Gbarnga-Voinjama Highway Pavement Begins Soon

Posted On Jan 18 2020 by

first_imgCitizens and business people of Lofa County will soon be relieved of some of the difficulties and inconveniences they encounter every year as a result of the deplorable condition of the Gbarnga-Voinjama Highway. That much talked-about ‘bad’ road is on the verge of becoming history, thanks to the government of Liberia that has announced plans to shortly begin turning the road into a modern highway.The Development Superintendent of Lofa, Madam Krubo Jones Janka, made the revelation recently in Kpademai Lofa County. It was during a reunion, at which several citizens of the township converged to meet and interact with friends and family members after several of years’ absence, due to the Liberian civil crisis.Madam Janka said that government has made plans to have the road constructed beginning this year. She did not say when the project is expected to kick-off or which construction company will be building the road.What she did say was that the first phase of the project will take the road from Gbarnga to Konia, and it will begin the early in the year. She noted that all preparations have been made for the project to start at the time expected.The pavement of the Lofa comes as good news to the county’s many farmers who will be well-positioned to make profits from their farm products. The road project also stands to have a great impact on the Liberian economy as Lofa is traditionally known as the bread- basket of the nation.The pavement of the highway eventually means that the people who ply the road, notably, merchants, are about to get much relief from a road that is often plagued by mud during the rains and by dust during the dries.During the rainy season, vehicles from Monrovia and other parts of the country spend weeks trying to reach their destinations in Lofa. The situation sometimes leads to the destruction of goods and products along the highway.The development Superintendent’s disclosure was made immediately after an eminent son of the county blasted the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for deserting the county whose infrastructure—including roads—lie in a terrible state.He said that the desertion of Lofa by the current government came as a total surprise as the people of that county has shown much support and loyalty to President Sirleaf by supporting her candidacy and overwhelming electing her in both 2005 and 2011.Meanwhile, the news of the pending developmental project was met with smiles and applauses from citizens who had looks of disenchantments and frustration on their faces after Mr. Kollie addressed the unexplainable neglect the county had suffered under the present leadership.Some Lofaians interviewed by this reporter expressed joys on hearing the news that the pavement of the road would take-off this year. They lauded government for the decision.Jerome Jallah, a citizen of the county, had this to say: “We have suffered too long, especially during the rainy season, travel in and out of our county. Thanks to God, government is coming to construct our road at last and put to an end the difficulties we endured every year. I am grateful to President Sirleaf and her entire government because we have long awaited this.”An elderly woman, Ma Krubo Kollie said: “The pavement of this road will really help some of us in this place, because we will be able to carry our plantains, bananas and other products from our farms without many expenses; soon, we will be able to save money to send our children to better schools.”Ma Krubo, in her mid-fifties, continued: “The road condition, especially during the dry season, can be very bad. To go to Monrovia, especially when you want to carry goods can be very expensive for some of us who already do not have money,”“This can lead to the destruction of our goods as we have no means of taking them to the market. The paved-road will help improve the living conditions of those of us in this county,” she concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Immigrants account for metropolitan growth

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by

first_imgThe New York metro area, which includes the suburbs, added 1 million immigrants from 2000 to 2006. Without those immigrants, the region’s population would have dipped by nearly 600,000. Without immigration, population would have dipped by more than 200,000 in the Los Angeles metro area, by 188,000 in the San Francisco area and by 101,000 in the Boston area. The Census Bureau estimates annual population totals as of July 1, using local records of births and deaths, Internal Revenue Service records of people moving within the United States and census statistics on immigrants. The estimates just released were for metropolitan areas – generally cities and their surrounding suburbs. Among the findings: Atlanta added more people than any other metro area from 2000 to 2006. The Atlanta area, which includes Sandy Springs and Marietta, Ga., added 890,000 people, putting its population at about 5.1 million. Gaining the most after Atlanta were Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Phoenix and Riverside WASHINGTON – Without immigrants pouring into the nation’s big metropolitan areas, places such as New York, Los Angeles and Boston would be shrinking as native-born Americans move farther out. Many smaller areas – including Battle Creek, Mich.; Ames, Iowa; and Corvallis, Ore. – would shrink as well, according to population estimates to be released today by the Census Bureau. “Immigrants are filling the void as domestic migrants are seeking opportunities in other places,” said Mark Mather, a demographer at the Population Reference Bureau, a private research organization. Immigrants long have flocked to major metropolitan areas and helped them grow. But increasingly, native-born Americans are moving from those areas and leaving immigrants as the only source of growth. On a percentage basis, St. George in southwest Utah was the fastest-growing metro area from 2000 to 2006. St. George’s population jumped by 40 percent, to 126,000. The next highest percentage increases were in Greeley, Colo.; Cape Coral, Fla.; Bend, Ore.; and Las Vegas. The New Orleans area, still recovering from Hurricane Katrina, lost nearly 290,000 people from 2005 to 2006, reducing its population to just more than 1 million. The Gulfport-Biloxi area in Mississippi, also hit hard by Katrina, lost nearly 27,000 people, dropping its population to 227,900. Houston edged past Miami to become the sixth-largest metro area, with about 5.5 million people. Miami slipped to seventh. There are about 36 million immigrants in the U.S. About one-third are in the country illegally. The Census Bureau, however, does not distinguish between legal and illegal immigrants. Many demographers associate shrinking populations with economic problems, typically poor job markets or prohibitive housing prices. “A lot of cities rely on immigration to prop up their housing market and prop up their economies,” said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. Advocates for stricter immigration laws question whether a stable or even a shrinking population is bad. “Don’t we have concerns about congestion and sprawl and pollution?” asked Steven A. Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates stricter immigration policies. “Maybe those metro areas should think about what it would take to make Americans want to live there,” Camarota said.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


