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first_imgThe plenary of the Liberian Senate on its last day sitting before the Easter break, unanimously voted and passed into law the restructured Liberia National Police (LNP) Act and the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) Act of 2015, respectively.The two Acts were among several bills submitted last October and November to the Upper House by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for enactment into law, on the first day of the six weeks extended sitting expected from the suspension of their annual agriculture break which she requested of members of that body through a proclamation.In a letter accompanying the new Acts and read before plenary Thursday, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Defense, Intelligence, Security and Veteran Affairs Stephen Zargo, informed his colleagues that members of his committee reached their decision urging for passage after initiating several public hearings with the full participation of current and past national security actors, civil society groups and representatives of the country’s foreign partners.“After various consultations and public hearings, I hereby present the final draft of the bill, the Liberia National Police Act and the Liberia Immigration Act, and therefore recommend to the honorable Senate the passage into law of these two most important national security bills,” Chairman Zargo noted in the brief letter.Proffering the motion for passage from his Gbarpolu County seat (as Vice President Joseph Boakai, President of the Senate presided), Pro Tempore Armah Jallah urged his colleagues to give the two Acts the third reading category which is the last gate before passage. His plea was granted unanimously.Members of the committee included Senators Morris Saytumah, Bomi; Jonathan Kaipay, Grand Bassa; Prince Y. Johnson, Nimba; Albert Chie, Grand Kru; Danile Naatehn, Gbarpolu; George Weah, Montserrado; H. Dan Morais, Maryland; Conmany Wesseh, River Gee; Francis Paye, Rivercess; Jewel Howard Taylor, Bong; J. Milton Teahjay, Sinoe, and Stephen A. Zargo, chairman.It may be recalled that in a letter dated October 30, 2015 addressed to Senators sitting in extended session, President Sirleaf informed the Legislature that the Liberia National Police (LNP) Act of 2015 puts into place the necessary legal framework of the establishment of the LNP as a semi-autonomous agency under the Ministry of Justice to be headed by an Inspector General of police. In keeping with the purpose of this new bill, President Sirleaf noted in her letter, “the LNP acting as an instrument of the state must provide an atmosphere of safety and security, protect lives and property and foster respect for human rights.” She asserted that it represents a significant milestone in the process leading to the UNMIL transition.President Sirleaf reminded the lawmakers that when signed into law, the Act will fulfill the commitment of the government to the United Nations Security Council towards a new police act approved prior to the September 2015 review of the UN Mission mandate in Liberia.With respect to the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) Act of 2015, President Sirleaf in her letter said passage of the Act into law replaces the Bureau of Immigration & Naturalization (BIN), which was established within the Ministry of Justice under Section 22.11, Sub-chapter (a), Chapter 22 of the Executive Laws; Chapter 12 of the Liberia Code of Law Revised; and Section 2.2 of the Alien Nationality Law of Liberia as amended is now repealed.The LIS Act of 2015 by passage shall now enforce all laws and regulations relating to immigration, citizenship, naturalization and related matters.In the Act submitted to the Senate, President Sirleaf emphasized that the LIS Act addresses policy issues that need to be in conformity with international standards. The issue of providing a clear heretical structure, decentralization of Liberia Immigration Service, respect for law, disciplined immigration officers, immigration officers or civilian personnel being subjected to civilian authority of a civilian complaint review commission, among others, were all cardinal points considered in this act, President Sirleaf noted.“Mr. Pro Tempore, in fulfillment of Liberia’s commitment to maintain a secure and stable country in the absence of UNMIL, and considering the improved governance and heretical structure outlined in the act, the LIS will iterate and transition into international surety standard in performance of its required immigration duties.”The passage of the two acts comes at a time when there are calls for the capitalization of the national security apparatus to avert any terrorist attack within the territorial confines of Liberia after the recent terrorist attack on a resort in neighboring La Cote d’Ivoire which left over a dozen killed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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first_imgLast year was a struggle for the Sox as the team managed only two wins but through three games this season the club sits at 1-2.Their first set of games over the weekend will take place Saturday as they swing the sticks with Grande Prairie at 3 p.m. That game is followed by an evening tilt with Peace River at 7 p.m.On Sunday the team will play their third game of the weekend at 2 p.m. as they take on the Grimshaw Huskies. All of the games will be at the College Diamonds.- Advertisement –last_img


