15 Liberians Attend Obama’s Young African Leaders Fellowship in Washington DC

first_imgFifteen (15) young Liberians are currently in Washington, D.C. in the United States to participate in President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).The Liberians are among other Africans at the fellowship in the United States, and they are to a three-day discussion with the President and then visit universities and colleges to undergo leadership training, networking and professional opportunities.Those attending the fellowship include Abel W. Cheayan, Samuel T. Duo, Matthew M. Fred, Benjamin M. Freeman, Jr., Laura Golakeh and James A. Greaves.  Others are Phillip G. Innis, Sarah M. Johnson, Patrice D. Juah, Kolu M. Kamah, Mohammed B. Kamara, Sedekie B. Kamara, Yassah N. Lavelah, James K. Mulbah, Agiechie C. Sawyer.The Washington Fellowship kicked off in 2010 with three Liberians including Amos T.  Kofa and Bai S. G. Best in attendance. Andrew Giahyue and others participated in subsequent editions.It is a key component of President Obama’s commitment to invest in the future of Africa, and its aim is to empower 500 Africa’s most promising young leaders through academic course at U.S. colleges and universities.On campus, Fellows will participate in academic and leadership institutes in one of three areas including business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and public management.One hundred of the 500 Fellows, including three of Liberia’s 15 participants, will remain in the United States for professional fellowships at U.S. businesses, non-governmental organizations, and governmental offices.  The White House developed the initiative in recognition of the critical and increasing role that young Africans are playing in strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa.Upon returning to their respective home countries, Fellows will engage in networking sessions and have access to seed funding and professional development opportunities.Over 49,000 candidates from throughout Sub-Saharan Africa between the ages of 25 and 35 applied for the 2014 Washington Fellows, making the Washington Fellowship selection highly competitive.  The selected 500 Washington Fellows, 50 percent of whom are women, represent all 49 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.15 young leaders out of 850 applicants from Liberia were selected to participate in this year’s program.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

INCHR Wants Gov’t Erect Health Center In Memory of Shaki Kamara

first_imgThe Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR), has launched the long awaited investigation report on Shaki Kamara who died of gunshot wounds, and others, including Titus Nuah and Sylvester Kromah in the Township community of WestPoint on August 20, 2014.The INCHR, strongly recommended to the Government of Liberia to erect a health center in West Point in memory of the late Shaki to be called ‘The Shaki Kamara Memorial Health Center.’Speaking on Wednesday, November 5 at the launch of the report at the office of the commission, the chairperson of the commission, Cllr. Gladys Johnson, said the 15-year-old, Shaki Kamara was shot in the legs, which shattered his leg resulting in profuse bleeding and his death.The INCHR also strongly recommends that the President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf provide monetary compensation to the family, the precise amount to be determined by the government in collaboration with the Interreligious Council of Liberia.The commission recommended to the Government of Liberia that Titus Nuah be flown to a renowned hospital in Accra Ghana for further treatment and evaluation accompanied by a family member and the physician who operated on him at the SDA Cooper Hospital in Monrovia.“The cost of the treatment of Titus Nuah in Ghana will be underwritten through the office of the President of Liberia. The Government of Liberia provides financial compensation for Titus Nuah to restart his life if he makes a full recovery, if not that, Government provides his support for the rest of his life,” the Cllr. Johnson said.The commission said, Sylvester Kromah who sustained serious lacerations while attempting to get away from the life-threatening atmosphere that obtained at that moment, ‘the shooting and angry mob’ ran into barbwires, Government should compensate him for the pain and suffering, amount to be determined by the President of Liberia.The commission also recommends that Alfred Nagbe who was falsely accused of stealing a generator, publically humiliated and punished without due process of law be issue public apology by authority of Liberia National Police.“Let the Liberia National Police LNP authority issue a public apology to Alfred Nagbe for a violation of his human right to be treated with dignity as a human being. The President of Liberia [may] determine a certain amount of money to be paid to the victim for the violation of his human right.”The commission disclosed that, with the issue of the eyewitnesses, the commission lacks the required resources such as funds, expertise, and logistics support to address these concerns, adding that, the Government makes appropriate intervention in the interest of justice in the country.The commission said, the police and Armed Forces have received training since Liberia’s return to civilian rule but for that fact, the West Point incident would have been more horrendous.There are indicators that there is still need for more training especially those whose behavior were portrayed in the videos on August 20,2014 in West Point.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Young Donegal business makes it to final of ILDN Awards