Banning rolls without absent coach

Posted On Jan 3 2020 by

first_imgFerragamo sat out the first game of his two-game suspension stemming from a situation last season in which he allowed a former player to be on the sidelines that should not have been there. Banning’s linemen did all they could to make sure they would not let down their absent coach. Nick Garibay and Sam Tupua helped open up holes for seven different Banning running backs. Josh Limosnero had the most productive night coming out of the backfield. Limosnero carried the ball seven times for 116 yards and four touchdowns. “I have to give a lot of credit to the (offensive) line, they and the fullbacks blew up a lot of big holes for me,” Limosnero said. As a team, Banning gained 254 yards rushing. Quarterbacks Anthony Rodriguez and Michael Ponce also scored on the ground for Banning. The team faced third-and-long only three times, while playing on a short field virtually the entire night. Eight of Banning’s 10 drives started on the Romans’ side of the field. Banning also scored on all six of its first-half possessions. Each of those first six drives lasted fewer than 90 seconds. While its offense ran through Los Angeles, it’s defense held Los Angeles in check. The Romans were limited to only 141 yards of total offense. Los Angeles used seven different running backs to try to get its offense going, but gained only 116 yards on 29 carries. The majority of Los Angeles’ offense came on one play. Jamiel Shaw broke though Banning’s defensive line and scampered down the right sideline for a 79-yard score with 3:06 left in the first quarter. It was Los Angeles’ only play over 20 yards. It took Banning 14 seconds to respond. Omar Curry returned the kickoff 55 yards to give Banning a first-and-10 at the Los Angeles 35-yard line. On the next play from scrimmage, Anthony Rodriguez threw to Phillip Brown for the score. Though Banning’s defense did not finish each and every tackle it had a chance at, the Pilots still recorded 13 tackles for loss, including sacks by Josh Valoaga and Sampson Satete. Felipe Enriquez and Matthew Kriste combined for another sack. The defense also forced two turnovers, including a fumble recovery by Sonny Taito to set up Banning with first-and-goal on the Los Angeles 4-yard line. Limosnero made the most of it and ran in for the touchdown on the game’s next play. “People are going to ask how I can complain about this game, but we could improve our tackling,” Banning interim coach Joe Dominguez said. It was Dominguez’s first time coaching on the Banning sideline in 15 years, but he said he still doesn’t expect any team of his to give up 55 yards in penalties and two others that voided big gains for Banning. “We don’t except that, but it is something that’s common in the first game,” Dominguez said. “Our kids played OK,” Dominguez added. “We expect a lot of our kids in the first game. We’re always happy with the win, but we’re never completely content with our performance.” Limosnero said he thinks that regardless of how the team played, he knows exactly what Ferragamo will say once he sees the game film. “There’s always room for improvement,” Limosnero said. david.saunders@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NONLEAGUE: Pleased but hardly satisfied, the Pilots win handily without Ferragamo on the sideline. By David Saunders STAFF WRITER Chris Ferragamo must have felt a sense of relief after hearing that Banning won its season opener, 56-6, over host Los Angeles. last_img read more