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first_imgA burly 64-year-old retiree who resembles jolly old St. Nick will be going mano a mano with other contestants in a national title bout – in Rock, Paper, Scissors. Ray Scott won the New Hampshire title by advancing through eight rounds of tournaments at Manchester bars and pubs. With his white beard and spectacles, fans cheered “Go Santa Go” during the New Hampshire finals earlier this month. Next month, Scott heads to Las Vegas to compete in the USA Rock, Paper Scissors League’s national competition. If he makes the right move, he wins the $50,000 grand prize. The competition will be broadcast on ESPN. Scott says he focuses more on showmanship than strategy. “I don’t have a strategy. I can’t be thinking `What’s he gonna throw?”‘ he said. “I just throw something.” He said he enjoys hamming it up for the crowd, walking into a room with a coat draped over his shoulders like a cape, having a friend put lotion on his hands and his daughter dab sweat from his brow. He plans to step it up for Las Vegas. “I’m wrestling with the costume issue,” he told the New Hampshire Union Leader. “I have a very nice Father Christmas outfit – not one of those tacky Santa suits – but I wonder about little kids seeing Santa in Vegas. What would I say to them?” – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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first_imgThe Mary from Dungloe International festival committee have decided to honour their late friend Diane Byrne who tragically passed away suddenly last year.Diane 38, died from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome on November 5th 2014. Her sudden death rocked the close-knit community of Annagry as locals struggled to come to terms with the devastating news of her untimely death.Diane was a hugely popular person in The Rosses area and beyond and was described as one of the most beautiful and kindest people you could ever meet.Diane had been heavily involved in organising events during the Mary from Dungloe International festival for years and always looked after the Mary’s taking part in the festival.The committee have decided to honour her memory by hosting a Diane Byrne memorial event during this year’s festival. The event will also become an annual event at the festival every year with all proceeds going towards the Sudden Adult Death Syndrome Research Fund.Social Biz Ireland posted on their Facebook timeline, “The 48th Mary from Dungloe International festival are to honour one of their own who sadly died suddenly last year from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome. “Diane Byrne looked after the Mary’s and she embodied everything that The Mary from Dungloe festival stands for Glitz, Glamour and Style, to know her was to love her and she wore a smile that could melt the heart of anybody she smiled at.“The Diane Byrne Memorial event is to keep her memory alive with an evening of glamour.“There will be a best dressed lady, most glamour’s lady, lady with the most bling and of course best dressed man. T“The event is to take place at the Stepping Stone in Dungloe on Thursday 30th of July and then afterwards to join the Mary’s on the street with her favourite singer Lee Matthews Music Advertisement “All proceeds are in aid of The Sudden Adult Death Syndrome research fund and everybody is welcome to what is going to be the 1st of an annual memorable night in memory of a Princess from The Rosses. MARY FROM DUNGLOE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL TO HONOUR THE LATE DIANE BYRNE was last modified: May 27th, 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:Diane ByrneFeaturesfestivalMary From Dungloenewslast_img read more


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first_img City officials believe they will be able to attract candidates to fill those slots because they will be higher-paying jobs than they were with the county. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The City Council will vote on the additional patrol at its meeting at 7 p.m. today in council chambers, 38300 Sierra Highway, Suite B. Last fall, the city added a similar patrol. In the first year of operation, that unit was credited with making 363 arrests, including arrests of three murder suspects and 12 arrests of people suspected of assaults with a deadly weapon. In September, the City Council approved converting four community service officer positions from the sheriff’s contract into city jobs. The goal is to free up deputies from routine chores so they can concentrate on investigating crimes and arresting suspects. The community service officers handle tasks such as taking reports on minor, nonemergency crimes; taking fingerprints; answering phones; issuing parking citations; and directing traffic at crash sites or special events. For the past four years, the city has contracted with the Sheriff’s Department for the four officers, but for each of the past two years the county has not been able to fill two of the slots. PALMDALE – Palmdale is looking to add a two-deputy, 40-hour patrol team to its sheriff’s contract. The two-deputy team is what deputies refer to as a “bomber” car, a unit that can patrol without being diverted to routine calls. The team can be used to focus on particular high-crime areas or to look for particular crimes. “It’s a preventative type measure rather than going after crime after it’s been done,” said Councilman Mike Dispenza. The addition of the unit is expected to cost the city $153,000 for the remainder of this fiscal year, which runs to June 30. last_img read more