first_imgA young Letterkenny business has made it through to the final of the final of the ILDN National Awards in Dublin tonight.Two years ago Derek Walker set up his wheatgrass production business, Simply Natural Health- Letterkenny and a year later he opened the Letterkenny Artisan Market.Derek said “This is a true honour for me as I once felt that my progressive, incurable eye condition would leave me limited in my life, however, the I have learned that the only limits I have, are the ones I set myself.” Derek thanked thanked his family and all those who have supported his products and the market.“I am truly over whelmed by the support I have received on my facebook page Simply Natural Health- Letterkenny has received.“A special thanks to the DLDC LTD who helped me begin my businesses, and who are a fantastic support for anyone who wants to get started in business,” he said.Young Donegal business makes it to final of ILDN Awards was last modified: September 15th, 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)last_img read more

Reflecting on Challenger disaster

first_imgCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Twenty years ago today, space shuttle Challenger blew apart into jets of fire and plumes of smoke, a terrifying sight witnessed by the families of the seven astronauts and by those who came to watch the historic launch of the first teacher into space. The disaster shattered NASA’s spit-shined image and the belief that spaceflight could become as routine as airplane travel. The investigation into the accident’s cause revealed a space agency more concerned with schedules and public relations than safety and sound decision-making. Seventeen years later, seven more astronauts were lost on the shuttle Columbia, leading many to conclude NASA had not learned the lessons of Challenger. But after last summer’s successful return to flight under the highest level of engineering scrutiny ever, many space watchers are more hopeful. “Don’t we all learn as we go?” said Grace Corrigan, who lost her daughter, teacher Christa McAuliffe, in the Challenger accident. “Everybody learns from their mistakes.” Joining McAuliffe on the doomed Jan. 28, 1986, Challenger flight were commander Dick Scobee, pilot Mike Smith and astronauts Ellison Onizuka, Judy Resnik, Ron McNair and Greg Jarvis. “It was one of those defining moments in your life that you will always remember,” said Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., who had flown on the shuttle mission preceding Challenger. “Because in 1986, the space shuttle was the symbol of technological prowess of the United States and all the sudden it’s destroyed in front of everybody’s eyes.” The two shuttle disasters, as well as the deaths of the Apollo 1 crew during a 1967 launch pad test, taught the space agency how to improve the herculean task of launching humans into space, NASA administrator Michael Griffin said recently. On Thursday, NASA workers paused for their annual Day of Remembrance in honor of those lost in all three accidents. Today, a ceremony remembering the Challenger accident is planned at Kennedy Space Center. Challenger was brought down just after liftoff by a poorly designed seal in the shuttle’s solid rocket booster, which has since been redesigned and has performed without problems. It will be used on the next-generation vehicle with plans to return astronauts to the moon and later to Mars. “We learned how to design solid rocket boosters … with no further failures,” Griffin said. “We got that from the Challenger crew, so that is part of the learning process, I’m afraid.” The Challenger disaster came in an era of tighter budgets, smaller work forces and a constant need for the space agency to justify the shuttle program that followed the heyday of the Apollo moon shots. NASA had hoped sending a teacher into space to give a lesson would win back some public interest and show the routine nature of shuttle flights. The success of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs had led NASA to believe that spaceflight eventually could become as commonplace as an airplane ride, said Stanley Reinartz, the former manager of the shuttle project office at the Marshall Spaceflight Center in Huntsville, Ala. He made the decision not to take engineers’ concerns about the Challenger’s O-ring seals to the highest reaches of NASA management. “Things can go wrong,” Reinartz said of the decision to launch. “You don’t get away from it. It’s always there.” Nelson said he is confident that the current NASA leaders have learned the lessons of management hubris from their predecessors. Griffin grounded the shuttle fleet last summer after foam fell off the tank of Discovery during the first shuttle flight after Columbia. It was a chunk of foam debris that doomed Columbia by knocking a hole in its wing. “The problem that NASA has had that caused the destruction of both space shuttles is the same reason … arrogance in the management of NASA so that they were not listening to the engineers on the line,” Nelson said. But some critics wonder how long the two-year-old reforms and attitude changes implemented after Columbia will last until, once again, dissenting opinion is discouraged and NASA managers override the concerns of their engineers. In a series of telephone conference calls the night before Challenger’s liftoff, engineers from NASA contractor Morton Thiokol recommended against a launch because data showed that cold temperatures compromised the O-rings’ resiliency. The temperature at launch time was 36 degrees. Under perceived pressure from NASA managers, Thiokol managers reversed themselves and went against the recommendation of their engineers not to launch, according to the investigation by a commission appointed by President Reagan. “The presidential commission made very powerful and strong recommendations on how the system needed to be fixed,” said Roger Boisjoly, a former Thiokol engineer who had opposed the Challenger launch during the conference calls. “Initially NASA installed every one of those \, but in the ensuing years proceeded to dismantle them.” Griffin said he is reminded of the early days of the nation’s air transport system when scores of test pilots died in plane accidents during the early part of last century. “The knowledge we gained was gained only through many, many losses,” Griffin said. “That is the perspective through which we must look at our losses in spaceflight.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Hazard picks two players more deserving of Ballon d’Or, but not Messi or Ronaldo