Job Vacancies: Current vacancies with Leading Automotive Company

Posted On Dec 29 2019 by

first_imgJob Vacancy: KIRCHHOFF Automotive in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, are currently recruiting for three contract positions.KIRCHHOFF Automotive is a development partner to the automotive industry.  We are active worldwide as a full-service supplier for complex metal and hybrid structures in body-in-white, crash management systems, chassis applications and cross car beams.  With 9,000 employees we are active all over the globe. Currently we are recruiting for the following positions for the Night Shift. Supply Press Setter – Fixed TermBasic mechanical skills and experience working in a lean manufacturing environment preferred. Tool Maker – Fixed Term Qualified Tool Maker with experience in Press Tool Making. Maintenance Supervisor – Fixed TermThe maintenance supervisor will be responsible for the supervision of the night shift team and all work to electrical installations.  For further details please see: http://www.kirchhoff-automotive.com Job Vacancies: Current vacancies with Leading Automotive Company was last modified: May 31st, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Job VacanciesKIRCHHOFF Automotivelast_img read more


South Africa moves to revitalise nursing

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_img12 March 2013 Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has unveiled a national strategic plan aimed at rebuilding and revitalising the nursing profession in South Africa. The National Strategic Plan for Nurse Education, Training and Practice was developed by a task team appointed by Motsoaledi following the 2011 Nursing Summit, which identified the main challenges facing the country’s nursing profession. The plan seeks to promote high quality training along with high standards of professionalism and well-resourced practice environments for nurses and midwives. It also aims to ensure strong leadership at all levels of nursing and midwifery practice, as well as the training of the number of nurses required to deliver healthcare services in the country. Speaking at the launch of the plan in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg on Monday, Motsoaledi called on the nursing profession to come together to ensure the successful implementation of the plan. “The training of nurses is more efficient within the host environment next to the bedside in the nursing college, and from there everything else will emerge,” Motsoaledi said. He said it was crucial, as South Africa’s healthcare system was revitalised and the National Health Insurance began rolling out, that nurses were equipped to address the country’s health care needs. Motsoaledi thanked the nursing profession for the helping the country raise its life expectancy from an average 56.5 years in 2009 to 60 years in 2011. “One of the things that made us increase the life expectancy so miraculously was expanding the HIV and Aids programme, and we could not have done so without nurses.” Motsoaledi noted that in February 2010, before the government launched its voluntary HIV counselling and testing programme, there were only 250 nurses in the country that were accredited to initiate antiretroviral treatment without a doctor. Today, he said, there were over 10 000 accredited nurses. “There was no way South Africa could have achieved this with the help of doctors alone.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more