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first_imgBIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The judge in the government’s civil lawsuit over the huge earnings overstatement at HealthSouth Corp. threw out fraud claims against fired CEO Richard Scrushy, who was previously acquitted on criminal charges in the scheme. U.S. District Judge Inge P. Johnson said the two fraud counts contained in the suit – the third version of the case filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission – weren’t specific enough. “The second amended complaint contains argument, speculations, hypotheticals, and perhaps an outline of closing statements, none of which are appropriate in a complaint,” Johnson said in a 15-page ruling late Tuesday. She gave prosecutors 15 days to refile the fraud counts. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Johnson refused to dismiss five other claims against Scrushy, who is still accused of aiding and abetting in false financial reporting, false record keeping and failing to maintain proper internal controls at HealthSouth. The SEC has said it is seeking $785 million in civil penalties against Scrushy, but it wasn’t immediately clear how Johnson’s ruling could affect the possible fines and forfeitures he could be ordered to pay. Lawyers for Scrushy and the government are scheduled on Jan. 18 to begin mediation talks that could lead to a settlement. HealthSouth previously settled its portion of the case for $100 million. Jurors acquitted Scrushy in June on multiple criminal charges of leading a $2.7 billion fraud at the Birmingham-based medical services chain. The panel rejected government claims that Scrushy directed a scheme to overstate earnings to meet Wall Street expectations. Scrushy has since been indicted in Montgomery in a bribery scheme involving former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman. Scrushy contends the case is government retaliation for his acquittal in the fraud. Fifteen former HealthSouth executives pleaded guilty in the earnings overstatement, and jurors convicted another one, Hannibal “Sonny” Crumpler, this month. Crumpler, a former division controller, was ordered by a jury to forfeit almost $1.4 million and could be sentenced to as long as 15 years in prison and fined another $1.3 million. 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


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first_imgWatching molecular machines at work in living cells should be as fascinating as watching a city through a magnifying glass.Observing biological nanotransporters (Science Daily). What if you could watch drawbridges working on the head of a pin? Something like that, but far smaller, works inside your cells. There’s a “nanoporter” that uses ATP to transport cargo in and out of cell membranes. This system is not as simple as A-B-C, even though it has that name.“ABC transporters are fascinating biological nanomachines,” says Lars Schäfer, head of the Molecular Simulation research group [at Ruhr-University Bochum]. These proteins couple the binding and chemical cleavage of ATP molecules, the chemical energy unit of the cell, with the transport of molecules through biological membranes….“Our results show how the binding of ATP molecules induces structural changes in the transporter that are ultimately required to carry substrate molecules through the membrane,” explains Hendrik Göddeke, co-author and doctoral researcher in Lars Schäfer’s group.Study reveals the inner workings of a molecular motor that packs and unpacks DNA (Phys.org). A chromosome remodeler named INO80 is performing onstage at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich: on the microscope stage, that is. Researchers at LMU watched the act of “astonishing precision” as it worked on its “heavy-duty reorganizational task” of wrapping DNA around chromatin.Chromatin remodelers have an essential role as they are molecular machines: they unpick and unpack segments of the DNA by sliding nucleosome spools back and forth, replacing individual histones, freeing up the DNA for transcription, and finally compacting it again, when the job is done. Since all of this happens in a highly dynamic fashion, chromatin remodelers enable cells to react rapidly to alterations in their environment – and this holds for brewer’s yeast as well as for human cells.The clouds of spaghetti that keep DNA data safe (Science Daily). Computer systems worry about data breaches, and so do cells. The cell nucleus is like a massive library read by numerous machines. They deliver information to the cytoplasm outside the nucleus, but only certain molecules can get in or out. This article describes some of the data protection systems provided by the Nuclear Pore Complexes (NPCs), some of the most complex machine systems in cells.Molecular machines (Illustra Media)Cells can avoid “data breaches” when letting signaling proteins into their nuclei thanks to a quirky biophysical mechanism involving a blur of spaghetti-like proteins, researchers from the Rockefeller University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine have shown. Their study appears in the March 23 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry….To travel through NPCs, many molecules must be attached to proteins called transport factors (TFs), which act as shuttles that the NPC recognizes. But the NPC faces a challenge: It must accurately recognize and bind to TFs to let them through without admitting unwanted traffic, but it must let them through quickly — in a matter of milliseconds — in order for the cell to be able to do its duties. Proteins known to accurately bind to specific molecules, like antibodies, normally stay stuck to their targets for periods of up to months.