first_img Neither Messi or Ronaldo are expected to win the Ballon d’Or for the first time in a decade 3 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 3 Eden Hazard believes Luka Modric and Kylian Mbappe deserve to win the Ballon d’Or more than he does, despite a terrific year for club and country.The Chelsea forward earned a place on the illustrious list after a spectacular 2018 where he added goals, assists and consistency to his game. scrap Modric poses with the World Cup Golden Ball, while Mbappe won recognition as the Best Young Player in Russia Modric and Mbappe are the clear favourites to scoop the prize, ahead of Real Madrid‘s World Cup winning defender Raphael Varane and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.Despite winning the Champions League with Real and earning a lucrative move to Juventus, five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo is finally expected to relinquish his grasp on the prestigious award. Most Popular Football Stories Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 3 revealed LATEST Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions latest gameday cracker Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion BEST OF “I do not deserve the Ballon d’Or. I think there are players who have been better than me.“Winning the Ballon d’Or is not a goal for me. If I win it one day, great. If I do not, it won’t be a problem.“I would have said Luka Modric, but he has played a little less well since August and September.“So, if we take into account the beginning of the season, I would say Kylian Mbappe.” SORRY As captain of Belgium, the diminutive forward led his country to the World Cup semi-finals and also helped bring the FA Cup back to Stamford Bridge.However, the 27-year-old does not feel as though he is worthy of being called the best player in the world, naming two players who deserve the accolade more than he does.He even went as far as tipping one of the two to pick up the illustrious award at the glitzy ceremony in Paris next month.Hazard told RTFB:  “Even though I had a very good year, I have to keep my feet on the ground. Hazard has already won the Premier League Player of the Month of the award, but wants to keep his feet on the ground last_img read more

MET EIREANN IN DONEGAL SEVERE STORM WARNING

first_imgMET Eireann has warned that a massive storm is on its way to Donegal overnight tonight and tomorrow.“It will be a severe storm force gale with potential for damage,” warned a spokesman.Temperatures will also plummet down to 2C bringing a cold blast of winter to all areas with snow and sleet on higher ground. “It will be stormy in places tomorrow Wednesday, with strong to gale force westerly winds. Damaging gusts of between 90 to 125km/h are expected,” said Met Eireann.The storm force gales come after a windy Christmas weekend with very mild temperatures.The cold blast however is expected to last just 36 hours before warmer tropical air on the way brings thunder storms on Thursday. By Friday temperatures will rise again to around 12C.Meanwhile a local man injured in a storm-related incident in Downings on Monday remains in a serious condition in Letterkenny General Hospital. Patrick McGeever, from Carrigart, was helping to unload a crab boat at the pier when a gust of wind blew the door off a lorry, hitting him and sending him onto the deck of the boat 40ft below.He was airlifted to hospital with serious head and body injuries.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comMET EIREANN IN DONEGAL SEVERE STORM WARNING was last modified: December 27th, 2011 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:donegal weathergale warningice hailsnowlast_img read more