Tariffs are bait and switch economics paid by consumers

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Christopher R. GibbsSometimes those teachable moments just fall right into your lap. I recently watched with pride while my son and his young family signed a purchase contract on their first piece of brand new farm equipment. A shiny new aluminum livestock trailer ready for service in their cattle business. Trying not to hover, I milled around the showroom and caught a glimpse of the television hanging on the wall. It was the Saturday afternoon when the president was speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Although the sound was muted, the FOX chyron at the bottom of the screen boasted, “President Trump: Billions of dollars are pouring into the treasury from China.” Say what? He really didn’t say or imply that did he? He can’t really be making trade policy supported by a fake alternate fact like that can he? The raucous crowd can’t be that gullible can they? Oy vey! Say it ain’t so!In a moment that I could only describe as “you can’t make this stuff up,” I headed back to the sales manager’s table where my son was literally signing his name to that $17,000 contract.“So,” I said, “How much did the Trump aluminum tariffs just cost my son?”Without hesitation and without even looking up he curtly informed, “10%.” I responded to the salesman for the benefit of my son.“So, before the Trump tariffs, this same trailer would have cost him about $15,500”?The one word explanation was short and to the point: “Yup.”A year ago, the president levied punitive tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum claiming a national security concern under the Trade Expansion Act. In the full year hence I’ve railed against this populist protectionist trade policy and its devastating effect on American agriculture from both the tariffs imposed and the retaliation which followed. When farmers buy, they buy equipment made of aluminum and steel. We have skin in the game. Through the period I’ve tested folks knowledge on how the Trump tariff mathematics work and how they cost U.S. agriculture and U.S. consumers. Eight in 10 believe that China, the European Union, Mexico, and Canada are paying the Trump tariffs as their country’s goods enter the U.S. The president knows this is an untruth, but the perennial narrative of “everyone is treating us unfairly” (insert whine here) works better if farmers and the rest of the American public are led to believe that importing countries are pouring their Yuan, Euro, Peso and Canadian dollars into the U.S. treasury in the form of tariffs.Please don’t get the wrong impression thinking this is an “oh woe is me” story about my son’s checkbook. Better, let me focus your attention on your own personal finances to explain how the president has replenished your wallet with his left hand while taking from your pocketbook with his right in an insidious multibillion dollar bait and switch. First, the left hand giveth…In 2017 the president signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which provided tax relief for businesses and individuals. Those cuts became effective in 2018 and put more money in U.S. consumer’s wallets by starving the U.S. treasury. Predictably, U.S. consumer balance sheets went up while the U.S. treasury balance sheet went down. While we were all celebrating, in March of 2018 the president and his trade advisors saw this as an opportunity to drive a giant Mac tariff truck right through our own personal finances. Thence the right hand taketh…Goods being imported to the United States from foreign countries are purchased from overseas companies by a U.S. manufacturer, retailer, or wholesaler. That importer most likely has a U.S. factory and certainly employs U.S. labor, pays U.S. utilities, pays U.S. taxes, and most importantly is a U.S. citizen. It’s an American company. Maybe that importer paints an American flag on the import. Maybe they weld something to it and change its substance, or maybe they simply wholesale it to Walmart for a direct no value added retail sale. Regardless of the variables in the supply chain, one cold hard fact is constant. American companies pay all of the Trump import tariffs. And those import tax dollars go directly to the U.S. treasury. The importer then passes the import tariff tax on to the American consumer as an increase in the costs of goods sold. In the aluminum livestock trailer business, it’s apparently a direct 10%. Some industries a little more, others a little less. When you shop on-line at Amazon, visit Walmart, or buy a car part at your local auto supply store you pay the increased cost of the Trump tariffs. No alternative fact or fake news here, just pure bait and switch economics.Tax reform resulted in your wallet getting fatter while the U.S. treasury went on a diet. That allowed room in the U.S. economy for the Trump tariffs to give the U.S. treasury a bulking up by taxing U.S. importers while at the same time consumer wallets were thinned down by increased costs for purchases. Personal balance sheets are back to where they started and the American consumer is no better off, but by golly we’re all suppose to be happy about it! Class dismissed. The writer and his family own and operate 600 acres in Shelby, Logan and Auglaize counties. They raise corn, soybeans, hay, and cattle.last_img read more


Google slashes needs for YouTube creators working on VR content

Posted On Dec 15 2019 by

first_imgFollow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Google is launching a new video standard for YouTube creators that want to shoot VR content. The new standard, VR180, records 180-degree videos, reducing the amount of specialized software and hardware needed to shoot in virtual reality.Not all VR content needs to have 360-degree viewing, especially if the content is designed to be viewed as the YouTuber would see it. It won’t be as immersive as 360-degree content, with black screen if you turn, but it should be a meet-in-the-middle compromise for YouTubers that don’t want to go through the hassle of purchasing high-end equipment.See Also: How recruiters are employing VR to impress candidatesThe reduction in size allows 180-degree videos to be uploaded in 4K resolution, YouTube’s highest resolution standard. It also offers a stereoscopic view, giving videos depth that is not available in 360-degree videos, which are usually shot with equipment that centers the action.Lenovo, LG, and Yi are planning to launch cameras that record 180-degree content. Though no prices are available yet, Google said costs should be similar to a mid-range point and shoot.Google is pushing hard to make VR relevant to mainstream audiences. It launched Daydream last year, a platform for developers to launch VR specific apps. The company also launched Daydream VR, a headset to pair with the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.YouTube is the best way to attract the mainstream audience, which may not want to splash out on a headset straight away. Having YouTubers that are already popular start uploading with VR helps to break that barrier, even if the VR content is not as professionally shot as other content on the Daydream platform. Related Posts David Currycenter_img Tags:#Android#featured#Google#Lenovo#LG#mobile#top#V180#virtual reality#VR#Yi#YouTube Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more