“How on Earth do you have the kind of specificity that we see in protein-protein interactions like antibodies, and yet have the kind of speed that we see with water off a Teflon pan?” asked Michael Rout, professor at Rockefeller University who was one of the co-lead authors of the work.The spaghetti trick involves many intrinsically-disordered proteins in the NPC, looking somewhat like strands of spaghetti, making “many quick, transient contacts between transport factors” and nuclear proteins. How can we visualize this? “I can’t think of any analogy in normal life that does what this does,” Rout said. “You’ve got this blur of (amino acids) coming on and off (the transport factor) with extraordinary speed.” Maybe security engineers could learn something from this technique.Scientists map the portal to the cell’s nucleus (Science Daily). In this second article from Rockefeller University about the NPC, Rout did find one analogy:It reminds us of a suspension bridge, in which a combination of sturdy and flexible parts produce a stress-resilient structure, says Michael P. Rout, who led the work together with Brian T. Chait.The pore complex contains 552 component proteins, called nucleoporins, and scientists hadn’t previously known how they all fit together. It took a combination of approaches to assemble a comprehensive map of these pieces.Sadly, after comparing the NPC to lesser systems designed intelligently by humans, Rout ascribes it all to evolutionary chance. “Evolution has enclosed it with a double membrane, the nuclear envelope,” the article says, going on to visualize some unobserved miracles:The pore complex first emerged when single-celled organisms — the only living things at the time — acquired special compartments containing organ-like structures, including the nucleus, which houses the cell’s genetic code.Strings of electron-carrying proteins may hold the secret to ‘electric bacteria’ (Phys.org). This article suggests that some bacteria may have the ability to transfer electrons from the inside to the outside environment, using “micro machines” that turn on the power to extract energy from the environment. “Could a unique bacterium be nature’s microscopic power plant?” asks Moh El-Naggar, scientist at USC. Isn’t it nice to know that bacteria, “wired for survival” as among the smallest organisms on earth, are “highly evolved machines”?Microbiologists, can you please please turn off the obligatory Darwinspeak and just tell us the facts of what you are looking at? You’re beginning to sound like comedians. (Visited 422 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


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first_img30 October 2009JSE-listed IT firm Dimension Data has acquired a 51% stake in Moroccan telecommunication infrastructure services company Telcom for an undisclosed sum, thus extending the company’s footprint in the region.The company, to be acquired through Dimension Data’s Middle East and Africa business, will immediately be rebranded as Dimension Data Maroc, and plans are afoot to grow the business in the local IT marketplace.“[The] acquisition of a majority stake in Telcom enhances our plans to be represented in the four corners of emerging Africa,” Dimension Data Middle East and Africa chairman Andile Ngcaba said in a statement this week.“Morocco has a relatively well-developed ICT sector, as evidenced by the high mobile and internet penetration rates. In addition, its proximity to large EU markets, and the nature of what is essentially a services-driven economy, has also contributed to a vibrant and growing sector.”The company’s entry into the Kingdom of Morocco brings the number of employees in the Dimension Data Emerging Africa territory to around 600 employees and the Dimension Data Middle East and Africa group, incorporating South Africa, to over 5 000 employees.Dimension Data’s Algerian business, which has been operating under its European operation for the past five years, will be placed under the Middle East and Africa business as part of the group’s North Africa plan.Dimension Data MarocDimension Data Maroc will initially operate out of offices in Temara – close to Rabat – and Casablanca, with plans to grow its core business, as well as introduce data centre and storage offerings in the region.According to Ngcaba, major companies such as Microsoft and Cisco have committed their support to growing market share in the region together with Dimension Data.