McHUGH RETURNS FOR HARPS AGAINST TABLE-TOPPERS SHELBOURNE

first_imgFinn Harps will have club captain Kevin McHugh available for selection on Friday night as they welcome league leaders Shelbourne to Finn Park (kick-off 8.00pm).Kevin McHugh returns to action for Harps.McHugh has been missing since picking up a hamstring injury in the opening game of the season against Waterford United at Finn Park.However, he came through an hour unscathed in Harps’ Ulster Senior League game against Swilly Rovers last weekend and will be included in the panel for the visit of Shels this weekend. Shels are the runaway leaders of the Division and currently have an eight point advantage at the top of the pile despite the season still being three games away from the half-way mark.While Harps have picked up four points in their last two outings, team manager Ollie Horgan is well aware of the task that faces his side on Friday.“Shelbourne are top of our league by a distance,” said Horgan. “They have great attacking flair in Dylan Connolly, Lee Murtagh and Jordan Keegan while Keith Quinn pulls the strings in the middle of the field for them. Maybe more importantly, defensively they have conceded very few goals. A very difficult game is ahead of us on Friday but we are looking forward to it.”Harps looked like they would record back-to-back away wins in Galway last weekend having beaten Cobh 2-0 a week earlier. However, Paul Sinnott’s injury time goal cancelled out Ruairi Keating’s opener for Harps to give the hosts a share of the spoils. Harps had played for over an hour with just ten men after Caoimhin Bonner was dismissed in the first half. “It was a great battling performance in Galway,” said Horgan as he reflected on the 1-1 draw. “Although starved of possession at times, especially when we were down to ten men, we worked very hand off the ball and tried to play on the counter attack – it was from a situation like this that Ruairi scored the opening goal for us.“Probably overall a draw was a fair result but when you defend as well as we did for so long it was disappointing to switch off in last minute. The game was very similar to the Galway game in Ballybofey except the roles were reversed where they were a man down then and we equalised late on,” said Horgan.While there is good news on the return of McHugh for Friday, Horgan will have to plan without the suspended Caoimhin Bonner while Ciaran Coll is a doubt after he picked up a knock to the ribs in the game in Galway last weekend.Harps have a poor recent record against Shelbourne, and haven’t beaten the Dublin side since 2007. Since then, there have been ten meetings of which two have finished in draws, with Shelbourne winning the other eight.  McHUGH RETURNS FOR HARPS AGAINST TABLE-TOPPERS SHELBOURNE was last modified: May 22nd, 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:finn harpsKevin McHughShelbournelast_img read more

DONEGAL SWIMMERS GET READY FOR COMMUNITY GAMES NATIONAL FINALS

first_imgThe swimmers and their coaches.These are the Community Games swimmers who will represent Donegal in the national finals mid August.They are Oisin Sheridan, Stephen Hegarty, Cody Dunnion,, Conor Shiels, Shay Maloney, Molly Nulty, Ellen Russell, Thomas Coyle, Thomas Keys, Grainne Russell, Aoibheann O’Grady, Cara Nulty and Bronagh Sheridan.Also pictured coaches Sharon Maloney and Anthony Sheridan.Missing from picture Emma Bonar, Eoin Bonar, Conal Bonar, Cian Mulligan, Rory Boyce, Eva Mc Ginley, Jonathan Martin, Sean Pascaul and Sinead O Kane. These swimmers took a short rest break for three weeks at the end of the season in June before hitting the water again for an eight week training block. With a few weeks remaining they are ready to represent Donegal in the National finals.These swimmers have trained two days a week in Letterkenny and have teamed up with the rest of the county for training in Stranorlar with swimmers from Ballyshannon Meabh O’ Connor, Darragh Summerville, Caoimhe McCauley, Cora Rooney, Cian Rooney, Una Britton, Roisin Maguire, Bridin Maguire, Lauren McHugh, Ciara Gallagher and Katie McMullin. And swimmers from the Buncranna area Eadaoin O’Raw and Lucy Devlin with Coaches Kieran Summerville, Eddie Russell, Sinead Donagher and Anthony Sheridan.All swimmers will travel to Athlone wearing their county colours with pride in the hope of returning with medals from the the Community Games National Swimming Finals.DONEGAL SWIMMERS GET READY FOR COMMUNITY GAMES NATIONAL FINALS was last modified: August 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) Tags:Community gamesdonegalswimmerslast_img read more