Use Track Targeting to Navigate Premiere Pro’s Timeline

Posted On Dec 12 2019 by

first_imgSpeed up your Premiere Pro post-production workflow with the power of track targeting.The Adobe Premiere Pro timeline can be a confusing area, even for seasoned editors. With source patching, track targeting, sync and track lock, you can quickly become confused with how to navigate and properly use all of the tools within Premiere’s timeline panel. Let’s focus in on the power of track targeting.What’s a Track and How Do You Target It?Premiere’s timeline consists of both video and audio tracks. Video tracks are represented with a V and can be found above the audio tracks, which are denoted with an A. You’ll notice that every track in the timeline has a number. You can add, delete, and rename tracks as needed. To target a track, simply click on its number. Targeted tracks are highlighted with a blue color. You can target multiple tracks at a time. Three Benefits of Track Targeting1. NavigationLearning the ins and out of track targeting will help you to become a significantly faster editor, since targeting helps you navigate quickly through the timeline panel.Use the up and down arrow keys to immediately snap your playhead to in and out points of clips on targeted tracks. Again, you can have multiple tracks targeted at any given time, which will allow you to navigate the in and out points of any clip on the timeline. Target a track in your timeline and hit the up and down keys to give it a try. You’ll quickly realize how useful this feature is.2. Copy/PasteTrack targeting also gives you additional control over clips on the timeline when using copy/paste. When you copy and paste clips within your timeline, Premiere will always paste the clips to the lowest numerical track targeted. If you have no track targeted, the clip will paste to track 1.3. Match FrameTrack targeting also correlates with match frames. Match framing allows you to find the source frame of any frame in a sequence clip on the timeline, and brings it up in the source monitor. Premiere Pro will only match frame a clip when a track is targeted, and will always match the frame in the highest targeted track. As you can see, learning the ins and outs of track targeting will significantly speed up your post production workflow.Got any Premiere Pro workflow tips you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more


Central forces get ready for Gujarat polls

Posted On Dec 3 2019 by

first_imgMore than 32,000 personnel from the central armed police forces and around 55,000 from the State police are expected to be deployed for the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections, a senior Home Ministry official said.For the Himachal Pradesh polls on November 9, around 10,000 personnel from central armed police forces and 14,000 from the State police are expected to be deployed.The official said that deliberations with the Election Commission (EC) on deployment of security forces in these states were still going on. The EC has not yet announced the date of the Gujarat polls.last_img read more


M.P. panel to probe AYUSH doctors practising allopathy

Posted On Dec 1 2019 by

first_imgThe Madhya Pradesh government has constituted a team to look into AYUSH doctors taking up modern medicine and prescribing allopathic drugs at private hospitals.“The services of AYUSH doctors are being used for night duty at most of the hospitals in the private sector,” reads an order dated September 13 on the constitution of the team. “In reality what is going on, the department has no information regarding this.”According to the rules, says the order, ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, unani, siddha and homoeopathy (AYUSH) doctors can’t prescribe allopathic drugs. Though allopathy hospitals can employ AYUSH doctors, they cannot be allowed to prescribe drugs, State AYUSH Department Additional Chief Secretary Shikha Dubey told The Hindu. “At present, we don’t know how many such doctors are there, and for how long have they been prescribing allopathic drugs. The team will submit a report within a month,” she said.Unlike many States, Madhya Pradesh hasn’t yet permitted AYUSH doctors to practice modern medicine, but they could prescribe 72 drugs at integrated dispensaries in rural areas, only after passing a six-month course. States like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Uttarakhand have allowed the practice dwelling upon Rule 2 (ee) (iii) of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, after the Supreme Court in the 1987 case of Dr. Mukhtiar Chand allowed it by the means of State orders. ‘Clear fraud’ “You could have called it negligence if it was by an allopathy doctor. This is clear fraud; it is criminal,” said Anand Rai, who last year exposed several AYUSH doctors at private hospitals in Indore deputed at intensive care units to attend to emergency cases and perform surgeries. “At private hospitals, patients are fleeced on an hourly basis. Just to make more money, they employ AYUSH doctors,” said Dr. Rai, the Vyapam scam whistle-blower. “How do you expect someone practising herbal medicine to perform complicated procedures on patients?”Santanu Sen, Indian Medical Association national president, said it was in principle against allowing the practice and Section 32 of the National Medical Commission Act, 2019, which “promoted quackery”. When told many IMA-affiliated hospitals had employed AYUSH doctors in the past, Dr. Sen clarified: “We are an organisation of around four lakh doctors. If anyone violates the IMA’s stand, that’s just an individual agenda.” Highlighting lack of AYUSH infrastructure, Ramavtar Chaudhary, national general secretary, AYUSH Medical Association said, “The government, whose institutions are allopathy-centric, pushes our doctors to take it up just to show it meets the WHO doctor-population ratio.” Still, there is one doctor for 16,996 people in Madhya Pradesh, according to the National Health Profile 2018, against the World Health Organization’s prescribed ratio of 1 for 1,000. The NITI Aayog in May had said the country was expected to reach the norm by 2024. In colleges itself, he added, students were told they could switch to allopathy later. “What else will they practice in the absence of adequate number of AYUSH colleges and facilities at every level of healthcare? The Centre should be clear on allowing medical integration across the country.”last_img read more