“Dimension Data will also provide the personnel, skills, systems, and technology support to ensure the Morocco business grows effectively,” he said. “In addition, the group will contribute its sales and delivery expertise, and deep experience in public sector markets for the region’s services offerings.”A recent Interactive Data Corporation report indicates the total ICT sector size at close to US$4.8-billion growing over the next three years at 4.8% annually. Of this overall ICT market, just over $1-billion relates to IT products and services growing at 6.9% annually.“The management and our 130-strong team of employees are delighted to be part of a global organisation,” said Telcom MD Reda Meziane Belfkih. “We have built up a solid reputation in the market since it was founded in 2000, and look forward to taking the business to a new level together with Dimension Data.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


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first_img29 April 2016Shout out to everyone the record was broken 17181sm! @buzpr @CapeTalk @NelsonMandela thank you knitwits all over! pic.twitter.com/aTOfwPNgWA— 67 Blankets (@67Blankets) April 22, 2016The 67 Blankets for Mandela campaign encourages people from all over the world, and now prisoners from across the country, to contribute handmade blankets towards creating a giant world record-breaking blanket, while contributing to a good cause.The campaign has confirmed that the Guinness Book of Records has officially recognised the organisation’s successful world record attempt at creating the world’s biggest blanket.Over 10 300 crocheted blankets will soon be distributed to those in need – thanks to @67Blankets @Carolyn_Steyn pic.twitter.com/88Dlexk727— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) April 24, 2016On 22 April 2016, thousands of blanket contributions from as far afield as Asia, the United States and Australia, as well as blankets handmade by South African prisoners – totalling over 20 tons of handmade blankets – were stitched and combined at the Drakenstein Correctional Centre in Paarl‚ Western Cape. The combined blanket covered 17 181 square metres‚ five times larger than last year’s blanket record achieved through a similar idea in India.Knitters set world record for Nelson Mandela @67blankets #KnitWits #yeswewool #wedidit https://t.co/dQPEJMAJXy pic.twitter.com/WlnQ3S93CS— TheLuvvie (@Sinkins_E) April 26, 2016The 67 Blankets for Mandela organisation, inspired by the life and values of Nelson Mandela, approached South African prisoners to crochet and contribute their unique blanket designs to the record attempt, using almost R7-million worth of donated yarn.Drakenstein was an appropriate venue: It was from this facility that Nelson Mandela took his first steps to freedom on 11 February 1990.All blankets that formed part of the world record will be distributed to the poor.In August 2015‚ campaign founder Carolyn Steyn, together National Commissioner of Correctional Services Zach Modise, established an initiative to introduce blanket-making in prisons as part of prisoners’ rehabilitation. “The initiative offers an opportunity for inmates from across the country to give back to society‚” Modise said at the launch. “The key to rehabilitation is empowering offenders with skills to function effectively in society upon their release.”Since the organisation’s launch in 2014‚ the enthusiasm of KnitWits for Madiba – as contributors call themselves – has spread around the world. But for Steyn the prisoners’ participation was a “momentous” new direction for the concept: “Thousands of men and women serving sentences in South Africa will be largely responsible for keeping thousands upon thousands of people in impoverished communities warmer over all the winters to come‚ in the name of the greatest prisoner of them all‚ is. indicative of a healing nation‚” Steyn said at the record attempt.Watch a video clip of the successful world record attempt:Source: SABC Newslast_img read more


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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Pork Checkoff has selected 12 college students from around the country to be a part of the #RealPigFarming Student Social Forces team this year. Participants were selected based on their involvement in the pork industry and their strong communication skills. The team will be active through the end of the year.Included in the group is Karli Lane, from Castalia, Ohio, who is studying animal sciences with a specialization in biosciences at The Ohio State University.“Social media is ingrained in young people’s daily lives,” said Claire Masker, public relations manager for the Pork Checkoff. “It’s easy for them to share their thoughts about an industry that they are proud to be a part of.”Consumers continue to have questions about how pigs are raised, and no one knows the answers better than pork producers. The Pork Checkoff’s social media outreach program is helping real farmers share real stories with consumers through #RealPigFarming. The hashtag before Real Pig Farming helps people search social media posts with the same phrase, making it easier for them to follow conversations.“The social forces team will be encouraged to use #RealPigFarming as advocates for the pork industry,” Masker said. “Through social forces, the students will be able to improve their communications skills and expand their professional network.”last_img read more