Your Eyes Have Automatic Light Meters

first_imgEvery pupil knows that pupils constrict in bright light and dilate in dim light, but how?  Physiologists had assumed the retina signalled the iris muscles, but now it appears there is an independent mechanism in the iris itself, at least in birds, and probably in mammals, too.  A report in EurekAlert summarizes a finding from Washington School of Medicine published in Science:1 “Working with embryonic chicken eyes, Washington University ophthalmology researchers found that cryptochrome allows the pupil to react independently from light-sensitive photoreceptor cells at the back of the eye.”    Cryptochrome is a protein distinct from the opsin family of proteins usually involved in light response.  This molecule is apparently acting like a light meter on the camera.  A light meter doesn’t take a picture but helps the camera receive the proper amount of light.  Experiments suggested “it is as if the light meter of the eye is controlling the pupil without vision being involved.  In the mouse, the meter is located in the retina and primarily uses melanopsin to do its work with cryptochrome proteins amplifying the signal.  In the chick, it is as if the light meter is contained in the pupil itself.”  The team is trying to determine if this mechanism works in human eyes also.  They make no mention of evolution, other than indirectly to suggest, “These data characterize a non-opsin photoreception mechanism in a vertebrate eye and suggest a conserved [i.e., unevolved] photoreceptive role for cryptochromes in vertebrates.”1Daniel Tu et al., “Nonvisual Photoreception in the Chick Iris,” Science, Vol 306, Issue 5693, 129-131, 1 October 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1101484].The less we take things in the body for granted, the more we see exquisite mechanisms working together to achieve complex functions that could rightly be described as ultra-high-tech.  Humans only designed auto-exposure cameras in relatively recent times, after a lot of intelligent design.  Who designed opsins and crytochromes, and all the signalling and response mechanisms that cause them to make muscles, larger by orders of magnitude, respond rapidly to shifting quantities of light?  The human iris is far more complex than any Nikon aperture.  Yet it is only one of several automatic mechanisms on our stereo camcorders that provides a dynamic range of 10 million to one and transfers data at a gigabyte per second.  When a feeble little chick hatches out of the egg and sees the world for the first time, its automatic light meters are already working.    For more on the complexity of the eye, see this description by Dr. Howard Glickman(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA university showcases hydrogen bike

first_imgThe Resource Driven Technology Concept Centre (RETECZA) is a non-profit- organization with the vision to be a leading technology concept centre on clean energy, transport and water. Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor has unveiled a hydrogen-powered bicycle, named A hi Fambeni or “Let’s go”, which was designed and developed by the students of the Tshwane University of Technology. The mission is to innovate, develop concepts and demonstrate next generation technology to alleviate poverty, increase job opportunities and create industrial growth in a sustainable manner. She made the announcement during the second annual RETECZA Conference, held at the Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge in Pilanesberg in the North West province this week. Rural transport system The hydrogen bicycle project was done under the mentorship of world-renowned designer Pierre Terblanche, who was sponsored by the department to work at the university for a month on the design of a hydrogen bicycle in the context of the RETECZA project. The 2010 conference comprised presentations and panel discussions from researchers and senior executives focussing on topics such as clean water, clean transportation and clean energy. In a statement this week, Tshwane University of Technology says it developed the bicycle, in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology and Hydrogen South Africa, as a demonstration of a rural transport system.center_img 13 August 2010 Poverty alleviation, partnership An expatriate South African who has been working in Italy for the past 20 years, Terblanche has previously won three prizes at the Milan motor bike show and is one of the top designers in the world. The main aim of RETECZA is technology concept development for poverty alleviation and involves partners globally. Renowned local and international researchers delivered papers on latest technology that will improve especially the life of people living in rural communities. Some of the researchers come from countries such as Sweden, Germany and Italy. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more