity of such bad behavior over the last several years has taken its toll on the reputation of the tech industry. In a survey of Internet users in 11 countries, including the United States, Ovum found that only 14% believed Internet businesses were honest about their use of people’s personal data. Worse for the future of online advertising, 68% would choose to block all tracking, if that option was easily available.While Web browsers and some Internet companies, including Facebook and Google, provide tools for limiting the sharing of data, they are not easy enough for most people to use- and they are not marketed in a way to maximize use, Ovum analyst Mark Little says. As a result, many people are open to alternatives, and entrepreneurs are moving in.Examples include Personal Inc., Respect Network, Allow and Abine. This segment of the tech industry is growing with a message that goes beyond just blocking companies from online tracking. They also market personal data vaults and reputation management that searches and deletes data on the Web.These tools are not widely used today, but in time, as privacy concerns continue to grow and these products get easier to use, consumers will likely start taking control of their personal data. “It’s not just about blocking because you are concerned about your data and how much people know about you,” Little said. “People are also blocking because they are feeling like companies are getting rich on them. They’re feeling exploited.”People’s Changing AttitudesAn indication of changing attitudes toward guarding personal information can be seen in the ballooning popularity of Snapchat, which lets users send pictures and videos that self-destruct in 10 seconds. As of last weekend, the app was the third most popular photo and video app in the U.S., according to analytics company App Annie. Snapchat claims that 50 million “snaps” are sent every day.Snapchat is popular mostly with teenagers and young adults, who often use the service to send naughty pictures. However, there is also a growing unease among young people about having a permanent social record on Facebook or Google+, Bloomberg Businessweek reported this week. It makes sense that this age would be most sensitive to having personal information on the Web, since they are under constant surveillance by people who can have major impact on their lives, such as teachers, college admissions officers and parents.The desire for impermanence and control of data is also growing among older Web users. A 2010 survey by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley found that roughly nine in 10 people aged 18-to-24 years and 45-to-54 supported a proposed law that would require websites and advertising companies to delete all stored data about a person on request.Zuckerberg Was WrongIn 2010, Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and chief executive of Facebook, said he believed people’s attitudes toward sharing personal data had become much more open. “People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people,” he said in an onstage interview with TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington. “That social norm is just something that has evolved over time.”Zuckerberg was wrong.As people become more aware of how Internet companies are using their personal data and how it affects their lives, they will start sharing less and demand more control. When that happens, a lot of Internet companies will have to dramatically change their relationship with users or make do with a lot less data to sell to advertisers.Image courtesy of ShutterStock. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#abine#allow#Facebook#Google#internet companies#online advertising#personal inc.#privacy#privacy abuse#respect network antone gonsalvescenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Paul McCartney Announces New Documentary Short For Meat Free Monday Campaign

first_imgPaul McCartney, musician, activist and global icon, has joined National Geographic Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg, for an exclusive conversation, ahead of releasing a new documentary short in support of his campaign “Meat Free Monday,” which can be viewed at Geographic Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg meets Paul McCartneyAlong with daughters and campaign co-founders Mary and Stella McCartney, the new documentary film, One Day a Week, also features Academy Award-winner Emma Stone and Academy Award nominee and EMMY-winner Woody Harrelson, as they narrate and share facts about the impact of livestock agriculture on climate change.Video: ‘One Day a Week’“Meat Free Monday encourages people to not eat meat at least one day a week with the hope that if enough people do it and the idea spreads, it will make a difference,” said McCartney. “My film, One Day a Week, aims to raise awareness of this important issue and show people that if we all join together in this effort, we can help improve the environment, reduce the negative impacts of climate change, and even improve people’s health. “Launched by Paul, Mary and Stella in 2009, ‘Meat Free Monday’ is a not-for-profit campaign that aims to raise awareness of the detrimental environmental impact of eating meat, and to encourage people to help slow climate change, preserve precious natural resources and improve their health by having at least one meat-free day each week.Through the interview, McCartney discusses his personal choices in becoming a vegetarian and why he’s now advocating for “meat moderators”: people who reduce their consumption of meat intake as part of their weekly food routine.“I support a lot of causes, but this particular one is personal for me because it is how I live,” said McCartney. “Through this campaign, I can say to people, ‘Just try it,’ and show people that it can actually be quite fun when you look at what you do, what you eat, how you live and think, ‘Is this what I’m gonna do for the rest of my life or would it be kind of interesting to try making a change?’”Goldberg said, “At National Geographic, we’ve been illuminating the world for the last 129 years — first in words and pictures, and now across our digital platforms, with information that’s on the side of science, on the side of facts and on the side of the planet. Within our yellow border, we’re creating a portal for the planet’s curious people, giving those with an insatiable quest for knowledge the information that allows them to make informed decisions and affect positive change. We are thrilled that Paul chose National Geographic to bring his message about environmental sustainability to a global audience.”During the conversation, available for viewing now at, Paul also discussed the inspiration behind the 1968 Beatles hit, “Lady Madonna.” An article titled “American Special Forces in Action in Viet Nam,” from a 1965 issue of National Geographic magazine, featured a photo by Howard Sochurek of a woman surrounded by three small children, one of them nursing. The photo ultimately served as the inspiration for the song.“I love National Geographic and I’ve loved it since I was a kid. It’s sort of always there, that yellow frame and you know exactly what it is and you know you’re gonna get great photos and great stories about the world,” said McCartney. “One particular issue, I saw in the ‘60s, had a woman…and she looked very proud and she had a baby … I saw that as a kind of Madonna thing, mother and child…… You know, sometimes you see pictures of mothers and you go, ’She’s a good mother.’ You could just tell there’s a bond and it just affected me, that photo. So I was inspired to write ‘Lady Madonna,’ my song, from that photo.”Goldberg’s interview with McCartney will be released to the 396 million followers across all digital and social platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and online, with a print interview to follow in the new year. National Geographic magazine has 55 million readers, in 30 languages, with the full National Geographic media portfolio reaching over 760 million consumers every month.last_img read more